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The Beloved - Happiness

“I watched the sun rising over Nunhead in the distance”: The Beloved’s Jon Marsh on Happiness at 30

by Graeme Marsh

Jon Marsh talks about the background to Happiness on its 30th anniversary

Spotlight: Pixies’ Bossanova, 30 years on

by Sam Shepherd

Black Francis and co’s space-themed third, released just a year after their second, became their only Top 3 album. Is it their best?

The Beloved – Happiness (Special Edition) – Spotlight

by Graeme Marsh

On its 30th anniversary, Graeme Marsh looks back on how Happiness became the band’s defining moment

Max Richter: “It’s a legitimate thing for a creative work to have an activi...

by Steven Johnson

On new album Voices, social activism, music as utility and being creatively inspired by history and politics

Rufus Wainwright: “I have no qualms being loved by middle aged women” ̵...

by Michael Hubbard

On new album Unfollow The Rules, the 2020 presidential election, and ladies who lunge

Spotlight: Closer – Joy Division’s pure and final masterpiece at 40

by Ross Horton

Marking an anniversary reissue, Ross Horton examines the enduring influence and impact of the band’s second and final album

NZCA LINES: “Everything was raw and I felt angry, I was trying to make music that was...

by Steven Johnson

On new album Pure Luxury, American influences, music videos inspired by vintage films and incorporating big concepts

Pulled By Magnets: “It isn’t about darkness or light. It’s about energy and c...

by Daniel Paton

Seb Rochford on new album Rose Golden Doorways, exploring family heritage in India and inspiration in old texts

Sarah Jarosz: “I have to keep believing music can be healing. It has been for me&...

by Steven Johnson

On new album World On The Ground, writing in character, staying inspired by new music and winning Grammy Awards aged 18

One For Keeps: Björk – Post

by Ben Hogwood

Turning the clock back 25 years to an album that reveals so many sides of its author – by turns funny, punchy, irresistible, scary, outrageous,...

Norah Jones: “The world is falling down around us, and it has been for a while...

by Steven Johnson

On new album Pick Me Up Off The Floor, creating in lockdown, the joy of collaboration, and a turbulent world

This Music Made Me: GoGo Penguin

by musicOMH

Chris Illingworth, Nick Blacka and Rob Turner mine their music memories for the albums that have influenced them most

This Music Made Me: Sébastien Tellier

by musicOMH

The newly Domesticated Parisian pop genius and sometime Eurovision contestant recalls the albums that have influenced him most

One For Keeps: Iggy Pop – Lust For Life

by Ross Horton

Reissued as part of a box set commemorating his Berlin/Bowie Years, an album with a legacy that stretches further and wider than any of his...

Jennifer Touch: “My need to play live is raw and pure” – Q&A

by Ross Horton

Vintage synth sounds inform her moody, danceable yet aggressive electro debut album Behind The Wall

One For Keeps: Teenage Fanclub – Grand Prix

by Steven Johnson

On its 25th anniversary, Steven Johnson celebrates a glorious, career-defining fifth album

This Music Made Me: Teddy Thompson

by musicOMH

As he releases his new album Heartbreaker Please, a tour through the albums that have influenced him most

Jade Hairpins: “It’s bright, happy music, gunning for a residency on the li...

by Sam Shepherd

Fucked Up’s Jonah Falco on laying out a bunch of feel good summer tinged tunes with his new outfit

Sparks: “You never know when you’re foretelling the future in a song” ...

by Ben Hogwood

Ron Mael on the brothers’ new album A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip, keeping sane in lockdown and the absolute necessity of music

One For Keeps: Pulp – Different Class

by Ross Horton

In the 25th anniversary year of its release, and on the day Common People went on sale, Ross Horton remembers one of the finest British...

Tim Burgess: “I just dream, and that’s how songs come now” – Interview

by Ben Hogwood

With his new album I Love The New Sky out this week, the sometime Charlatan talks Twitter, isolation and the post-pandemic world