"I think that kind of sums up Martha: reading I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and also just being really into wrestling."
We were a fan of Captain Over as soon as we heard his collaboration with Trim on his debut EP last year and now, carrying the torch for his follow-up, is another of London's finest, Manga St Hilare, on a track that follows the same off-beat, sci-fi, grime path but with a more uplifting tone. We facilitated a chat between Captain Over and Manga to find out a little more about their working processes, why MCs can be "conservative" and what makes an outsider in grime.
"...I just felt like I had a clean slate and I could do whatever I wanted..."
We went to meet classical composer, Joep Beving, in a serene corner of his home of Amsterdam to talk about how Henosis became the crescendo in a trilogy of albums, whether the pressure in following his initial success effected his creativity, his love for synths, and the magic of melancholy and why it touches us all.
“I’m sorted. Once I’ve got some kids and a dog… bruv, I’ve done it all!”
Etta Bond unveils He’s Mine - the second instalment of her double album, following the release of part one earlier this year, titled He's Not Mine. We caught up with the singer to chat about her new work and why it's like sex for your ears...
His fans will know him as one of London’s most exciting prospects but, just when he was carving a niche in the Grime world, Grim Sickers has announced a pivot in his style, thanks to legend Mike Skinner. We spoke to him about his new mixtape 'Icons Only'.
"I want to talk about class...I want to talk about money, power structures, family, men, so many things."
Danny Wright gathered Gemma Samways and Thomas Hannan to discuss the band's welcome return.
"I know that I open myself up to the world, and it puts me in a very vulnerable position– but it’s my way of dealing with things. And I’m very grateful that I have music..."
"I've always loved London, I guess it has created my sound in a way."
"...I love that it’s not perfect and pristine. I realised if I’m gonna do this then it needs to be in a different way."
"My mom raised me to deeply respect Whitney Houston as the most important diva..."
"I realised that that woman was someone I was never going to be: someone who I wasn’t raised to be..."
"It’s this snowballing of real life shit. It’s not just about heartbreak or your lover. It’s life, and it’s overwhelming..."
We spoke to South London Rapper, Ché Lingo, about his influences - ranging from Wandsworth, to Ghetts, to his nan - ahead of the release of his latest EP, Sensitive.
With his new single 'Churches' having just graced the public realm and previous support from the likes of James Bay and Chance the Rapper, we spoke to the British-Nigerian artist Samm Henshaw about his influences, upbringing and musical plans for 2019.
At the end of last year after finishing their sold-out performance at Oslo and a sweaty set supporting The Decembrists, John Bell met with Hop Along’s frontwoman and founder Frances Quinlan to chat about lyrics, wisdom, familial love and short-term joys.
"...this record is about me saying 'yes' to all of it..."
"It's an amazing thing to have our exceptionalism praised and recognised in such a way but then it turns into a pressure..."
"...listening to classical music was like a whole new world of language and expression and feeling and, to me, that actually seems really punk."