• Next To No Time

    Ya Ho Wa 13 was the music outlet of the Source Family, a communal group that numbered 160 at its height in the early 70s and lived together in a mansion in the Hollywood Hills.

  • Do It!

    Back in my university days, I luckily had one musical ally in the form of my housemate Jack. I'd spend all day looking out of the window and Jack would often come up, swing open the door, bang on one of his grime 12"s (DJ Eastwood and Oddz's "Champion VIP" was his fave), fart lou…

  • Hunting High And Low

    They Came From The Stars I Saw Them have been around for nine years and have never strictly found fame, which isn't the most promising sell for a band. Weirdly, the London group have managed to retain this odd name-drop status within certain indie circles.

  • Records

    During the 2004 climax of Dipset mania, if someone told me that Cam’ron’s weed carrier would be the only dude in the crew anyone gave a shit about, I would have adjusted my oversize pink New Era to make sure I was hearing them right.

  • Tutti Frutti Loops

    Heartsrevolution were born when a cute girl from LA called Lo decided to turn up at shows and parties in a cute 1960s ice cream truck and sell cute stuff out of the back of it.

  • Practice Space

    Late of the Pier

    Just a couple middle-class Nottingham kids in the bathtub.

  • Branches And Roots And... Pinecones

    Tall Firs are a Brooklyn band that has really calming vibes but also a low-level heaviness sort of thing going on. If I were a really lazy writer who relied on clichés, I would say that Tall Firs' music has a "sense of hushed intensity."

  • Fuck Confucius

    Most countries outside the English-speaking world have some sort of "father of rock" figure. Cui Jian is China's.

  • It's Complicated

    Liam Sparkes has played in more London DIY bands than you can shake a whole bushel of fanzines about Huggy Bear at. From Harry Stab and Human Bomb to Drumize with Eye from Boredoms, he's done stuff in them.

  • Do It!

    UK urban music is in the best state it's been in for a decade. Ten-year-old girls are throwing their Bratz dolls out the window and breakdancing in their wheelie shoes when a bassline tune comes on daytime radio.

  • Records

    Who’d have thought 20 years ago that the music present-day goths would be into would sound exactly like someone making fun of the music that goths were into 20 years ago?

  • Climb Every Mountain

    Ryan McPhun is an American living in New Zealand. He moved there five years ago and as you can imagine, his accent is a bit strange.

  • Shitgazers United

    Psychedelic Horseshit coined the turn "shitgaze," formed on a whim at a party and made up their name on the spot because it was the first thing that sprang to mind.

  • Locked Off

    People still try to make out that grime is based in three highrise blocks in Bow, when in reality other parts of London, particularly north, are home to a lot of the more productive MCs such as Chipmunk, Skepta, JME, Scorcher etc.