On this day it rained something chronic. The wind cried Maria and combined with the howling rain to make short work of our umbrella. Tottenham Hale didn’t disappoint that’s for sure. Inside the complex that houses Bally Studios, we met Massimo Zeppetelli also known as Feminist and he showed us a very special antique piano, more Nigerian churches than a rich Lagos suburb and a forgotten rock star’s amplifier. This is us creeping up on him at play, naturally. The track is called ‘Ome’.

Words: Ade Bankole.

Camera: Samir El Bey.

Links: https://soundcloud.com/feminist

As The Great Escape festival looms on the horizon, we are looking forward to seeing Young And Sick make a splash in Brighton. Straight out of LA, they make a holy matrimony with their project that’s part art part music. Rapidly proving somewhat infectious to an adoring public and high-profile fans, we guarantee if you haven’t heard their beats you’ll have seen Y&S’s puppet master-in-chief Nick van Hofwegen’s handy work in your local fashion or/and record store. As well at the visual stimulants, it’s a project that meshes that “neo-soul sound” with an array of embedded elements which make Young and Sick hard to date. Think the multi-talented rainforest that is Georgia Ann Muldrow drenched with sun beams of Sa-Ra up towards an electronic ravine and you’re closer than when you started.

Stats: Lies, Damned Lies.

If Stats’ choice of track title ‘Where Is The Money?’ isn’t a nod to first off Brian Eno and the Talking Heads lyric “into the blue again, after the money’s gone" then it should be. In this banquet of treats we call music, Stats are bringing the funk, mean grooves, wise words and a whole lot more to the table. Channelling the spirit of the late, great scribe Mark Twain, KINSHIP tries to discover what lies beneath the tape.
KINSHIP: Live performances or 12” vinyl immortality, what’s more important to you as a band?
Stats: Live performance. Although recording is completely satisfying, it guarantees the death of a song ahead of its immortality. Once it is recorded, particularly if it is well-recorded, it tends not to change any more.
KINSHIP: We’ve always wanted to use the word “plethora” in a sentence so, after listening to your music, we heard a plethora of influences going on. In your own words, how do you describe it and if you could place it in a record shop yourselves, what other albums would surround your LP.
Stats: “Stats are a minimal pop band. Stats are you on the internet and Stats are also work. Stats are a grown-up thing to do. 
Stats can’t dance and Stats don’t take drugs. Stats are painting with numbers. Stats are a way of looking at the world. Stats are a people person. Stats are also a way of creating order in the world when it appears not to exist, and although ordering record racks alphabetically makes no ultimate sense - they could just as meaningfully be ordered by colour or by weight, or chronologically - the idea of disturbing the alphabet is worrying. So Stats would fit happily between Laurie Anderson and the Staple Singers on one side, and St Vincent and Talking Heads on the other”.
KINSHIP: In a quote most attributed to Mark Twain, there are three types of lies; lies themselves, damned lies and statistics. If there was one rumour about the band you’d like to start on KINSHIP, what would it be? 
Stats: That we all know a lot about statistics, to a postgraduate level or higher, and could safely be employed in any government department or reputable bank.
KINSHIP: Further to that, what’s the best statistic you’ve ever heard?
Stats: Remembering statistics may be a knack, like remembering jokes, but jokes probably age better. I can’t remember jokes. There are statistics that may be jokes, like the reported fact that Gary Oldman is thirteen days younger than Gary Numan, but perhaps a number in service of a pun does not count as a statistic. Or maybe it goes to prove Mark Twain’s remark. Statistics are often numbers in service of words, words hiding behind numbers as if they can claim truth or objectivity that way. In which case, all statistics are of equal value, more or less.
KINSHIP: When you get around to making an album, can we expect more groove-orientated sequences or are you going to throw a curve ball at us in terms of direction? 
Stats: We don’t know, we haven’t made it yet. We start to come up with songs by playing the same thing for a long time. If there’s no reason to change, we don’t change. We’ll start with that, and see where we get to. It’s going to be exciting to make, and hopefully to listen to.
KINSHIP: Finally, If you could add something else to your set up, what would it be? And why? 
Stats: What we need is people - as many people on stage as possible, each one doing something different and useful at the same time. People doing something computers could do much better, people messing it up at a critical point and changing the whole direction it was meant to go.
Words: Ade Bankole
Image: Dominic John
Links: https://soundcloud.com/statsstatsstats

