We Live in Impossible Times: Darren Hayman

English witch trials. Seventeenth century folk songs. Provincial towns. Greasy cafes. The countryside. These are not, in all honesty, the kind of subjects to which readers of THE BOMBER JACKET are accustomed as their regular fix of razor-sharp, long-legged, firewater-guzzling tunes come sneaking into view under hype radar. But what about fear, sex, xenophobia, love, […]

The Progression of Belgian Hip-Hop With Veence Hanao

As a pure global force, hip-hop has traversed cultures and languages, inspiring a far-reaching base of fans and artists alike. Since the early ’90s hip-hop has been widespread in France, yet only a handful of these names have reached across the Atlantic and linked with their American counterparts. The most  significant French rap group of […]

Benjamin Riedl’s Other Dance Project Everyone Should Embrace: PTTRNS

Last month we introduced readers to Urban Homes, a German dance outfit composed of four musicians from Cologne. One of the musicians, Benjamin Riedl, has another act that is garnering copious amounts of attention from Germany and abroad, called PTTRNS. Riedel must have been busy in the last year because as of April 12, both […]

The Sweetest Thing To Come Out Of Brooklyn’s Rap Scene In Forever

At the Nouveau Casino in Paris on March 20th during the final stop on Kilo Kish and The Internet’s European tour, fewer words could downright describe the unnerving charm on display–an achievement which may be unfamiliar for some at a rap concert. Kish grabbed the mic, clad in effortless chic, with her soft, innocent demeanor, […]

How Not to be Afraid of Fear of Men

It marks a pleasant time in any Londoner’s life when they can unwind, cup of tea in hand, to the lulling, polished tones of BBC 6 Music. More often than not an excuse to listen to David Bowie at work rather than a way to discover underground acts, I was surprised to hear Fear of […]

Quite An Extraordinary Craft: Holly Herndon

It’s February in London. Kraftwerk, whose influence has cast a looming shadow over electronic music since the early 1970s, are in town, bringing their note perfect renditions of their discography to the London’s Tate Modern art gallery. But for those more interested in the future of electronic music than its past, sound artist Holly Herndon’s […]

Put The Purist On Your Radar, Ambitious Up-And-Coming Hip-Hop Production

Little-known, ambitious British boards master, The Purist, has been an avid workaholic lately, never resting, steadily collaborating with an eclectic group of MC’s—from newbies like Danny Brown to veterans like Havoc—in a rising and promising effort to get his sound heard. He comes from the U.K., yet offers an estranged style with a boom bass […]

The Deadline Shakes and Their New Single, “Boy”

After a relatively small amount of live appearances, Iain McKinstry (vocals/guitar), Martin McLeod (bass), Tom Booth (drums), and Greg Dingwall (lead vocals/guitar) will be working overtime, keeping up with the international interest blooming for their Glasgow-based project, The Deadline Shakes. The Deadline Shakes bring forth beautiful melodies upon a simple arrangement of acoustic instruments and playful vocal harmonies, […]

Introducing Marques Toliver

New York busker and self-made man of soul, Marques Toliver is a talented musician, singer, songwriter and producer. Originally from Daytona Beach, Florida, Toliver is currently based in London, where he works as an editor of his own magazine, Love is the Law, with regular guest editor, English model Daisy Lowe. As well as writing, editing and performing, […]

New Music from Chicago: Soft Candy

Alex Brettin, singer and guitarist of Chicago-based band Soft Candy, kind of looks like a Who. Not a member of The Who, although Soft Candy’s roots run deep into the Mod sound, but the actual Dr. Seuss, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” kind of a Who. His mustache is a little wonky and his hair […]