Louis Pattison

Louis Pattison

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With grime topping festival bills and making serious dents in the charts, it’s easy to forget there’s a parallel strain of British street music that exists far from the headlines.…

While a founding member of Roll Deep – the east London grime crew that’s seen everyone from Wiley to Dizzee, Tinchy Stryder to Skepta pass through its ranks – Flowdan…

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It’s either feast or famine in Aphexland. You’ll not hear a peep out of the Irish-born electronica maestro for a decade. Then all of a sudden he’s back, flying a…

‘Endtroducing’, DJ Shadow’s debut, made for one of the most innovative and cool albums of the ’90s. An instrumental hip-hop record built entirely from samples, for all its fragmentary nature…

There are probably many reasons why grime, after a brief and thrilling heyday followed by a lapse into awkward pop crossover and Robbie Williams guestspots, is back in a big…

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If James Dewitt Yancey has been all but canonised by a certain corner of hip hop fandom, it’s easy to see why. In part it’s because the Detroit-born rapper and…

If you’re a bloody-minded artist of a certain stripe, success – even critical success, the kind you can’t take to the bank – can be a bitch. So it is…

For a group founded around the premise of turning heavy metal into something as slow, deep and tunes-light as possible, Seattle’s SunnO))) have gone a remarkable distance. The group –…

Simon Cowell has cast a long shadow over British music these last 10 years, so long that it can be quite hard to recall that pop was not merely a…

You can’t deny it, Rudimental have hit on a formula. Bursting out of Hackney in 2012, their blend of chunky drum’n’bass rhythms and winsome singer-songwriter bits – supplied by a…

Let nobody accuse Dr Dre of not having an eye for a marketing opportunity. For 16 years, the rap mogul has largely conducted his affairs off-mic, building beats for Kendrick…

For a period at the end of the ’80s, Public Enemy seemed like the only band that mattered. A New York hip-hop group avant-garde in sound and confrontational in delivery,…

Round about 2006, it wasn’t uncommon to hear Lil Wayne hyped up as the Greatest Of All Time, critics lining up to proclaim the Louisiana MC as a sort of…

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It would be unfair to make out Omar Souleyman as some kind of novelty turn, but moustachioed Syrian wedding singers don’t tend to break on the world stage terribly often,…

It has become something of a cliché to wonder where all the protest singers are, as if the only way to tackle questions of politics through music is by pulling…

“I’m rapping about diamonds and cars and money now”, mutters Tyler, The Creator on ‘Keep Da O’s’. “What the fuck has gotten into me, man?” Five years in, it’s probably…

You hear a lot of things about Kurt Cobain, some of them apparently contradictory. That he was funny. That he was tortured. That he was ambitious and hungry for fame.…

Alright, let’s just set aside the whole idea of a Mercury Prize ‘curse’ and concede that had Young Fathers not scooped that £20,000 last October, the Edinburgh trio (beat man…

It’s been six years since the last new Lightning Bolt material, so let’s recap. Two shy comic-book obsessives from Rhode Island shun the stage, set up in the thick of…

Bristol’s Liam McLean rose to national attention during the dubstep gold rush of 2009, but the man they call Joker wouldn’t be forced into anyone’s niche. His opulent, melody-stuffed productions…

Once the sultan of shock, the Marilyn Manson that greets us in 2015 cuts a different figure. Late last year, the 45-year-old Brian Warner was forced to clarify that a…