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‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ – Kendrick Lamar’s Fiery ‘Soundtrack To A New Civil Rights Movement’ Unravelled

Kunta Kinte lived most of his life in shackles: ripped aged 20 from the Gambian village his family had lived in for generations, thrown...

Public Enemy: 25 Years On, Why ‘Fear Of A Black Planet’ Is More Relevant Than Ever

As Public Enemy’s ‘Fear Of A Black Planet’ turns 25 it couldn’t be more relevant. It stands as a masterpiece of righteous anger and...

Drenge Interviewed: On Disaffection, Dislocation and Local Politics

For their second album, Drenge have ditched the gore that underpinned their debut to focus on the horror of the real world. Ben Homewood...

The Cribs Interview: On New Album ‘For All My Sisters’, Flirting With Pop And Life As Punk Survivors

It’s Friday night in Brooklyn and at Williamsburg venue Baby’s All Right The Cribs are playing the second of three intimate, New York gigs...

Dutch Uncles Interviewed: On Alienation, Anxiety And Paramore

It’s a warm, late-winter afternoon and Dutch Uncles are huddled inside The King’s Arms, a pub in Salford that hosts gigs, plays and even...

Run The Jewels Interview: “People Talk About Our Rhymes Being Dystopian. But This Shit Is Happening Right Here, Right Now”

Their second album articulated America's anger at police brutality following summer 2014 injustices in Ferguson and Staten Island, but Run the Jewels' work is...

Florence + The Machine Interview: Read Her 2011 NME Cover Feature, On ‘Ceremonials’, Seances And Defying Expectation

The countdown begins here. It's now exactly two months till Florence + the Machine's long-awaited new album is finally released. Just how 'How Big,...

The Charlatans Interview: On Death, Drugs And New Album ‘Modern Nature’

Inspired by the passing of their much-loved drummer and rejuvenated after swapping drugs for meditation, The Charlatans have delivered a new album that's up...

New Blur Album ‘The Magic Whip’: Graham Coxon’s Track-By-Track Guide

Blur’s new studio album was a happy accident: one that rejuvenated the band and the relationship between Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon. In this...

Young Fathers Interview: The Mercury Prize Winners On Islamophobia, Pushing Perceptions And Their Incendiary New Album

When they won the 2014 Mercury Prize, Young Fathers were pigeonholed as a publicity-shy Scottish hip-hop group. Now ready to unleash a genre-bending follow-up...
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