Music //

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Augustines //

Trinity Centre, Bristol | 17 April

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Neurosis //

Across a 30-year career, post-metal titans Neurosis have been among the most influential bands in the consistent progression of heavy music. So why rip it up and start again?

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MUSIC | Album Review
YG //

My Krazy Life (CTE World / Def Jam Recordings)

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Matt Berry //

Music For Insomniacs (Acid Jazz)

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Pixies //

Shorn of the non-more-iconic Kim Deal, one of the greatest legacies in alternative music is now nursed in the rock-calloused hands of "the three dudes"

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Fear Of Men //

After recording underground and melding pop hooks to fine art, Fear of Men are set to take their sound Stateside

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Future //

Honest (Freebandz/Epic)

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Angel Olsen //

The St. Louis singer keeps a firm grip amidst the worldwind

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MUSIC | Feature
Porter Ricks //

Almost two decades after their seminal album, Porter Ricks hang their experimental plaque on new tools

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Sylvan Esso //

We speak to the duo whose bewitching alchemy occured by chance

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Schoolboy Q //

The Black Hippy hedonist fills the script with tales from his murky past

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Max Graef //

Rivers Of The Red Planet (Tartelet)

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MUSIC | Album Review
Rick Ross //

Mastermind (Maybach / Slip-n-Slide / Def Jam)

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MUSIC | Live Review
Black Star //

The Coronet, London | 31 March

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MUSIC | Album Review
HTRK //

Psychic 9-5 Club (Ghostly International)

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MUSIC | Album Review
Teebs //

Estara (Brainfeeder)

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George Clinton //

Defining the funk with the Parliament Funkadelic hero

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Interpol //

Brixton Academy | 28 March

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MUSIC | Live Review
Banks //

KOKO, Camden | 31 March

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Helena Hauff //

Fiery eclecticism opens doors for Hamburg's Helena Hauff

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Metronomy //

Brixton Academy | 28 March

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Jungle //

The Exchange, Bristol | 21 March

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Todd Terje //

It’s Album Time! (Smalltown Supersound)

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MUSIC | Feature
Future Islands //

The curtains have been drawn once again for Baltimore’s theatrical romantics

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Bishop Nehru //

Introducing the prodigy whose flow is catching the ears of hip-hop royalty

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MUSIC | Feature
Dance Mania //

Veterans of notoriously raunchy ghetto house, Dance Mania are opening up shop once again

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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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LIARS //

MESS (Mute)

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BLACK LIPS //

Underneath The Rainbow (Vice)

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ST. VINCENT //

St. Vincent (Loma Vista/ Republic)

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Untold //

Black Light Spiral (Hemlock)

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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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DOOM //

Tracking down Daniel Dumile, the master of disguise behind Metal Face Doom

DREnGE
MUSIC | Live Review
DRENGE //

Komedia, Brighton | 25 February

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JUNGLE //

Village Underground | 4 March

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EAGULLS //

The Louisiana, Bristol | 28 February

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MUSIC | Live Review
HELM //

Cafe Oto, Dalston | 26 February

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WARPAINT //

O2 Academy, Bristol | 21 February

FUTURE
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FUTURE //

The Nest, Dalston | 26 February

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KELELA //

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

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FOALS //

Alexandra Palace | 14 February

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MUSIC | Live Review
SUSHITECH //

Berghain And Panorama Bar, Berlin | 15 February

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MUSIC | Feature
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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Wild Beasts //

Following the embrace of digital tools, Wild Beasts are reflecting the grey skies of the Present Tense

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LIMP BIZKIT //

O2 Academy, Bristol | 12 February

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MUSIC | Feature
Awesome Tapes From Africa //

With his Awesome Tapes From Africa project, Brian Shimkovitz turns the spotlight on the continent's movements in sound for love rather than commercial gain

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MUSIC | Exclusive Feature
CRAIG RICHARDS //

Burrowing into the Farringdon Underground to face DJ luminary Craig Richards on his home turf

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20 QUESTIONS: MOGWAI //

Asking the Glaswegian gods the questions we really want to know the answers to

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MUSIC | Album Review
LEE BANNON //

Alternate/Endings (Ninja Tune)

