Whose master’s voice? Why artists need to take ownership in the age of independence

With rumblings about master rights and money troubles in the music industry growing louder, artists need to be more aware of their ownership options than ever before

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The criminalisation of rap in Brazil is having fatal consequences

In Brazil, the suppression of baile funk comes alongside a brutal crackdown on the country’s black population.

Keyah/Blu is in a lane of her own

With every new track, Keyah/Blu reveals herself as an increasingly essential new voice. We meet the rising talent in London to find out what the future holds.

SOPHIE live at Royal Festival Hall: A taste of the future in three acts

Meltdown Festival, Royal Festival Hall, London 11 August
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Steve Lacy: Easy does it

With just an iPhone and a guitar, Steve Lacy declared himself the sound of a generation. With his debut album, he proved he’s the sound of a fluid future

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Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind

Slipknot play it safe on their sixth album, opting for familiar thrash and the same pummelling grooves over meaningful experimentation.


Dekmantel 2019: Amsterdam’s finest festival evolves again

Amsterdamse Bos, Netherlands 31 July

VIVA! Festival 2019: A lesson in la dolce vita in the Southern Italian countryside

Locorotondo, Italy 1 August
Smangtasia 2019 © Danny Roche

Smangtasia 2019: New York’s rural festival is a world of its own

Stone Tavern Farm, Roxbury 26 July