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?

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

Vegyn is exploring the subtle art of letting go

Vegyn’s transportive music resonates with a generation of listeners who are equally curious and overwhelmed. Ahead of his second album, the London producer connects with Emma Garland for our February issue

Bar Italia: The Rest Is History

Intentionally or not, Bar Italia have cultivated an air of inscrutability with their approach to being a rock band that, depending on your POV, is standoffish, wry or just the right side of pretentious. As they bid the underground goodbye, the time is apt to find out who they really are

Anohni, the truth-teller

As 2023 draws to a close, the world more broken than ever, Anohni is unequivocal: we must face the truth, however hard that may be. Read the landmark December cover story

TraTraTrax: Keep It Moving

TraTraTrax has taken the global underground by storm. The Colombian label is leading a Latin American dance movement where diasporic traditions merge with UK bass and techno. But with recognition often comes tokenisation – and they’re resisting

Shy One: Higher Frequencies

Starting off as a grime DJ in her teens, Shy One has since become a luminary in UK nightlife. Gearing up for a second album, she’s never sounded more sure of herself. Read the October issue cover story

Connecting… Oneohtrix Point Never

The music of Oneohtrix Point Never cleaves to a dream logic. For a glowing tenth album, pop’s resident disruptor and the Weeknd collaborator is revisiting past selves. Sasha Geffen learns more for the September cover story

LSDXOXO: Battle Stance

This year has been a trip for LSDXOXO. The custodian of queer and kinky club music has launched a label, DJ’d for Beyoncé and even roused the ire of techno’s gatekeepers. Now, emboldened by a period of artistic risk-taking, the game is on. Meet our August cover star

Jim Legxacy is going places

Not content with releasing one of the year’s most exciting tapes, rapper-producer Jim Legxacy has co-produced the UK’s song of the summer. This is the story of an artist from Lewisham, and how he came to create a sound that’s as vibrant and complex as his home

Into the woods with PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey: musician, poet and iconoclast. A new album, the first in seven years, captures a moment of creative renewal as she explores the ambiguities of worlds both real and imagined. Crack’s Editor-in-Chief, Louise Brailey, learns more

The Metamorphosis of Eartheater

World builder. Eartheater. The experimental provocateur, label head and fashion muse is readying her next phase the only way she knows how: devouring everything

The Cover Story: Jam City

The audio version of our Issue 142 cover story, featuring Jam City

Jam City is living 3 a.m. eternal

Jam City’s 2012 debut album rerouted UK club music, but a series of stylistic heel-turns and A-list collaborations defined the years that followed. Now, the producer is returning to his roots to celebrate the transcendent quality of a messy night out

The Cover Story: Caroline Polachek

The audio version of our Issue 140 cover story, featuring Caroline Polachek

Popcaan is setting the gold standard

Always positive. Always moving. Blockbuster hitmaker Popcaan has one objective – to keep pushing dancehall forward. For the March issue cover story, Tshepo Mokoena learns how

Caroline Polachek is surrendering to chaos

Caroline Polachek is no stranger to drama. Guided by her breathtaking voice, the experimental pop artist has written operas, earned a Grammy nomination and even inspired a TikTok dance craze. Now, she’s ready for her next chapter

Duval Timothy: Life in Colour

Duval Timothy’s meticulous musical practice reverberates with humanity. Now, he’s ready to embrace life in all its messy shades.

Ethel Cain: Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Ethel Cain, the Southern Gothic alter ego of Hayden Silas Anhedönia, inspired devotion like no other artist in 2022. But with the first chapter of her sprawling epic ending in tragedy, where does the cult of Cain go from here?

Sudan Archives: Destiny Fulfilled

As Sudan Archives, Brittney Parks brought the innovative instrumentation of East and West Africa to the experimental R&B world. Her latest reinvention, girl-next-door Britt, reveals the person behind the art

On and on and on: The First 15 Years of Hessle Audio

The history and future of Hessle Audio, a label which came to define an era of UK club music

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Kill or Cure

In the aughts, Yeah Yeah Yeahs were the chaos agents who upended sterile rock conventions. Two decades on, the storied New York band are still raising hell – and hoping for a revolution

Naira Marley: Following the Leader

The Nigerian superstar’s career has been coloured by controversy. But where a conservative society sees a troublemaker, its youth find a new idol. Naira Marley is our Issue 133 cover star

The Cover Story: Arooj Aftab

The audio version of our Issue 132 cover story, featuring Grammy-winning composer and vocalist Arooj Aftab

Digga D: The Architect

Despite having his creativity stifled by the authorities, the west London rapper has continued to build on the foundations he laid when helping the genre rise to prominence. Now, a new era is beginning

Girlpool: Let the Light In

Los Angeles indie duo Girlpool are growing up, not growing apart. The pair are the cover stars of Issue 130

To Be Continued: Top Boy

Kano, Little Simz, Ashley Walters and Micheal Ward preview the return of Top Boy. This is the story of how converging forces of Black British creativity are changing the face of culture.

