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Aldous Harding
Citius altius fortiesDespite that very personal phantasmagorical voice, Aldous Harding was on her way to losing herself in the infinite spectrum of folk singer songwriters until she ended up in Bristol, determined to make a name for herself...
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Allen Halloween
Is it rap? Is it rock? No. It's Halloween.The lyrics are direct, the themes are raw. The daring Portuguese-Guinean rapper has more than a decade of career and marches, with originality, at the front of the Portuguese urban music. There is...
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Ama Lou
Getting her own wayThat TBC is great quality R&B is something that we and Drake knew, he even dedicated an Instagram story to it. But it wasn’t until we saw how Ama Lou pierced each and every heart of the people who went to see her...
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Amyl and The Sniffers
Gobs of spit from the antipodesWhere were you in 1977, Amy Taylor? The foul-mouthed singer of Amyl and The Sniffers wasn’t even born! As a matter of fact she was still a long way off (her birth certificate says...1996). Thinking about it...
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Big Thief
Stealing the soulSurfing the tsunami of therapy often means realising that the simplest answers are the right ones. “Write, write, it’s therapeutic”, say the couch professors. But whilst most people would do it in a small notebook that...
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Boddika
Your favourite villainBorn Al Green, the British artist Boddika has very little in common with the soul star. Half of Instra:mental and a third of Autonomic, master and owner of NonPlus (Burial, Joy Orbison, Four Tet), he takes his solo...
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Built to Spill performs "Keep It Like A Secret"
In favour of normal daysA lover of everyday life once said that he had been twenty for the last twenty years. If we talk about the daily life on the banks of the Boise as opposed to the shores of the Mediterranean, in 2019 it will have...
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Christina Rosenvinge
Let’s meetShe’s the type that says let’s meet and… means it. No lame excuses. In half an hour, Christina Rosenvinge is sitting with you in a café discussing whether Souvenir sounds like Prefab Sprout or not. Or asking you why Easy Girl is...
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Courtesy
About everything mundane and cosmicA superficial stalking of Courtesy’s Instagram tells you, more or less, that she is a normal person: you see her stroking a cat, in cafes, on a picnic, in bed, on an indoor football field (that’s her...
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Courtney Barnett
Straight on the pedestal“Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint you”, roared Courtney Barnett among her catchy guitar riffs on one of the anthems on Sometimes I Sit, and Sometimes I Just Sit (2015), her widely acclaimed debut that...
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Danny Brown
A glitch in MatrixWhat’s this? A rapper featuring alongside Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and Earl Sweatshirt is also inspired by and directly sampling from NIN, Hawkwind, Joy Division (via J.G Ballard) and This Heat? Is this a glitch in the hip...
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David August
Clubber neoclassicismLike walking through the corridors of a neoclassical art museum, when the immersive tracks by David August pull you in, you are gobsmacked, expectant before reminiscence of the past and abstractions of the future...
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Dino D’Santiago
Admirable New WorldDino D'Santiago's music is a new world, where the singer's Cape Verdean roots join the global electronic music that marks the pulsar of today's criollo universe. A world of rhythmic languages between funaná, batuku, morna...
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Dr. Rubinstein
Free agentBorn in Kaliningrado, Russia, she spent a large part of her youth in Israel, where she discovered club culture, and currently lives in Berlin. That is where Dr. Rubinstein became one of today's most omnipresent DJs, without...
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Erykah Badu
Afro QueenThe tectonic plates move every time Erykah Badu wants them to. The first and strongest earth tremor was her debut in 1997, Baduizm. All those nostalgic for soul classics agreed about the excellence of that game-changing album...
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Fucked Up
Speak UpHardcode, they say, is a short song that go straight for the jugular. But for Damian “Pink Eyes” Abraham, this definition falls short as almost everything else does. According to him, the genre is big enough to take on board...
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Guided By Voices
Pocket legendsIt may seem like nothing, but there is something heroic about Robert Pollard’s capacity to maintain the dynamism of the huge production of power pop by Guided By Voices without altering their modus operandi. That is: stopping...
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Helena Hauff
It itchesThe moral of today: never judge a glacial techno DJ by their promotional photos. Because the Wednesday-from-the-Addam’s-family-monochromatic look that Helena Hauff sometimes has does not tally at all with somebody who declares that...
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Hop Along
The sound that will never dieEverything in Hop Along revolves around Frances Quinlan. Because, as well as being the founder of the band, Quinlan has one of those magnetic personalities that charms you from the word go. It is said, and it is...
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Interpol
Guys we can trustThere was a time when we approached Interpol in search for the reflection of certain kind of rock whose heyday we had missed. However, now, twenty years after their formation and fifteen years after the release of their...
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J Balvin
Y se baila asíThe legend says that when José Álvaro Osorio Balvin started his career, he would pretend to be his own manager when answering the phone. To fast forward to 2018 and Vibras, the album that has managed to break streaming records...
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JPEGMAFIA
Radical gangsta rapThat his frenetic gangsta rap can at times feel hostile could be something to do with his experience in the United States Air Force, and maybe his incredible freelance style comes from his degree in journalism. What we...

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Jackie
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Jackie
Illustrious citizenJackie is part of a short but solid group of young portuguese dj's and event curators who aspire to do something truly genuine and unique by breaking the dogmatic barriers of style, social relations, sexual and gender...
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Jambinai
Post-rock shamansJambinai doesn’t mean anything. It’s just a name. At least that’s what they tell us, as our knowledge of Korean is patchy and totally relies on Google Translator. Maybe Jambinai used up all their inventiveness in hammering...
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James Blake
Of course boys cry tooOn the eponymous track of his album The Colour In Anything, James Blake sings about what would happen if he woke up one day and was unable to find colour in anything. Blake doesn’t verbalise about what he would do, but...
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Jarvis Cocker introducing JARV IS...
Watch, read, loveThe Pulpophiles of the world have only two commandments: you shall love Jarvis above all other things and you shall not read the lyrics of his songs whilstyou listen to his songs. That is what Cocker himself taught us on...

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Jasss
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Jasss
Jasss? Yasss!We might be right when we say that Silvia Jiménez aka Jasss is a Spaniard settled in Berlin for good after spending some time in Holland; that would be true. But at the same time we would fall truly short. This DJ and producer...
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Job Jobse
The touchIf Job Jobse were a football player, he would be somebody like Thiago Alcántara. Always elegant and as precise as clockwork but at the same time totally committed to the spectacle, conscious of the number of people watching him...
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Jorge Ben Jor
Músico maravilhaHe has so many famous songs (País Tropical, Más Que Nada, Taj Mahal, Fio Maravilha…) that Jorge Ben Jor rather than a renowned artist is an unknown known artist: even those who don’t know who he is and don’t recognise any of...
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Joy Orbison
Decorating the dance floorIt was 2017 – yes, we know it wasn’t that long ago but in electronic music every minute is an hour, every hour a day, and every month a year – when Primavera Sound Barcelona inaugurated Primavera Bits and invited...
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Kali Uchis
TropicaldivaPut a facemask on. Lie down on the sofa, open the windows, and make yourself a margarita. ¿Are you ready? Now play Isolation by Kali Uchis. Ok, now we’re on the same wavelength. Her tropical cocktail combines pastel tone pop...
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Kate Tempest
Blazing a fireIn her mouth she carries a torch. Her words guide. Her words burn. Kate Tempest’s language lights up the dark corners of the Great Britain of Brexit. And, then, sets them on fire. And sets us on fire. Because there is so much...
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Lena d’Água e Primeira Dama com a Banda Xita
Gathering of generationsPortuguese pop-rock icon Lena d'Água began singing in the 70's, going down in history as the first woman to join a rock band as a vocalist. Ambassador of the national pop, her music has shaped sonorities that go...
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Let's Eat Grandma
Honey, the kids have eaten grandmaWhat do you want me to say? Jenny and Rosa have always been like that, that’s how they grew up. They have been writing songs since they were 13; I, Gemini is already two years old, so it wasn’t just a craze...
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Lisabö
Father, do you see me burning?Most biographies of this festival are written while listening to the artist in question, trying to infect the text of the spirit of his music. With Lisabö, this has not been the case, for the simple reason that...
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Liz Phair
There is only one indie motherAlthough Scott Fitzgerald said “there are no second acts in American lives”, the whims of poetic justice have allowed Liz Phair’s career to be embarking upon a glorious part II. Because history owed this...

