Gem Samways


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.

Katie Gately – Color // Album Review

Gately’s irrepressible enthusiasm provides an infectious energy that runs throughout this playful debut set

New Sounds // Kelly Lee Owens

Meet Kelly Lee Owens: Arthur Russell-devotee, vinyl junkie, self-professed sound-engineering geek, and one of the UK’s most promising young producers.

PWR BTTM // New Sounds

Gemma Samways delves into the irresistible, glittery DIY punk of PWR BTTM in this month's New Sounds

The Lemon Twigs // New Sounds

Gemma Samways delves into the 70s nostalgia of Long Island siblings The Lemon Twigs

Wild Beasts – Boy King // Album Review

While there are no happy endings for these flawed boy kings, it’s an apocalyptic vision you can dance to