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Lady Leshurr: Flying The Flag For UK Hip-Hop

Lady Leshurr has been spitting bars since the age of 6. At 14, she released her first mixtape and since then has been slowly climbing the tumultuous ladder of success with a fervour rarely seen. Born Melesha O’Garro, the Birmingham native found that when she started out in the industry, playing shows and being taken seriously was a hard path to navigate. Quitting her job to focus on music full-time, she moved away from her family to London with...
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16 November 2017

5 Minutes With: Prateek Kuhad

Delhi-based singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad is one of India’s rising stars. Having firmly established himself in the Indian independent circuit, he has gone on to garner international acclaim with performances at SXSW, New York and Toronto. With a few releases under his belt, Kuhad has been featured on soundtracks for movies and found his ascension within the industry to be endless. We caught up with Kuhad for a quick chat before he plays Echoes...
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15 November 2017

Straight From The Sahara: Tinariwen, A Nomadic, Tuareg Band

“The Tuareg used to be people living free in the Sahara without borders,” reflected Abdullah Ag Alhousseyni. He’s the acoustic guitarist and second lead vocalist in Tinariwen, one of the world’s best known African bands. They have been exporting their acclaimed brand of ‘desert rock’ to a worldwide audience for over a decade now. Their art and music is a reflection of what they see in their nomadic culture as well as a means to educate...
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09 November 2017

Wild City Singled Out: October 2017

Wild City handpicks the most interesting one-off singles released by artists in South Asia in our monthly feature - Singled Out. If you’d like us to listen to your music, send the relevant info to music@thewildcity.com. ‘Chinbien’ by Begum [_RHL Remix] This remix is a stand-out this month. Consolidate founder _RHL comes through with an infectious remix of Delhi-based band; Begum’s Chinbien. 'Not It' by Heedless At 8 minutes and 51 seconds...
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03 November 2017

"I’m coming to snatch the throne”: Prabh Deep on ‘Class-Sikh’

‘Class-Sikh’, the debut LP from Delhi-based rapper Prabh Deep, is blaring over the speakers at VegNonVeg, India’s first multi-brand sneaker store. His nearest and dearest friends, some of whom make up rap group Seedhe Maut, are going bar for bar with the lyrics to ‘Kal (Future)’, a stand-out track on the album. The tight-knit circle bounce the words off each other, each person a ball of energy jumping up and down, unable to sustain their...
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20 October 2017

From The Ground Up: A Lunchtime Conversation About Radio

“The thing with radio is that it helps the artists develop in different ways,” Roska, label-owner and DJ and producer from London, said over a 5 ft long dosa. “When you got peers around you, when you got artists doing different things, it edges you on to do more and pushes you further.” Roska was sitting alongside longstanding NTS resident Tim Parker, and Mohammed Abood, co-founder of India’s first online community radio station boxout.fm....
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23 October 2017

Solace In Music: An Interview With Isolee

The first few years of Rajko Mueller, aka Isolee’s career were in a bubble. It was a small, enthusiastic scene comprised of people who loved music. “It was very exciting,” he told us over email. “Because it felt like something new was happening and we could take part and discover it, and contribute some music as well.” This was in 1996 in Frankfurt, Germany. 20 years later, the German artist is one of electronic music’s most renowned figures....
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26 October 2017

Kutiman Finds Inspiration Through The Internet

In 2009, YouTube wasn’t the ubiquitous platform it is today. It was still in a nascent stage; audiences worldwide were unsure of its true potential, especially musically. Ophir Kutiel, a musician from Tel Aviv in Israel, launched a project, ‘ThruYOU’, through his moniker Kutiman that was, arguably, one of the earliest things to go viral. ‘ThruYOU’ was an online music project that featured a mixture of samples of YouTube videos which, in...
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10 October 2017

5 Minutes With: Roska

Known for his distinctive sound that blends garage, grime, house and UK funky London-based Roska is hands down one of the UK’s most accomplished DJs and producers. After working with Rinse for a number of years and to continue pushing his distinctive sound, Roska started his own genre-blurring imprint, Roska Kicks & Snares (RKS) in 2008. The label is currently home to artists such as Doc Daneeka, MA1, Champion, and Gemmy. Following a successful...
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04 October 2017

Wild City Singled Out: September 2017

Wild City handpicks the most interesting one-off singles released by artists in South Asia in our monthly feature - Singled Out. If you’d like us to listen to your music, send the relevant info to music@thewildcity.com. ‘Recalling Past’ by The Silent Scream Each track by The Silent Scream is a tight, miniature soundtrack of its own. A cinematic landscape, ‘Recalling Past’ could easily be the score to a movie with so many anthemic layers...
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04 October 2017

nrtya: “The void between creator and listener must be filled.”

