Extracting fragile beauty: Reflecting on the quieter side of Steve Albini’s sonic legacy

The late musician and audio engineer was synonymous with pummelling noise, metallic screeches and guttural roars. But in his quieter, often overlooked musical output, he applied the same dynamics to record tender moments of stillness, embracing grace and restraint with equal potency as he did noise and fury.

Bitter Babe: Speed of Life

Bogotá-born DJ and producer Bitter Babe is bending the sounds of the Latin diaspora into new and unusual shapes as she creates future-facing club music for a connected world.

Kamasi Washington: Life Overflowing

Kamasi Washington is a revolutionary figure in the L.A. jazz scene, celebrated for his soaring, cosmic improvisations – and his work with everyone from Kendrick Lamar to Michelle Obama. On Fearless Movement, the saxophonist’s first full-length in six years, he finds inspiration in more earthly pleasures: family, connection and the act of living

Give In: Yaya Bey

Yaya Bey’s soulful, jazz-inflected ruminations on the complexities of Black womanhood have been a vehicle for healing and understanding her past. But in the face of a recent life-altering loss, she is choosing to surrender to the present

Speed of Sound: Modu Moctar

Tuareg trailblazer Mdou Moctar has built a fervent following for his blistering takedown of colonialism through stadium-sized riffs. His latest album, Funeral for Justice, makes his plight all the more urgent

Resonances: The personal story behind Ryuichi Sakamoto:Opus

Japanese director Neo Sora’s film of his father’s final concert is a profound examination of artistic curiosity and human resilience

Chanel Beads is working through the mess

“I’m not interested in reflecting the current moment,” Shane Lavers says, from under a huge black hoodie. As Chanel Beads, he creates complex, melancholic music that intentionally resists being placed in time.

Scorched Earth Songs: Lord Spikeheart

Lord Spikeheart brought the world’s attention to the African metal underground as one half of DUMA. Now solo, the Nakuru-born provocateur is wielding the power of extreme music for positive ends

Mk.gee and late night drives: K-LONE’s Current Edit

From ambient sounds to textured club tracks, K-LONE checks in with a mix capturing his…

Seana Gavin on the fearlessness and freedom of the 90s free party movement

In her new exhibition, ‘Hidden Tracks: A Decade of Free Parties’, photographer and artist Seana Gavin documents 90s sound system culture and the communities that formed around it through photos, diary entries, flyers and ephemera

Flowdan: From this point onwards

Flowdan is a giant in the U.K. underground. As part of Roll Deep, he steered the influential grime crew to murkier places. Alongside The Bug, he pushed dub and dancehall to its limits with his uncompromising flows. In February, he became the first ever British MC to win a Grammy for Rumble – the Skrillex-featuring hit that shook dancefloors as much as it did TikTok. Where does the east Londoner go from here?

Desire Paths: Ganavya

Ganavya’s spiritual compositions have taken her from film scores and star collaborations to the stage of Sault’s headline-making live show. With new album ‘Like the Sky, I’ve Been Too Quiet’, the Tamil artist is discovering that it’s about the journey, not the destination

Rising: Manuka Honey is reconnecting with herself

In astrology, a Saturn return signals the crossing of a major threshold and the start of a new stage of life. For many, it can be a brutal period of change – as Marissa Malik knows all too well.

Deeper and Deeper: Funk Mineiro

Baile funk has become a proving ground for musical experimentation, with regional variants proliferating from the favelas it originated in to dancefloors the world over. Of these funk mineiro – a slower, darker strain from Belo Horizonte – is sending rumbles through the underground

Putting Down Roots: CCL

CCL’s mind-expanding DJ sets are defined by a deep, searching curiosity. It’s an approach that ricochets throughout their new project – an ambitious mixtape waving together the foundations of dubstep.

Adrianne Lenker has turned tenderness into an artform

Adrianne Lenker has turned tenderness into an artform. On her latest solo album, the completely analogue ‘Bright Future’, the Big Thief leader is moving through life with a heart wide open