The Cover Story: John Glacier

The audio version of our Issue 126 cover story. Featuring rapper, producer and self-confessed nerd John Glacier

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Deconstructing Jenny Hval

Few dare to blend high theory and art pop like the Norwegian musician and writer. But for her latest chapter, Jenny Hval is finding inspiration in the ordinary

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Mitski: Stop the World

In 2019, Mitski announced a hiatus from music and disappeared from social media. Nearly two-and-a-half years later, she’s about to release her sixth album and take it on a global tour. So Mitski’s back? Kind of…

Blackhaine: Motion sickness

Through brutal narratives and choreography, Blackhaine is giving expression to a desolation that lives at society’s margins. The Salford-based artist is the cover star of Issue 125

Eris Drew: Keep reaching

Eris Drew has switched countless dancefloors on to the Motherbeat philosophy. With the release of her debut album, the Midwest rave mystic draws us deeper into her world

Moor Mother: Origin stories

As Moor Mother, Camae Ayewa has explored pain and protest through visceral words and sound. Now, she’s shifting her focus to decoding R&B

Kacey Musgraves: The sun also rises

Golden Hour made a household name out of country outlier Kacey Musgraves, even as her personal life was coming undone. For its follow-up, she leans into tragedy to find inner peace

Rema vs. the world

The stars have aligned for the breakthrough Benin City hitmaker, but he’s busy dreaming of a whole other galaxy

Anz: The Masterplan

In the most unusual of circumstances, Anz has risen to become one of the most compelling figures in club culture. As that world begins to open up again, she pauses to take it all in

The gospel according to Ivorian Doll

The self-anointed Queen of Drill is on a mission to conquer the world. We meet Ivorian Doll for a four-cover UK rap special

M1llionz: Never too much

The softly-spoken rapper from Birmingham is ready to show, not tell. One of Crack Magazine’s four UK rap covers, available to read in its entirety now

The universal language of Beverly Glenn-Copeland

It may have taken five decades for the singular artist to be discovered, but his sublime transmissions speak to the times we’re living in

Unknown T wants to be seen

Unknown T’s career was just taking off when it was unjustly derailed. Now, the east London rapper is looking forward

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Burna Boy: All Rise

The Nigerian powerhouse has always believed in himself. In the wake of his global breakout album African Giant, the rest of the world is finally catching up

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Giant Swan: The shape of noise to come

Giant Swan want to question everything you know about extreme music. We meet the duo in Bristol to talk noise, debut albums and their guiding philosophy

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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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J Hus is ready for you

The east London rapper is back with new music, new reflections and the same charisma

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Tierra Whack: Planet Whack

With a 15-minute album, the Philadelphia MC showed the world what she can do. We meet with her in London to trace her stratospheric rise

Thom Yorke: Daydream nation

Ahead of his next album, the Radiohead frontman calls for a shock to the system

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Grimes is ready to play the villain

After watching her reputation implode, Claire Boucher leaned into destruction. For her latest album, she brings us the end of the world

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Kelsey Lu’s neverending trip

The cellist, avant-pop alchemist and Issue 98 cover star is on her own divine path – we meet her to trace the journey so far


The Miseducation of slowthai

Everyday life in forgotten Britain, as seen by the anarchic rapper

Shabaka Hutchings Interview

Shabaka Hutchings has something to say

We meet the visionary leader ushering in London’s jazz revolution

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IDLES: We’re all in this together

Against the backdrop of broken Britain, the Bristol five-piece have become a symbol for collective joy and care

Aphex Twin

Aphex Twin’s mask collapses

After years of feeding the mystery machine, Richard D. James is offering us more pieces of himself

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Christine and the Queens: A portrait of Chris

With her latest album, the French pop star has transformed, summoning the swagger of 1000 heartthrobs to unlock a bold, seductive new persona

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Charli XCX: Pull Up to the Party

Charlotte Aitchison is taking pop on a thrilling joyride. Chal Ravens joins her as she powers into the future

Rich Brian’s Glow Up

At 18 years old, Rich Brian represents a new chapter in hip-hop. No longer just a viral sensation, the Indonesian rapper wants you to see him – and his 88rising crew – as more than a novelty

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Jorja Smith: Real Talk

There’s a timeless elegance to the breakthrough pop star, but her modern soul speaks directly to today’s youth

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Kali Uchis: California Dreaming

Kali Uchis hustled hard to make it as a musician. Now, a generation is in love with her timeless style

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Fever Ray: Bite Back

Since 2009’s debut LP, the freedoms Dreijer fiercely protects have come under threat. Following a period of queer exploration, the progressive glow of Fever Ray is brighter than ever

King Krule

King Krule: The Ballad of the Space Cadet and the Deep Sea Diver

The last few years have been turbulent for Archy Marshall. In a pub garden in Peckham he meets with Joe Zadeh to make sense of it all