Perspective:
Prince Set Me On
My SassyBlack Path

One half of THEESatisfaction and integral member of radical outsider collectives, SassyBlack discusses Prince’s crucial influence on her identity

What did Top Boy do for grime?

As Drake and Skepta conspire to bring back Top Boy Ruby Atkin looks back at the series and discusses its impact on the genre that fed its aesthetic

Perspective:
Reclaim the Club

Music critic and Discwoman member Michelle Lhooq discusses the recent debates around the “safe spaces” club policy

Perspective:
Fear of Formation

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff discusses the negative reaction to Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ in the wider context of race relations in the US

Watching Kanye at Cardiff Cineworld

Xavier Boucherat heads over to one of the the Welsh capital’s prime screens to catch an earful of ‘The Life of Pablo’

Mozart and The Mistress:
The Role of Music in BDSM

Kamila Rymajdo delves into a world of sissy training and water sports to discover the importance of music in BDSM

Perspective:
London to Tokyo

In this month’s perspective Butterz founder and prolific grime DJ Elijah reflects on the connection between London and Tokyo and what that suggests for the genre’s culture

Stormzy for Crack Magazine

#AwardsSoWhite: how minority achievement is
being blacked out

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff offers her thoughts on increasingly out of touch awards ceremonies that fail to tackle minority representation

Speaking out is hard to do: why Amber Coffman‘s assault call-out is so inspiring

Crack’s Sammy Jones considers the liberating power of one woman’s courageous call-out of the music industry’s patriarchal bent

Perspective: Counterculture and Socialist Strategy

Alex Niven is a lecturer and writer based in Newcastle. With the Labour Party’s leftwing leader Jeremy Corbyn receiving widespread support in the UK, here Niven wonders if progressive music can regain its countercultural potency

Lust For Youth’s best tweets

A round-up of Lust For Youth’s best jokes on Twitter

The brave hearts of
Hidden

With venues closing left, right and centre Kamila Rymajdo takes a look at a Manchester club that’s found a utopian alternative

See this World: Musicians and Climate Change

Adam Corner considers artists’ potential to generate effective, unpretentious dialogue about the environment

Perspective:
When The Limelight Swallows You Whole

Alanna McArdle opens up about the pressures which led to her decision to leave Joanna Gruesome, and examines performance, gender and mental health

Perspective:
The Right To Offend

Author and Wire magazine contributor David Keenan compares the use of extreme aesthetics across techno, industrial and punk movements

Whirr’s transphobia is no surprise

Indie’s attitude towards misogyny and transphobia sucks and it has sucked for a very good long time