10 records DJ Shadow was listening to in 2002

After photos amongst the aircon exhausted on the roof of Island Records old – and much loved – West London home, in 2002 DJ Shadow shared over noodles ten tracks he could not live without in early 2002... Originally published in Q Magazine, Where To Get It (WTGI) was the mag's shorthand for what album …

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Is This It… according to Julian Casablancas

As The Strokes’ debut celebrates its 20th birthday, here is a classic interview with the band's frontman and songwriter taking stock of the influential record On the 27 August, 2001 The Strokes released their debut album Is This It on Rough Trade Records – the label who had discovered them. It not only changed the …

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Yogic rapping with The Guardian

Inspired by recent interview with Big Boi, I examine how rap and yoga are coming together for The Guardian... Funkmaster flex: why rappers love yogawear   Rappers have never been shy of co-opting sportswear. From reversing baseball caps to Run DMC rapping about Adidas and Skepta’s new tracksuit-tastic Mains clothing line, clothes originally intended for …

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10 Years Of Interpol’s ‘Love’ admired for BBC Radio 6 Music (Mammoth social media post)

A bit of an unexpected challenge to mark the 10th birthday of Interpol's third album, Our Love To Admire. Rather than the usual 140, or so, characters for a social media post, BBC Radio 6 Music commissioned a full review for their Facebook page (for anyone only requiring the pithy summary, their Twitter has a …

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2 of the 15 key albums that define 1997… for BBC Radio 6 Music

Recently, I was invited to contribute reviews of two albums for a BBC Radio 6 Music article charting the influential releases of 1997 as part of the station's celebrations for Radiohead's OK Computer which was released in the tune of that year. The full article can be read online here at http://www.bbc.co.uk, but here are …

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Q&A – Shaun Ryder on Black Grape, 100 Club & Fred Perry for Independent Venue Week

I've been creating 'content' for Independent Venue Week – the yearly celebration of the UK's grassroots venues – since taking over their social media on November 2016. We've interviewed a lot of the artist who've played and created bespoke 'blog' posts for the sponsors and supporter. Recently, I spoke to Shaun Ryder for them – …

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