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MAY 2018
ISSUE 59 // FREE
JON HOPKINS
P R E S E N T S
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JON HOPKINS
COVER
STORY
I thought we'd lost you to the parks,
beaches and fields of London. The sun
comes out and no one wants to be in a
basement at a sweaty gig, which leads
me conveniently on to the fact that this,
if you hadn't already noticed, is our
festivals issue!!! So if watching music
and sweating in a field is more your
thing, then boy are you in luck.
Other important things to note: because
we are so generous you can win no less
than two tickets to this year’s lineupof-dreams Field Day, see the next page
on how to achieve that.
And I want to take a moment to say a
teary farewell to the lovely Rachel Finn
who has been looking after the digital
side of London in Stereo for what seems
like forever, but is heading off to do new
things. You've been a total joy to work
with, Rachel.
PAGE 26
STAFF ON REPEAT
CARDI B
the tracks we can’t stop listening to this month
JESS: Janelle Monáe (feat: Grimes) - PYNK
DAVE: Let’s Eat Grandma - It’s Not Just Me
LOKI: Sevdaliza - Observer
DANNY: MorMor - Whatever Comes to Mind
GEMMA: Cardi B - I Like It
JACK: Ólafur Arnalds - re:member
RACHEL: Kississippi - Easier To Love
LiS 05
CONTENTS
NEW SOUNDS
10
77
TALES FROM THE CITY
by Baywaves
Sudan Archives, Isaiah Dreads & more
14
ON THE STEREO
79
LiS at the festivals
19
2018 FESTIVAL SPECIAL
81
PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS
by Fluffer Pit Parties’ Al Brown
Our guide to the best festivals this year
30
JON HOPKINS
38
WIN A PAIR OF FIELD DAY TICKETS!
find this champ in the mag
and send us a photo on Twitter*
SUSPECT
44
IN LONDON
with Charles Watson
EVENTS
Sweet stuff happening soon in London
48
ALBUM REVIEWS
Janelle Monáe, Beach House, Chvrches,
Eleanor Friedberger, DJ Koze & more
56
GIGS OF THE MONTH
Our pick of May’s best shows
59
FULL MAY GIG LISTINGS
Editor: Jess Partridge
jess@londoninstereo.co.uk
*
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Deputy Editor: Dave Rowlinson
dave@londoninstereo.co.uk
Online Editor: Rachel Finn
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Sub-Editor: Loki Lillistone
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Festival Editor: Katie Thomas
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New Sounds Editor:
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Staff Writers:
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Photography: Jon Hopkins cover story: Mathew Parri Thomas (mathewparrithomas.com)
Contributors: Hassan Anderson, Emma Madden, Rhian Daly, Lee Wakefield,
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londoninstereo.com
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LiS 07
SPRING / SUMMER 2018
~ LIVE ~
03.05
12.05
06.05
Close Up Festival with Kyko /
20.05
The Aussie BBQ /
24.05
29.05
07.06
Jerome Thomas /
Mina Rose /
22.05
25.05
Knox Fortune /
15.05
10.05
Toundra
Towkio /
16.05
Reverend Beat-Man /
Courts /
30.05
Kyan /
26.05
Max Frost
23.05
Lova
Detroit Social Club
AKA George /
31.05
Elle Watson
Shay Lia / 11.06 Reykjavíkurdætur / 14.06 Cape Cub / 16.06 El Goodo
09.07
Moon Taxi /
27.09
Sola Rosa /
23.10
Stevie Appleton
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NEW SOUNDS
SUDAN ARCHIVES
Brittney Denise Parks suspects her
musical
identity
was
fated.
Growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, she
received
rudimentary
violin
training at elementary school and
continued to learn playing by ear in
church choirs. As a teenager Parks
was nicknamed “Sudan”, purely in
reference to her penchant for
African-inspired fashion, but she
coincidentally found herself drawn
to the folky, percussive and often
pizzicato style of violinists of that
region. To this day, the 23-year-old
applies these intricate techniques
in her solo project, Sudan
Archives, as part of a unique
musical palette that also fuses
loop-based electronics with her
own caramel-smooth R&B vocals.
by Gemma Samways
Since moving to L.A. and signing with
revered indie Stones Throw, Parks
has already received widespread
praise for her self-titled debut EP of
2017, and is set to release the
follow-up, Sink, on May 25th. It’s no
doubt destined to receive a similarly
rapt critical reception. For a taster,
head for the excellent lead single
‘Nont For Sale’, which features
staccato
string
arpeggios
and
pentatonic harmonies dancing over
an irresistibly low-slung groove, while
Parks
effortlessly
asserts
her
authority, coolly laying down the law
to anyone underestimating her. Fated
or not, there’s no denying Parks’
artistic vision is exceptional, and that
it elicits sublime results.
IN TEN: NEW SOUNDS
JEAN-MICHAEL BLAIS
OUTSIDERS
MIYA FOLICK
DEADBODY
MAHALIA
PETAL
HARVE
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DENMARK VESSEY
OCTAVIAN
MAHALIA
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BETTER THAN YOU
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FRESHMAN LIST
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NO REPLY
FIRST IMPRESSION
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photo: Jack McKain
LISTEN TO: Nont For Sale
@sudanarchives
@thesudanarchives
/sudanarchives
ISAIAH
DREADS
by Jess Partridge
LISTEN TO: Where Have You Been
@IsaiahDreads
/isaiahdreads
LiS 11
Last month saw Isaiah Dreads
release his much anticipated
new South West EP, proving
once again he’s as quick and
talented as the old school
MCs like JME and Bashy that
he draws inspiration from.
Standing out with rapid-fire
bars and slick production,
Isaiah makes each track feel
like it could easily be top 10
and with the tickets to his
headline London show going
so quickly it won't be long
until they are.
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1 act, 1 festival: the LiS picks
You can try really hard, but you just can’t
go to every festival - c’mon, some of
them even fall on the same weekends. So
which do you choose? You might not
decide to visit a specific festival based
on just one artist or band, but that giddy
thrill when your eyes are glancing from
act to act on a festival bill and you see
one of your absolute favourites is always
a precious moment, and can definitely
help tip the scales. Here at London in
Stereo we’re faced with the same
tantalising choices, so here we’ve picked
five acts at five festivals (from the green
fields of End of The Road to the seaside
capers of The Great Escape) that have
prompted that ‘Yep, that’s the festival for
me’ moment. LiS
AJ TRACEY
AJ TRACEY
@ Field Day
AJ Tracey + Field Day is a match made
in heaven. Tracey’s chilled-pop beats
were made for big stages and big sun
(and we’re placing bets on Field Day
being a scorcher this year). The bravado
we love in the likes of ‘Mimi’ and
‘Quarterback’ is going to bring
Brockwell Park to life and I’m gonna be
soaking up every minute. Jess Partridge
KRAFTWERK
LiS 14
FLOHIO
VAMPIRE WEEKEND
@ End of The Road
When Vampire Weekend headline EOTR it will
be their first show in four years. It will be 10
years since their self-titled debut album. Their
new album - with the wonderful working title
Mitsubishi Macchiato - could well be out. Ezra
Koenig has contributed to a Beyoncé album and
worked with Kanye. Enough scoffing about
Vampire Weekend, let’s just admit they’re really
very, very good and this headline show will be
one brilliant party. Danny Wright
VAMPIRE WEEKEND
FLOHIO
@ Great Escape
If you’ve heard a song that hits harder
than Flohio’s ‘Bands’ in the year
2018 then please let me know, and if
you haven’t heard it yet then please
stop reading right now and fix that. In
a year which has already seen some
pretty mind-blowing UK rap Flohio’s
emergence is just about as exciting as
it gets. Incredible technique backed
with production that straddles the
best of UK rap genres mean that her
shows at Great Escape are gonna be
rammed and exhilarating. Saturday,
9.30pm at Shoosh. See you there.
Dave Rowlinson
BROCKHAMPTON
@ Reading & Leeds Festival
Kevin Abstract’s L.A.-based hip hop crew ruled
2017 by redefining what it meant to be a boy
band, splitting roles between them from video
director to webmaster, and spitting bars tackling
homophobia and racism. They haven’t been to
the UK since the final instalment in their
Saturation mixtape trilogy dropped in December,
so it’s going to be a tight squeeze for their sets.