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CTM FESTIVAL //

Various Venues, Berlin | 24 January - 2 February

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CHEATAHS //

An Englishman, a German, an American and a Canadian walk into a bar

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AGAINST ME! //

Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Total Treble Music)

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Metronomy //

Love Letters (Because Music)

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MUSIC | Album Review
MØ //

No Mythologies To Follow (Chess Club)

PANGAEAFAB
MUSIC | Album Review
PANGAEA //

FabricLive.73 (Fabric)

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MUSIC | Album Review
ACTRESS //

Ghettoville (Ninja Tune / Werkdiscs)

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MUSIC | Live Review
ADAM GREEN //

Dingwalls, Camden | 24 January

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MUSIC | Live Review
DESPACIO //

Hammersmith Town Hall | 19 December

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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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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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MUSIC | Feature
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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DANIEL AVERY //

With Drone Logic, Daniel Avery has become one of the UK's most admired electronic artists

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WARPAINT //

Warpaint (Rough Trade)

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MUSIC | Exclusive Feature
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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MUSIC | Album Review
TOY //

Join The Dots (Heavenly Recordings)

DEAFHEAVEN MAIN
MUSIC | Exclusive Feature
DEAFHEAVEN //

"Taking it out of the forest and making it real..."

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RUN THE JEWELS //

Two Hip-Hop Heavyweights Form Like Voltron, Tearing a Hole In The Rap Game With a Crooked Smile

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Tree //

We catch up with the artist behind our favourite rap mixtape of 2013

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OMAR SOULEYMAN //

With help from Four Tet, Omar Souleyman's relentlessly positive voice is drifting towards Western ears

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FUNKINEVIL //

With a roar of distortion and a stripped-back approach, the Transatlantic twosome of Kyle Hall and Funkineven revel in techno's harsher climes

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BURIAL //

Rival Dealer (Hyperdub)

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MUSIC | Feature
Kurt Vile //

After declaring his album the best of the year, we thought we’d call up Kurt Vile to break the news

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MUSIC | Live Review
SLINT //

HMV Forum, London | December 3

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GENESIS BREYER P-ORRIDGE //

The Throbbing Gristle founder(s) attempt to assemble their life within the confines of a coffee table book that'll make you spill your coffee

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Crack TV presents bowling with So Solid Crew //

In the first episode of our new video series, we headed down to Rowan’s Tenpin in North London to put Harvey and Mega of UK garage game changers So Solid Crew to the test.

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MUSIC | Live Review
XOYO LOVES //

Coronet, London | November 23

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MUSIC | Live Review
MOVEMENT //

Torino, Italy | October 24th - November 2nd

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MUSIC | Feature
John Lydon //

One of the most divisive agitators in modern music, John Lydon refuses to settle down

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MUSIC | Live Review
WOLF EYES //

Netil House, London | November 26th

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PIXIES //

Manchester, Apollo | November 21st

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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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WHITE DENIM //

The Fleece, Bristol | November 18th

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MOUNT EERIE //

Pre-Human Ideas (P.W. Elverum & Sun)

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DOOM //

HMV Forum, London | November 16

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MÚM //

Fiddlers, Bristol | 18th November

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WOODEN SHJIPS //

Back To Land (Thrill Jockey Records)

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SAVAGES //

Trinity, Bristol | November 7th

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CONNAN MOCKASIN //

We talk to the cosmic Kiwi who doesn't listen to music and disdains major record labels

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MUSIC | Live Review
GRANT HART //

The Exchange, Bristol | November 1st

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DEAFHEAVEN //

Birthdays, Dalston | November 8th

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FUTURE OF THE LEFT //

Every bit as pugnacious, unyielding and hilarious as his records, Falco couldn't have a boring conversation if he tried

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High Water //

The Nicolas Jaar collaborator unveils his new project

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WHITE DENIM //

Corsicana Lemonade (Downtown Records)

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MUSIC | Album Review
M.I.A. //

Matangi (N.E.E.T. / Interscope)

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EMINEM //

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (Aftermath Entertainment / Shady Records / Interscope)

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TRIPTIDES //

Predictions (Stroll On Records)

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SUEDE //

O2 Academy, Bristol | October 24th

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ANDREW WEATHERALL //

30 years of record collective have informed one of the most distinguished careers in music production and DJing

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MUSIC | Live Review
ADE 2013 //

