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Issue 148

June 1996

Miaow! Cat's What I Call Music
Your guide to all the music featured on this month's free Big Cat CD

Global Ear: Berlin
Biba Kopf goes to the wall with Wagner, Teutonic Techno and the British Ambience

Ravi Shankar
From New Dehli, the 75 year old sitar virtuoso tells Clive Bell how he introduced an entire generation of hippy drop-outs to the mystic dimensions of Indian trance music

Meat Beat Manifesto
Ten years down the line, Jack Dangers and crew are still sounding the alarm bells on the Information Age with their cut and pate beat collage. By Chris Sharp

The Contract Breakers
Mark Sinker reveals how Neil Young, Lou Reed, Miles Davis, Zappa, Bowie and more dropped out of the fame game and enraged both their record companies and fans in the process

Andrew Weatherall
The one-time Lord Sabre tells Rob Young how he went from being the out-of-control star of UK club culture to underground purveyor of primal Electronica

Dancing In The Dark
In a South London bunker, the shock troops of Hardstep drum 'n' bass are redefining notions of the inner city blues dance. Simon Reynolds enters the dread zone

Mad Professor
The original scientist of UK dub takes Will Montgomery on a whistle stop tour through his life in the echo chamber

Invisible Jukebox: 808 State
David Haslam plays Kraftwerk, Eddie Henderson, Cachao, Cabaret Voltaire, A Guy Called Gerald and more to the Mancunian mixmasters

Dakar Sound
A long way from the cosy World Music orthodoxy, the Dakar Sound label is resurrecting Senegal's urban electric music in all its raw, lo-fi glory. By Mark Hudson