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‘Society was volatile. That spirit was in our music’: how Japan created its own jazz
Postwar Japan embraced the music of its former enemy – and, powered by anti-establishment feeling, remade it. As they find a new global audience, the country’s jazz innovators explain what drove them

Dean Van Nguyen

12, Jan, 2022 @12:25 PM

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Swizz Beatz: ‘DMX was a hero. He would give clothes off his back to the homeless’
The superproducer is married to Alicia Keys and has made hits for Jay-Z and Beyoncé – but his current role is custodian of DMX’s legacy. He explains the particular power of the late rapper

Dean Van Nguyen

01, Jun, 2021 @3:49 PM

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M Huncho and Nafe Smallz: DNA review – dextrous chemistry deflated by familiar lyrical concerns
The UK rappers’ voices fit together as satisfyingly as puzzle pieces but their dynamic is wasted on generic material

Dean Van Nguyen

30, Oct, 2020 @9:00 AM

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Deftones: Ohms review – fighting time and tide with undimmed ferocity
The Sacramento band’s ninth album streamlines their experimentalism and adds a hit of 90s nu-metal

Dean Van Nguyen

25, Sep, 2020 @7:30 AM

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Wu-Tang Clan: where to start in their group and solo back catalogues
In Listener’s digest, our writers help you explore the work of great musicians. Next up: the mighty Staten Island rap collective-cum-Shaolin temple outpost

Dean Van Nguyen

27, May, 2020 @2:00 PM

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Childish Gambino: 3.15.20 review – at the peak of the zeitgeist
The actor, comedian and musician Donald Glover has made the first truly outstanding album of the decade, offsetting cultural examinations with moments of sweet levity

Dean Van Nguyen

22, Mar, 2020 @4:49 PM

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‘I never got to thank him’: fans mourn a generation of rappers dying young
Rap’s young stars connect with their audience on a deep emotional level – so it’s especially devastating when they die, as those fans explain

Dean Van Nguyen

11, Mar, 2020 @12:46 PM

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Pop Smoke: a blazing hip-hop star whose risk-taking records will endure
The shocking death of the 20-year-old Brooklyn rapper cuts short a swift career filled with audacious and acclaimed rap

Dean Van Nguyen

19, Feb, 2020 @6:34 PM

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Kanye West’s Sunday Service Choir: Jesus Is Born review – gospel venture tests the faith
The newly devout Christian takes you into his house of prayer in an album with some languid highs, but, ultimately this is one for believers only

Dean Van Nguyen

27, Dec, 2019 @12:56 PM

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Luthorist: Hueco Mundo review
Luthorist, of Dublin rap collective Nuxsense, released this blueprint of their philosophy in hypnotic, drowsy style

Dean Van Nguyen

20, Dec, 2019 @10:30 AM

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The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show review – old-fashioned festive schmaltz
Apart from a blockbuster duet with Lana Del Rey, there are no new musical ideas on this twangy Amazon Prime Video special and soundtrack

Dean Van Nguyen

02, Dec, 2019 @12:11 PM

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Kanye West: Jesus Is King review – rap genius can't see the light
Undercooked tracks on this gospel album don’t delve deep enough into West’s spiritual enlightenment

Dean Van Nguyen

26, Oct, 2019 @2:59 PM

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