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Photographer: Kimberley Senior www.kimleesenior.com Hair & Makeup: Naiyana Garth www.naiyanamakeuphair.com Styling: Kate Macleod Model: Fran Allen Location: At-Bristol, www.at-bristol.org.uk Clothes: American Apparel Shiny sash belt in gold - £21 Satin charmeuse night jacket in peacock - £35 Disco pants in charcoal - £64 www.americanapparel.net For those who are cracked let the light in: Respect Stephen Patrick Morrissey John Squire Joris Voorn Mount Kimbie Diggy Foals Gilles Peterson Francois Fabio Capello Bobby Moore Bobby Charlton Gary Lineker Ian Wright Gazza Paul Parker Wayne Rooney Terry Butcher John Barnes Kevin Keegan David Seaman Trevor Brooking Geoff Hurst Jimmy Greaves Bobby Robson Chris Waddle Trevor Sinclair Crack Magazine N.o 8 Studio 31 Berkeley Square Clifton Bristol BS8 1HP

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For starters we’ve got a four-page pull out to help you decide which private school to send your child, as we know that can be a headache for many families over summer and no one needs headaches when the sun is out.

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On a lighter note, we’ve got a seven-page interview with those cool kids Scouting For Girls, who’ve just released their ‘edgy’ new album and are set to make big waves in all the hot spots this summer.

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cannot wait for the summer and this issue is bursting full of saucy seasonal tips to make sure you stand-out from the crowd over the coming months…now all you need is sunshine!

Don’t let your wardrobe fall behind. Well you won’t with Crack’s top ten fashion tips of the summer…don’t worry festival trilbies included!

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Finally, if you are looking for love this summer, our brand new lonely-hearts page is wide open. After all, who knows when cupid will come fluttering through your window. He’ll probably be flying in to escape the hot weather and cool down. Either way, we’ll be sipping on our pina-colada’s and making sure you have everything you need to know for a scorching, sizzling, saucy, summery summer full of sun, sun and sunshine and sun.

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Trophy Wife - Microlite Washed Out - Feel It All Around U2 - I Will Follow The National - Afraid Of Anyone The Stone Roses - One Love Free Hole Negro - Yamesaka Hudson Mohawke - Joy Fantastic Lee Scratch Perry - Fire In Babylon Omar Souleyman - Jani Konono N.o 1 - TP Couleur Cafe Mount Kimbie - Serged Yelawolf - Trunk Muzik Beat Butcha - Wiggles Bear Driver - Mind Attack Lee Foss - The Edge Donna Summer - Walk Away Crystal Castles - Violent Dreams Spaces Between Music - Sleep Slipknot - Left Behind Rap Against Rape - Whats Did I Do Wrong? Burial - McDonalds James Holden - DJ Kicks Francois - Be Water

Foals - This Orient Male Bonding - Years Not Long Small Black - Pleasant Experience 80's Matchbox B-Line Disaster - Love Turns To Hate Sisqo - Thong Song Kode 9 - Black Sun Stacey Lattisaw - Jump To The Beat James Blake - CMYK System Of A Down - B.Y.O.B Simply Red - She's Got It Bad Tom Aplin - Reykjavik Parliment - One Nation Under A Groove KC And The Sunshine Band - Shake Your Body Patrick Cowley - Right On Target The Chemical Brothers - Escape Velocity New Order - World In Motion Fat Les - Vindaloo Lightening Seeds - 3 Lions Narada Michael Walden - I Shoulda Loved Ya Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place Washed Out - Feel It All Around Binary Finary -1999 Joris Voorn - Balance 13

Adam Freeland - FABRICLIVE 16 Don Carlos - Late Night Blues Wild Beasts - All The King's Men Lonyo - Summer Of Love Futureheads - Hounds of Love (Phones Remix) Pryda - Storm Underworld - Dirty Epic LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yourself Clean The Cars - My Best Friend's Girl Liars - Proud Evolution Mystery Jets - Miracle Radiohead - Pyramid Song Mud - Tiger Feet UNKLE - Restless Scuba - So You Think You're Special Slayer - Angel Of Death Casio Movement - Miyako's Temple Vybz Kartel - Clarkes Monsta Boy - I'm Sorry Blood Red Shoes - It's Getting Boring By The Sea The Go Team! - Ladyflash Dubfire - Ribcage Ant and Dec - We're On The ball


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Whole Chicken In A Can

Danny Dyer We Love You

Republican Website Goes Tits Up

Assuming you are a very backward lazy American, or you don’t have the facilities to cook a chicken from frozen - like air and a room temperature above zero, this could be the solution for you. A fully-cooked whole chicken, in a preserving gloopy broth stored in an easy to open can. Just remove the ready-to-eat chicken, warm the boy up and tuck in. The serving suggestion suggests to ‘be sure to save the delicious broth’.

Our favourite Shakespearian actor Danny Dyer and our sister publication Zoo Magazine (we wish), found themselves in hot water recently when they chose to print this little gem in Danny’s advice column.

In order to solicit support in their effort to readdress the balance of power in American politics, the Republican Party have gone back to good old fashioned democratic principles in order to achieve their goals…and they are using technology too. America Speaking Out is the Republican attempt at using the internet to garner opinion on their policy agenda. The problem is the average Republican tends to have some pretty fruity opinions. Here are three examples of ideas put forward by excited Republicans:

Dear Danny I’m 23, not a bad looking bloke and with a decent job, but I broke up with my missus a few months ago and I can’t get over her. Any advice? Alex, Manchester

Other handy hints on the side of the can suggest serving with creamy mushrooms or just scoffing your lovely chicken as it comes. One member of team Crack cannot actually look at this picture of the chicken emerging from the can without his gag reflex kicking in.

(Danny replied) You’ve got nothing to worry about son. I’d suggest going out on the rampage with the boys, getting on the booze and smashing anything that moves. Then, when some bird falls for you, you can turn the tables and break her heart. Of course your other option is to cut your ex’s face. Then no one will want her.

1) All Muslims should be required to wear ankle bracelets so we know who the terrorists are – in the ‘Ethics’ part of the site. 2) Put the mud people to work making a giant fence to keep the other mud people out. When they are finished put them on the other side of the giant fence – in the ‘Immigration’ part of the site. 3) Someone should do something about all these non-white people. They are making me uncomfortable – in the ‘Life’ part of the site.

Danny, Danny, Danny... Nice to see racism truly alive and kicking in the hearts and minds of Republicans.

Table-Tennis-Tragedy

The Terry Family

www.truelad.com

It was a dark day in Crack Towers. After purchasing a tabletennis table and placing it in the unoccupied downstairs room, team Crack embarked on many a lunchtime game and early evening, beer-fuelled, ping-pong session. This was until people moved into the office downstairs. We haven’t stopped crying since. Table-tennis is no longer on the summer agenda, which basically means more online poker and cigarettes.

After John Terry’s affair with Wayne Bridge’s ex-missus was exposed, people’s suspicion that he wasn't the nicest of characters were confirmed.

A recent internet phenomenon in which LADS (definition: beer chugging, banter loving, footie watching, womanising men), submit their tales and escapades to truelad.com. People then proceed to rate how much of a LAD they are. Here is the current story with the most marks. Those who are offended by misogyny look away now.

After that little drama died down, via a non-handshake and a lot of media exposure, you had the next Terry family drama courtesy of his father Ted Terry, who was caught dealing £120 of cocaine in a pub last year. He is due to be sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on June 1st. Next in line - brother Paul Terry, who plays for non-league football team Rushden and Diamonds. Clearly taking a leaf out of his brother’s book of womansing, Paul decided to embark on an affair with Lyndsay Cowan, the girlfriend of Rushden goalkeeper Dale Roberts. Paul, who is married with two kids, has been exiled by his team-mates many of whom are refusing to continuing playing with him after the affair was recently exposed. In another minor Terry family scandal, John’s mother Sue was arrested and accepted a caution for shoplifting last year. What a nice bunch.

Anonymous writes... A mate, on 99 birds shagged, takes back a girl he'd been for drinks with. We (his housemates) all hide behind furniture in the living room when he comes back. He starts his foreplay and asks her if she'd mind if he wore cricket gloves whilst they had sex, since it was a bit of a fetish thing for him. She looked confused but agreed. He goes into his bag and puts them on. He then asks if he can wear pads and then finally a helmet. Fully padded up, he proceeds to enter her and after about three minutes he cums and flicks on the main light switch. We all pop up from behind the sofa with rousing applause and cry: "THATS THE CENTURY!!" He grabs his cricket bat, removes his helmet and acknowledges the crowd. She bursts into tears, dresses quickly and runs out of the front door. She left her pants. LAD.


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Bristol 02 Academy Teenage Fanclub – June 6th Anvil – July 8th Toots and the Maytals – July 10th Basement 45 Crazlegs present Kode 9 – June 11th bierkeller

the fleece Scout Niblett – June 4th the folkhouse Lau – June 19th lakota Mongrel vs Agro feat. Luke Vibert, Shackleton, Bass Clef – June 5th

Sepultura - July 10th louisianna colston Hall Pete Roe – Jun 12th The Black Keys – July 7th

motion Just Jack feat. Jamie Jones, Deniz Kurtel, Lee Foss, 2562 – June 4th Shit the Bed 14 feat. High Contrast, Joker, Boy 8 Bit, Mad Professor, D:Bridge & Instra:mental – June 5th thekla Julian Cope – June 7th Kele – July 12th The Blast feat. Andy & GQ and Sigma – July 2nd Easy Star All Stars - July 14th

metropolis the croft Dubloaded – June 9th the cube

start the bus Ariel Pink’s haunted Graffiti – June 11th Quantic And His Combo Barbaro – June 22nd

In Flagranti - July 9th Tall Ships – July 10th

Minotaur Shock -– June 4th Resonation Big Band – June 11th

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Wychwood Festival - June 4th – June 6th T in the Park – June 10th – June 12th The Warehouse Project 2010 with Ian brown and UNKLE – June 11th Rock Ness 2010 – June 11th – June 13th Sonar 2010 – June 17th – June 19th Ukulele festival of Great Britain – June 19th – June 20th Glastonbury Festival – June 23rd – June 25th Roskilde July 1st – July 4th Hop Farm Festival - July 2nd – July 3rd Beatherder Festival – Friday 2nd – July 4th Wireless Festival Saturday with LCD Soundsystem, 2ManyDJ’s and SNOOP!!! – July 3rd Cocoon in the Park with Sven Vath and Ricardo Vilalobos - July 10th Latitide – July 15th – July 18th Melt! – July 16th – July 18th Secret Garden Party – July 22nd – July 25h 1234 Shoreditch Festival – July 24th Camp Bestival – July 30th – August 1st Field Day – July 31st Big Chill - Aug 5th - Aug 8th Standon Calling - Aug 6th - Aug 8th Green Man Festival - Aug 20th - Aug 22nd Stop Making Sense - Sept 3rd - Sept 5th Bestival - Sept 10th - Sept 12th

c.r.a.c.k.i.n.g new music come hither

Trophy Wife

Longreach Collective

A brilliant side project from Crack favourites - Jonquil, whose members Kit, Jody and Ben have formed Trophy Wife. Recorded in Kit’s bedroom, everything is done via one microphone and, by their own admission, a lot of weed. The whole ethos of the production is about restraint. The sound has no massive dynamic range and no huge drops, yet it brilliantly focuses on satisfying melodies and harmonies. The whole thing is stitched together over an endless disco beat, making it really quite hip-shakingly addictive.

Longreach Collective is a Canterbury based electronic music collaboration, who have created some of the freshest electronica we’ve heard in a while. Longreach have recently dropped their first homespun release through their website. A 15track showcase of all the glitch-hop and electronica that has come out of this little city. The compilation also includes Glasgow's Dam Mantle, Prague's Beams and London's Lipsis, as well as Canterbury talent in the form of Dolo and Casio Movement. Absolutely original talents.

www.myspace.com/atrophywife

http://longreachcollective.blogspot.com/

Tune: Microlite

Tune: Dolo – Beneath The Sheet

Wap Wap Wow

Bear Driver

A 9-piece musical outfit from London consisting of nothing short of a small orchestra and choir. Vocal harmonies looped together, backed with progressive drums and beautiful strings make for a highly original and engrossing listen. This band are trying something different and we cannot wait to see them live.

Bear Driver are currently unsigned, or at least that’s what their MySpace says. This is something that reeks of moderate tragedy, depending if you like your bands unknown and unsigned, or if you long for those with talent to get pushed onto the next level. Bear Driver could fall into either of these two camps depending on your standpoint. They are so good you may want to keep them for yourself. Their beautiful brand of psychedelic pop has been hitting the right chords all over since they were selected to play The BBC Introducing Stage at Reading Festival last year.

www.myspace.com/wapwapwow Tune: The Round

www.myspace.com/thebeardriver Tune: A Thousand Samurai’s

Lee Foss

Small Black

Brilliant Chicago based house and techno producer whose collaborations as Hot Natured with Jamie Jones and stunning solo productions have made him a big draw over here and in the US. Foss’s regular appearances at Wolf and Lamb’s legendary Marcy Hotel parties and a series of acclaimed podcasts, have seen him go from a promising DJ to a house music heavyweight in a relatively short space of time. His melodic house sound is offset with consistent and cheeky nods to 90’s hip-hop and r’n’b.

