Kelly Lee Owens on her new album for Smalltown Supersound

My new album is… called Inner Song, the music was written and recorded over a 35-day period. With this album, I allowed the ideas to flow more freely. On the previous release, I would try to produce and sculpt the sounds before I was able to let the idea fully flourish, which creates something else, but with this one the ideas were fully respected and … Continue reading Kelly Lee Owens on her new album for Smalltown Supersound

Meet Paisley Park Collector Harvey Smith

What was the first record you bought? “Perhaps not the coolest choice, but it was Break My Stride by Matthew Wilder, which was a big hit in 1984 when I was 13. One has to start somewhere, and it wasn’t too long before I graduated to U2, Springsteen… and then 80s hair metal took hold.” Which artists and genres are you most interested in? “My … Continue reading Meet Paisley Park Collector Harvey Smith

Boca 45

Boca 45 on their Top Ten Vinyl

The Bristolian DJ and beatmaker, Boca 45, is back with a new album, Forty Five. Here, he walks us through the records that have made a difference to him… Edan – Beauty And The Beat “Boston-born Edan, now residing in Brooklyn, made the perfect LP for my musical ears in 2005. It’s a HEAVY hip-hop record put together like a psychedelic patchwork quilt. Edan does it … Continue reading Boca 45 on their Top Ten Vinyl

Portico Quartet

Portico Quartet on their Top Ten Vinyl

With their latest album Memory Streams out now, Duncan Bellamy and Jack Wylie from Portico Quartet each unveil five albums that have made a deep impression on them… Jon Hassell – The Surgeon Of The Nightsky… “Possibly my favourite Jon Hassell record and certainly my favourite title. This is Hassell close to his most minimal. Looped trumpets blend with synths to create a masterpiece of … Continue reading Portico Quartet on their Top Ten Vinyl

Isobel Campbell

Isobel Campbell – “I’ve never bailed on anything…”

Isobel Campbell’s first new album in a decade has been worth the wait, but, as she tells Jonathan Wright, it has been a long haul to bring it to life… There are records that come together easily and quickly, where everything flows. Then there are records where the artist has to wrestle an album into existence as, it seems, the world conspires against the creative … Continue reading Isobel Campbell – “I’ve never bailed on anything…”

Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen – “someone who cares about detail…”

Released in late 2019, All Mirrors is the fourth album in an ever-more varied catalogue from an artist who defies easy categorisation. Rob Haywood meets Angel Olsen and discovers that the devil is in the detail…  Angel Olsen is fast becoming recognised as a multi-talented artist who knows what she wants and how to present it. If taking control of her music videos, starting work … Continue reading Angel Olsen – “someone who cares about detail…”

The Go-Betweens

10 Questions For Robert Forster

On the occasion of the release of the second instalment of the G Stands For Go-Betweens boxset, co-founder Robert Forster casts an eye back at the band’s matchless middle period. Gary Tipp interrogates the Brisbanite… Do you think the three studio albums in the boxset represent the peak of your powers as a band? Your imperial phase? “I think they are very good as a … Continue reading 10 Questions For Robert Forster

P.P. Arnold on the Records and Labels that Made Her

She was the Soul Queen of the mod scene, a fixture of Swinging London, a revered solo artist and backing singer extraordinaire. Garth Cartwright speaks to P.P. Arnold about her tragedy-tinged yet glittering career in music, and her new album… P.P. Arnold groans when we call her “a 60s legend”. P.P. – “Call me Pat” – then states: “I certainly don’t have the fortune that … Continue reading P.P. Arnold on the Records and Labels that Made Her

Robert Plant — “I just love the aesthetic of vinyl!”

An ever-evolving creative who escaped the legacy of expectation to inspire generations, Robert Plant celebrates his Digging Deep podcast with a new limited edition 7″ singles boxset of solo material. Dan Biggane looks back with the former Led Zeppelin frontman… Legend is a label dished liberally when describing any musician or artist of a certain vintage. However, when attributed to someone like Robert Plant, even … Continue reading Robert Plant — “I just love the aesthetic of vinyl!”