Back in January Ari Marcopoulos lensed Ratking for the pair’s second hook up; now Stormzy is getting in on the action, fronting the third collaboration from Nigo and adidas Originals.

Shot in his native Croydon and backed by his crew and semi-camouflaged branding (adidas chicken and chip boxes anyone?), the grime artist was specifically tapped by the Japanese designer as an exciting new figure on the musical landscape.


Accompanied by “The one before the skeng…” – a minute and a half new freestyle, above – the AW15 look book is a fresh take on the streetwear king’s distinctive vision for the sports giant.

Boasting Superstar’s, full tracksuits and patterned sweatshirts the collection’s hero graphic comes in the form of a cartoon bear, which fronts tees, backs jackets and adopts arms; the full line-up drops today.


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Chances are, if you're a Londoner, you're gonna be one of the two million attendees over this bank holiday heading way out west for Notting Hill Carnival, Europe's biggest and most colourful street party.

With so much going on, it's easy to collapse into a patty and Guinness punch-inflicted k-hole. But don't fret, we've put together this handy guide to let you know the best warm-ups, afterparties and sound systems to step to over the two-dayer.

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Hot Wuk Truck Party, Saturday, Koko
For the hottest Carnival warm up party it's all going down in Camden, with pro party-starters Hot Wuk driving an actual truck into the club and firing out a lethal mix of dancehall, ragga, soca, bass and bashment. Expect whistles and horns galore, as they're handing them out for free…

Notting Hill Afterparty with Mungo's Hi-Fi, Sunday, Dingwalls
At the end of Sunday's family day it's time to select one of the many afterparties keeping London going 'til morning. Glasgwegian sound system Mungo's are setting up shop at Camden's Dingwalls to get those bass bins shaking with a 3 hour carnival special mix. The crew will be spinning alongside Sticky b2b Scott Garcia and Rodney P doing a live PA. Expect rub-a-dub vibes and dubplates aplenty.

Rough But Sweet Sound System, Sunday and Monday, Hazelwood Crescent
Rinse FM always have a massive presence at Carnival and this year they're teaming up with a drinks brand to provide liquid refreshment as well as some solid spinners ranging from Disclosure, Oneman, Route 94, Skream, to name a few. That's not to mention the MCs: Novelist, Big Narstie, Flowdan, Jammer, Ms Dynamite and many more. Phew!

Toddla T Sound, Monday, Alderson Street
Yeah this one's a no-brainer. Hauling his rig once more to Alderson street and Kensal road on Monday, the Sheffield badman will be joined by Redlight, Danny Weed, Lady Leshurr, Jammer and Julio Bashmore going b2b with T.Williams. Plus we're hearing rumours of a very special guest…

Deviation Carnival Session, Monday, Paradise by Way of Kensal Green
Paradise is known for hosting the fiercest carnival afterparties, and this year is no exception, with Benji B bringing Deviation to its vintage-styled doors. The Radio 1 selector has asked DJ EZ, Zinc, Ossie, Moxie, Benny Blanco and some surprise guests to come join him too. We're sold.

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Words: Felicity Martin

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There's a softness to Rachel Sermanni's approach which belies her deadly accuracy.

With her gentle Highland tone and folk-hued arrangements, the evident beauty of her songwriting is allied to a lyrical touch which can, at times, be devastating.

New album 'Tied To The Moon' is out now, and it's a wonderful signal of her blossoming talent.

Set to play a brief burst of UK shows, Clash decided that the time was right to probe Rachel on her literary influences.

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What is your favourite book and why?
Right now… my favourite book is Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. It is so full of colour and genius.

What other authors do you like?
Right now… I think Mary Costello has a beautiful awareness, she just recently had her novel, Academy Street, published on Canongate. She conveys her sensitive perspective through the protagonist with such delicacy and modesty. I have read many books by Herman Hesse, I like his simplicity, his directness, his obsession with life and death and spirit. If I need a good gutting I will go for something old, hopeless and French: Jean Genet, Sartre…I'm reading some Andre Gide just now. And if I want something similarly cleansing but a little less soul destroying I might turn to Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh.

What draws you to certain books?
Sometimes it is the cover. Sometimes the title. I found a brilliant book that way: My Name is Red. I chose it because I like the colour Red. That is all. It was a brilliant read. Most of the time, I read by recommendation. Or a book finds it's inevitable way to me at some opportune moment.

Have you ever discovered a real lost classic? What is it and why?
I loved reading To Kill a Mockingbird. I never read it as an obligation, in school, I somehow missed that era. I read it on my own terms and loved it. I loved the names, and the characters. The setting made me think of a series of short stories that Truman Capote wrote called Children on their Birthdays.

Do your literary influences have a direct impact on your songwriting?
Definitely. When I am reading, whatever it is, it permeates into my writing both in how I write and in what I observe to write about.

What are you reading at the moment?
I am reading The Immoralist by Andre Gide and Things that Scare you by Pema Chodron.

What is the first book you remember reading as a child?
I remember The Tiger Who Came To Tea.

Did you make good use of your library card as a child / teenager?
Yes. I am very unreliable though. I still have many of the books. My favourite book (which I unfortunately had to return in fear of an expensive penalty) found in a Library was a giant white brick, with a strange ink illustration on the front. It is a biography on the, French composer from the start of the 20th Century, Eric Satie. It was a very enthralling read but I couldn't finish it in time before my tour began.

Have you ever found a book that you simply couldn't finish?
I never finished On The Road by Kerouac. Wasn't the right time. I should try again.

Do you read book reviews?
I read quotes on the blurb bits of books themselves, but I don't go seeking book reviews. Much the same as with music.

Would you ever re-read the same book?
I think so, yes. I usually finish a book and think 'I must read that again and take notes'; so many things still to learn. But there are so many other books to read that I usually don't get round to it.

Have you ever identified with a character in a book? Which one and why?
Yes. Many times. Almost every time. Both Narcissus and Goldmund resonated with my respective inner extremes in the Hesse novel, Narcissus & Goldmund. When I read of Patti Smith and her childhood into artist-hood in Just Kids, I felt a real draw and striving and understanding. Ginsberg brings the grit and dirt out in me.

Do you read one book at a time or more than one?
I'm usually reading a few but I try to keep to one fiction and one non… that keeps me feeling able and clear.

Is there an author / poet you would like to collaborate with?
There is a girl called Hannah Johnson from Vancouver who is a beautiful slam poet. She had me weeping in a matter of lines, when I saw her a few years ago. I just saw a Scottish poet called Michael Pederson recite some of his words by a loch in a Highland pine forest…that was great. I liked everything about him too.

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Rachel Sermanni is set to play the following shows:

22 London Cecil Sharp House
30 Dundee Inchyra Arts Club

2 Edinburgh Queen's Hall
5 Inverness Eden Court
6 Glasgow Oran Mor

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It may be famously awash with ambitious funnymen and eccentric thespians but nowadays the world’s biggest arts festival welcomes a weird, sometimes wonderful array of music types too, from rappers to writers to proper bands doing proper gigs.

As this year’s Fringe nears its final weekend, Clash rounds up a mixed bag.

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A fine beats-and-pieces music journo turned acclaimed comic actor/improviser – IS THERE ANYTHING HE CAN’T DO? – Joseph Morpurgo has been creating bewilderingly clever comic worlds for a few years now, usually utilising found sounds/pictures/video, and this time he’s combined those passions. Soothing Sounds for Baby is a show chiefly based on bizarre albums, with Morpurgo embodying the cover stars, from an oddball old piano fellah to an abysmally-monikered R&B act. It’s brilliantly done, occasionally disturbing, and ends with a devilishly catchy new sample-based composition. Turns out he can do that too. And now he’s been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award. Jesus.

Sadly Clash misses the tremendous-sounding Kraftwerk Badger Spaceship, a spoken-word piece “about one idiot’s battle with electronic music,” by Fat Roland, another electronic music writer. We turn up in plenty of time, after a tip-off from the activist comic Mark Thomas (who was itching to see it but his show’s on at the same time), then wonder why nothing’s happening, and eventually discover that it finished three days earlier. One idiot’s battle with how calendars work. Still, we’ve had a word and he’s promised to restage it elsewhere, post-Fringe.

With so many deeply weird shows around it’s easy to dismiss the ubiquitously big BBC tent, home to the One Show and other dubious delights. But this year they’ve also snuck on some cracking bands, half-hour hit nuggets curated by 6Music’s Vic Galloway. Although sitting down feels weird. At the Idlewild show Clash perches next to an excited dad and bemused teenaged son, who’s clearly been dragged along but can’t help getting into it too as the Edinburgh-formed rockers are in riotous form. Even Roddy Woomble looks impressed, heading stage right to watch the rest of the band play whenever he gets the chance.

Clash makes a spectacular entrance for the Admiral Fallow show a couple of days later. It kicks off at the same time I’m coming out of another show round the corner. So I make a mad dash, arrive late, find my seat in the dark, and fall straight through it. Turns out it was ‘up’. Painful in so many ways. Still, the Glaswegian folk-poppers are fecking great, favouring stuff from the slightly underwhelming new album, yes, but showcasing it wonderfully, overrunning nicely, and dissing anyone who nips out for the loos. Well, the stand-ups won’t stand for it: why should bands?

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Another serious outfit, from much further afield: somehow the bewilderingly talented Nashville collective Good Company have ended up as house band at the anarchic Cray Cray Cabaret, providing slick backing for tone-death comedians (with a few exceptions, such as the multi-talented Tiffany Stephenson, whose marvellous Fleetwood Mac/Eric Cartman mash-up might well ruin Stevie Nicks for you, for a while).

Cray Cray is hosted by award-laden Canadian comic/musician Phil Nichol, and Good Company bandleader Mike Willis also hijacks one of his other shows every night, drunkenly bitching about Phil’s lack of singing then taking over the stage before they both embark on an epic crosstown comedic odyssey, busking, picking up stray harmonica dudes, and random punters. A proper Fringe happening. It’s worth catching Nichol in Giant Leap, too, a foul-mouthed play about the guys who scripted the fake moon landings. You’ll pick up some spectacular new insults.

A good few hip-hoppers have graced the Fringe in recent years: Scroobius Pip, Shlomo, Beardyman, Ed Sheeran associate Abandoman, ex Mark Ronson rapper Doc Brown, but perhaps the most consistently acclaimed here is Baba Brinkman. The cultured Canadian made a huge splash with his Rap Guide to Evolution a few years back, and is tackling climate change this year.

Clash, being tight, instead opts to attend his free show, Off the Top, hosted with his wife, the neuroscientist Heather Berlin. It’s a fascinating if sometimes baffling look at how the brain works when someone creative is, for instance, freestyle rapping. Although the best bit is when a guest sings about circumcision and a whole family troop out indignantly. Never bitch at a freestyle rapper: they’ll use you for punchlines for ages.

More free shows. Daryl Perry and Sunil Patel’s Dopeness: A Guide To Hip-Hip offered “free crack cocaine on arrival” but sadly never happened due to a one-sided rap-style beef between a couple of free Fringe companies. Shame. The excellent newcomer Amir Khoshsokhan’s Milk and Hedgehogs features some fine beef-based material about Tupac, the influence of gangsta rap and – yes – how it all relates to hedgehogs.

Brendan Murphy’s bizarre character-fest Bagman includes a tremendous Seasick Steve-style bluesman and Bjork, while Chris Martin – the comic, not the Coldplayer – commissioned a musician mate to make a live score for This Show has a Soundtrack. Comedy with backing music works surprisingly well, it turns out. If the punchline fails, the painful silence is much less deafening.

