25/01/2013
Laurel Halo's Quarantine

Imagination and discovery

Julian Shepherd on wrestling with the perfect playlist to inspire creativity, and ending up ‘all about the party’… For me, music is the thing that keeps my life glistening with diamond-studded edging. It...

18/01/2013
The Joy Formidable

On The Horizon: Gigs Coming This Way

Itching to see what gigs will make up the next few months? Here’s a playlist featuring our pick of some of the best… If you’re anything like us, you’ll have spent the first...

14/01/2013
Laura Mvula

Sounds of 2013?

The BBC announce their ‘most promising new music acts’ of 2013. We ask: is it simply a look at the new wave of new beige? So here we are again, picking out the...

31/10/2012
halloween_web

Playlist #24: Happy Hallowe’en

Hallowe’en – far too commercialised these days, eh? Console yourself with a playlist very much in the spirit of things… It’s that time again, when even more sirens can be heard outside of...

17/10/2012
Andrew "Tiny" Wood from Ultrasound

Playlist #23: The Beautiful Ones

It was the scene that helped define and produce a generation of musicians, so why is Britpop such a dirty word? When Ultrasound imploded in 1999, so too did Britpop’s last great hope....

28/09/2012
Cat Power, AKA Chan Marshall

Playlist #22: Cat Power and Me

Marc Hall takes a personal – at times painful – journey through the Cat Power canon… There’s something about Chan Marshall AKA Cat Power. Of the hundreds of musical performances I’ve seen over...

31/08/2012
Vertigo

Playlist #21: Soundtrack to your life

Adam Scovell on the soundtrack to the movie of his life… When wandering the streets with my reality blockers (or headphones as some people call them) on full, it becomes extremely easy to...

24/08/2012
Green Man 2012, courtesy M Harris

Playlist #20: Green Man 2012

In his latest playlist, Marc Hall reflects on last weekend’s Green Man Festival. I’ve been to many festivals over the years. I cut my teeth at Glastonbury, enriched my musical landscape with ATP...

10/08/2012
Worlds of Possibility, Domino Records

Playlist #19: The Domino Effect

Brit-pop was an important time for the UK music industry, not least because it led one man to introduce US indie to a saturated, tired scene…  In 2003, a proto team Double Negative...