Small Black are the epitome of lo-fi. A quick look at their YouTube video selection heralds DIY living room jam sessions on small amps, miniature Casios and distorted microphones. Tacky drum machines push this feeling further. Yet buried in this distorted, dusty sound are a number of tunes with real elegance. Stand-out track Despicable Dogs is an ode to bruised summer days and stirs deep within.

www.myspace.com/leefoss

Tune: Despicable Dogs

Tune: Grinding

www.myspace.com/smallblacksounds


MURDeR ON THE STANDON EXPRESS

“A delightful boutique festival with an ear for talent.”–Observer ORQUESTA

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The Wow @ Glastonbury Worthy Farm, Somerset Jamie Jones, Snap!, Four Tet, Hudson Mohawke, L-Vis 1990... June 23rd - 25th

There is absolutely no need to spout any form of hyperbole about how amazing Glastonbury is. You could walk round the site for four days, see no music whatsoever and still be perfectly entertained. There is however, a wealth of brilliant music to see, (Chipmunk and Jack Johnson aside) and none more forward thinking than The Wow stage in The Dance Village. Curated by Bristol promoters Team Love, The Wow is a carefully selected snapshot of great British electronic music at the moment and some very special guests. Covering a wealth of genre for four days, there is unlikely to be another stage in the whole festival with a line-up as complete and consistent as this. The opening party ammo on Thursday features the likes of Joy Orbison and Hot Natured. Friday is all about the house and disco with Horse Meat Disco, Jamie Jones, Crazy P Live and Matt Tolfrey. Saturday is bass day, with standouts being DJ Craze, L-Vis 1990, Breakage and High Contrast. Sunday is pretty much as eclectic as it gets, with Four Tet Live, DamFunk Live, Hudson Mohawke Live and, in perhaps the coup of the weekend, Snap! Live. Yes that’s Snap! of Rhythm Is A Dancer fame.

Say Parsley Caroline Bergvall & Ciarán Maher Arnolfini Sat 8 May - Sun 4 Jul Free

Camp Bestival Lulworth Castle, Dorset Human League, Friendly Fires, Lee Scratch Perry, Madness, Joy Orbison... July 30th – August 1st Free - £155

Say Parsley is a sound and language installation created by writer Caroline Bergvall and composer Ciarán Maher. The viewer-listener is invited into a spatial environment of sparse, intricate and playful linguistic and sonic pieces that expose questions of belonging and violence.

If you fancy a festival where you don’t do half your body weight in drugs and 8% cider, Camp Bestival could well be the one for you.

The background to the title is the biblical ‘shibboleth'; a violent event where language itself is gatekeeper and can become pretext to massacre. The pronunciation of a given word or letter exposes the identity of the speaker. How you speak will be used against you. A recent example of a shibboleth was the massacre of tens of thousands of Creole Haitians on the border of the Dominican Republic in 1937, with the criteria for their execution being whether they could correctly pronounce the word “perejil” (Spanish for parsley) with a rolling ‘r’. The installation is an education in some of our darker history and an interactive exhibition that should engage, educate and entertain.

Set in the stunning surroundings of Lulworth Castle in Dorset, Camp Bestival is the picturesque, boutique baby to the full Bestival madness in September. Yet it still carries the vital ingredients that makes Bestival such a potently good festival recipe. Between avant-garde theatre in the woods, a freestyle sports village, stand-up comedy, cocktail tents, dancing lessons and the world famous Camp Bestival knitting tent, there are many an extra-curricular activity to keep you occupied. Also the beach is only a morning stroll away. It’s not all cute idiosyncrasy though, as things do hot up post-midnight. There is plenty of debauchery time to be had once a few of the kids are out of sight.

During the exhibition Arnolfini are collaborating with the Haiti Kino Kids Project.

The Wow is exactly the kind of stage that keeps Glastonbury on the cutting edge. While the line-up has suffeed from a slight watering down in other areas this year, credit has to go to Team Love for making sure the Dance Village has a stage that is representing British electronic music in all its various strands. Add a host of tropicala, kitsch décor, dance space, flamingos and a DJ booth shaped like a pineapple, you’re likely to find yourself here a few times over the course of the weekend and with good reason.

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery present… Art From The New World Now-August 22nd Free

Standon Calling Hertfordshire Buena Vista Social Club, Efterklang, These New Puritans, Liars... August 6th-8th £95

Crack Monthly Residency @ Start The Bus Opening Night – Friday July 9th Crackcosmique In Flagranti £4

Standon Calling began as a poolside barbecue and although the party has grown to 5,000 people, it's still small and friendly. A decent bet to try and see the next big thing before their egos explode, previous Standon headliners have included Florence and the Machine, Mumford and Sons, and Friendly Fires.

Crack is set to hold down a regular monthly Friday residency at Start The Bus starting on July 9th. Obviously we are cock-a-hoop to be taking over the whole venue to indulge some of our favourite musical tastes. Expect live performances, odd performances, DJs, drinking and a thoroughly decent dollop of decadent music.

This year you can catch Buena Vista Social Club, Efterklang, Gilles Peterson and Etienne de Crecy inside a giant glowing 3D rubik's cube. You might also find a nightclub in a cowshed that never closes, secret gigs in tipis and a bar built into an oak tree. Standon Calling won a Greener Festival award for its sustainability and all proceeds go to a rehab charity. A definite medium sized festival winner this summer.

For our first party we are chuffed to be joining forces with the quite excellent Club Cosmique for a full blown disco affair headlined by In Flagranti, whose rash mix of dub, disco and italo-house is a rather tasty delight. Their label –Codek Records, is due to celebrate their 10th anniversary and their new EP -Through A Rabbit Hole, is the latest in a series of superb releases in 2010. Their corking Exexex release earlier this year came with some of the best remixes we’ve heard in a long time.

You can win tickets to Standon Calling in our Crack compeititon on page 44.

In a bold new exhibition, Bristol Museum is showcasing brand new artwork by 49 of the most noted contemporary artists from the US. The artists in question cover a huge area of work from painting, sculpture, stencil, digital media and photography. The work has been embraced by a new generation of art collectors who have taken it upon themselves to discover and purchase these new art forms in alternative galleries throughout the US. The artwork in question follows the notion that the line needs to be blurred between high and low art. This has seen many of the artists in question take on a real narrative within their work and use traditional methods to give their work a real tangible feel for the audience. This is the first time these artists have exhibited their work internationally for British and European audiences.


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The attention span of a modern music fan is too short. As the hypemachine rolls on, a successful and credible second album is becoming a rarity.

After rejecting the initial mix for Antidotes and re-mixing it yourselves, how much were you all involved with the production process on the new record with Luke Smith?

Lots of bands have exceptionally successful first albums when they are fresh, new and exciting. Riding the crest of a wave when you are the newest name on everyone’s lips is what bands dream about. The buzz of people talking about you is perhaps the best promotional tool any band could ask for.

"Definitely more than we were with Dave, which isn't to say, despite what might be assumed, that we had no involvement with Dave. But we were very much in the studio with Luke from day to day. There were more arguments and it was more of a visceral process, but it was also for the better. If I can summarise, you have the sound of a band pushed to their limits, working with a producer working at his limits. It was a struggle for both of us, but the record is the best thing we could have produced together, so we're all very happy and proud of it."

You tour the first record till it makes you sick and then you go back to the drawing board to come up with new ideas. Every second you are out of the mainstream consciousness, the chasing pack try and take the newbie tag, until, like a bolt from the blue; you come back with your stunning second album. Fifteen years ago this scenario was a lot easier to achieve. Today, the wide accessibility of music makes it harder to retain a resonance that permeates the hiatus between the first and second album. People move faster. Tastes move faster. Foals have managed to traverse the tricky comeback comeback with skill. Low-key smaller gigs and a full summer festival programme (mostly in Europe and beyond) will see the band reach a greater audience. Yet most importantly - a really complete, “If I can well produced second album. Their first album was one of the most interesting and diverse records of 2008 and made them the new, young upstarts of British rock music. When indie was in a very wet place, Foals’ brand of fast-paced, dance influenced, choppy post-rock, was not only an intellectually astute piece of work, but a refreshing two fingers up at the state of British guitar music. Debut album - Antidotes, won them plaudits and a legion of fans for its smart, math-rock influences.

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Did you have to do great deal of post-production? "Antidotes actually had a lot more post-production. We recorded most of those songs raw and let Dave ‘why mess around when you can fuck around?’ Sitek have his way with them afterwards. This time round, the finished product is actually very close to what went into the mics. We were lucky to work with a lot of natural reverb, so we recorded within it so to speak, and Luke bullied us into getting it ‘right’ the first time round. You can hear the live performance and the natural sound of the room."

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we can look back at it with confidence. It is, despite everything we said at the time, firmly of its time and place. And we definitely prefer the new record. It's perfectly possible that with more time and more perspective we'll come to prefer Antidotes. But we'd also prefer not to compare the two. Ideally, we'd have a series of records that complement each other, tell a story and reflect well on each other." Do you think the new record will alter your live set-up, or the way you approach your live performances? "It already has a little. I have more synths (never enough, and probably too many), and we are using a couple of drum triggers to replicate a couple of sampled sounds. But that's about it. The rest of the bands still play their instruments, and there's still no backing track. We're loath to over-develop the live setup because, within its limits, we think it's about as good as it can be. More generally, we approach the show with a bit more patience, less reliance on the crowd to ‘make it happen’, and more confidence in our songs to exist and perform in their own right." Where did you go to film the video for Spanish Sahara? It looks quite bleak and remote.

"We literally had two days notice to plan and film that video. When I say ‘we’, I mean Yannis and Dave Ma, who collaborate on all of our videos. They flew to Inverness, found a summarise, you have the sound of a band pushed to suitable place in the Highlands (panorama, frozen lake, etc.), and pressed record. It's testament to Dave's vision limits, working with a producer working at his limits. and improvisational skill that it came out so well."

It was a struggle for both of us, but the record is the best thing we could have produced together, so we're all very happy and proud of it.” Has Yannis ever hurt himself stage diving?

And now they return energised with new album - Total Life Forever. They are still possibly the best-placed band in the UK to save all of us from indie mediocrity. Edwin from the band talks to Crack about how Foals are forging their precise path through album number two.

"Sure. Some bruises, some cuts. But he loves it. And he's definitely hurt other people more than himself." You seem to have a very cult following. Is this something as a band you are proud to have cultivated?

What is influencing you at the moment, because in previous material we’ve read it has been very varied with everything from krautrock to tecnho?

"Right now we're listening to a lot of classic eighties and nineties pop music. I'd like to feign an element of cool, but that's fallen by the wayside. We're listening to early nineties house music, hip-hop and older disco stuff. We're also listening to Delorean, Islet, Everything Everything, Ariel Pink, Caribou, Kurt Vile and Phoenix.. When it comes to writing and recording the next record I'm sure we'll have a list of influences to flaunt. Right now it's loose and kind of irreverent." Have you been selective where you are playing this summer?

What is behind the title for the new album Total Life Forever? "Total Life Forever was a phrase that was thrown around a lot over the last few years. It sort of stuck. We like its positivity and its potential as a slogan, but also as an empty, Soviet-style slogan." Is living together, playing together and touring together a little much at times? "Yes. We're touring America for five weeks in a van soon, and we're probably going to kill each other. But that will make for good press and it will probably sell more records. That's what it's all about right?" Has being this close made the recording process a lot more fluid and was it a smoother process than the first record? "We live in each other's pockets, so there's a permanent tension that lends itself to the creative process, but we know each other well enough to be relaxed around our respective foibles. Yannis, as the primary songwriter, has become more pronounced as we've learnt to respect his focus and skill, so in that sense it's become more fluid." As a band are you moving on from your original math-rock influences and alternating time signatures? "We moved away from alternating time signatures a very long time ago. I'd say as soon as Foals came about. Almost all of our songs are in 4/4 (apparently there is some 6/8 somewhere, but I wouldn't know about that). The Edmund Fitzgerald, Yannis and Jack's previous band, were all about the alternating time signatures and I think it exhausted both of them as much as it exhausted their fans. So... yeah. It hasn't really been a concern."

