What does it even mean? Much of the press coverage of the arty side of the 2012 Olympics – culminating at the moment with the London 2012 Festival – has involved head-scratching about what the hell it actually is.
Born to Moroccan parents, bred in the heart of West London and nicknamed after a unique party trick; 24-year-old Catch‘em is a rapper with a refreshing agenda: not to take himself too seriously…
Just when you think it has all been done before, a crop of amazing new bands drop in the inbox. Whether it’s four boys in sharp suits restoring faith in guitars, or rappers creating no-fi bleak hip-hop, the onslaught of fresh talent is gratefully relentless.
For the past year or so a new scene has been quietly brewing in the corners of London. With fuzzy guitars, reverb drenched vocals and gorgeous melodies at the forefront, let’s give a big welcome back to our old friend – slacker pop. Joining the likes of Yuck, The History Of Apple Pie and Gross Magic, the delightfully named Fanzine have recently been infiltrating the internet with the release of their video LA. The London four-piece sit down to tell us about how they got started, the current UK scene & what’s coming next for the band.
Personal reinvention is the crux of pop music, and people do it for a reason – being a pop star’s awesome and wannabes will do anything to achieve it, talent shows and crop-cuts included.
During the first stages of my love affair with house and techno, one of the tracks that really stood out for me was ‘The Kiss’ by Ellen Allien.
Summertime means summer movies, and as usual this year’s fare is a mixed bag. My personal interest in a new batch of films is the original music that accompanies them. I’m an enormous film score geek, you see, and whilst summer blockbuster season doesn’t always bode well for someone with my musical interests (great scores just as often accompany the sleepy dramas tucked between major movie “seasons”), it at least signals a glut of big-budget, potentially exciting projects that tend to have big scores attached.
Robert Owens is one of the voices of house music, a man whose vocals were present at the beginning and remain utterly timeless. He has the ability to convey emotion in such a pure form that he has touched music lovers all over the world.
Whisking the listener through a vast myriad of musical influences comes D&B/dubstep duo, Delta Heavy, who have impressed many with their unshackled take on bass music. Here they talk about pet hates, stop motion videos and rabbit hole imagery.
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