A Love Letter to… the Mozart Estate

While negative media coverage has painted the area as a hub for gangs and knife crime, Big Zuu pens an op-ed on growing up with the many sides of the west London space

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A Love Letter to… Fabric Mixes

As the iconic mix series comes to an end, Thomas Frost recalls the musical pathways Fabric mixes can lead you down

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A Love Letter to the NHS, by IDLES’ Joe Talbot

The Bristol artist shares his thoughts on the National Healthcare System – from its unification of the people to the compassion of its staff

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In praise of Fabric’s mix series: an unassuming archive of 21st century dancefloor history

Every month for the last 17 years, Fabric has captured the fluctuations of dance music history in a little metal box, from microhouse to brostep. It’s time to pay tribute

A Love Letter to Now! That’s What I Call Music

Now! That’s What I Call Music released its 100th edition last month. It’s time to pay our dues to an overlooked institution

A Love Letter to… Selena

Selena paved the way for multicultural, empowered pop music. As Dreaming of You turns 23, Rachel Grace Almeida celebrates the legacy of the Mexican-American icon

The Summer Bangers that Came to Define an Era

Few things are as evocative of the sound of the summer’s past. But what makes a summer banger, well, bang?

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A Love Letter to… Reggaeton

For many, reggaeton is the sound of the city in summer. But the genre also captures something more: representation, mutual understanding and a communal bond

A Love Letter to Blog House

A Love Letter to… Blog House

Gabriel Szatan reevaluates the much-maligned genre of blog house – was there more to it than day-glo animation, purple hoodies and dodgy bitrates?

When the mainstream steals art

From Beyoncé to Skepta, there’s been an uptick in established acts borrowing from smaller artists. Emily Gosling explores the consequences

Picture Perfect: The pros and cons of using Instagram to promote music

Augustin Macellari wonders if artists can fill Instagram’s perceived vacuousness with substance

Azealia Banks is My Misunderstood Black Hero

In this personal defence, Chanté Joseph argues that we need to support the controversial rapper in 2018

Supporting Indies in the Age of Streaming: A New Year’s Resolution

2017 revealed a striking conformity among our online listening habits – isn’t it time we did more to support independent artists and labels?

Tender Textures and Self-Care: Why so many of us got lost in ambient music this year

In uncertain times, soothing sounds have provided a sanctuary for many. Aurora Mitchell maps out the context of ambient music’s resurgence in 2017

New American Heroes: The budding stars who reflected the values of a progressive youth

By both reifying and remixing musical representations of Americanhood, the likes of SZA, Cardi B and Khalid presented a resistance to the uglier aspects of Americanness in 2017

Make Yourself Heard: How a DIY spirit opened doors for PoC in the UK music industry

Yemi Abiade reflects on how, in 2017, people of colour have shifted the momentum from the establishment and inspired change through self-created platforms