"Of course! Sometimes it's disconcerting, but only because some of them are young and kind of intense in their cultdom. Is that a word? Our only concern is we might lose some of them with the new record. Ideally they'll come with us. But who knows. We'll see." Some of your early smaller gigs saw big on-stage jam sessions and impromptu tangents. Is the current live set-up a lot more structured in order to accommodate more material? "It is and it isn't. I don't think our earlier gigs were that impromptu. They might actually have been more structured in our minds, but they might have seemed looser in the audience's ears. We're more relaxed now for sure. But we also have more songs and more of an obligation to play the songs people want to hear. Somewhere out there there's a perfect balance." What was the thinking behind staying in Oxford and not moving to London?

"I guess so. We're only playing Glastonbury and Reading/Leeds in the UK. But we're playing a lot of European festivals. I think it's a privilege to be selective, as it means there's some sort of demand. I think we're saving ourselves for next year, at least that's what I've been told. We don't have much more than a vocal contribution to our bookings as it's a pretty complicated process." You always seem to have a wealth of B-sides, is there a large amount of recorded Foals material that is yet to see daylight? "There's a wealth of unrecorded material for sure, but I think most of it will be lost and that isn't necessarily such a bad thing. There's a bunch of songs that we recorded during the album session, a couple of which will probably be released, and a couple of which will probably be recorded, and a couple of which will probably be buried, or sent to sea, or reinterpreted, or persuasively ignored." Who was the last person each of you punched?

"Without wanting to sound disingenuous, there wasn't much thought about it. It only sounds like a schtick because so many bands move to London. Most of us have very well established lives at home, that's all. We have friends and communities, and we feel comfortable with the walking distances. I personally am a big fan of London and I spend most of my time there, but everyone else has grown up in Oxford and I guess that's where our roots have set down. It's a beautiful, simple town."

"The last person I punched was probably my older brother, about 15 years ago. Jimmy last punched a Spanish security guard (apparently). Yannis last punched our tour manager, Nick "Pickles" Jenkin (I saw this). Jack last punched a wasp that was looking at him threateningly (allegedly). Walter last punched some guy in some pub in Oxford during a St. Patrick's Day brawl (which I can definitely believe)."

How self-critical are you of the new record in comparison to the obvious quality and success of Antidotes? Or do you not like to compare the two?

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Art.

john squire // “I find it very difficult to stick with one theme. Maybe that is my style - to keep changing. ”

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John Squire is drilling holes and giving his pieces of work some final preparation before they take their resting place on the walls of The Square Gallery for the next three months. If there is one consistency in the career of one of the most interesting creatives of our time, it is that attention to detail is paramount. In terms of transforming your creative body of work, Squire has literally gone back to the drawing board, having given up music completely in order to pursue a career as a full-time artist. As lead guitarist in The Stone Roses, Squire was hailed as one of the greatest of his generation. Contributing album artwork to a number of Stone Roses records, his love for art in its broadest sense was visible early in his career. After forming another band and releasing two solo records, Squire continued his artistic ouput through this period and beyond, to the point where he is now exclusively producing art and has no intention of returning to the musical medium in the near future. If tales of his time in The Stone Roses are to be believed, Squire’s perfectionist attitude has carried itself through into his career as an artist. While another member of The Stone Roses has followed a very traditional, albeit successful, solo route, Squire’s character always offered a little more depth. Experimental artwork, concept albums and unwillingness to uproot the past are much more the area of operation for a man who has chosen a very intellectual and interesting path.

Crack’s time with Squire in The Square Gallery is considered, honest and at a pace that is comfortable for him. Much like the perfection present in much of his work, Squire takes his time answering Crack’s questions, casually supping on his drink and not diving into anything that would sell his out integrity. Preferring to look forward and not too far into his past. Squire talks almost exclusively about his artwork, not because the musical ghosts are uncomfortable, but because in reference to the nature of his work today they are an irrelevancy. He is a man looking to the future.

Can you outline the ideas behind the current exhibition? "It’s the continuing adventures of the optic nerve. It grew out of the previous show; they all seem to do that. When I’m doing one thing I get ideas for another and I have to fight the temptation to go off on a tangent. So this exhibition grew out of a big show I did in Manchester that was painting and sculpture. I taught myself to weld and made some steel structures that were based on consumer packaging. I think the biggest one was about 7 – 8ft and had loads of nice tabs and hinges on it. I made a replica of that in 5mm steel plate and I became really fascinated with an aperture called the euroslot. You know that small hole lozenge with a blip on the top that is used to hang small items on rails, like packs of batteries. I started painting that shape, so I made stencils of it and sprayed it. I found I quite liked passing a blowtorch through it and burning that form onto canvas. The biggest was 6 x 8 feet, covered in

tiny little euroslots. I really liked the effect of overlaying them and getting a mis-register with them, particularly when you stood back, it played tricks on your eyes. Researching, I found there was a term for it called a ‘negative after image’. So I started to chase that really." Was the affect you achieved quite illusionary? "The scorching technique was quite random, some forms would be darker than others and some would burn right through. There was a kind of unevenness to the surface and I suspected it would be a good effect. Because the gallery I was working towards was so big, I wanted to create a huge piece you could stand back from and see a strange effect where you would look for forms in the piece that weren’t there. I’ve scaled that work down for this show and I’m still trying to chase that idea of playing with people’s optic nerves. After working with the euroslot idea I broadened the mandate and decided to work with themes of sex, violence and the mundane. Depictions of oral sex, beheadings and few office chairs, armchairs - that kind of thing." Was it a conscious decision to have such a contrast between these themes within your work? "It wasn’t that conscious, I just thought they’d be interesting subjects. There wasn’t a desire to express anything really, just more a desire to cut holes in tubes of steel and play with the results. So the choices were arbitrary?" - - - - ->


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Have any people inspired this collection?

“When I was active as a musician and once the mix was done, there was little point in playing the record. I wouldn’t go home after finishing the album and sit back. You’re effectively dead then if you are going to sit back and masturbate over your own work.”

"The idea of working on those large-scale pieces I was talking about for the show in Manchester, was me chasing the style of what Agnes Martin was using in the 50’s. I really liked the simplicity of that and I wanted to expose the idea of working with a blowtorch on canvas. Although she didn’t do that I’m sure the idea came from that. I Wanted to peel the layers back and show the raw form." It seems over the years you’ve had a lot of variety in your artistic output. Is the style you’re using at the moment the one you’re happiest with? "I find it very difficult to stick with one theme. Maybe that is my style - to keep changing. I’ve tried, in that I’ve been to other people’s shows and quite liked the homogenous feel to them and the fact it doesn’t deviate from one piece to the next. I can’t seem to achieve that." Is a lot of that down to the fact you love experimenting and you keep trying new things? "I believe mistakes are really important. It was a bit of an epiphany for


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me this process. As the stakes were upped and the more pressure I was under, the more my output increased, the more mistakes I made, the more ideas I had, the less precious I got and the whole thing started to snowball. I don’t know if it’s the right thing to put a lid on that on that process in order to create a more consistent identity. So I’m just going to roll with my method for now and see where it goes?"

You built your studio in 2004. Has your output increased dramatically after having a set space in which to work?

We saw your designs for the Penguin book covers from the 80's on a Creative Review blog. Your work seemed to fit really well. Was it quite a task putting them together?

"It was ridiculous. I was working in the same way I was when I was a teenager on the kitchen table. I couldn’t work when the mood took me, I couldn’t act on a whim and I couldn’t make a mess. I really regret not doing it sooner."

"I’d recommend it."

move somewhere else, it was just a subconscious thing. Maybe it was just a sick joke to test myself with some of the most difficult titles I’ve ever worked with. One of them was called Lighthouse and Buildings, Portland Head, Cape Elizabeth, Maine. That was the title of the painting that I somehow had to work into a chorus. No one bought it."

Was it a headache before you were in your studio? Is there anything else you are working on at the moment?

"I was really pleased with them. My sister-in-law’s mum bought me a book of classic Penguin book covers. I instinctively knew when I picked up the phone it was going to be a treat to do a bit work for them. Though I would have rather had the 50’s or 60’s, because let’s face it the 80’s didn’t have much going for them." How much do you work from day-to-day? Are you consistently in your studio? "I start about 10’o’clock and in the winter I’ll work till it gets dark. In the summer I’ll work till eight in my studio in a place called Macclesfield."

You produced a number of album covers for The Stone Roses, so you’ve always been creative in that sense, but when did you hit the conscious point when you’d describe yourself as an artist and not a musician? "I don’t think I’d realised what I was doing when made my solo album based around Edward Hopper (Every track on Squire’s second solo album - Marshall’s House, was based on a painting by Edward Hopper). It was a few months after that was completed, I realised what I’d done. If there was a handover point that would be it. It wasn’t an attempt to

"I’m working on a new body of work for the Edinburgh Festival." Do you still follow the music world quite closely or have any interest in it? "No I don’t. I used to have an idea what was going on because my eldest daughter is quite into music, but I don’t see that much of her now. She’s got a boyfriend and is a bit of a social butterfly, so I’m a bit out of the loop. At the moment I’m listening almost exclusively to Miles Davis. I’m not missing lyrics at all. I got real tired of listening to people melodically whining about their problems."

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Have you always had this inherent desire to make art from a young age?

How do you feel about Crack featuring a piece of your album artwork?

"All young children like to draw. I think it gets unlearnt as you get older and also some people are just better than others. I’ve got three girls at the moment, two five year-old twins and a seven year-old. One of them is really good at art and the other two are alright, occasionally crap. They all like to do it, but only one of them has got a real gift for it. I’m pleased they do it, but sometimes I have to tell them to “put that shit away”."

"I’d rather you didn’t. I’m sick of the stuff I did last week. For me it’s all about the process and what I’m working on at the moment. I’d like to keep it as current as possible. The fresher the better."

How many pieces are you displaying in the current collection?

"It’s not that I dislike it. It just ceases to mean anything once it’s finished. It’s not like finishing a great book. I enjoy the process and if I learn anything making this piece I can apply it to the next one. There are usually a few things on the go at the same time anyway. If something is completed there is no point in going over it."

"I think it’s 13." Do you tend to take a hands-on approach when it comes to getting your work up on the wall?

Do you constantly find yourself disliking or finding the work you’ve done, even a few weeks previous, irrelevant?

Is that true of your artwork, but also true of your musical past ? "I sometimes make the frames and mount and stretch the canvas. I’m not scared of a bit of work. But I’d rather talk about it than piss about with a drill on a day like this. More productive I think."

"When I was active as a musician and once the mix was done, there was little point in playing the record. I wouldn’t go home after finishing the album and sit back. You’re effectively dead if you are going to sit back and masturbate over your own work."

That’s a very forward thinking ethos to have... "I don’t think it’s an ethos, it’s just an instinct. Maybe it’s to do with getting older. But I’ve always been that way. I remember getting Airfix kits and thinking it would be great when they were finished. I’d finish them and be annoyed that I had nothing else to do other than save up and buy another one. You race to complete the thing and that’s the most important task. You work to progress and when you’ve finished you avoid your mistakes."

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Music.

yelawolf// (PUTTING ALABAMA ON THE MAP)

“I was at a bar with DJ Burn One and I said how Trunk Muzik would make a sick title…I like to sometimes throw a dart blindfold and Trunk Muzik hit the bullseye.”

