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Q Magazine April 2020

Q magazine is inventive, insightful and irreverent. It's the UK's biggest-selling music magazine and the world's best music guide. Our journalists get the interviews and exclusives that no other magazine can! Their expertise provides reviews you can rely on and trust. Q magazine's new entertainment section features EVERYTHING you need to know about music, films, DVDs, radios, books, games and gadgets... which, coupled with the famous Q Magazine Reviews, and you've got what amounts to the most essential music and entertainment guide there is.

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In his play As You Like It, William Shakespeare writes that “love is merely a madness; and, I tell you, deserves as well a dark house and a whip as madmen do”. We’ve all been there. Love in its first bloom, or during its disintegration, is a kind of madness from which there can feel like there is no relief. Except, there is one relief: music. A piece of music, a song, can speak to you more clearly than any other counsel during the lunacy of love. Sometimes it can feel explicitly like the only comfort you’ll find. At other times, its clarity will seem unbearable. Years after a particular romance has faded from view, that music can return the listener to a time and a place with a breath-taking intensity. So…

4 min.
wiley’s war of words

That Wiley ended January by being pictured with boxing promoter Eddie Hearn seemed to sum up the month he’d had. The London rapper had spent the previous few weeks underlining his expertise at whipping up fight hysteria as his conflict with Stormzy – the grime pioneer versus the younger superstar – became mainstream news. “I could not believe it!” he laughs, climbing into a taxi on a cold Friday morning. “I thought it would be how the usual ones used to be, you know, London, Manchester, Birmingham, but that one went round the whole place, didn’t it?! The internet has made the world small, man. It was on the news!” You can imagine the 41-year-old rubbing his hands in delight as the tabloids published stories with headlines like, “Stormzy and Wiley ‘beef…

4 min.
m huncho

“I’ve got five masks, they cost about two and a half grand apiece.” Hello, M Huncho! Where are you right now? Hello man. Right now, I’m on the way back from the gymbo. How was your workout? Absolutely intense, bro. I trained some back and biceps today. I go to the gym nearly every day. It’s good to mentally be somewhere else and take out that stress or whatever you’ve got on your mind on a couple of heavy plates. Has one of your songs ever come on when you’ve been in the gym? A hundred per cent. I carry on like it’s not even me. I’ve been in the gym and there’s been someone next to me singing one of my songs bar for bar. I’m listening and thinking, “If only this guy knew.” You keep…

2 min.
on the stereo

STEPHEN MALKMUS XIAN MAN Impressively, the former Pavement frontman is currently averaging one great new solo album a year. The latest, Traditional Techniques, might even be his best yet. Lead single Xian Man is an acid-fried delight that combines hippy folk rock with peals of gnarly, Television-styled guitars. Out: now, on Domino. THE STROKES AT THE DOOR Their trademark guitar rattle might be conspicuous by its absence, but the fuzzy, retro synths on the first taste from their forthcoming new album carry a lilting melody that mark The Strokes at their best. Out: now, on Cult. ROSALIÍA JURO QUE Ahead of her performance at the Grammys last month, the Spanish star released this intoxicating meld of flamenco guitars, anguished melodies and modern-pop production. Out: now, on Columbia. THE CHATS THE CLAP Having already delivered brilliantly puerile punk bangers about fag breaks and pub lunches,…

3 min.
ed o’brien’s south american adventure

It was around the time that Radiohead’s third album, OK Computer, was becoming an unlikely worldwide smash that Ed O’Brien started to become obsessed with Brazil, immersing himself in its music and regularly holidaying there. It began a process that would culminate in his debut solo album over two decades later. “It was that classic thing where you should feel on top of the world but I was really depressed,” says the guitarist, taking a seat in his management’s offices in London, “and the music that really spoke to me was bossa nova and Tropicália, and saudade, that Brazilian thing of sadness and longing.” For your average Normal Eddie, this is where the interest might end, the Brazilian adventure living on in dinner party anecdotes and a tatty Lonely Planet guide on…

5 min.
la roux

When it comes to her neighbourhood, Elly Jackson fears change. The 31-year-old behind the La Roux moniker grew up in Herne Hill, the leafy South London suburb a mile down the road from Brixton, and has lived here her whole life. It means she takes even the slightest alterations very personally. “Where’s the tea urn?!” she asks the manager in Steve’s Café, her local fry-up haunt. It was a health and safety issue, the manager explains. Insurance wouldn’t cover it so it was decommissioned. Fresh from ordering an all-day breakfast at the counter, Jackson slumps into her seat. “They’ve changed the whole vibe in here, you’ve missed the glory days,” she says, gesturing at the exposed brick wall beside her. “That wasn’t a brick wall, none of the walls were painted,…