Music

Dave: Streatham Vale to the World

Aniefiok Ekpoudom on the making of Dave – voice of a generation and creator of the defining British rap album of its time – taken from his new book Where We Come From.

Welcome to Nina Cristante’s world

The Rome-born artist has exhibited work across the world and crafted an alluring, lo-fi sound – all while experimenting with fitness and nutrition. Now, she’s balancing it with her increasingly busy day job: being one third of Bar Italia, the UK's most exciting new guitar band.

The best new artists we covered in 2023

Each week, we interview a rising musician who’s caught our eye. From UK rap wunderkinds to trance aficionados and jersey club experimentalists, here are some of our favourites from the past year.

BXKS is re-energising UK rap

100%: The Luton musician has set herself apart with commanding freestyles, as part of London radio station Victory Lap. And with plenty more new music on the way, this is just the beginning.

Bktherula is in another dimension

She is one of the most exhilarating artists in rap. She’s also a quantum physics student who operates in a place she calls Level 5. The 21-year-old beams us up to the surreal philosophy behind her psychedelic, genre-hopping sound.

Meet Doja Cat’s most loyal fans (in LA)

Between a Satanic panic and an exodus of Instagram followers, the last few months have been testing for the Kittenz (don’t let Doja see us calling her fans that). But outside the Los Angeles stop of her Scarlet Tour, these followers are still lapping it up.

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