Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Kiv Schaffer – as it stands at this moment and as you read this – are the collective triumvirate of the noughtie’s freshest genre.
Mixing up intricate drum patterns from his hip-hop loving past and performing sets that incorporate enthusing live elements, Manchester-based Fantastic Mr Fox is amongst a quickly evolving biome of bass music fiends changing the face of the genre.
Africa Express was formed in 2006, after former Blur front man, Damon Albarn, invited a diverse group of UK and US musicians to Mali to collaborate with local musicians. The members of the band are interchangeable and each performance is spontaneous and partly improvised – so no two performances are exactly the same. Emily Jupp asks longstanding member, Jesse Hackett about bringing African music to a western audience.
The road to mainstream success is a treacherous one. It only takes a handful of now washed up acts to show how striving for that number one usually produces a lacklustre decline in credibility as an unwanted waste product.
2011 has been the year of the joint venture in hip hop. Responding to the genre crossing success of oddball collective Odd Future, the threat of young stoners Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y and the resurgence of Eminem alongside Royce da 5”9, the two superpowers of the genre, Kanye West and Jay Z have been forced to follow up triple platinum selling albums and festival tour de forces with a combined effort that has the world waiting. Today, ‘Otis’, the second leak from Watch the Throne, the album set for release on August 2.
As they embrace their new Red Light era, I caught up with Tom Findlay from the internationally renowned dance duo before their set at Exit Festival. Speaking about illegal downloading and moving on from CDs, he explains why Groove Armada won’t be making any more albums and also how he’d like to tempt George Michael to play in his ideal festival line up.
Late last year I became familiar with a DJ named Seth Troxler. Through my teen-like infatuation with the Detroit-born techno demi-God I came to discover a whole new world of musicians and artists who I’d never known about until I was introduced to them through Seth’s sets.
One of the standout acts is Benoit & Sergio, [...]
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Latitude markets itself as “more than just a music festival” and though it may not be able to boast names as big as some of the more established festivals it certainly makes up for this with the sheer scope of entertainment on offer.
In just eight years, the Numbers label has established itself at the forefront of the bass music scene.
“The whole thing started as a group of pals from a really small town – Glasgow’s tiny.”
These are the words of Jackmaster. Sitting outside Sheffield’s Tuesday Club, having just played to over one thousand people, he explains the [...]
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