West side story

It’s been a long time coming but Heligoland, Massive Attacks’ new album, has been worth the wait. Paul Sexton caught with Bristol’s favourite music sons

Halls of fame

Mark Paytress takes a trip back in time to explore the legendary hangouts where entire genres of music were forged

Just joined

Hurts EMI Music Publishing Limited This duo, produced by Arthur Baker, recently made the shortlist for the BBC Sound of 2010 poll. myspace.com/ithurts Chapel Club Unpublished Taking the best bits of the early 90s, Chapel Club are a cross between Gene and My Bloody Valentine.…

Marc Bolan – 21st Century Boy

Marc Bolan’s biographer, Mark Paytress tells M magazine of his journey to bring Bolan to the silver screen It was 1992 and I’d just finished my book, 20th Century Boy: The Marc Bolan Story, and a comment made by my editor about the manuscript put the seed of an idea for a feature film based on Bolan’s life in my mind.…

Protest songs

Whatever happened to the protest song? Paul Morley takes a look.

Chase & Status

Chase & Status are Saul Milton and Will Kennard. Emerging from the UK’s Dubstep scene, their music fuses classic songwriting with the sonic expertise of seasoned dance producers. Their once-underground sound has now been discovered by multi-million selling American Hip Hop and R&B stars.…

Prince Sampson

Ivor Novello award nominee Prince Sampson has worked with Alexander O’Neil, Eternal, S Club 7 and Joss Stone, he also co-wrote some of Des’ree’s biggest hits.

The Stow

The Stow recently won the MEmusic and Nissan QASHQAI’s Online and Ontour competition. Part of their prize is to tour with singer VV Brown. The tour runs from 4 November to 23 November. Okay, who’s in the band and what do they do in it? Haydn Corrodus – Vocals, song writer/arranger & force of nature… Shiama (Shi) Young – Vocals, song writer & privileged lone female in the band… Will Brown – Drums & resident comedian… Matt Money – Guitar, graphic design & chick magnet… Dave Payne – Bass & all round good guy… That’s a great band name, where did it come from?…

Jim Duguid

Jim Duguid hails from Glasgow. A drummer and songwriter, formerly of pop-rock band Speedway, and more recently a co-writer on Paolo Nutini’s first album. He now has a London studio where he collaborates with artists as both player and composer.…