Nuoli: Time and Pressure

Fresh out of Stockholm and into the fire, Nuoli is steadily burning her pop/folkesque flame towards your ears with raw tones, linear beats and lyrics with a social and political substance. Take heed while you can, she is not just a pretty voice. 
"I play guitar, the piano, and I sing. I also produce everything and have my own studio. I would love to be able to play drums and bass, and It would be so great to be able to play the zither as well.
"My mom bought a guitar for my dad when I was about 5 years old and we started having these jam sessions, so that’s where it all started."
KINSHIP: First off, what does Nuoli mean?
Nuoli: It means arrow in Finnish and was taken from the arrow tattoo on my right wrist. The tattoo stands for going your own way, to fight against everything that people expect you to do and just so whatever you feel is the right thing for you. After getting the tattoo I started looking for translations of the word arrow and the first one that sounded like a name that suited my music was Nuoli, and then it stuck. 
KINSHIP: We’ve never been to Stockholm, in a musical sense, give us a brief line on who else is emerging in the city?
Nuoli: Right now we have the band Say Lou Lou who are getting pretty good, among with my friends Sirena and Mountain Bird. There are some good things on the horizon. 
KINSHIP: Your music’s been described as both socially and politically conscious, which can create a blurry line in terms of meaning, please explain what description best fits your music?
Nuoli: It depends, I don’t like defining art as a genre or such, my music is sometimes a political punch in the face as well as sometimes being a damaged heart or the feeling of being free. But yes, I’m politically active and think it’s SO important with people getting engaged in politics right now. As well as I think it’s SO important to do whatever you feel like doing, being creative and be honest towards yourself and your living. 
KINSHIP: What did you buy last and what are your influences?
Nuoli: The last album I bought was Disclosure’s Settle, I’m a sucker for their music. It’s crazy good. My biggest influences are a lot of 70s musicians and performance artists such as Kate Bush, Fleetwood Mac and The Doors. But right now I listen a lot to Jungle, FKA Twigs and Dream Koala. Absolutely magical artists. I’m inspired by travelling and a lot of poems as well as hearing people’s life stories which you get a lot of while traveling. Right now I’m in Israel for instance. 
KINSHIP: Tomorrow morning, you get a phone call from one well-known artist, requesting you write/produce for them. Who would that artist be?
Nuoli: I would LOVE to work with Nicolas Jaar or Pantha du Prince as well as Ravi Shankar, I like unique minimalistic music. 
KINSHIP: What’s your favourite quote in life? Or a phrase you would like to be remembered by?
Nuoli: I like the phrase “time and pressure makes diamonds” since it points out the importance of letting things take time, along with life being rough sometimes. 
KINSHIP: When can we get our hands on a Nuoli album, we’ve had your latest single ‘My Curse Is My Mind’ on constantly and we want more!?
Nuoli: I’ll start with an EP which will be all of my experiences from being 18 up until now, the feeling if being young but feeling so old. Of being lost, of love, of hate. Everything. It will be my heart served on a platter for you. So please be careful with it!
Words: Ade Bankole.
Image: Liv at Mystic Sons

WhistleJacket: Lo-Five

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Don’t call it a throwback, Whistlejacket will make your hazy dreams of flower-fuelled psychedelia and blurry pop melodic lines come true. As well as taking their name from a George Stubbs painting, they list their main influence as Pizza and could fall into many categories under the genre folder. They strive to “try out a variety of different sounds and aim to evolve from each song” and their ideal location to play at would be under the sea. KINSHIP goes in pursuit of the perfect coral reef and Ralph from The Simpsons with lead singer and guitarist, George Matheou.

