When it comes to annual state-of- the-techno-nation health checks, the Total compilations from Cologne’s Kompakt label are a good starting point fo(...)

Rapper Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan is one of the artists featured on new compilation Rough Trade Shops - Hip Hop 15. Photograph:  Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

What’s that sound? That’s the sound of hip-hop having a very good year. 2015 is turning out to be a powerful year for commercial and creatively suc(...)

Leon Bridges: “The songs are really dictated by experiences, like a time I might have messed up with a woman or talking about coming to God. All of these can go together”

Leon Bridges’s days of washing dishes in the kitchen of Del Frisco’s Grille in downtown Fort Worth are over. The other day jobs – clearing tables i(...)

Fatboy Slim is probably the artist most closely associated with Brighton’s Skint label, but he wasn’t the only horse in the stable. Initia(...)

There ain’t no party like a Galactic party. Hailing from New Orleans, Galactic have been digging their own groove for about 20 years – Into th(...)

Christopher Duncan’s debut album is as elegantly drawn and pitched as any set of architectural drafts you’re likely to see this year. A cl(...)

It’s hard to ignore the fact that clubland is going through one of its periodic bouts of head-scratching and belly-fluff examination. Last week(...)

NWA

The gangsta rap revival is in full swing. The release later this month of the film Straight Outta Compton, about the life and times of NWA, will sh(...)

Ringo Starr points a gun at Allen Klein. Photograph: ABKCO Archive

There have always been rock and pop managers who hogged the limelight as much as their charges: Col Parker, Peter Grant, Albert Grossman, Malcolm M(...)

Tom Stafford of Vice Coffee Inc, 54. Middle Abbey Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

One of the most striking aspects about Dublin’s Twisted Pepper, the venue which announced its closure this week, was just how much went on in the b(...)