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BOTW Playlist: Mas Ysa

In the final installment of our week spent getting to know the confessional electronica of Woodstock, NY’s Thomas Arsenault – aka Mas Ysa – the Montreal-born, Brazil-raised producer talks us through seven tracks that have directly impacted the way he views and consumes music.

From the monumental, sky-touching sounds of

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BOTW Moodboard: Mas Ysa

When it comes to the story behind Mas Ysa‘s Thomas Arsenault, the press have been quick to jump on the nomadic angle behind the songwriter and producer’s history, and in many ways you can’t blame them: the Woodstock-based musician grew up in Montreal, before spending his adolescence in Brazil

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BOTW Moodboard: Glass Animals

While their debut album isn’t out until later in the year, there is already a humongous amount of buzz surrounding Oxfordshire quartet, Glass Animals. This hype has only been exacerbated by the involvement of super producer and songwriter, Paul Epworth – you know, the guy that has worked and

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BOTW Moodboard: Kyla La Grange

Riding high on the back of second album ‘Cut Your Teeth’, the amazing Kyla La Grange takes us through some of the brilliant things that inspire her on a daily basis, from her pet dog and trifle to Game of Thrones and other fantasies.

Air Crash Investigation

‘I get really …

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Kyla La Grange: BOTW Interview

Musical U-turns rarely work out, but Watford-born musician Kyla La Grange proves the opposite on new album ‘Cut Your Teeth’ (released last week), which almost completely abandons the bleak folk-rock sound of her debut, ‘Ashes’. In its place, Jakwob’s bassy production skills and a long time spent playing on Garageband …

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BOTW Playlist: Ronika

Nottingham pop musician Ronika channels the sunshine in the playlist she’s compiled for the second instalment of this week’s BOTW. Like her own album Selectadisc (out in a fortnight), the playlist effortlessly jumps from one genre to the next.

Right away, the good times beckon as Dutch producer Karmon leads …

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Meet our BOTW: Ronika

It’s taken a few years for Ronika to get her self-produced, self-released debut album out there, but at last she has – and it’s awesome. As the musician herself puts it, Selectadisc peddles a broad, pop aesthetic but also adds underground genres into the mix. Many of the songs are

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BOTW Moodboard: We Were Evergreen

Parisian artistes We Were Evergreen flaunt an impressive array of cultural inspirations in this week’s run-down of things that make a so-called BOTW tick. Encompassing sculpture, poetry, filmmaking, architecture, ethnography, absurdism and Brazilian post-Bossa Nova, it’s a stunning platter of obscurities that will open your eyes. Without further ado…

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Meet our BOTW: We Were Evergreen

A number of cute little Gallicisms crop up in our conversation with Michael Liot, the lead singer in Paris-via-London indie pop trio We Were Evergreen. Among our favourites is the word ‘organism’, which he utters every time he means to say ‘organisation’ (it means both ‘organism’ and ‘organisation’ in French).

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Meet our BOTW: La Sera

The latest La Sera album (streaming now on Pitchfork) begins with a suckerpunch in exhilarating opener ‘Losing To The Dark’, a caterwauling garage jam that deals with a drug-addled ex-lover. Bringing to mind the scruffier ends of riot grrrl, or an extremely lo-fi Long Blondes (remember them?), it’s a

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