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Andy Crysell

Andy Crysell

Andy Crysell covered dance music, electronic and hip-hop for titles like NME, The Face, DJ and Muzik throughout the 90s, with occasional forays into indie and guitar. Later, he worked on dotcom start-ups and for advertising agencies, before launching his own insight and innovation agency, Crowd DNA.

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Add N to (X): Equation Plug Foundation

Interview by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 14 February 1998

They take their name from a mathematical formula, think electricity is God, want to form a 1,000-strong synth orchestra and play a millennium gig from ...

Air: How ELO Can You Go?

Interview by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 17 January 1998

Qu'est-ce que c'est? Music that sounds like ELO jamming over a porn flick soundtrack — on the moon!? Oh yes indeedy, prepare to enter the ...

All Saints: Poor Shore: All Saints: Renaissance@Privilege, Ibiza

Live Review by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 19 August 2000

YOU'RE SUFFICIENTLY IMPORTANT that a huge illuminated cross adorns the stage this evening. You're on after the not-strictly-eye-grabbing Pete Tong; posters have been advertising your ...

Peter Andre, Boyzone, East 17, Michelle Gayle, Gina G, Louise, The Outhere Brothers: East 17, Louise, Peter Andre et al: Top Of The Pops Weekend, Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 28 September 1996

ENGLAND'S SCREAMING ...

Bentley Rhythm Ace: Blue Note, London

Live Review by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 3 May 1997

BRUM PUNCH ...

Cappadonna, Wu-Tang Clan: Cappadonna: Wu Who?

Interview by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 28 March 1998

Keep up! It's CAPPADONNA. You know, the latest of the Wu-Tang Clan to keep up the rapid onslaught of solo LPs from that camp. And ...

Cornershop: Academy, Manchester

Live Review by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 28 February 1998

MAGIC MASTERY TOUR ...

Carl Cox, Fatboy Slim: Ibiza: Big Beach Boutique

Report by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 15 August 1998

When Radio 1 decamped to Ibiza for a weekend of daft dancing, super funky anthems and celebs behaving badly, it seemed only polite for NME to join them. ...

Daft Punk: Act De Triomphe: Daft Punk: The End, London

Live Review by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 15 February 1997

NO QUESTION, it is the hottest ticket in town. A night on the tiles with Paris' new dance sensations — at a party hosted by ...

Death In Vegas: They're Satanic Majesties: Death In Vegas: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 13 November 1999

HALLOWEEN has been and gone. So has Guy Fawkes' Night. But Death In Vegas don't care. ...

De La Soul: "You may not know this but a long time ago we made an album called 3 Feet High And Rising…"

Interview by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 29 July 2000

Sit down, De La Soul want to tell you the greatest hip-hop story ever told… ...

DJ Shadow: Camel Bobsled Race (Q-Bert Mega Mix) (Mo'Wax/CD/Tape)

Review by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 6 December 1997

ALL THIS SCRATCHING'S MAKING ME BITCH! ...

DJ Shadow: Oxford Brookes University

Live Review by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 8 November 1997

IT'S ASKING a lot, of course, to hope that tonight, amid a boozed-up, loudmouthed, zany shirt-wearing crowd of freshers, DJ Shadow will come close to ...

Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Doggy Dogg: Suge Knight: Death Wish

Report by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 5 August 2000

His rise and his fall has been a story of violence, pig-headed machismo and ruthless determination. Currently biding his time in jail, Death Row boss ...

Sophie Ellis-Bextor: Spiller Queen

Interview by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 19 August 2000

Once the pouting princess of indie pretension, is former Theaudience singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor really set to become the new diva darling of the Ibiza club ...

Everything But The Girl: Walking Wounded (Virgin/All formats)

Review by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 4 May 1996

MISSING INACTION ...

Firm, The (Hip Hop), Foxy Brown, Nas: The Firm: Funky Mafia!

Interview by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 25 October 1997

It's an offer you can't refuse. The chance to meet Mafia-inspired hip-hop outfit THE FIRM – namely mobsters Nas, Foxy Brown and AZ — and ...

Macy Gray: There's Something About Macy: Macy Gray: Academy, Manchester

Live Review by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 8 January 2000

WELCOME TO SONGS ABOUT "crazy love and all that shit". Dressed in electric blue, with her trademark wind-tunnel hair, flailing arms, happy-mad countenance and dance ...

The High Llamas: Cold And Bouncy (Alpaca)

Review by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 24 January 1998

IT'D TAKE A lot to knock the chief Llama off course. Sean O'Hagan could probably stand at the end of a runway listening to Death ...

