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Lianne La Havas on John Hammond

As part of their campaign about iconic music industry disruptor John Hammond, Guinness have commissioned a series of brilliant films with contemporary artists realising his legacy in the current day. Neo-soul star and Prince collaborator Lianne La Havas gives her take on the great talent scout: “Behind every great act, …

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Live Review: Bear’s Den @ Village Underground

It’s been a pretty big year for acoustic three-piece Bear’s Den. And while that may sound like another reuse to get you totally amped about the band, frankly, it would be hard to verbalise their efforts otherwise. Following the release of their euphoric debut EP Agape, the band have …

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EP Premiere: Nina Nesbitt – Way in the World

Say what you will about the wave of singer-songwriters using YouTube and similar outlets as a platform to wider notoriety, there’s always been something just that little bit different about Scotland’s Nina Nesbitt. Perhaps it’s that her songwriting is markedly more refined and infectious, perhaps it’s that she’s got …

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Notion X Best Fit Present: Misha B – Here’s To Everything (Ooh La La)

So today we’ve got something pretty special for y’all. We’ve teamed up with brilliant music site The Line of Best Fit for a rather exciting project: a series of intimate live sessions showcasing fantastic young pop talent. Filmed exclusively for us, the sessions blend TLOBF’s experience in producing quality video …

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Introducing: Straw Bear

Front man Ian Ray and a few of his friends make up Cambridgeshire band Straw Bear; an alt-country folk band with a playful psychedelic twist.

Since the release of their ambitious debut album Victims of the Engineers back in 2007, there has been a slow but steady buzz surrounding …

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Video: Lewis Watson – ‘Into the Wild’

Into the Wild‘, the first track unveiled from Lewis Watson‘s forthcoming third EP, The Wild, stands proudly as one of the 20 year-old singer-songwriter’s most fully realised and potent indie-folk songs yet. It’s dominated by hymnal chants, rousing choruses and Watson’s whispered confessionals, all of which …

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News: Kasabian hit the slopes

The biggest problem with clubs and gig venues is that they are almost always too hot. If you’re really unlucky it becomes the type of underground lair which you would never willingly agree to enter where the walls are damp and sweat drips unceremoniously off the ceiling. A problem indeed. …

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Review: Ben Howard – The Burgh Island EP

Fresh from a Mercury nomination, this is the moment when the world is waiting for Ben Howard to firm things up, grow, mature, confirm all that promise and establish an identity… all that bildungsroman stuff. Everybody knows you can’t really walk the line between BBC Radio 2 airplay and a …

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Video: Lou Doillon – ‘ICU’

The daughter of Jane Birkin and the half-sister of Charlotte Gainsbourg, it’s safe to say that 30 year-old model and singer Lou Doillon has some very big familial shoes to fill. Keep your eyes on her, though – if her family are anything to go by, she’s bound to be …

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Issue 61 New Music: Nina Nesbitt

You might recognise this fluffy blonde-haired girl from a fluffy ginger-haired boy’s music video for a song called ‘Drunk’. Nina Nesbitt made a cameo appearance as Ed Sheeran’s love interest as he got inebriated with his cat and recalled flashbacks of his ex-girlfriend. Sheeran also personally invited the …

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