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Words: Si Hawkins

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When Elektra swooped to sign Third Eye Blind the band were snapped up for what was reported to be the largest deal ever offered to an unsigned act.

That act of faith has proved to be some quite canny business. The band have since sold more than 12 million records across the globe, during a career which has resulted in more gold discs than you can shake a stick at.

New album 'Dopamine' is out in October with the San Francisco group gearing up for a massive world tour.

Ahead of this, long time leader Stephan Jenkins agreed to take a look over this week's releases.

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George Ezra – 'Barcelona'

Maybe it's the title 'Barcelona' but the latin shaker combined with that single-note fender twin guitar line evokes the sweet luxury of missing home on warm vacations abroad. George Ezra might have the best teeth in the world, but he sings from some place way back where smoke and blues come from that belies his fair-eyed mug. This song is Rosé, olive oil, and sea salt in the late afternoon sun when you can't decide if you're going to go out or just chill and let the day fade.

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Alexa Goddard – 'We Broke The Sky'

That sixteen bit sample piano and triple compression singing over the syncopation like Adele sped up 1.3x. Alexa Goddard sings like you want your girlfriend to sing or the girl you want to be, depending. This song is for that rare and singular act of dancing alone. Don't you just love it when you're inspired to dance by yourself? For this activity Alexa Goddard is your girl, either way.

Oh it's so retro. I'm not totally sure they meant it, but filter sweeps and breakbeats make me nostalgic for some euro club scene that I never actually experienced. By chorus two I realize I'm seeing the credits roll on a film set in London that involved rain, risk, and love interrupted. Starring me.

One more thing: when I listen to this song, in my mind, it's Mila Kunis singing to me with heaps upon heaps of eyeliner and hair the color of a splattered inkwell. With that said, how the fuck could Alexis Goddard be a blonde?

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Enemies – 'Play Fire'

They're smarter than me, which is unnerving. I'm 37 seconds into the track and they've already layered the Christ out of it – everyone adding their tasty bit. By the time the vocal comes in at 1:01 I'm in a room filled with people not only smarter but more sensitive than me and they're all dancing. Oh God. Just how much more do they actually know than me? Do I fit in here? Am I being accepted? Not only that, they sound really nice, like the kind of people who value what they have and aren't striving for more (oh how I hate those people!).

Tasty drum licks arrive unadvertised with vocal scales equally humbly presented. But soft! In the rebuild I sense an invitation. Strains of Bon Iver in the vocal suggest I too could be part of this party. They're saying something in the vocal, I know it's not exactly 'I am Spartacus,' but it sounds like that and there's something that evokes invitation for collective identity.

You ever notice how white people never dance at concerts? I think 'Play Fire' played live could actually get them to engage, and that is an accomplishment. There's something Sting-y in this track, but if Sting's lumberousness were replaced by enthusiasm and was actually pleasant.

The song is better than the video, where the closeups with the facial hair evoke a talking vagina. Clearly the Director insisted on absolute seriousness when addressing the camera. There's scarves everywhere. And I don't know why but it's in a barn. Anyway I really liked it.

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Demi Lovato – 'Cool For The Summer'

Demi Lovato is going to clean up in Vegas. If she isn't opening for Kaskade yet, she will. 'Cool for the Summer' is the dark side 'Teenage Dream' reverberated off a metal wall. Ms. Lovato sings "I got my mind on your body and your body on my mind," which is bordering on a lawsuit from Snoop Dogg, but whatever.

"Got a taste of the cherry, I just need to take a bite." Is this a mixed metaphor? Something tells me I should just give up on listening to the lyrics right now and focus on the bump. Onward. Oh shit, now it breaks into a monster buzz, almost dubstep bass and I feel like the joke's on me for actually paying attention to the lyrics. Let's jam goddamnit! Second verse same as the first. And that's fine. Because this song is sexy.