KINSHIP: Since you guys are all currently living in London and practice and play here the most, where are your favourite places in the city?
George: I have a few favourites. The balcony in the my parents’ house is one. Thats’s a nice spot. I love our basement, where we rehearse. Those aren’t too London-specific but I like homes. I like Primrose Hill, that’s got a good proper view of London.
KINSHIP: If you could play anywhere where would it be?
George: We’ll play anywhere they’ll have us, really, I’d like to play somewhere different every night. New York would be incredible, but if I could play literally anywhere I’d wanna play somewhere no-one’s ever played, like a box under the sea where the fish could swim past us and look at the freaks in the tank who are able to breathe above water.
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KINSHIP: Haha, that would be great. Would you choose to live there or come back to “earth”?
George: I’d prefer to return to ground I think. But I could stay down there for a while.
KINSHIP: And so would your ideal gig be there too or what would that involve?
George: Playing in Danny’s basement with our friends band Bare Pale and then having a house party upstairs seems like it would be a very fun night, plus I’m pretty sure I could guarantee myself a bed. Though that’s more of a brain wave than a fantasy.
KINSHIP: Who’s the loudest in the band and do they end up organising everything or is it pretty equal?
George: Danny’s the loudest for sure, but that doesn’t mean he bosses us about, I have a feeling i’m probably a bit bossy, but all the real decisions are made by us all together. As for organising things, I don’t really know half the time, often they just seem to happen. Our manager tends to organise us and we get to most places in the end, even if we’re slightly late.
KINSHIP: You guys must spend so much time together, what do you talk about most of the time?
George: We probably talk about The Simpsons most regularly, best episodes, favourite characters…Danny’s are the crazy Cat Lady and Ralph, we all love Ralph really though. We probably spend more time talking about him than we do playing music when we “rehearse”.”
KINSHIP: “Do you have a lot of music in common as well and is that how your style has developed?” 
George: “Mm, well there’s not really any formula to how we write, each song comes from a compound of different things. We do share a lot of music though, we’re always showing each other things we’ve found, but then there are also a few things that we don’t agree on.”
Words and Image: Jess McGill.

Links: https://soundcloud.com/whistlejacket

Part 2! And this time we’re with singer-songwriter Sam Lunn, his acoustic guitar and his flatmate’s stool. After a hearty breakfast we talked winter jumpers, overhead planes and Victor Wooten. Thanks to The Brockley Mess for the use of their garden. The composition is his own, enjoy! 

Words: Ade Bankole

Camera: Tamara Beyrouti

Links: https://soundcloud.com/samlunn

Diamond Thug: Cape Crusaders.

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Exuberant, joyful and full of good beats, Diamond Thug are fast becoming to the Cape Town soundscape what denim is to youth culture. There’s Chantel who “sings and dances”, who met Danilo “a master of many instruments” through an ex-boyfriend. After a short tenure as an electro-rap duo and waxing in Dj sets, the idea of a live band came into play when they were booked for a bigger show last year and needed a drummer, that’s when Adrian came a knocking, who also plays the synths and sings in the band too.
KINSHIP: This is a first for us, reaching out to South Africa, apart from you guys, give us three or so relatively new bands/acts from Cape Town whose radar we should look out for?
Diamond Thug: oh, definitely Albairre, Gateway Drugs and Aztec Sapphire.
KINSHIP: Your music is like a good paella. We mean it’s hot and has a lot of ingredients to it. Explain your influences briefly.
Diamond Thug: Well, being a paella we definitely have many influences as we all listen to and bring very different styles of music to the band. There are so many from the Foals, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Santigold, Outkast, Kanye West, The xx.
KINSHIP: On tour at the airport, you guys get pulled into border control because one of you has put ‘Diamond Thug’ under occupation on an immigration form as a joke; who’s more likely to commit that faux pas, and why?
Chantel: Danilo, because he’s a jokester!
Danilo: It’d definitely be Chantel. Between her own silliness and our messing around with her she’s constantly getting into those situations. She’s like our little sister, we always mess around with her. Just with us there’s no mum with us on tour to stop us from going too far with the jokes.
KINSHIP: Back to music, when are you heading over to these shores and what would be your dream support slot: 
Diamond Thug: Whenever anyone has us over there! We’d love to go :) Dream slot would be at like Glastonbury or Reading.
KINSHIP: And Finally, what’s your band collective guilty pleasure and would you release a cover of it?
Diamond Thug: There’s the odd blink 182 song that Danilo creeps into practices during warm up.
Words: Ade Bankole
Image: Brian Molepo
Dominic Wolf: Never Scared.

