As you all enjoy the benefits of climate change – in the form of heatwaves that, frankly, no British person should experience – don’t forget about your old pal, music.

Gracing our cover this month are bona fide leftfield royalty, Hot Chip. Over the last twenty years, they’ve seen people come and go, and, with their seventh album now in hand, they remain a creative force to be reckoned with. In a huge step for the band, A Bath Full of Ecstasy is the first record working with outside producers, all the while remaining decidedly Hot Chip.

Elsewhere, we chat with young London grime artist, Yizzy. While he may be a highly-skilled and frenetic MC, he’s also a humble Lewisham lad who still considers himself “a student of the game”. Meanwhile, time spent with singer, rapper and NiNE8 collective founder, Lava La Rue sees us learn how to inject a sense of joy and abandon into politically-charged music.

All this, plus June’s best releases, must-see events, full live listings for Bristol’s top venues and more.

Loki Lillistone
Editor-in-Chief