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Past articles by Al:


10 albums that wouldn't exist without Green Day's 'Dookie'

It proved that the teen rock revolution of the early ‘90s didn’t have to be all gloomy nihilism and angsty sonics, and made rock fun again. → Read More


20 sets that shook Glastonbury: the stories behind Worthy Farm's most memorable ever performances

This year marks 49 years since Somerset farmer Michael Eavis staged the Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival on his land near Glastonbury. The first band to play? Stackridge. No, us neither – but from Radiohead to Jay-Z, Bowie to The Smiths, the festival has hosted some of the most memorable gigs ever. Here’s some … → Read More

Jimmy Iovine on the future of streaming and "stepping back" from Apple Music

The veteran producer, Beats co-founder and subject of hit documentary The Defiant Ones reveals he's moving into a consultancy role at Apple – but isn't done innovating yet. Al Horner asks what comes next. → Read More

Ghost in the sewing machine: The elegance and ambiguity of Jonny Greenwood's Phantom Thread

Jonny Greenwood is nominated for Best Score at this Sunday's Oscars. Al Horner delves into the beauty and claustrophobia of the Radiohead man's latest astounding OST. → Read More

Step into the cult of Nilüfer Yanya, the London romantic writing raw songs about love and money

London singer-songwriter Nilüfer Yanya takes us inside her sparse, guitar-driven soul-pop. Her songs' stories may be hard to grasp but the most affecting ones always are, she tells Al Horner. → Read More

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler had his "mind blown" by Kendrick Lamar's all-star soundtrack

The filmmaker tells Al Horner how the soundtrack came to be and why it's an important appendage to a culturally crucial movie. → Read More

Oscars 2018 nominations: 6 amazing scores that deserved to make the cut

FACT shuffles through the movie scores that deserved to be nominated at this year's Oscars, from Jon Brion's Ladybird to Oneohtrix Point Never's Good Time. → Read More

If Sufjan Stevens doesn't win an Oscar for Call Me By Your Name, I will fucking riot

Al Horner explains why it would be just peachy if the cult New Yorker goes home with Best Original Song at February’s awards. → Read More

10 pop and R&B artists to watch in 2018

FACT lists 10 pop and R&B acts to watch in 2018, from neo-soul duo Oshun to Poppy, a pop singer performing as the ringleader of her own internet cult. → Read More

22 incredible albums turning 20 in 2018

From Music has the Right to Children to the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, here are some of the best releases from 1998 that we're still listening to today. → Read More

The 20 best R&B and rap tracks of 2017

FACT staffers and freelancers compile their favorite rap and R&B tracks from 2017 including songs from Wiki, Rapsody, 112 and more. → Read More

The 10 best film and TV scores of 2017

From Dunkirk and It Comes at Night to TV shows like Vince Principals and Twin Peaks. → Read More

The 10 best music videos of 2017

Björk, Bicep and beyond. Here are the videos that wowed us more than any others in 2017. Can you guess our number one? → Read More

Björk's constellation in the clouds: The Icelandic superstar unravels her Utopia

The Icelandic star on nights in New York with the Wu-Tang Clan, self-care canal walks in London and her anger at Spotify and Apple Music. → Read More

'Sober' soul-pop prodigy Mahalia will leave you intoxicated

Leicester songwriter Mahalia, heavily tipped for 2018 following huge breakout singles 'Sober' and 'Hold On', tells Al Horner how she's evolving her sound. → Read More

How Jai Paul and AK Paul enlisted Fabiana Palladino and Ruthven for their new label

The Paul Institute, a new label from AK Paul and his AWOL pop genius brother Jai, launched last week with the release of two surprise singles. → Read More

Emo rapper Lil Peep has died, aged 21

Diplo, Lil B and Peep's tour mate Post Malone are among those to have paid tribute to the star, known for mixing hip-hop and emo styles. → Read More

Blade Runner 2049 original soundtrack gets vinyl release

Featuring 20 Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch compositions, plus Sinatra and Presley songs. → Read More

Vincent Vocoder Voice is here to give you beautiful nightmares

Al Horner hears how Alex Petersen spent five years becoming the Greek myth-inspired slenderman that haunts his new album, I Too Was Wrought With Love. → Read More

The 25 best albums of the last three months: July to September 2017

The albums you need to hear from the last three months, including LPs from Jay-Z, Karen Gwyer, Lil B, DJ Python, Myrkur and more. → Read More