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Watch: Block9, the clubbing utopia that took over Glastonbury

In this FACT Original Production the focus is on Glastonbury Festival’s Block9, a clubbing utopia with its roots in rave and queer culture. Glastonbury Festival isn’t just a performing arts event – it’s a temporary city. The headline performances broadcast across the world are just the tip of the iceberg: over 200,000 people pack into the 900-acre site to enjoy five days of music and art across over 100 stages and hidden areas, some of which only come to life when the Pyramid Stage goes quiet. Tucked away in the south-east corner of the site is one of the most beloved parts of this hidden Glastonbury experience: Block9, a place where art, music, theatre and politics meet and temporary altern

BabyStep's New Music Friday #2

We're delighted to bring you another week of of our top picks released this Friday. It's been an eventful week where Boris Johnson's easing of lockdown restrictions were maybe taken a bit too literally as thousands of beach-goers reenacted a game of Where's Wally in Bournemouth's beaches, whilst Jurgen Klopp shed tears after Liverpool's 30 year wait for a league win. Indeed, it has been a surreal week, one where the realities of no longer being furloughed and returning to work feel all to real, especially after such lovely weather. In this time of unprecedented change & uncertainty there is one consistent source of enjoyment to reliquish any stress, this is of course BabySteps New Music Fr

Fontaines D.C announce UK Headline Tour

Fontaines D.C. have announced new UK tour dates for May 2021. The new dates will also include the band’s biggest headline UK show to-date at London’s Alexandra Palace. Dates are as follows: 7th May – Manchester Academy 10th May – Leicester De Montfort Hall 11th May – Leeds O2 Academy 12th May – Newcastle O2 City Hall 14th May – Glasgow Barrowland 17th May – Cambridge Corn Exchange 18th May – Sheffield O2 Academy 20th May – Birmingham O2 Academy 21st May – Cardiff Great Hall 22nd May – Bristol O2 Academy 24th May – Bournemouth O2 Academy 25th May – Southampton O2 Guildhall 27th May – London Alexandra Palace Supports TBC Tickets will go on sale Friday 3rd July at 9AM BST – at fonta

Mamilah announce open-call to remix 'Talk Less' EP

Mamilah are a Leeds based group of musicians, producers, DJs and songwriters. Collectively composing their songs has given way to a whole host of musical influence, walking through genres of soul, jazz, latin music and R&B. The band are moving from strength to strength with official remixes of the 'Talk Less’ EP coming out in the next few months. The EP was one of our favourites we've heard in the past year, being streamed by thousands and got plenty of airtime with the likes of BBC Introducing. They've come up with a great way of getting the wider creative community involved in the band, deciding to do an open call for anyone who is interested in doing a remix to give it a go. No ifs, no b

Label Spotlight: Yellow Island Records

Yellow Island Records is a Brazilian record label who we've followed right from the start. Inspired by the creative and chaotic environment of their environment Felipe Bortoloti, better known as Nørus and Flávio Albino, aka Albin, founded the platform in 2018 as a way to connect artists from different parts of the World. We spoke to them about the journey they've been on so far and what's ahead. Hey guys, thanks so much for talking to us. We wanted to start by asking what Yellow Island Recordings is? Hey! first of all thank you very much for having us. We like to say that Yellow Island is a platform to connect artists around the World. The label was founded in 2018 and since then we, Albin a

Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Launch 10th Anniversary T-shirt

Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (LNADJ) is a charitable foundation who have for the last ten years been creating unique fundraising initiatives for the electronic music industry and beyond. LNADJ supports children in crisis and their families through linking with various grassroots projects around the world. The foundation’s original aim was to create positive change through harnessing the creativity and energy found on dance floors worldwide and within the electronic music community. Faced with global lockdown our attention has turned to how we can harness this same energy online to create the world’s biggest DJ collective and demonstrate the power of music like never before. Their latest C

Titchats looking for more tits

The wonderful Harriet Hornby & Sydney Gilbride are the people behind Titchat, a group formed through a need to discuss feminism on an everyday basis. It's been a project that has massively grown in the past few months as a result of both it's founders blossoming creativity and sheer commitment to running a collective that has provided us and many others with plenty of insight and inspiration. Since launching there has been an upwards incline of support & notoriety within the creative community of Leeds, which has led them to taking the next step as a collective. The founders have put out an open-call for you to get involved in Titchat. We spoke to Sydney Gilbride about all things Titchat an

BabyStep's New Music Friday

In todays world we find ourselves digging for tracks and discovering new music in a medley of ways, whether it's taking advantage of Spotify's recommended playlists, Shazaming a tune at an afters or finally having all of those B's answered on the IOM group. There are just so many ways of discovering music that it appears that a lot of the most organic ways of doing so have been shunned, like heading to your local record store. As I write this I realise I am very much guilty of this myself, I'd much rather see who Anthony Fantano hails as the new 'IT BAND' then head down to Jumbo Records in town and find out for myself. A classic but equally refreshing way of coming across new music came to m

Bandcamp are waiving their fees for NAACP Legal Defence & Educational Fund

Bandcamp is once again waiving its fees, this time to celebrate Juneteenth, the day that marks the abolition of slavery in the United States. Rather than donating fees to artists or labels, Bandcamp will instead donate its share of sales today to the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, a long-running and influential civil rights organisation supporting Black people in the US. Artists and labels are marking this Bandcamp day differently. Some are releasing new music and also donating their share of profits to Black-led charities, while others are donating profits from sales of their existing discographies. Below you can find a list of wonderful new releases picked out by Resident Advisor,

Resources for supporting the Black Lives Matter movement

Since his tragic murder at the hands of Minneapolis police, the death of George Floyd has become the cornerstone of the Black Lives Matter movement. The protests have gone global, with people taking to the streets not only in the US and UK, but also in Sydney, Brussels, Rio De Janeiro and Seoul. Not only has the movement raised awareness towards police brutality, the protests have also caused us to question our cultural identities, particularly in western Europe, highlighting our colonial history and our relationship with this history today. As seen in Bristol, when BLM protestors tore down the statue of slave trade merchant Edward Colston, and In Brussels, as demonstrators defaced the st

Listen to Soccer Mommy and MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden rework each other’s songs

Soccer Mommy has collaborated up with MGMT‘s Andrew VanWyngarden for the latest instalment in her ‘Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series’ — you can hear the two artists rework one another’s songs below. For this instalment in the series of singles, Soccer Mommy has covered MGMT’s ‘Indie Rokkers’ while Gentle Dom has remixed Soccer Mommy’s ‘Circle The Drain’. You can hear the two tracks below. When explaining her reason for releasing the track she said “I love MGMT so it was hard to pick a song to cover,” Allison said about her choice of song. “They have so many great ones. I ended up choosing ‘Indie Rokkers’ because I thought it would fit my voice and my style the best. I also just thought i

“RACISM IS THE WORST PANDEMIC” SAYS MOBO FOUNDER KANYA KING

Image Credit: Director Kanya King MBE, founder of the MOBO (Music of Black Origin) organisation, has written an open letter to the UK’s Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport calling for help to end racism within the music industry. The letter addressed to The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP has identified many of the challenges faced by both Black and minority ethnic people in the world, stating that racism is “the worst pandemic we are facing”. The letter then goes on to place emphasis on the “structural and racial inequalities that shape the daily experiences of people from Black Minority backgrounds”. Kanya King MBE, also spoke about her own experiences, writing: “My parent

'Locked In': Leeds-based artist VPN releases debut single

This week saw the release of a debut single from Leeds- based DJ and producer VPN. New to the scene, this artist has made quite the entrance with hard hitting stomper 'Locked In'. After moving to Leeds to study Music Production at Leeds College of Music, Adam quickly grew to love the city and its thriving music scene. Currently based in Headingley, he has recently discovered a passion for mixing, and is now pursuing both avenues under his new alias. Drawing from a broad range of sounds, VPN's bold aggressive style takes influences form the likes of Mall Grab, Kettama, Jensen Interceptor, Desert Sound Colony, DJ Stingray and The Exaltics. Such sounds resonate within his mixes, but he emphas

“THIS is England”: Marcus Rashford secures free meals for 1.3 million children

"The system was not built for families like mine to succeed". Since carving his way into a struggling Manchester United squad in 2016, 22-year-old Marcus Rashford has seen his life change drastically in just a few short years. The Wythenshawe-born striker has spoken on how his family would have struggled without free school meals and breakfast clubs. Throughout lockdown, he has been using his platform to support families from a similar background. As schools have closed, many of the most vulnerable in the UK may have been left without regular meals. Aside from already helping to raise around £20 million to combat this, Rashford has also campaigned this week with an open letter to all MPs. He