In the last few months, a number of artists have emerged out of the shadows and cemented a foot in the door of the alternative Indian music space. Several of them fall under the umbrella of nrtya, a Mumbai-based label whose determination coupled with their weekly releases has ensured a dedicated spot within the indie music space. Their weekly Thursday releases have been a bonafide breath of fresh air in an age when album launches have become constructed,...
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28 September 2017

Honesty and Authenticity: Telefon Tel Aviv Lives By These Virtues

“I’m just trying to stay honest with the stuff I’m making,” says Joshua Eustis, better known as Telefon Tel Aviv. “I just try to think about everything I’ve been making with authenticity and honesty.” Eustis' belief in genuine sincerity is the reason why he’s still relevant in the electronic music space more than a decade after he first started. Though after the tragic death of his bandmate, Charlie Cooper - Telefon Tel Aviv started...
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06 September 2017

Wild City Singled Out: August 2017

Wild City handpicks the most interesting one-off singles released by artists in South Asia in our monthly feature - Singled Out. If you’d like us to listen to your music, send the relevant info to music@thewildcity.com. 'Welcome State (Sandunes Remix)' by Elder Island During her stint in Europe, Sandunes aka Sanaya Ardeshir remixed a track by Bristol-based band Elder Island. Without overshadowing the original tune, Sandunes manages to create a...
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04 September 2017

Art Has No Boundaries: Saptan Stories

Most creatives would agree that art, as a whole, has no boundaries. It’s always had a singular ability to bring together those on opposite sides of the same fence; it tends to transcend the idea of so much that politicises and separates society while, in fact, discussing the very issues it’s eclipsing. Having artists, especially ones from nations fraught with a weighted history, come together over a project can show commonalities and is a good...
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01 September 2017

Dekmantel Festival 2017: The Highs & Lows

Cycling towards Amsterdam Bos, the impressive woodland surrounding the city and spanning over 1000 hectares - we were flooded with excitement... There’s clearly a reason why Dekmantel has become a mecca for so many across the world – loyal to their unique brand of events and festivals. In our third visit to the event, we thought we’d take a more in-depth look at what worked and what didn’t at arguably one the fastest rising festivals on the...
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14 August 2017

Mallika Taneja Remains Uncompromising In Her Vision

“I think, really, I’m a creature of opportunity, you know?” Mallika Taneja says over homemade french toast. Taneja is an actress and playwright whose last play ‘Thoda Dhyan Se’ brought her worldwide acclaim and attention. A confident playwright, Mallika’s next project ‘Rukaawat Ke Liye Khed Hai’ opens tomorrow in New Delhi before she embarks on a European tour. The play is co-produced with the Zürcher Theatre Spektakel who were interested...
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11 August 2017

Wild City Singled Out: July 2017

Wild City handpicks the most interesting one-off singles released by artists in South Asia in our monthly feature - Singled Out. If you’d like us to listen to your music, send the relevant info to music@thewildcity.com. 'Sonder' by Mero Ghostly vocals warp around an atmospheric beat that fades away into unintelligible chatter on this track from Mero, a Shillong-based artist. One for the club or headphones. 'Staring at the Moon' by TRODD The layered...
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03 August 2017

In Profile: Kasra, The Architect of Critical Music

Kasra Mowlavi wouldn’t be where he is today if it wasn’t for his group of friends in the 90s. 
The founder of Critical Music “dismissed electronic music” as a whole when he was younger, as he was more into "traditional alternative band music, guitar music in particular”. But his friends dragged him along to a few hardcore and garage shows. As Kasra attended more and more of these nights, he found that electronic music had a lot of similarities...
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27 July 2017

Wild City Singled Out: June 2017

Wild City handpicks the most interesting one-off singles released by artists in South Asia in our monthly feature - Singled Out. If you’d like us to listen to your music, send the relevant info to music@thewildcity.com. 'Healing' by alif.bae This Karachi-based producer has released a slew of tracks in the last month but it was his most recent release that's got us hooked. Laying down tracks that deserve their own beat tape, 'Healing' showcases...
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10 July 2017

Jwala: “It All Happened Because Of The Internet.”

