The Wire

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Issue 280

June 2007

Grime's self-appointed Eskimo king invites Derek Walmsley into his Roll Deep Studio to explain how his blizzard of beats and rhymes gathers momentum in East London's streets

Invisible Jukebox: Neil Campbell
The ex-Vibracathedral Orchestra dronemaster grapples with The Wire's mystery record selection. Tested by Dan Warburton

The Sea And Cake
Alan Licht hears how the painterly activities of Sam Prekop, Archer Prewitt and Eric Claridge feed into the Chicago quartet's modest, sophisticated pop

Boasting family links with a Tropicália giant, Rio's eclectic avant bossa trio are on a virtuoso mission to perfect the physics of funk. By Sue Steward

Cross Platform: Modified Toy Orchestra
Birmingham artist Brian Duffy raids the toy chest for his circuit bending sound experiments. By David Stubbs

The Ukrainian artist tunes her electronics to the Earth spirits she hears in her native folk culture. By Jim Haynes

Jozef van Wissem
The improvising Dutch lutenist has worked with Tetuzi Akiyama, Gary Lucas and more. By Dan Warburton

Tomas Korber
Call it anything but electroacoustic Improv (EAI), insists Zürich's guitar/electronics manipulator. By Nick Cain

Global Ear
In San Francisco, Ken Hollings immerses himself in a 360° audiovisual experience at Asphodel's Recombinant Media Labs

Novelist Michel Faber recalls a random encounter with a life-affirming Prog group in Budapest

This month's selected CDs and vinyl, including Lasse Marhaug, African music from Drag City's new Yaala Yaala imprint, Hyphy Hitz and more. Plus specialist columns on avant rock, critical beats, dub, electronica, hiphop, jazz & Improv, modern composition, outer limits, reissues, compilations and unusual formats

The Inner Sleeve
Artist Mark Titchner on Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation

Print Run
New music books, including a Southern hiphop history, John Sinclair's polemic and a biography of Wayne Shorter

On Screen
New music DVDs and film, including Tim Buckley and two Alejandro Jodorowsky cult movies

On Site
Gallery and mixed media events, including Dundee's Kill Your Timid Notion festival

On Location
Concert and festival reviews, including All Tomorrow's Parties in Minehead, Free Noise in London, The Donau Festival in Krems, Austria and more