It’s the end of the year… So what’s happened? There’s been some pretty awful governmental revelations, a heavy hammering of Miley, and a lot of Kanye.
To digest everything that’s been going on in the musical world, we’ve designed another bespoke issue of our iPhone / iPad app – something that recently won us Music Magazine of the Year at the Digital Magazine Awards. And it’s free!
Download it here.
M.I.A graces our cover – the pop revolutionary who spills all about her collab with Julian Assange in our interview. Also, peek at our exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the neon-coloured Clash shoot.
Clash selected Earl Sweatshirt’s ‘Doris’ as our album of the year and called on Tyler, the Creator – a past collaborator on Clash design – to snap him for our cover and feature. In the app, read our enlightening chat with the rapper who hates interviews and check Tyler’s photography.
While you dodge annoying aunts and uncles this Christmas, scroll your way through our 2013 Timeline with a retrospective look at all the year’s musical milestones – and remember back to when the world collectively wept, applauded and laughed.
There’s Champs and Chumps, too – check here to see which individuals we crowned champions and which we branded villains over the course of the year.
We salute our dance heroes of the year with five artists that made tidal waves in electronic waters – Moderat, Om Unit, Axel Boman, Breach and Untold. We asked them for five of their top tracks of the year, and stream the playlists while you read their thoughts.
Not forgetting our top 40 album countdown for a bitesize list of all 40 albums that made Clash’s toes tap the hardest throughout the year.
Also, our feature with Daughter – the ‘charmingly bleak’ trio whose confessional songwriting urged us to delve deeper into the psyche of Elena Tonra.
We gave an artist the opportunity to pen a letter to their hero with our Letters to the Edge feature. Read JD Twitch (one half of Optimo)’s heartfelt letter to Arthur Russell.
The mixtape as a format launched a few careers this year. We list our top 10 mixtapes so you don’t have to trawl through DatPiff until your eyes and ears bleed.
How would you spend your last day alive? We find out what Joey Bada$$ would be doing in Swan Song (clue: it’s an adrenaline-heavy activity).
Finally, we round off the issue with reviews of the best albums to come sailing through the Clash letterbox.
Grab it – for a grand total of zero quid – here.
And if you’d rather flick through real, paper pages, then get a copy of our brand new print issue over here.
Words: Felicity Martin
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