Jay Z: Jaÿ-Z: Cabaret Club, Stockholm

Live Review by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 8 March 1997

"YO! Give it up for Jaÿ-Z! Onstage for the first time in Sweden!" ...

Jay Z: Jaÿ-Z: Z Top!

Interview by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 1 March 1997

SOME PEOPLE, eh? They're never satisfied. Incredibly, not even vast pop success is enough for these blighters. ...

Lo Fidelity Allstars: Mind Blowing!: Lo-Fidelity Allstars: How To Operate With A Blown Mind (Skint) *****

Review by Andy Crysell, Vox, June 1998

Violently impressive debut from the new pop/funk/rap/punk/techno/everything else heroes ...

Massive Attack: The Next Level: Massive Attack: Mezzanine (Virgin) *****

Review by Andy Crysell, Vox, May 1998

Storming comeback from the Bristol sound system innovators ...

Missy Elliott: Supa Woman!

Interview by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 6 December 1997

She writes Number Ones! Makes "wacky" videos! Is, like, totally fly! And MISSY "MISDEMEANOR" ELLIOTT, rap's brightest new talent, has come to save us… ...

Moloko: Beefa: How Low Can You Go?

Report by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 18 September 1999

Ibiza — sun-kissed vibes central or merely an over-commercialised supermarket for disco dudes 'n' dollies? With the help of Balearic housers Moloko, NME went in ...

Moloko: SW1 Club, London

Live Review by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 15 June 1996

DO MOLOKO have something to hide? Is there something missing from their kooky take on trip-hop that can only be disguised by a vast dollop ...

Money Mark: Hanover Grand, London

Live Review by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 9 May 1998

"MULLET!" YELLS a gobby punter, pointing at the member of Money Mark's band who sports the offending locks. "You've got a mullet!" And so begins ...

Mark Morrison: "They're gonna have to kill me to stop me and maybe one day they will"

Interview by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 13 September 1997

So did he really cry in court? Was he really petrified in jail? Or was it just all tabloid baloney? Self-proclaimed "Bad Boy of Pop" ...

Mr. Scruff: Mr Scruff: Keep It Unreal (Ninja Tune)

Review by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 26 June 1999

WITH A four-year trail of often brilliantly wayward 12"s behind him, it's taken Manchester's Andy Carthy ages to release his debut album. He's no perfectionist, ...

Nas: Smoker's Wild

Interview by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 18 January 1997

With gangsta rap getting just a tad too "real" of late, NAS ESCOBAR comes as something of a relief. His last album, It Was Written ...

Tupac Shakur: Shakur Moneymaker: 2Pac: R U Still Down? (Remember Me) (Jive)

Review by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 22 November 1997

WHEN LIAM GALLAGHER sees fit to offer out the likes of Damon Blur and George Beatle, he's risking… ooh, you never can tell, really. A ...

Sigur Ros: Iceland's Magical Visionaries

Interview by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 8 January 2000

ASK PARENTS on Iceland's northernmost shore, and they'll say the kids are alright when Sigur Ros arrive. Their trademark mix of gently persuasive confidence, humble ...

Will Smith: Yuppify Guy!: Will Smith: Big Willie Style (Columbia)

Review by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 8 November 1997

HE'S COMIN' AT YA, loud and proud, mean and lean — straight outta, well, a palatial uptown apartment overlooking Central Park, probably. Heck, and he ...

Sneaker Pimps: Young Sole Rebels

Interview by Andy Crysell, Vox, September 1997

Having shaken off the trip-hop tag, SNEAKER PIMPS believe they could be, actually, a bit goth. They're having us on, right? VOX catches up with ...

Snoop Doggy Dogg: Allez G!: Snoop Dogg: Top Dogg (Virgin)

Review by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 29 May 1999

WHEN SNOOP DOGG released his Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told album last autumn, more than just the Doggy part of ...

Armand Van Helden: Professional Weirdo

Report and Interview by Andy Crysell, Face, The, March 2000

He's the house DJ who loves hip hop, the pop star "at war" with his record label, the New York City boy who was born ...

Josh Wink: Check Your Hedonism

Interview by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 14 September 1996

He doesn't smoke, drink or do drugs, he goes down the gym, never loses his temper and asks himself lots of deep life questions. Is ...

Wu-Tang Clan: "Give us a chance to be truly wicked and we'll blow the whole shit up"

Interview by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 31 May 1997

So here we are in the wonderful and frightening world of Staten Island's Wu-Tang Clan. A formidable collective of renegade rappers well versed in everything ...

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