Violence, racism and verbal abuse are on the rise in Britain’s football grounds. Many blame cocaine. But a number of illegal drugs have been popular among fans at one time or another, with each having an impact on the atmosphere around the sport and the country. Sam Davies takes a deep dive into footy’s druggy underbelly.
Sonnyjim and The Purist were at Outlook Festival when they decided to record an album together. Fuelled by a natural chemistry and mutual love for hip hop, they returned from the Croatian rave haven of Fort Punta Christo in a daze of creativity, heading straight for the studio, where Sonnyjim laid down a verse. One take. They called the song ‘Barz Simpson’...
On the release of a new remix album – Bigger. Messier – composer Danny Elfman talks about cheating death, Iggy Pop, and the sheer terror of playing Coachella. “Well of course I’m afraid of death,” says Danny Elfman, grinning affably. “But I’ve also been obsessed with death ever since I was in my twenties.”
In our series ‘The Films That Made Us’, we take a look back at the films that have shaped British music over the last three decades. In today’s edition, we talk to pioneering jungle DJ and producer Krust about the ‘Predator’ films and their insidious influence on jungle.
It’s a regrettable truism of the times that a great number of the albums reviewed on these pages begin with ambient intros. This one does not.
An hour into a recent mix in her monthly slot on NTS Radio, FAUZIA revealed she was doing a “water fast” and hadn’t eaten anything for eight days. “Once you get to know me, you’ll realize I do these really impulsive, intense things,” she said. “It’s just kind of part of my…um, brand.”
“You know how many times I’ve had audience members, black people, come to me and say ‘Your music would just go off in the hood, if you pushed it that way. Make sure the label pushes it that way!’” says Gaika Tavares, who performs simply as Gaika. “That’s happened to me more than 10 times.”
The voices behind Bart Simpson and Sterling Archer discuss the tricky business of being a voice actor, a rich American art dating from Bugs Bunny to Bob's Burgers
In our new series ‘The Films That Made Us’, we take a look back at the films that have shaped British music over the last three decades. In this first instalment, we speak to UK rap veteran Skinnyman about Alan Clarke’s 1982 film, ‘Made in Britain’, which starred a young Tim Roth and had a profound impact on a generation of musicians.
The artist formerly known as Kanye West’s new album Donda 2, released in the same month as a Netflix documentary about his life, is the latest baffling chapter in a story that never seems to end.
Nothing can prepare your ears for the effect of Nate Scheible’s Fairfax, which was first released in 2017, but is being reissued this month on vinyl. Part album, part audiobook, Fairfax is a glorious work of haunting ambient, all horns and keys and wordless vocals, cut through by a series of audio love letters and snippets from a 60-minute cassette tape that Scheible found in a thrift store in northern Virginia...