When Rodney Smith picks up a microphone, he becomes Roots Manuva, bashment superhero spitting wonky science and remaking UK hip–hop in his own image. Back with 'Buff Nuff', a rowdy link–up with Sheffield dancehall wunderkind Toddla T, and new album Slime And Reason, our Rodders talks slippery logic and the merits of dancing with your socks off.
Lindstrøm's space disco odysseys draw vapour trails between dreamscapes and the dancefloor
SUB POP IS 20…
…and Everett True is 48. Nineteen years on from his first Seattle jolly on the Sub Pop account, Plan B's publisher–at–large jets back to the Pacific Northwest to meet some old friends, exorcise some ghosts and find out what happened after grunge left town. How did we get here? Where are we going? And did the Postal Service really sell that many records?
With new album Skeleton, punk tropicalistas Abe Vigoda place fifth–world fever dreams and Los Angeles DIY on the dissecting table, cataloguing the anatomy of a new hybrid music
PLUS: Wet Dog, Jaguar Love, Luciano, No Lay, a Fiery Furnaces tour diary, Annie's favourite records, a Grouper playlist, Rustie and Hudson Mohawke, Lucky Dragons, Vile Imbeciles, Kasai All Stars, Darren Hayman
LIVE: Deerhunter, Supersonic Festival, Stereolab, Grace Jones, Sonar Festival
ALBUMS: Plush, Conor Oberst, G-Unit, Nas, RZA as Bobby Digital, Harvey Milk, Black Kids, Nurse With Wound, She And Him, Indian Jewelry, Pnytail, Oneida, Racebannon, Dino Felipe, Sigur Ros, The Week That Was, Cloudland Canyon, Coffins, Prurient
REISSUES: Fela Ransome–Kuti, Ragga Twins, Darkthrone, Teenage Jesus And The Jerks, John Baker, My Bloody Valentine
MEDIA: Encounters At The End Of The World, Of Time And The City, Somers Town, Savage Messiah, Akashic Books