Elisa Bray

Elisa Bray is The Independent's Rock & Pop Editor

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Rudimental and Bipolar Sunshine

Rudimental: How being a collaborator is on the right track after all

Collaborations between artists are typically orchestrated by record labels hoping to generate the next chart hit, but on this occasion the chart-topping dance act Rudimental had the chance to do their own A&R, picking a rising act with whom to work on a new track. Given the challenge of writing, recording, releasing and performing an original track within a 24-hour time frame, they picked emerging artist Manchester-based Bipolar Sunshine, aka Adio Marchant, the former front man of indie-ska band Kid British.“We discovered Bipolar Sunshine's tune Fire on YouTube and thought it was great – great vocals and lyrics,” Rudimental's Piers Agget tells me.

Sorry, Thom Yorke, but Spotify helps bands much more than it hinders them

Spotify has every intention of helping its users discover new music. Chances are, if you discover a band you like, then you may well decide to buy a ticket to a gig

Jacket required: José González and Tobias Winterkorn of Junip

Junip: friends reunited for a taste of swede success

Junip released their first single back in 2000, but then José González found fame as a solo singer. Now, they have a new album out and a spot at Latitude. Elisa Bray meets them

Ross Farrelly, Pete O'Hanlon and Josh McClorey of The Strypes perform on Glastonbury's John Peel stage

The hot bands who are making the summer swing

This year's Glastonbury was a classic. but if you weren't there, don't worry. Elisa Bray braved the tents and toilets to review the best new acts, and finds out where you can see them next

Lead singer Marcus Mumford performs during a concert by Mumford & Sons at Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury 2013 - review: Mumford and Sons give a triumphant performance on last night

From Bassekou Kouyate to Laura Mvula, the final day has its fair share of top festival moments

Tom Odell: The critics’ pick gets a big stage

Tom Odell: The NME might not like his music, but pop's next big thing is about to play Glastonbury

In the week that he was compared to "Marcus Mumford's arse" by one music magazine, Elisa Bray speaks to an undeterred Brits Critic's Choice winner about playing Glastonbury

For the record: Rudimental

Our one-track minds: singles bounce back

British pop fans are buying more singles than at any time since the days of Bright Eyes and Blondie. Elisa Bray investigates

Travis’s singalong chart-toppers led the way from Britpop to Coldplay

Travis: Return of the invisible band

Travis's singalong chart-toppers led the way from Britpop to Coldplay. Their frontman tells Elisa Bray why they've been out of sight for a while

Tunnel vision: Ghostpoet has released a second album, 'Some Say I So I Say Light'

Hip-hop star is no longer haunted by the past

Ghostpoet went from working in insurance to the Mercury Prize shortlist. Now he's on his second album

Blur at Primavera Sound Festival, Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona

“Say ‘hola’ to la luna,” says Damon Albarn, turning thousands of heads towards the full moon that is casting its beautiful glow, adding to a magical atmosphere.

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Isis in Syria: Influential tribal leaders hold secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over possibility of mobilising against militants

Tribal gathering

Influential clans in Syria have held secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over the possibility of mobilising against Isis. But they are determined not to be pitted against each other
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians
Dozens of politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen linked to Indian bribery scandal die mysteriously

Illnesses, car crashes and suicides

Dozens of politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen linked to Indian bribery scandal die mysteriously
Srebrenica 20 years after the genocide: Why the survivors need closure

Bosnia's genocide, 20 years on

No-one is admitting where the bodies are buried - literally and metaphorically
How Comic-Con can make or break a movie: From Batman vs Superman to Star Wars: Episode VII

Power of the geek Gods

Each year at Comic-Con in San Diego, Hollywood bosses nervously present blockbusters to the hallowed crowd. It can make or break a movie
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Perfect match

What do strawberries and cream have to do with tennis?
10 best trays

Get carried away with 10 best trays

Serve with ceremony on a tray chic carrier
Wimbledon 2015: Team Murray firing on all cylinders for SW19 title assault

Team Murray firing on all cylinders for title assault

Coaches Amélie Mauresmo and Jonas Bjorkman aiming to make Scot Wimbledon champion again
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Vasek Pospisil must ignore tiredness and tell himself: I'm in the quarter-final, baby!

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

Vasek Pospisil must ignore tiredness and tell himself: I'm in the quarter-final, baby!
Ashes 2015: Angus Fraser's top 10 moments from previous series'

Angus Fraser's top 10 Ashes moments

He played in five series against Australia and covered more as a newspaper correspondent. From Waugh to Warne and Hick to Headley, here are his highlights
Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
How to survive electrical storms: What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

Heavy weather

What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

World Bodypainting Festival 2015

Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

Don't call us nerds

Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high