This issue heralds Jamie xx: the quietest man in bass culture. In our exclusive cover story, Jamie Smith runs the rule over the UK club scene and uncovers his darkest fears of The xx ahead of their second LP.
Elsewhere, Battles return a man down but with their most thrilling album yet. A sensory overload that’ll knock you off your feet with a smile.
Plus: My Morning Jacket, Bon Iver, The Band's Robbie Robertson, Emmylou Harris, and an investigative feature into the kaleidoscopic rise of Syd Barrett.