Aloe Blacc: Soothe and Cool

Aloe Blacc, the MC/vocalist legally known as Nathaniel Dawkins, has had a musician’s ear since childhood. Raised by Panamanian parents in Southern California, Aloe has always saturated himself w…

Eska and Mpho Skeef: Breaking Out

There’s a revolutionary energy reverberating through speaker boxes and live music venues across the UK. The polar opposite of the junk food-quick fix of manufactured black pop, this is audio gas…

The Bug: Sound Murderer

It was 1 a.m. on the fifth floor of an abandoned council flat in London. A massive system had been brought in from Bristol and the Heatwave party was living up to its name. A visit from the authoritie…

Spankrock: What it Look Like

“This wasn’t supposed to happen,” laughs Naeem Juwan. “It just wasn’t supposed to happen.” Seated inside a Brooklyn falafel joint in the midst of an extended stay i…

Phuturistix: Future with a PH

It’s no secret that English garage producer Zed Bias has a skilled touch in the studio. The Streets, Whitney Houston and even Destiny’s Child have tapped him to remix their music. But thes…

Coldcut In The Studio

Ever since their infamous remix of Eric B. and Rakim’s classic “Paid in Full” mashed no-nonsense street rap, Ofra Haza’s Israeli chants and instructional Decca records like A J…

Ricochet Klashnekoff: Raw Rap

Ricochet Klashnekoff is a renegade London rapper ‘mans’ would follow into battle. His spirited street odes, loved by the capitol’s pirate radio stations, ring out from the car stereo…

Hot Chip: Fun House

The five-man party that is London’s Hot Chip must confound those poor CD-sticker-blurb writers. On their debut album Coming on Strong, the band mixes absurdity and realism, detail and grandeur, …

Debaser: Ragga Jungle Lives

As jungle grew darker and more streamlined, it left behind ’93 and ’94’s cut-up amens, bubblin’ basslines and shouts of “Bloodclaat!” from MCs like Top Cat. But a g…

DK7: Dark Days

Disarmed is Jesper Dahlbäck at his most baroque. Synths drift towards heaven like demons toward the soot-darkened spire of an ancient church. Electronically warped and delayed guitars ebb and surge in…

Konrad Black: Minimal Maniac

Can minimal techno ever be too dark? In the world of Konrad Black, the answer is most certainly, no. With his roots in a plethora of different musical genres, Vancouver BC’s Todd Shillington (a.…

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