Five-day birthday fundraiser for late DJ Alex T

DJ's from all around the UK will be celebrating the Birthday of the late DJ Alex Theodossiadis who would have turned 26 today. Alex is being remembered this week with a five-day stream to raise money for Meningitis Now which was set-up by his brother Seb and Heels & Souls who have put together a 5-day cross-country marathon of live-streams. The five day celebration will feature the likes of Shanti Celeste, Moxie & Peach as well as Alex's friends and colleagues from Leeds such as Tony Neptune, Zoe Pea and Dubrunner. Each day of the live-stream will be hosted all around the country with the close to Theodossiadis' heart, starting with Tribe Records in Leeds who Alex worked for, this will be h

Tribe Records are opening their doors once again

As of yesterday (June 15th), non-essential shops — from clothing stores and electronics retailers to auction houses and photography studios — will be allowed to reopen, as long as they adhere to Covid-19 safety measures. As the Government continues to ease its lockdown restrictions, more and more of the cityl is opening up for us all to enjoy once again. Record shops, a beloved part of London’s music community, are included among the sites allowed to welcome customers under these new guidelines. In conjunction with new guidelines Tribe Records will be opening their doors for the first time in 3 months this week. The record shop situated in Kirkgate has long been one of our favourites, specia

Nour Cash and Carry launch fundraiser to prevent eviction from DJ landlord

Nour Cash and Carry are fighting an eviction notice from millionaire Brixton landlord DJ Taylor McWilliams. Brixton’s Nour Cash and Carry has launched a fundraiser where people can help fight an eviction notice from the landlord who is buying vast chunks of Brixton. The owners of the shop have been based in Brixton Market for 20 years and specialise in food from the Caribbean and Africa. They've recently been told they needed to vacate the property in order to make way for an electricity substation. Members of the local community, musicians and prominent figures in the food world, such as The Guardian‘s Jay Rayner have spoken out against the plan, highlighting Nour as a vital part of the mar

'Don't Go Gentle' is a succinct portrayal of Idles' journey so far

Danny Nedelko is a man, immigrant, friend-of-the-band, and eponymous subject of Idles most popular song. ‘My blood brother’s Freddie Mercury, a Nigerian mother-of-three’, so it goes. Some way through Don’t Go Gentle we are privy to Danny sporting a t-shirt with the dictum ‘No one is an Island’ emblazoned upon it. Indeed, this phrase is the mantra which guides the band’s foremost principles, as well as those of Idles online fandom AF Gang. But it is also the antithesis to a culture of individualism that has defined the neoliberal era, best epitomised by Margaret Thatcher’s ‘there is no such thing as society’ speech. Since Thatcher’s reign, it is this state-sponsored power-of-you mentali

Don’t Touch My Hair: My Experience With Race

The time following the death of George Floyd has been an immensely difficult period of introspection; filled with trauma, deep reflection, and anger. I am angry at the outside world, but I've also felt anger towards myself and an inability to articulate this cruel disparity. A disconnect has brought me to the page and the healing process begins with connecting the dots of my experience. Whilst my ‘woke’ white friends are sharing, educating, making brilliant noise, and advocating for change... I sit here, silent, unable to utter a word. Whilst my Instagram feed is cluttered with tokenistic anti-racist gestures from white people who have never whispered a word of solidarity before this, I get

Sparse and experimental sounds on Four Tet’s newest release

More abstract than his mainstream repertoire, producer Four Tet has once again released music through his indecipherable Wingdings-esque side project. Once again each track is unpronounceable, with one fan ironically commenting on his Bandcamp release page, ‘Favourite track? The one with a winky face, I think.’ A freeform IDM piece, its content is experimental and aurally diverse, energetic and spritely, following in a similar vein to previously released music under this name. First track  ̟̞̝̜̙̘̗̖҉̵̴̨̧̢̡̼̻̺̹̳̲̱̰̯̮̭̬̫̪̩̦̥̤̣̠҈͈͇͉͍͎͓͔͕͖͙͚͜͢͢͢͢͢͢͢͢͢͢͢͢͢͢ͅ  ఠీੂ೧ູ࿃ूੂ✧ළʅ͡͡͡͡͡͡͡͡͡͡͡(ƪ❍⊁◞..◟⊀ ̟̞̝̜̙̘̗̖҉̵̴̨̧̢̡̼̻̺̹̳̲̱̰̯̮̭̬̫̪̩̦̥̤̣̠҈͈͇͉͍͎͓͔͕͖͙͚͜͢͢͢͢͢͢͢͢͢͢͢͢͢͢ͅ is nothing fancy, but it doesn’t need to be;

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