Gemma Samways
KRAFTWERK
@ Dimensions
Croatian festival Dimensions always has strong
programming, and 2018 is no different. This
year the opening night concert – every year a
highlight – will see Josey Rebelle, Nubya
Garcia, Moodymann and Nils Frahm
supporting the mighty Kraftwerk. Honestly
though, can you think of a better way to kick
off a festival than Kraftwerk’s 3D show in a
2000 year old Roman amphitheatre? Didn’t
think so. Katie Thomas
LiS 15
BROCKHAMPTON
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Field Day Photo: Samantha Milligan
FESTIVALS SPECIAL 2018
the London in Stereo
guide to festival season
ur 2017 festival season kicked off early February in freezing Trondheim and
finished early November in, erm, freezing Iceland. After 10 months of long weekends,
countless hangovers and having taken in a mind-blowing amount of music, it can feel
like time for a break. But then the first lineups start coming in for 2018 and suddenly
rest seems like the worst idea you can have because holy-hell do we ever love festivals...
Here in London we’re blessed with some of the very best the world has to offer, and the
comfort of knowing the journey home is, at worst, the night tube. But equally the joy of
taking yourself away from real life and either returning to an old favourite or embracing
a brand new festival is something to savour. The moment when the tent is finally
pitched and you open the beers that are just about still cold. The moment when you
step off the plane and feel warm, thick air hit you straight in the face. Scouring sites
to see if The Cheese Truck is there. Settling down on a grassy hill to let the day drift
over you. Checking the festival app and knowing you need to be on the other side of
town in 15 minutes and seeing your friends all scurrying the same way... Everything
about this time of year is a pure thrill, so we’re real happy to bring you our guide to our
2018 festival favourites.
LiS 19
LONDON FESTIVALS 2018
FIELD DAY
JUNE 1 ST-2 ND
A change in location has brought out
the absolute best in Field Day, with a
lineup that plays perfectly to their
unique strengths. It’s dance and rap
heavy, with a healthy dose of
left-field, cutting-edge artists from
the worlds of soul, R‘n’B, jazz,
electronica and whatever genre you
want to ascribe the wonderful Fever
Ray. We’re thrilled the Barn is back,
we’re excited to see the new site,
and, honestly, we’re just really
fired-up to experience the reborn
Field Day. They’ve absolutely aced it.
FIELD DAY> Don’t Miss:
AJ Tracey, Daniel Avery,
Helena Hauff, Tony Allen,
Cornelius, Sudan Archives
fielddayfestivals.com //
@fielddaylondon
CHVRCHES
CITADEL
GALA
CITADEL> Don’t Miss: Chvrches,
Shame, Goat Girl, La Femme
citadelfestival.com // @CitadelFestival
MAY 27 TH
There’s a whole host of things to like
about Gala, taking place in Peckham
Rye Park. First off you’ve got our fave
festival food vendors, The Cheese Truck,
dishing up their wonder sandwiches,
then you’ve got Peckham locals Rye Wax
and YAM hosting a record fair, but more
than that, you’ve got a sweet-as-you-like
lineup of house and disco DJs that’ll
keep purists and casual revellers
dancing equally hard all bank holiday.
JULY 15 TH
Citadel is focussed on being the best summer
Sunday that caters for people of all tastes and
all ages. As always they boast a massive
music line-up where huge pop acts meet the
likes of Goat and Shame. This year the
extra-curricular activities are looking better
than ever with a science camp from the
Science Museum and Guerrilla Science,
broadsheet debates and of course a whole
world of excellent food and drink.
GALA> Don’t Miss: Derrick Carter,
Bradley Zero, Mr Scruff, Honey
Dijon, Horse Meat Disco, Midland
thisisgala.co.uk
LiS 20
VISIONS FESTIVAL
VISIONS> Don’t Miss: Girlhood, Idles,
Nilüfer Yanya, Sampa The Great
visionsfestival.com // @VisionsFestival
INNERVISIONS
JULY 5 TH-14 TH
Innervisions is taking over some
of London’s finest venues for no
less than 10 nights this July. With
shows dotted throughout the city
from Barbican to Roundhouse,
Union Chapel to KOKO, the
lineups are a carefully curated
mix of soul, jazz, hip-hop and
more, you’ll find big hitters like
Mavis Staples and Black Star
alongside more intimate shows
from Janet Kay and Fred Wesley.
It’s a showcase of talent that
transcends genres and embraces
talent and influences from all
over the world.
VISIONS DOG SHOW
photo: Ruth Kilpatrick
AUGUST 4 TH
Visions has long been the total boss
of London’s multi-venue festivals,
breaking new acts and welcoming
more established artists to good old
Hackney, and 2018 is already
shaping up to be another vintage
year. And, yes, before you ask, the
dog show is back! Punk rock
karaoke, record fairs, plus top-notch
street food and craft beer markets
are all set to handle any of those
between-band
distractions,
and
you’d be a fool not to soak them up,
but let’s savour the music for a bit
first where, whatever your tastes,
you’re going to find a ton to keep you
enraptured all day long. We’re
especially happy to see our cover
stars from last August, Girlhood,
playing.
INNERVISIONS>
Don’t Miss: Mavis Staples,
Black Star, Blackalicious,
The Pharcyde, Jimmy Cliff
innervisionsfestival.com
DA
VE
MAVIS STAPLES
LOVEBOX
LOVEBOX> Don’t Miss: Dave, SZA, Vince Staples, Peggy Gou,
Ms Banks, Jon Hopkins, Skepta, Bicep, Mura Masa
loveboxfestival.com // @LoveboxFestival
LiS 21
JULY 13 TH-14 TH
Another festival that’s left Victoria Park
and thrived on the change of scenery.
This year’s lineup is a veritable
who’s-who of exceptional rap talent from
the UK and further afield, backed up by
some of the most essential electronic
artists out there. People’s impression of
Lovebox can sometimes be a bit off, but
with a new site in Gunnersbury Park and
this damn lineup, it’s 100% time to give
it another go. C’mon SZA’s there!
UK FESTIVALS 2018
THE GREAT ESCAPE
MAY 17TH-19TH
Festival season never feels like it’s
really started until The Great Escape.
It’s really one of our most treasured
weekends of our year: a chance to
catch countless new acts, a holiday
less than an hour from London, a
time to hang with friends in one of
England’s best cites... It’s just about
the most fun you can have and you
know you’re going to come home
with a favourite new act. Genre? TGE
don’t care, everything’s here and it’s
in plentiful supply. We’re real psyched
to see the new Beach site, too.
THE GREAT ESCAPE> Don’t Miss:
Flohio, Drahla, Kyary Pamyu
Pamyu, Tirzah, The Go! Team,
Suspect, Sportsman, Rina
Sawayama, Self Esteem, Octavian
greatescapefestival.com //
@thegreatescape
BESTIVAL
BESTIVAL> Don’t Miss: M.I.A, Jorja
Smith, Mabel, Biig Piig, Martha
bestival.net // @Bestival
NASS photo:
Alex Rawson
NASS FESTIVAL
JULY 5 TH-8 TH
NASS Festival sounds like a non-stop
party, there’s no way around it. With a
killer lineup consisting of some of the
most exciting names in hip-hop and
R&B, alongside some of the world’s top
BMXers, skateboarders and street artists
there won’t be a single second to waste.
Good job they’ve got a 3am music
license ready to go because we’re gonna
need every second.
AUGUST 2 ND-5 TH
Was being on the Isle of Wight holding Bestival
back? By the looks of the last two year’s
lineups, that might just be the case. Now held
on the same patch of grass as the equally
compelling Camp Bestival, the festival is a
melting pot of our favourite acts. Especially at
the Big Top stage which is rammed with total
greats. Expect the regular riot of invention,
parties and spectacular array of fancy dress on
the side, too.
NASS FESTIVAL> Don’t Miss:
Vic Mensa, Flohio, Stefflon Don,
Run DMC, Dizzee Rascal
nassfestival.com // @NASSfestival
LiS 22
END OF THE ROAD
EOTR> Don’t Miss: St. Vincent, Gruff Rhys,
Hookworms, Soccer Mommy, Kaitlyn Aurelia
Smith, Yo La Tengo
endoftheroadfestival.com // @EOTR
BLISSCAMP
JULY 5 TH-8 TH
Springing from the ever-fertile
imagination of the Blissfields
team, Blisscamp makes its festival
debut this year, and we’re really
liking what we’re hearing so far.
