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Iuno, On Ensemble, Love Of Everything, R.E.M., Gianni Nannini

this could well be the most eclectic post of all time… IUNO [NETHERLANDS] fracture mp3 thanks to the folks from iuno (pictured) for getting in touch. check out their web site at iuno.nl for a fine selection of tunes to download. there’s a great degree of variation even in the few tracks that are there – i’m finding touches of moloko, kosheen, even portishead in there, and the above track is a storming fusion of dark drum’n’bass breaks, nasty keyboard ...

Visionary Underground, Air, Limited Express (Has Gone), Girl With A Monkey, Former Selv

VISIONARY UNDERGROUND [ENGLAND] 100 vibes (feat. aref durvesh & matthew barley) mp3 i played a track from dj feelfree today, one of the main forces behind the uk asian drum’n’breaks crew visionary underground. i use the term drum’n’breaks intentionally, as it’s also the title of the album from which the track ‘sonic solution’ came from – ‘nasha – eastern drum’n’breaks’. it’s a top flight compilation of ...

Shiffai, Issa Bagayogo, Mann Friday

free’n’legal african mp3s are hard to come by, yet it seems like the old analogy with public transport applies here. you wait an age and nothing appears – then three come along at once… SHIFFAI [SENEGAL] savages mp3 senegal is shaping up to be home of african hip hop with some solid releases so far from positive black soul, daara j and pee froiss. there’s a site decicated to senegalese hip hop called senerap – i’ve yet to have a full exploration, ...

Jukes, Bela Butono, Avril

JUKES [ENGLAND] wandering star mp3 jukes (pictured) is the solo project for bristol-based vocalist tammy payne. i played a track on today’s show called ‘i wasn’t even looking’ which favourably recalls one summer ten years ago, hearing portishead’s ‘sour times’ for the first time. one of those instance where you stay in the car with the engine off, just so you can make sure you catch the title and the artist’s name. it’s no surprise that ...

DJ Rupture, Beans, Ozi Balta, The Stills

DJ RUPTURE [U.S./SPAIN] high resolution mp3 following the nettle post, here’s some more of barcelona-based dj rupture (pictured). although recorded under his ‘DJ’ name, this also drops some eastern influence, albeit lower in the mix – the predominant feel is sample-heavy midtempo broken beat, with a vocal ripped from aaliyah coming halfway through. things build to a more frantic pace towards the end, hitting some quality breakcore around the 3 minute mark. unlike ...

Interview: Coldcut – The Joy Of Dex

This article originally appeared in London street press title ’24:7′ shortly before its premature demise in the early days of 1998. Although edited, designed and ready to print, this particular issue never made it to press. On hearing the title was folding due to lack of funding, the staff feared that their wages were under threat and left the office one morning carrying any piece of valuable technical equipment that wasn’t nailed down. My fondest memory was seeing the ...

Interview: T-Power / Chocolate Weasel – Further Self Evident Truths

This is the third and final part of the Ninja Tune trilogy (1,2) – an interview commissioned by Ninja Tune for their own magazine, The Pipe. On the couch were Chocolate Weasel – Mark Royal (aka T-Power) and Cris Stevens – who released Spaghettification through Ninja Tune in 1998. The interview took place in Mark’s London flat and was aided by a rather fine batch of puff. If the text veers off into both inner and outer space on more than one occassion (I can but ...

Interview: GusGus – Chilled To The Bone

When working for 24:7 in London, I was lucky enough to spend an hour or so in a pub with Baldur Stefansson from Icelandic collective Gus Gus.  Every band has their own story to tell about their rise to fame, however the transformation of GusGus from an accidental art collective to an American Billboard chart conquering electronic band (‘Ladyshave’ 1999) is a curious one.  Given their haphazard genesis, and the general lack of desire ‘to be a band’, it’s no real ...

Interview: Robert Miles – Married With Children

Ten years ago I interviewed a hitherto unknown underground dance music artist about the pressures of living up to a massive overground chart hit. During the course of the interview, Robert Miles described clearly how conflicted he was – despite selling 13 million copies of his debut album, he would be quite happy to disappear completely and return to a life of anonymity. A decade and a half after the fact, it seems that Robert Miles got his wish. Originally published in 24/7 Magazine, ...

Interview: Bruce Gilbert, Wire – Come Back In Two Halves

I met with Bruce Gilbert back in 1995 when my brother-in-arms Roddy Hunter was performing at the National Review of Live Art in Glasgow. Roddy had used one of Bruce’s tracks (from the P’o album ‘Whilst Climbing Thieves Vie For Attention’) in his performance / installation titled ‘Blind Tim’ and we took the opportunity post-performance to softly grill Bruce about his time in Wire, Dome, Duet Emmo and P’o. I had little idea that we would in fact be ...

Interview: Siouxsie Sioux / The Creatures

This is quite a blast from the past, dredging the archives for one of my first interviews to find its way into print (Pat Kane, from 80s pop duo ‘Hue & Cry‘ actually takes that high honour). I resurrected this piece to commemorate Siouxsie’s latest album, ‘Manta Ray’, her first solo release in three decades of recording. More importantly, it’s the first album without the emotional crutch and creative involvement of ex-husband Budgie – a ...

Interview: Jamie Hewlett (Gorillaz) – Sex, Tanks & Kangaroos

One of my earliest interviews, with comic book artists Jamie Hewlett and Philip Bond, published during my year as Editor of Glasgow University Magazine.  Hewlett had scored major success around this time as co-creator of ‘Tank Girl’, however he would go on to far greater international acclaim as the visual mastermind and co-creator of the Gorillaz project with Damon Albarn. Bond continues to work in comics, working with the likes of Grant Morrison and Pete Milligan and on titles ...

Interview: Michael Gira, Swans

This interview from 1989 marked my first published piece outside of the cotton-wool confines of University Of Glasgow publications.  Such entities were only too happy to accept any writer who could work a pen and had read an album review or two in their time.  Stepping outside of that, into the world of paid commissions, was quite another thing entirely.  As fate would have it, I never pursued my intended career in journalism; nonetheless this piece marks the earliest successful attempt to ...