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All Rapped Up: The best US hip-hop of 2014, Music

All Rapped Up: The best US hip-hop of 2014

A somewhat mixed year for US hip-hop, the past 12 months saw many of the genre’s major Stateside stars – Kanye West, Jay-Z, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nas – stay relatively quiet, while the inevitable smattering of disappointments (Rick Ross’s two rather flat albums; a remarkably dull LP from Kendrick affiliate Schoolboy Q) were offset by a stack of solid releases from the usual dependable veterans (Pharaohe Monch, Common and Cormega

By | Music | Monday, 5 January 2015 at 1:07 pm

Kim Ann Foxman on Maya, New York and her new label, Music

Kim Ann Foxman on Maya, New York and her new label

Kim Ann Foxman is one of those ladies who knows exactly how to rock a party. Her combination of old and new school grooves, New York attitude and a general positive outlook makes her one of those enchanting selectors who always gets a great response from the dance floor. She’s appearing at Maya Jane [...]

By | Music | Friday, 26 December 2014 at 12:57 pm

Premiesku: Romania’s finest on the progression of their country’s scene, Music

Premiesku: Romania’s finest on the progression of their country’s scene

Premiesku is a three-man outfit made up of Romanian duo Livio & Roby and their friend George G. As a trio they get together in the studio to produce house and techno music with a very distinct flavour, while also refining their live show, which works around three racks of modified equipment. They’ve had a [...]

By | Music | Tuesday, 23 December 2014 at 4:24 pm

Club To Club Interviews (Part 5): Ninos Du Brasil, Music

Club To Club Interviews (Part 5): Ninos Du Brasil

Club To Club in Turin, Italy, is a festival based across numerous venues in the city, focusing on a more avant-garde approach. The artists involved are mostly from an experimental, or at least more unusual, background than the kind of performer you find at most festivals. My experience there was great, from superlative performances from [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 18 December 2014 at 3:05 pm

Club To Club Interviews (part 4): Lorenzo Senni, Music

Club To Club Interviews (part 4): Lorenzo Senni

In the fourth of my Club To Club interviews I caught up with Lorenzo Senni, an artist who is universally respected within Italy and outside of his home nation. His experimentation with trance music, and his leftfield take on electronic music in general has placed him in an enviable position as one of Italy’s most [...]

By | Music | Wednesday, 17 December 2014 at 1:20 pm

Club To Club Interviews (Part 3): Vaghe Stelle, Music

Club To Club Interviews (Part 3): Vaghe Stelle

Here’s the third in my series of interviews from Italian festival, Club To Club. This time around I sat down with a young, universally-respected artist from the club’s hometown, Turin. Vaghe Stelle’s musical upbringing merges influences from his local club scene with a British sound ethic, and early forays into hip-hop. It has resulted in [...]

By | Music | Tuesday, 9 December 2014 at 4:20 pm

Mr. G talks life after the release of his deeply personal album, Music

Mr. G talks life after the release of his deeply personal album

Mr. G (AKA Colin McBean) is a stalwart of the UK house and techno world, maintaining a high level of output, quality and universal respect within the business for quite some time now. He recently released a new album, entitled ‘Personal Momentz’, which is the result of his return to the studio following a break [...]

By | Music | Monday, 8 December 2014 at 5:48 pm

Head to head: Recondite and Scuba talk physical training and music, Music

Head to head: Recondite and Scuba talk physical training and music

Recondite and Scuba are two very prominent names within the techno business. Recondite once juggled making music and performing live with his job as a personal trainer, finding the discipline of his vocation highly beneficial to his musical endeavours. While Scuba was actually one of Recondite’s clients so I thought it would be interesting to [...]

By | Music | Sunday, 7 December 2014 at 9:30 am

Club To Club Interviews (Part 2): Axel Boman, Music

Club To Club Interviews (Part 2): Axel Boman

Here’s the second in my series of interviews conducted at Club To Club Festival in Turin, Italy. This time around I chat with Axel Boman, a Swedish artist who performed at the event with his sometime partner in crime, John Talabot, as Talaboman…
To start with, how many times have you performed as Talaboman with John [...]

By | Music | Friday, 5 December 2014 at 5:14 pm

The Joshua Nolan Foundation: Depression and Nightlife, Music

The Joshua Nolan Foundation: Depression and Nightlife

Depression and anxiety are issues that affect everybody at some point in their lives, to varying degrees. Speaking from my own experience, they are often debilitating and, at best, inhibiting in many facets of life – in particular the nightlife industry; clubs, parties, after-parties – the social events that form the foundation of the business [...]

By | Music | Wednesday, 3 December 2014 at 10:55 am

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