Blogs

Difficult second album? More like difficult third, Arts

Difficult second album? More like difficult third

The problem of the ‘difficult’ second album has long been a part of musical lore, but in reality, it’s the third album that’s the real challenge.

Break-out bands of the last 10 years have all more or less been good for two LPs, beginning with a fresh but under-developed sound and then experimenting with production and complexity on their second.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 20 January 2012 at 9:41 am

L-Vis 1990: MySpace, Night Slugs and a secret collaboration, Arts

L-Vis 1990: MySpace, Night Slugs and a secret collaboration

A lot of people claim to break the rules when describing their musical exploits, yet Night Slugs co-founder L-Vis 1990 has released a string of limit-free club tracks which are truly doing things a bit differently. Last year’s ‘Neon Dreams’ album melded nostalgic traces of Chicago house with a hint of pop to great effect and just before Bugged Out Weekender, we caught up to have a brief chat.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 19 January 2012 at 2:25 pm

Hip hop has come full circle – it’s pure Logic, Arts

Hip hop has come full circle – it’s pure Logic

It was always going to happen. UK hip hop, has been suffering from an affliction. For too long it has come to be characterised by, the negative image and reputation left by corporate boardrooms and their marketing strategies. Of late though, UK hip hop has seen something of a renaissance.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 19 January 2012 at 10:45 am

Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards are back, Arts

Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards are back

Gilles Peterson is to world music what Mr. Kipling is to cakes. That might sound crass, but I love immersing myself in his radio show as much as I love tucking in to one of Mr. K’s apple pies. What I’m trying to say, is if someone says to me ‘DJ who knows cool shit from everywhere’, I only have one answer. Like if someone says, ‘mysterious man who makes delicious baked goods’.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 18 January 2012 at 12:38 pm

A chat with Acid House pioneer DJ Pierre, Arts

A chat with Acid House pioneer DJ Pierre

I’ve always been a big fan of Acid House music – it was the soundtrack to the Summer Of Love in 1988. It was a huge movement within electronic music that spawned many imitators, many raves and parties and left many people with hazy memories indellibly etched into their minds. The pioneer of this timeless sound was DJ Pierre, AKA Nathaniel Pierre Jones, who formed the group Phuture with his friends Spanky (Earl Smith Jr.) and Herb J (Herbert R Jackson Jr.). The threesome were responsible for creating Acid House and Pierre went on to work alone on many more productions using the infamous 303 synthesiser from which the Acid sound came. Still making music and producing 24 years on, I was privileged enough to have a chat with Pierre…

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 18 January 2012 at 12:00 am

Canterbury: Music is changing in a really big way, Arts

Canterbury: Music is changing in a really big way

In the current musical climate, finding a band that can truthfully say they’ve done everything themselves is a real delicacy. In an age where we’re surrounded by mp3’s, wav’s, and endless streams of Bandcamps and Tumblrs we can only hope to find a diamond in the rough. For me, that diamond is the ‘sweet rock’ four-piece, Canterbury.

By | Arts, Music | Saturday, 14 January 2012 at 6:00 am

Here comes the sun: The best European festivals, Arts

Here comes the sun: The best European festivals

In case you’re suffering from the January blues and looking forward to things to plan for the summer, here are the winners from the Festival Awards in Europe.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 13 January 2012 at 5:00 am

Plaid: We hoped to make an album that had a variety of moods, Arts

Plaid: We hoped to make an album that had a variety of moods

January is the month that most people stay in and stare at the walls. Mental self-flagellation is their entertainment. They sip on water and pinch their Christmas tyre. Drum their fingers mindlessly, take a biro to their lips and back, reminiscing about the taste of their last cigarette.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 12 January 2012 at 4:03 pm

Questions to the industry, #1, Arts

Questions to the industry, #1

What on earth does ‘’charge of the female MCs’’ mean, and who says Azealia Banks should lead it?

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 12 January 2012 at 4:00 pm

Enter Shikari: When we started this band, it was a hobby, Arts

Enter Shikari: When we started this band, it was a hobby

Originally a band that played music as a hobby, St.Albans’ Enter Shikari are now headlining shows all around the globe. I gave frontman Rou a ring to talk about Zeigeist, the struggle of Warped Tour and electronica.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 12 January 2012 at 10:36 am

Property search
Browse by area

Latest from Independent journalists on Twitter