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Take Note Artist Spotlight: Law Holt

Two of Edinburgh’s hottest alternative music exports – Young Fathers, winners of the 2014 Mercury Prize for Dead, and frequent tour partner Lauren “Law” Holt – have staked out their territory clearly. Politically unapologetic, sometimes militant, but always devoted to their original, aggressive sound, the artistic pairing are standard bearers for an alternative R’n’B style […]

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Interviews Music

Interview: Portico

Portico are a fascinating group. They came onto the scene as a fresh, contemporary jazz quartet and were immediately lauded as potential saviors for the (statistically) least-appreciated genre in music. After three albums of technically stoic, atmospherically brilliant instrumentals, the former quartet is now simply Portico. Looking to solidify themselves as an electronic band with experimental […]

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Interviews Music

An Interview with Ghostpoet

Ahead of his Mercury Prize nomination on the 20th for his third album, Shedding Skin, Obaro Ejimiwe and I discuss his latest album, his influences and ambitions, and where his music and life intertwine. CG: Thanks for taking the time to chat to The Student, you were the only Mercury nominee to get back to […]

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mixtapes Music

SMS 1.1 – Toast

Welcome to the new Student Mixtapes Series, curated by the writers and editors of the Music Section. Here’s how it works: every week, someone (it could literally (literally) be anyone) will use their own personal alchemy to conjure up a playlist of flawed perfection, shmaltzy pop hits, cinematic wonders, or just plain aural brilliance. The theme […]

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Interviews Music

Interview with Zak Abel

Zak Abel is a young musician, currently on tour with Kwabs. When I interviewed him, he was walking from room to room at a GP in London to search for an elusive Wifi signal. LGG: So you’ve been on tour with Kwabs for a few shows now, where have you been? ZA: Manchester, Birmingham and […]

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albums Music

Neon Indian – VEGA INTL. Night School

  Somewhere over the course of a wild night out in New York, Neon Indian frontman Alan Palomo drunkenly passed out, and awoke on the side of a street to find his laptop stolen, wiping out all his work – and cutting him loose from the constraints of his trademark sound. The incident seems to […]

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albums Music

Ipman – Depatterning

Ipman’s debut album sees a blending of techno, bass-breaks, jungle and dubstep sounds come together into a powerful and discordant dance album. Beginning with the thunderous ‘Regicide’, the album launches into bass-driven rolling junglist drums. Sampled vocals on rave and soundsystem culture echo through the track and the result is thunderous. An ode to jungle […]

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Live Music

Nightvision Presents: Mr. Scruff @ La Belle Angele

From the birthday card animations to the wavy electro-swing that permeated the streets, it became apparent that Mr Scruff was in town last Saturday.  As part of the NightVision series of electronic sets, La Belle Angèle was proud to host this true legend.  The venue had been building up the anticipation right up until the […]