The FADER comes out six times a year, and every single one of those issues is about documenting what’s next. The NOW issue, though, is about looking even further forward. Who is going to soundtrack the next 12 months of our lives? They’re on and between the covers of Issue #77. On one side, we’ve got Atlanta’s Future, a fittingly-named, up-and-comer with Dungeon Family bona fides. He first perked our ears this year on YC’s wildly popular, “Racks” and has been enjoying a steady string of hits all his own. On the flip side, we’ve got the moody wanderer, Cass McCombs, who released not one, but two albums this year, Wit’s End and Humor Risk—feathers in the cap of an already sizable catalogue. We join him on one leg of his endless journey in search of the perfect song.
But the cover artists are just the beginning. We’ve also got an in-book feature from Andrew Noz, who brings us up to speed on the current state of Memphis rap, parting the city’s shrouded past to reveal a percolating scene that includes rappers like Don Trip, Yo Gotti, Zed Zilla and No Soda. We’ve also got a roundup of some of the most exciting US-based electronic labels around, including LA’s Fade To Mind and 100% Silk, New York’s Software and DC’s (again, appropriately named) Future Times. These labels are putting their unique stamp on electronic music, and, in turn, reclaiming and revitalizing the home-grown genre. Not only will we fill your ears with new sounds, we’ve also got all the prime numbers to style your winter wardrobe, including the all-plaid suit, the double-breasted blazer and head-to-toe paisley. We’ve also got a solid string of GEN F artists like Stacy Barthe, Lunice, Mark McGuire, Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, Bleached and Stay+. Instead of looking back, this issue of FADER has enough sights and sounds to keep you busy—and ahead of the curve—for the year to come.
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