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News: School of Language – Release 5 track EP in memory of Prince

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Feature: Prince – An obituary

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From the newly created DIY project Solidarity Tapes comes their first release with Vol 1: End The Hostile Environment featuring an eclectic, heavyweight cast of some of the most exciting acts in the UK today including Goat Girl, PVA, Glows, Big Joanie, the head-honcho of Speedy Wunderground and the most in-demand producer at the moment, …

Four years have passed since the world lost the musical powerhouse that was Prince Rogers Nelson. Regardless of the genre you love I’m pretty sure there is a track by Prince you will love and his death was felt around the world. David Brewis of Field Music fame has released an EP in memory of the …

Upon the release of their self-titled full-length in June 2016 The Mystery Lights were quickly crowned “one of New York’s finest garage rock bands” by NME.  Extensive touring, including multiple stops in Europe, Asia and Australia followed which found the group graduating from support slots at hole-in-the-wall clubs to headlining stages at major festivals worldwide.  …

MNDSGN, aka Ringgo Ancheta, is preparing for the release of Snaxx, out on June 14th via Stones Throw. It’s the follow up to last years Snax – a self-released tape of remixes, and this time features some  favourites from his hybrid live/DJs shows like the first glimspe of the record – Deviled Eggs. The track …

Future funk legends Jamiroquai are back with a new album ‘Automaton’, out via Virgin EMI on March 31st. Written and self-produced by Jay Kay and keyboardist Matt Johnson, its the bands first new music in seven years and the eighth album of a stellar career. From it the band have released the first single to …

Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires have spent much of the year out on the road, following int he success of his recent album Changes. However, upon getting the news that Charles’s doctors have discovered a cancerous tumour in his stomach, Bradley has cancelled his upcoming tour dates as the 67 year old begins his treatment …

On the back of the release of her new album The Heart Speaks In Whispers, Leeds songstress Corinne Bailey Rae has announced her first UK tour for five years. She’s already performed highly regarded sets at Glastonbury, a support slot with Stevie Wonder at British Summer Time, as well as supporting Lionel Ritchie on his …

Most people will first have become conscious of singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka when he topped the BBC’s sound of 2012 poll. His rousing lead single ‘Home Again’ took him into the charts. The album of the same name followed on shortly after, and the rest was history. Four years on, and Kiwinuka is  on the verge …

I was peeling the potatoes for this evening’s meal, when my other half came in the kitchen, obviously in a state of shock. She showed me the message on her phone. Fuckin’ hell. Prince has gone. 2016 has been a terrifyingly brutal year for cultural heroes, and some will effect the individual more than others, …

Summer is coming. It won’t be long until we can sit outside in beer gardens with our favourite tipple. And you know what else goes hand in hand with the summer? Festivals! Sheffield is blessed with one of the most interesting in the summer line up. In past years we have boasted hugely eclectic line-up, …