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Martin Creed //

Famous for his pared-down, minimalism-influenced work, Martin Creed has just opened his biggest exhibition to date, a definitive retrospective at the Hayward.>>

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Perfect Pussy //

“With this band, I’m doing everything in real time” - Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves on ditching the scene and saying yes to love>>

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ANDY HOLDEN //

Working primarily in sculpture, Andy Holden has been gaining momentum over the past years. A piece in TATE Britain and solo shows across the UK, he's a postmodern renaissance man.>>

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DARKSIDE //

The collaboration between Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington has taken their prodigious creativity and musicianship to an entirely new level>>

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NENEH CHERRY //

Her 30-year musical legacy echoes through contempory culture. Now Neneh Cherry is returning to the fold with the Four Tet-produced Blank Project>>

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EAGULLS //

Hanging from a skyscraper, skipping school to smoke weed and parring the cast of Emmerdale. All in a day’s work for Eagulls.>>

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KELELA //

Following a transatlantic union of underground producers, Kelela has uncovered her route to uncharted territory>>

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SAPPHIRE SLOWS //

"I’m a young Japanese girl living in Tokyo – that’s totally true, but so what? That sucks if I have to be one of those Kawaii girls.">>

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SZA //

With a delicate voice and a hard head, SZA has secured a role with this era’s definitive hip-hop collective>>

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HORT //

As avid long-term admirers of their maverick design ethos, Crack snapped up the offer of a guided tour around Berlin's Studio Hort>>

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MAX RICHTER //

The terrifyingly talented Godfather of Boomkat Classical steels himself for the re-realisation of his finest work to date>>

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EWEN SPENCER: UKG //

Ewen Spencer has spent years photographing subcultures in the UK. His latest compilation of photography is a portrait of the UK Garage scene of the mid 1990s.>>

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JULIO BASHMORE //

One of the most distinctive and divisive figures in the UK house explosion, Julio Bashmore finally breaks his silence to talk trolls, fried chicken and erotic sci-fi novels>>

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AU REVOIR SIMONE //

Four years on from Still Night, Still Light, the Brooklyn dream pop figureheads are back. And now they’ve got Environmental Biology on their side.>>

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GNOD //

Poking fun at religions, praising jungle and re-working the rules of the dancefloor in one of the North's most exhilarating venues; just an average day in the life of Gnod>>

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ALEX TROCHUT: BINARY PRINTS //

After years working as an acclaimed 'expressive typographer', this Barcelona-based artist has indulged his passion for dance music in a series of striking and hugely innovative prints>>

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ANDY C //

The undisputed king of Drum and Bass, Andy C has been executing his full-throttle technical wizardry since the genre broke.>>

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DJ KOZE //

Part affable eccentric, part sensitive artist, off-kilter house and techno specialist DJ Koze might seem whimsical and kooky, but he's all business when it comes to music>>

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THUNDERCAT //

With his second LP Apocalypse, Thundercat once again partners up with Flying Lotus to create a fitting tribute to a departed friend>>

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Julia Holter //

From Euripides to Los Angeles: With Loud City Song, Julia Holter drops the fantasy for cacophonous social rumination and an immersion in the city>>

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DJ SPRINKLES //

Steering clear of kick drums and drug chat, deep house head DJ Sprinkles opens up about sexuality, sonic-semiotics and shopping-mall background bangers>>

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OLIVER WILDE //

Be it from bedroom or hospital ward, Oliver Wilde is crafting some of the most intriguing songs to emerge from Bristol in years>>

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DAVID SHRIGLEY //

David Shrigley has become one of the most important illustrative visions of his generation; and all from a boy from Macclesfield who can't draw.>>

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CARL CRAIG //

Crack spoke to Detroit techno royalty as he prepares to release his superb three-disc Masterpiece compilation.>>

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HELEN MARTEN //

As she prepares for the honour of showing her work at the Venice Biennale, we speak to one of the most admired and daring young artists in the country.>>

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BIBIO //

With each successive album Bibio's inventive sound gains the unmistakable textures of personal growth>>

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MELVINS //

For one of the most influential acts in the history of American Rock music, it's all in a day's work.>>

