Surya Sen Finds That Sweet Spot Between Hip-hop and House

Surya Sen, who spearheaded uprisings against British authority in India during the 1930s, was a crucial role in the country's independence fight. After a century, his namesake – a north London-based musician who prefers anonymity – feels like a radical presence in UK music: a British-Bengali producer/rapper whose bumping and pristinely constructed club music finds […]

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‘Boris Was Teasing Me the Entire Time. We Have a Swindler as PM.'

Billy Bragg is reminiscing about a day at the Glastonbury festival in 2000 at an Exeter bar on a rainy Monday morning. Boris Johnson had been lined up as an unexpected guest for the BBC's broadcast. Johnson, who was a year away from being an MP at the time, forgets to get off the train, […]

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Review: The Nowhere Inn - St. Vincent Mockumentary About Music Fame

This mockumentary is a heavily hyphenated affair, produced, written, and starring singers Annie Clark – better known by her stage as St Vincent – and Carrie Brownstein (of Sleater-Kinney). It's a pseudo-road trip that alternates between cringe humour and surrealist reveries, all while commenting on the absurdities of the music industry. It's ostensibly chronicling Brownstein's […]

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Insane Hyperpop Hedonism to Purge the Anguish of Confinement

While the rest of the world was watching Tiger King or making bread during the first apparently endless lockdown in 2020, British pop maverick Charli XCX composed, recorded, and released a whole album. How I'm Feeling Now, a joint effort with her fans, condensed the boredom, anger, loss, thankfulness, and frenzy of the time into […]

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Composer Alan Hawkshaw Dies at 84

Alan Hawkshaw, a musician and composer who wrote some of the most well-known TV themes in the UK and was copied widely in hip-hop, has died at the age of 84. He was taken to the hospital last week with pneumonia and died early on Saturday. Hawkshaw composed the loping, almost reggae-like tune to Grange […]

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Questions for Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan?

Dave Gahan, frontman of Depeche Mode, continues our new series in which Guardian readers ask stars of cinema and music questions. His newest album with the duet Soulsavers is released next month. Depeche Mode has carved out its own darkly lighted corner of British music for over 40 years, managing to be campy, gothic, joyful, […]

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