Interviews, comment and Dummy guides
Unknown Mortal Orchestra interview: "I can always come back to the basement." Ruban Nielson talks nocturnal working hours, courting Dev Hynes, and how his triumphant second album came from a crippling touring schedule.
Essay: Matthew Herbert's musical shell The experimental artist made his latest album from a 10 second field recording of conflict in Libya, but what is the significance and consequence of doing so?
Behind the scenes on the set of Cloud Boat's new video See the inner workings of Cloud Boat’s new video, and read about the vision behind it with the band and directors.
Track by Track: Grime 2.0 Slackk, Visionist, Mr Mitch, Joe Muggs and more talk us through Big Dada’s comprehensive new grime compilation.
Comment: On Dean Blunt and unanswerable questions Ahead of the release of his new LP, Steph Kretowicz considers the very modern predicament represented by the frustrating art of Dean Blunt.
Technique: Secret Circuit 'Tactile Galactics' The psychedelic LA producer talks us through the making of his debut album.
Track by Track: Eglo Records Volume 1 Floating Points, Fatima and more guide us through Eglo’s fabulous new compilation, as they reflect on four years in the game.
Comment: Dancing myself into a trance Selim Bulut talks to James Holden, Gavin Russom and Viva Ruiz about their attempts to induce a “trance state” in their listeners, and tries it out himself.
Essay: Shades of Ariel Pink In his latest essay, Adam Harper challenges the dogma of Ariel Pink’s influence and recontextualises him as a child of the Cassette Culture of the 80s.
Quick catch-up: Pure X The Texan band on stepping into the light after a hard year with their triumphant new album ‘Crawling Up The Stairs’.
Ghostpoet interview: "I mumble over quirky sounds. That's me in a nutshell." The melancholy MC talks about how he stayed grounded for his second album ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’, and what that title actually means.
Profile: Getting to know Unknown to the Unknown Boss DJ Haus talks about the “stream of rad shit” that he puts out on Unknown to the Unknown, and we pick five of its most thrilling releases.
Illum Sphere interview: "Money just goes, right?" The Manchester DJ/producer explains how his club night Hoya:Hoya keeps him grounded, and why the world wouldn’t care if it stopped tomorrow.
Quick catch-up: Luke Abbott The electronic introvert talks working with bands, changing nappies and the difficult second album.
The Knife interview: "A new way of thinking." Karin and Olof on the sound experiments in their “musical utopia” that led to new album ‘Shaking The Habitual’.
Doldrums interview: "Doldrums is like anti-Doldrums Doldrums." Aimee Cliff meets – and unpacks – the Canadian sci-fi pop artist.
Quick catch-up: P Jam With an exciting schedule ahead of him, the grime producer talks reaping the benefits of now.
Mykki Blanco interview: "I'm basically just doing glam rock." Steph Kretowicz unpicks the mystery that is Michael Quattlebaum.
It began with Fela Auntie Flo, Gilles Peterson, Ghostpoet, JD Twitch and Jesse Hackett reveal how Fela Kuti shaped their musical careers and share their favourite tracks.
Profile: The film-makers making music with brands and bands San Franciscan video producers Yours Truly on the story behind that Shlohmo and Jeremih track, and how they negotiate the creative/commercial landscape.
Deptford Goth interview: "A moment of clarity." The man who has made the best album of 2013 so far talks about the moments of isolation and connectivity behind it.
Profile: The live visual artist dressing London's most on-it music spaces Scottish artist Florence To’s installations have a physical musicality to them that’s inspired by the body.
Quick catch-up: DJ Spoko The South African producer on the origins of Bacardi house, working with DJ Mujava and his essential debut EP on True Panther.
Profile: The label boss who brings friends together Selim Bulut speaks to Leeor Brown, the man behind innovative LA labels Friends of Friends and Young Adults, about running music start-ups in today’s digital landscape.
Quick catch-up: Krystal Klear Ahead of his new record on Rinse, the Irish producer fills us in on being a pessimistic optimist and working towards a darker sound.
On the Map: Washington DC We dip a toe into the American capital’s music scene, with profiles of six rappers, bands and producers on the rise.
Comment: How punks learnt to dance Steph Kretowicz speaks to Pete Swanson, The Haxan Cloak, Blanck Mass and RVNG Intl. about their journeys from punk to techno, and what it says about our times.
Maxmillion Dunbar interview: "Beauty in the super simple shit." Nothing but positive vibes from the man behind the blissed-out, loved-up new dance record on RVNG Intl.
Samoyed interview: "It’s always chord changes." Meet the Dundee-based producer whose knack for small sounds that sting big have been released by Lukid and now Jacques Greene.
Pantha du Prince interview: "A sculpture in sound." Hendrik Weber talks about removing himself from the bigger picture for ‘Elements of Light’, his most ambitious project to date.
Behind the scenes on Night Works' brilliant video series London disco musician Night Works and director Daniel Brereton talk through the story that unites the four videos they’ve made together.
Technique: Darkstar 'News From Nowhere' The on point Warp trio and producer Richard Formby talk us through the making of their elevatory second album, track by track.
JETS interview: "Cosmic soul brothers." Ahead of their UK live debut, Machinedrum and Jimmy Edgar tell the story of how the universe brought them together to collaborate.
Waajeed interview: "Nobody wants to be legendary." The hyper-prolific Detroit producer explains why, in an industry that churns out hits and leeches off talent, he’d rather split himself into multiple projects than be deified.
Sony announce the end of the MiniDisc; does anyone care? Though the MiniDisc may not have had the cultural impact its creators hoped for, it will still be missed by some.
Doubleheart interview: "Outsider music aimed at the dancefloor." JD Twitch and Neil Landstrumm talk to Dummy about their hypnotic new EP and how it was inspired by Arthur Russell, Michael Smith and other underdogs.
Grouper interview: "Nihilism isn’t sustainable." The Portland artist on coming out the other side of the debilitating depression that shaped her startling new-old album, ‘The Man Who Died In His Boat’.
Christopher Owens interview: "Pop music, rock and roll, whatever you want to call it." The newly-solo artist talks about the liberation of working alone and the vulnerability that comes with making a truthful record.
FaltyDL interview: "Patience, somehow." The New York producer gets frank about the year of frustration that led to his beautiful new album ‘Hardcourage’.
A$AP Rocky interview: "Fuck hype." The Harlem rapper turned superstar talks about his issues with society, his thoughts on New York’s new wave of rappers and how he hopes to change the world.