Festival season is upon us, and with it comes a barrage of regrettable wardrobe choices. The rise of Coachella and Instagram means that we have to live with unfortunate, culturally appropriated accessories and too revealing denim cut offs for the rest of our lives, (or at least for as long as the internet is still a thing). But not to fret my content hungry friends, we’ve pulled together some failsafe staples to get you through the summer season so you can tackle boozy, rained out weekends in muddy fields in peace.

 

We aim to channel Kate Moss during festival season; black Wellington boots pair perfectly with sparkly knits and khaki jackets. Season after season the utility jacket is a hero piece, Hedi Slimane approved tiara optional, but recommended.

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I want to be Kim Kardashian. I want to have her hair and her face and her money, but most of all I want her wardrobe. For anybody still hopelessly lusting after her $200+ Yeezy sweatshirt, this summer I’ll be emulating the queen of reality TV in Perry Ellis America and G-Star.

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I’m all about a plain white tee. You want to look effortlessly cool at a festival? Dress like James Dean. Done.

 

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Watch out for your curly haired friends. We look like alpacas in humid UK summers, and the rain definitely doesn’t help. Perry Ellis will give you the freedom to roam outdoors and stay sleek and dry.

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For any thrill-seekers out there, who rate style and comfort above safety, who would dare risk accidental nudity in the portaloo of a crowded field of strangers, dungarees are your friend, 

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German two-piece Gurr channel deadly glamour with new video 'Bye Bye'.

The band's potent 2016 album 'In My Head' won acclaim across Europe and beyond, a deliciously minimalist piece of dirty noise pop.

New EP 'She Says' dropped last month, a fantastic high octane return that exemplified the group's stripped down approach.

Reminiscent of everyone from early Dum Dum Girls through to Jesus and Mary Chain, there's a raw sense of lo-fi guitar thrills to their songwriting.

The video for new cut 'Bye Bye' was prompted by their time in LA, and it's directed by close friend Nick Morr of Gothic Tropic.

Gurr comment…

"We both spent some time in LA recently but barely had time to hang out or film something, as we were visiting friends. However, Nick Morr, who we know from his touring with Gothic Tropic, offered to put together some suitable visuals for us. It definitely has a funny charm to it – the Mexican candles and voyeuristic TV paired with leisure time 80's LA – the perfect lyric video for this song."

Tune in now.

Catch Gurr at the following shows:

July
27 Oxford Truck Festival

October
11 London Lexington – tickets

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Mark Ronson links with pop icon Camilla Cabello on new single 'Find U Again'.

The producer is gearing up for the June 21st release of new album 'Late Night Feelings', a collaboration-heavy set of what he terms "sad bangers".

Fresh from working with the likes of Miley Cyrus and MØ, Mark Ronson links with Camilla Cabello for his latest epic.

'Find U Again' is online now, and it also features co-production and co-writing credits for Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, who is low-key becoming a sought after name in pop's Big Leagues.

Check it out now.

'Late Night Feelings' will be released on June 21st. Photo Credit: Collier Shorr

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Describing himself as being involved in all genres, Santi is definitely a unique individual. Taking inspiration for his name from Santigold, the Nigerian artist is defining his sound within the industry and refuses to be confined into one box.

Inpired by the likes of Beenie Man and Young Thug, as well as being shaped by indie and hip-hop music, his influences changed his perception on how to see music and helped him evolve as an artist.

Debut album Mandy & The Jungle exhibits his moulding into a luminary that is worthy of your undivided attention. Being an artist, there are a number of things that make the stress all worth it. Injecting personal feelings into his music, Santi holds this as his favourite thing about being a musician.

“The fact I can transfer feelings to sounds and make people understand how I’m feeling at the time is really cool. I want people to feel what I’m feeling but transfer it in your own way.”

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With heavy prominence from his homeland of Nigeria, his music incorporates the drums from trap music as well as some afro-swing. However with the pressure of charts, there’s the thought of conformation and why he chooses not to.

Santi comments: “I have a good range of sounds that there’s nothing I can’t do. But I feel like if I tried to conform, it would just be me trying to test myself.”

The current Nigerian music scene consists of a wide range of sounds which leads people down different routes. However they all point to a direction where something great lies and turns the industry into a fun playground. Santi’s position allows him to be the big kid in the playground dominating the games and telling the opposition that they have lost this round.

Further down the line, Santi’s versatility will keep him reigning. Now signed to the Love Renaissance record label, he hopes his music builds into something greater than it already is.

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'Mandy & The Jungle' is out now.

Words: Debbie Ijaduola

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Au/Ra tells it like it is.

The Ibiza-born, Antigua-raised songwriter is still only a teenager, but she's ready to burn her own path, to tell her own story.

Each single feels like a fresh chapter, with Au/Ra matching blazing electronics against her passionate pop-edged pleas.

Bass-heavy new single 'Assassin' is about self-loathing and self-sabotage, how some internalised beliefs can be the most harmful.