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"Classic rock grooves mixed with Twista, a real working class perspective." Just some of the words rapper Yelawolf chooses to describe his sound. Hailing from Gadsden, Alabama, Yelawolf has already made a name for himself with no official release through a major label. Like many rap artists these days, he got noticed through MySpace and free mixes online. This hasn’t stopped a flood of comparisons to Eminem, even though it’s safe to say Yelawolf is a completely different artist. He explains: "What sets us apart is perspective, I was raised in the south, I talk about things that are southern. We're from two different parts of the country, we have a different tone". Yelawolf is a southern state American boy through and through. Sporting a mohawk mullet, covered in tattoos, adopting the alias Cat Fish Billy and an obsession with Chevrolet, (so much so he's dedicated a record to his love of Box Chevy on every mix-tape so far) his southern credentials are on display for all to see. "Being from the south has always made it harder to be respected as our culture is different. We don't have battles on the corner, that all came from the north. Don't get it wrong though, there's MC's in the south that will tear shit up at battles." Yelawolf could definitely pull his weight among hip-hop's most lyrical, boasting a delivery that echoes the comparisons made with Twista or even Eminem, yet laced with an enigmatic southern drawl and flow that hints at Andre 3000 of Outkast. His early material was very country/rock influenced, having previously quoted Lynard Skynard and Johnny

Cash as much of an inspiration to him as the likes of NWA and The Geto Boys, but his breakthrough mix-tape - Trunk Muzik, is where he really seems to have found his sound. Produced by Supahot Beats, it perfectly complements his style as an MC, combining 808 drums, punchy synths and hooks and melodies that would sit comfortably amongst Outkast material. The decision to create the mix-tape seems effortless compared to the work put into it, as he explains: "I was at a bar with DJ Burn One and I said how Trunk Muzik would make a sick title…I like to sometimes throw a dart blindfold and Trunk Muzik hit the bullseye". Trunk Muzik features the likes of Raekwon, Bun B of UGK and Juelz Santana and as his profile rises, more and more artists are co-signing Yelawolf. Outkast’s very own Big Boi has recruited Yelawolf for a track on his debut solo LP. "He pitched the track to me and it had a rock‘n’roll feel. I was like, "with all due respect, I wanna rap with you". He played another track to me and I said I wanted on it…I did a 16, he did a 16, then we split a 16, and it's produced by Dre (Andre 3000) which is crazy." Further collaborations and features seem to be a big part of Yelawolf ’s future, having met with The Neptunes to discuss working on his first major project and an upcoming collaboration with Travis Barker which he is especially excited about. "It's a record called The Whistle Song with chopped up 808's and Travis drumming over the top. The only melody is a whistle." It was at this point in the interview where his creative juices started flowing and the boy from the south really came out. "I'm gonna change the name of that song to Opie Taylor." (For those not familiar, Opie Taylor is a fictional character from The Andy Griffith show that lived in a small, sleepy, southern community and was played by Ron Howard). Although working with a range of artists is obviously an integral part of his plan to make a name for himself, don't expect an overdose of big producers on his debut album. This is something Yelawolf is acutely aware might dilute his sound as he explains: "I'm a fan of projects that feel consistent. I don't like albums that are produced by 20 different people and sound all over the place." Not only talented musically, Yelawolf tried his hand at pro-skating for a brief period. Previous music videos for tracks Kickin’ and the remix of I Wish originally featuring Raekwon, showcased his love for the culture. "Skateboarding is just a part of my life, it’s a part of who I am. I owe so much to skateboarding for what I know how about hip-hop culture. If you carry a board to a state you've never been, you got friends immediately. I will always skate. I’ll never stop skateboarding."

Some major festival appearances have been a big part of launching Yelawolf into the spotlight. Several shows at SXSW opened up new avenues for him as an artist, and showing up at this year’s Coachella alongside DJ Craze and Klever proved to be the perfect stage to showcase his material. "I've waited so long to do a set with Klever, so doing a set with both of them was stupid man. 5,000 plus people with them playing high-energy dubstep shit, and they broke their set to throw me in there!" The future continues to look bright for the Alabama rapper. Having recently signed to Interscope records and negotiating a deal that supports his label and crew – Ghet-O-Vision, Yelawolf is also ready for his first major release and a new version of his breakthrough mix-tape is currently being completed. Due to arrive in August, this will feature remixes of some fan favourites and eight new tracks. So although conscious of the things that set him apart from other rappers and aware that the Eminem comparisons will continue, Yelawolf is confident that the south will continue to rise. "Those who had the biggest hustle made it. After Master P they had to respect the south. We got legends out here it just took a while for the world to realise." Trunk Muzik is available to download now at www. myspace.com/yelawolf Trunk Muzik 0 - 60 will be released in August

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joris voorn //

Somewhere in the numerous strands of foreign culture the British love Joris explains: “I started off trying to do a traditional mix, with 12 or 15 two hours of straddling house and techno textures with consummate to stereotype and stigmatise, the Dutch and Germans got a raw deal. tracks and found I wasn’t enjoying listening to it at all. It became a bit of ease, many remark on this being gig of the weekend. House grooves Especially when it comes to music. an obsession throwing more and more layers and tracks into the mix, so sit alongside rolling techno beats and big jump-up moments alongside you didn’t know where one track started and one ended. I didn’t really deeply seductive ones. Long characterised by a swathe of incredibly cheesy Euro-pop hits in the plan it before, but it became a really great way of working and I enjoyed mid-nineties and early noughties, the camp naffness of European pop it a lot, even though it took me about four or five months. Joris was massively enthusiastic about the gig: “It was different following music was offset at the other end of the spectrum by overblown trance those guys, as it was such a radical switch in styles, but I think I won DJ's and highly offensive techno. And then it all changed. “Putting new layers in and taking layers out became more of an them over. BLOC was a superb experience for me. Playing at a British experiment than anything else." holiday camp isn’t the usual, but it was awesome.” Waking up from an incredibly bad 2Unlimited soundtracked nightmare, the wheel of credibility, as far as German and Dutch electronic music is His mix for the Balance series contains elements of over 100 tracks across Voorn has also completed the producer jigsaw, by running two record concerned, has done a 180 degree spin. Berlin can now be considered two CD’s, incorporating the likes of Flying Lotus, Ricardo Vilalobos, labels, Green Records and Rejected. Green showcases the emotive side techno mecca of the universe with every house and techno producer Dubfire, Leftfield, Minilogue, Cobblestone Jazz and a multitude of lesserof his recordings and has featured the likes of Ripperton and Deetron. relocating there en masse and The Netherlands has become a hotbed known artists in a patchwork concoction of music sewn together with Rejected is perhaps more tougher-edged and deeper in its releases and for producers and, in a slightly less hyped way than Berlin, a real total precision. has seen Joris release under the self-titled Rejected brand. underground scene has emerged. This summer is rammed full of performances and will act as a catalyst At the forefront of this movement is Joris Voorn. Raised for turning more people on to one of the most forward in Rotterdam, Voorn actually started DJ’ing in 1997 and “The groove laden tunes are something that I really thinking producers working at the moment. began constructing his own studio. Building a love for electronic music, his debut productions in 2002 found their way into the boxes of major players such as Carl Craig and enjoy, as it showcases another side to my character as - - - - - - - - - Laurent Garnier. opposed to just playing pounding, pounding techno. His debut album Future History in 2004 was heralded as Tune: Balance 14 (Mixed By Joris Voorn) one of the finest Detroit techno sounding efforts made by I’ve really started enjoying music that makes you shake someone who wasn’t actually from Detroit, and announced Voorn as a major player on the techno scene. Another your hips as opposed to your hands and this has been www.myspace.com/jorisvoorn album followed in 2007 entitled From A Deep Place and showcased Voorn moving towards a meshing of house and reflected in a lot of what I’ve been playing out.” techno, but encompassing soulful and ambient textures and an altogether deeper and progressive sound. Joris explains: “The groove laden tunes are something that I really enjoy, Representing something of a synopsis of deeper electronic music in as it showcases another side to my character as opposed to just playing our time, Voorn’s record has seen him take the mix CD rulebook and pounding, pounding techno. I’ve really started enjoying music that makes colourfully re-paint it. A 2 Many DJ's mix this is not. Across the two CD’s you shake your hips as opposed to your hands and this has been reflected there are the kinds of emotional strands, strings and depths that few in a lot of what I’ve been playing out.” artists could ever hope to achieve. There had been whisperings on these records that suggested Voorn was Joris is hopeful to repeat the feat: “I will definitely do another one at some a slightly different style of producer to many DJ/producers who straddle point as I enjoyed the experiment, but it won’t be anything like the last both jobs by playing out their favoured records of the moment. His ability one. I need to make a different record. It might take another two years.” to create a record was obvious, his remixb skills were in high demand, and as a performer he had begun to offer live sets with just his own Making a record similar to this one, would be certainly fraught with material as well as the standard DJ fare. Nothing however, could prepare difficulty. Making it half as good is likely to be even harder. the listener, when in 2009 he created one of the most astounding mix albums you are ever likely to hear. Fast forward a year and Crack is at BLOC. After catching the end of Skream and Benga, Voorn has the rather dubious honour of following an hour and a half of bass with his own live performance. A period of crowd transition ensues and Crack convinces friends to stay. After


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mount kimbie//

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“You would not believe some of the stuff we get sent that people want us want us to remix. Not naming any names, but some really awful pop music. It’s got to be a thought out decision whether it’s the right thing to do or not. If Britney Spears offered a couple of grand we’d probably do it though .”


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On a recent foray to London, Crack had the distinct pleasure of sharing After breakthrough production Maybes gained them a lot of attention “You would not believe some of the stuff we get sent that people want ear space with some of the most forward thinking producers in the from the scene for it’s jittering, edgy ambience, Mount Kimbie are primed us to remix. Not naming any names, but some really awful pop music. I game today. to release their finished debut album Crooks and Lovers in July. As the don’t know who is thinking to do this. It’s got to be a thought out decision sound of Maybes rolls out of the Big Chill House and past the long queue whether it’s the right thing to do or not. If Britney Spears offered a couple The innovative production of Darkstar, the hybrid two-step of Joy down the street, those who are inside are fortunate to see Mount Kimbie of grand we’d probably do it though. Orbison and the congo rolls and exotics of Julio Bashmore made the gig working their way around their electronic instruments of choice with at Big Chill House a watermark stamp of quality on the brilliant state of precision and knowledge. “With The XX remix, I actually found it a little difficult because I liked the British production. song as it was. If there is something in there that gives me an idea to work Kai explains the origins of the Mount Kimbie live show: “We used to do it on, we can manipulate it for the good of the remix.” The other act on the bill grabbing all kinds of hype with both hands with James Blake, as the three of us. It wasn’t like we thought, 'everyone is London/Brighton duo Mount Kimbie. While Orbison and Bashmore else is DJ’ing let’s do something live'. It just seemed like the natural thing With all the groundwork secured and big radio support coming from (both firmly plotting a course through British electronic music at the to do. We just make sure nothing is sequenced in fucking Ableton and the likes of Mary Anne Hobbs and Gilles Peterson, Mount Kimbie are in moment) played out supreme DJ sets, Mount Kimbie’s performance everything you hear is being played live, so we can figure out ways to the best position to put their debut record into the public domain. Their stood out, not least because it was all done on an array of complicated change the songs. heartfelt heady sound is set to increase pulse rates and rattle bass bins looking equipment set up on a rather rickety table to the all summer long. right of the DJ booth. “We were lucky with whole dubstep thing. If there Dom Maker and Kai Campos are both 24 and met at ---------university in London. Like so many producers currently hadn’t been something we had been tagged with, our gracing the British music scene, they are products of the post-superstar DJ generation. Theirs is not an era Tune: Maybes in which being an electronic musician costs the earth efforts might have easily slipped by the wayside. Especially and you risk being stigmatised as a Pet Shop Boy. The furthering of technology, coupled with a society that www.myspace.com/mountkimbie with the amount of electronic musicians these days, places technological understanding as a life skill, means innovation in the field of electronic music has reached a it can all feel a little bit irrelevant and like your work level far beyond its primitive beginnings. may get lost in the ether.” The magic of what Mount Kimbie have done is to create a sound when played in your living room can be loosely described as ambient and heady, but when played live and at volume is also perfect for the dance floor. Textured and layered, the bass lines prevalent in their work will no doubt “With the three of us it was quite different. Because James is such a good mean they are coined as dubstep by the uneducated. keyboard player, you could give him the body of the song, so it ended up being a bit primitive. When James went off to do his own thing, we ended Having released records on Hotflush, Mount Kimbie are in good hands. up going right back to square one and looked at how we should do it. We In the same vein as Kode 9’s Hyerdub label, Scuba’s Hotflush recordings are getting a really professional style now. The more you do it, the more has become a very hot ticket for DJ’s looking for crossover appeal confident you get I suppose.” dub music. Their increase in notoriety has seen them step out of the UK of late and Kai explains: “We were lucky with whole dubstep thing. If there hadn’t perform to wider audiences. been something we had been tagged with, our efforts might have easily slipped by the wayside. Especially with the amount of electronic “The other week we played in Romania in a place called the People’s musicians these days, it can all feel a little bit irrelevant and like your Palace. It’s this crazy, crazy building. I think it’s the second biggest work may get lost in the ether. I think the fact we got signed to a record building in the world. Absolutely bizarre. We also played in a museum in label relevant to a certain time and place was good for us. Releasing on Spain last week too. It’s all well and good doing mad gigs like those, but Hotflush has meant we are quite fortunate in that we’ve got an identity. I prefer playing gigs like we did in The Big Chill House a few weeks back. It’s obviously a great label and we are really proud to be releasing on it. You feel people getting in to it as they are right on top of you. It was cool to come back from Spain and play The Camden Crawl too.” “The whole industry needs names and genres to sell anything, but it’s always healthy when you’ve got stuff that gets an instant reaction. Luckily Many contemporary producers have found the talents needed to create it hasn’t gone too far down that road with people calling it Joy-step (after innovative music are transferable when remixing and re-imaging the Joy Orbison) or anything like that.” works of others. Bolstered by high profile and high quality remixes for the likes of Foals and The XX, Mount Kimbie find themselves in high demand, much to Kai’s surprise.


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souleyman / Konono n.o 1 // hudson mohawke //

© Omar Souleyman

© Hudson Mohawke

If you’re not a devoted follower of Sublime Frequencies, or a regular visitor to Syria, you’re probably not accustomed to the hypnotic sounds of Omar Souleyman.