Various Venues, Amsterdam | October 16th-20th

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ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER //

Dabbling in the virtual, manipulating source material and exploring the recesses of the mind; we press Daniel Lopatin on some more tangible concerns

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MUSIC | Feature
THE KNIFE //

With a conceptual drop of LSD, The Knife have come to shake your habitual

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MUSIC | Feature
DIXON //

Nobody goes deeper than Dixon; the Innervisions boss on carving his own niche

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CHELSEA WOLFE //

Afflicted by anxiety, Chelsea Wolfe lifts the veil for her arresting fourth LP, Pain is Beauty

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SEBADOH //

Scala, London | October 16th

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MUSIC | Album Review
YUCK //

Glow & Behold (Fat Possum)

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OM UNIT //

Threads (Civil Music)

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DARKSIDE //

Berghain, Berlin | October 8th

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JUNGLE //

Roadhouse, Manchester | October 10th

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NO AGE //

Deaf Institute, Manchester | October 10th

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MGMT //

MGMT (Columbia)

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SPLASHH //

Comfort (Luv Luv Luv)

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FREDDIE GIBBS //

Always immune to industry bullshit, the Indiana rapper is taking full control

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HAIM //

Days Are Gone (Polydor)

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MARCEL DETTMANN //

The Berghain mainstay is an impenetrable representative of the increasingly fabled club

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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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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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THE FAUNS //

Start The Bus, Bristol | September 26th

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Unknown //

Rovinj, Croatia | 10th -14th September

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Drake //

Nothing Was The Same

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MASTERS AT WORK //

One half of one of house music's most recognisable duos, Kenny Dope is staying true to his principles

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JON HOPKINS //

Gorilla, Manchester | September 24th

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Danny Brown //

Hip-hop's clown prince has the last laugh

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BLACK PUS //

The Exchange, Bristol | September 20th

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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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My Nu Leng //

Mint Lounge, Manchester | Thursday 26

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ISLET //

Released By The Movement (Shape Records)

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Giant Drag //

The Fleece, Bristol | September 18th

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Dimensions //

Fort Punta Christo, Croatia | September 5-9th

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MUSIC | Live Review
DARREN HAYMAN //

Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston | September 12th

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Outlook //

Fort Punta Christo, Croatia | 29th August - 2nd September

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BESTIVAL //

Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight | September 5th-8th

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MUSIC | FEATURE
BANKS //

Vulnerabilities and music as therapy with enigmatic songstress BANKS

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MUSIC | Exclusive Feature
RICHIE HAWTIN //

The techno pioneer has secured his place as the genre's figurehead

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CASSY //

FABRIC 71 (fabric)

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MUSIC | Label Profile
L.I.E.S. //

Crack touches the surface of the L.I.E.S. mystique

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ARCTANGENT //

Fernhill Farm, Somerset | 29th-31st

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HOLOGRAMS //

Forever (Captured Tracks)

TRAPLORD
MUSIC | Album Review
ASAP FERG //

Trap Lord (ASAP Worldwide/ Polo Grounds/ RCA)

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JUICY J //

Stay Trippy (Taylor Gang/Kemosabe/Columbia)

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HOT NATURED //

Different Sides of the Sun (Hot Creations / Warner)

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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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tINI //

Minimal tastemaker tINI is enjoying an ongoing wave of success.

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NO AGE //

The LA ambient punks reflect on their compulsion to progress

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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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MUSIC | Album Review
BLONDES //

Swisher (RVNG Intl.)

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Beacons //

Funkirk Estate, Yorkshire | August 16-18th

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MUSIC | Live Review
GREEN MAN //

Glanusk, Wales | August 15th-18th

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FIST CITY //

IT’S 1983, GROW UP! (Black Tent Press)

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Knee Deep //

Liskeard, Cornwall | August 9-10th

An Object
MUSIC | Album Review
NO AGE //

An Object (Sub Pop)

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Flow //

Helsinki, Finland | August 7-11

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Monegros //

Monegros Desert, Spain | July 20-21st

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Øya Festival

Middelalderparken + Various Venues, Oslo, Norway | August 6th - August 10th

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DRENGE //

Drenge (Infectious Music)

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QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE //

Why the death of Josh Homme was the best thing that ever happened to Queens of the Stone Age

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Seams //

Quarters (Full Time Hobby)

