Dan Chandler has certainly paid his dues in the Bristol music industry. Today, he’s one of the brains behind Bristol’s biggest city festival The Downs, helped mastermind the event that legitimised Lloyds Amphitheatre as a big name concert venue, and looks after tours for the likes of Nick Cave, Sleaford Mods and The Pixies up …

Sweaty basements, smashed up guitars and worn out drumsticks are the images usually conjured at the mention of punk, yet Sleaford Mods have emerged as one of our climate’s greatest punk acts armed with little more than a laptop and a microphone.  Formed in 2007 in Nottingham, Sleaford Mods was originally the solo act of …

Bristol-based producer Matt Preston aka Phaeleh has been accruing a massive underground following since the release of his debut album Fallen Light in 2008, honing his inimitable style of cinematic electronica with live instrumentation ever since.  Floating in the cavernous space between dubstep, garage, electronica and house, whilst flirting with jazzier tones similar to artist …

The latest signing to Gardna and friends’ Boom Sound label is Glasgow-based collective Samson Sounds with their track featuring MC Tom Spirals, Chatterbox. Patois mixed with Glasgow patter, we guarantee this infectious tune will get your feet stomping. Patois mixed with Glasgow patter, we guarantee this infectious tune will get your feet stomping  Evolving out …

Sector 7 Sounds heads Boofy and Lemzly Dale are key players in the 140bpm microcosm of Bristol. Boofy is a bonafide Bandulu member alongside Kahn, Neek and Hi5ghost, while Lemzly Dale’s Holy I$$h remix was laid to wax on Bandulu Records in 2017. They launched Sector 7 Sounds together in 2013 with their Catch a …

At the end of January, producer Swindle dropped his masterpiece of a record No More Normal, recorded at Peter Gabriel’s idyllic Real World Studios, which has hosted artists from Beyoncé to Björk. The album was three years in the making and the realisation of ideas a decade strong, bringing together Swindle’s career-long catalogue of influences …

Kate Stapley has an addictively original sound that fuses traditional folk compositions with refreshingly honest and modern concepts. Self-confessing to her ‘obsession’ with the old school songwriting scene, Kate tells us she takes influences from the somewhat juxtaposed styles of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Carole King, interjected with the styles of more progressive sounds …

One of the underground’s biggest driving forces, Pinch is natural innovator, continually exploring new territory (then sending for the rest of us). The producer and Tectonic boss played a major role in establishing a dubstep scene in Bristol, co-founding the legitimately legendary Subloaded nights alongside Blazey Bodynod in 2004. It was the first major dubstep …

Dutch five-piece De Staat have something of a twinkle in their eye. Fronted by the hyper-talented Torre Florim, who sings, plays guitar, writes and produces for the band; the rock group embrace influences from R&B to art rock.  Their latest and fifth studio album Bubble Gum dropped last month, dealing with serious issues such as …

Bristol producer duo KOAN Sound are celebrating the release of their long, long-awaited debut album, more than a decade on from their first release. Having entered the ring at just 16 with dubstep hit Clowny / Blessed, the evolution of KOAN Sound is unparalleled – somehow retaining their original and unique style, while continually expanding …