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Issue 417

November 2018

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Inside this issue:

Windrush Vibrations: The arrival of HMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks in Essex in 1948 marked a new era of Afro-Caribbean immigration that changed UK music for (the) good. With London’s Barbican marking the 70th anniversary in a Windrush concert this month, Jason Yarde, Lez Henry, Mykaell Riley, Anthony Joseph and others reflect on seven decades of black British music

Mhysa: The alter ego of interdisciplinary artist E Jane strikes a tender blow for radical black femininity. By Tirhakah Love

Guttersnipe: The Leeds duo process extreme emotions to undermine masculinity via noise, rhythm and patterns of interference. By Abi Bliss

Bone Head: California raised producer keeps it kitsch. By Steph Kretowicz

Anja Kanngieser: The sound artist and radio producer pits spoken word and field recordings against climate change. By Lewis Gordon

Preacherman: The synth odysseys of Tim Jones hit back at a world of conspiracy. By Claire Sawers

Hairbone: Chaos reigns for the New York City performance trio. By Kurt Gottschalk

Global Ear Barunga: Indigenous art is thriving in Australia’s Northern Territory. By Marcus Boon

Invisible Jukebox: Nkisi: Will The Wire’s mystery record selection be met with a resounding NON? Tested by Meg Woof

The Inner Sleeve: Weirdcore on Aphex Twin’s T69 Collapse

Epiphanies: Musician and writer Anthony Joseph on Mighty Sparrow’s calypso


51717, Agnarkea, Gaye Su Akyol, Thomas Ankersmit, Alessio Ballerini, Séverine Ballon, Bob Bellerue, Andrew Bernstein, Matt Berry, Brötzmann/Leigh, Michael Byron, John Carpenter, Charalambides, Neneh Cherry, Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt, The Coup, Cypress Hill, Ana Da Silva & Phew, Melaine Dalibert, Datashock, Daniel Davies, Dynamic, Morton Feldman, Firefly, Fire-Toolz, M Geddes Gengras, Guerilla Toss, Harriet Tubman, Alan Hawkshaw & Bill Bennett, Hermit & The Recluse, Kristin Hersh, Þráinn Hjálmarsson, Julia Holter, Human Adult Band, Bob James Trio, Jay Glass Dubs, Jerusalem In My Heart, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Juga-Naut & Sonnyjim, Klon Dump, Robbie Lee & Mary Halvorson, