Kasra V feature

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Iranian-born, London-based producer Kasra V is joining the dots between Balearic hedonism and the centuries-old folk of his homeland, where an illegal rave scene thrives in spite of government crackdowns. April Clare Welsh meets the self-styled “Persian Prince” as he releases his third EP, The Windowread the feature.

FACT Singles Club 19/09/2016

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“If this is the sound of the blog house revival, I’ll get my (houndstooth pea) coat.”

“There’s an industrial-goth sized stomp to this song that wouldn’t sound out of place on the Matrix soundtrack or at Camden’s Electric Ballroom on a Friday night – worshipped by the rubber-clad DJ, air-punched by the freaks and the metalheads.”

“A painfully executed attempt at making painfully relevant club music.”

“A good reminder of how grime even got here in the first place.”

Read what I had to say about this week’s singles.

Visit Stockholm advertorial for the Guardian

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Stockholm may be known best for its pop, from ABBA to super-producer Max Martin, but the city’s musical identity is wildly multi-faceted and enviably cooler than its leading sonic exports. Dating back to the underground raves of the early 90s, electronic music here rules the waves: more than 20 years on and a pair of decks can be found in most of the city’s bars and pubs, and danceheads can easily get their kicks in a number of Scandinavia’s top clubs. The arrival of Sónar Stockholm in 2014 further boosted Stockholm’s cred and the constantly evolving stream of homegrown DJ and production talent continues to add to its rep for stellar electronic music…continue reading.

Angel Olsen feature for FACT

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Angel Olsen began her career as a mesmerizing young force on the US lo-fi folk scene, but was damned if she was going to stay there. Her new record, My Woman, is an album of the year contender, the work of a 29-year-old whose sound and storytelling are constantly evolving, wheeling through country pop, Hollywood romance and more. Olsen simply can’t be pinned down, discovers April Clare Welsh…continue reading.

Champeta feature for FACT

I went to Colombia and had a ball.

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For decades confined to Colombia’s poor coastal regions and condemned by conservative politicians as violent and corrupting, the African-Latin fusion sound of champeta is finally cracking into the mainstream. April Clare Welsh speaks to Palenque Records founder Lucas Silva to discover the “visionary black music” of a marginalised population. Scroll to the end for a huge champeta playlist….read the full article.

Mina feature for FACT

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Mina named her Kabala EP after the Sierra Leone town she partied in last New Year’s Eve.

Driven by a dark, bass-heavy pulse, the EP features traditional West African instruments like kele and bata, which Mina – tipped as one of our club producers to watch this year – picked up during her travels across the country.

Starting out as a DJ around 2012, the Londoner has been lighting up the Radar Radio airwaves for the past year on her Boko! Boko! show, spinning a selection of transatlantic dance, kwaito, kuduro, afrobeats and dancehall…continue reading.

What the hell was blog house?

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In the summer of 2006 the Klaxons spawned nu rave, but the real youth subculture of the mid-00s was the music that DJs played after bands had finished: blog house.

It’s difficult to define what blog house was exactly, because it covered so many styles. Some of it was dance music that mutated from the electroclash scene and trickled out from seminal London nights like Nag Nag Nag, Trash and Our Disco. DJs Erol Alkan, Rory Phillips and Nadia Ksaiba brought acts like Justice and 2manyDJs to the capital, all of them combining disco and ’80s classics with noisy electro house. For a country still recovering from NME‘s “new rock revolution” led by The Libertines and The Strokes, it was a breath of fresh air…continue reading.