Kwake Bass – Against The Clock

The Kate Tempest and Sampha collaborator gets creative.  Kwake Bass is one London’s busiest musicians. As well as acting as Sampha and Kate Tempest’s musical director on tour, he’s jammed with Mica Levi and Herbie Hancock, performed with MF Doom, shared a stage with Method Man and Redman and forms part jazz and hip hop instrumental

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GoldLink – Access All Areas

For DC rapper GoldLink, touring is a family affair. The Grammy-nominated artist may have rolled out Craig David for his sold-out London show, but his family and friends will always come out top. GoldLink’s family is a close-knit unit that includes his childhood friend and manager Kazz and his Australian videographer Oliver – and they’re

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FACT mix 640: DJ Taye

One Teklife’s youngest members pushes footwork forward on an electrifying FACT mix. DJ Taye is one the youngest members the Teklife crew, but he’s already got more experience under his belt than a lot musicians twice his age. Born in 1994 and raised in Chicago’s South Side on a musical diet ’70s jazz, house, Jay-Z,

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"The internet is a devastating wasteland": How social media could be making musicians sick

Music industry vet turned music management teacher Sally Gross has seen “what happens to the detritus the music industry firsthand.” With the study, “Can Music Make You Sick?”, she and co-author George Musgrave aimed to figure out why musicians, even the most up-and-coming, suffered more mental health-related issues than most other people. Lily Moayeri spoke

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Yuzo Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima’s Streets of Rage 3 OST is a valuable slice of techno history

Released this month on vinyl for the first time by Data Discs, Yuzo Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima’s Streets Rage 3 soundtrack blends innovative generative programming with serious techno innovation and accidentally pre-empted trance. But in a world endless reissues, John Twells wonders if video game soundtracks can ever be more than nostalgia. It’s easy to

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Listen to Frank Ocean's dreamy cover of 'Moon River'

“In the late nite.” Frank Ocean has shared a cover the Breakfast at Tiffany’s favorite ‘Moon River’. Originally composed by Henry Mancini and performed by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie, Ocean’s gorgeous, stripped-back version marks his first release 2018. Last month, the US star teased the arrival new music on his Tumblr page, posting a cryptic

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Step into the cult of Nilüfer Yanya

FACT Rated is our series digging into the sounds and stories the most vital breaking artists around right now. This week, London singer-songwriter Nilüfer Yanya takes us inside her sparse, guitar-driven R&B pop. Her songs’ stories may be hard to grasp but the most affecting ones always are, she tells Al Horner. Love is a

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Black Panther director Ryan Coogler had his "mind blown" by Kendrick Lamar's all-star soundtrack

Anticipation was already high for new Marvel movie Black Panther. Then Kendrick Lamar announced he was readying a tie-in album, featuring Vince Staples, James Blake, SZA and more, and excitement tipped into hysteria. The film’s director Ryan Coogler tells Al Horner how the soundtrack came to be and why it’s an important appendage to a culturally crucial

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Remembering Jóhann Jóhannsson

Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who penned a slew influential solo albums and a number Hollywood scores, including The Theory Everything and Arrival, died in Berlin on Friday, February 9. John Twells looks back on a life artistic integrity, exploration and collaboration. I was wearing an Iron Maiden shirt when I met Jóhann Jóhannsson for the

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FACT mix 639: Black Milk

Detroit’s Black Milk goes genre-free on this wide-reaching blend beats, bleeps and bumps. Emerging in the early ’00s producing beats for Detroit royalty Slum Village, Curtis Cross, aka Black Milk, quickly rose to prominence as both an innovative producer and talented rapper. This month, Cross will release his sixth solo album, FEVER, a fusion his

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Jóhann Jóhannsson has died at age 48

One the great film composers his generation. Icelandic avant-garde composer and experimental musician Jóhann Jóhannsson has died at age 48 in Berlin. A cause death has not been announced. Jóhannsson is survived by his parents, sisters and daughter. His manager, Tim Husom, wrote: “I’m so very sad. Today, I lost my friend who was one

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Daupe! is crashing Bandcamp with its indie rap vinyl editions

Brighton’s Daupe! label scours the hip-hop landscape for gems, putting out deluxe limited vinyl and cassette editions records from Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine and MF DOOM that sell out in minutes. High Leask meets label boss Lawrence Lord, aka the Purist, to understand the philosophy behind a rapidly-growing cottage industry. Lawrence Lord samples everything.

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