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Azealia Banks: Past Dialogues

Fresh off the rampant success of breakthrough single 212, THOMAS HANNAN spoke with controversial rapper Azealia Banks for Notion 056.

“Are you going to ask me why I like rapping about sex so much?”

I’ve actually nothing of the sort in mind.  After all, if you know anything about Azealia …



YG Interview: “Ain’t nothing clean out here in this world.”

A rapper from LA with strong Piru Blood gang affiliations, an ex criminal – specialising in residential burglary – with a very big issue with the letter ‘C’; ‘My Krazy Life’, ‘Bicken Back Being Bool’ Piru actually being ‘Crip’ spelled backwards with the ‘C’ on it’s back; has emerged with …


Crookers: ATM Interview

Italian dance-floor smashers Phra and Bot teamed up in 2003, bonding in Milan over a shared love of hip-hop and electronic music. Working together to create their own ‘crooked’ beats sprinkled with signature glitch-y basslines, they created a sound that was refreshingly unique to their un-inspired local scene.

 Massive critical


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Tru Thoughts 15th Birthday!

Happy birthday Tru Thoughts! On Saturday 22nd February, Brighton-based record label Tru Thoughts will be having their 15th (great innings there, my son!) birthday party at KOKO — merely the first in a series of celebrations planned for 2014. At this party in particular, recent label signees Harleighblu



Issue 66: Joey Bada$$ “Young American” Feature

Jo-Vaughn Scott, AKA Joey Bada$$, is in Brooklyn, on the phone to me. And it’s quite exciting. Hailed as one of New York’s brightest talents, the rapper found himself compared to Biggie and Nas before he’d even entered legal adulthood. Lesser artists may have crumbled under comparable pressure, but Joey



Is James Blake the New Cherub of Hip-Hop?

Yung Blake recruits Chance The Rapper for a remix of ‘Life Round Here’ and asserts himself as the new found cherub of hip-hop.


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Aeroplane Announces ‘All Night Long 6 Hour Set’ on 21st September

London promoters, Magic and Medicine, are getting ready to present another special Neon Noise Project party that promises to showcase the best and established acts around on September 21st. After selling out London’s Fire with Booka Shade’s only UK show earlier this year, Neon Noise Project return with AEROPLANE



Interview: G-FrSH

The south London, self dubbed ‘Flash Affy’ is back and in the style in which we know him best. G-FrSH’s new mixtape ‘Legoman II’ is much like its predecessor ‘Legoman’. However, what may separate the two is G-FrSH’s constant growth both as an emcee and a recording …



Introducing: RDGLDGRN

It seems that pretty much everyone wants a piece of Washington DC based trio RDGLDGRN (pronounced Red Gold Green) at the moment. It all started with the acclaimed release of their up-tempo indie/hip-hop single ‘I Love Lamp’ late last year, which not only caused plenty of excitement via that thing …



Introducing: SZA

Alt-R&B singer/songwriter SZA released her debut EP last Autumn. See.SZA.Run showed just what the gorgeously soulful St. Louis-born SZA could do; her unique melange of silky vocals and dreamy melodies revealed an eclectic range of influences including jazz, hip hop and R&B.

Produced by Felix Snow and Patrick Lukens, SZA’s …