We asked Dominic Wolf to create a superband. It went King Krule (guitar and vocals), Jamie XX and Amon Tobin (electronics), Thom Yorke (keyboard and vocals), Matt Bellamy (guitar), Dave Grohl (drums) and Paul Simonon (bass). Then came the artistic dilemma.
“It’s an interesting question, I’m now curious to know what this superband would sound like.” Moving swiftly from one scary thought to another, what are the fears of an aspiring singer-songwriter about to release a first extended-player onto the public sphere?

"I’m sometimes a bit worried that I won’t be as inspired as I grow older and that I will start repeating myself in my music. There are many musicians who make new albums that sound exactly like their previous albums. I don’t really think too much about it though and wouldn’t say it inspires me either."

Armed with a his guitar and Maschine pad Dominic uses loop pedals, drum fills and reverb-soaked harmonies to craft his music. It is stripped back and laid bare and songwriting in its most brutality honest form.

"I would say my music is chill but can become quite intense at times and there will often be new sounds that you may not have noticed on the first listen. As for myself I like to think I’m quite relaxed, easy-going and open to new experiences."



Behind The Sun will be available for sale and download on the 16th of March and is taken from his forthcoming EP Masks.

https://soundcloud.com/dominicwolf

Words: Ade Bankole.
Image: Liv at Mystic Sons.

Dominic Wolf: Never Scared.

We asked Dominic Wolf to create a superband. It went King Krule (guitar and vocals), Jamie XX and Amon Tobin (electronics), Thom Yorke (keyboard and vocals), Matt Bellamy (guitar), Dave Grohl (drums) and Paul Simonon (bass). Then came the artistic dilemma.
“It’s an interesting question, I’m now curious to know what this superband would sound like.” Moving swiftly from one scary thought to another, what are the fears of an aspiring singer-songwriter about to release a first extended-player onto the public sphere?

"I’m sometimes a bit worried that I won’t be as inspired as I grow older and that I will start repeating myself in my music. There are many musicians who make new albums that sound exactly like their previous albums. I don’t really think too much about it though and wouldn’t say it inspires me either."

Armed with a his guitar and Maschine pad Dominic uses loop pedals, drum fills and reverb-soaked harmonies to craft his music. It is stripped back and laid bare and songwriting in its most brutality honest form.

"I would say my music is chill but can become quite intense at times and there will often be new sounds that you may not have noticed on the first listen. As for myself I like to think I’m quite relaxed, easy-going and open to new experiences."

Behind The Sun will be available for sale and download on the 16th of March and is taken from his forthcoming EP Masks.

https://soundcloud.com/dominicwolf

Words: Ade Bankole.
Image: Liv at Mystic Sons.

Menagerie: Over The Hills.

Max Hardy the man like his music doesn’t play by your average conventional percentages. He’s fascinated by ancient cultures and civilisations and the “sense of mystery that pervades through what we think of them.”
Ask him who he’d most like to make music with and the picture becomes a bit clearer . “I’d like to to be forced to collaborate with a complete stranger. That would be a blast.” Ask him what would be the worst description of his music and you get “As a castrati Beach Boys cover band!” If you’re puzzled too, It was a practice just over a century ago where in the quest of male sopranos, choir boys were castrated in order to preserve their unbroken voices. If you can get past that thought without screaming, we shall proceed.
We noticed Max’s alias Menagerie a couple of years back when his ‘You Can Only Sleep At Night’ EP both haunted and made us swoon with its heart-locking hooks and a stellar arrangement of harmonies. Another record later and the man from Adelaide Hills is at it again blending his signature electronica and folk sound.

KINSHIP: Have you played over in the UK before? If not what are your impressions of it from the outside looking in, so to speak and is there any venue or festival you hope to play at?

