Q February 2020

The new issue of Q comes with an exclusive CD selected by Michael Kiwanuka. All Back To Michael’s presents the deep cuts that influenced his new classic album Kiwanuka. The London singer-songwriter tells Dorian Lynskey how he came to produce a stone-cold classic.

The cover feature is part of our huge Albums Of The Year coverage, which also includes in-depth interviews with an array of artists. Ted Kessler heads to Berlin to find that perfectionism is no picnic for Aldous Harding, Niall Doherty hits the road with Elbow and finds the happiest (and most hungover) tourbus in rock and Chris Catchpole goes deep with Dublin quintet The Murder Capital. Laura Barton hears how Angel Olsen broke through the pain barrier, while Dave Everley ventures into the world of John Dwyer, the mad genius leader of Oh Sees. As an added bonus, we got a crack team of our Top 50 album-makers to come up with playlists of the tunes that influenced them, starring Sharon Van Etten, Vampire Weekend, Weyes Blood, Sleaford Mods and more.

Also in this issue, we head to Amman, Jordan for an audience with Coldplay as they launch their new album at the city’s ancient Citadel. “I’m on a mission,” Chris Martin says.

The subject of this month’s Cash For Questions is dance dons Underworld, who field your enquiries on soundtracking the Olympics and Brian Eno’s sense of humour. We check in with synth-popper Caroline Polachek and head Out To Lunch with rising New Yorker King Princess. Last Word goes to Graham Coxon.

In the Q Review, we witness Rex Orange County push the boat out at Brixton Academy, and run the rule over new records from Stormzy, Harry Styles, Courteeners, Georgia and more. All this in the new Q, out on Tuesday 17 December.

Q February 2020