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MMOTHS //

Despite the increasing levels of attention garnered by his second EP Diaries, this youthful Irish producer remains admirably grounded.>>

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LUKE SITAL-SINGH //

Crack speaks to the folk-fired Londoner following the release of his second EP, Old Flint, which presents an intricately honed mix of ardour and aesthetics.>>

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MOON BOOTS //

Crack speaks to the French Express-affiliated DJ/producer/remixer ahead of his appearance at Nottingham’s Shut The Front Door.>>

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NEON NEON //

Flitting between the oddball and the mirrorball, Neon Neon's second full-length brings the life of a mid-20th century Italian communist into gleaming focus.>>

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A FOR AUSTERITY

MediaSpank takes on Cameron and Osbourne's continued commitment to stagnation>>

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Daniel Ginns //

The conviction with which Daniel Ginns portrays the more morbid depths of his subconscious is utterly harrowing.>>

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STEFFI

Steffi's new Panorama Bar CD has cemented her place as German electronic tastemaker>>

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Hort //

Hort are a multifaceted Berlin design studio who encompass the vibrant, hedonistic visual language of the city.>>

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BONOBO //

With yet another record of atmospheric splendour on the horizon, Bonobo's reputation continues to spiral.>>

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John Bohl //

John Bohl is a painter from Baltimore who caught our eye with his meeting of psychedelic and everyday images>>

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TOP 5 FILMS OF 2012 //

Crack's esteemed Film Editor, Tim Oxley Smith, gives us a rundown of his five favourite cinematic creations of the year.>>

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BEN KLOCK //

Ben Klock is the foremost bastion of the culture he’s created. And when your culture incorporates the most iconic nightclub on the planet, there is a definite prestige involved when presenting it on foreign soil.>>

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JEFF MILLS //

When the definitive histories of techno start to be written, there’s one man guaranteed to recur as a central figure in all of them: Jeff Mills.>>

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ANIMAL COLLECTIVE //

Baltimore’s original electric warriors Animal Collective are back; full throttle, full house and full of those mind altering jams that Crack adores.>>

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029 – Deadboy

Deadboy has crafted a mix showcasing a cross-pollination of urban flavours that could only be found from producer coming straight out of South-London.>>

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TALL SHIPS //

Already one of the finest live bands in the country, their debut full-length has seen Tall Ships reaffirm their promise>>

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COSMIC KIDS //

We chatted to the LA disco/house duo in anticipation of their appearance at this weekend's fabric birthday bash>>

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MALA //

Embracing Cuban music and heritage proved to be among the most challenging steps of the dubstep pioneer's career>>

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HOW TO DRESS WELL //

With his second album, How To Dress Well reflects on a period of such crushing loss that it became empowering in its totality; hence, Total Loss.>>

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027 – Navid Izadi

Having popped up on Denis Kurtzel’s second album earlier this year, and with a string of releases lined up on Wolf + Lamb, Navid Izadi clearly keeping exquisite company>>

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FRENCH //

Brutally dark and unapologetically twisted; Crack delves into the mind of Richard 'French' Sayer.>>

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026 – Hello?Repeat

Having formed the Hello?Repeat label back in 2005, Jan Krueger and Daze Maxim have continued to establish their international reputations.>>

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025 – The Organ Grinder

This intriguingly-monikered Cardiff figurehead, who goes by the almost equally impressive name of Cayne Ramos by day, has become the latest contributor to our mix series.>>

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IDLES //

In a small but impossible to ignore flurry of bands currently worming their way out of Bristol, Idles stand alone.>>

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005 – Claude VonStroke

For Crack's fifth mix in the Crackcast series we struck gold with Dirtybird Records boss and don of hip-shaking bass-house, Claude VonStroke>>

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JESSIE WARE //

A rapidly snowballing reputation and a debut full-length on the horizon, Jessie Ware is one of the breakout stars of 2012>>

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023 – Alfresco Disco Pt.2

This second instalment sees Alfresco residents Justin Gettings and Tom Hodgson going toe-to-toe with another downright mouth-watering dose of celebratory disco and low-slung house vibes.>>

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MR MEAD //

Tom Mead draws the stuff of his nightmares; dark, soulless creatures with hollow eyes and mechanical hearts.>>

