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Issue 388

June 2016

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Gaika: The London based agent provocateur marshalls speculative fiction, politically charged anger and militant beats against an increasingly inhospitable capital. By Rory Gibb.

Ian Brighton: Returning from the wilderness with his first solo album since 1977, the UK improv guitarist discusses his grandfather’s bell-ringing, the tyranny of discord, spirits passing through space, and other shaping forces on his music. By Julian Cowley.

The Primer: Anarcho Punk. The dogged persistence of UK punk’s radical arm has ensured the global survival of its spirit across a variety of media. Louis Pattison presents a user’s guide to the music of resistance.

Klara Lewis: The Swedish composer defies darkness to pursue strange beauty. By Frances Morgan

Antwood: The Canadian producer considers the ethics of artificial intelligence. By Daniel Neofetou
Sally Golding: The London based artist tests people’s fight or flight responses. By Tristan Bath
Alterations: The mighty morphin’ improv rangers stir it up again. By Julian Cowley
Telebossa: The Berlin duo decode Brazilian popular song from a distance. By Stewart Smith

Global Ear: Snowdonia. The Welsh peaks conceal abundant potential for revelation. By Spenser Tomson

Invisible Jukebox with Islam Chipsy: The Egyptian shaabi master says “EEK” to The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Maha ElNabawi

The Inner Sleeve: Sofia Jernberg on Diamanda Galas’s The Litanies Of Satan

Epiphanies: Rick Potts of The Los Angeles Free Music Society achieves mind-meld via jamming

Print Run: Buttholes remembered, black power and jazz, Julius Eastman, the impact of digitisation, and more
On Screen: Lily Keber’s Bayou Maharajah, Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead
On Site: Channa Horwitz in London
On Location: Sensational, Heather Leigh & Peter Brötzmann, Joan La Barbara, Test Dept, Borealis, and more

Soundcheck: Simon Reynolds on Let’s Eat Grandma, Emily Bick on AGF, Peder Mannerfelt & Sam Kidel, Abi Bliss on Psychic Temple, Daniel Spicer on Scandinavian freakout, and Lara C Cory on Bernard Herrmann.

Plus, Chris Abrahams, Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids, Airway, Daevid Allen Weird Quartet, Oren Ambarchi/Kassel Jaeger/James Rushford, Sir Richard Bishop, Ava Mendoza, Black Milk & Nat Turner, Ana Caprix, Oliver Coates, The Dwarfs Of East Agouza, Eis Ten Polin, Robert Glasper & Miles Davis, Bob Gluck, Steve Gunn, Henrik The Artist, Catherine Hershey & Gilles Poizat, Keefe Jackson & Jason Adasiewicz, Jameszoo, Jeph Jerman & Tim Barnes, Kacy & Clayton, Phoebe Killdeer & The Shift, Klimaforandringer, Lakker, Dane Law, Nick León, Licht-Akiyama Trios, Lolina, Mark Lyken, Barbara Kinga Majewska & Emilia Sitarz, Peder Mannerfelt, Various: Miles Ahead: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Marissa Nadler, Richard Poole/Marilyn Crispell/Gary Peacock, Gavin Prior, Raime, Rova Channeling Coltrane, Sissy Spacek, Joanna Halszka Sokołowska, Esperanza Spalding, Andy Stott, Jonny Trunk, Vektor, Olivia Wyatt & Bitchin’ Bajas, Richard Youngs

The Columns: Edwin Pouncey, Joe Muggs, Steve Barker, Dan Barrow, Francis Gooding, Richard Stacey, Brian Morton, Jim Haynes

Size Matters: Byron Coley

The Boomerang: Suzanne Ciani, Tony Conrad with Faust, Firebeats, Inc, Folque, Vivien Goldman,
William Hooker, Bert Jansch, Various: Music Of Morocco: Recorded By Paul Bowles, 1959, Various: New York Noise 2016 Edition, Various: Punk 45: Chaos In The City Of Angels And Devils, Jean Schwarz, Tasavallan Presidentti/Jukka Hauru & Superkings, Cecil Taylor, Jukka Tolonen Ramblin’ Jazz Band/KOM Quartet, Tuxedomoon, Trevor Watts String Ensemble, Undertakers Circus, Unisono Quartet/Taivaantemppeli, Wigwam/Taivaanvuohi