The monolith in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The monolith in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Roland from Grange Hill (1982)
'Roland' from Grange Hill (1982)
Washed Out, Life of Leisure EP cover photo
Washed Out, Life of Leisure EP cover photo
Richard Youngs
Richard Youngs
Tricky & Martina Topley-Bird, Maxinquaye album sleeve (1995)
Tricky & Martina Topley-Bird, Maxinquaye album sleeve (1995)

Undivided Attention: Gareth Williams & Mary Currie – ‘Breaststroke’ / Hymn to South London

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The centrelessness of South London, where I was born and bred, has always fascinated me. While north of the river Thames lies the pull of Central London – the tourist …

Undivided Attention: Red House Painters – ‘Michael’ / Remembering Tim Guest

Red House Painters, Down Colorful Hill

Great songs about male friendship are few and far between. In fact, it’s a subject rarely discussed anywhere – though there have been some recent attempts to do so. In …

Undivided Attention: Digital – ‘S.O.S. Space Funk’

The monolith in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

The first sound is everything: a high-pitched stab, a flash of sonic lightning, an alarm. It’s more tone than note, more noise than music. And it’s the sound that makes …

EXCLUSIVE: Nightingale – Riding Wild

Roland from Grange Hill (1982)

I first met Jimi Nightingale on a warm summer’s evening 20 years ago, when we were both in our teens. We were on an old slam-door train pulling out of …

Mix: His Lips are Warm and Sweet

You could write a history of 20th century music that focuses on its subject through the lens of tempo. Take the career of Miles Davis for example and follow him, …

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Washed Out, Life of Leisure EP cover photo

I want to explain why it’s inspiring to listen to music. When I say listen, I don’t mean listening while you work or wash up or answer emails. I mean …

Freshly Pressed #3: ‘Life Ends at 30′ by Pete Swanson

Punk Authority, Pete Swanson

Don’t adjust your speakers. And don’t recoil in horror and turn this off instinctively! With ‘Life Ends at 30′ (Oh Christ, did it really?) Pete Swanson has created something truly …

Can’t Live Without… #3

Richard Youngs

At the end of Can’t Live Without… #2 I mentioned how genre could be a beautiful thing. Oftentimes we hear musicians playing with the idea of what genre their music …

Undivided Attention: Tricky vs Gravediggaz – ‘Tonite Is A Special Nite’

Tricky & Martina Topley-Bird, Maxinquaye album sleeve (1995)

For me, this is Tricky’s masterpiece: a B-side on an EP that was itself a footnote to the much-hyped and rightly-loved Maxinquaye album. If you’ve never heard it before, I’m …

Freshly Pressed #2: Love Songs: Part One, Meditations on Afrocentrism by Romare

The Dove (1964), Romare Bearden

‘When I conjure these memories, they are of the present to me, because after all, the artist is a kind of enchanter in time.’ So said the African-American artist Romare Bearden (1911-1988) …