So Replay have started ticking off their Bestival checklist. Tent: check. Wellies: check. Replay’s Road Trip to Bestival line up: check!

The lucky winners of the Road Trip To Bestival have been announced and are now gearing up to perform at one of the top UK festivals. The range of talent, which emerged from all corners of the British Isles, was so impressive that the number of winners was boosted from nine to ten.

However, before the excitement of Bestival, the bands will be split into three groups to play warm up gigs at three Replay stores: Glasgow, Carnaby Street and Covent Garden.

So without further ado, in no particular order, drumroll please, etc. etc…

The Stagger Rats
Having shared line-ups with Gomez, The View, Gill Scott-Heron, 80s Matchbox B–Line Disaster and British Sea Power, The Stagger Rats are no strangers to the stage. As well as the stage, their music has also graced the big screen. The single See Through Spiders was featured in the independent film PIMP, starring Danny Dyer. The band are now working on their debut album which is due to be produced by Owen Morris of Oasis fame.

Ice Black Birds
Do you like The Black Keys? Of course you do. Then you’re going to love Ice Black Birds. These purveyors of blues rock will be rocking all the way to the Isle of Wight. Drawing inspiration from ‘60s/70s rock and roll, Ice Black Birds are sure to get your feet stomping.

Foreign Office
2011 has been Foreign Office’s year. After a hugely successful tour supporting Carl Barat, Foreign Office are spending their summer playing festivals throughout the UK. These include Secret Garden Party, Dot To Dot and The Great Escape.

Common Tongues
Acoustic guitars, violins, vocal harmonies. This is folk – toe-tappingly good folk. These five Brighton Boys have rammed their year full of gigs and festivals, gathering a devoted following as they went – and continue to go. Telling tales of their lives and loves, this music is compellingly honest.

Big Hat
Heartfelt folk music tinged with delicate piano dashes and floating lyrics from George Taylor and co. Based in London, this quintuple recently played their debut show over at the Barfly in Camden with positive reviews.

King Jacks
King Jacks has been causing quite a stir. ‘Heroes’, the first single from his debut album ‘Please Everyone, Please Yourself’, is being used all over Champions League, Sky Sports and stadiums nationwide. The video for his debut features East London hard man Danny Dyer, and has received glowing reports across the board. King Jacks can count Zane Lowe and Mark Ronson amongst his fans. He’s also got a new venture in ‘Project e11even’ that involves getting in different directors to make a video for each of the 11 tracks on his album; 11 remixes of each song, by 11 different remixers followed by an 11-date tour.

Apollo’s Arrows
The trio of lifelong friends from the seaside town of Exmouth play unadulterated math/surf rock with a large sound with a growing reputation for stirring live shows. who play exciting rock and know how to put on an exhilarating live show. After releasing ‘Young, Romantic Mannequins’ earlier this year to a good reception, they’ll be releasing a new EP this Autumn which features they’re latest single ‘Houdini’.

Will & The People
This bubbly band from Brighton skips easily over indie, ska, reggae, blues and rock drawing influences from the likes of the Specials and the Police in their youthful brand of music. Bouncy melodies and sycophantic guitar strums make these guys perfect for a summery chill in the park.

Dimbleby & Capper
Laura Bettinson hits hard with avant-garde, flamboyant pop as striking as her sartorial style. Keep your ears open for minimal production and just a single untamed voice from straight out of the depths of South East London.

Set against the backdrop of a dank autumn weekend in Birmingham, is one of the country’s most innovative and experimental underground music festivals. Annually curated by Capsule (most recently noted for the Home of Metal Exhibition), Supersonic Festival is back for its 10th year to deliver only the most raucous dose of sensory onslaught.

The weekend is an eagerly anticipated indent on the calendar of fans of extreme metal, skull splitting noise and wailing free jazz. Present at the top of the bill this year is an eclectically diverse selection of acts, from the doom metal scuzz of electric wizard to the avant garde electronica of Alvo Noto. While some may argue that the line-up doesn’t quite meet the expectations of those who attended last year (Swans, Godflesh, Neu!, Melt Banana) the 3 day festival still offers a welcoming selection of music, art, film and workshops to stand aside from the usual UK festival format.

