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From the vaults: The lowdown on T.B. Arthur’s raw material, Music

From the vaults: The lowdown on T.B. Arthur’s raw material

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…

By | Music | Friday, 10 April 2015 at 5:12 pm

Minehead revisited: The return of Bloc. Weekend, Music

Minehead revisited: The return of Bloc. Weekend

After a four year hiatus, Bloc. Weekend returned to Butlins Minehead… and about time, too.

By | Music | Thursday, 2 April 2015 at 5:26 pm

Sherwood & Pinch: On a version excursion, Music

Sherwood & Pinch: On a version excursion

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…

By | Music | Thursday, 2 April 2015 at 5:24 pm

Palm Reader: Beside The Ones We Love, Arts

Palm Reader: Beside The Ones We Love

One of the leading lights of the UK’s resurgence in unrepentant bruising hardcore, Palm Reader are gearing up to release their magnificent second album Beside The Ones We Love through In At The Deep End Records on Monday 6th April.
The new album has already garnered high praise in many of the industry’s most well-regarded [...]

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 2 April 2015 at 11:00 am

Black Peaks Interview: “I was in Lidl looking at potatoes when Zane Lowe called”, Arts

Black Peaks Interview: “I was in Lidl looking at potatoes when Zane Lowe called”

Brighton-based four piece Black Peaks have already garnered the attention of the music industry at large by breaking down the doors at Radio 1 and having their own brand of post-math-prog heavy riffery played on daytime Radio 1. With a debut album in the works and a soon-to-be-sold out first headline show at Barfly in [...]

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 1 April 2015 at 11:00 am

Scottish Book Trust Ask the Author: Cathy MacPhail’s, Arts

Scottish Book Trust Ask the Author: Cathy MacPhail’s

Cathy MacPhail’s ever-expanding cabinet of book awards is a physical testament to her enduring popularity amongst teenage readers, with the most recent addition being her third Scottish Children’s Book Award. We caught up with her in the midst of launching her latest books, Devil You Know, an action-packed teen thriller with a sensational twist and The Stars Shall Be Bright, a moving story of a family caught up in the consequences of WW1.

By | Arts | Friday, 27 March 2015 at 1:54 pm

Lost in the Riots Interview: ‘If you’d told us we’d be going to Europe with this band four times, we would’ve told you to bugger off!’, Arts

Lost in the Riots Interview: ‘If you’d told us we’d be going to Europe with this band four times, we would’ve told you to bugger off!’

Watford based Lost in the Riots have released 2 albums and an EP in their relatively short four year career. Having already played prestigious up and coming festivals such as StrangeForms and ArcTanGent, the post-rock four piece are already making great strides. Remfry Dedman sat down with the band to discuss community, persistent rumours and [...]

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 25 March 2015 at 11:00 am

How Marcel Dettmann thought up his compilation, Film

How Marcel Dettmann thought up his compilation

The German techno legend reveals the thinking behind his label’s new release, the snappily titled MDR Compilation.

By | Film | Tuesday, 24 March 2015 at 8:53 am

Claude VonStroke: 10 Years of Dirtybird, Music

Claude VonStroke: 10 Years of Dirtybird

I remember hearing ‘Who’s Afraid Of Detroit’ being rinsed by all the dubstep DJs back in the mid-2000s. That track was my introduction to Claude VonStroke, a man who has established his label, dirtybird, as a premier house and techno platform. With a great team of artists at its core, the label has gone from [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 19 March 2015 at 5:07 pm

Scottish Book Trust’s Children’s Book Blog, Arts

Scottish Book Trust’s Children’s Book Blog

March 2015: books we are excited about
Book-loving children and parents are in for a treat this spring with a plethora of gorgeous new picture books due to be published in March. The proofs that have got us particularly excited in the office this month are Alfie in the Bath by the hugely talented Debi Gliori [...]

By | Arts | Monday, 9 March 2015 at 4:56 pm

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