It’s an unavoidable fact that the recent boom in deep and tech-house has brought with it a club culture based around a drug which has as much to do with music as Shirley Bassey has to do with Chinese snail racing: Ketamine.
If James Dean, The Ramones, Debbie Harry, and the American troops of WWII thought it was good enough for them, it’s damn well good enough for you and I, friend.
An archive boot with its history in baseball gets a modern lift…
Every twenty-something bloke once owned a copy of Nick Hancock’s Football Nightmares on VHS, and if you ask any of them to name one player who sticks in the memory, they’ll all come back with the same man….
Move over Romeo, nothing paints the darker side of romance in music than a rebel meeting his untimely end on a motorcycle.
It’s been branded the Capital’s biggest eyesore but the Barbican Centre, like the Get Carter car park and the Clockwork Orange housing estate are all reasons why brutalism is beautiful.
They were absolutely everywhere then disappeared off the face of the earth within weeks. Chances are you’ve worn a pair of these. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, we all have.
Its popularity with teenagers was completely unexplainable, but Late Night Love Songs was a radio phenomenon which I remember perfectly to this day…
This fascinating 111 year old clip is the only recorded example of a musical phenomenon that’ll make your eyes water…
Why waste your money on disposable fashion when there’s charity shops out there filled with beautiful garms just waiting to be bought?
The first thing to know about Sun Ra is you’ve never known anything like him before.
From the sound of the dial-up to downloading made-up hip hop tracks. Twentysomethings, get your rose tinted glasses out…
Stuff to eat, listen to, wear and generally get down to this week, should the mood strike you.
POW! Forget the miserable sulking Batman of recent years, Adam West’s camp crusader is still the best version of the superhero by far…
Racist stereotypes like Colonel Mustafa and Akeem the African Dream, the taxman named IRS and of course Macho Man Randy Savage – I miss you all.
The controversy stirred up by BBC 1xtra’s Power List has got people talking about urban music again, which means it’s probably a good thing. Here are a few people we think deserve the spotlight.
1xtra’s list is one big middle finger to the people it was created to represent…
Jessie Ware has got new material out, so has Sampha. It’s already a beautiful week in music.
The grime pioneer dipped his toe into the fashion world this weekend, and it was easily the best thing to happen at LC:M
New music, new speakers to listen to it on, and new threads to wear. Sorted.
Some people went to the Paradise Garage, some went to the Blitz, others went to Shoom. I went to Chan’s, a truly unforgettable club situated under Walthamstow Dogs.
Somewhere along the lines the men of today have become preoccupied with beards and manliness and forgotten how to have fun. Get the razors out. This stops now.
One of the greatest DJs ever to grace the decks talks disco, production, and the Garage…
Celebrating the work of cult Japanese illustrator Shusei Nagaoka, whose iconic album artwork makes us long for a pre-digital download age.
Who’d choose to sit and watch porn with a room full of strangers in this day and age? Quite a few people, it turns out, and I went to join them.
Often the most interesting stories come from the people around you. In the first in a series, we chatted to ex-prisoner Dante about football, the north / south divide and his future.
Forget your Union Jacks and your boring Tricolours, these national flags are how it should be done.
Some of the coolest blokes to have ever lived, just doing their thing.
Reissued today, the Stan Smiths will always hold a special place in my heart for one of those ‘almost’ moments, which started in a sports shop in Greece…
Big, brash, expensive and under threat. There’s lots of reasons to hate Aberdeen Angus Steakhouses, but they’re as London as London can be, and must be saved.
Undoubtedly one of the greatest films of all time, Goodfellas also throws up the odd classic style piece. Ray Liotta’s don’t mess with me leather jacket for example…
The Pasty Tax maybe casting a shadow over the world of baked goods, but Greggs has a saviour, in pastry form.
The career of Paul Trouble Anderson reads like a history of London’s club culture: from his early days as boxboy for a reggae soundsystem to pioneering electro and boogie at the Electric Ballroom, via a stint at legendary soul party Crackers. But it was at his own club night in Camden for which he is perhaps most fondly remembered: The Loft.
The man behind the label discusses the Kelela LP, hearing Grime for the first time and the first three years of Fade to Mind…
Our weekly dose of stuff we’ve been enjoying at Sabotage HQ, featuring winter warmers, new trabs and a classic Soul Train performance…
I was hanging in limbo with no representation musically. Then I heard The Streets debut and everything changed….
80s boogie remixes, new boots and Essex sausages. Here’s 5 things we love at Sabotage this week…
The unmistakeable artist that stalked the streets of Soho, Horsley is still sorely missed since his death 3 years ago of a heroin overdose. We reminisce with some of his greatest quotes…
A look at some more of the great architects who shaped our capital city, from Hawksmoor to Soane.
Celebrating some of the men whose work helps define the city I love, from the Baroque masters to those still changing the fabric of London today.
If the educated Twitterati can decapitate their words willy nilly without getting totes emosh about it, why do we have such spiteful outrage reserved for kids on the street saying ‘innit’?
We may have had a rare dry summer in the UK, but that’s no excuse to be unprepared when normal service does eventually resume. Here’s where to grab yourself a brolly for the winter.
The US arm of Night Slugs has been confidently carving out its own sound since its inception, becoming one of the standout labels of the past 12 months.
Britain’s acid house explosion of the late ’80s changed nightlife forever. But while much of the retrospective publicity focuses on Danny Rampling’s Shoom, a stone’s throw away on Clink Street another party was taking place; a darker more underground affair on the site of a former prison…
You’ve seen the pictures of Cara and her infamous spoon pendant, and you’ve probably laughed at the papers working themselves up into a collective panic attack about it. Now get one for yourself.
Prince is one of the most talented, successful artists of the modern age but a lot of his best work remains criminally uncelebrated. Here’s 5 choice cuts of pop brilliance that won’t make it onto the “Best of”.
The genre-bending US musician talks life and death, FlyLo and the new album, Apocalypse.
We need to stop treating DJs as performers if we’re to preserve the original ethos of clubbing
A well crafted pair of tortoiseshells can make a man. If you’re feeling like treating yourself this summer, here are five pairs to get you going.
From Detroit to the UK via Chicago, meet one of hip hop’s most talented new beatmakers.
Back like Tupac, it’s this week’s round-up of the best club tracks.
Daft Punk’s recent success has prompted some to claim a disco revolution is on the cards, but did we really need telling?
Trawling this week’s best new releases and uploads for pure dancefloor ammunition.
The ’90s revival is in full swing, but there’s only one classic gangster film you should be getting your sartorial inspiration from, and that’s John Woo’s Hard Boiled.
Proving a high quality, noise cancelling headphone doesn’t need to have the weight and mobility of a small car, or blow your head off with the sound.
What happens when two of the finest DJs and musical connoisseurs in the game produce bespoke mixes for each other…
The 20 year old is the latest talent to come out of Chicago, a city boiling over with ultra sweet music at the moment. In no particular order, here’s why you should be listening to this guy….
The Odd Future affiliates have just released their latest LP, featuring SBTRKT, Earl Sweatshirt and more. It’s probably the best freebie you’ll get all weekend.
Essential summer trainers from two icons of well crafted clobber
There are so many DJs playing great sets at the moment. If you get the chance, you’ve gotta make sure you see these guys – and soon…
Here’s 5 things to know about the pop artist that’ll make you sound like you know what you’re on about.