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For the Sake of the Song: the tragic beauty of Townes Van Zandt’s life and music

“If I had a nickel I’d find a game.If I won a dollar I’d make it rain.If it rained an ocean I’d drink it dry,And lay me down dissatisfied.” — from Rex’s Blues. by Dominic Alston Note from the Author: I wrote this piece to accompany the ‘deep dive’ radio show I did in December […]

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Tzusan: 5 films that inspired the album

Following Tzusan’s recent WSPSNSYRP album release, a 14-track collection of snapshots, littered with features, skits, and hidden tracks salvaged from a series of lost summers – we invited the rapper to choose 5 films that inspired the multi-faceted project… Brazil (1985) An absolute masterclass in surrealism from Terry Gilliam, Brazil is one of my all-time favourite films. The […]

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LONG READ: If a DJ Does an Internet Radio Show in the Woods, Does it Make a Sound?

by K Redking When Waltham Forest was the London Borough of Culture a few years back, they produced a map in conjunction with Rendezvous Projects, an initiative which explored the legacy of the pirate radio and rave scene in the borough between 1989 and 1994. The map was printed under the banner of “Sweet Harmony: […]

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INTERVIEW: Conrad Pack

Earlier this year, Threads sat down at a cafe near SET Studios Woolwich with Conrad Pack, the producer and DJ behind SELN Recordings (previously SELCHP) alongside DJ Gonz, to chat about his collaborators and influences. You can hear his latest release Greatest Hits, out now on SELN Recordings, below. Alex: Let’s start by delving into […]

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REVIEW: The Last Angel of History – A Translation of Afrofuturism

“Threads’ very own Edward George pairs with the visionary filmmaker John Akomfrah to deliver a comprehensive and visually kaleidoscopic documentary centred on Afrofuturism.” by Alec Jetha The documentary, The Last Angel of History, opens with a dispassionate monologue delivered by the narrator (and writer) Edward George. He recounts the Faustian-like tale of blues pioneer Robert […]

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LONG READ: Sound Systems and the Legacy of Colonialism

K Redking shares his meditation on the Afro-Carribean roots and fruits of soundsystem culture. On a tour of Jamaica in March this year, Prince William gave a speech expressing his “profound sorrow” over slavery which “should never have happened”—but never explicitly apologised or owned up on behalf of the Royal Family, nor acknowledged their part […]

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