Plus Squid, Protomartyr, ANOHNI, Enny and more inside; subscribers also get an exclusive Protomartyr flexi disc
We’re delighted to have Killer Mike on the cover: having been one of the world’s finest rappers for over 20 years, both as a solo artist and alongside El-P in Run The Jewels, he’s now back with Michael, his most personal solo album yet and a high water-mark of his 20-year stellar career so far. As he prepares for its release, Stuart Stubbs travelled to his native Atlanta to hang out with Mike and get the inside story of the record from the heart of the city that shaped him.
Elsewhere in Issue 159, Alastair Shuttleworth meets up with UK art-rock group Squid ahead of their excellent, exploratory new album O Monolith; Greg Cochrane talks climate, power and new record My Back Was A Bridge For You To Cross with ANOHNI; Protomartyr discuss their favourite underrated artists with Theo Gorst; folk visionary Shirley Collins shows us around her cottage in Lewes; Daniel Dylan Wray tells us the story of Zodiac, the Soviet space-rock group whose work is about to reach a whole new audience thanks to new documentary Soviet Bus Stops; This Is The Kit leader Kate Stables tells us about her actual favourite songs; pioneering Chicago producer RP Boo maps out the evolution of footwork with Oskar Jeff; Julie Byrne opens up to Michelle Kambasha about the incredibly difficult process of making her amazing new record The Greater Wings; Youth Lagoon discusses a similarly traumatic return to music with Max Pilley; and Overmono detail their highly-anticipated debut album Good Lies as well as the decade of underground work that’s gone into it. We’ve also got interviews with some of our favourite new and rising artists, including Feeble Little Horse, Cumgirl8, Enny and Waterbaby, plus reviews of the most important new records, live shows, books and films, our regular columns and shit jokes.
Subscriber exclusive flexi disc – No. 3
For L&Q subscribers, this issue’s exclusive flexi disc is a live version of Protomartyr’s classic track ‘How He Lived After He Died’, recorded at Sugarhill Supper Club in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn in 2014. The band’s frontman Joe Casey had this to say:
“As far as this song goes, I can’t believe we bummed the crowd, ostensibly there to celebrate, with such a morose song. In retrospect, it was (and some say is) one of the ‘early, not terrible’ songs we had, so I suppose it was chosen for this reason. As much as I love the song, it is about my dear old dad dying, so I don’t like playing it too much nowadays. I hope you enjoy the song. I am confident that it just might magically transport you back to 2014 Brooklyn in the waning days of the American music business.”
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