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October 12, 2014

17-year-olds don’t hear any of this. 17-year-olds are conditioned into thinking of first-year as 12 months of partying and self-discovery, of one last gasp of reckless youth before it all slips away. University appears to be both the most responsible and most fun option.

October 5, 2014

2013 was a banner year for albums. Yeezus. Modern Vampires. Nothing Was the Same. 2014 feels like more of a single year, so far at least – so here’s five albums and ten songs (in no order).

October 5, 2014

There is nothing like a weekday sunrise in the middle of summer. Everywhere is empty but lit, like an apocalypse but with street-cleaners. In the summer between 2006 and 2007, we used to lie in the middle of Ghuznee St for minutes at a time, cracking shitty jokes about our obituaries and hearing our laughter echo. Then we would go home and sleep. We had been playing video games all night.

September 28, 2014

When Aphex Twin’s last album came out, the world had just fallen apart. I’m not going to pretend that I remember October 2001 all that well, but drukQs probably suited the moment somewhat, a mixture of subtle melancholy and pure chaos.

September 21, 2014

I am standing on a street staring at the screen that tells me I have missed my bus. I am staring at the street on the screen and trying to work out which number I am near. I am staring at the screen and it is showing me a car drive slowly towards me, a smiling face and licence-plate number just below. I am staring at the screen and rating the driver out of five.

September 21, 2014

It was back during those sessions that we came up with the idea that maybe we could do a 50/50 kind of Upbeats/Shapeshifter thing. So then a few months later we got in the studio and made it happen.

September 14, 2014

The output of internet label PC Music is a lot like a bag of gummy bears – sugary, addictive, vaguely too good to be true. They’ve been around about a year, but are really coming into their own as associated acts Sophie and QT* make their major-label debuts. If you like pop music but wish all the acts had snorted a few more lines before entering the studio, this is the music for you.

September 7, 2014

I think my age and the fact that I do go to heaps of gigs and shows mean that I have the confidence to feel like I know enough to be able to talk to these people about what they do.

September 7, 2014

Alone, online, and not typing, one forgets to be a discrete person. With four tabs of something fascinating and every biological need sated, the idea of a ‘continuing personality’ seems laughable – all you are is interested.