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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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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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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Zhu Officially Confirms Tame Impala Collaboration

The verdict is in. The drawn out a collaboration between Zhu and indie rockers Tame Impala is finally confirmed to be true. The producer was performing at a huge event in China that was launching a new Chinese electronic dance music label Liquid State, a partnership between Sony and the Chinese streaming and tech company Tencent Music

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No Age Are Back to Not Taking Themselves Seriously on 'Snares Like a Haircut'

A decade ago, No Age defined everything that was great about late ’00s indie rock; the duo’s first three releases, Weirdo Rippers, Nouns and Everything in Between blended stripped-down experimentation with snooty punk rock, gaining overwhelmingly positive reviews in the process. After putting out the minimalist, challenging and underwhelmed An Object in 2013, drummer/vocalist Dean

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Even more life: How Drake's 2017 shows us what to expect from his new music next year

Drake’s 2017 project More Life experimented with the presentation between-album releases, something he’s been tinkering with since 2015’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Dubbed a “playlist”, this new music found Drake dabbling in dancehall, trap, grime, house and techno. What does such an eclectic collection mean for his next proper full-length? Rae Witte

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The 10 best film and TV scores of 2017

From Stranger Things 2 to Good Time.  2017 was a year that sent tremors through Hollywood, the debacle at this February’s Oscars foreshadowing even greater debacles to come as the year unfurled. From the revelations about Harvey Weinstein to Disney’s purchase Fox all the way to some very big budget box fice flops, it was a

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The 10 best video game soundtracks of 2017

It’s been another banner year for video games with a killer crop soundtracks to match. FACT gamers Scott Wilson, Miles Bowe, Tayyab Amin and Lewis Gordon round up the most memorable scores 2017. Last year, the video game trends to watch were virtual reality and 4K graphics, and the battle lines were being drawn between

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Dominican Singer Natti Natasha Earns Top Viewed YouTube Video of the Week With Ozuna-Featuring 'Criminal'

The most watched video in the world on YouTube this week belongs to Dominican singer Natti Natasha, with “Criminal,” featuring reggaeton artist Ozuna. Natasha's latest feat comes months after Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's “Despacito” video dethroned Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” as most viewed YouTube video  all time. But with a whopping 634,972,238 views

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CAPPA Returns From Year-Long Hiatus With 'Waste My Time': Premiere

Listening to Nashville-based singer CAPPA's new indie-pop track “Waste My Time” is definitely not a waste time, and luckily you can stream it today (Nov. 16) for the first time exclusively at Billboard. CAPPA (born Carla Cappa) says she finally found a breakthrough with “Waste My Time” (CONGO Records Spinnin') after a long period creative limbo.  “'Waste My Time’

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Kidricc James New Music Video to Current Single “A Million”

Houston Rap artist Kidricc James, whom has been busy promoting his latest single entitled “A Million”, now presents the ficial music video! “A Million” has been receiving impressive FM Broadcast Radio airplay as late with 191 spins to date according to Mediabase and so far has reached number 35 in the nation on Mediabase’s Urban Indie Label Report.  “A Million” is from

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