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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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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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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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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An Essential Guide to Superchunk

The plethora new sounds that exploded out the ’90s was staggering. And while many the decade’s most singular artists continue to do great things both in the mainstream and the underground,  few have remained as artistically ambitious, consistent and wedded to their original ethos as Chapel Hill, NC quartet Superchunk. Certainly none sounded like they

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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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Standerwick & Haliene – 'Deep End'

Standerwick & Haliene – Deep End Armada Music is notoriously known for their absolutely impeccable artists. Among the impressive list producers, including Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, Markus Schultz, W&W, Paul van Dyk, and now Standerwick. His new track with Haliene, ‘Deep End’, is out today. The Bristol-born musician, who made the switch from writing rock music to

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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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Field Day and Lovebox announce new locations for 2018

The London festivals have confirmed their new locations for 2018. Field Day and Lovebox have confirmed their new locations for 2018. Field Day, which has been held in east London’s Victoria Park for 11 years, will relocate to south London’s Brockwell Park. The festival will take place on Friday June 1 and Saturday June 2, with

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