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ANGELA LIZON //

Angela Lizon takes standards of kitsch imagery and elevates them to large-scale paintings, creating her own brand of humorous fine art.>>

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AUNTIE FLO //

Auntie Flo has crafted an album of exotic magnitude that realigns the parameters between world music and the dancefloor>>

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ALED SIMONS //

Aled Simons has produced a captivating range of images which draw on multiple histories and past lives.>>

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100% SILK //

As outsiders entering the territorial realm of dance music, 100% Silk have proved they can make music for both the head and the heart.>>

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TINARIWEN //

Tinariwen’s efforts to highlight the struggle of the Tuareg people is the one constant in all their lives.>>

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NZCA/Lines

Channeling ancient Peruvian culture through glittering electronic pop, NZCA/Lines combines high concepts with immediately striking melody>>

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ALT-J

Much has been made of their enigmatic identity, but it's Alt-J's music which truly stands them apart>>

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JAMES KIRKUP //

We got to grips with the brilliantly creative and unmistakably modern work of this London graphic artist.>>

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DJ KRUSH //

The sensei of Japanese hip-hop, DJ Krush is celebrating 20 years as one of the purest innovators in the game.>>

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THE MEN //

With one of the most talked-about guitar albums on the planet under their belts, The Men are on fire.>>

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RICHEY BECKETT //

Richey Beckett’s ambitious and powerful visions, allied to a stunning level of technical accomplishment, have made him an artist in demand.>>

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LEE RANALDO //

As founding member of Sonic Youth and a constantly evolving creative presence, Lee Ranaldo is a pivotal figure in modern music.>>

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WILL SAUL //

The archetypical dance music all-rounder, Will Saul is a jack of all trades, master of quite a few actually.>>

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BLOOD ORANGE //

Rock, pop, soul and synesthesia – and that’s just the start of it. Crack caught up with the kids’ chameleon Dev Hynes at a rare UK gig.>>

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DJ SHADOW //

DJ Shadow is in the Guinness Book of Records for his musical exploits, yet remains one of the most level-headed men in music today.>>

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FUTUREBOOGIE //

As one of the hottest labels of 2011, Futureboogie have become figureheads in Bristol's prodigious house music revival.>>

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M83 //

M83's new record sees the sonic ambition of Anthony Gonzales stretched out into dreamland>>

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TINHEAD //

Pinning down the inimitable, insatiable, incorrigible Tinhead was always going to be a challenge. We gave it our best shot.>>

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BATHS //

With debut album Cerulean, LA’s Baths merges complex beats with emotive songwriting in spectacular fashion>>

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DJ FUNK //

DJ Funk is one of the originators of Chicago’s ghetto house sound. The man himself graced Crack with a super-rare interview.>>

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DOC DANEEKA //

Lauded producer/Ten Thousand Yen label boss, we got talking to the latest contributor to our Crackcast series from his new Berlin home>>

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CLOUD CONTROL //

Armed with four-part harmonies and delicate instrumentation, Cloud Control are preparing an assault on the UK. In the nicest way possible.>>

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CRAZY P //

Five-piece disco live specialists Crazy P's new album showcases a maturity that is still keeping them streaks ahead of the game.>>

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DAVID FOLDVARI //

From Muffheads to Eyeheads to warped political figureheads, Crack spent some time trying to get into David Foldvari's head. Head.>>

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GHOSTPOET //

While Ghostpoet mumbles his way through tales of British life, everyone else shouts over him to say how good they are>>

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KOWTON //

Kowton is one of Bristol's brightest up-and-coming producers, as well as being a comforting fixture behind the counter at Idle Hands>>

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DAMIAN LAZARUS //

An elder statesman of the house music community, Damian Lazarus is the fancy-dress clad production wizard who fronts Crosstown Rebels>>

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SHABAZZ PALACES //

Shabazz Palaces are stretching the possibilities of rap music, so much so that Sub Pop decided to change the habit of a lifetime>>

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CHARLIE DARK //

A veteran of London's multi-faceted music scene, Charlie Dark has seen the lot, and has 10,000 records to show for it.>>

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