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Lovebox First Line-up Announcement!

London’s Lovebox Festival is becoming a staple of the capital’s summer season. Each year the multi-stage carnival manages to exceed itself, propelling it’s status into stratospheric spheres. This year Lovebox has joined forces with Secret Productions (co-organisers of Wilderness and Secret Garden Party 2009-2013), creating a new vision for 2014. …



New Video: M.I.A. – Y.A.L.A.

The folks over at i-D have launched a brand, spanking new website. To celebrate the occasion, they have premiered the awesome visuals for M.I.A.’s ‘Y.A.L.A’. The video was directed by Daniel Sannwald in collaboration with KENZO, and serves up a kaleidoscopic one-woman rave, complete with an a  la M.I.A. warning …



BOTW Playlist: FEMME’s 10 Girls on Top in 2013

From Miley Cyrus’ year-long twerkfest to Lily Allen’s divisive ‘Hard Out Here‘ video, it’s hard to remember a year quite like 2013 where there’s been such discussion over gender and sexuality in music. If there’s one thing that’s resulted from 2013 though, it’s been a veritable Aladdin’s Cave …



Now Hear This: 26/10/13

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.



M.I.A. Launches Capsule Collection for Versus Versace

Yes, that’s right! The controversial (and Grammy-award winning) M.I.A. has released a capsule collection for Versus Versace, combining that ‘Bad Girls’ attitude with one of the world’s leading fashion brands.

The 19-piece collection features kaleidoscopic prints inspired by the bootleg Versace merchandise founded in London as a teenager. Versions of …



Introducing: Lea Lea

Channeling the warped, multi-cultural pop of M.I.A. and the darkly dancehall vocal inflections of Warrior Queen, Hackney-born Lea Lea is looking set to be one of 2013′s great musical surprises. Her forthcoming debut album Lea Lea – released Oct 7 on Wah Wah 45s – is an overwhelming sensory …



Introducing: Jetta

It comes as no surprise there’s such a buzz surrounding 23 year-old Liverpudlian Jetta at the moment. Having got her break as a backing vocalist for the likes of Cee Lo and Paloma Faith, the young songstress has burst onto the internet in recent months with the captivating ‘…



Video Lovely: MIA – Bad Girls

MIA has a new video. It’s pretty rad. It’s set in the Middle East, but not for MIA any political commentary this time. It’s more like a car park in Luton on a Saturday night transplanted into the desert. But think ye not of will.i.am’s odious video/smartphone commercial for T.H.E.



Spray it don’t say it: Welcome to Street Art

GRAFFITI, a.k.a ‘Graffito’ in the early days, was mainly known as a term used when working to scratch a design into surfaces (1950s onwards). The term ‘graffiti’ referred to etchings found on walls of ruins and sculptures, mainly in ancient Rome.

This first of the acknowledged “modern style” graffiti was …



Girl Power: International Women’s Day

If you’re not following Annie Lennox on Twitter, you may not know that it’s International Women’s Day today (she’s been tweeting about it lots).  Let’s face it boys, we’re the superior sex: better drivers, better at learning, we eat better diets, we’re more socially apt, we’re healthier, we’re surviving the …