To mark the 50 year anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, we’ve shortlisted some of our favourite LGBT films, from an iPhone only tour through Tinseltown, to the rules of realness as defined by the mothers of New York’s greatest houses. 

Picking up awards at the Frameline, Orlando and Calgary film festivals, we spoke to Tom E. Brown (director of Pushing Dead) at this year's BFI Flare Festival about being diagnosed with HIV, thinking of yourself as “poison” and what it feels like to finally reach a “moment in time where you’re comfortable enough to tell everyone” about your illness.

Starting his musical career back in 2008, first working under the name ESPRIT 空想 and later, Mirror Kisses, Virginian George Clanton grew tired of the ‘silly’ music he was producing. The names no longer represented who he was or what he was doing. Having now dropped the alter-egos, relocated to Brooklyn and set up a vinyl record label, Clanton released his debut album 100% Electronica this September.

Not to be confused with the self-replicating malware which plagued PCs across the globe throughout the early naughties, Netsky is the Belgian producer fast establishing a name for himself as drum and bass’ newest prodigy. Growing up in the tiny town of Edegem, the 26 year-old dropped out of his multimedia degree to pursue music full-time shortly before his 20th birthday.

After teaming up with Calvin Harris on How Deep Is Your Love, selling more than 2 million copies of the single worldwide and playing shows from Mexico to Miami, how do you take the next step, using that success to mature into an act in your own right? That’s the question that faced South London trio Duvall, Luke and Gavin – aka Disciples – earlier this year.

Growing up in Nesoddtangen, a peninsula just outside of Oslo, Kaya Wilkins’ first foray into music was guided by her older, black-metal-obsessed brother. Now though, those early playful sessions spent crashing around in the basement with guitars have metamorphosed into a style defined by Kaya’s somber subject matter and uniquely delicate vocals.

Debuting to the world on Zane Lowe’s Beats show in September last year, London five-piece Pumarosa have gone from strength-to-strength since the release of their first single, Priestess. A hypnotic, almost psychedelic seven minute reverie, Priestess is as bold as it is bewitching.

Recently signed to XL Records after a brilliant debut on Escho, Danish four-piece Liss produce fresh, soulful tracks that are fast making a name for Aarhus natives as the new sound of pop. Having caught the attention of King Krule and The XX producer Rodaidh McDonald at one of their live shows, Søren, Villads, Vilhelm and Tobias are set to release their first full length EP ‘Fresh’ on 20th May.

Darren Williams, better known by his celestial moniker Star Slinger, first shot to notoriety when he released his debut album Volume 1 for free in 2010. Since then he’s made a name for himself with a string of top-notch remixes for the Avalanches, Toro Y Moi, Buraka Som Sistema, Childish Gambino, Washed Out and Gold Panda amongst others.

Named after Oaklander’s mid-1980s essay on Xeno’s pre-Socratic paradoxes, Xeno & Oaklander craft chilly, catchy electronica using a raft of 70s and 80s synths. On Topiary, their latest album, the duo mimic organic sounds, welcoming you into a self made world where art and nature intertwine. With an exclusive stream of Palms, we spoke to Liz Wendelbo to find out more about garden mazes, an abandoned laboratory and FM synthesis.

Over 25 billion tracks have been sold during iTunes’ lifetime. That works out at roughly 7 million tunes downloaded each and every day. Forgetting about Spotify streams, YouTube plays and Soundcloud mixes, this year alone we’ll have got through about 2.5 billion songs. To save you the 42 billion hours you’d need to listen to all that music we’ve shortlisted our favourite tracks of 2015 from Kelela to Kendrick Lamar, in no particular order. Enjoy.

East London based Shamz Le Roc (younger sister of late-90s R&B pop singer Kele) released her first track Lazy Days back when MySpace was at it’s height some 6 years ago. An indolent reverie reminiscent of Kelela or Little Simz, the Anglo-Caribbean artist has since honed her production with Baishe Kings’ Herda Vim, collabed with Hudson Mohawke and put out a steady stream of tracks which show that her rich, brooding vocals have finally come into their own.

It’s been three years since Welsh duo, Ryan James and Tomas Greenhalf, broke onto the scene with their debut album Foe. Recorded, produced and mixed entirely by the band in their home studios in South Wales, their latest release Maximum Entrophy mixes a dark 80s inspired synthpop with lush melancholic electronica. 

Born and raised in Hackney, Szjerdene (pronounced J’er-deen) is a name you might not have come across before. Her voice, however, is another story. Having penned collaborations with Lapalux, Robin Hannibal, Slugabed and Bonobo amongst others she’s begun to carve out a space for herself releasing Find Me on her own imprint at the end of last month.

Bleak and grey though London’s weather seems to insist on remaining as we advance slowly into spring London based, Brittany born producer Xavier Thomas, otherwise known as Débruit, is bringing summer to Shoreditch early with a live set at the Book Club this Thursday.

When discussing Drew Lustman’s forthcoming album The Crystal Cowboy it’s difficult to work out whether you’re speaking to a musician or an artist in the more traditional sense. The New York based producer, better known by his former moniker FaltyDL, is as abstract, conceptual and expressive as any designer or painter - a symptom of the all encompassing passion he has for music and the fact that some of his closest friends in the Big Apple are sculptors.

Named after Oaklander’s mid-1980s essay on Xeno’s pre-Socratic paradoxes, Xeno & Oaklander craft chilly, catchy synthpop soundscapes characterised by oppositions and parallels.

A fortuitous happenstance – a chance meeting that brings about something beautiful – exactly the kind of moment that spawned Sylvan Esso which brings together Megafaun’s Nick Sanborn and Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath.