Words by Johnny Fry It’s 1979. We’re in the Big Apple. The Apple is rotting from the inside out due to severe bankruptcy in the city. “All the straight people were trying to get out of New York,” recalls one visual artist, “but all the freaks were trying to get in.” One of these freaks was an ethereal French singer, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, who wormed … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Press Color
Words by Thomas Bradey-Riseley This Friday combines the biggest single-day retail event, Black Friday, with the largest vinyl selling event worldwide, Record Store Day. It’s been a tumultuous year for RSD – and the event nearly came to a halt entirely across the globe. LDN spoke to Record Store Day founder Megan Page about what it’s about, what to expect this week and how they’ve … Continue reading “We had to roll with the punches”: Megan Page on Record Store Day Black Friday, and how RSD survived 2020
Words by Thomas Bradey-Riseley After what’s been a turbulent 2020, the Grammys have named their best and the rest yesterday (November 14). While not short of surprises in its 61-year existence – there usually are a few ‘wtf?’ moments – some snubs and acknowledgements are more significant this time round. The Weeknd hasn’t received a single nomination. He had the biggest charting hit of the … Continue reading This Year’s Grammy Nominations: What The AF Is Going On?
Words by Nina de Sanders At just 18 years of age, Tea Sofia has recently released her debut album ‘Stani’. She first rose to the attention of the local pop scene back in 2018 with her hit single Pretend, followed by an ambitious EP called ‘Unwind’. Being born and raised Czech Republic, this young singer-songwriter embraces her Lituanian and Serbian roots. ‘Stani’, which means ‘Stop’ … Continue reading Wish EU Were Here: Tea Sofia
Words by Thomas Bradey Risely Live music venues have been one of the most impacted businesses due to the global pandemic but good news for clubs in Germany. But now a German court has ruled techno to be music – allowing the legendary Berlin club scene to receive the same tax breaks as concert venues. The case, which took place in the Munich financial high … Continue reading German Court Ruling: Techno IS Music
Words by Johnny Fry As I slouched half asleep and wholly hungover in the back of a cab last Thursday morning – courtesy of frivolous discounts on Bolt that made my journey to university cheaper in a cab than by public transport – I was being slowly uplifted by the hushed music my driver was listening to. It sounded calmingly familiar yet I was certain … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: King Sunny Adé – Ju Ju Music (1982)
Words by Nina de Sanders New Ro is a singer-songwriter and producer based in Helsinki, Finland. In typical scandinavian fashion she does pop music like no one else. Cropcircles, released at the end of October, is the 2nd single to be released ahead of New Ro’s debut album Late Bloomer, due on February 5th 2021 via Solina Records. The track is entirely written and produced … Continue reading Wish EU Were Here: New Ro – Cropcircles
On the latest episode of ‘The Joe Budden Podcast’ Griselda member Westside Gunn announced he has left Shady Records, owned by rap superstar Eminem. This has come as a shock for many as Gunn has been quite busy this year in terms of releases with two mixtapes, including the well-received ‘Pray For Paris’ and an album. It is heavily rumoured that the 90s inspired lyricist … Continue reading Westside Gunn leaves Shady Records