She sings: "You know you’re your own assassin, you don’t need no help with that…"

Au/Ra comments…

"'Assassin', in my mind, is about self-destruction. I have moments where I freak out and think I make the wrong decision, kill an opportunity, or let anxiety control me, and I want people to know that it’s normal to feel that way sometimes – whether you’re growing up or adulting. The feeling of knowing you’re being self-destructive sucks, especially when you’re in the moment and don’t know how to break out of the pattern, but I think it’s important to be able to identify the problem so you can work on fixing it.”

Hippie Sabotage has stepped in on remix duties, and it's a savage EDM inspired workout full of cliff-face drops and blistering electronics.

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Cardi B has shared her new single 'Press' – tune in now.

It's a turn towards the dark for the singer, who hits out at media intrusion in a typically emphatic manner.

Out now, 'Press' makes a statement from the off – the artwork features Cardi B completely naked, a reference to her recent plastic surgery.

In order to let her body recover she cancelled a short burst of shows, and used Insta Stories to tell her side.

She said: "You know, I hate cancelling shows because I love money. I’m a money addict and I get paid a lot of money. A lot of money for these shows, like I’m cancelling millions of dollars in shows. But like, health is wealth, so I have to do what I have to do."

Cardi continued: "My breasts gotta f***ing heal, and it is what it is."

Check out 'Press' below.

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Raveena has shared her heavenly new album 'Lucid' – tune in now.

The singer is originally from Connecticut but is now based in New York, and her R&B sound is making international waves.

A breakout appearance at Camp Flog Gnaw festival was followed by a vital COLORS appearance last year, building towards her fantastic new album.

Out now, 'Lucid' is a highly sensual experience, it's spacious, slow burning arrangements managing to sound lush while using a sparse template.

It's a wonderful experience, each song becoming a vessel to slowly immerse yourself in, a kind of healing process.

We're working on something more in-depth with Raveena, but first you'd better check out 'Lucid' below.

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Tess Henley is taking control.

The Stateside artist wants to do things her way, and that extends to every facet of her creativity.

Working with creative director Jesse Boykins III, new single 'Better' is a real statement, a mark in the sand, a declaration of independence.

The first sign of her new five-track EP, 'Better' matches ragged old school funk to a future-facing vision of what pop could be.

An ultra-catchy return, the video places Tess Henley in the 70s, with its retro chic underpinning a personal message from the Kent, Washington artist.

Working with a pushy director, Tess eventually snaps – and truly comes into her own.

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Post-punk's original party band !!! are back with a new two-part single.

We live in dark times, but that doesn't mean we should give up faith, with !!! breezing back in town with new material.

The band's 2017 album 'Shake The Shudder' was followed by a period of silence.

Breaking this with a brand new release, 'UR Paranoid' / 'Off The Grid' are two feisty, funky anti-authoritarian burners.

!!! say…

“Who doesn’t feel paranoid or want to get off the grid right now? There’s more good times and heartbreak to come… we promise. But we wanted to start you off with a couple of peak timers that were written on dark and stormy nights. Really excited to be hitting the road with these new songs, we’ve already been playing them and they are fucking killing.” So… listen to these jams loud and expect a lot more from us very, very soon.”

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Watford three-piece SINKA have refined their sound the only way they know how: playing show after show after show.

A rock solid live experience, their blistering riffs and potent vocals recall everyone from Royal Blood to Queens Of The Stone Age, with material to match.

Writing songs about their own lives, SINKA are ready to storm Camden Rocks festival in London this weekend.

To coincide, they've dropped ferocious new single 'Fussy', a biting piece of punk-edged alt-rock that has already won over fans.

With that urgent, biting chorus and raucous riff, 'Fussy' doesn't hold back. We're able to share the single in full, alongside their first ever music video…

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It’s your first promo video, what did you want to get across in it?

I feel that the video reflects our live energy really well & we just wanted to keep it very raw – very basic. Much like our sound. I’m sure as we develop further so will the videos, but for now it’s all about showing people who we are….which is loud, energetic and – hopefully – different.

'Fussy' has been getting quite a reaction which must be exciting. What is it about the song that is getting people in to it and to your sound?

Absolutely, we’ve been non-stop motivated since it started getting such a great reception. People are singing along at shows too which is awesome y’know! It’s a banger with a big sound, and it doesn’t let you get too comfortable with all its snappy little nuances. Those really took a little while to get right in rehearsals.

As for our sound I feel like there is a certain magic you get with power trios that we try our best to emulate. That really grabs people. Particularly at live shows we often get the old ‘I never knew 3 guys could make so much noise’ and we love that.

What’s next for SINKA?

We have lots on the horizon. This weekend we’re at Camden Rocks Festival playing both Saturday at The Monarch and Sunday at The Black Heart! New releases are being prepped as we speak, some teasers will be popping up for those in good time I’m sure.

We’re currently preparing some acoustic sessions which will filmed & put online – that’ll be really fun and exciting. Alongside this we’ll be doing interviews, radio sessions and much more. We won’t give away too much just yet but it’s all coming together and we are buzzing for the future!

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Catch SINKA at Camden Rocks Festival, London on June 1st and 2nd.

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