Busdriver: Prose & Cons

If you didn’t know that Regan Farquhar is actually Busdriver–second generation Project Blowed rapper, stalwart of the L.A. indie rap scene, architect of a fifth solo album of impassioned and imp…

Somewhere: Stockholm, Sweden

Neither Arctic chill nor a buttoned-down reputation has kept a healthy homegrown hip-hop scene from taking root in Stockholm. The capital city teems with record stores, where you can pick up the lates…

Bole 2 Harlem: And Back Again

Haile Selassie–the long-reigning Ethiopian king and, to Jamaican Rastafarians, incarnation of God on Earth–stared down at David Schommer from the walls of his childhood home. In his youth, Schommer wo…

Marcus Intalex: This Charming Manc

Marcus Intalex is the most lovably grumpy character in drum & bass. It’s rare to encounter this Manchester native not engaged in an impassioned rant about something, whether it’s recounting the s…

Bonobo In the Studio

The music press has birthed a great deal of corny genre names, but perhaps the daddy of them all is “chill-out.” Totally functional, and devoid of personality, chill-out does exactly what …

Reinventing the Soundsystem

On October 26, 2006, Detroit’s newest contemporary art museum, MOCAD, opened its doors to the public with a show called Meditations in an Emergency. The most compelling part of the exhibition wa…

Jon Santos: Freebird Story

If you catch Jon Santos busting a jit at a Manhattan warehouse party, then consider yourself lucky. When 32-year-old Santos isn’t holed up in his Chrystie Street studio working on one of a dozen proje…

Klaxons: White Magick

In 1992, Kicks Like a Mule’s “The Bouncer” was released on Tribal Bass Records, a label owned by British ragga techno vocalist Rebel MC. It was made by XL Recordings founders Nick Ha…

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