Essentially what you’re looking at
is all the frivolous fun and frolics
of Blissfields distilled into one tiny
festival, albeit with big ambitions.
With a capacity of just 2000, the
lucky few who gather will find 5
unique stages, bubbling over with
(mostly) electronic thrills’n’spills
and a party that’ll last all weekend,
and then some. One of the year’s
most intriguing new festivals.
EOTR photo:
Sonny Malhotra
AUG’ 30TH-SEP 2ND
The longer you’re away from End of
The Road the harder it is to believe
it’s as idyllic as you remember. But
then you get on site and it all comes
flooding back. EoTR is, in many
ways, the ideal UK festival: the place
is beautiful, the crowd are calm and
friendly, the food and drink offerings
are spot-on and the lineup is always a
treasure trove of surprisingly eclectic
acts. Add in to that the woodland
adventures and treats, the peacocks,
the secret sessions, the silent discos,
the light-up dancefloor, being able to
bring your own beer across site, the
exceptional comedy lineups and,
well, just about everything else and
it’s a wonder we ever leave in the first
place. And we’ve not even mentioned
St. Vincent yet.
BLISSCAMP>
Don’t Miss: Gold Panda,
Mr Jukes, Justin Robertson,
Viper Recordings, JFB
blissfields.co.uk
@Blissfields
BLISSCAMP
PARKLIFE
PARKLIFE photo:
Carolina Faruolo
PARKLIFE> Don’t Miss: Dave, Jon Hopkins, Sigrid, Kelela,
Lorde, Skepta, Giggs, Jamie xx, Chvrches, J Hus, Four Tet
parklife.uk.com // @Parklifefest
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JUNE 9 TH-10 TH
Unconcerned with the bells and whistles
so many festivals are embracing now,
Manchester's Parklife festival is all
about the music and we’re getting a bit
starry eyed just looking at that lineup.
Lorde! Skepta! Giggs! Jamie xx!
Chvrches! Damn, what an incredible
couple of days. It’s clear that after nine
years the team behind Parklife know how
to nail it, and this year there’s a little bit
of something for everyone.
REST OF THE WORLD FESTIVALS 2018
NOS PRIMAVERA SOUND
JUNE 7TH-9TH
The Barcelona edition of Primavera is
one of the wildest weekends you can
have but, you know what? We’ve done
it, and this year we want to take things
easier. The Porto site is tranquil, all
grassy hills and open spaces. It feels
like time out of life. Not that things
are ever boring, because enough of
Barca’s lineup makes its way to
Portugal to ensure you’re always
presented with genuine star power. We
know this: when Lorde drops ‘Green
Light’ and the whole places goes off,
we’re gonna be so happy to be there.
leguesswho.nl
@LeGuessWho
NOS PRIMAVERA> Don’t Miss: Lorde,
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Tyler The
Creator, Abra, Ibeyi, Arca, A$AP Rocky
nosprimaverasound.com
LE GUESS WHO?
NOVEMBER 8 TH-11 TH
Hanging out at the end of the standard festival
season, Le Guess Who? quietly had one of the
most interesting and forward thinking lineups
going last year. It’s too early to know who will be
gracing the many venues across the beautiful
city of Utrecht, but last year saw everything
from James Holden, Grouper, Aldous Harding,
Metz and more. It’s clear that so much care and
attention goes into finding stand-out acts that
will keep the audience guessing.
MELT photo: Stephan Flad
MELT FESTIVAL
JULY 13 TH-15 TH
What do you get when you put a huge
lineup, bright sunshine, Ferropolis (a city
of iron - that used to be a coal mine) and
a beautiful lake together for three days?
A completely surreal, magical time. Melt
has been built from a 1,000 capacity
festival in 1997 to today’s behemoth of
an event that attracts people from all
over the world looking for a unusual and
beautiful festival experience and this
years lineup is particularly tasty.
MELT FESTIVAL> Don’t Miss:
Fever Ray, Princess Nokia, Kali
Uchis, Nina Kraviz, Jon Hopkins
meltfestival.de // @meltfestival
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NOS ALIVE
NOS ALIVE> Don’t Miss: Wolf Alice, Sophie,
The National, Perfume Genius, Japandroids,
Nine Inch Nails, Sampha
nosalive.com // @NOS_Alive
DIMENSIONS
AUG’ 29TH-SEP 2ND
So, that’s just your cutting-edge
electronic festival, set in an
abandoned fort on the Croatian
coast? Yep, take us to Dimensions
festival, and maybe just leave us
there. If you’ve been before you’ll
know it all kicks off with an
opening party in a 2000-year-old
amphitheatre, but new to this year
is Resident Advisor opening up
tunnels underneath Pula to host a
back-to-basics raving experience
like no other. The lineup is
everything you’d expect, and more but, seriously, how incredible is the
Kraftwerk 3D experience gonna be?
NOS photo:
Hugo Macedo
JULY 12 TH-14 TH
We experienced our first ever NOS
Alive last year and if you have to ask
if we’re returning then you probably
didn’t run into us babbling happily
about it for days after. Let’s keep this
nice and simple: NOS Alive is in a
truly wonderful city, full of cool bars,
a funicular, and as much pastel de
nata as a human can eat - and on top
of that it’s got an incredibly fun
festival, with beer prices that don’t
make you cry, a whole lot of sunshine,
a rich supply of local bands and
absolute superstars plus a dreamy
setting on the banks of the Tagus. In
short it’s got the lot and if you like
having a real good time and watching
great music while the sun makes
everything feel better, then this is for
you. Tell us you don’t want that?
DIMENSIONS>
Don’t Miss: Kraftwerk, Ben UFO,
James Holden, Jon Hopkins,
Floating Points, Sonja Moonear.
dimensionsfestival.com
@Dimensions_Fest
DIMENSIONS
MUTEK MONTRÉAL
MUTEK photo: Bruno Destombes
MUTEK MONTREAL> Don’t Miss: Pye Corner Audio, Chagall,
Cora Novoa, TMRW, dj. flugvél og geimskip, Lanark Artefax
mutek.org // @MUTEK_Montreal
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AUGUST 22ND-26TH
Last year MUTEK Montréal moved from
early spring to deep summer and to be
honest it’s never been so appealing. An
electronic treasure trove, it brings
together cutting edge musicians and
visual artists from around the world. This
year they’re making a statement by
hosting a two day symposium for Women
in Digital Arts and Electronic Music - to
highlight and advance issues of diversity
in this historically male domain.
SUSTAINABLE FESTIVALS 2018
NORTHSIDE
JUNE 7 TH-9 TH
Going green with the Icelandic queen
is the name of the game for Denmark
festival NorthSide. The Scandinavian
festival operate with their mantra
‘lead the way’ which governs their
decision making. NorthSide were
proud to announce that in 2017
100% of the food and drink sold at
the festival was organic. This year
they’ve curated arguably the strongest
lineup in their nine year history, with
the likes of Warpaint, The Internet,
Rhye, Thundercat and Tyler, The
Creator all joining Björk on the bill.
NORTHSIDE> Don’t Miss:
Bjork, The Internet, Rhye,
Thundercat
northside.dk
@NorthSide_DK
PARADISE CITY
PARADISE CITY> Don’t Miss: Laurent
Garnier, DJ Koze, Jayda G, Willow
paradisecity.be // @paradisecityfst
WE LOVE GREEN
JUNE 2 ND-3 RD
We Love Green takes place in La Belle
Étoile in the Bois de Vincennes just
outside Paris. A festival run on core
values of reduce, reuse, recycle, We Love
Green is proud to run on 100% renewable
energy, and 70% of all the waste is
recycled after the event. Highlights
across a particularly stellar lineup
include the mighty Björk, Charlotte
Gainsbourg, Daphni, Jorja Smith and our
lovely past cover stars Ibeyi.
JUNE 29 TH-JULY 1 ST
Belgium’s Paradise City had led the pack for
sustainability since their inception in 2015. The
festival takes place at the stunning Castle of
Ribaucourt in Perk. Their award winning
commitment to partying green includes a
campsite that is powered entirely by solar energy,
all food on site is locally sourced and organically
grown, and all generators are run using biofuel.
This year’s lineup includes the likes of the mighty
Laurent Garnier, DJ Koze, Jayda G and Willow.
