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Bruno Mars “The Other Side Of Mars” Cover Story

Exploring the man who would be the new King of Pop – he’s got the hat and he’s got the hits, but has he got it all? MICHAEL CRAGG meets Bruno Mars in a New York hotel on the verge of releasing his new album Unorthodox Jukebox, a record of

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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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Moodboard: I Break Horses

Maria Lindén and Fredrik Balck’s second full-length as I Break Horses, Chiaroscuro, is a rather sublime thing. Whether the Swedish duo are dabbling in lurching witch-gaze (‘Medicine Brush‘, ‘Berceuse‘) or blissful, escapist synth-pop (‘Denial‘), what really comes through is the clarity and

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Soundchecking with… Shlohmo

Queuing up to enter Shlohmo’s sold out show at Hackney’s The Laundry, I overheard a debate about the genre of his work. As the conversation got more intense, it led me to think that this is exactly the kind of dialogue that he wants his fans to be having. As

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Moodboard: Denitia & Sene

Denitia & Sene hail from Brooklyn, New York City. However, while Brooklyn has become synonymous with hipsters, slowly being gentrified into an extension of Manhatten, Denitia & Sene’s sound is a soothing antidote to the chaos of urban sprawl and regeneration. Tapping into the remaining creativity the New York borough …

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Bastille “Man on Fire” Cover Story

Often epic, sometimes incendiary, always brilliant: BASTILLE have conquered our charts and our hearts. Alex Lee Thomson has closely followed their rise, starting from a little canal boat tour up the Regents Canal three years ago all the way to Dan Smith and his band’s chart-topping success. 

 

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Moodboard: Sylvan Esso

Like the slinky, penicillin and the microwave, some of the greatest things have been discovered by accident. Sometimes the world has a way of amalgamating stuff that just comes together. Sylvan Esso, much like these loved inventions, came about entirely by chance. Comprised of Amelia Meath (Mountain Man) and Nick …

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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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Track-by-track: The Irrepressibles – ‘Nude: Viscera’

Last year The Irrepressibles released their second album, a self-described homo-iconic record. The album was well received as much for its musicality as for its political activism concerning gay rights. In a defiant move the band performed an open free concert in Gorky Park, Moscow, in front of a 5,000 

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