Concluding what has been another innovative and groundbreaking year for Clash Magazine, today marks the release of a very special bimonthly issue, which incorporates two of our traditional and seasonal list features, and in turn presents each of them with their own cover star.
As we present the much-awaited and revered Clash Magazine Top 40 Albums Of 2012 – a list that sees genres and generations collide and grapple for position, with diverse results that includes everyone from Jake Bugg to Jimmy Cliff, and DZ Deathrays to Death Grips – the cover star of Issue 81a is the sixty-year soul veteran Bobby Womack, a man whose 2012 progressed from near-death experiences to a complete career renaissance. In an exclusive interview with Clash, Womack recounts his traumatic twelve months and the background of new album ‘The Bravest Man In The Universe’, plus we meet the collaborators that made it happen: Damon Albarn and Richard Russell.
Issue 81b is represented by our choices of Ones To Watch 2013. The section embraces concept for the first time, and is divided into four chapters based on subject matter: Overseas, Youth, Lovelorn and Royalty, before concluding with End Notes. All four sections are displayed resplendently on silky gloss paper throughout the issue. Within them, sit ten artists and bands we’re proud to herald as our tips for the top – or who will most certainly make 2013 an interesting year in music – including AlunaGeorge, Happa and Deptford Goth. Crowning this section, and indeed his very first front cover story, is eighteen-year-old King Krule (formerly Zoo Kid), whose introverted nature is laid bare in our revealing introduction.
Also packed into our 208-page winter special are exclusive interviews with Bryan Ferry, The Lumineers, Pure Love, Mykki Blanco, and Johnny Marr. We investigate the political hip-hop revolution of Senegal, explore the slowly-evolving culture of homophobia in American hip-hop, study the masters and acolytes pushing the barriers of dance music into a new year, and mark a decade without Joe Strummer by reviewing the legacy of the former Clash man.
In Clash Fashion, 47 pages of exquisite shoots and looks include our personal selection of style tips for 2013 and beyond.
With further contributions from Jeff Lynne, Alt-J, The Vaccines, R. Stevie Moore, DJ Yoda and Rob Da Bank, our biggest ever issue will keep you wholly engrossed over the festive period, and warm your soul as the snow begins to fall.