Rihanna, Stormzy, Nile Rodgers pay tribute to Chester Bennington, dead at 41

The US artist was found dead on Thursday. Artists including Rihanna, Nile Rodgers and Killer Mike have paid tribute to Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, whose death at the age 41 was was announced yesterday (July 20). The singer had reportedly hanged himself and was discovered early Thursday morning by his wife at their home in Palos Verdes Estates in […]

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Konami's legendary Contra receives first ever vinyl soundtrack release

Featuring both the NES and Arcade versions the ’80s classic. Konami’s iconic video game Contra will receive its first ever vinyl soundtrack release this week through Mondo. Though celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Contra has barely aged thanks to its imaginative H.R. Giger-inspired monsters, airtight controls and an unforgiving difficulty that forces players to memorize complex enemy patterns or […]

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Atlanta Hawks Security Faces Lawsuit For Allegedly Treating Black Celebs Like Criminals

Black artists are under heavy surveillance at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, according to a former security manager. Home to the Atlanta Hawks, the Philips Arena draws many celebrities and musicians to perform. However, while some stars are able to bypass security, others are not, and race might play a big part. Sam Hayes was the security manager for the […]

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Alan Vega IT review: The final sermon from Brooklyn's late 'Screamin' Jesus'

Suicide frontman Alan Vega died in his sleep last July at age 78 and IT, his last solo effort (which is being touted as “his masterpiece and final statement”), has been released into the world. April Clare Welsh breaks down the master destruction’s final grisly transmission. Alan Vega didn’t dodge flying axes or slice his face with safety pins on stage as part the US proto-punk innovators Suicide […]

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Kesha returns with first song in four years 'Praying'

An emotionally powerful return from the pop star. Kesha has released ‘Praying’ her first single in four years amid ongoing legal battles with former producer Dr. Luke for sexual harassment. It’s the first single from her newly announced album Rainbow. In an open letter, Kesha says the song channels her “feelings severe hopelessness and depression” but is also about “learning […]

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NI Thrill review: Hollywood-style suspense music made easy

Native Instruments’ latest tool, Thrill, taps into the film and video game soundtrack market, fering an all-in-one tool for creating everything from emotive orchestral sweeps to chilling synth drones. But is the new instrument as easy to create a pressional effect as NI claims, and does it have the potential for use outside Hollywood? Scott Wilson reviews NI’s unique new […]

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7 must-hear mixes from June 2017: VHS-warped dreams, blasted techno and Japanese delights

It’s almost impossible to keep on top everything that SoundCloud, Mixcloud and online radio has to fer. In our new monthly column, FACT guides you through the must-hear mixes the last 30 days, whether you want want a club session to warm you up for the weekend, ambient soothers or a set vinyl-only obscurities. Looking back, male DJs had something a mense horribilis in June – when […]

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Wolf Eyes announce Strange Days II EP and tour dates

Trip metal coming to a town near you. Wolf Eyes have announced Strange Days II, a new EP leading up to their European tour next month. The EP follows their recent album Undertow and brings together two lengthy instrumentals described as “bangers free abstraction and stretched out otherworldly electronics”. The title is a reference to Strange Days, a limited edition […]

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