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Arts Writer — Guardian
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Gin and The Bee Gees, that's about the size of it

Jamie xx: 'What have I learned? That I like working on my own' — Jamie Smith thinks his interest in dance music might have come from his family. As a kid, two of his uncles were DJs. The first lived in New York: "He played in bars. It was around the whole chill-out thing, he was playing Latin music. He used to send mix CDs over every Christmas."

Florence + The Machine: How Big How Blue How Beautiful review - same drama, new hits — The advance publicity for Florence Welch's third album has made a great deal of its apparent differences from its predecessors. According to the singer herself, How Big How Blue How Beautiful is an album about heartbreak, concerned with "stripping down layers of things to hide behind: big sounds, big dresses, big metaphor".

Various Artists: Empire Season 1 Original Soundtrack review - pretend stars get properly famous with Timbaland’s help — Related: Empire state of sound: how the original soundtrack took on a life of its own When the soundtrack to Empire entered the US charts at No 1 in March, no one could have been particularly surprised, with one possible exception: Madonna, who unexpectedly found herself debuting at No 2.

Why Róisín Murphy's Hairless Toys is the one album you should hear this week - video review — Alexis Petridis recommends Hairless Toys, pop outsider Róisín Murphy's new album. From the skewed ballad of Unputdownable to the trippy and minimalist Gone Fishing, he says the pop outsider and former Moloko frontwoman's first solo album in eight years is an exercise in powerful restraint and an atmospheric, intimate and intricate alternative to the rest of commercial dance-pop.

Mbongwana Star: From Kinshasa review - thrillingly wrong-footing Congolese music — The video for Mbongwana Star's debut single, Malukayi, was a mysterious and rather compelling thing. Figures loom out of a low-lit, smoke-wreathed gloom: a dancer, a frantic percussionist, a couple of middle-aged men in wheelchairs, and, most intriguingly, a spaceman wandering the streets of Kinshasa.

Tom Moulton on Grace Jones: 'They were like her slaves, just looking at her all goo-goo eyed' — In 1976, Grace Jones, a model whose aspirations to become a singer had thus far come to nothing, bar a few flop singles in Europe, was introduced to Tom Moulton, the brilliant, visionary disco producer who, in the preceding three years, had invented both the remix - by reworking and extending soul records for the dancefloor - and, inadvertently, the 12-inch single, when his mastering engineer ran out of 7-inch blanks on which to test-press a forthcoming single by The Trammps.

Why Django Django's Born Under Saturn is the one album you should hear this week - video — Three years on from their Mercury Prize-nominated debut album, the acclaimed eclectic psychedelic quartet Django Django return. Their lysergically-warped mood and songwriting quality is intact, but there are now added house music influences. The results are euphoric, says Alexis Petridis

The Pre New: The Male Eunuch review - angry, disturbing and extremely funny

Why Errol Brown's Hot Chocolate were a far stranger group than they are given credit for — Hot Chocolate were a peculiar band. They were a hugely successful chart act that had hit singles over three decades, but their albums barely scraped into the top 30, unless they were greatest hits collections. They were best known for fluffy, hook-laden pop disco, but their back catalogue was packed with other stuff: music that was far weirder, darker and more intriguing.

Why Frankie Knuckles' Defected House Masters is the one album you should hear this week - video — A career-spanning retrospective selected by the Godfather Of House before his death last year shows Frankie Knuckles' range as a producer, his skill as a remixer and how a lifetime spent in nightclubs gave him an innate understanding of what makes people dance, says Alexis Petridis
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May 25, 2015

@obliquestroke Ha! My peculiar choice of clothes that day will, it seems, haunt me forever. They're always repeating that show…

May 15, 2015

RT @RayPeacock: I once saw BB King address Mick Hucknall as "Simply" because he thought his name was actually Simply Red. For that alone, saluted sincerely.

Apr 30, 2015

@danmanganmusic Hi Dan - I'm dying of man-flu, I"m afraid, but thanks for the invite! x

Apr 27, 2015

@tweetingteach Yeah, got 'em here, state of the art, that'll be £3000 plus P&P, ta *wraps up old speakers from 1982 Amstrad music centre*

Apr 27, 2015

@simonbowcock Yeah, just get out there and shout your head off. Brilliantly, the person I was trying to contact doesn't even follow me, so…

Apr 27, 2015

@onlysimonlucas Thanks. Sorry for disturbing your hols. I suspect someone else at What HiFi can help…

Apr 27, 2015

@OnlySimonLucas Hi Simon. I need to speak to someone from WhatHifi for a piece I'm writing for Esquire. Can you ping me your email? Thanks!

Apr 27, 2015

@simonbowcock Quite a good way of soliciting interviews, though - effectively standing on the street with a loudhailer.

Apr 27, 2015

@simonbowcock Hahahaha, oh fucking hell. Was wondering why people kept RTing it. Well done me.

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