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Belle and Sebastian // Interview

Belle and Sebastian's new EP How To Solve Our Human Problems, depending on your disposition, could be a plea for guidance or a blueprint for change.

Drahla // New Sounds 2018

New Sounds of 2018, we speak to Drahla about the exciting year ahead.

EERA – Reflection Of Youth // Album Review

There's a brooding darkness encircling this debut set, that's part inspired by her heroes PJ Harvey, Portishead and Blonde Redhead.

Nilüfer Yanya // New Sounds

If, on the surface, her own breezy melodies seem defiantly un-showy, listen harder and you'll find they're deeply complex and considered.

Ibeyi // Interview

In our October cover story, Ibeyi talk Beyonce, Michelle Obama and the powerful connection to their roots.

Superorganism // New Sounds

No wonder Frank Ocean and Ezra Koenig are already huge fans.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds // Live Review

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are more than capable of entrancing arenas.

LCD Soundsystem – American Dream // Album Review

Breaking new ground or on the decline like Arcade Fire? Gemma Samways and Danny Wright dissect one of the year's biggest releases.

Yellow Days // New Sounds

Part of September's New Sounds, Yellow Days is a talent with colossal potential.

Interpol // Live Review

When the reverb-drenched chords of ‘Untitled’ ring out across Alexandra Palace, you’re immediately engulfed by the same shivers you were upon first pressing play on the CD back in the summer of 2002.

Susanne Sundfør – Music For People In Trouble

Introspective, unguarded and tonally sombre, Music For People In Trouble finds the classically-trained, musical polymath reverting to singer-songwriter mode...

Goat Girl // New Sounds

South London's Goat Girl are one of a handful of new bands worthy of the hype surrounding them, even if they're not especially interested in engaging with it.

Jerkcurb // New Sounds

An artist and animator by day, the South London singer-songwriter delights in blurring creative mediums.

Drahla // New Sounds

Citing Magazine and The Monochrome Set as key influences, the trio teeter between art-rock and post-punk with songs that are at once compellingly minimal, deceptively aggressive and thrillingly nonchalant.

Shame // New Sounds

Like all the best bands, South London punks Shame don't care if you don't like them.

Goldfrapp – Silver Eye // Album Review

Silver Eye is consistently mesmerising and hangs together beautifully as a set.

Tei Shi // Interview

Our March cover star, Tei Shi emerges from the darkness of the Crawl Space to create her extraordinary debut album

New Sounds // Princess Nokia

Listening, you're not surprised most of her peers "make her snooze": presumably nobody else can keep up.

New Sounds // Nadia Rose

Like her hero Missy Elliott, Rose boasts unfuckwithable confidence, quick- witted lyrical prowess and a masterful flow, effortlessly delivering knockout blows.

Tkay Maidza – Tkay // Album Review

With more ruthless editing Maidza’s debut might have been great; as it is, Tkay is a strong foundation on which to build upon

New Sounds of 2017 // Elf Kid

Elf Kid feature in our New Sounds of 2017 feature.