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Jeffrey Lewis //

The NY folk figurehead and cartoonist explains why acoustic is the new punk

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NILE RODGERS //

Disco maestro, arch collaborator, and the world's most successful musical mood-improver

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MELT! //

Ferropolis, Germany | 19-21 July

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Pond //

Hobo Rock (Modular)

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SLOTTSFJELL //

Tønsberg, Norway | July 18th-20th

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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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LOVEBOX //

Victoria Park, London | July 19th-21th

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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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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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PHAELEH //

Tides (Afterglo)

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EXIT //

July 10th-14th | Novi Sad, Serbia

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FUCK BUTTONS //

The deafening drone of two men and their machines.

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MUSIC | Album Review
L.A.M.P //

Shades of Green (Peng Records)

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MUSIC | Album Review
Jay-Z //

Magna Carta Holy Grail (Roc Nation)

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Open’er //

GDYNIA, Poland | July 3rd-6th

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Tom Odell //

Long Way Down (Columbia)

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TALIB KWELI //

With a trojan horse strategy, the politicised MC knows how to infiltrate the airwaves

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SINK THE PINK //

One of London's most outrageous party collectives are spreading their magic to Bristol

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Glastonbury //

Worthy Farm, Pilton | June 27th-30th

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THE ORB //

The Fleece, Bristol | June 29th

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MOVE D //

After decades in the business, the ingenious beat selector still craves a hidden gem.

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BATHS //

Obsidian (Anticon)

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YOUNG FATHERS

The Scottish rap trio break out of their shackles with an explosive new sound.

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DEERHOOF //

The Fleece, Bristol | June 23rd

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SONAR //

Barcelona | June 13-16th

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ZOMBY //

The most uncompromising agitator in the landscape of electronic music is back

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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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MUSIC | Live Review
FOUND //

Haggerston Park, Shoreditch | June 15th

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HYETAL //

Birthdays, Dalston | June 17th

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JON HOPKINS //

Born from the depths of his subconscious, Immunity is the finest work of Jon Hopkins's astonishing career

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JJ DOOM //

fabric, London | June 13th

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Parklife //

Heaton Park, Manchester | June 8 + 9th

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KOLSCH //

1977 (Kompakt)

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MUSIC | Album Review
HYETAL //

Modern Worship (True Panther Sounds)

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CHIC //

HMV Forum, London | June 14th

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!!! (CHK CHK CHK)//

Sacramento’s multi-pronounceable pioneers have spent over 15 years making you dance by any means necessary.

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NINA KRAVIZ //

The Siberian DJ/Producer has inadvertently become the most fiercely debated figure in underground dance music

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Tyga //

02 Academy, Bristol | May 30th

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Fucked Up //

The Fleece, Bristol | May 26th

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MOUNT KIMBIE //

Three years on from the game-changing Crooks and Lovers, the London duo have refused to stand still.

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BIBIO //

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

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MOUNT EERIE //

St Giles in the Fields, London | May 24th

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Bonobo //

The Ritz, Manchester | May 22nd

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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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FAIR OHS //

Pizza and Prosecco with some of our favourite Dalstonites.

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Ghostface Killah //

Wu-Tang's sharp-tongued criminologist has always got a story to tell

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THEE OH SEES //

Floating Coffin (Castle Face Records)

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OUTBOXX //

Outboxx (Idle Hands)

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KODE9 //

RINSE: 22 (Rinse)

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WOLF EYES //

No Answer: Lower Floors (De Stijl)

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SAVAGES //

Silence Yourself (Matador)

ALLAH
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Allah-Las //

The Exchange, Bristol | May 16th

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Suuns //

The Kazimier, Liverpool | May 17th

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MUSIC | Album Review
LEMURIA //

The Distance Is So Big (Bridge Nine Records)

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MUSIC | Album Review
KOLSCH //

1977 (Kompakt)

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MUSIC | Live Review
LAURYN HILL //

Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn | May 14th

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MUSIC | Album Review
DAFT PUNK //

Random Access Memories (Columbia)

LUKE SITAL SINGH
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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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THE MEMORY BAND //

On the Chalk (Our Navigation of the Line of the Downs) (Static Caravan)

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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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HETEROTIC //

Domestic bliss with Planet Mu's newest collaboration.