Supersonic Festival
21st – 23rd October

Zu93, Electric Wizard, Secret Chiefs 3, Part Chimp, Zombi, Bardo Pond, Alvo Noto, Pharaoh Overlord, Cut Hands, Man with a Video Camera, Byetone, Astro, Tony Conrad, Teeth of the Sea, Antilles, Blarke Bayer//Black Widow, Dirty Electronics: Mute Synth, Kogumaza, Pekko Kappi, Eternal Tapestry, Alexander Tucker presents DORWYTCH CYCLE, Slabdragger, White Hills, Lucky Dragons, Wolves in the Throne Room, Silver Apples, Nathan Bell, Monarch, Kill All Redneck Pricks: KARP LIVES! 1990-1998, Agathe Max, Circle, Fire! with special guest Oren Ambarchi, The Skull Defekts, The Berg Sans Nipple, a.P.A.t.T., Supersonic Kids Gigs, Scorn, Cloaks

Aidan Moffat is one of Scotland’s most distinctive – and best loved – songwriting voices.

For the past fifteen years his frequent glimpses of beer soaked melancholia have pushed back what is acceptable in pop music. Recently teaming up with multi-instrumentalist (and fellow Scot) Bill Wells, the sessions resulted in new album ‘Everything’s Getting Older’.

A bracing blast of cynical wit shot through with a genuine sense of tenderness, Aidan Moffat’s songwriting benefited greatly from Bill Wells virtuoso musicianship. Out now on Chemikal Underground, if you ask us it’s well worth tracking down!

Tracking down the Scottish bard, ClashMusic decided to probe Aidan Moffat about his literary tastes. Agreeing to answer our questions, the songwriter became the latest participant in ‘Their Library’…

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What is your favourite book and why?
I honestly can’t think of one, but the books that are most dear to me are probably the ones I read when I was young and still have on the shelf. The Hamlyn Book Of Ghosts was fascinating and terrifying when I was a child, Peter Pan and Wendy was the first novel I read on my own, the Ladybird version of The Hound Of The Baskervilles nursed me through a really bad stomach illness, I loved William Kotzwinkle’s Jack In The Box as a young teenager, and Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing comics are still brilliant. These sorts of things hold much more romance and meaning to me than most of the adult literature I’ve read since.

What other authors do you like?
A few years ago I discovered B S Johnson’s work and read it all – it was quite an expensive thing to do, some of his books are quite rare – and I really fell in love with it. It’s never 100% successful, but his dedication to truth really struck a chord with me, and his experimentation with the book format itself really impressed me – he was arguably making interactive literature forty years before the iPad was invented. And I can usually be sucked into a Paul Auster book by the first page, plus there’s a lot of Scottish authors I enjoy; Alasdair Gray, Alan Warner’s earlier stuff, and I just read a book by John Burnside. I read an enormous amount of comics too, from superheroes to obscure little independents, from Grant Morrison to Charles Burns to Thomas Ott to Junji Ito, I really adore the whole medium.

What draws you to certain books?
Sex and mystery, a hint of the paranormal, sinister sorts of things. And usually it has to be written in first person – I have a real difficulty with a lot of third person narrative, I find it can bore me quickly. I like the immediacy and intimacy of first person, I find it far more engaging.

Have you ever discovered a real lost classic? What is it and why?
I think B S Johnson applies here, although he’s recently become a bit of a cult since Jonathan Coe wrote his brilliant biography of him. Of all his books, I think my favourite is House Mother Normal, although that’s the one that’s probably easiest to come by. I really enjoyed his first novel, Travelling People, which for some reason has been out of print for years. You can tell he’s still finding his feet, but I love the format – each chapter is in a different style, which wasn’t especially original but he seems pretty confident with all of them. Actually, he was a bit too confident at times, as Coe’s biography illustrates.

Do your literary influences have a direct impact on your songwriting?
No, I don’t think they do, certainly not on a conscious level anyway. The books I love tend to be designed to work on the page alone, so I rarely see something that I think can be adapted into or even just inspire a song.

What are you reading at the moment?
Grant Morrison’s ‘Supergods: Our World In The Age Of The Superhero’. As I said before, I’m a bit of a comics geek and I’m a big fan of Morrison’s work, so the book’s been pretty wonderful so far.

What is the first book you remember reading as a child?
As I mentioned above, Peter Pan & Wendy. I could still read it today with the same enthusiasm and I can’t wait to read it to my son when he’s older. Being the first novel I read on my own, it really opened my mind to the excitement of reading and the power of the written word.

Did you make good use of your library card as a child / teenager?
I used to go to the Falkirk library and get out all the ghost story books, but that’s all I can really remember. I don’t use libraries much because I’m a bit of a hoarder and I like to own things and pile them up.

