The Wire

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Issue 384

February 2016

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Alan & Sir Richard Bishop
The Sublime Frequencies ringleader and Rangda guitarist get together to talk Sun City Girls, Islamophobia and smoking bans. By Dave Segal.

22a Records
The South London crew and label’s jazz influenced productions and loose beats share a distinctly local aesthetic. By Joe Muggs

The Primer: This Heat And Beyond: A user’s guide to the recordings of the art rock trio and spin-off groups from Camberwell Now to Monkey Puzzle Trio. By Mike Barnes

Bites:

Breadwoman: Folk chants from outer space from Anna Homler’s loaf-faced alter ego. By Laura Snapes

Za!: The Spanish duo mash up terrace-chant mayhem with... everything else. By Stewart Smith

Bastard Assignments: From pencil sharpeners to butcher’s scraps, the composer collective bring noise home. By Robert Barry

Bizarre Rituals: Freaky parties and multidimensional rave vibes from the Devon based crew. By Joseph Stannard

Collateral Damage: A six point plan to running a label in 2016. By Britt Brown

Gran Nayar Global Ear: The corridos culture soundtracking wild fiestas in Mexico’s Sierra Madre mountains. By Nathaniel Morris

Invisible Jukebox: Puce Mary, the Danish noise artist Frederikke Hoffmeier goes to extremes with The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Britt Brown

The Inner Sleeve: Rabih Beaini on Alessandro Armellin aka aO’s Untitled

Epiphanies: Josephine Foster’s encounter with a subway mugger transforms her songwriting

On Screen: New films: Adam Kahan’s study of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and The Melvins on the road

Print Run: New music books: James Baldwin, Henry Grimes, the implications of presets in music, and histories of post-rock and Sarah Records

On Location: Recent live events: Sally Can’t Dance 2015, Le Guess Who?, London Contemporary Music Festival and more

Soundcheck:
Abbath, Aluk Todolo, Animal Collective, Årabrot, Brood Ma, Neil Campbell, Kate Carr, Cavern Of Anti-Matter, Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, Christopher Fox & Anton Lukoszevieze, Richie Hawtin, Icepick, Aaron Irwin, Gregory James Jenkins, Julian Julien, Kneebody & Daedelus, Konstrukt & Joe McPhee, Prince, Ingrid Laubrock, Matmos, Uwe Oberg, Okokon, PHORK, Pusha T, Ramleh, Rangda, Claudio Sanna, Linda Sharrock, Sink, Spektr, Ulver, Andrew Weatherall, Saul Williams, Various: Last House On Dead End Street OST, Various: Reactivate The Years 91–01, Various: XL Chapter VI

The Columns by Matt Krefting, Chal Ravens, Steve Barker, Robert Barry, Jack Law, Daniel Spicer, Julian Cowley, Louis Pattison

Size Matters by Byron Coley

The Boomerang: Cardiacs, Erroll Garner, Gemini, Anna Homler & Steve Moshier, Joe McPhee, Raz Mesinai, Herbie Hancock, This Heat, David S Ware, Weather Report, The Wilde Flowers, Various: Coxsone’s Music: The First Recordings Of Sir Coxsone The Downbeat 1960–62, Various: The Year Of Jubilo, Various: Senegal 70: Sonic Gems And Unreleased Recordings From The 1970s