The latest magazine to join our lineup is The Move, an exciting new title celebrating underground music and club culture. Covering global movements through a UK perspective, we love it for its confident attitude and down-to-earth writing. This magazine is less about album reviews or PR-trained interviews — as editor Tom Armstrong puts it, “often producers are much better at making music than talking” — it’s more interested in telling authentic, personal stories.
You can find out more in our Stack interview with Tom, and since it’s a title focused on music, we’ve asked him to pick out six of his favourite tracks from artists featured in the first two issues. Read on for his liner notes on each selection, so you can get a sense of what the magazine is all about.
1. Natural Complexion — Henry Wu ft. Tenderlonious
Tom Armstrong: Around 2014 I used to do a pirate radio show on a Saturday morning in Tottenham, and every week I’d rush back to listen to Alex Nut on Rinse FM at midday. He introduced me to this whole new sound coming from people like Tenderlonious, Henry Wu, Al Dobson Jr and the whole 22a crew, which is what inspired me to start The Move. This was one track I remember buzzing off when I heard, then we ended up having Henry as part of Yussef Kamaal on the cover of issue one (below). Funny how things come together.
2. Weed Is My Best Friend — Popcaan
We try not to run too many straight up artist interviews — the internet is already full of them and often producers are much better at making music than talking. Most of what we do is focusing on the whole culture around underground music, so in issue two we had photographer Grant Fleming in the Gambia (below) documenting the sound systems and street parties that erupted after their political conflict earlier this year . It’s hands down one of the best clubbing photo essays I’ve ever seen, and this tune was something of an anthem for them at that time. Issue two has nearly sold out and I swear Grant’s piece is worth the cover price alone.
3. Burial — Levictus
In the next issue we’ve got a piece by jungle veteran Jumpin Jack Frost on how he came to make this seminal track in ’94. It’s an incredible story that involves arrests, guns and some memories of jungle’s heyday. That was the London I knew as a kid, and although I obviously couldn’t go out raving, just seeing those neon posters tied to lampposts and hearing pirate radio blasting out of flats and cars was so exciting, I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it. I’m so proud of our culture.
4. Peace Go With You Brother — Gil Scott-Heron
We had an archive interview with Gil Scott-Heron in issue one, originally from 1986, but everything he said and stood for is still so important today. We live everything that comes with underground music culture, and that includes the social issues too. Club culture is built on love, unity and acceptance. It’s important we all keep that message alive.
5. Rye Lane Shuffle — Moses Boyd
The young jazz drummer said in issue one: “Being born and bred in South London I’ve seen first hand how the media can repeatedly put a negative spin on communities and young people around here. I’m fortunate music has enabled me to shine a light on what has been brewing for a long time in South London.” I thought that really represented what we’re trying to do with the mag.
6. Invasion — DJ Dread D
We decided to put T.Williams on the cover of issue two because he stands for everything we’d like the mag to be about. He’s made everything from grime (as DJ Dread D) to garage to house, he’s been a religious raver since day one, and he’s such a genuine, humble guy. It was our co-founder Jyoty Singh’s suggestion and I’m really glad we went with it.
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