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Wild City Singled Out: January 2018

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.t ‘Narayani’ by phatcowlee A blend of Nepali vocals and the soft strums of a guitar evokes emotions of lost loved ones, fond long-lost memories and happier times. 'Swaad Anusar' by karv A simple loop on repeat for 3 minutes...
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06 February 2018

Spotlight: nrtya’s Weekly Releases

Mumbai-based label nrtya are barely a year old. Yet, they boast a surprising number of artists on their roster. Their weekly Thursday uploads are consistent, focusing on music from a diverse range of cities and people - and it’s completely independent. nrtya signed off 2017 with a slew of releases making it hard to choose just one track for December’s Singled Out feature. So, after the melee that comes with the end of the year, we’ve decided...
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19 January 2018

Wild City Singled Out: December 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.   'trust' by Slowspin Unfurls by Slowspin Showing yet again why she’s one of Pakistan’s most enigmatic producers, Slowspin lets her distinctive voice float over a soft and simple chord to round out her latest EP. 'asthayi' by...
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10 January 2018

Teebs Sees A Healthier World On The Horizon

The pauses Mtendere Mandowa (better known as Teebs) takes between his sentences allow him to formulate his thoughts at his own pace; it’s as if he’s searching for the exact right combination of words to articulate what he’s saying. This feature is evident throughout his life whether it's in his music, painting or how he views the world and its societal problems. “I feel like, in general, I’m pretty slow process-wise,” he explained. The...
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14 December 2017

Khruangbin Aren’t Defined By Their Quirks

For most, Khruangbin are defined by their idiosyncrasies. Whether it’s their take on Thai-funk-rock or where they record music (in a barn in rural Texas), their particular quirks seem to hang over them. But, it’s their closeness, their togetherness as a band coupled with their chemistry that truly characterises the 3-piece band. Boasting Mark Speer on guitar, Laura Lee on bass and Donald Johnson (DJ) on drums, Khruangbin take their name from the...
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12 December 2017

A Guide To The Experiences At #MagFields2017

Future-facing, forward-thinking festivals are the ones that push boundaries, the events that look outside of focusing on just the music. This is particularly true for Magnetic Fields - a 3-day event that runs morning and night for 3 days. A fully immersive experience, there’s a certain atmosphere that’s created for the audience centered around a specific theme chosen months ahead. You’re not just surrounded by incredible music for the duration...
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12 December 2017

20 Questions With: Dillinja

When it comes to jungle or drum ‘n’ bass, Dillinja is peerless. The exceptional producer and DJ is renowned for his singular take on drum 'n' bass and jungle. With this in mind, it seemed apt that Boiler Room asked him to play the closing set on the first day of their 2-day BUDx programme. It was also his first-ever set for the global streaming platform. What was bound to be a terrific set became all the more unforgettable when the police shut...
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11 December 2017

“We Had No Idea What We Were Doing But It Was A Lot Of Fun”: An Interview With Daphni

"We had no idea what we were doing but it was a lot of fun and I was so desperate to DJ and be a part of the scene that I was so excited by.” An apt quote from Dan Snaith better known as Caribou or Daphni. Epitomising a sentiment that most up-and-coming DJs, artists and musicians feel. What Snaith’s quote also manages to portray is his unbridled passion. To be the best at what you do, across any discipline, artistic or not, to beat the hundreds...
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06 December 2017

Kutmah Is Ready For His Next Adventure

Kutmah has not let an ordinary life. He’s fought Steve Aoki, gave Flying Lotus a venue to perform his first-ever show and got to live in the same houase as Madlib. He has also lived in various cities across the world as well as having toured internationally racking up enough fascinating stories to fill back-to-back movie scripts. Born in Brighton, England, Kutmah aka Justin McNulty, was raised by an Egyptian mother and Scottish father. He and his...
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05 December 2017

A Comprehensive Guide To The Music At Magnetic Fields 2017

The countdown is well and truly on. Magnetic Fields Festival, one of the highly-anticipated weekends in the year, is fast approaching. With less than a fortnight to go, we need to acquaint ourselves with how much there is to soak in at Alsisar - art, food, activities, installations and, of course, a host of international and domestic music acts. With such a vast number of musicians playing this year, it made sense to try put everything in one place....
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04 December 2017

Wild City Singled Out: November 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. ‘Tick Tock Flatline’ by Skulk Minimal hand-claps layered beneath gorgeous vocals and hauntingly beautiful lyrics make this track a stand-out. ‘I have nothing to say’ by zzz Continuing to show his prowess as a producer,...
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04 December 2017

In Conversation With: Clap! Clap!

Being present at a Clap! Clap! show is always memorable. The range of genres he introduces listeners to coupled with his relentless energy on stage makes it a stand out event regardless of what kind of lineup he’s on. At a time when most DJs tend to conserve their energy levels while DJ’ing or are too focused on the decks to engage with the crowd, Clap! Clap!’s energy levels never seem to be depleted. When playing live, he almost seemed pained...
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24 November 2017

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

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