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20 August 2015
When I call Ahmed Gallab, he has just finished breakfast on his final day in London, where he has been rehearsing with his band ahead of their performance at WOMAD festival. Actually, that should be both bands and performances plural, as Ahmed is not only the leader of City Slang's African-tinged electro-pop outfit Sinkane, but the musical coordinator of the Atomic Bomb! Band, who play the music of William Onyeabor. [read more]
Guy Debord used to talk about taking a dérive, walking through an urban area essentially following your nose. Our music editor took a dérive through Lisbon and took some photos along the way. [read more]
There is an urgency, roughness and all round excitement that encapsulates What Went Down as an album, and during our conversation, Philippakis tells me all the details of how some their best work to date came into being through subconscious imagery, intuition and not over-thinking the process. [read more]
What a week for rap beefs. Tensions between Ghostface Killah and Action Bronson finally erupted to a waged war, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift had it out on Twitter over the VMAs and OG Maco and Boi1da had a few aggressive words for the other. [read more]
Before the show, Cothran sits on a stoop outside of PhilaMOCA and discusses how music has always been a relief – the outlet that saves him when the metaphorical microphone cord keeps circling tighter and tighter. "Since the beginning of my life, I always used music to cope, and I probably always will," he says. "It's good to try to give that same feeling back to other people." [read more]
Andrew Darley spoke to him about his love of collaboration, his new project Starwalker with Air’s Jean-Benoît Dunckel and his move in becoming more direct in what he means. [read more]
Overall, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp acts as both a brilliant introduction to an immensely funny series for younger, less acquainted viewers as well as long-awaited proof that the original film was more than a one-off fluke for long-time fans. [read more]
The main appeal of Brainchild comes in the intimacy, modesty and originality of its set up. Brainchild knows that you don't need the biggest acts in the world right now to be headlining the main stage to have a really good and inspiring weekend. Instead, the festival encourages you to open your mind to something new and enjoy some of the best in up-and-coming talent. [read more]
You need only look through all the tributes to David Letterman's career after his retirement to see how many great musical guests he's had on his show. Future Islands had been knocking around for quite a while before they made their network television debut in March last year. With three albums already out before appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman, they'd been bubbling away in the background; appreciated by a small few who treasured them like their own little secret. [read more]
Carl Osbourn made his way to this year's Hyper Japan in London. Check out the full gallery right here.
Raleigh Ritchie's claiming this year as his, both visually and sonically.
Becky Sui Zhen introduces us to her alter-ego, Susan.
They play London's Brixton Academy on November 20th.
Plunge into the 'Eye Garden' and escape your mind here on The 405.
It's the first in a series of covers from the Brooklyn electronic duo, and it's one hell of a strong start.
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