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MODESELEKTOR //

Berlin’s foremost double-act have just condensed 10 years of their existence into an engrossing new film

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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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KILO KISH //

The Brooklyn-based singer-rapper finds her DIY project accelerating at a rapid pace

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MUSIC | Album Review
JAVELIN //

Hi Beams (Luaka Bop)

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HURTS //

Exile (Epic)

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DJRUM //

Seven Lies (2nd Drop)

KNUCKLES
MUSIC | Live Review
FRANKIE KNUCKLES //

One of house music's definitive characters, Mr. Knuckles still packs a punch.

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HEEMS //

The future is unwritten for hip-hop’s sharp-witted satirist

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MUSIC | Live Review
SWANS //

O2 Academy, Bristol | April 6th

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WHITE HILLS //

Soup Kitchen, Manchester | April 12th

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Wild Belle //

Deaf Institute, Manchester | March 31st

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KURT VILE //

With an abundance of tales gathered on the road, the Philadelphian troubadour returns with his finest album yet.

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MUSIC | Album Review
BONOBO //

The North Borders (Ninja Tune)

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THE KNIFE //

Shaking The Habitual (Brille)

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CALIBRE //

FABRICLIVE 68 (Fabric)

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DOLDRUMS //

A world of warped, androgynous pop from an inherited laptop.

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HOOKWORMS //

Soup Kitchen, Manchester | April 5th

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ALPFRESCO: SUNDAY

Remmdir, Whiskymühle, Söll, Austria | March 24th

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STEFFI

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

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YOUTH LAGOON //

A longing look at the wider world through a bedroom window.

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SKREAM //

Dubstep's original boy wonder is moving into a new house.

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FOALS //

An enduring and uncompromising force, Foals exceed expectations once again.

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MUSIC | Album Review
FOOTPRINTZ //

Escape Yourself (Visionquest)

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BENJAMIN DAMAGE //

In Heliosphere, Benjamin Damage has produced a powerful realisation of his insatiable ambition.

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MUSIC | Live Review
KURT VILE //

Camden Barfly | March 7th

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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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MUSIC | Album Review
FUNCTION //

Incubation (Ostgut Ton)

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THE MEN //

New Moon (Sacred Bones)

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MUSIC | Album Review
LAPALUX //

Nostalchic (Brainfeeder)

B A R N T
MUSIC | Feature
BARNT //

Komische wunderkind Barnt is shifting boundaries with his fresh techno template.

AMYGDALA
MUSIC | Album Review
DJ KOZE //

Amygdala (Pampa Records)

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THE BRONX //

The Fleece, Bristol | February 23rd

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PSYCHEMAGIK //

Crack gets down with the disco duo alongside their exclusive Crack mix.

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WET NUNS //

The Croft, Bristol | March 3rd

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SAVAGES //

Electric Ballroom, Camden | February 21st

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FOUR TET //

The Exchange, Bristol | February 22nd

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DUCKTAILS //

The Lexington | February 25th

DARKSTAR
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DARKSTAR //

Changes of location and personnel have informed Darkstar's intoxicating journey in sound.

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MUSIC | Feature
Daughter //

Reluctant stardom beckons for the stunningly talented trio

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MUSIC | Live Review
VILLAGERS //

Trinity, Bristol | February 16th

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DESAPARECIDOS //

Electric Ballroom, Camden | February 11th

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MUSIC | Feature
DAM MANTLE //

An ear for the avant-garde sets this Glasgow producer apart from the pack

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MUSIC | Album Review
FIDLAR //

FIDLAR (Wichita)

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FOALS //

XOYO | 2nd February

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ONEMAN //

The DJs, DJ talks to Crack about his roots, his hot new mixtape, and Solagne Knowles.

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THEO PARRISH //

An impassioned discussion with the Detroit icon

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MUSIC | Album Review
Iceage //

You're Nothing (Matador)

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MUSIC | Album Review
FOXYGEN //

We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (Jagjaguwar)

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MUSIC | Live Review
THE SOFT PACK //

The Soup Kitchen, Manchester | January 25th

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PISSED JEANS //

Pissed Jeans deliver a piercing riposte to the mundanity of day-to-day life

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MUSIC | Album Review
Ducktails //

The Flower Lane (Domino)

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A$AP Rocky //

LONGLIVEA$AP (Polo Grounds/RCA)

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FLAMINGODS //

Wahlbar, Manchester | January 21st

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COMANECHI //

You Owe Me Nothing But Love (Tigertrap)

YLT
MUSIC | Feature
YO LA TENGO //

Life for the cherished indie heroes is every bit as fun as it looks.