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Low
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Low
Like a controlled explosionImagine an airport lounge, there`s a This Mortal Coil fan, a Madredeus fan and a My Bloody Valentine fan. This is where lots of people would add: Let's open a discussion thread. But we don’t have to. Just by...
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Lucy Dacus
The big jumpEvery time somebody slams the door on another indie singer songwriter, one who has a battered heart and who is compassionate and has a guitar at the ready, they will have us to deal with. Because who knows we may be dealing with...
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Mad Miran
Last night a DJ crushed my lifeEverybody, deep down, is slightly masochist. It starts when we are little: we know that an iron burns, but we put our hand on it anyway, all five little fingers. Something similar happens in Mad Miran’s...
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Mai Kino
The fresh face of electronicThe name may deceive but Mai Kino is the alterego that the Portuguese Catarina Moreno, explorer of a number of artistic areas, chose to explore the music. After sharing a few songs on the internet, as an anti-shy...
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Men I Trust
A band you can trustMen I Trust will not let you down. If what you like are the comfortable sounds of Boy Pablo, DIIV and Beach Fossils, you are not only safe but have also just discovered your new favourite band. This Canadian trio makes...
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Miya Folick
Honesty above all else“Stop talking about that boy”, says Miya Folick on one of the singles of her debut Premonitions… She says it to the typical friend who will not stop going on and on about a person who is just not right for them. But...
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Modeselektor live
Permanent catharsisIf you take the “rat” from Apparat out off Moderat –currently on a hiatus– what do you get? “Mode”, that determines the method but also the reference of two thirds of the band: Modeselektor. Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian...

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MorMor
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MorMor
From Toronto to the sky and backIs MorMor Toronto’s best-kept secret? Not anymore! The most avid users of good music definitely came across him on the blogosphere, on Pitchfork, Pigeons & Planes or Gorilla vs. Bear, some time last year...
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Mura Masa
The prodigal ladWhen we look back at the last decade, there will be a list of unmissable names when trying to explain the rhythmic pulse of London’s underground scene: Jamie xx, Mount Kimbie, SBTRKT and of course Mura Masa are just some of...
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Mykki Blanco
DifferentWhen he announced that he was HIV positive, the artist and poet Michael David Quattlebaum Jr. thought that he was killing off the career of his alter ego Mykki Blanco, the one with which he trans-identifies every time he feels like...
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Neneh Cherry
The dead politicians’ society“Who’s that gigolo on the street… you better watch, don’t mess with me, no moneyman can win my love”. Was this written by a trap artist from Brooklyn the day before yesterday? Is it sung by a pop star empowered...
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Nilüfer Yanya
Been trying 2 meet uThanks 4 is like a hot shower. Keep On Calling relaxes you like that massage that you should have had five months ago. And the cover of Hey by the Pixies with which Nilüfer Yanya made a name for herself in 2016… Wow...
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Nina Kraviz
Iron and steelHave you ever had an audiometer test? At the top of the spectrogram you’ll find the high notes through which dolphins communicate; at the other end, some may say, is where sessions by Nina Kraviz are located. If you can’t hear...
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Nubya Garcia
Jazz to admire, jazz to dance toHey you, jazz is back. Really, had it disappeared? Well, it has been a while since you had heard it on the dance floor or on the street. Yes, but look who is coming round the corner now: Nubya Garcia, the...
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O Terno
TropicalismoHow do you go from covering bands like Os Mutantes, The Beatles and The Kinks for a repertoire that becomes one of the references of the independent Brazilian music of today? O Terno explains. The trio, formed by Tim Bernardes...
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Peggy Gou
RepeaterThere are a lot of things about Peggy Gou to like. For example the fact that clubs and festivals worldwide want her (is it that nomadic sensation that inspired her single Travelling Without Arriving?), that she still needs a thumbs...
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Photonz
Give me poisonEDM is like poison: what kills you is the dose. If correctly administered, the high is unbeatable. That is why the London-based Portuguese artist doses it disguising it among beats and bleeps, between echoes of italo, techno...
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ProfJam
Rap in PortugueseProfJam has always liked to "fit rhymes" and began recording them around 2008. He ended up taking the spotlight on national side circuits like the Knock Out League and proved himself once again in the mixtape The Big Banger...
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Rosalía
And the world made her its ownFrom the omen (tra-tra) to empowerment, Rosalía always had a vision: to open an unexplored path based on the flamenco tradition but that completely redefines new pop music. At a time where linguistic barriers...
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Roza Terenzi
Go out into the worldAccording to Katie Campbell, aka Roza Terenzi, her birth place, Perth is one of the most isolated places on the planet. Nevertheless, she is hardly ostracised: her music portrays her as an enthusiast of acid colours and...