WE LOVE GREEN> Don’t Miss:
Bjork, Jorja Smith, Daphni, Ibeyi
welovegreen.fr // @WeLoveGreen
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SHAMBALA
SHAMBALA FESTIVAL> Don’t Miss:
DJ Paypal, Nubiyan Twist, GRRRRL,
The Last Poets, This Is The Kit
shambalafestival.org // @ShambalaFest
SHAMBALA
AUGUST 23 RD-26 TH
You only have to visit Shambala’s
website to see their commitment to
sustainable partying, it opens with a
click-through to the Association of
Independent Festivals’ initiative:
Drastic
on
Plastic.
Another
pioneering festival leading the way
for greener partying, this year
Shambala continue their efforts to
become waste free. They run on
100% renewable power, and they’ve
reduced the overall carbon footprint
of the festival by 80%. In the midst
of a waste free wonderland,
highlights for 2018 include Teklife’s
DJ Paypal b2b DJ Taye and Nubiyan
Twist.
BEST OF THE REST
BUSHSTOCK
LOVE INTERNATIONAL
WHEN: JUNE 23RD
WHERE: SHEPHERD’S BUSH, VARIOUS VENUES
ONLINE: bushstock.co.uk
DON’T MISS: Aurora, Amaroun, Feet
WHEN: JUNE 27TH - JULY 4TH
WHERE: CROATIA
ONLINE: loveinternationalfestival.com
DON’T MISS: Four Tet, Joy Orbison, Midland
FARR FESTIVAL
MEADOWS IN THE MOUNTAINS
WHEN: JULY 5TH-8TH
WHERE: BELGRAVE WOODS
ONLINE: farrfestival.co.uk
DON’T MISS: George Fitzgerald, Kelly Lee Owens
WHEN: JUNE 7TH - 10TH
WHERE: CROATIA
ONLINE: meadowsinthemountains.com
DON’T MISS: TBC
AVA
MAD COOL
WHEN: JUNE 1ST-2ND
WHERE: BELFAST
ONLINE: avafestival.com
DON’T MISS: Bicep, Mall Grab, Or:La
WHEN: JULY 12TH - 14TH
WHERE: SPAIN, MADRID
ONLINE: madcoolfestival.es
DON’T MISS: Dua Lipa, Eels, Sampha
GOTTWOOD
LENTE KABINET
WHEN: JUNE 7TH -10TH
WHERE: ANGLESEA
ONLINE: gottwood.co.uk
DON’T MISS: Andrew Weatherall, Avalon Emerson
WHEN: MAY 26TH - 27TH
WHERE: HOLLAND, AMSTERDAM
ONLINE: hetkabinetfestival.nl
DON’T MISS: Kelela, Hunee, Essaie Pas
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interview
Jon Hopkins
words: Danny Wright
photography: Mathew Parri Thomas
hat do Donald Trump’s
election win, binge watching the
Sopranos and an intense form of
meditation that induces a psychedelic
state through exposure to ice cold
water have in common? The answer is
that they all helped shape Jon
Hopkins’ new record, Singularity.
“I wanted to make
something that didn't
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up everything is I wanted to emit some
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It began with negative feelings that
overwhelmed him after Trump’s rise to
power. “My brain is very sensitive and
takes in energies from everywhere around it
and it can be incapacitating. I remember
after the US election I spent a few weeks at
home on the sofa just watching The
Sopranos. I needed an injection of
positivity and new energy after that.”
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He found this positive energy through the
discovery of the Wim Hof method: a
breathing technique that, using long
intakes of oxygen coupled with exposure in
freezing cold water, increases energy levels,
boosts serotonin - and, according to
Jon, was “profoundly important” to how
the album came into being. “It was just
after the aforementioned Sopranos viewing
and I was very drained. Every time I went to
the studio I started feeling dizzy, as if my
body was trying to say ‘You can't write, you
need to go home’.”
“The doctors tried to get me to go on
antidepressants and I said ‘I don't feel
depressed. I feel dizzy, I feel worried about
the world but I don't feel artificially
boosting my serotonin is the answer’. It
seemed like a really blunt and insensitive
approach.”
“It was then that I heard about the Wim Hof
method - about the effects of taking in
more oxygen because we don't take in
enough. It’s a simple rebalancing thing.
And then a week after starting that I was
back in the studio and I was working a
couple of hours a day and then three and
then four. So yeah, the album really
wouldn’t exist without that technique.”
That album, Singularity, his first album in
five years, has that sense of rejuvenation
and exploration. It’s an intricate, expansive
and immersive piece of work; an album
made in the shadow of those external
factors - of political turmoil, the world
turning to shit - but refracts them through
an internal lens, using his deepening
interest in transcendental meditation to
find a sense of peace and beauty in the face
of everything happening around him.
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“The first track has a lot of foreboding and
that’s probably a reaction to some moods
that I was picking up. But I made a
conscious decision in the end that I wanted
to make something that didn't just reflect
how fucked up everything is - I wanted to
emit some beautiful feelings.”
“It showed me that whatever is
going on in the world, it's still
possible to experience joy
and stillness.”
“That’s a state of mind that I've accessed
through meditation and, for me, rather than
it being an escape from reality, it's more like
a deeper connection to reality. It showed me
that whatever is going on in the world, it's
still possible to experience joy and stillness.”
The success of Hopkins’ last record,
Immunity, changed the course of his career
completely. He was more in demand than
ever before, he started DJing around the
world and it meant he was given time to
make this record exactly what he wanted it
to be. “There was a lot more stress around
making Immunity because I had done three
solo albums already and none of them had
made their way out of the underground.
With this record I took my time. I think it's
really important not to rush to the starting
point, because you can often start writing
things that sound like off-cuts from the last
record.” He spent some time mapping out
the album and came up with a concept,
though he soon realised this was futile. “I’ve
completely ditched the idea that I could
possibly know where it's going - what I really
do is working in the dark, until I hit on a
spark and then I pursue that relentlessly.”
That spark came out of a track called ‘Neon
Pattern Drum’. “It's the most experimental
track on there in some ways - it begins with
a solid pattern then it disintegrates into
rhythmic chaos. You can't really hear the
rhythm and then the bass line comes in and
I was like ‘Ah, OK, I like this’. After I found
that things started to flow a bit quicker.”
As songs began to take shape it was then
about weaving disparate sounds and
contrasting ideas together. There’s a
moment on the record where ‘Everything
Connected’ - a huge monolithic “techno
bastard” - segues into ‘Feel First Life’ a
tranquil, still, choral number. Getting that
journey right for the listener was something
he thought a lot about - in fact he had the
tracklisting decided a year before he’d
finished the album.
“I know it’s not particularly relevant to the
way a lot of people listen to music these days
but it's one of the main things for me. That
particular transition is a very good example
of it - trying to make that bridge between
techno and choral music in just a minute
was a challenge. You couldn't just bring the
choir in straight at the end of ‘Everything
Connected’, it would be ridiculous.
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“I have to be in London and I love it for many reasons.
At the same time a deeper part of me
is constantly yearning for untamed nature.”
So it's trying to get a path through that single
connecting drone and and then the choir
kind of swims up from underneath. I love all
those unexpected moments.”
Hopkins’ ability to see his songs as physical
places or, as he says, “a sort of dimensional
space in my head. I just have this strange
way of seeing music in my head”, helps him
to build these immersive sonic worlds. They
are worlds that bring together the electronic
and the organic, with sounds from the
natural world incorporated as part of the
songs. These ‘used sounds’ have been a core
part of Hopkins’ previous albums and they’re
here too: this time a recording of thunder is
tuned to the sub bass in the title track and
the sound of an owl is used as a melody on
‘Recovery’. “It’s almost a little piano
meditation really and while I was working on
it a friend of mine was in Greece on holiday
and could hear the Scops owl we'd heard
when we were both on holiday in the south of
France. It just makes this beautiful little
beating sound every few seconds. She’d
recorded it on her phone and I listened to it
and thought 'That is going in!’. It was a
moment of perfect synchronicity.”
This idea of abrasive electronic noises
rubbing up against these sounds of nature is
central to the themes of the record. “That's
really a constant conversational battle going
on in my head. I have to be in London and I
love it for many reasons. At the same time a
deeper part of me is constantly yearning for
untamed nature. I think that results in a
really interesting tension in the music Immunity had these very heavy sections and
very peaceful sections and I think you need
the craziness of cities. If it was all fluffy and
pretty then that would be meaningless.”
