Seminal rapper MF DOOM has died, it has been reported.

The news swept across social media earlier today – December 31st – before being confirmed by his family on social media.

It's a stunning blow – MF DOOM had been extremely active in 2020, releasing a new track with BADBADNOTGOOD a matter of days ago.

In a statement his partner Jasmine writes:

"The greatest husband, father, teacher, student, business partner, lover and friend I could ever ask for."

"Thank you for all the things you have shown, taught and given to me, our children and our family. Thank you for teaching me how to forgive beings and give another chance, not to be so quick to judge and write off. Thank you for showing how not to be afraid to love and be the best person I could ever be. My world will never be the same without you. Words will never express what you and Malachi mean to me, I love both and adore you always."

"May THE ALL continue to bless you, our family and the planet."

Born in London, DOOM returned to the city of his birth a decade ago. Known for his intricate rhyme structures and adventurous flow, he virtually single-handedly defined art rap for multiple generations of hip-hop fans.

Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

Related: MF DOOM – In Conversation

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London duo FOUNDRY13 have shared their new single 'Lead Culture'.

The group hinges on the relationship between two brothers – Joshua and James – and their closeness allows the two to truly engage with one another.

A project driven by honesty and no small supply of melody, FOUNDRY13 leap back into the fray with a new single.

Out now, 'Lead Culture' is a cry for compassion, a frank discussion of mental health issues in this increasingly fragmented world.

A gorgeous slice of indie pop, 'Lead Culture' comes straight from the heart, which is why it's so effective.

“We want to share our music with the world and let people understand what they’re going through doesn’t have to be alone,” James explains.

“We want to address topics that people sometimes find uncomfortable – like anxiety or mental illness or depression – and showing them that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. That’s what our music is ultimately about: helping people get through their lives in a safe and better way”.

Tune in now.

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David Guetta has urged fans to get the vaccine.

Often a figure of fun – not least in these digital pages – the superstar DJ has used his platform to produce some palpable good in 2020.

Two online concerts have raised more than $1.5 million for charity, and he's ending the year with an online spectacular at the Louvre.

Performing outside the historic French gallery, Guetta aims to raise money for UNICEF and French charity Les Restos du Coeur, which provides food and meals to people in need.

Discussing the coronavirus vaccine, the DJ told fans to get innoculated as soon as possible.

He said: “I’m going to do the vaccine, and I hope people are going to do it too because I don’t see any other way to go out of this situation…”

In fact, he is already making ambitious plans for New Year's Eve 2021, commenting: “I want to tell them (my fans) that we are about to witness the craziest party year of our lifetime because the minute it’s going to be open, you know, it’s going to be amazing…”

Check out his comments below.

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UK garage hero and all-round legend Craig David has been awarded the MBE for his services to music.

A bastion of positive energy, it's now 20 years on from Craig David's phenomenally successful debut album 'Born To Do It'.

His career has taken its ups and downs, with his sheer talent bringing Craig David into focus with a series of brand new smash hits.

Now he's been recognised for his work within British music by the Queen – Craig David has been awarded an MBE in the New Year honours list.

In true Craig David fashion, though, he's using the spotlight to bring focus to those around him.

What a guy.

Related: Sheer Positivity – Clash Meets Craig David

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Endings always surmount the reckoning of what has passed, what's been lost and what remains.

In a year that has felt like both a decade and five minutes, it is a rather humbling and necessary practice to just be. I'm remembering the moments, how we can harbor love in the simplicity of observing. In a time when the noise seems to become louder everyday, how do we listen to ourselves? How do we find new ways of thinking and feeling?

I am remembering the sky on a daily basis, a new kind of prayer. I am finding this ushered grace and sense of peace in being okay with the turbulence of 2020.

Wherever in the world you may be listening from, I hope you can take this collection of ambient music to pause and take account of your breath, your body, your mind and your heart.

Ambient music was my saving grace through 2020. There is both prayer and mystery in the minimal compositions that offer a recharging soothing sound bath like experience.

These are my favourite ambient tracks that were released this year and I hope they offer you some space to remember hope and to hold onto your dreams. There is so much more to come.

Words + Curation: Rae Niwa

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Toronto's Siddartha returns with new single '6uddha'.

The multi-ranging talent blends electronic production with R&B textures and hip-hop elements, resulting in a remarkable blend.

New single '6uddha' continues the Toronto artist's winning streak, with Siddartha tapping into club energy.

Interweaving R&B textures with quickfire bars, it's a helter-skelter return that pushes him into a fresh space.

Siddartha comments…

"'6uddha' is one of the first tracks where I really tried to tap into my dance expertise and apply it to my production. I really wanted to make something that people can just move to. It's a celebration of how all the things I've experience have accumulated into this alter ego the 6uddha. Since my name is Siddartha (the buddhas name) and I'm from Toronto (The 6ix)."

Tune in now.

Photo Credit: Working Progress

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New York riser Kaitlyn Velez has shared new single 'email'.

The songwriter's emphatic touch is laden with colour and energy, making audiences sit up and take notice.