Lights are shining in the world of 23 year-old Hudson Mohawke. Performing with a backdrop of bright white, flickering bulbs, these twinkling stars provide an apt metaphor for the trajectory of his career. A native Glaswegian and UK DMC finalist at 15, Mohawke (real name Ross Birchard) has clearly been rammed full of potential, yet the direction his musical wanderings have taken puts him in a bracket far removed from the turntablism of his teenage youth. Mohawke is a leading force in new, quality, British electronic production, which is experiencing an unrivalled amount of exposure at the moment due to the wide availability of technology and a cross-pollination of styles, the likes of which of which have never really been seen in the British dance scene before. Signed to Warp records (an endorsement of quality, if ever one was needed), Mohawke’s debut album - Butter, could soundtrack a sci-fi film. It also features perhaps one of the most eye-pounding pieces of 80's artwork ever to adorn a sleeve. The giant eagle on the front providing an obvious reference to the fact that Mohawke’s sound is not in the deep, dark bracket. He’s created something with wings that soars.. Mohawke is at the Thekla tonight in live producer capacity with an array of electronic equipment and MC Olivier Daysoul on vocal and hype duty. The minimal light aesthetics of the Thekla, the bright whites of the aforementioned twinkling bulbs and the odd strobe flash complement the intensity of Mohawke’s performance. His music is so futuristic you feel like you are taking in something created for the space travel generation. The sluggish hip-hop and broken beat of Fuse is what Flying Lotus would sound like if he added an uplifting pop edge, and standout track of the night Joy Fantastic is pure Speakerboxx era Outkast. Mohawke’s ability to harness a melody with a big ol’ beat is only half the story. For one so young, his use of vocals is second to none. There is a distinct experimental trend at the moment among producers to use a stripped down hip-hop beat and layer all manner of effects to create something with more edge and bite. Mohawke has done this but with such a positive slant, he has separated himself from the group with ease. He finishes tonight’s gig with his re-working of Oops by Tweet, a 2002 R’n’B hit about female masturbation. A perfectly odd and interesting way to conclude an evening of engaging and at times completely encapsulating music, from a man who has the stars at his feet.

Making an appearance in Bristol, the first city he first played outside of Asia, Souleyman takes you through a journey of Syrian pop-folk sensationalism. Sometimes described as Jihadi techno, he delivers his second performance in less than a year at Metropolis. He stands, barely moving, delivering his vocals over aggressive, frenetic electronic synthesised bouzouk and wild keyboard melodies. The hypnotic nature of the sound sends the crowd into a kind of trance. The Metropolis came alive when Omar’s classical Arabic mawal-style vocals gave way to high-octane Syrian Dabke (the regional folkloric dance and party music), Iraqi Choubi and a host of Arabic, Kurdish and Turkish styles. Dressed in typical Syrian attire, wearing a red and white hatta and black sunglasses, this amalgamation is truly the sound of Syria. I consider myself somewhat conditioned to the sounds of fast beats, but this was like being transported into Syrian Berghain. I felt my brain was going to explode from the intensity of his music. The crowd responded by dancing erratically. It’s hard to dance consistently when the rhythm is so broken. Souleyman’s music is completely unique and is anchored in lo-fi, techno-infused, rhythmic vocal mastery. If there is a more surprising convergence of cultures on any other bill I’d like to see it, with Congolese natives - Konono No.1, the second act to grace the stage tonight. There was something very professional about their stage presence, even against the backdrop of their DIY equipment which consisted of two large bullhorn speakers which emit their distinctive, out-there organic beats, which propel the band to the edge of electronic avant-garde. They have a prestigious catalogue of performances from WOMAD to ATP, but Konono No.1 haven’t let this rise to mainstream focus jeopardise their original sound. Performing to promote the release of their new album Assume Crash Position, they were back with their brand of raw percussion juxtaposed with chanting vocals. These lengthy pieces echoed traditional trance songs, driven on by improvisation, rapid-fire riffs and hypnotic solo work from Augustin, son of the founder member of the band. There are six members in the current line-up, although only one drummer tonight, two members providing the driving, insistent percussion and the other three holding likembe thumb pianos (ancient African instruments constructed from a wooden box and metal tongues that are massively amplified). The group's full name is L'Orchestre Folklorique T.P. Konono No. 1 de Mingiedi, T.P. being translated as ‘all powerful’. They certainly deliver a mesmerising performance. This decade old act have certainly have come along way from their small village in Congo.

------------------Tune: Joy Fantastic Tune: Lah Jani (Souleyman) / Mama Na Bana (Konono N.o 1)

Becka Maskell


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// Lee scratch perry s.u.m //

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© Lee Scratch Perry

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is a whirlwind of an artist. An absolute one-man reggae tour de force, Perry is now entering his sixtieth year of recording and shows no lack of exuberance or panache. Tonight’s gig at the Colston Hall starts in a rather bizarre manner with The Lord’s Prayer - a no less apt or respectful way to start a reggae proceeding of the highest order. While stopping short of comparing Perry to any kind of deity, he is revered in this genre at a level where in his latter years, (Perry is 74) one could call Perry the king of reggae. 60 albums of solo and collaborative material make Perry one of the most prolific recording artists of all-time. With an output of more than one record a year, one cannot accuse him of sitting on his thrown with any degree of stagnation. Perry just keeps making music. Perry’s slightly irreverent personality is on full-show tonight. Taking to the stage with dyed red hair, a baseball cap with more bling than any modern day R’n’B honcho and a multi-coloured jacket and trousers, Perry’s trademark nutty dress-sense was in full effect. With an announcement at the start of the gig that he would play for as long as he felt like, you soon realise there are only a handful of artists on the planet that can command this kind of self-biased performance. Despite costing a pretty penny, the gig tonight is well attended and full of fans committed to seeing their idol in action. Perry's last gig in Bristol was some 15 years ago, so those seeing him tonight are doing so with much anticipation. Credit has to go to the Colston Hall for making such a bold booking. Perry rolls through classics, such as Soul Fire, Exodus and an extended version of Fire In Babylon while managing to engage in some hip-to-hip dancing with a willing young lady and some more appropriate jigging with a young boy from the crowd. The party vibe is maintained throughout, with his 10-strong band commanding the stage and a real sense that you could be witnessing one of the last performances from Perry, before the hourglass of time starts to affect him to the detriment of his beloved reggae music. This makes those who soaked up tonight’s performance (and Perry’s unbelievable outfit) all the happier on their way home.

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Tune: Corn Fish Dub

© Becka Maskell

Disco was on the menu for Super Ultra Mega's debut at Motion. 'For skates, please remove your shoes now', the sign said. It seems that roller discos are on the increase, with all manner of them popping in musical meccas like Detroit and London. One successful night, founded in Detroit, is called Soul Skate and has consistently provided the ultimate in roller skating experience. As well as having high-calibre artists such as Moodymann and Theo Parrish playing regularly, they also put on professional skaters to get everybody in the mood with a skating performance. On home soil, The Red Bull Music Academy recently hosted a spectacular roller skate night in London, where Horse Meat Disco, London's premier purveyors of disco-tash-tic thrills, took up the mantle when Moodymann decided his time was up. If they hadn’t already made their presence in Bristol felt with a series of great parties this year, the Super Ultra Mega team certainly did tonight. A brilliantly executed night of disco, house and of all things that glittered, tonight's party was a stormer. If their decoration wasn’t enough to get you in the ring, the idea of skating round to disco classics most certainly did. SUM has become a very reliable collaboration of likeminded individuals that share a passion for house and disco music. They launched in early November and Bristol has responded well to this new night aimed at a fashionable and musically open crowd No corner was left bare as they packed every inch of the main room with the essence of disco spirit. From the huge silver and purple balls on stage, to the obscure (verging on art installation) blue rubber tubes which reminded people t the purpose of the night was to raise funds for third-year Textiles students. Stashwell provided the perfect foundations for the night, kicking off with a melee of soulful disco. Jean Malle and Seka then warmed the room further by playing a selection of killer roller boogie anthems from nu-disco cuts to classics. They were then followed by the brilliant Jumeaux, who played out tracks such as Kerri Chandler's Track 1 and The Revenge's Cadillac 9, much to the delight of the crowd who bumped around to these great records. One of Bristol’s best emerging talents - Celeste, finished off the disco with a straight up house set which the crowd responded well to. I have to say roller skating whilst trying to dance to 4-4 beats is something of an novel experience, but one I'd thoroughly recommend.

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Art.

d i g g y // “The story was, my Dad was really into the blues and when I was really tiny, like a baby, he got this idea into his head that I was gonna grow up to be a Blues singer called Diggy Malone. The Diggy part stuck.”

Panda Suicide © Diggy

Do you remember how you spent your school days? Perhaps it was learning supposedly essential nuggets of information such as simultaneous equations and assorted numbers from the periodic table? Nah, me neither - I spent most of my time scribbling on my exercise books and daydreaming about being the next cheerleading co-host of Fun House. Like the rest of my classmates, the doodles and daydreams eventually faded away, but for illustrator Diggy, these distractions have become central to her work. From suicidal pandas to pensive, androgynous figures, elements of the subconscious trickle into her fast paced, linear drawings. Currently based in South Devon, Diggy has dabbled with fine art, graphic design and creating her own clothing company. This most recent endeavour led to an internship with Gloucester Road’s art and apparel emporium Avalaan, which then turned into a solo exhibition of her illustrations throughout May. Fluid lines become fluid collaborations and seemingly, without force “it just happens”, which ties up Diggy’s style in a nice neat bow. Once

she puts pen, pencil or charcoal to paper the possibilities, as they say, are endless. On the eve of her solo show for Avalaan, Diggy sat down with Crack for a chat and a beverage, revealing all about her recent artistic collaborations, ‘selfish’ drawing process and her animal alter ego…

Is your Dad a little bit disappointed at your chosen career path? "I think he might be, I don’t know. But if I carry on doing what I’m doing then I don’t think he’ll mind." So singing aside, have you always had an artistic streak?

Forgive me but I’ve got to get this question out the way… the name Diggy, is quite unique…

"I left school at 16 and did a diploma in Graphic Design, but then I suddenly started drawing and really got into it. Not in a GCSE kind of way, but where you have to copy something and get it picture perfect.

"I knew that was coming! (laughing) It isn’t on my birth certificate, but it is my name. The story was, my Dad was really into the blues and when I was really tiny, like a baby, he got this idea into his head that I was gonna grow up to be a blues singer called Diggy Malone. The Diggy part stuck."

I’m sure one day I just randomly drew something really strange, it was a doodle I guess, and now that’s how I draw. At the time it was really different and I thought, ‘yeah, I like this’ and I carried on. The key was I didn’t think about what I was drawing, I didn’t have a pre-conceived thought in my head and that’s when I've had the best results.

So at the moment are your blues singer plans on hold?

It’s like I learnt how to be free with my drawing in a way, like I didn’t try to draw stuff. I think the key is not to think about what you’re going to draw and not to want to draw something. Do you know what I mean? You don’t set out to draw a really good hamster, you just draw something and it becomes a hamster, or you use a mark on the page and it surprises

"Erm, yes - I can play the blues but I can’t sing it!"

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Sketchbook Work © Diggy

you. That’s what is nice about drawing like that, you don’t know what you’re going to draw next. That’s what keeps me going. Living and studying in Cornwall and Devon, you must have been fairly influenced by the great outdoors. What inspires you? Yeah, it was nice. I’m a bit strange with inspiration though. I’m quite inward as an artist. There’s not a lot of stuff I really like, which I know is really bad! I get my inspiration from myself. I know that’s really inward, but I look at what’s around me. It’s more subconscious and that’s why I like it, because I don’t know it. The way you draw, to me, is very fluid and elusive. There are so many characters like foxes in party hats and androgynous portraiture. Are these characters coming from your imagination, or do you start with a still life model or photograph? I don’t really start with anything other than what I’ve thought about. Lets say I’ve met you today, and maybe tomorrow, without realising it, I’ll draw something from your face, or something that I’ve grasped of you as a person. Some people look at my work and say ‘that looks like so-andso’, but its not, it’s just a collection of an idea of someone.

I try to capture, without really knowing that I am, someone’s mannerisms. It’s like the sixth sense, the feeling you get when you meet someone. I’m not trying to draw anybody, I’m just letting out what I see. I guess I’m just showing what I see in people and a lot of my work is about the creatures in everybody. So are your drawings of bears, foxes and pigs portraits of people you know or have thought about? I always look at people as being animals in their own little way. Different people have little features, not necessarily in their face or how they look, but how they are in general. Have you ever seen The Golden Compass? It’s like that, where everyone has an animal inside him or her, though this was something I did before I saw the film. I try to find humans in animals and find animals in humans. It’s a very human thing I think, when someone loves their dog like it’s their child. If I owned a dog I think I would treat it like a child, or a friend. Do you have an animal persona for yourself? Everyone says I look like a chipmunk, but I feel like a hamster. I like to make little nests… I’d either be a hamster or a squirrel.