This returns us to the Wim Hof method,
that to achieve peace you need that
dramatic exposure to the ice cold water
first, or as Jon says “There’s no comfort
with discomfort.” I ask whether I should be
investigating this technique for myself. “If
you want to feel amazing,” he laughs. LiS
Singularity is released May 4th via Domino.
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FESTIVALS: Primavera Sound, Parklife, Latitude,
Melt!, Wilderness, Dimensions.
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interview
o be honest, I’ve tried to write
things down on paper before but
it feels like I’m snitching on
myself,” South-London’s Suspect
explains. The up and coming MC is
currently on tour supporting UK rap
giant Giggs, and over the phone,
breaks down his approach to writing. “I
don’t need a pen. I don’t write anything
down. I get in there with Flyo
(Suspect’s dedicated producer), he’ll
start making a beat, I’ll get inspired by
that beat, and we make a banger from
nothing... ”
A non-stop attitude is part of the environment
Suspect finds himself working in, as he
elaborates: “I’m around people like Giggs that
work crazy. I’d be stupid not to be absorbing
what I see and learn from it.” It’s a lesson he
seems to be putting into practice almost
immediately as even the day before we speak
he had laid down a new verse in a studio in
Germany, which he later released as the heavy
track ‘Tour Bus’.
It’s this method that means Suspect ends
up committing all of his rhymes to memory
so that he can play them live rather than
write anything down on paper. “The first
time I’ll see my lyrics written down is
when a fan has them online… Bare times
they get it wrong but still, it’s cool”
words: Hassan Anderson
photography: Ashley Verse
Though most MCs can make rhymes up on
the spot, their spontaneous verses don’t
usually result in hooky singles that mean
guys like Frank Ocean stop and take notice.
Last year, Ocean chose Suspect’s slow,
low-end banger ‘FBG’ to be on his Grand
Theft Auto radio station playlist, which was
somewhat of a dream come true for Suspect,
as he explains, “To say I was surprised is an
understatement. Frank Ocean doing that is
obviously crazy. And GTA is a huge part of
my childhood, my cousin used to copy the
games for me on CD.”
Suspect’s off-the-cuff approach to writing
seems to be working across the board.
Over the past year his notoriety has grown
ten-fold, both due to him dropping his
heavy debut mixtape Loading as well as
releasing several singles, with features
from the likes of Skepta and Giggs. His
output shows no signs of stopping either,
with a second full-length mixtape Still
Loading dropping later this month.
SUSPECT
This is fairly impressive given that the single
and video were written and completed in just
under two days but this sort of output seems to
come almost as second nature to Suspect.
“Rapping is something that everyone always
knew I could do, I cant even say that there was
a starting point, I was just known for it.”
UK rap and UK drill are genres that have been
thrust into the mainstream over the last few
years due to artists like Giggs, Section Boyz,
67 and more recently Harlem Spartans (who
also feature on Suspects Loading mixtape).
With this increase in interest has also come an
increase in concern for the ultra-violent lyrical
content of the genres, in which, some claim,
murder and gang violence are glorified.
Articles have been published in numbers
claiming that in fact the rise in popularity of
these genres, are what’s behind the latest
surge in London murders this year. Suspect’s
take on it is somewhat more considered
however: “Groups like Harlem Spartans, it’s a
culture they’re reporting on, not starting. And
in my lyrics I wouldn’t say I’m promoting it,
but I’ve come from a certain background.”
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“Rapping is something that everyone always knew I
could do, I cant even say that there was a
starting point, I was just known for it”
“The party gives me life man, and you know
when you’re making music it’s a party anyway”
He agrees that the problem is a systematic
failing rather than the result of youths
spontaneously deciding to act out lyrics, but
adds that he doesn’t think it is the task of
the MC to tell anyone what to do: “If you’re
in an environment where you are being
hunted, how can I tell you to put down your
weapon? I just can’t do that.”
Though Suspect is from the kind of
environment that is often the subject matter
in UK rap, he says that it’s a life that is
firmly in the past: “It’s where I come from
so I have to keep it real but I have people
that look up to me now, I’m in a new space.”
For now, he is looking forward to playing
more shows with his producer Flyo. “He’s
taking DJ lessons at the moment, so I think
he’ll come on tour with me next time.”
Being on tour with Giggs is something that
seems to have been quite a learning curve
for Suspect. “Just seeing a whole room of
people sing back your songs, and English
isn’t even their first language, it’s crazy.”
This, plus the perks of the lifestyle from
having ‘loads of liquor’ on the rider to the
catering on Gigg’s tour bus (See Giggs’
Instagram post on chicken stew and
dumplings as an example).
Given the often hectic lifestyle of being on
tour, does Suspect not worry the party
might get in the way of his hunger for
productivity? He demurs: “The party gives
me life man, and you know when you’re
making music it’s a party anyway. I get the
thrill of seeing people react to what I’ve
done.” Given his current rate of getting
things done, Suspect can expect to see a
lot more reactions this year. LiS
Still Loading is released May 18th via Rinse.
LIVE: O2 Islington Academy, April 27th.
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@Suspect_OTB
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TUES 1 MAY
SERVANT JAZZ QUARTERS
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EVENTS
new things in London you just don’t want to miss out on
A FOOD AND BOOZE WITH KILLER VIEWS THING
QUEEN OF HOXTON’S LOST VEGAS ROOFTOP
All year round Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop is one of
the more fun places to spend London evenings but,
when the summer months loom, the place really
comes alive. This year they welcome the sunny
times with Lost Vegas: twisting Las Vegas in their
own inimitable way to create what’s basically a
boutique festival on a rooftop. Expect exceptional
craft cocktails, top quality food for vegans and
non-vegans alike (we are naturally very interested
in the Out‘N’In Burger), a Little Vegas Wedding
Chapel, a yellow school bus bar and a whole host of
Nevada-themed treats and surprises.
WHEN: May 3rd-Ocotober. WHERE: Queen Of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX
INFO: queenofhoxton.com // @_QueenOfHoxton_
A LONDON BECOMES A STAGE THING
LIFT FESTIVAL
East Wall by Hofesh Shechter
Photo: Victor Frankowski
If you’re walking past the Tower of London and see
the moat filled with 150 dancers and musicians
performing to everything from grime to gospel you’ll
have found Hofesh Shechter and East London
Dance’s contribution to Lift Festival. What’s Lift?
Well, it’s a lot of things, but you could say it’s an
extraordinary exploration of London with a focus on
community and battling preconceptions. Take a
teenager-led night walk through East London,
absorb Session’s thrilling dance-party celebrating
youth and belonging, or watch Fly By Night as
1500 LED-lit pigeons soar over the Thames. And,
honestly, that barely scratches the surface of Lift.
WHEN: May 26th-July 22nd. WHERE: Various locations across London.
INFO: liftfestival.com // @LIFTfestival
A MOVIE FESTIVAL THING
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: LONDON
The 2018 London edition of Robert Redford’s
Utah-based behemoth film festival brings us a
typically exciting array of UK film and
documentary premieres, plus engrossing talks at
Picturehouse Central. Highlights for us include
Amy Adrion’s Half The Picture doc in the wake of
#metoo, and U.S. Grand Jury Prize winner film,
The Miseducation Of Cameron Post.
WHEN: May 31st-June 3rd. WHERE: Picturehouse Central, W1D 7DH
INFO: picturehouses.com/sundance // @picturehouses
The Miseducation Of Cameron Post
A LEARNING IN THE PUB THING
PINT OF SCIENCE FESTIVAL
We like pubs. We like learning. So cheers to Pint Of
Science Festival for bringing three days of science
lecturers and talks in a host of London pubs
including favourites like Farrs School of Dancing,
The Colonel Fawcett and The Star of Kings. There
are way too many events and talks to list here, but
Goats Who Stare At Scientists at Putney’s Boma
Bridge probably wins on name alone.
WHEN: May 14th-16th. WHERE: Various London pubs.
INFO: pintofscience.co.uk // @pintofscience
A CULTURE WHEN THE SUN’S DOWN THING
MUSEUMS AT NIGHT
Museums At Night sees London’s bastions of culture open
their doors past normal hours, allowing us to experience
the settings in fresh new ways. From The London
Transport Museum’s jaunt through the swinging sixties, to
a unique exploration of coral reef at the Horniman
Museum and Gardens, to the Museum of Brands,
Packaging and Advertising’s dive into Twitter’s brand
story, there’s something for everyone, and cocktails too.