Here I go again back to the lyrics. Ms. Lovato exhorts "we're cool for the summer!" but the urgency of this song is more akin to four minutes in a bathroom stall with someone you just met a rave and let's all be honest – that's got it's appeal. It's kind of like Katy Perry if she was in a post Left-Shark nasty bitch mood.

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Disclosure ft. Sam Smith – 'Omen'

I love the sound of when you can't tell if the beat is straight or swinged and it makes you feel you're secretly on drugs. 'Omen' is a down dirty disco track with a natural handclap, reminiscent of the sound of an ass-slap. Whoever the singer is, this kid's got potential. A combination of earthiness and facility. If this song does not become a dancefloor hit, it's because the promo department fucked up.

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The Maccabees released their new album 'Marks To Prove It' earlier this summer, notching up their first ever UK number one in the process.

A rich, detailed return, the record was inspired by the group's experiences in their South East London base. Don't own a copy? Well, it's getting a tape released on Cassette Store Day.

Alongside this, The Maccabees have announced an enormous UK tour. Opening in Nottingham on November 18th, the group hit Newcastle, Norwich, Cambridge and more.

Split into two parts, the band re-start the tour in January with a date at Glasgow venue Barrowlands. Finishing the tour, The Maccabees will play two nights at Brixton Academy on January 21st and 22nd.

Tickets go on general sale from 9.30am next Friday (September 4th).

Dates are as follows:

18 Nottingham Rock City
19 Newcastle O2 Academy
20 Norwich UEA
22 Cambridge Corn Exchange
23 Brighton Dome
24 Southampton O2 Guildhall
25 Leeds O2 Academy
27 Reading Hexagon
28 Bristol Colston Hall

15 Glasgow Barrowland
18 Manchester Albert Hall
21 London O2 Academy Brixton
22 London O2 Academy Brixton

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Le1f has always dared to be different.

The rapper's new album 'Riot Boi' will be released later this year on Terrible/XL Recordings, hooking up with a number of guests.

SOPHIE steps in to produce 'Koi' and it's a delirious, neon-tinted piece of abstract hip-hop. The video is every bit as memorable – featuring giant cartoon eyeballs, fluorescent fish and Le1f cutting shapes on a beach.

Directed by Simon Ward, you can watch it below.

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Redlight is busy ramping up the hype, with debut album 'X Colour' fast incoming.

New cut 'Threshold' finds the producer crossing swords with vocalist Melisa Whiskey, resulting in one of the record's most immediate tracks.

Recorded with a 12 piece orchestra, it's a sign of Redlight's ambition – fast moving beyond any boundaries placed on him, all bets are off for his debut album.

Check out 'Threshold' below.

'Threshold' will be released on October 23rd – 'X Colour' follows on October 30th.

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The days pass the seasons change but Protomartyr remain – blissfully, thankfully – the same.

Now onto their third album, the band are one of the American underground's most reliable sources of inspirational creativity.

New LP 'The Agent Intellect' will be released on October 9th via Hardly Art, with the group sharing a fresh cut online.

'Dope Cloud' may well have a chilled out title but this isn't some stoner rock sludge – jagged Shellac riffing, laconic vocals and pounding drums, this is visceral, alert fare.

Check it out now.

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Ikes grew up around music.

A Hackney prodigy, he came of age amidst UK garage and pushed his way onto rigs at the tender age of 14. Moving away from this, Ikes began focussing on hip-hop production.

Working with some of the biggest names in the game, the beat maker combines an ambient sensibility with an awareness of what works on a system.

New release 'Outside|In' drops on September 18th, with lead cut 'Pray For Me' receiving a much-discussed seven minute, deeply cinematic video.

A three way collaboration with Grammy Award winning J.U.S.T.I.C.E League engineer Edward Nixon and producer One Black Russian, 'Outside|In' is a dexterous, forever-shifting project.

Check it out now.

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