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Jockstrap // New Sounds

How do you define the indefinable? That's both the difficulty with describing and utter joy of simply discovering Jockstrap, the Dean Blunt and Björk-approved duo of comprised of Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye.

Okay Kaya – Watch This Liquid Pour Itself // Album Review

Characterised by brutal candour that's often dredged through gallows humour, Watch This Liquid Pour Itself is very much a companion piece to 2019's Both.

Deb Never // New Sounds

Released last August, the House On Wheels EP showcased Deb's unique take on singer-songwriter fare, blurring the boundaries between emo, grunge and hip hop brilliantly.

Otha // New Sounds 2020

Working in collaboration with her Canadian partner, Tyler Johnson, Othalie Husøy makes hands-in-the-air dance-pop that’s as playful as it is disarmingly reflective.

Chlobocop // New Sounds 2020

From the Spanish guitar-flecked groove of 2019 single, ‘Narcotics’ to breakout track, ‘999’ - from 2018’s promising Pay As You Go EP - there’s already plenty to dig into, and hopefully much more to come.

Scalping // New Sounds

Pushing the boundaries of a traditional band set-up, the Bristol-based quartet make pulverising, techno-tinged EBM that sounds like some thrilling, mutant hybrid of Factory Floor, Death In Vegas and Fuck Buttons.

Chromatics // Live Review

Playing their first London show in six years, Chromatics further perpetuated their enigmatic reputation with a striking display of their expertly crafted sonic and...

A Winged Victory For The Sullen – The Undivided Five //...

Less uniformly ambient than their debut, this follow-up offers a range of mood pieces reportedly inspired by seismic life events, and the sacred significance of the number five. There’s not a dud amongst them.

Metronomy – Metronomy Forever // Album Review

Designed to evoke a radio-like listening experience, the album offers a constantly shifting carousel of styles, often interspersed with interludes. In less experienced hands, such a format could feel disjointed, but in Mount’s it’s immersive.

((( O ))) // Interview

“The mission statement for The Sundrop Garden is to change the way that we create everything.”

Holly Herndon // Interview

"Somebody has to take a risk and come up with something new in order for music to progress, otherwise we’re stuck in the now forever."

Obongjayar // New Sounds

We’ve absolutely no idea what will follow next but we’re very happy to be kept guessing.

Stealing Sheep – Big Wows // Album Review

Be it ‘Show Love’’s digital dopamine rush, the cosmic tropicalia of ‘Girl’ or the raygun funk of ‘Back In Time’, Big Wows is full to the brim with bold, experimental pop music.

Celeste // New Sounds

Credit it to technical ability or to emotional maturity, but there aren’t many emerging artists who can inhabit a song quite like Waite.

Sasami // New Sounds's an immersive, sensitively-arranged set that will prove once for all that Sasami is more than capable of entrancing listeners as the headline act.

Slowthai // New Sounds 2019

We chat to slowthai about his plans for what is going to be an incredible 2019

Fauness // New Sounds

We've seen her sound described as "electronic fairy rock music", and it's actually a pretty decent descriptor.

Empress Of // Interview

"I've been learning how to say what I really mean - weed out the bullshit..."

Black Midi // New Sounds

Despite being reticent to conduct interviews, post on social media or even share their music online, Black Midi are one of the most talked-about new bands of 2018.

Viagra Boys // New Sounds

Musically, imagine a thrilling composite of The Dead Kennedys, Fucked Up and The Birthday Party, all buzzsaw guitars, gravelly vocals and arid, low-slung grooves, with a healthy side-helping of wild-eyed menace.

Tirzah // Interview

"Just a bunch of love songs; a whole heap of thoughts and feelings."

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