WHEN: May 16th-19th. WHERE: Various London venues
INFO: museumsatnight.org.uk // @MuseumsAtNight
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SHOWC
Three dynamic female-fronted Korean rock bands
3RD LINE BUTTERFLY, GONNE CHOI, BILLY CARTER
THURSDAY 10 MAY 2018 / RICH MIX
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
ALBUM REVIEWS
RECORD OF THE MONTH
Sometimes an album is released that
almost all of our writers want to review,
and the triumphant return of Janelle
Monáe might just be the most requested
yet. That being the case, Danny Wright
gathered Tim Hakki and Katie Thomas to
talk all things Dirty Computer.
What are your feelings about Janelle Monáe?
Tim: She’s one of the people really standing
out right now. I think she has a kind of
Bowie/Prince thing going on, but in this
current social climate, where we’re realising
things about identity at quite a rapid pace, she
seems to be really exploring these issues
further than many of her peers, challenging
how we see ourselves in a very radical way.
Katie: LOVE her. I'm so into this Janelle that
Dirty Computer seems to be about - like Jenna
Wortham says in her ace piece in the NYT, this
time she’s expressing her true self rather than
hiding behind her alter ego. Seeing Moonlight
and Hidden Figures kinda made me see her in
a different light and focus on the content and
the context of this new music. I think she's a
JANELLE MONÁE
DIRTY COMPUTER
out now via Atlantic Records
@janellemonae
fantastic role model for women, and - I would
imagine - a beacon of hope for women of
colour. She's colourful and fun and articulate
and, yeah, I have a huge girl crush.
Does this record live up to your expectations?
Tim: Since ‘Django Jane’ dropped I’ve been
expecting it to be brilliant. It was a great rap song
in a year that’s already had an alarming number
of great rap songs. So I knew this was going to be
a fiercely lyrical project. And yes, it lived up to my
expectations, then went one further.
Katie: Absolutely. She set the bar high with
the singles but it's definitely met that bar. I'm
very excited to see the supporting visuals - if
the visuals so far are anything to go by.
Does the multimedia album idea excite you?
Katie: Yessss it 100% does! I feel like JM
loves Queen Bey as much as me, so here's to
the visual album! I think you can piece
together a visual in your mind by listening to
the record independently. But then if you take,
say ‘PYNK’, it's even more powerful when you
watch it. Because, vaginas! And the celebration
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Those videos definitely seemed to build on the themes of the
record - do they all come across clearly through the album?
Katie: Yes I think so. To refer to Jenna's piece again - there's
that distinction throughout the record of Reckoning,
Celebration, Reclamation. This is a record for women, for
women of colour, for anyone that identifies as female, or
anyone that is marginalised in some way. It's a very
empowering record, a celebration of sex and sexuality in all its
forms, and a reminder to love yourself, to be confident, and to
embrace your own sexuality and sensuality. It embraces all
the people that US politics is currently stamping down on.
Tim: Her agenda is really about basic human decency. Just be
whoever you want to be and let others be that way too, that’s
more or less what the whole album is saying. Of course there
are some sexy hedonistic moments in there too. That’s where
Prince fits into the recipe.
A perfect segue into a Prince question... can you hear his
influence on the record?
Tim: Less so than before, I think. She’s grown into a lot of new
influences now, some of the most powerful ones are her
collaborators, Brian Wilson and Grimes. This felt like a sci-fi
Pet Sounds, covered in harmonies and really going for more of
an uncomplicated feel-good vibe than her earlier work.
And what’s the stand out track?
Katie: It's gotta be ‘Make Me Feel’. It makes me feel good, it
makes me want to dance, the video is INCREDIBLE.
Tim: ‘Dirty Computer’. Lyrically it's such a tragic and relatable
metaphor, sonically it's more psychedelic than anything off the
last Tame Impala album. Brian Wilson stepped in with Android
Janelle to basically show the revivalists how it's done... Or
‘Django Jane’ or ‘PYNK’. Argh man, what a hard question...
Finally: how important is Janelle Monáe as an artist now? Is
this her stepping up to Beyoncé levels of superstardom?
Katie: I think this is Janelle stepping up to Bey levels of
superstar-ness. But I’m going to be controversial and say that
I think she’s pushing the envelope a little harder. Lemonade
taught us it’s ok to be vulnerable but you’ve gotta empower
yourself, however I feel to a certain extent Beyoncé was saying
political things because the time was right commercially. Dirty
Computer is subtler, and is really celebrating individuality in
a unique and surprising way.
Tim: I think Janelle, Beyoncé and Solange are all putting out
these complex, beautiful pieces of art that are vital right now.
They're bringing race to the fore in a brilliant way. She’s
already a superstar in my eyes, at least.
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photography: Juco
of fluid sexuality would not be so overt if you listen to ‘Make
Me Feel’ rather than watch it.
BEACH HOUSE
7
Bella Union // May 11th
Undulating synths, shimmering guitars, swooning vocals:
after gorging on more than a decade’s worth of Victoria
Legrand and Alex Scally’s exquisite dream-pop, we all know
what to expect from future Beach House releases before
even listening to a note. Of course, the danger of carving
such a distinct musical universe is that the artist’s vision
can become stale, or niche to the point of parody.
It’s a potential pitfall that the Baltimore duo have purposely
swerved on album number seven, first by clearing out the “creative closet” with the
successive releases of 2015’s Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars – plus last
year’s B-Sides and Rarities compilation – and then by relinquishing established working
methods, in pursuit of a fresh inspiration. In practise this meant beginning songs at their
home studio, working without a hands-on producer, and removing the necessity to replicate
arrangements live from any creative decisions.
Haunting album centrepiece ‘Black Cab’ is a standout, beginning with bubbling electronics
and ticking percussion before synths are daubed in fluid strokes across the canvas,
intertwined with Legrand’s half-whispered incantations. A paranoid darkness seeps into the
set, capturing what the band term “the societal insanity of 2016-17,” but equally there’s
an enveloping intimacy in the likes of ‘Lose Your Smile’. And while the results are still
unmistakably the work of Beach House, 7 is arguably their freshest sounding and
texturally-rich set since 2010’s breakthrough Teen Dream. Gemma Samways
DJ KOZE
AKUA NARU
Pampa Records
May 4th
Code Black
April 27th
KNOCK KNOCK
There’s a weird
internal logic at
work in DJ Koze’s
music, and Knock
Knock is no exception: Where else could
you hear Roisin Murphy transformed into
a sort of cyborg D’Angelo? Or Bon Iver
sampled over a seismic bass wobble?
Speech from Arrested Development pops
up with a Brainfeeder blender too but
somehow it all makes sense. The
gloriously off-kilter world of 2013’s
Amygdala is pressed into a more
dancefloor-ready mould as Koze puts his
hip hop and house roots back under the
microscope. With it he proves that time
is not a physical reality, but an illusion
that we are asked to look beyond; on the
other side lies the strangely euphoric
Knock Knock. Henry Wilkinson
THE BLACKEST JOY
Steeped in history,
politics and influenced
by
black
music
throughout the world,
Akua Naru’s latest body of work is an
experience to savour, a place to visit and soak
up, something entirely of itself. Displaying
the strength in the history of the oppressed,
sampling James Baldwin, celebrating Serena
and Venus Williams, Naru works to educate
and inform as she raps and rhymes within the
intricate instrumentation. At times her words
feel drowned by the huge production, without
the space and height to give them enough
prominence within the tracks, but lead single
‘Made It’ is a glorious example of all the
elements coming together to display Akua
Naru’s talents at their strongest, a stand out
moment in a cerebral work that is so suited to
its title. Kate Rockwell
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“Remember the name, Slow Buzz is fast
fun with disguised depths.” - George O’Brien
LA LUZ
FLOATING FEATURES
Hardly Art // May 12th
AÏSHA DEVI
DNA FEELINGS
Houndstooth // May 11th
Of The Matter And Spirit, the
debut album from Aïsha Devi,
was far more than a tentative
first long player from your
average club producer. Majestic
stretches of calm would splinter
against industrial lurches as
meditation, and thus a deeper
state of consciousness, guided
her on an ambitious, exhilarating
musical journey.
If DNA Feelings is a further
extension of that trip, it does
so immediately with a more
cohesive intensity. The title
track swallows up the listener
and barely relents, ‘Aetherave’
and
‘Hyperlands’
proving
particularly haunting in their
claustrophobic
stranglehold,
while ‘Light Luxury’ is a
thrashing
battle
between
cascading, shrieking synths
and Devi’s brooding vocals.