How do you think literature achieves timelessness?
I’m not sure anything can achieve timelessness, all art is a product of the culture it was created in. It’s too early in the morning for a heavy question – sorry!

Do you read book reviews?
I only read reviews of books I’ve already read because book reviewers have absolutely no qualms about spoiling endings and major plot points. I find that infuriating, so I tend to avoid them, or at least just skim over it to the last paragraph to get the general feeling. For this reason, I’d appreciate ratings out of ten like they do in music reviews; I really don’t need to know everything that happens in a book before I read it.

Would you ever re-read the same book?
I’ve re-read quite a few. Peter Pan, Lolita, and a few B S Johnson books, not to mention countless comics.

Have you ever identified with a character in a book? Which one and why?
It’s difficult to think of anything specific, but I think I tend to identify with the authors more than the characters. Although, in the case of B S Johnson, they’re one and the same, so perhaps that’s why I was so taken with his work.

Do you read one book at a time or more than one?
I’ve always got a few on the go. Aside from the Grant Morrison book, I’m presently halfway through a Dusty Springfield biography, but I suspect I won’t finish it because it’s very poorly written. There’s loads of comics to get through, plus a book my girlfriend gave me about modern music theory of which I’ve only read the introduction. I’m reading through Alexander Trocchi’s novels for the first time too: I just finished Young Adam and I’ve got Cain’s Book and Helen And Desire lined up and waiting. And a beautiful book about the artwork of Robert A. Maguire, who painted the covers for loads of cheap crime novels in the 50s and 60s. There’s a pile as high as my beard that I haven’t even looked at yet too, and that doesn’t even include all the comics. I was talking to some mates recently about how I hated the Kindle and needed to have physical books, and I claimed I was building a library for my son. I wasn’t actually joking, but they seemed to think it was funny.

Is there an author / poet you would like to collaborate with?
Not especially, no, it’s not something I’ve ever really considered. Although now that you mention it, I’ve just had the germ of an idea that I may try and put into practice sometime soon. I’m not telling you what it is though!

East London’s alt. Mecca – XOYO in Shoreditch – was a fitting location for tonight’s beats and bass-heavy lineup, featuring Mumdance, Gesaffelstein, and A-Trak, with support from breaks producer Tayo and d’n’b veteran Fabio.

After new kid on the bass / mashup scene Mumdance has relayed some moveable moments, an ever-dapper Gesaffelstein takes the stage and tears into various chunky, dirty electro cuts. There is much chat about this French producer at present, with tonight being probably his biggest UK show so far and putting plenty at stake. However – as expected from seeing past performances – he calmly and professionally delivers the goods. Sticking mainly to his preferred blend of infectious techy electro (but with some clubbier vibes included for a mixed crowd) he finishes the set with some unexpected but welcome heavy hip hop, including a track from the mighty Death Grips.

A quick jaunt to the calmer upstairs room for a change of scenery proves highly rewarding: Fabio is laying down a delightful old-skool set, full of classic garage, d’n’b and house (Jaydee’s ‘Plastic Dreams’ is – as ever – a treat).

Back in the obscenely busy downstairs room, Montrealian turntablist A-Trak is in full flow. Thanks to his and Armand Van Helden’s unavoidable hit ‘Barbra Streisand’ last summer (under their Duck Sauce moniker), the DJ and producer’s profile has been raised immeasurably, and he appears to be enjoying himself on the crest of his deserved wave of fame. Tonight’s set exposes A-Trak’s clubbier side and sees him throwing out big dancefloor stompers, but with numerous dashes of beloved hip hop and glints of the turntable skills and mixing flair that first put him in the limelight. The crowd lap it up.

For the final leg of the night, Gesaffelstein steps up once again to give the crowd a final taste of his bold electro flavours, including a blast of LFO’s anthemic ‘Freak’. A fitting finale. A-Trak was great, for sure, but tonight belonged to the plucky and unpronounceable French producer with a nice line in sharp suits – definitely one to watch.

Words by Tristan Parker

From bar room Bukowski to circus ringmaster. We pull back the curtains on an American institution with ten things you never knew about Tom Waits.

1. Post-Hardcore outfit The Fall Of Troy named the tenth track on their second album, ‘Doppleganger’, after the gravelly-voiced one himself. Waits repaid the honour by writing the harrowing family tale ‘The Fall Of Troy’ for the 2006 collection ‘Orphans, Bawlers & Bastards’. Something for them to tell the grandkids.

