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Flying Lotus

Flying Lotus

Soul Position Originally published in the Stool Pigeon There’s a sense among those attending Brainfeeder at Fabric that they’re less participants in a club night than privileged witnesses of a mass movement in electronic music. It’s a feeling bolstered by the way the cast of DJs resemble a clan of twisted superheroes: the butter-wouldn’t-melt cuteness...
Agents Of Change

Agents Of Change

Ghosts In The Walls Originally published in Huck Don’t bother asking Agents Of Change for the location of their revolutionary Ghostvillage Project, because they couldn’t tell you even if they wanted to. “You mustn’t go there,” says the amiable Timid, his face clouding with concern. “We can’t advertise it, or tell anyone where it is,...
Tehran Book Clubs

Tehran Book Clubs

Passion High At The Tehran Hopkins Club Originally published in the New Statesman The prospect of ploughing through the complete works of Ezra Pound would have the members of most British book clubs choking on their chocolate digestives in horror. Not so the Tehran Hopkins Club; over the course of six months last year, its...
Raekwon

Raekwon

Cooking With Gas Originally published in the Stool Pigeon Among the countless online images of Raekwon hunched Scarface-like over mountains of cocaine (presumably fake), or spelling his name out with fist-sized buds of hydroponic weed (presumably real), is an enigmatic snap of the Wu-Tang heavyweight signing the guest wall at the Facebook offices in Palo...
DOOM

DOOM

Cast Iron Originally published in the Stool Pigeon Any bona fide celebrity worth his or her salt tends to have at least one red button subject guaranteed to bring interviews to a less than amicable end. Jennifer Aniston, for example, refuses to talk about the fact that she’s a solitary waif who sacrificed motherhood for...
Record Shops

Record Shops

Independent: A Celebration Of Soho’s Record Shops Photography by Spencer Murphy Life moves pretty fast, as a better man once said. As writers we’re used to the ravages of passing time rendering our work irrelevant, but seldom have my words been so swiftly outdated as when I wrote the record shops section of the last...
Hot Chip

Hot Chip

Out Of The Frying Pan: Hot Chip Sizzle In The States Originally published in the Stool Pigeon In theory, America should be Hot Chip’s home from home. Few bands revere their Stateside musical influences so sincerely (even going so far as to claim that “the only good records come from America, except maybe Demis Roussos”)....
Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli

Hostile Gospel Originally published in the Stool Pigeon That old chestnut about the disappointment of meeting your heroes is true, for the most part. Not that I technically get to ‘meet’ Talib Kweli; rather, we chat over the phone while he’s bussing around the States promoting his new album, Ear Drum. ‘Chat’ is also something...
El-P

El-P

Black Future Originally published in the Stool Pigeon There’s a short story by Raymond Carver about this baker who makes threatening phone calls to a young couple. The couple had previously employed him to make their son a birthday cake, but then never picked it up. One night, the mother snaps and tells the baker...
Amon Tobin

Amon Tobin

Earth All Along Originally published in the Stool Pigeon It seems fitting that something unsettling happens roughly one minute into my trans-Atlantic phone interview with Amon Tobin, shape-shifting high priest of the dark electronic arts. After all, this is a man whose music can lurch from pastel blue skies to bellowing black clouds in a...
Mr Lif

Mr Lif

Lif: A User’s Manual Originally published in the Stool Pigeon There’s only one thing better than a decent bad guy, and that’s a badass good guy. Give us Lando over Luke Skywalker any day: we like our heroes to breathe fire and spit bloody poetry, and to save the world without losing their sense of...
RJD2

RJD2

Set Blasters To Sung Originally published in the Stool Pigeon Some people have it easier than others when it comes to career shifts. Take Paul Newman: one day he decides to make a salad dressing, the next there’s an entire aisle of your local supermarket dedicated to his balsamic vinaigrette. Or John Malkovich: one call...