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MUSIC | Album Review
LUSINE //

The Waiting Room (Ghostly International)

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BEN HOWARD //

The UKs biggest breakthrough singer/songwriter keeps it reassuringly real

Ital
MUSIC | Feature
ITAL //

A glimpse into the Planet Mu/100% Silk man's art-damaged beat project.

Roy Ayers
MUSIC | Live Review
ROY AYERS //

Jazz Cafe, Camden | January 8th

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MUSIC | Live Review
DOLLOP NYE //

Rock City/Rescue Rooms/Stealth, Nottingham | NYE 2012

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FALTY DL //

Hardcourage (Ninja Tune)

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PUBLIC ENEMY //

Rap's most fiercely politicised MC hits us with the truth.

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MUSIC | Album Review
DARKSTAR //

News From Nowhere (Warp)

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MUSIC | Album Review
INDIAN JEWELRY //

Peel It (Reverberation Appreciation Society )

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MUSIC | Album Review
BEN UFO //

FABRICLIVE 67 (Fabric)

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MUSIC | Feature
MICHAEL MAYER //

A memorable conversation with Kompakt's charismatic main Man(tasy)

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MUSIC | Live Review
RAEIN //

Old Blue Last, Shoreditch | January 4th

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MUSIC | Album Review
TORO Y MOI //

Anything In Return (Carpark Records)

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DOLDRUMS //

Lesser Evil (Souterrain Transmissions)

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OCTOBER //

Bristol's October gets Crack in the mood for Eastern Electrics NYE

Main Attrakionz
MUSIC | Feature
MAIN ATTRAKIONZ //

Oakland's Cloud Rap purveyors talk struggles, success and Green Ova

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MUSIC | Feature
METZ //

The Toronto three-piece provide the punk-rock jolt we've all been pining for.

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Iceage //

The Croft, Bristol | November 28th

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MUSIC | Live Review
LUCERO //

The Fleece, Bristol | November 27th

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GOGO PENGUIN //

Crack caught up with the band to talk Fanfares, the underground scene in Manchester and setting out to change the perception of jazz.

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THE NATIONAL //

Crack speak to the iconic Brooklynites before they curate this own ATP Nightmare Before Christmas

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KINDNESS //

Heaven | 7th November

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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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MUSIC | Feature
3D //

Crack goes one-on-one with the Massive Attack mainstay.

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Ital //

Dream On (Planet Mu)

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ALUNAGEORGE //

Start the Bus, Bristol | November 18th

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MUSIC | Live Review
TNGHT //

Oval Space, London | November 15th

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MUSIC | Live Review
ROBERT HOOD//

Cable, London | November 17th

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MUSIC | Album Review
DAM MANTLE //

Brothers Fowl (Notown Records)

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MUSIC | Album Review
CODY CHESNUTT //

Landing on a Hundred (Vibration Vineyard / One Little Indian)

The Bronx
MUSIC | Live Review
THE BRONX //

The Boileroom, Guildford | November 15th

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MOON DUO //

The Croft, Bristol | November 11th

LINDSTROM
MUSIC | Feature
LINDSTRØM //

The Scandinavian disco maestro opens up about his latest full-length, Smalhans

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MUSIC | Feature
DJ SPINN & DJ RASHAD //

Spinn and Rashad are the foremost characters behind the Chicago footwork explosion

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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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TAME IMPALA //

We spoke to the man behind what may well be 2012's most complete album

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MUSIC | Feature
SURGEON //

Crack shared a brief word with the UK techno pioneer

ERRORS
MUSIC | Live Review
ERRORS //

The Exchange, Bristol | October 19th

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MUSIC | Live Review
TURBOWOLF //

The Fleece, Bristol | October 19th

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MUSIC | Album Review
METZ //

METZ (Sub Pop)

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NATHAN FAKE //

The Need of Being Versed in Country Things.

