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Dan Hancox pays tribute to the wheel up, an egalitarian and thrilling facet of sound system culture that recently spurred a Twitter outrage
An ode to the Canadian superstar who taught writer Tom Rasmussen that he was a star in a world that was desperate to make him disappear
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
As the iconic mix series comes to an end, Thomas Frost recalls the musical pathways Fabric mixes can lead you down
The Bristol artist shares his thoughts on the National Healthcare System – from its unification of the people to the compassion of its staff
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
Now! That’s What I Call Music released its 100th edition last month. It’s time to pay our dues to an overlooked institution
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
Few things are as evocative of the sound of the summer’s past. But what makes a summer banger, well, bang?
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
Gabriel Szatan reevaluates the much-maligned genre of blog house – was there more to it than day-glo animation, purple hoodies and dodgy bitrates?
From Beyoncé to Skepta, there’s been an uptick in established acts borrowing from smaller artists. Emily Gosling explores the consequences
Augustin Macellari wonders if artists can fill Instagram’s perceived vacuousness with substance
In this personal defence, Chanté Joseph argues that we need to support the controversial rapper in 2018
2017 revealed a striking conformity among our online listening habits – isn’t it time we did more to support independent artists and labels?
In uncertain times, soothing sounds have provided a sanctuary for many. Aurora Mitchell maps out the context of ambient music’s resurgence in 2017