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Playlist: Soft As Snow

 Experimental pop duo Soft as Snow have a refreshing approach to music making. Forget laptops and welcome back analogue synths, the Norwegian pair have come together to produce hypnotic electronic beats that we love. 

Like what you hear? Lucky you, Soft as Snow are playing tonight at Birthdays in Dalston.



Soundchecking with… WIFE

In 2012, James Kelly (singer and chief songwriter in metal band Altar of Plagues) released his debut project under his new electronic alias, WIFE. The release, the ‘Stoic EP’, made a massive impression and led to the hallowed Tri Angle records inking a deal with Kelly for his forthcoming full


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Groomed: Superdry Fragrances

Now, it hasn’t really ever occurred to me before to go looking for fragrances on the high street. I’m not a fragrance snob, OK, maybe a little, but you just never associate fragrances with high street brands. But this is something that’s changing, more and more high street brands are …



Moodboard: Mizan

In celebration of her new track ‘Thru’, the brilliant Mizan shares her inspirations with us.

Nirvana Unplugged – Apologies

This is an MTV Unplugged performance of “Apologies” by Nirvana. The mood of the performance was so sombre and this particular rendition of the song was compelling- in my imagination, …



Groomed: Ruffians Barber shop

In a little corner of Covent Garden lies the Ruffians Barber shop, London’s latest addition to the men-only salon solution. It’s first store outside of its home city of Edinburgh, Ruffians’ new London flagship looks groomed to pick up popularity at pace.

Founded in 2012 by Andrew Cannon from his …



News: Original Penguin Plugged In 2014

This year’s Original Penguin Plugged In is not only going to be as amazing as ever before, but also seems unbelievably exciting, given that the artists featured in this intimate event can be, indeed, most perfectly described as true originals.
The line up for Original Penguin Plugged In 2014 is …



Why Illmatic is One of the Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of All Time

Incredibly, twenty years have passed since New York rapper Nas dropped his groundbreaking debut album, Illmatic – a record that ventured into uncharted hip-hop territory, creating an alternative angle for a genre dominated at the time by ‘gangsta rap’. Illmatic took hip-hop back to its organic roots, a storytelling record …



Now Hear This: 13/04/14

We’re not really about lists. We like longform interviews and in-depth analysis; wordy think-pieces and lengthy reports. But that’s partly because we’re music-loving writers and there’s nothing we love more than the sound of a keyboard clacking satisfyingly with the sound of our own thoughts. Hey, at least we’re honest.


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Shoot: Drawing On Trends

Is reading vintage comic books your guilty pleasure? Are you fond of 1950s pop art illustrations? Then you are guaranteed to enjoy our latest shoot by Jack Buster. With the more contemporary and minimalist take on the matter, ‘Drawing On Trends’ combines the aesthetic of 1950s art, the strict colour …



News: Hyper Japan 2014

Konnichiwa readers! The UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture, cuisine, entertainment and technology is BACK! Yes, Hyper Japan 2014 is nearly upon us. For all those people who are obsessed with the Far Eastern culture, there will so much on show that everyone will be satisfied. Taking place at Earls …