Josh Baines

Editor, THUMP UK

Festival Tips

A Festival Guide for People Who Hate Festivals But Love Their Friends

By someone who also can't really stand festivals yet goes to them anyway. I know, it's complicated – as you'll see.
Josh Baines
7.3.18
My Favourite Soundtrack

The 'Chungking Express' Soundtrack Makes Repetition Beautiful

By hearing the same songs over and over, we enter a daydream: one expertly detailed with the nuanced pains and pleasures of life.
Josh Baines
6.22.18
Remembering Things

Bok Bok and Other DJs Look Back on 10 Years of Night Slugs Bangers

As the label imprint turns ten, we asked a few key players and producers to tell us about the records that have made NS what it is.
Josh Baines
6.19.18
Interview

40 Years On, Ryuichi Sakamoto is Still Searching for Parts Unknown

In conversation with one of the most influential musicians of the 20th and 21st century.
Josh Baines
2.16.18
Features

A Walk Around a Nightlife Graveyard with Benin City

How the multigenre group turned the sound of London's changing club scene into an effervescent album.
Josh Baines
2.12.18
PROFILES

Here Lies Lawrence, The Best Pop Star the World Never Really Knew

The frontman of Felt, Denim, and Go-Kart Mozart has said he's always been obsessed with being famous. Despite making some of indie rock's most influential records, he might never be, but that's OK too.
Josh Baines
2.12.18
Remembering Things

How to Disappear Completely: When Musicians Retire For Good

Looking back on Mark Hollis, Talk Talk and fading into reclusive nothingness.
Josh Baines
2.2.18
Interviews

A Chat with the ‘Hey Arnold!’ Composer Who Folded Jazz into 90s Childhoods

How 66-year-old Jim Lang went from touring with the Pointer Sisters to soundtracking the Nickelodeon show about "football head."
Josh Baines
1.9.18
Op-Eds

Wham's “Last Christmas” is the Only Truly Great Christmas Song

Powered by a sense of loss, the track centers on the feeling that's at the heart of Christmas.
Josh Baines
12.21.17
VICE UK Is 15

Mash-Ups, Bad Haircuts, the New Rock Revolution: 2002 Was a Load of Shit

Let's be honest, the year was a dismal one for music in the UK – propagated by marketing execs who had discovered cocaine and Hoxton.
Josh Baines
11.28.17
Interviews

Shane Richie Has Made a Country Album and Doesn't Care If You Hate It

As long as you listen to the damn thing first.
Josh Baines
11.16.17
Features

Horror in the Hills: When Rural Life Meets Acid-Tinged Folk Music

From Richard Dawson's bellowed workers' songs to Shirley Collins' delicate folk, there's a story told beyond ruddy-faced farmer stereotypes.
Josh Baines
11.6.17
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