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MUSIC | Album Review
MUSE //

The 2nd Law (Warner Brothers)

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MUSIC | Album Review
STARKEY //

Orbits (Civil Music)

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IDLES //

Among an impossible-to-ignore flurry of bands currently coming out of Bristol, Idles stand alone.

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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.

LIARS
MUSIC | Live Review
SWN: FRIDAY //

Various Venues, Cardiff | October 19th

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MUSIC | Live Review
ALT-J //

Concorde 2, Brighton | November 4th

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MUSIC | Album Review
TAMARYN //

Tender New Signs (Mexican Summer)

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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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MUSIC | Album Review
SWANS //

The Seer (Young God)

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MUSIC | Album Review
BO NINGEN //

Line The Wall (Stolen Recordings)

Laura J Martin
MUSIC | Live Review
SWN: SUNDAY //

Various Venues, Cardiff | October 21st

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BO NINGEN //

The Fleece, Bristol | October 10th

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MUSIC | Exclusive Feature
WILD NOTHING //

Back in 2010, Jack Tatum accidentally made a great pop record. This time round, he's ready to relish the moment.

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MUSIC | Exclusive Feature
TRASH TALK //

With an unquenchable thirst for chaos, Sacramento's Trash Talk are on a mission, attracting unlikely admirers and plenty of haters along the way.

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MUSIC | Live Review
WHY? //

The Fleece, Bristol | October 11th

CLARK
MUSIC | Live Review
CLARK //

Koko, Camden | September 15th

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MUSIC | Live Review
EL-P //

The Fleece, Bristol | September 16th

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MUSIC | Live Review
PEACE //

The Louisiana, Bristol | October 29th

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MUSIC | Live Review
PATTI SMITH //

The Troxy, London | September 13th

HALSALL SIMON HUNT
MUSIC | Feature
MATTHEW HALSALL //

The trumpet virtuoso is striving to bring jazz music into contemporary realms

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MUSIC | Feature
MALA //

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

PANGEA
MUSIC | Album Review
PANGAEA //

Release (Hessle Audio)

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TYONDAI BRAXTON //

The former Battles man on his daring orchestral exploits

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FESTIVAL NO.6 //

Portmeirion, North Wales | September 14th-16th

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FLYING LOTUS //

The pioneering LA producer has crafted his most sprawling, glorious work to date.

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MUSIC | FEATURE
RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY //

Red Bull Music Academy year upon year gives producers the opportunity to learn the ways of the trade

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DIIV //

DIIV debut LP was one of the most exciting surprises of the summer

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The xx //

Coal Exchange, Cardiff | September 11th

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TEMPLES //

The Social, London | September 4th

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GREEN MAN //

Glanusk Park, Mid Wales | August 17-19th

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MUSIC | FEATURE
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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HIDEOUT //

Zrce Beach, Island of Pag, Croatia | June 29th – July 1st

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MUSIC | FEATURE
JESSIE WARE //

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

BOYS NOIZE
MUSIC | ALBUM REVIEW
BOYS NOIZE

Out of the Black (Boysnoize Records)

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DAPHNI //

Jiaolong (Jiaolong)

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MUSIC | ALBUM REVIEW
TALL SHIPS //

Everything Touching (Big Scary Monsters / Blood and Biscuits)

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MUSIC | FEATURE
MATTHEW DEAR //

The impeccable Mr. Dear makes it all look rather easy.

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MUSIC | ALBUM REVIEW
JJ DOOM //

Key To the Kuffs (Lex Records)

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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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RADFEST //

Hackney Downs Studios

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MUSIC | FESTIVAL REVIEW
BEACONS //

Skipton, Yorkshire

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MUSIC | ALBUM REVIEW
CLAMS CASINO //

Instrumental Mixtape 2 (Self Released)

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MUSIC | FEATURE
JAPANDROIDS //

Crack talks punk rock with the Canadian charmers

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MUSIC | ALBUM REVIEW
XXL //

Düde (Tin Angel)

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MUSIC | FESTIVAL REVIEW
PARKLIFE //

Platt Fields, Manchester

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THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH //

With music that is pure, raw and honest, The Tallest Man On Earth has become a seminal voice

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CROCODILES //

Endless Flowers (Souterrain Transmission)

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MUSIC | Album Review
ZOMBIE ZOMBIE //

Rituels d’un Nouveau (Versatile Records)

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MUSIC | Music | Album Review
KOTKI DWA //

Staycations (National Trust)

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TWIN SHADOW //

Making that second album look easy, Twin Shadow is back and gearing up to take the world by storm.