Your imagination feeds your work but the initial ideas come from your subconscious, do you find it easy to categorise your thoughts and your position as an artist? I wish it was as simple as that, but it isn’t. I’m quite bad about talking about my work, as I don’t really understand it myself. It’s hard because people want answers, want to know things and to like it. I think if someone can connect with an artist and their ideas, then they can like their art. In the same way when you look at something, you know if you like it or if you don’t, but then if you know what it’s about you can like it more. With a lot of my work I don’t know what it’s about. I think people should just chill out with the whole, ‘what does it mean?’ thing. I think that really started to happen when the modern art movement came in and now it’s all about ‘what is this about’, with artists trying to be clever. But I’m not trying to be clever. I’m not really clever and I wouldn’t want to try, especially with my art! Moving back to your introspective nature and your desire to work from your subconscious, how do you initiate the drawing process?


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Wolkman © Diggy

Well white paper is awful so I usually find something that has some kind of mark on it. I feel like I need to do it now to understand it (at this point Crack hands over a reporters notepad and trusty black biro). I start out with a squiggle or something, and that something becomes a something else. I guess I do a lot of portraits and a line or a squiggle is where I get my inspiration from; it gets me going. I start to think, ‘if I draw this line then this could happen’ and go from there. Its like you start something that you don’t even mean to do. That’s an interesting way of working, in that you have no set boundaries or limits. Well the limit is my style and the limit is my subconscious. My imagination is my imagination. I don’t imagine in the same way as other people, so the only limit is myself. Sometimes I’ll just get massive urges to draw and that's usually when something nice has happened. There is one piece that came about when I was on my own in my house. I had a drink in the middle of the day, which I never normally do, and I was in this massive mood. I had all this energy and felt like I had to draw. I had nothing in the house to draw with, so I scrambled round and found this old bit of display board from the shop

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“I get inspired to do things because I get upset as I find it hard living and that’s what gives me inspiration, from the bad times and the good times – if I had it easily I probably wouldn’t draw.”


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Church Cry © Diggy

Sketchbook Work © Diggy

Take Me To Wonderland © Diggy

downstairs. I just grabbed it, got some charcoal and did this scribble. I really love it now. At first I just scribbled it out and now when I look at it its probably my best piece of art – I would never sell or get rid of it. You don’t strike me as the kind of person who would be precious about your selling your art. No, I’ve never felt like that because I just do it at the time and that’s my time with it and then what other people do with it or get from it is their own. But at that time it’s just for myself. I’m very selfish and inward in the way that I draw for myself and if people like it then that’s great, but for the moment it is just me trying to get out what I need to express, whatever that is. I’m not trying, it’s just my release in a silly way, I just do it and I feel good. Do you feel a bit like a fraud because you’re sketching and you can’t necessarily explain where your ideas are coming from, but when you put them down on paper, five or ten minutes later it looks fantastic and you can sell it on. Do you feel like an artist? I don’t actually. I feel like I should have a real meaning behind my work like other people do and that’s why for the last year I hadn’t done an

exhibition, because I didn’t understand why I was trying to sell my work. Why would I want to sell something I just do in the evening? I didn’t understand that and that’s actually what spoils it for me – trying to sell my work. Now working with Avalaan is a fair exchange – I did stuff for them now they’re promoting me. It’s a really nice exchange and that’s what I like.

So you prefer just being Diggy? I prefer doing what I do, having fun and doing things for people and they do things for me. I like that exchange, you know. If it becomes a business then its not fun. I’m not doing what I do to make money.

I don’t really want to make money from selling things that I’ve done as a hobby. A lot of the time I don’t even put a price on my work, not because I don’t want to sell a piece because I like it, but because I don’t understand why people would like it.

I’m actually happier when I’m trying to make money . I’m not poor but I try and I like the fact that you have to work really fucking hard. I like that hard life and I love what I do. I get inspired to do things because I get upset as I find it hard living and that’s what gives me inspiration, from the bad times and the good times – if I had it easily I probably wouldn’t draw.

Do you think you’ll ever have a eureka moment where you have a greater understanding of what you’re doing, do you want one?

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I don’t really want that, no. I don’t really like the art world. I did find it really hard when I first started out as I was really trying to sell my work too much and it spoilt it for me. Being in the art world and meeting people I didn’t like and trying to be a stupid artist, I hate that word. I tried to be ‘an artist’ and it spoilt it.

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gilles peterson //

© Gilles Peterson

“Because everything is quite restricted in Cuba, people don’t have anything to do. They don’t have TV. That’s why everyone is having sex or drinking rum. So when it comes to music, a lot of people are making the same music because they are all absorbing the same influences”


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People with aptitude are energising. The friends we know with overriding passions for their subject matter and vocation are often massive inspirations and fonts of knowledge. If your inspiration is music, it’s hard not be inspired by Gilles Peterson and the music he pushes to the fore. Peterson is a club DJ, a record producer, and since 1998, host of Radio 1’s ‘Worldwide’ show, in which he has premiered and pushed countless artists from all over the planet. A quarter of a century since he first played in Bristol, Peterson is back at new venue Tunnels playing his signature blend of Latin infused jazz, hip-hop and house music. Playing as part of a series of gigs put together by Havana Club and the man himself, Peterson is showcasing some of the music he has had the pleasure of being exposed to during his recent time in Cuba. The eclectic mix on tonight’s bill features Kumar – with his Cuban hip-hop, as well as the Havana Cultura Band – a live act assembled and curated by Peterson during his time in Cuba. It’s an eclectic and raw evening of music. The project, started 18 months ago, has seen Peterson travel to and from the iconic Caribbean isle unearthing the finest talent in order to compile a record of new and contemporary Cuban music. Released in 2009, Gilles Peterson presents Havana Cultura, is a snapshot of Cuban music in its modern essence. Taking the history of Buena Vista Social Club and building a new chapter in Cuba’s musical heritage was the challenge Peterson set himself 18 months ago. On the eve of his gig in Bristol, he was on hand to talk to Crack about the next chapter in the Havana Cultura series, the British attitude to world music and the state of British clubbing. Peterson explains the origins of the project: “It was quite a good opportunity for me to work with a brand that wanted to do something interesting and it was great they were going to help me attempt a project that would have been uncomfortable to approach on my own. It was a great idea, because it immediately took me out of my comfort zone. “Initially I only knew about the heritage of Cuban music and how it had affected other music I like. I went out to Havana 18 months ago to see if there was anything I could tap into that I liked. I was out there for a few days and managed to meet a few people who were into reggaeton as well as traditional jazz musicians and salsa musicians. I also met quite a lot of young up and coming people who were making hip-hop, which is quite interesting because of communist Cuba being what it is, and hip-hop being very much an American cultural expression.

Peterson explains: “Diplo and Switch were recently in Cuba for a Calle 13 show. Calle 13 are from Puerto Rico and are very pro Puerto Rican independence. They want to get away from the USA, so whenever they go to Cuba they are regarded as superheroes. They performed in Havana to 200,000 people and Diplo was there for that show. There is a real energy for that kind of music and reggaeton could do with a little bit of outside interest, particularly from the Europeans, as much of their influence is from Miami and their style of hip-hop. If you could throw them in with a Clipse, a Benga or a Toddla-T it’s going to be fascinating. “Because everything is quite restricted in Cuba, people don’t have anything to do. They don’t have TV. That’s why everyone is having sex or drinking rum. So when it comes to music, a lot of people are making the same music because they are all absorbing the same influences and they aren’t necessarily getting the opportunity to do things independently without being watched over. There is an awful lot of talent, but not a great deal of originality, so that’s what I’m trying to bring into the next project. “We’ll also push a number of artists from the first record, most notably Donay. I think she’s a superstar in the making. She’s going to be coming to Europe for the Havana Cultura band shows we are doing at the Barbican and other places. For me it’s about being able to find people who are incredibly talented and get them heard outside of Cuba.” While Peterson can take much of the credit for fronting the project, he has been supported at every turn by Havana Club rum. This has given the project an authentic Cuban feel and kept the heritage of the project firmly in tact. Peterson explains: “Havana Club are really behind the music and have a real relationship with the Cuban Government as it's made in Cuba. As part of their relationship they put something back into Cuban culture.”

“There are clubs that get it really right. For example in New York there is Cielo, a club called the The Block in Tel-Aviv, and there are a number of clubs in Tokyo that do the same thing. These are clubs that aren’t owned by people who want to sell drinks. These are clubs run by people who are really passionate about DJ culture and the heritage of it, so they understand the line between Studio 54 and today. These are clubs where you play vinyl and it sounds better than any form of digitised record. In most places in the UK you can’t even play vinyl, because no one knows how to set up a turntable. It is ironic that in England, which is such a great place for sound system and dance culture, there isn’t a club, where everyone behind the club appreciate the heritage involved.” “No is prepared to spend £300,000 – £400,000 on a sound system and then be very strict on the door, because you always end up with people in there you wouldn’t want. You want music lovers, not fashion heads. Unfortunately fashion is more popular in the UK than music at the moment. Hopefully that’s all set to change in the next few years." Peterson is definitely born from the old school, where the movement in music is as important as the music itself and the way the music is presented matters as much as the record. As the popularity of the DJ rises and the technology means anyone can have a go, Peterson is complimentary about those who harness the spirit he is talking about.

“I think the drug thing has eventually had a huge negative effect on the culture of clubbing. Most people want to get wasted, so it’s very rare that you go to places in the UK where it is pure people and music. I’m not anti drugs, but the extent of it has become

“The brand then wanted me to do a compilation of the music I discovered out there and record some of those I’d met. The first volume of the project came out in 2009. It was recorded in four days in a studio called Egram, which is the studio where they recorded Buena Vista Social Club. “We decided to get the record out quickly and give a base to all these new musicians. In those four days we made a record, I did a documentary for the BBC and I did a photo shoot. It was really well received when we put it out and it generated some really good exposure for the people involved. As a result there was a lot of interest in us touring it live. So I went over there last week (May 9th) to rehearse the band and I also made another record with a singer called Donay, who sings on the first volume of the compilation. She’s set for great things.” Peterson’s ability to harness these musical forces is as much a testament to his personable character as his passion for music. Cool, eloquent and smart, Peterson’s demeanour is one of assured confidence minus the arrogance of one who has been in the game as long as he has. His knowledgeable rhetoric does all his talking for him. This is no more visible than the Havana Cultura project and how he intends to develop a second record. If the first record Peterson created was about showing the abundance of talent in Cuba, the second wave of the project, which Peterson is planning at the moment, is going to be quite a different listen altogether. Peterson explains: "I’m basically bringing in a lot of contemporary producers to work with a lot of the hip-hop and reggaeton scene. So basically I’m going to get people like Diplo, Toddla-T and Benga, who are your beat makers, and throw them together with some of the authentic Cuban musicians. “There are some really expansive producers at the moment and dubstep has really opened the door to a lot of original production. So you’ve got people like Ramdanman, Untold and Scuba really pushing it. A lot of these people are incredibly talented in the studio, so getting someone like Scuba to go in with a bunch of reggaeton freaks from Havana will be amazing.” Peterson is especially keen on the likes of Diplo and Switch who managed to harness a whole host of dancehall influences on their recent Major Lazer project. He is hopeful something similar will take place with the second installment of the project.

depressing really.” Havana Club have bankrolled the project and this has meant Peterson has felt support at every level, not least because the brand involved are authentically Cuban and have associated the project with a high-calibre of personnel from the off. “I’ve done a few things like this before and they’ve been disastrous. I genuinely pull out of these things when I realise they aren’t quite right. With Havana Club it’s been brilliant. The guy that was fronting the project, a French chap called Francois, is a massive fan of Cuban music and is very hip to where it all fits in. He is also a massive music fanatic and he thought I’d be the perfect person to guide people to the Havana Cultura website through the project. “The other thing, is a lot of the people who worked on this project are from France, and France is a much more culturally aware place than England. Those who have grown up there have so many more world music influences on their everyday lives and are much hipper to it, whereas in England it’s still a bit WOMAD and a bit Andy Kershaw. They have a radio station in Paris called Radio Nova, which is probably the most exciting and interesting radio station in the world because it has huge listening figures, but will play LCD Soundsystem alongside something like Young Marble Giants. It’s an approach to music you’d never get over here.” It’s the dynamism of the approach that galvanises Peterson as much as the music itself. In other countries where media output is less controlled by commercial forces, it often results in a much greater expression of cultural ideas and therefore a much richer variation in available music. This is something that clearly riles Peterson especially when it comes to British club culture. “The shocking thing about clubs in the UK is there are so few good sound systems. Sub Club in Glasgow and Plastic People in London are both really good. Then you’ve got clubs like Fabric and Ministry of Sound that have been hijacked by different audiences on different nights, which means you can’t get in there and inject your own spirit. They have absolutely banging sound, but they have no subtlety and they are probably two of the best. So in London it’s basically a disaster.”

