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Geoff Barrow

Geoff Barrow

Bristol Cream Originally published in the Stool Pigeon Bristol’s Geoff Barrow is a man with many hats. Best known as the third of Portishead most commonly hunched over a bank of electronic equipment, he is also the guy behind lo fi rockers Beak> and sci fi comic book collaborators Drokk (the latter recently released a...
London's Muslim Rappers

London’s Muslim Rappers

The Power Of Verse Originally published in Huck, photography by Spencer Murphy The doors to London’s Central Mosque are open to visitors, but few outsiders cross the threshold to witness Friday prayers. A five-minute walk away, tourists queue to have their pictures taken with a costumed Victorian policeman outside the Sherlock Holmes Museum on Baker...
Zomby

Zomby

Hellboy Unbound Originally published in the Stool Pigeon From Jack the Ripper’s back-alley boozers to dungeons that have witnessed centuries of torture, burnings and beheadings, London has more horror per square hectare than most major cities. Strange, then, that our encounter with the elusive spook of UK dance music known only as Zomby takes place...
Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys

No Sleep Since Brooklyn Originally published in the Stool Pigeon, photography by Spencer Murphy As Beastie Boys videos go, it’s an understated affair. Adams Yauch and Horovitz – MCA and Ad-Rock respectively – are seated in front of a large mixing desk. Yauch wears a red collared shirt and does most of the talking; a...
Kode9 & The Spaceape

Kode9 & The Spaceape

Operational Bass Originally published in the Stool Pigeon There’s an uneasy moment following my interview with Kode9 and the Spaceape when I realise I’ve left my dictaphone running on the mixing desk of the former’s south London studio. I return to his front door to find him standing there grinning, said apparatus in hand. “I...
DJ Shadow: The Less You Know The Better

DJ Shadow: The Less You Know The Better

The Entertainer Originally published in the Stool Pigeon As first Glastonburys go, DJ Shadow’s appearance at Worthy Farm last month didn’t have the most auspicious build up. Not only was he performing at a John Peel stage ankle deep in the worst kind of slop – not only did his headline slot coincide with Friday...
Cypress Hill

Cypress Hill

Pot Shots Originally published in the Stool Pigeon Like most habitual dope smokers, the only party I can recall from the last twenty years is the one at which I puffed my first ever joint. Even then the details are hazy: I remember the host, Jim Walsh, arm-wrestling his pretty blonde girlfriend over a surfboard....
Gonjasufi

Gonjasufi

Desert Storm Originally published in the Stool Pigeon There’s so little known about the dystopian warrior poet Gonjasufi that research is all but impossible, and I’m forced to email Warp Records after our chat to clear up a few points I never got to raise in the interview. What is his real name? How old...
The Gaslamp Killer

The Gaslamp Killer

Gaslamp Killer Shining Light On ‘Overlooked’ Los Angeles Originally published in the Stool Pigeon Anyone who caught The Gaslamp Killer’s set at this summer’s Brainfeeder session in London’s Fabric will have witnessed a performance as mesmerising for the eyes as for the ears. GLK moshed his trademark mushroom of curls, screamed obscenities into the microphone,...
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...
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...