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OFF SONAR //

Various Venues, Barcelona

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LATITUDE //

Henham Park, Suffolk

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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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SONAR //

Various Venues, Barcelona

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NOZSTOCK //

Bromyard, Hertfordshire

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RICHARD HAWLEY //

A reality check and a brave new sound from Sheffield's newly-crowned king of space rock

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JUSTIN MARTIN //

Justin Martin is stepping out, and in the process has crafted an album of diversity and his “best mix ever”

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LIARS //

Even by Liars’ standards, their sixth record WIXIW is a bolt from the blue.

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MUSIC | FEATURE
JEHST //

One of the most enduringly influential figures in all of British hip-hop

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MUSIC | FEATURES
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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MUSIC | Music | Album Review
FLATS //

Better Living (Little Indians)

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SAMANTHA FOX //

Samantha Fox Reissued (Cherry Pop)

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JAPANDROIDS //

Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)

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SQUAREPUSHER //

Tom Jenkinson tells Crack everything that's rubbish about live AV shows, and why he's now doing one.

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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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LITTLE DRAGON //

Little Dragon's shimmering pop has escaped the attention of few

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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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THEESATISFACTION //

With swagger, smoothness and effortless charm, they're spreading positivity wherever they go.

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MARTYN //

Underneath the sheer quality of his music and genre blurring abilities, Crack finds Martyn a man apt at tackling other topics with intelligence.

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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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GRIMES //

Young Claire Boucher has a few things on her mind ...

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MUSIC | ALBUM REVIEW
LANDSCAPES //

Life Gone Wrong (City Of Gold)

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MUSIC | ALBUM REVIEWS
HOLOGRAMS //

Holograms (Captured Tracks)

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GRAHAM COXON //

In A+E, Graham Coxon has made perhaps his most daring, and best, solo record to date

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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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MUSIC | FEATURE
ORBITAL //

The UK's original dance duo tread fresh ground on comeback offering Wonky

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MUSIC | Album Review
OM //

Advaitic Songs (Drag City)

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WALLS //

Hoxton Bar and Kitchen

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M83 //

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

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TERA MELOS //

The Fleece | Bristol | June 7th

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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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ERRORS //

Our joint favourite Glaswegian experimentalists are back

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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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GONJASUFI //

A liminal, shamanic figure, Gonjasufi's world is one of stark honesty and limitless vision

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B.BRAVO //

B. Bravo is a key player in an ever-growing wave of entirely modern funk music.

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SELEBRITIES //

With their Delusions record, Selebrities have crafted a sparkling collection of timeless guitar-pop gems

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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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NICOLAS JAAR //

Nicolas Jaar is possibly the most exciting musical discovery of the last 12 months

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BATTLES //

Second albums rarely come as victorious as this.

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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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MALE BONDING //

Crack checks in with Dalston's finest before you need the Hubble Space Telescope to find them

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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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MARIACHI EL BRONX //

The greatest punk band in the world. The punkest mariachi band in the world

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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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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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CANT //

A quarter of one of the America's most revered bands is stepping out alone

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FACTORY FLOOR //

Factory Floor forge a link between the avant garde and the dancefloor with their innovative techno sound.

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TROPHY WIFE //

At the heart of Oxford's buzzing creative scene, Trophy Wife are one the most exciting young bands in the UK.

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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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SETH TROXLER //

Seth Troxler's meteoric rise to the top of the house music spectrum is as colossal as his personality.

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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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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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WAIFS & STRAYS //

Waifs and Strays have found themselves at the forefront of an incredibly vibrant emerging house music scene in Bristol.

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REAL ESTATE //

With sophomore album Days, Real Estate take a shimmering, dusty look backwards.

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OTHER LIVES //

Oklahomans Other Lives combine a huge pool of influences to gorgeous and life-affirming effect

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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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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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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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PEGGY SUE //

Peggy Sue's story is one of expansion; expansion of personnel, sound and ambition.

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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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JOKER //

Joker is a fiercely individual young man with a very singular vision

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BESTIVAL //

Isle of Wight | September 8th-11th

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