A disorientating but ultimately
rewarding listen, this is a
fractured, challenging spin on
electronic music that sidelines
the club and encourages total
immersion.
Lee Wakefield
Floating Features is La Luz’s
first album since relocating
from Seattle to Los Angeles
at the end of 2015, and their
new home’s influence on the
record is instantly, palpably
clear. The title track immediately conjures images of
cruising down palm tree-lined boulevards in a vintage
car - top down, shades on, feelings of cool at an all-time
high. The heat of the west coast oozes through the
four-piece's third album, melding into their psychedelic
haze like melted ice cream into the pavement. ‘Golden
One’ begins with claustrophobic layers, Marian Li Pino's
drums clanging through the fog until Shana Cleveland's
velvet vocals make everything dissipate. Elsewhere,
‘Walking Into The Sun’ is a soft waltz, and ‘Cicada’
brings a stormy twinge to what is easily La Luz's best
move yet. Rhian Daly
REMEMBER SPORTS
SLOW BUZZ
Father/Daughter Records // May 18th
After two years and a name
change Remember Sports both an inquisition and an
imperative - return. Slow Buzz,
which comes via ever-loving US
indie home Father/Daughter, is the Philadelphia-based
four-piece’s third LP and their most rambunctious and
life-affirming to date. Yet below all the punk-fueled
fun, which at times recalls The Libertines and at others
effortlessly conjures beat-up Converse and grazed
knees (see the explosion in ‘Otherwise’), there is a
melancholy which comes from the album’s central
break-up theme: ‘No Going Back’ is perhaps the best
example of this, as Carmen Perry’s vocal and
songwriting prowess is allowed to shine through with
all the brilliant bedroom, garage feel that puts
Remember Sports towards the very top of the pack.
Remember the name, Slow Buzz is fast fun with
disguised depths. George O’Brien
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CHVRCHES
LOVE IS DEAD
Virgin Records // May 25th
Is this Chvrches at their best? No, but almost. Love Is Dead
wouldn’t work so successfully as a debut, but it will take
Chvrches from Alexandra Palace to The o2. The sound is
maximised, the mythology more ambitious and it’s their most
cohesive work yet. It takes place in an environment not dissimilar
to Stranger Things or even Riverdale - where everything is all
neon and artificial, a romanticised re-imagining of the creators’ 1980s childhood. It’s an
era that makes sense as a reference point for the band. Not since the 1980s, a decade
which gifted the likes of Depeche Mode and Eurythmics (Dave Smith of the latter mentored
Chvrches), have we claimed electro-pop as a prestige genre. While Chvrches restore that
style, Love Is Dead is also the sound of an unstable, eternal now. Emma Madden
ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER
REBOUND
Frenchkiss // May 4th
Last time Eleanor Friedberger wormed her way into our
earholes, she was busy channelling Neil Young on 2016’s New
Town. Fast forward two years, and her distinctive alto vocals
and intricate lyricisms are still (thankfully) in place, but
Rebound is a different proposition from her past solo outings.
There are some suitably jagged guitars, but it’s very synth
heavy; a more film soundtrack-ready affair. ‘The Letter’ is tailor-made for the Bang Bang
Bar at the end of an episode of Twin Peaks, ‘Everything’ is a perfect danceathon, and
‘Showy Early Spring’ is all dramatic and gorgeous. But it’s ‘Nice To Be Nowhere’ that
steals the show, you can almost feel the sun on a lazy summer holiday, without any of the
sunburn. Winner. Simone Scott Warren
PARQUET COURTS
WIDE AWAKE!
Rough Trade Records // May 18th
Produced by pop mogul Danger Mouse, Wide Awake! is Parquet
Courts both as you’ve heard them before, and as you haven’t.
Initial release ‘Almost Had To Start A Fight/In and Out of Patience’
might have led fans into thinking the band would be delivering
another dose of demurring art-punk, but the following title track
saw the Texan four-piece toying with chant-laden funk grooves,
aiming at something like an explicitly political ‘We Want The Funk’. It is the latter track that
the album as a whole leans towards. Wide Awake! is Parquet at their most playful, but still
teems with serious fury. Tracks such as ‘Violence’ splice funk with political rage, placing the
band in the vein of 80s hardcore experimentalists Minutemen, and elsewhere on the Austin
Brown-led ‘Mardi Gras’, the band try out 60s style harmonies before plunging into a galloping
refrain, that is sure to put ripples in ciders at festivals this summer. On signature-style album
opener ‘Total Football’ Savage sings ‘and I bet that you thought you had us figured out from
the start’, Wide Awake! will shake fans into realising how wrong they were. Hassan Anderson
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saturday 28 april | 7:00
friday 25 may | 6:30
sunday 29 april | 7:00
sat-sun 26-27 may | 1:00
LEAVES’ EYES
THE HOMELESS GOSPEL
CHOIR
tuesday 1 may | 7:00
NOVELISTS
MARDUK
RAW POWER
FESTIVAL
monday 28 may | 7:00
GAZPACHO
saturday 5 may | 7:00
wednesday 30 may | 7:00
sunday 6 may | 7:00
friday 1 june | 7:00
JADIS
JUNIOR
monday 7 may | 7:00
AURA NOIR
monday 7 may | 7:00
MADCHILD
tuesday 8 may | 7:00
CASPIAN
thursday 10 may | 7:00
POLY-MATH
thursday 10 may | 7:00
PINKSHINYULTRABLAST
friday 11 may | 7:00
VULVODYNIA
sat-sun 12-13 may | 1:00
INCINERATION FEST
monday 14 may | 7:30
NOW, NOW
wednesday 16 may | 7:30
STEVEN ADAMS & THE
FRENCH DROPS
thursday 17 may | 7:30
THE EVER LIVING
HEART OF A COWARD
CHURCH OF THE COSMIC
SKULL
friday 8 june | 7:00
WAVVES
sat-sun 16-17 june | 12:00
PORTALS FESTIVAL
monday 18 june | 7:00
BELPHEGOR
thursday 21 june | 7:00
OCEANS ATE ALASKA
thursday 21 june | 7:30
ORANSSI PAZUZU
friday 22 june | 7:00
NEAL MORSE
tuesday 3 july | 7:00
LIVING ISLAND
wednesday 11 july | 7:00
TOUCHE AMORE
friday 13 july | 7:00
FRANK CARDUCCI
friday 13 july | 7:00
POWERFLO
monday 21 may | 7:00
saturday 28 july | 12:00
tuesday 22 may | 7:00
saturday 22 august | 7:00
PVMNTS
BOKASSA
WONKFEST
HOCKEY DAD
GIGS OF THE MONTH
O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE
NADINE COYLE
Our pick of the best upcoming
shows around London
O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON
RACHEL KERR
May 15th
£27.50adv // @o2sbe
Shepherd’s
Bush
May 28th
£17.50adv // @O2Islington
Angel
THE LOCK TAVERN
BREATHE PANEL + HAPPY
COUPLE + WHITE FLOWERS
May 18th
FREE // @thelocktavern
Chalk Farm /
Camden Town
THE SHACKLEWELL ARMS
NADINE COYLE
SERVANT JAZZ QUARTERS
RUBY FRANCIS
May 15th
£8adv // @ServantJazz
HORSEFIGHT + WEIRD SEX + THE
STARLIGHT MAGIC HOUR + MORE
May 24th
FREE // @shacklewell Arms
Dalston Junction /
Kingsland
Dalston Junction /
Kingsland
THE CAMDEN ASSEMBLY
BLOOM TWINS
May 17th
£7adv // @CamdenAssembly
Chalk Farm /
Camden Town
THE DOME & BOSTON MUSIC ROOM
RAW POWER FESTIVAL:
GODFLESH + CIRCLE + SNAPPED
ANKLES + GHOLD + MIRRORED
LIPS + HOUSEWIVES + ACID
CANNIBALS + THEE HYPNOTICS +
PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS
PIGS + MADONNATRON + MORE
May 25th-28th // £50adv
Tuffnell
Park
@DomeTufnellPark / @BostonMusicRoom
STELLA DONNELLY
THE LEXINGTON
STELLA DONNELLY
May 8th
£8adv // @thelexington
Angel
BRIXTON WINDMILL
SAY SUE ME + BILLY CARTER +
ELECTRIC MUSE
May 16th
£8adv // @WindmillBrixton
Brixton
MOTH CLUB
BUSH HALL
BULLY + DUDE YORK
CARMODY
May 30th
£10adv // @Moth_Club
Hackney
Central
THE SLAUGHTERED LAMB
Shepherd’s Bush Market /
Shepherd’s Bush
PAPER DRESS VINTAGE
ODETTE
May 22nd
£7adv // @slaughteredlam
May 24th
£12adv // @Bushhallmusic
BASEMENT REVOLVER
Farringdon/
Old Street
May 22nd
£7adv // @paperdressed
Hackney
Central
HOXTON SQUARE BAR & KITCHEN
ELLE WATSON
May 31st
£8adv // @HoxtonSquareBar
