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The Big Hurt: Think of England

Although we like to think of ourselves as having an ironclad hegemony over the pop of the Western world, those plucky Brits like to rise from their misty bog and tweak our nipples with a pond-crossing chart smash once in a while.
‘Who Charted?’: The UK edition
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 09, 2009

Get shorty

"It's not like Jay-Z saw me on the street and discovered me and made me into a superstar! I was doing my thing already."
Lady Sovereign hits new heights
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 01, 2009

Roots Manuva | Slime and Reason

The richest fruit of British rap’s gestation period is the growing catalogue of Roots Manuva.  
Big Dada/Ninja Tune (2008)
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  October 15, 2008

Bangers + Mush

About five years ago, when grime came crashing through the gates, many thought that England had finally found a homegrown answer to American hip-hop.
Dizzee Rascal and El P at the Middle East Downstairs, May 11, 2008
By RICHARD BECK  |  May 19, 2008

The low end

The British rave revolution of the late ’80s/early ’90s is accurately viewed as the source of the ever increasing number of dance genres in the UK.
The bassline house invasion
By RICHARD BECK  |  February 26, 2008


Dubstep has been given its Dizzee Rascal moment with the release of Burial’s Untrue , the elusive London producer’s second album.
Untrue | Hyperdub
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  December 26, 2007


Dizzee Rascal

Boy in da Corner may be the classic Dizzee will be forced to chase for the rest of his career.
Maths + English | XL
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  June 12, 2007

The Atlantic Divide

Bloc Party, the Arctic Monkeys, and even Dizzee Rascal often make it seem that British music is our music too.
Bridged by the Internet
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  October 24, 2006


“People have this kind of problem with me,” says Lady Sovereign over the phone from her London home. “They think they know me, and they don’t know me — and it’s dis gustin ’.” Lady Sovereign, "Gatheration" (mp3)
Lady Sovereign sets her sights on the US
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  October 20, 2006

Bostown dubstep

For new electronic sounds, Boston is considered behind the times.
When Tim Haslett talks, Leggo listens; plus, drones at BCA
By DAVID DAY  |  June 01, 2006

Tapes 'n Tapes

Like Stephen Malkmus and his merry men, these guys regard noise and distortion and weird song structures as their birthright.
The Loon | Ibid
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 31, 2006



For all the ink that’s been spilled over him around the world, you’d think Mike Skinner would be a little better known in the US, a country where TomKat’s new bundle of joy trumps suicide bombings on the news and new American idols are minted each and ev
An interview with the Streets' Mike Skinner
By CHRIS NELSON  |  April 27, 2006

OMG, they’re dancing!

When word came that G NOTORIOUS (a/k/a Geoff White) was putting out a promo-only grime mixtape, two questions came to mind. “Where’s G Notorious been?” And “Why grime?”  
Notorious puts the G in grime; WZBC DJ pleads ‘Guilty’
By DAVID DAY  |  April 11, 2006

Canadian clubbed

As red-hot underground DJs go, Ghislain Poirier is as understated as it gets.
Two new sides of DJ Ghislain Poirier
By DAVID DAY  |  March 07, 2006