David August was in London recently, so I caught up with him to grab a beer in the sun and talk about his brand new project – a live musical group called The David August Ensemble. A very interesting chat ensued…
Actress (AKA Darren J. Cunningham) moved to London, from Wolverhampton, in 1999 to attend university in the capital. Over the years his productions have captured the imaginations of electronic music lovers around the world, thanks to his diverse and often quite leftfield approach. I spoke to him recently and our chat began with my excitement [...]
Glaswegian math / post rock newcomers Dialects are set to release their debut EP LTKLTL or to give it its full title Let The Kids Light These Lanterns on the 11th May. The formation of the band goes back to a particularly lacklustre Christmas party where guitarists Conor Anderson and Steve Gillies and [...]
With a sound self-described as ‘Big Morbid Death Pop’, Charlie Barnes make good on that oddly curious descriptor with the release of More Stately Mansions on 11th May. The album is available to stream exclusively with The Independent a week before release below.
The band, fronted by Charlie, play an audacious mish-mash of several styles. As [...]
This month we’re looking forward to leaving the unpredictable April weather behind and settling down in the snow-free garden to enjoy the book bonanza that spring brings us. First up in the picture books category is a new offering from Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt; What the Jackdaw Saw (Macmillan), a story of friendship and sign language written in collaboration with a group of deaf children, is a reliably bold, bright and brilliant read from the golden couple of the book world.
One of the most imaginative and exciting acts to emerge from the underground in recent years, Nordic Giants, have released a steady stream of singles and EPs since 2010 but many have been awaiting the arrival of their debut full-length album with baited breath. Released through Kscope on 27th April, A Séance of Dark Delusions [...]
2015 marks the 15th anniversary of Anthony Horowitz’s bestselling Alex Rider series, which have sold over 16 million copies in English and are widely credited with redefining the spy genre. There are many special events and activities planned to celebrate the anniversary, including all ten Alex Rider novels being published in new editions on April 2nd and a special competition in partnership with Blue Peter and MI5 to find three CBBC Intelligence Officers. Young fans can also get involved from the comfort of their desks when a special free Authors Live event with Anthony is streamed live into UK schools on April 23rd. The man himself took some time out from all the celebrations to tell us why he goes to such extreme lengths to research his books, and what he would do if he wasn’t an author..
A few months ago I received some music that was attributed to a shadowy character named T.B. Arthur. Apparently the music, which was raw, acidic, techno with an odd almost unorthodox feel to it, had been lying around for years without a release (thought there is some scepticism around this story). Reissued via Hard Wax in Berlin, the tracks had allegedly been held on to by a friend of TB’s and is finally seeing the light of day almost two decades after it was made. I tracked down the friend of TB and spoke to him about TB, the music and old time Chicago…
After a four year hiatus, Bloc. Weekend returned to Butlins Minehead… and about time, too.
Adrian Sherwood and Pinch represent a merger between two distinct generations of UK music, their partnership is one that excited me the moment I heard about it. Their album, Late Night Endless, is a superb collection of work inspired by their undying love for dub music and dub plate culture, both of which are close to my heart, having grown up on reggae and, later, drum n bass – two forms of music which are intrinsically linked through bass, dub plates and dub itself. I was fortunate enough to be invited to spend some time with the two men ahead of their gig alongside Squarepusher at the Barbican recently. Here’s the result of our chat…
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