Old Street
THE WAITING ROOM
HELENA DELAND
ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER
CRAIG RICHARDS
FABRIC
CRAIG RICHARDS & SETH
TROXLER ALL NIGHT LONG +
TRISTAN DA CUNHA + SILENT
SERVANT + AMATO + JAY CLARKE
May 5th
£16adv // @fabriclondon
Farringdon/
Chancery Lane
May 24th
FREE // @WaitingRoomN16
Dalston Junction /
Kingsland
O2 FORUM KENTISH TOWN
PEACE + WHENYOUNG
May 16th
£17.50adv // @O2ForumKTown
Kentish
Town
NAP EYES
photo: Matthew Parri Thomas
ARCHSPACE
THROWING SNOW + MY PANDA
SHALL FLY + MATT EMERY
May 26th
£7.50adv // @Archspace_Ldn
Haggerston
OSLO
JAZZ CAFE
NAP EYES + HALEY HEYNDERICKX
MANU DELAGO
May 24th
£15adv // @TheJazzCafe
Camden
Town
May 8th
£10adv // @OsloHackney
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Hackney
Central
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05—18
MOTH Club
Valette St London E8
Tuesday 8 May
SPECTRUM
Sunday 13 May
GNOD
Wednesday 16 May
THE BUTTERTONES
Tuesday 22 May
OUR GIRL
Sunday 27 May
Lanzarote
lanzaroteworks.com
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Programming
The Waiting Room
175 Stoke Newington High St N16
Sunday 6 May
JOSH CHEON
Friday 18 May
KHIDJA
Saturday 19 May
MACHINE WOMAN
Tuesday 22 May
BUZZ KULL
Sunday 27 May
EXPLODED VIEW
THE GOLDEN FILTER
Shacklewell Arms
The Lock Tavern
71 Shacklewell Lane London E8
Wednesday 9 May
QUEEN KWONG
Thursday 10 May
HATCHIE
Saturday 19 May
PETER KERNEL
Thursday 24 May
HABIBI
Sunday 27 May
FRANKIE AND THE WITCH FINGERS
35 Chalk Farm Rd London NW1
Thursday 10 May
TRIPTYCH
Sunday 13 May
BOYTOY
Tuesday 15 May
RASCALTON
Wednesday 16 May
BODEGA
Tuesday 22 May
AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS
TALES FROM THE CITY
“For us, London used to
mean waking up hungry”.
photo: Fer Valenti
by BAYWAVES
Thinking about what London means for
us, Baywaves, I’ve realized that every
time we’ve been there, it felt like a
different city. On one hand I can clearly
recall a cold and grey Dickensian
morning, being late, trying to fit a huge
instrument hardcase in a crowded
Victoria Line carriage, thinking “they have
so many airports and yet they are all so far
away”. But then I can also remember a
spring day, taking a stroll trough ‘Love
Walk’ (real street name, somewhere in
Peckham, I believe) thinking “How would
anyone live anywhere else but here?”.
chicken and off-license fruit juices. For us,
London used to mean waking up hungry.
But if there is something that’s always the
same, it is having dinner after a show. As
Spaniards, we are used to having dinner
later than most European countries, so
when in London we tend to think “We’ll
grab something to eat after the show”. The
thing is, show times in London are quite
peculiar, just like the closing time of
restaurants. Therefore, most of our British
feasts have consisted of late night fried
It doesn’t matter where we end up sleeping,
there will always be a close Wetherspoon to
forget last night’s fried chicken. Our own
private London ritual.
Until the day everything changed: we were
introduced to the wonderful world of
Wetherspoon’s breakfasts. I want to believe
it was in the Brixton one, and since then
London mornings have become a whole
different story. Every British person we’ve
met has raised an eyebrow with this story,
so I can’t stress enough the importance of
this discovery: the breakfast is so cheap,
yet so good. Tasty vegan sausages; the mix
of bacon and maple syrup; instanthangover-cure porridge with blueberries…
As told by Baywaves’ Fran
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IN LONDON
Photo: Laura McClusky
with CHARLES WATSON
Why do you live in London?
I moved to London as I was spending half my
time there anyway. I don’t really remember
having a particular reason other than
thinking it seemed like a good idea at the
time. Funny what you’ll do when you're 20.
What are your go-to places to eat and drink?
El Parador, best tapas place in London.
Tonkotsu, I’m a sucker for that seasoned
egg. Pride Of Spitalfields, one of the only
pubs still serving Brewers Gold.
Spring’s sort of happening at last, do
changing seasons affect your time in London?
Yeh, it stops me being a miserable bastard.
I’m ready for some sunshine. I’ve never
understood why people like Spring and
Autumn so much. I’m just like hurry up with
the good stuff already!
What’s a good way to spend a single day here?
I went to see the Erno Goldfinger house in
Hampstead once which was pretty amazing,
if you’re into being nosy and looking at
mid-century stuff.
Do you have any favourite outdoor spaces?
I ride home through the marshes between
Clapton and Walthamstow and am always
amazed that it exists. I spent a New Year’s
Eve in the middle of it once. You can see
360 degrees. Ace for fireworks! I’m also a
huge fan of the North Circular between
Tottenham and Muswell Hill. There are so
many fascinating things to see there. I
guess that’s why everyone drives so slowly.
Gotta take it in!
Name one thing Sheffield’s got that London
needs?
A reasonably priced housing market.
What’s the worst thing about London?
Diesel fumes.
Do you have any favourite venues?
Scala I’ve got a sweet spot for. Five Miles
has a cool sound system. Kings College - do
they still do shows there? There’s an
amazing view of the river from the bar!
Does living here influence your music you?
I would say ‘no’ but I guess there’s no way
of knowing.
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Charles releases his debut album Now That I’m A River
May 18th, via Moshi Moshi Records.
LIVE: LSO St Luke's, May 26th
FESTIVALS: The Great Escape, Green Man Festival,
Sea Change Festival.
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Into the party pit by Al Brown
Hi, I’m Al. I founded and run Fluffer Records and Fluffer Pit Parties.
We started it in order to provide a wider, more inclusive platform for
new music. A platform that gives a chance to new bands and artists
that are outside of the music industry bubble... and some that are in.
We’re a fully independent promoter who started in a 50-person
basement five years ago. From there we’re trying to build a platform for
artists where music and fans are at the heart of everything we do.
Fortunately for us they seem to be loving it and we’ll keep grafting to
make sure that continues to be the case. We’re a new bag, trying to
mix things up a bit and offer an alternative from the corporate
dominated live scene. That’s important in our eyes. Viva the
independent revolution!
But what’s a Fluffer Pit Party? Well, we find obscure venues and either
put on floor shows in the middle of the room or build a stage and have
the crowd all around at bigger venues. The experience is completely
different to a normal gig. Unique. Having the 360º set-up changes the
way the crowd has to approach the night and also the artists. It offers
something different. It certainly seems to encourage people to let go
of their inhibitions and go crazy. The 360º mosh pits are often very
feral, but loving too. We like the feeling of everything teetering on the
edge of collapse, it brings a thrilling element to each and every Pit
Party.
To see that positive reaction to the artists playing and the experience
we have helped to create is heart warming. Hopefully that feeling
enriches people’s lives as much as the events and releases enrich ours.
Come along and see for yourself at the next Pit Party on May 4th,
featuring Pulled Apart By Horses, Husky Loops, Baba Naga and Girls
in Synthesis. It’s a huge line up!
Fluffer Pit Parties’ (and their exceptional posters) dedication to brightening
up London’s gig scene continues at Hackney Arts Centre on May 4th.
pitparties.com // @pitparties // tickets: bit.ly/2HXyNJm
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