Music

The evolution of electronic music

As the Design Museum opens its new show Electronic, we speak to curator Gemma Curtin and The Chemical Brothers collaborators Smith & Lyall about the genre’s wider impact on creativity and culture, and how the music industry could look post-pandemic

Behind the scenes at Shangri-La’s VR festival Lost Horizon

With Glastonbury’s cancellation leaving a gaping hole in the music calendar this summer, Shangri-La creative director Kaye Dunnings was determined to create a virtual experience that festival-goers could enjoy from their homes. We speak to her about bringing Lost Horizon to life

The visual evolution of Run The Jewels

As Killer Mike and El-P release their fourth album as rap duo Run The Jewels, we speak to long-time collaborators Tim Saccenti and Nicholas Gazin about how the band’s ‘stick-up’ hands logo has become one of the music world’s most recognisable emblems

Lost Souls of Saturn reimagines the album format

DJ Seth Troxler has teamed up with designer Tom Hingston and creative technologist Andrew Melchior to release music and visuals through the use of AR and physical objects. We talk to Melchior and Hingston about creating a new experience for Troxler’s fans

Elephant Days: a new documentary for The Maccabees looks at life in Elephant & Castle

Premiering at the BFI London Film Festival next month is Elephant Days, a new film commissioned by The Maccabees, which documents the life of residents in Elephant & Castle in London and the making of the band’s fourth album. We spoke to singer Orlando Weeks about the film and how the area inspired the new record, its artwork and a trio of music videos…

The Changingman

Paul Weller: fashion designer? Antonia Wilson talks to the ‘Modfather’ about his menswear label Real Stars Are Rare, his love of craft and the relationship between music and fashion

Fe2O3 – making glyphs with ferrofluid and magnetic fields

Typographer Craig Ward has once again collaborated with biochemist and photographer Linden Gledhill on the development of Fe2O3 Glyphs, an ornamental typeface produced by subjecting ferrofluid to magnetic fields. The resulting glyphs are set to feature on a series of unique letterpress prints

5 Instagram Influencers to Watch

They’re the cool kids of social media whose eye for the new (or the recycled) makes them vauable partners for brands. For our fashion issue, Amy Scrimshire picks out 5 Instagram ‘influencers’ to watch while Sarah Penny argues that, to get the most out of such relationships, brands need to go niche

Dougal Wilson: good with kids

Insurance is a hard product to sell in an interesting way. But a new ad for John Lewis, directed by Dougal Wilson, is a masterclass in how to make a boring subject entertaining. And it also shows off Wilson’s enduring skill in drawing out dazzling performances from child actors…

Record sleeves of the month

Our latest pick of album art includes an eerie image for Venetian Snares, breakfast-themed still lifes for Battles, lunar artwork by The Designers Republic for The Orb and some stunning images by Matthew Stone for FKA twigs EP M3LL155X.

Introducing the Love-Bot: Bestival’s new installation for 2015

The Love-Bot, a brand new interactive art installation for Bestival 2015, will be the centrepiece showstopper at this year’s festival. 8 metres tall and weighing four tons, it will use “love-detectors” to sense affection and convert it into an amorous display. CR gets an exclusive look…

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