Menagerie: The UK looks like a musical mecca. Alot of my favorite artists have come from there. You guys have some awesome festivals id love to come and check out, and hopefully play one day.

KINSHIP: You just joined a Pilot Records, what will you be putting out next on the label?
Menagerie: Pilot records is an amazing community of like minded musicians from our city. Its been a real honour to join their label. We are planning my next release for the second half of this year. The sound has really developed from my previous album, much more expansive.

KINSHIP: You’ve quite a particular sound that blends folk and electronica, I’ll leave the description there and ask what your studio set up consists of?
Menagerie: The studio runs half in Ableton and half in Logic. Two very different systems that inspire very different songwriting and production. Sometimes i’ll sample ideas into my MPC, sketch out ideas from there, and then move the ideas from there in to the computer and work them into a full song. 

Running into the MPC, I have a whole heap of kit. Synths, zithers, lots of pedals. i prefer guitar pedals. they are like real life plugins. On the other end of the instrument spectrum though, My 12 string plays a large part in writing and recording.

http://www.pilotrecords.com.au/about/

https://soundcloud.com/menagerie-1

Words: Ade Bankole.
Image: courtesy ripitup.com.au

Menagerie: Over The Hills.

Max Hardy the man like his music doesn’t play by your average conventional percentages. He’s fascinated by ancient cultures and civilisations and the “sense of mystery that pervades through what we think of them.”
Ask him who he’d most like to make music with and the picture becomes a bit clearer . “I’d like to to be forced to collaborate with a complete stranger. That would be a blast.” Ask him what would be the worst description of his music and you get “As a castrati Beach Boys cover band!” If you’re puzzled too, It was a practice just over a century ago where in the quest of male sopranos, choir boys were castrated in order to preserve their unbroken voices. If you can get past that thought without screaming, we shall proceed.
We noticed Max’s alias Menagerie a couple of years back when his ‘You Can Only Sleep At Night’ EP both haunted and made us swoon with its heart-locking hooks and a stellar arrangement of harmonies. Another record later and the man from Adelaide Hills is at it again blending his signature electronica and folk sound.

KINSHIP: Have you played over in the UK before? If not what are your impressions of it from the outside looking in, so to speak and is there any venue or festival you hope to play at?

Menagerie: The UK looks like a musical mecca. Alot of my favorite artists have come from there. You guys have some awesome festivals id love to come and check out, and hopefully play one day.

KINSHIP: You just joined a Pilot Records, what will you be putting out next on the label?
Menagerie: Pilot records is an amazing community of like minded musicians from our city. Its been a real honour to join their label. We are planning my next release for the second half of this year. The sound has really developed from my previous album, much more expansive.

KINSHIP: You’ve quite a particular sound that blends folk and electronica, I’ll leave the description there and ask what your studio set up consists of?
Menagerie: The studio runs half in Ableton and half in Logic. Two very different systems that inspire very different songwriting and production. Sometimes i’ll sample ideas into my MPC, sketch out ideas from there, and then move the ideas from there in to the computer and work them into a full song.

Running into the MPC, I have a whole heap of kit. Synths, zithers, lots of pedals. i prefer guitar pedals. they are like real life plugins. On the other end of the instrument spectrum though, My 12 string plays a large part in writing and recording.

http://www.pilotrecords.com.au/about/

https://soundcloud.com/menagerie-1

Words: Ade Bankole.
Image: courtesy ripitup.com.au

If you haven’t heard of LA’s The Internet, don’t fret, there’s no time like the present. Granted they’ve been around for some time now but with a moniker that’ll confuse almighty Google itself, you’d be excused for letting them pass you by in everyday conversation, “Jamiroquai is our favourite band!” exclaims frontwoman Syd Tha Kid of Odd Future fame, onstage at a recent London show. And it shows in their funk-infested, soul-drenched sound as well as their animated live performances which usually include their pass on ‘Too Young To Die’. With friends like Tyler and an ever-growing fan base of all ages, we the converted feel compelled to keep spreading the true gospel of The Internet.