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SOPHIE
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SOPHIE
The immaterial womanWhen, at the end of 2017, SOPHIE shared the video for It's Okay to Cry, she wasn’t only introducing the first single from what would be her second album, OIL OF EVERY PEARL's UN-INSIDES, but was also getting in front of...
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Shellac
The air you breathe Advice on how to find different ways to enjoy Shellac if you have seen them on their previous visits to the festival: 1) Try to work out to what dark (and probably very noisy) band Steve Albini and Bob Weston’s tee...
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Snail Mail
Ageless indieReally? An heir of Liz Phair has no sense in 2018? All right, whatever you say, whatever... That nobody likes indie rock anymore? Yeuh, right, love you too dear. That nowadays more intimate guitar confessions this, more that...
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Solange
A new dawnStage presence, voice, set design, choreography, repertoire, sound… The sublimation of R&B live before our very eyes. Her carreer not only made her earn herself the seat at the table she demanded on her third album, but also...
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Sons of Kemet XL
The queen is deadHow will I know if a jazz band is worth it or not? Don’t worry, you’ll know. For certain. From the word go. Just by playing Your Queen Is A Reptile and not because you have noticed the Impulse! logo on the corner (host to...
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Stereolab
Thinking popSome swear that they have seen people playing chess during a Stereolab concert. But don’t think that this is because these discotheque scholars are resigned to making muzak. On the contrary: at the beginning of the nineties, Tim...

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Surma
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Surma
One woman bandReleased on 2017 Antwerpen was considered one of the best albums of the year by the great majority of the national media and nominated for best European album of the year (alongside works by such names as The XX, Fever Ray or...

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Tirzah
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Tirzah
Eulogy of darknessThere is too much said about the perfection of pop and not enough about the magnetism of those voices which, like that of Tirzah Mastin, take a step (or two) ignoring the norms of the formula, to open up new undiscovered...
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Tomberlin
At the doors of the churchIt is not very often that we hear a twenty-something-year-old worrying about having taken the name of the Lord in vain. This confession, frank but without any unnecessary dramatics, says a lot about the foundations...
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Tommy Cash
Tommy’s worldsWe could say that Tommy Cash has a mixture of Estonia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan in his blood and we wouldn’t be lying, but, truth be told, it doesn’t matter. These are formalities that don’t interest him, distinctions for short...
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Viagra Boys
War against clichésIf Michael Scofield from Prison Break had tattoos on his body with clues that allowed him to escape from prison, on the torso of Sebastian Murphy of Viagra Boys (a singer who is as charismatic, theatrical and peculiar as...

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Violet
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Violet
Ultra-Clubber since the age of 13, DJ, producer, activist, owner of the label Naïve, co-founder of Rádio Quântica, applauded for her iconic collaborations with other women (a cover of So Let It Be House by Mike Dunn here, another of...

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Yaeji
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Yaeji
Not from here, nor thereKathy Yaeji Lees’ ever more crowded live appearances have become famous, among other things, for the way in which the artist picks up the mic and sings over the tracks she is playing. It isn’t a session, nor a pop...
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Yves Tumor full band
The other glam (and the other Bowie)Some days, Yves Tumor’s songs seem to be clad in a wetsuit: skin tight, extremely stylised contours, a very physical presence.... On other days, these very same tracks seem to be dressed in tutus...

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