Martyn's new album is called 'The Air Between Words' but it could easily be called 'The Air Between Genres'. Though often billed as a techno or dubstep artist, the Dutch producer hovers between a myriad of styles, more so now than ever before. His drum 'n' bass DJing days have long since passed and recent work, including 2011's 'Ghost People', sees him engaging with sounds on a larger scale, without committing to one in particular. The result is impressive and consequently it's been a regularly played album on the NME stereo this year. It's unpredictable, too.
If you thought all this nonsense about ‘British values’ was whack, then you ought to try living in Russia. Not content to just repress anyone’s sexuality that isn’t the common or garden variety according to the gospel of Vladimir Putin, now the prez is taking his new puritanism to vertiginous heights by banning profanity from the arts.
As internet commenters have joked over the last few days, you know a situation has spiralled out of control when Pete Doherty of all people is trying to calm things down. But the crowd crush at Saturday's Libertines comeback show in London's Hyde Park was no joke for a lot of gig-goers, many of whom were hurt as what was supposed to be a triumphant return for the 'Up The Bracket' band threatened to tip over into tragedy.
Back in April 2014, it was announced that The Libertines, one of Britain’s most exciting, chaotic and unpredictable bands, were to headline one of Barclaycard’s British Summer Time gigs in Hyde Park. Complaints from local residents flooded in, worried Pete Doherty’s presence in their neighbourhood would instantly turn it from plush opulence and fine living to crawling with drug dealers and louts. Then came the quotes from Doherty himself, revealing that he was strapped for cash and he and fellow frontman Carl Barat were set to land themselves £500,000 each from the show.
On Saturday (July 5) Kanye West played the second of his only London dates this year as part of Wireless Festival. Over two shows he played hits from across a glittering 10-year career to around 100,000 people collectively, and yet the majority of the coverage around the world has been about the fact he was also booed vigorously on both nights.