I caught up with Horizon’s Director, Jack Robinson, to discuss the festival’s affordable ethos, the ancient history of Bansko and the forthcoming Horizon skate takeover at London’s Somerset House.
To celebrate 40 years of Virgin Records, I penned a few sentences about some of its classic releases…
I penned a few words about Japan’s number 1, ‘Hari Hari no Hanna’ by Not Yet, a sub-division of the world’s Largest Pop Group, AKB48.
I interviewed Charli XCX producer J£ZUS MILLION about working with Charli XCX and his dreams of going even bigger.
I caught up with Holograms’ Andreas Lagerström to discuss their plans for getting back on the road, the background of Forever and what the future holds for the Swedes. Read HERE.
In this month’s DIY, I interviewed New Cross artist Moko, who features on Chase and Status’ new track.
Violent Soho have unveiled the video for ‘Dope Calypso’, the opening track on their third album ‘Hungry Ghost’. The monochrome visual features the Brisbane band playing in what looks like a living room and at a gig – with lots of headbanging happening – and just doing everyday tasks like skateboarding down the actual road. ‘Hungry Ghost’ is released on 6th September via I OH YOU.
Cast of Lions’ new video for ‘Sticks & Stones’ features lots of bewildering trees that look like screenshots from ‘Twilight’, footage of the band playing against cool lighting and a boy running around woods and fields wearing a fluffy lion hat – a strong look.
With the five-piece featuring Dan Rice, Nick Rice and Chris Purcell of rave-swirling Hadouken!, Stefan Abingdon of Midnight Beast fame and Pat Pask of metal band Limb, it’s tough to categorise the music. There’re so many influences. With smooth animated vocals channeling a blend of pop-punk and pop, it’s reminiscent of Futures. Teaming with playful indie riffs, smashing drums and a slither of electro, ‘Sticks & Stones’ is a big effort from Cast of Lions. Their debut album, ‘Eyes Wide to New Places’, is out now.
With just a few days to go before 100wxxds drops new his EP, ‘Heartache’, ‘Fade’ is just the thing to get you excited. The Swedish beatmaker blends a heady mix of obscure sounds to create a massive beat, layered in all kinds of cryptic textures – something hidden in there even sounds like a typewriter.
As prominent buzzes rise from its core above the destructive claps, a mysterious booming voice dips in and cuts out. ‘Fade’ is a dark, captivating preview of the new record. A mix of various influences, it highlights 100wxxds’ skills. That translates as ‘100woods’ by the way.
The Holidays have shared the video for their track ‘Voices Drifting’. Shot underwater with lead vocalist Simon singing, the whole video was shot in one take. He practised by slowing down his heart rate and singing the track with his head in a bucket of water, now that’s dedication!
He said: “We shot about 15 aborted takes and it was getting very frustrating for everybody, in the end I resolved to stay under even if I ran out of breath, you might be able to see this happens at the end of the 2nd verse… it was extremely uncomfortable but I didn’t drown, we got one full take and that’s the clip!” With coloured lights creating a playful backdrop, the visual is pretty breathtaking with the water theme running along with the track’s breezy feel.