“The kind of DJ's I’m talking about are the classic house DJs like Louie Vega or Joe Claussell, or nowadays Giles Smith and the Detroit people like Theo Parrish. Some of the South American DJ’s like Luciano or Ricardo Vilalobos have this same spirit too. “The drum and bass boys, even the good ones like Clipse, rock up to the club, do their thing for 60 minutes or 90 minute sets. No one goes to those nights and plays for six hours in the UK, because there isn’t a club for guys like that to go and play for that long. In Japan your set starts at midnight and it finishes at midday.

“The short opening times here are annoying too, coupled with the fact there are too many drugs. I think the drug thing has eventually had a huge negative effect on the culture of clubbing. Most people want to get wasted, so it’s very rare that you go to places in the UK where it is pure people and music. I’m not anti-drugs, but the extent of it has become depressing really. There are some clubs in the UK that have great management and great people who put together great line-ups, but I don’t think the crowd going there now will be there in 10 years time. These are clubs that represent a period in your life, not the duration of your life. “One club we really miss in London is The End, because the people who ran it were music fans. They understood where techno began, where house ended and who to have on different nights.” Peterson’s passion is infectious and his opinions are made from someone who has been on the inside of music for years. His relationship with the record, the medium and the music is ingrained to a level where many never venture during their life. His work with Cuban musicians is another chapter in this man’s remarkable relationship with music in its broadest terms.

To listen to Gilles Peterson’s Havan Cultura compilation check out www. havana-cultura.com

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When Crack was having luncheon in its favourite sandwich eatery, we stumbled across Mavis. Two hours later she’d told us how to sort things out with our girlfriends and had given us advice on sex, drugs and how to survive this mean game called life. She sorted us right out. We promptly asked her whether she fancied helping Bristol with it’s crack problems. This is what she's got to say.

Dear Crack,

Mavis,

Dear Crack

I have a fear of seagulls. It started when I was a little girl when one landed on my head and stole my ice cream. I have been traumatised ever since and now I can’t enjoy a trip to the beach without shitting myself from fear of these evil birds. Any suggestions how I can conquer this?

My life has been ruined by Facebook! My Grandma saw a photo of me with coke round my nose and now I’m disowned by the family. I also forgot to poke my bezzie mate Tracey back, so she isn’t talking to me, and I accidentally put that I was in a relationship with my lecturer so my long distance boyfriend has dumped me. Help! This virtual world has ruined me!

I am a hairless man! Not only am I bald, but I have no hair on any part of my body either. I seem to do alright with the ladies, but whenever it looks like it may head to the bedroom I lose my cool. I expect they will just laugh at my bald piece and think I am a mere boy who has escaped puberty. It’s getting in the way of all fun.

Patrica, St Pauls

Dom, Redland

Mavis:

Mavis:

“People need to get a real life and stop taking this shit seriously! Either delete your account or make a Facebook group called ‘Get outside and stop fucking my face...Kids these days.”

“Have you ever considered becoming a professional swimmer? They have to shave their hair off anyway so this may impress the ladies and serve as an excuse in the bedroom. If it really bothers you, consider having a hair transplant. I can assure you most ladies will think it rather cute in this modern era where men pay to get their sack, back and crack waxed.”

Nick, Hengrove

Mavis: “It is a well-known fact that seagulls fear old men with moustaches, so don this disguise when you next venture to the beach, and I can guarantee the birds will leave you alone. You get me?.”

Dear Mavis, Dear Crack, I have a third nipple and I keep getting referred to as the girl from Total Recall with three tits! All the Arnie impressions are really strating to get to me. I think my mum lived near a power station when I was conceived and now I am paying the price. What shall I do? Claire Bennet, Southmead

I have an obsession with Lionel Ritchie. My walls are plastered with posters of him and I have all his music, including a signed copy of the single ‘Hello’. All my mates tease me and my mum says I’m too young to love a looser who likes blind women. Tell me, what’s so wrong? Jo, Cheltenham

Mavis: “Bennet. You know when I said it would all be alright... I lied! Ahhahaha... Sorry, I couldn't help myself. I'll be back...with an answer”

Mavis: “There are many things wrong with Lionel I’m afraid. Did you know he was caught streaking through a restaurant full of pensioners wearing nothing but a banana strapped to his nether regions? Now those old dears have panic attacks whenever that yellow fruit comes near them. Your mama’s right I’m afraid, ditch this old hoolio and get an upgraded obsession.”

If you have any problems that need addressing please get in contact and drop our Mavis an email: mavis.botswinga@youlovecrack.com


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lara angol Below - An image from Lara's Tights Magazine. The magazine aims to take ordinary objects and transfroms them beyond their prpose All styling and editing by Lara Angol www. issuu.com/tightsmagazine www.laraangol.com

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Gordon Brown’s election dreams lie like torn betting slips on a bookie’s floor. We backed that old horse, hoped cheered and jeered, but in the end – after the haggard old beast tumbled over the Iraqi invasion, a global financial meltdown and through an expenses scandal – we enacted that often-cheapened mantra and backed ‘Change’. Not too convincingly though, mainly because change in the form of David Cameron’s heavily media backed policy-spinning Conservatives didn’t look all that different. And there’s something that stuck in our throats - fear of Thatcher? The glaze of sweat that gathered on his chin during the TV debates? Hague? In the end though, Britain won. It sounds like one of those newspeak sound bites we have grown ever more cynical of, but this time, MediaSpank means it. After watching hours of streaming news feeds and fighting to post and cover every tit bit of news it’s time to get back to business - the coalition is good for the country. Conservative views have been tempered by a range of policy concessions which far outweighed the Lib Dems’ share of the seats and the deal has brought in some of the top talent from the Left who we may have never seen in government. And MediaSpank isn’t alone in thinking that we’ve set in motion a quiet and very British political revolution. The public has realised this election, more than any other, that votes aren’t translating into seats and that

our electoral system is heavily weighted in favour of two much maligned centre-of-the-middle parties. The public didn’t vote for a hung parliament, but what was clear from the Conservatives lack of ability to capitalise on a palpable air of discontent, is this system isn’t working.

cut through this political mediocrity. Who was this plucky newcomer? Well we weren’t sure at first, and we liked him a little less when we found out what his policies were, but you can think of him as the embodiment of our dissatisfaction, distrust and plain boredom – Cleggmania had come to town.

It was ridiculous toward the end though, wasn’t it? Live bloggers strapped to their screens, BBC helicopters circling over head (take note Osborne; that would be a fine place to start swinging your axe), endless shots of politicians getting in and out of cars and then wait; 1606: “Large holdalls are being loaded into two government cars at the back of Number 10", reports the BBC News channel's chief political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg.

In the end though, then-Home Secretary Alan Johnson’s slow puncture metaphor turned out to be true and Nick’s ten-point poll bounce turned into a once percent increase in share of the vote, and conversely a 10% seat loss, come election day.

Brown, or ‘the squatter’ to the non-constitutionally informed Sun writers, is leaving! But no, after the news sets flocks of media folk Tweeting and puts Sky News’ absolutely terrible Kay Burley in a twist, they turned out to be police bags...apparently. But, before we got into the depths of tight-lipped coalition talks, watching them on the campaign trail became harder and harder to stomach by the day; Tea and biscuit moments, appearances with Oscar winning Hackney-born actors, un-buttoned shirts and rolled up sleeves, Cameron and his fucking ‘Love Pod’. MediaSpank yearns for that few glorious hours after that first debate when it looked like someone could

And that’s the big problem. Whipped into hysteria by the right-wing press, the electorate almost immediately associated Clegg’s amnesty policy for immigrants THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN HERE TEN YEARS with a reality that would led to a deluge of foreign types. Then, when they could have gone with the nation’s mood, the newspapers stuck to their guns and ran an outrageous series of anti-Clegg headlines. Over the next few days we found out that he had made ‘Nazi slurs’ against Britain, paid political donations straight into his bank account (although it actually cost him money when he paid more out) and that perhaps, because he had some foreign ancestry, he wasn’t really British at all. When the wake of Clegg’s pounding was beginning to clear, a little old lady called Duffy gave us a tantalising glimpse of humanity after a dull few days and set

Brown up for another round of beatings. Gordon had been caught out calling a now ex-Labour voting constituent a bigot, and she reacted much like your grandmother might. Journalists where literally salivating at the bit on hearing the tape, particularly the Sky News producer who first heard the comments and later wrote on her blog that she had felt the 'heavy hand of history' resting on her shoulder. Apparently the public wasn't as bothered and Brown’s ratings barely flinched. In the end we had to watch the Cameron and Clegg morph into a blue-yellow Torberal monster, in the otherwise tranquil settings of Downing Street’s Rose Garden – in a not very palpable, but overall better result than we’d hoped. And where did MediaSpank cast its vote in all of this... I agree with Nick. I agree with Nick. I agree with Nick. I agree with Nick. I agree with Nick. I agree with Nick. I agree with Nick.

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Sometimes a band is not so much about a set of individuals with talents, or a set of individuals upholding a talented singer. It’s about an ethos and an attitude to music that goes beyond the immediacy of the people, person or records involved. Historically, the majority of the best movements, people and attitudes in music are born out of codes of practice and behaviour that have been at odds with the mainstream. Movements of collectively transcending music bring people closer together. If the music is great too, then it’s a stunning combination. Francois Marry is the Frenchman the brain behind Francois and The Atlas Mountains - a delightful, semi-Bristol based, DIY folk music ensemble. Francois is the name on the operation, yet the operation is significantly different in comparison to most other bands. The MySpace page for Francois And The Atlas Mountains lists 20 members. Not because Francois has enlisted the help of a full brass section or The London Philharmonic, but because he has a lot of friends that play instruments. Instead of having a fixed line-up, Francois enlists the help of those who are able to play. “My band list changes all the time, almost every show we have a different line-up. It changed recently because we had to tour and promote the album a little bit more professionally. But when we do take on the DIY ethos it’s great. We are all friends and we move

around instruments and others join in. It’s great.” Much of this collective has been formed around the Bristol folk label Stich-Stich, as Francois explains: “I grew up in La Rochelle, North of Bordeaux and there wasn’t much of a music scene there. I came to Bristol in 2003 to take a job as a French assistant. In the first week I was here I went to The Cube cinema and I met lots of musicians who were signed to Stich-Stich Records. The main ones were the band I Know I Have No Collar and My Two Toms. I found there was a very interesting scene going on and a lot of DIY culture.” Bubbling away under the surface lays a multitude of bands, not just connected with the Stich-Stich imprint, but each other. Bands like Arctic Circle and Ladybird are gems, who have remained under the immediate surface of mainstream Bristol attention. This is the brilliant and most immediately obvious characteristic about the Stich-Stch imprint and the ethos employed by Francois and his ever-changing band roster. Not desperately seeking attention, but pursuing their own path with integrity and a high musical quality. Francois’s sound is full of summer, bike rides and rural pleasures. His current album - Plane Inondable, is twee, melodic and bilingual. Released on the equally brilliant Fence records, the album has seen Francois’s live effort take on a more rigid structure. “Touring the new album has been great because it’s had some big promotion in France and as a consequence we have had shows on bigger stages.