New single 'email' is just right for these isolated times, dealing with the problems surrounding digital communication.

Drawing on her own experiences, it's a fun, tongue-in-cheek endeavour that finds Kaitlyn letting it all hang out.

Blessed with a deluxe chorus, 'email' is a pop pounder that punches its way out the speaker.

She comments…

“‘Email’ was me trying to tap into a pretty specific and interesting situation one of my friends was in. I really laid everything out on the table”, Kaitlyn offers. “My friend loves it and I’m pretty interested to see how the boy reacts to my take of the situation. Fun fact, I haven’t blocked anyone!”

Tune in now.

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Kendrick Lamar is set to headline Roskilde Festival in 2021.

With the coronavirus vaccine now being delivered around the globe, hopes are high that normal life could – in some capacity – return next summer.

A trip to Europe by Kendrick Lamar would go a long way towards establishing stability for live music, and he's scheduled to headline Denmark's Roskilde festival next summer.

Having first played the event in 2013, King Kenny has agreed to return next summer, taking part in the festival's 50th instalment.

Roskilde Festival's head of programme, Anders Wahrén, says: "We are on the threshold of a new year, and we think there is a need and reason to be hopeful. That's why we're revealing another act for next year's festival."

"Despite his relatively young age, Kendrick Lamar is a modern legend and he has been one of the hottest wishes among our participants since he made his debut at Roskilde Festival in 2013. He's a show man but also a politically engaged artist with something on his mind, and he appeals to a wide audience without pandering."

Roskilde Festival is scheduled to run between June 26th – July 3rd.

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The November instalment of the Clash Radio Show hosted by Jess Bays on Rinse FM is now online for your listening pleasure.

Two hours of our favourite new music hosted by our very own Jess Bays. Listen back to the full show here.

Clash and O2 have come together providing a new platform for the next wave of performers and emerging artists hitting the scene, to further amplify their Priority Ticket releases.

The interval on live music that has been in effect, with a pause on all but a few concerts running across the summer due to the Covid-19 pandemic has left us all with a void that we are yearning to fill.

Across the Winter of 2020, Clash and O2 have started to fill that gap by jointly showcasing the freshest tour announcements for 2021 whilst championing artists new music releases.

Jointly amplifying the industries return to the stage to the fullest. Each week we will showcase a curated pick of key ticket releases via the Clash live section and across our socials.

Each month we will be curating a key O2 Monthly Mix hosted across Clash channels and broadcasting our favourite artists new releases via Clash's monthly radio show.

November's mix featured Pa Salieu, Pete Tong & The Heritage Orchestra, Jess Glynne and more – live on-air, hosted by our very own Jess Bays.

Closing the show Jess Glynne curated November's O2 Monthly Mix put together by Jess Bays.

Tune in now…

Clash Magazine · CLASH x O2 MONTHLY PRIORITY MIX – NOVEMBER 2020 FT. JESS GLYNNE CURATED MIX

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Listen to the Clash Radio Show this Friday on Rinse FM here to catch December's O2 Monthly Mini-Mix.

Clash monthly newsletter will spotlight key concert announcements highlighting artists with active Priority Ticket pre-sale windows – to ensure you can secure spots to see your favourite artists first. Sign up below.

Clash ticket section also plays host to a curated guest mix of our favourite artists upcoming concerts on-sale.

Without further ado here is this weeks Priority Tickets top picks for your perusal, with many more concerts on-sale now over on the Priority website here.

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It was a year ago that rapper Kanye West delivered a festive gift to fans with the release of ‘Jesus Is Born’, an album that saw West collaborate with the Sunday Service Choir, sending listening to the celestial heights with sprightly keys and soulful vocals. Many labelled the album as yet another creative tangent from Kanye, a temporary escapade from the stark realities of fame, a desperate attempt to regain his then fragile fanbase.

Amongst a round of delays, tweaks, soundbites, and controversies, he shocked us all – the album was a real success, both creatively and commercially. The gospel rap record was accompanied with Kanye’s Sunday Service which debuted at Coachella, welcoming globally renowned musicians to pay homage to gospel music. It certainly wasn’t the old Kanye coming out to play, but for the first time in years his artistic direction was clear.

A year after the release he is back with a five-song EP titled ‘Emmanuel’, executively produced by West himself. The EP is ancient and Latin inspired, once again acting as a musical “celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ”. Upon listening to the opening track ‘Requiem Aeternem’ it’s immediately clear the EP is far less accessible predecessor, with a choral theme that doesn’t submit throughout the body of work.

The shrill soprana qualities of the choir dominate a minimal body of work that is crying out for instrumentation. The shining quality of ‘Jesus Is Born’ was it’s wonderful ability to act as an introduction to those interested in the world of gospel, whereas ‘Emmanuel’ feels wholly inaccessible to those who aren’t devout.

You have to admire the artists determination to subvert from pop culture, but this perhaps feels a step too far, an effort that will make even the most loyal of fans feel disillusioned.

5/10

Words: Josh Crowe

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