2. The early Nineties found Sunset Strip club The Central on the verge of closing until Waits rang pal Johnny Depp and suggested they change the name to The Viper Room. Becoming the place to be seen, its atmosphere was soon tarnished by the tragic death of actor River Phoenix outside.

3. While touring 1976 album ‘Small Change’, a stripper would appear during ‘Pasties And A G-String’. Seductively walking over to the performer she would drop her clothes and the two would tango around the stage. Once finished, Waits would yell, “Gee, that was great. I haven’t seen my mother in years.”

4. He’s a member of the ‘Sons of Lee Marvin’ secret society, along with director and founder Jim Jarmusch, Iggy pop, John Lurie and Nick Cave, amongst others. A private and humorous group consisting of members who could plausibly look like Lee Marvin’s son in appearance, it isn’t quite the Freemasons.

5. Tom explores hardware stores for items that could be used as percussion instruments. He once converted a four cubic yard metal box (intended as a debris dumpster) into an instrument he named ‘Strata Dumpster’. He cut a two-foot hole into one side and stretched seven piano strings across it. Job done.

6. Well known for his wit, it’s not only Waits’ lyrics that will stand the test of time – his quotes are just as memorable. Questioned on a talk show about his drinking habits, he replied: “Well, I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.” Classy.

7. Wait’s announced his most recent tour, Glitter And Doom, by uploading a press conference to his official site. Ever the eccentric, things weren’t what they seemed when after three minutes of answering queries the room was revealed to be empty and the sounds just a pre-recorded vinyl playing off screen.

8. Owner of an impressive acting resume, Waits has appeared in nearly thirty movies. Eagle-eyed cinephiles may catch his cameo as a disabled Viet-vet offering protagonist Jeff Bridges sound street advice in Terry Gilliam’s 1991 picture The Fisher King. His most bizarre acting credit to date is, ‘Petrified man at carnival’.

9. The cover of ‘Heartattack And Vine’ is a soiled, red wine spotted newspaper displaying a worse for wear Tom. Penciled on the top right-hand corner is a fake Manhattan number with the name “David ‘Doc’ Feur”, Waits’ psychiatrist during a four-month spell spent living in the Big Apple.

10. Always one to stick out, as a child, Tom carried a cane carved with his initials he purchased from a salvation store to give himself a distinctive walk and look. Rather than play with friends all day, he would often talk to their dads about ‘grown-up stuff’ like life insurance.

Words by Sam Walker-Smart

There’s a musical thread running through much of Noah Taylor’s work, and indeed his hobbies. You may have recently caught the Aussie actor in Richard Ayoade’s splendid coming-of-age flick Submarine (out soon on DVD), where he – as depressed dad Lloyd – causes much awkwardness by furnishing puberty-wracked son Oliver with the mother of all misguided mixtapes.

Taylor also appeared in the Oscar-winning Shine, as young piano genius David Helfgott who suffers a debilitating breakdown halfway through a particularly tricky movement, and Almost Famous, as the long-suffering manager of folk-rockers Stillwater. He’s also popped up in a video by his compatriot Nick Cave, is a more than decent musician and has his own band. Or bands.

Can you tell us a bit about your own musical offerings?

Currently I have three bands going. The Rhinestoned Immaculates, which is me and Andrew Jarvis, ex-Thistle Town. We are the loudest country and western covers/psych-out band in Brighton and possibly the whole of the UK. We play five-hour sets and have at least two hardcore fans.

I’ve got a band in Australia called Noah Taylor and The Sloppy Boys and we are releasing a single on vinyl on the Low Record Club label, it’s a rock ‘n’ roll band, pure and simple. And Pegasus Ponies Twinkle and Fly, which is my not-quite-four-year-old’s band. She came up with the name, its ours, so don’t fucking steal it.

The Submarine mixtape – was a full tape actually made?

I seem to recall there weren’t any actual songs listed, just emotions such as Despair, Loss, Heartbreak, a fresh start – stuff like that! If I were to take a guess what Lloyd the dad would’ve picked, I’m guessing a bit of Journey, maybe some Leonard Cohen, possibly some James Last.

Have you ever suffered any similarly embarrassing mixtape-related incidents?

Well to be honest my mixtapes are a thing of legend and I can honestly say I’ve never received a complaint in that department. Once though I took a girl on a first date to see Santa Sangre after telling her how obsessed I was with it, and after the film she said ‘You realise the whole film’s about wanting to kill women don’t you?’ So, yes, I have judgement lapses in other areas.