This has been different for me because in the past my performances have been based on energy and enthusiasm. Now I realise I have to channel everything through the two main speakers because on that big stage people are further away from you. I still try and improvise though and not stick too rigidly to the formula. I try and play old songs and new songs. I feel we have the DIY ethos down to a tee, I feel more comfortable.” Francois is also an artist in the traditional sense, producing a number of animations to accompany his songs. The watercolour resonance for the track Be Water, is a really stunning and captivating piece of work that visualises the intelligence, the thematic beauty and subtlety of Francois’s music. In a city not usually noted for its folk music, the fact Francois has found such brilliant influences and friends in the folk community of Bristol is testament to the diversity of Bristol as a musical hub. An example of a wonderful musical scene bubbling under the surface of the city, the DIY folk community centred around Stich-Stich records is to be celebrated and enjoyed. “It’s very cool this scene in Bristol and it is very much centred around The Cube and Café Kino. When I first moved to Bristol, Stokes Croft was a very cool area, not many people knew about it. It does seem to have gained a much wider publicity since I’ve been here.” With justification, Francois has found a great and

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anger A quick look through the Crack magazine video blog, while not only heralding many a laugh, showcases a particular video by Adam Buxton that sums up the state of modern festivals. Aptly titled The Middle Class Festival Song, Buxton tells the story of his mate who goes in his 4x4 to attend brilliantly made-up festivals with names such as Chillax, The Inoffesive Electronica Festival and Pimms In The Park. The chorus talks of him “loading his chill bag with nibbles and wine”, and going to the Advert Stage to see Moby. It’s a bang-on parody summing up the state of the modern festival. As live music has become and more popular, the number of festivals has dramatically increased and the corporate fuckers have wrapped their fat fingers round many of them. Even Glastonbury, widely considered to be the first and last bastion of cutting-edge festival experience, has suffered in recent years, with watered down line-ups (James Blunt anyone), sound and noise curfews (rock’n’roll), and a very middle-aged crowd (no revolution in the air). Festival clothing, VIP festival packages, stages sponsored by companies, mobile charge points and worst of all the music. So much fucking shit music. Take the prime culprit - V Festival. My first and main problem is Virgin sponsor it, that’s an appalling start. When making the fatal mistake of going there a number of years back, we were told politely to keep the noise down by security because we’d wake the families. What the fuck? It was like I’d mistakenly walked into a crèche drugged up to my eyeballs and armed with firewood and cider. And yet again the music!!!! Have a quick look at who

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played for a full day on one of their stages last year: The Saturdays, Will Young, N-Dubz, Asher Roth, Tinchy Stryder and Pixie Lott. If I’m not mistaken, all the above have at some point sold a huge amount of records to people under the age of 14. I’m not against people who like watered down,

Crack’s World Cup Specials

unimaginative music, as long as they don’t inflict it on me. What I’m against is corperate monoliths, like the

It’s the World Cup. So let’s just say productivity might

V-Festival, sucking the life out of the traditional spirit of

be somewhat decreased by the lack of attention we’ll be

the festival.

paying culture and how much attention we’ll be paying Wayne Rooney’s fitness. After an hour or so deliberating

You know…the festival. Contrary to popular belief these

and placing some pretty heavy wedge down, here are our

days, a festival is not watching 15 or so bands, getting

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pissed and going home to recover. I’m talking about people coming together collectively, under the banner of unity, dialogue and performance. Where you can get

Spain to win the World Cup and Wayne Rooney to be top

off your tits without worrying about the police presence.

goalscorer – 46/1

Where you can meet a third generation Goa hippy called

South Africa to be the furthest progressing African

Frog, as well as Alan, who is a builder and a part-time

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England to score most goals - 8/1

about the relative merits of cheeses. Before getting a

Brazil to be eliminated in the group stage – 7/1

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England to win the World Cup – 7/1

hours, before watching an experimental folk band

David Villa to be top goalscorer – 10/1

from Cirencester blow your brain out with their time

Peter Crouch to be top goalscorer – 50/1

signatures. Then falling in love with your mates again over some German techno, going for a walk in the woods and then returning to bed convinced you’ve just changed

So if England win the World Cup and Crouchy comes

the space time continuum…Alternatively, Snow Patrol

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1. Selects (5) 4. Dirty pool of water (3, 6) 9. A woman’s bedroom (7) 10. Marital ceremony (7) 12. R2D2 or Johnny 5 for example (5) 11, 13, 26 & 27. Saying to shut people up (5, 4, 2, 4, 4, 3, 5, 2) 14. Coming into existence (8) 17. Stinky Italian cheese (8) 19. Pre-marital bachelor party (4, 2) 22. Boy’s name (5) 24. A lot (of fish perhaps) (4, 5) 28. Ineffectively (9) 29. Bored (3, 2)

1. Hair in funny places? (5) 2. To put to death by nailing hands and feet to a cross (7) 3. Oxo for example (5, 4) 4. Surname of Eddie, Danny and Brittany (6) 5. Relaxing period (4, 4) 6. Bovine boob (5) 7. Trickle – drivel – slaver (7) 8. 33 + 7² (6, 3) 13. Without preparation (9) 16. West Indies island (8) 18. Slip back into former state (7) 20. Proceed – McVitie’s range of snacks (2, 5) 21. Proceed past something (4, 2) 23. Eliminate (5) 25. Technique to work out abdominal muscles (3, 2)

Solution to last issue's Crossword:

ACROSS: 7. Illogical, 8. Krang, 10. Big Boned, 11. Creche, 12 + 15. Saw Nipples, 13. Ice Lolly, 15. See 12 Across, 17. Knee-cap, 20. Derriere, 22. Share, 25. Viagra, 26. Category, 27. Scram, 28. Lawn Mower DOWN: 1. Elvis, 2. Boo Boo, 3. Viennese, 4. Band Aid, 5. Arse Hole, 6. In The Lead, 9. GCSE, 14. Timepiece, 16. Paraguay, 18. Nicotine, 19. Red Coat, 21. Et al, 23. Egg Nog, 24. Greet

Horoscopes (because we can see into the future n’ that)

Aries – A storm is brewing between friends and before long your life will transform into an episode of Hollyoaks. It’s up to you to do a runner or let the drama envelope your life. If you choose to hop-it then you’ll be thankful to be away from mates slapping on the fake tan, bleaching hair and acting poorly. The sexual disease count is also highly likely to go through the roof. That oneway ticket to Guatemala may suddenly seem like a good idea.

Taurus – Religious tendencies will appear over the next two months when you attend a local Sunday service. Forgetting that those who abstain till marriage are often the horniest people on the planet, the likelihood is you’ll end up getting serviced by a lady called Margaret, who invites you to a coffee morning with the other ‘girls’ from the village, “who love a bit of young totty”. Who said religion was a waste of time?

Gemini – With Venus and Mars in alignment this month, you will experience split personality disorder. This will result in interesting scenarios such as inviting all your old school friends round for a reunion, then proceeding to tell them they are all wankers with shit lives and you are much better off without them. Suggesting an orgy in your shed will probably follow this. Confusing for them, and very regrettable.

Cancer – Your love of all things sweet has reached ridiculous proportions this month. You will start entering cake-eating competitions, wearing spandex shorts, string vests and start talking like a hillbilly. This will all be done in the name of cake addiction. No one likes a fatty, so be careful.

Leo – Animals will develop a natural repulsion toward Leos this month, so a trip to the safari park may be discouraged, unless you fancy the monkey mafia tearing your car to shreds then tipping off the lion pride that you’re a killer target. You will emerge rather bedraggled, if you are still alive. You will also find birds co-ordinating Hitchcock style attacks on you spontaneously.

Virgo – After spending far too much time on www.truelad.com you will end up smashed out of your head on Corn St every night for two months. You will shag approximately 40 different members of the opposite sex, empty River Island of their entire clothing selection and spend 30+ nights in a police cell… before shagging one of the force in your cell. Expensive and eventful. LAD.

Libra – After getting completely ketamised, you convince yourself a policewoman is being too harsh on one of your mates when she fines him for pissing in the fountains. You then proceed to have a fistfight with her to relieve the tension in your head, before pulling her hair till she submits. Do not take ketamine this month unless you want a community service order.

Scorpio – When you watch a VHS of the Princess Diana funeral you will get all nostalgic and run round purchasing a whole host of Diana memorabilia. Candle in the Wind will not leave your stereo and the Queen and Prince Charles will adorn your dartboard full of holes. Diana will be the queen of your heart forever, unless you resist.

Sagittarius – You will become a magnet for all things dodgy, so beware of cowboys offering you their services over the next few months. If you are suspicious of the ‘Crazy Paving’ van that rocks up outside your yard, perform some ‘Home Alone’ style shit to secure your property. Tips include swinging paint cans and grease on the stairs.

Capricorn – Self-righteous trustafarians are twats. So don’t become one – even if the urge takes you. No one likes a person who preaches rastafarian teachings even though their Dad is a QC and owns half of Berkshire. God didn’t come from Jamaica and alcohol is not the devil juice. If you get an offer to put your hair in dreads and join the Socialist Worker, remember the size of your bank account and your Eton education.

Aquarius – All Aquarian men will grow beards of epic proportions. This in turn will see an epic life switch with Aquarian men wearing sandals and socks, catching any bit of food that comes their way, and transforming into mouldy monsters of facial hair. Beards are a force to be reckoned with, but turning into a tramp is not a strong par.

Pisces – Perhaps a bit of summer sunshine will bring a bit of interest to your boring life. Go on fucking holiday and least try and have some fun.

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After the mixed success of Ecstasy, (your reggae/techno crossover night) do you intend to throw any more parties for the Bristol student masses? Unfortunately I’m still paying off my debts from ecstasy, but my student loan is coming in soon - so hold your breath Bristol.

© High Renaissance Man

Have you been exploring outside of Clifton at all?

Have you got any essential fashion tips this summer?

Went to the bridge when my bank statement came through for a think. Spent about three hours there.

I would just recommend having a theme in mind. I was doing the election theme all of last week. The BNP actually proved the most fashionable, which I thought was pretty poignant… in a way.

What is it about Bristol that pushes your creative juices when making music?

And on that note, what are your plans for the summer?

How is the Banksy dissertation going? I got an anonymous letter from someone that was blatantly him, as it was written in monkey stencils. I think it implied that my dissertation was going to devalue his art, but I’m going to use it as my conclusion. Has the sound of Matthew getting his freak on meant anymore sleepless nights for you? Mathew has not got his freak on this week, as he says all the girls he sleeps with have syncronised their menstrual cycles. It's going to be a tough week for him. He’s calling it his ‘Thermopylae’

I don’t create music. I produce it. But mainly it’s the music that inspires me.

Three words: Cornwall, Tresco, Valdalobos, Ibiza. Have you ever double dropped?

Have you been making any fresh beats of late? I’m thinking about mixing David Guetta with the last post-bugle tune they use on Remembrance Sunday in order to rasie some money for Help For Heroes.

They say that good things come in pairs… but I actually have quite a sensitive stomach. If you had to shag The Queen to stay at Bristol University would you do it?

How’s the love life? Complicated as ever I bet?

On a scale of one to chilled how do you find Bristol?

A lot of girls come up to take their photo with me since the documentary came out, but they never stick around for much longer.

Chilled but not arctic. Last I remember Fabric was in London, that's arctic.

Are you staying in Bristol when you finish your History of Art Degree?

Did you ever catch up with that pesky fucker of a DJ who cashed your cheque?

Turns out I actually finished it last year. Matthew told me it was a fouryear course and I stupidly believed him. Maybe if I had known they were actually my finals last year I would have turned up.

I saw him in the street and I bought him a few pints, which was nice of him.

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Well I think we are actually related in some vague way. Might be a bit gross hahaha. She’s also fucking dull.

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Bristol Creates. Still here, still weird, still fun.

Swonkey

Fleamur

Le Horse

Hipporatamus

By: Emma // Age 21 // Hairdresser

By: Suzie // Age 22 // Designer

By: Cam // Age 21 // Artist

By: Katie // Age 22 // Student

The Swonkey looks lovely, but is actually a massive prick. Two of the sweetest animals on the planet, the humble donkey and the beautiful swan, have combined in a case of two negatives definitely not making a positive. Basically, the Swonkey doesn’t like anyone, even other Swonkeys. They have sex once, shut their eyes during it and continue marching around with utter disgust for all other animals.

The Fleamur lives in trees; it carries disease and walks round with a moderately satanic grin on its leering face. Quite the disconcerting specimen.

Lehorses are from the seahorse family. However, instead of the female passing on her eggs to the male, Lehorses fire their eggs at anything and anyone and use them to carry their babies instead. A direct and accurate hit from a Lehorse can result in anyone acting as a baby carrier and a rather surprising birth.

This animal is far cry from vermin we see scuttling around our dustbins late at night. Instead it is a creature of elegance, style and beauty. The rat and the hippo share 98.7% of the same DNA and make surprisingly compatible bedfellows. They enjoy a good bit of dialogue, before getting wasted and having rabid sexual intercourse.

Parronail

Pigda

Porcog

Hog

By: Jamie // Age 25 // Inspiration Coach

By: Deano Marino // Age 26 // Recruitment Bad Man

By: Lilly // Age 2 // Artist

By: The Hague // Age 25 // Teacher

The Parronail loves nothing more than sitting in the treetops and blazing the chronic. Also known as the ‘Paranoid Android’ of the animal kingdom, this creature is a result of a mass rape by snails one night in the Amazon… A troubled life and a troubled mind.

In a bid to save Pandas, a conservation team tried breeding them with a rare specie of pig. The results were catastrophic. Now all around Asia these hybrids are raiding any larders they can get their hands on and have turned into huge, fat beasts. The only animal with a recognised eating disorder.

Spiky and bouncy, this porcupine and frog hybrid is a disjoined, odd animal, that has few friends and a very weird persona. They often accidentally hurt other animals and are in a constant state of apology. They also play magic cards.

The Mog has often been described as the 'mad bastard' of the animal kingdom as it will do anything under a bit of peer pressure. This had led to odd scenarios like squashed Mogs on the motorway and even a Mog at the top of Everest. This animal will do anything in the name of bant.

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