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Issue 327

May 2011

Not Not Fun
Simon Reynolds finds dub, disco and DIY driving the LA label that’s home to LA Vampires, Pocahaunted, Ducktails, Sun Araw, The Deeep and others

New rap bratz

Andrew Nosnitsky hails the resurgence of anarchic hiphop, headed by Odd Future, Lil B, Clams Casino, NRK, Pyramid Vritra and more

Mellow soul

David Toop tastes sugar and poison in the smouldering soul of Marvin Gaye, Sly Stone, The Chi-Lites, Teddy Pendergrass and others

Invisible Jukebox Daniel Miller
The Mute Records founder settles into a warm leatherette to check out The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Rob Young

Micachu & The Shapes

London maverick Mica Levi sharpens her chopper to take on the London Sinfonietta. By Steph Kretowicz

Mark Fisher talks blasted beats, vintage sci-fi and gutterbreaks with the Bristolian analogue fetishist

Global Ear São Paulo
Russ Slater observes state incursions and inward migration affecting Brazilian pop and leftfield music

Cross Platform Herbert Distel
The Swiss artist creates transports of delight via radio works, floating eggs and more. By Julian Cowley

UbuWeb’s Kenneth Goldsmith on how the internet intensifies the record collector’s thrill of the chase

The Inner Sleeve
Sam Prekop on Earle Brown/Morton Feldman

Print Run
New music books: 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History Of Protest Songs by Dorian Lynskey, Sounding The Margins: Collected Writings 1992–2009 by Pauline Oliveros, Contemporary Music: Theoretical And Philosophical Perspectives edited by Max Paddison & Irène Deliège, Umm Kulthum: Artistic Agency And The Shaping Of An Arab Legend, 1967–2007 by Laura Lohman, Journey To A Plugged In State Of Mind by Dave Henderson

On Screen
Films & DVDs: Steve Reich and Delia Derbyshire documentaries on DVD

On Site
Exhibitions, installations, etc: Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown & Gordon Matta-Clark: Pioneers Of The Downtown Scene, New York 1970s London, UK; Haroon Mirza London, UK

On Location
Festival and concert reviews: Présences Électronique 2011, Paris,
France; Lux Æterna, Berlin, Germany; Oorutaichi + Masako Yasumoto Osaka, Japan; John Butcher + Lucy & Stuart Bannister, Southampton, UK; Michel Chion + Ghédalia Tazartès, London, UK; Eesti Fest, London, UK

Soundcheck A–Z
Africa Hitech
Thomas Ankersmit & Valerio Tricoli
Black Devil Disco Club
Boss Kite
Burial/Thom Yorke/Four Tet
Anne-James Chaton
Deaf Center
Easy & Center Of The Universe
Eleanoora Rosenholm
Kazumoto Endo & Kazuma Kubota
Peter Evans Quintet
Ferran Fages/Robin Hayward/Nikos Veliotis
The Feelies
James Ferraro
Gang Gang Dance
Russell Haswell
CM von Hausswolff
Jenny Hval
Rev Johnny L Jones
The Magic ID
Bohdan Mazurek
Chrissy Murderbot
Mickey Newbury
James Pants
Howard Riley
Matana Roberts
J Rocc
Skeleton Birds And The Number Of God
Slaughter Mob
Slow Hand Motëm
Spectral Armies
Baba Stiltz
John Surman
Thai Elephant Orchestra/Dave Soldier & Richard Lair
Trembling Bells
Alexander Tucker
Various Agdam
Various Before The Fall
Various Delta Swamp Rock: Sounds From The South: At The Crossroads Of Rock, Country And Soul
Various PRES Revisited: Józef Patkowski In Memoriam
Various Trax Records: The Catalogue
Various We Bring You A King With A Head Of Gold: Dark Britannica II
Volcano The Bear
Moritz von Oswald Trio