With the charts absorbed in sounds birthed in the UK underground streets and home made bed room set ups – we wanted to capture the essence of the refreshing new talent establishing their names on this circuit. These self taught individuals are combining dirty bass and synths into an authentic balance of both worlds – and will soon have the mainstream buzzing to pick up their new found blends of style.
Still only in his (very) twenties and studying Comparative Literature at Brown University in Rhode Island, Nicolas Jaar has managed to make quite an impact on the electronic music scene despite his youth and educational commitments. His first track, on the much-lauded Wolf + Lamb label, was released when he was just 17 and in the years since he’s managed to maintain a high level of production as well as starting his own record label and touring the globe as a DJ and, more recently, with his own live band.
He’s opened shows for the Wu Tang Clan, toured the world with Lowkey, Jehst and Gangstarr, been deemed “awesome” by BBC Radio One’s Huw Stephens and a “legend” by 1xtra’s Charlie Sloth, and has shared the stage with Damon Albarn, Flea from The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Babyshambles. But you still probably haven’t heard of him. Here’s what The Last Skeptik had to say to about his disdain for the music industry, Wes Anderson films and his new video that depicts multiple train crashes.
‘War’, said Edwin Starr. ‘What is it good for?’ He continued: ‘Absolutely nothing’. A great song, perhaps, but probably not a great piece of political commentary. There’s nothing wrong with it – but if you want to learn about war, you’re probably better off with a newspaper. Much the same, undeniably, can even be said of a work like Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. However beautiful or poignant, it does remain a piece of music rather than an analytical commentary.
A Doctor Who movie is in the works, according to Harry Potter director David Yates. Fans of the BBC show will be hoping for a high-quality film, but TV-to-film adaptations can be a risky business.
I’ve been to Newcastle twice in my lifetime, both times were for nights out but back in the days when I frequented more ‘commercial’ clubs. I had a brilliant time on both occasions, if there’s one thing everyone knows it’s that Geordies, and people from the north in general, know how to party. But, sadly, the impression that most of have of Newcastle is a city where commercial music overrides everything else… which begs the question ‘What about house and techno?’… There has to be some kind of electronic scene there?
Four Year Strong are leading the charge on the US pop-punk frontier at the moment, and are currently touring stateside. I caught up with FYS’ Alan Day.
Friday was the first day of the ten-day London Jazz Festival (LJF), that glorious time of year when more live improvised music can be heard in the bars, clubs and concert halls of the capital than the rest of the year put together.
Best-known as Martha Jones, the second companion to David Tennant’s Doctor, former ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Torchwood’ actress Freema Agyeman was in attendance at the London MCM Expo at the ExCel Centre. She spoke to me about ‘Doctor Who’, the growth of science fiction and what she’s doing next.
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