We hear you’re an accomplished musician. Were you able to play your own parts in Shine – even that fateful Rachmaninoff concerto?

Accomplished musician? Not really, but I do know how to turn an amp up.

No, that was someone else’s arms and fingers I’m afraid, sorry to shatter that illusion.

Was your Stillwater manager based on anyone in particular?

Almost Famous was a trip. I got sent on the road with Neil Young’s tour manager, saw some incredible Neil shows across America, met the great man and saw his amazing pimped-out bus.

You, Jarvis and Jason Donovan all popped up in Nick Cave’s video ‘15 Feet of Pure White Snow’ – how did that come about?

I’ve kinda known Nick and John Hillcoat, the director, since I was a teen from Melbourne. It’s a small town, they asked, I showed up…

Has a Nick Cave biopic ever been discussed, as you must be first choice for the role?

No, and anyway Nick seems to be getting younger looking and I seem to be falling into decrepitude. I’ve seen him in his shorts on the beach, tanned and looking great… bastard!

What’s your dream music-related movie project? Or would you prefer a headline slot at Glastonbury?

I’m not a big fan of hippies and mud, though its not hippies now is it? Music biopics very rarely work, in my humble opinion, but I would love to work on a soundtrack in my musical capacity.

Submarine is released on DVD August 1. Look out also for a much angrier Noah Taylor in Red, White and Blue on September 26.

Interview by Si Hawkins

ClashMusic have three pairs of tickets to give away for the premiere of new film ‘The Taqwacores’.

Punk was always at its most potent, its most virile when it was played by outsiders. At this point in time, some of the most passionate music being created in the punk scene is being made by American Muslims.

Growing up in an immigrant community, a new breed of groups are challenging the pre-conceptions surrounding their ethnic background.

New film ‘The Taqwacores’ documents this emerging scene. Loosely pegged as a coming of age film, following the experience of student Yusef as he moves into a house of Muslim punks lead by the idealistic Jehangir (Dominic Rains).

Speaking to ClashMusic recently, Dominic Rains explored some of the real life themes behind the film. “I was thinking it wouldn’t be right for me to do this,” he admitted. “I have an obligation to my parents, I have an obligation to Islam to a certain degree and to Iran, maybe they’d never let me back in. All these thoughts kept going in and out of my head.”

Read the full, in-depth feature HERE.

An intelligent, thought provoking film ‘The Taqwacores’ is set to receive its British premiere on August 9th. ClashMusic has grabbed three pairs of tickets, meaning that YOU could attend the premiere.

Taking place at the Ritzy in Brixton, the premiere will be accompanied by a secret and special performance from a leading Taqwacore band from the US, with G-MAN from Transglobal Underground and Clash DJs on the decks.

Alongside this, the premiere of ‘The Taqwacores’ will be attended by the director and Hollywood actor Dominic Rains. Answering questions from fans afterwards, this a superb opportunity to grill the minds behind one of the year’s most daring works.

To stand a chance of winning just enter our exclusive competition HERE

Stevie Nicks is back after a a decade – and it’s all thanks to Dave Stewart.

It’s been ten years since Stevie Nicks released a solo record. Now sixty-three, it seemed her fans would have to be content with seeing her on stage performing Fleetwood Mac hits.

But energised by a new creative partnership with ex-Eurythmic Dave Stewart, she’s put Fleetwood Mac on hold (only temporarily) and says making ‘In Your Dreams’ was the best year of her life.  

Sat in her luxurious Miami suite overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Stevie is showing Clash her precious journal in which she keeps all her poetry.

“See I write down everything,” she says in her famous husky voice. “Poems, notes, drawings. These books are my life story and all my songs starts in here.”

As her beloved pet Yorkshire terrier Sulamith yaps at our feet, she tells Clash about the making the album she describes as her career’s best.
It’s been ten years since 2001’s ‘Trouble In Shangri-La’, why now?
When we came off the road from Fleetwood Mac’s Say You Will tour in 2005, I was going to make a record but I was told not to bother by the powers that be. Everybody was depressed by the downturn in the music industry and I was not the fighter I usually am. I just believed what they said, that no-one would want to hear a Stevie Nicks album and went with it. But after the Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits tour, I got my confidence back and decided I was going to hit the ground running the second I got home, and start an album and that’s what I did. I needed to do it for my soul as I’ve always made a record every couple of years.

