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All Rapped Up: The best US hip-hop of 2013, Arts

All Rapped Up: The best US hip-hop of 2013

The past 12 months felt somewhat low key for US hip-hop. In sharp contrast with 2012, which yielded a sizeable stack of truly excellent records and, in Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city, one bonafide classic, 2013 seemed just, well, a bit quiet.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 1 January 2014 at 9:08 pm

Glimpse: “There’s no going back now”, Arts

Glimpse: “There’s no going back now”

Glimpse is a house and techno producer who has been involved with the music for well over a decade now, maintaining a fruitful and productive career – meandering between styles, dipping into live performance, DJing and forming creative partnerships with numerous artists, including the late Martin Dawson. More recently he has been working on the Dense & Pika techno project with his friend, and fellow musician, Alex Jones. I caught up with him a few days ago to speak about what his career…

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 30 December 2013 at 9:54 pm

Jhene Aiko Interview: “I really like working with rappers. They really take their time with what they are writing and I do that too”, Arts

Jhene Aiko Interview: “I really like working with rappers. They really take their time with what they are writing and I do that too”

Whether it is her organic and melodic tone, her thought-provoking lyrics, her sensuality or the fact that she has every music lover captivated as they listening to her voice, one thing is for sure: Jhene Aiko is making a well-deserved mark on the music industry.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 24 December 2013 at 4:00 am

Yellow Claw know no boundaries, Music

Yellow Claw know no boundaries

The sounds of Amsterdam are louder and brasher than ever, and for that we have Yellow Claw to thank.

By | Music | Tuesday, 24 December 2013 at 12:51 am

‘True Talk’ by Logic – Why Hip Hop remains a powerful way to provide social commentary, Arts

‘True Talk’ by Logic – Why Hip Hop remains a powerful way to provide social commentary

More True Talk the new album from Logic MC of Peoples Army produced by Last Resort is out now. It’s the second instalment of the Truetalk project, the first of which became an instant underground classic.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 19 December 2013 at 1:27 am

Prosumer: “Without music I would have gone insane or killed myself”, Arts

Prosumer: “Without music I would have gone insane or killed myself”

Earlier this week I caught up with Prosumer on the last day of his recent tour of the US. He was in his hotel room in Chicago about to head to Edinburgh, where he relocated earlier this year from Berlin. Prosumer is a cult figure thanks to his residency at Berlin’s infamous Panorama Bar, a position he held since it was opened, his unerring passion for record shopping and digging for gems coupled with innate ability to thread together disco, funk, soul and house in his all vinyl DJ sets.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 17 December 2013 at 2:00 am

Interview with singer songwriter Ayanna: ‘In creating music, I experience a powerful exchange of energy’, Arts

Interview with singer songwriter Ayanna: ‘In creating music, I experience a powerful exchange of energy’

Her inspirations range from Stravinsky to Stevie Wonder; currently she is touring the states with Anoushka Shankar and last year she received personal plaudits from Dionne Warwick. But in a few weeks’ time, singer song writer Ayanna Johnson will for the first time in her budding career have the spotlight solely to herself.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 6:00 am

Tapesh & Maximiljan look back on 2013, Arts

Tapesh & Maximiljan look back on 2013

Tapesh and Maximiljan are a pair of DJs from Germany who have combined their talents on a series of EPs over the last year or so, finding favour with labels such as Leena Music, Noir Music, Area Remote and Mobilee. As the end of the year approaches, I dropped them both a line to get a brief overview of their highlights from the past 11 months.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 4:00 am

Interview with Molly: ‘I must have very lucky stars above my head!’, Arts

Interview with Molly: ‘I must have very lucky stars above my head!’

The house and techno scene in Paris is on fire at the moment. One of the most popular and influential clubs in Paris is Rex Club, which celebrated 25 years in the business this year. I spoke to resident DJ and Head of Communications at Rex, Molly.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 10 December 2013 at 10:59 pm

Joseph Capriati: “Representing Napoli and representing Italy. That’s my spirit”, Arts

Joseph Capriati: “Representing Napoli and representing Italy. That’s my spirit”

Joseph Capriati is one of Italy’s biggest techno exports. After a storming season at Marco Carola’s Music On event in Ibiza this summer, he has just released his debut album, ‘Self Portrait’. I made it Album Of The Month on my techno page in Mixmag last month. With such a great year behind him, Joseph made the perfect candidate for an interview.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 5 December 2013 at 4:00 am

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