Gem Samways


slowthai // New Sounds

Though his stage name was inspired by a former proclivity to mumble, the Northampton MC spits with a quietly-seething aggression redolent of his early-hero Eminem.

Gruff Rhys // Interview

" I wake up at three in the morning worrying about Mel Gibson and his mental state..."

Sudan Archives // New Sounds

Fated or not, there's no denying Parks' artistic vision is exceptional, and that it elicits sublime results.

Beach House – 7 // Album Review

A paranoid darkness seeps into the set, capturing what the band term "the societal insanity of 2016-17".

Josh T. Pearson – The Straight Hits! // Album Review

Essentially, he's the last musician you'd go to for light relief, and yet this new record was designed to "make people happy and spread peace."

Biig Piig // New Sounds

Just a fistful of tracks into her career, her talent stands out, not least because it’s not often you find Ireland's answer to Erykah Badu living above a pub in West London.

Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar // Album Review

Three years on, Alloysious Massaquoi, Graham 'G' Hastings and Kayus Bankole are clearly no keener to convert casual listeners by making concessions to their art.

Chrystal // New Sounds

If you're labouring under the misapprehension that all the UK's best rap and R&B originates from the South, it's time for a long overdue reality check.

Wild Beasts – Last Night All My Dreams Came True //...

Danny Wright brings Gemma Samways and Lee Wakefield together to discuss the farewell of a beloved band.

Lanark Artefax // New Sounds

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this 23-year-old, Glasgow-based producer cites Aphex Twin, Autechre and Mike Paradinas of Planet Mu as influential figures.

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.

Shame – Songs Of Praise // Album Review

Recorded in just ten days, Songs Of Praise is entirely flab-free, and ably captures the visceral energy and the grimy, claustrophobic feel of the five-piece's legendary live performances.

IAMDDB // New Sounds 2018

New Sounds 2018 and we're so excited for IAMDDB's 2018 because it's going to be huge.

Rina Sawayama // New Sounds 2018

New Sounds 2018 we're just a little hooked on Rina Sawayama and can't wait to see her take over the world next year

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.

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