So how did Dave Stewart get involved as co-writer and producer?
I went home and called him and he sent me a song called ‘Everybody Loves You’ and asked me to write the verses. Then he came to my house and I played him the verses and before we knew it we were making a record. We didn’t even talk about it, we just started making it. He just said: “I’ll be back Wednesday.” It only took six months to record.

So were you good friends anyway?
Not really, but we’d met a long time ago. He sent me his song ‘Don’t Come Around Here No More’ but it ended up being Tom Petty’s. I missed my chance with that song and I was furious but I understood that was destiny.

This album marks the first time you’ve ever co-written with anyone. Why Dave and how did it happen?
I sent him a book with forty poems and he picked a poem called ‘You May Be The One’. We had a mic hanging over the table and started and it was very easy. We wrote it in an hour. I don’t know how that happened. It’s never happened to me before. And he doesn’t have much ego so he could look in my face and know if I didn’t like a chord and stop. We stayed loyal to each poem. This is a serious writer’s record.

And you filmed the making of the album?
Yes, because the whole experience was so special. At first I wasn’t sure as it meant I would have to wear make-up every day. But then I thought about the Tom Petty documentary Runnin’ Down A Dream. It’s spectacular and will be here forever. I realised the importance of these films is they will still be here long after we’ve gone. When I’m no longer here it’s something to remember me by.

You seem in a good place after making this record. What does it mean to you?
Making this record has been the best year of my life without a doubt. It’s been the most fun, satisfying and the most magical. Dave believed in me and saw something in my poetry. I keep all my poems in my journals and lock them away. They are the start of everything.

Is there a lyrical theme going through the album?
It is about love but in a different way. In 2001 when I was on the road with ‘Trouble In Shangri La’ we were  in New York when 9/11 happened. It was horrific but it proved how much love people had, rallying around to help people suffering. Writing this album has erased the horrificness of that time. 
Words by Jacqui Swift

‘In Your Dreams’ is out now on Reprise. ‘Rumours’ is re-released in the Autumn.

“I’d describe myself as a singer-songwriter,” begins twenty-one-year-old troubadour Benjamin Francis Leftwich, “but I hate the way the term is used.”

A catch-all term for any old hack with a guitar, young Ben occupies the more classic world of Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and, perhaps his most obvious influence, Elliott Smith.

Growing up in York, he began playing guitar when he was ten. By the time he was sixteen, he was in a hotly-tipped local band – “we used to get compared to Placebo and Echo And The Bunnymen,” he says proudly – but decided to go it alone a few years later. He prefers it that way.

“You might not have the power, in terms in volume, when you’re up there on your own, but you definitely have more control.”

His debut album, ‘Last Smoke Before The Snow Storm’, is released on July 4th. While love, the unrequited kind, is a central theme on the record, Ben claims it’s not a collection written in the first person. He’s aiming for something bigger.

“I don’t mean that in a ‘these songs are globally important’ way,” he admits. “I mean ‘bigger’ in that it’s more than me singing about a girl that doesn’t like me. Love is touched on, and I sing the word a lot, especially on a song like ‘Pictures’, but the album’s more an exploration of emotion.”

“For me it’s hard to put myself too much into a song, because you’re exposed when you do that,” Ben continues. “I try to phrase things more ambiguously than that. The songs are really personal, of course, but I want them to be like stories and not necessarily be autobiographical. I want them to mean something to everyone.”

Words by Andy Welch
What: Acoustic indie/folk
Where: York
Unique Fact: His cover of Arcade Fire’s ‘Rebellion’ has been downloaded more than thirty thousand times.  
Get 3 songs: ‘Pictures’, ‘Atlas Hands’, ‘1904’

Replay’s Road Trip To Bestival

Out of bottomless bass bunkers comes the mutative sweetness of Travis Stewart, turning his attentions to help reinvent the rave wheel. An investor in Hotflush-style weightlessness adept at kicking your kidneys in, Stewart is sprinting in slo-mo, a hauntingly hardcore sound (‘Come1’, of beautiful cogs and gears following attacking pianos) with ability both technical and accessible. Beat overlaps turn glitches into something swan-like, and ‘Room(s)’ is a dream unbroken by the jarring pinches telling you to snap out of it. The only shortcoming is that Machinedrum lacks a definitive singular angle, making him amongst the frontrunners of dubstep/juke interpretation, but not quite ahead of the pack.