One of my favourite new artists to emerge in 2014 gives his first NME interview this week. Idris Vicuña goes by the name Eyedress, and in the mag he chats to Kevin EG Perry about growing up in Arizona and California before moving back to Manila when he was a teenager. From there he's created some wonderfully evocative music, which is slotting right into place on XL-affiliated label Abeano. His 'Supernatural EP' is out now and comes highly recommended.
Sheffield punks Nai Harvest return on March 3 with new EP 'Hold Open My Head', and here we have the premiere of the title track.
Pixies frontman Black Francis recently announced ‘The Good Inn’, a graphic novel telling the story of “the first narrative pornographic film". He joins rapper Lupe Fiasco, who this weekend began publishing a novel via Twitter brilliantly titled ‘Teriyaki Joe: Neo-Harlem Detective’, in the ranks of musicians with literary debuts in the works. They're not the first musicians to try their hand at fiction, though: Louise Wener from Sleeper, Paul McCartney, Nick Cave, 50 Cent and Leonard Cohen have all authored novels of sorts.
Keeping up with the bullet-paced, ephemeral world of pop can be a tiring business. One minute it's Baauer's 'Harlem Shake' dominating the charts and sparking a thousand YouTube memes; the next it's Miley Cyrus swinging naked on a demolition ball like a building site brickie in meltdown causing a stir. Thank goodness, then, for San Francisco's DJ Earworm - a mash-up artist who's compiled 25 of 2013's best selling pop videos/tracks into one handy five-minute YouTube clip.
In 2012 Killer Mike’s sixth album ‘R.A.P Music’ was produced by El-P, and Killer Mike in turn guested on El-P’s ‘Cancer 4 Cure’. The two hit it off and started working together as Run The Jewels, named after a lyric in LL Cool J's 'Cheesy Rap Blues'. The self-titled LP was recorded in woody upstate New York and a studio in Brooklyn called the Space Pit before it took its rightful place as one of the most thrilling albums of the year. Killer Mike’s Atlanta baritone drawl cuts with El-P's sinewy flow in a monument to the power of synergy in rap.