The boys seem to speak a language of their own. That is to say, they’re talking a vernacular that seems to be fully theirs. The very slang that they exchange with each other, including memes, seems to go over my head. There’s a conversation happening between them at all times that they’re the only ones privy to; one they seem to grasp with ease. Comprised of a bunch of young producers, the oldest is 24-year-old Moebius (Nikunj Patel) whilst...
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29 June 2017

Consolidate: An Intimate Encounter With The Bangalore-Based Collective

Joe Panicker, one-half of Aerate Sound, isn’t visibly stressed. It’s only a few days until he plays with Naquash as Aerate Sound at Boiler Room in Bangalore, opening for Jlin, Sinjin Hawke and Zora Jones. Naquash, the calmer, quieter, more mellow half of the duo, walks around taking photos while Panicker talks as quick as the beats he produces: rapid-fire. As the rest of the Consolidate crew make their way to the table, Joe’s stress seems to...
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16 June 2017

5 Women Shaking Up The Pakistani Music Industry

This article was originally published on 27 March by Border Movement here. It was written by Rahim Khan. Ramsha Shakeel. Raania Durrani. Rahema Khan. Natasha Noorani. Natasha Ejaz. To the uninitiated these are but names, native to the subcontinent, female surely but otherwise unremarkable as names can go, standard appellations for your average Pakistani woman. Of course while their titles may seem average (with all due respect), their occupations...
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14 June 2017

A Comprehensive Guide To boxout.fm

India’s first-ever independent community radio station, boxout.fm has been steadily growing since its launch a little over 2 months ago. Having already hosted Romare as part of an incredible launch weekend, it’s now responsible for multiple live streams, a weekly residency in Delhi and its own ‘zine’ - quickly becoming the home of the underground. With so much going on, we’ve decided to break down boxout.fm and its various guises. Make sure...
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06 June 2017

“When An Artist Hits Rock Bottom, The Only Way To Go Is Up”: Bhrigu Sahni

“Everyone has to believe in themselves and push, push and push hard to achieve their goals," Bhrigu Sahni tells us over the phone. He truly believes that because without this particular motto, he wouldn’t be where he is today: leaving New York City to tour India after the release of his debut album, ‘What Is Now’. Bhrigu first started making music when he was a teenager, looking for an outlet for his creativity, “I remember vividly writing...
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09 June 2017

Wild City Singled Out: May 2017

Wild City handpicks the most interesting one-off singles released by artists in South Asia in our monthly feature - Singled Out. If you’d like us to listen to your music, send the relevant info to music@thewildcity.com. 'this feels like home' by Chrms This 16-year-old producer continues to have the capacity to surprise. After bursting onto the scene with the jaw-dropping ‘cherry’, Chrms’ latest track is an atmospheric (almost) 11-minute exploration...
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31 May 2017

Politics and Music: A Look Into BFR Sound System’s Documentary

Convinced of the role music can play in political activism, Taru Dalmia had long dreamed of building a sound system - representing the very origins of reggae music, a genre he has been involved in for over a decade. That dream became reality when Begum X (aka Samara Chopra) and Delhi Sultanate (Taru Dalmia) ran a successful campaign on Indiegogo to raise funds for the Bass Foundation Roots sound system - one of only 3 existing custom-built, Jamaican-style...
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29 May 2017

We’re All In This Together: A Discussion About Mental Health In The Music Industry

The music industry has recently taken major strides in addressing its most shameful secrets; sexism, sexual abuse, misogyny, homophobia and racism have been at the forefront of conversations around the world. And with social media ubiquitous for artists nowadays, several have taken to various platforms to start a discussion around these topics. Though each one of these issues has a long way to go in India, there’s one that seems ever prominent;...
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18 May 2017

Walking The Tightrope: The Delicate Nature Of Sampling Indian Music

Bollywood has been in existence for over a century; its sound within our cultural psyche, bringing together people over harmonious melodies and synchronised dancing. Indian classical and folk music have, in comparison, been around for centuries. Acclaimed artists like Lata Mangeshkar and A.R Rahman have become flagbearers for a universally accepted, cherished and inspiring sound the world over. Grammy award winners Missy Elliott and Kanye West along...
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04 May 2017

Wild City Singled Out: April 2017

Wild City handpicks the most interesting one-off singles released by artists in South Asia in our monthly feature - Singled Out. If you’d like us to listen to your music, send the relevant info to music@thewildcity.com. 'mykingmyqueen' by zzz Bollywood samples and traditional Indian instruments are blended in expertly on this track. Not much is known about this artist but with 6 tracks, including a fantastic remix of a Sandunes track, released...
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01 May 2017

Love Songs: An Interview With Romare

Archie Fairhurst stands tall - taller than you’d expect. When on stage, he’s low, head bowed down, energising his crowd. His mixes are effortless; a reflection of his dynamic take on music, a juxtaposition of his soft-spoken nature. Better known as UK-based producer Romare, Archie’s stage presence is one that comes naturally to him having been making music since he was a teenager, “I taught myself drums. I bought myself - well I guess my mom...
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13 April 2017

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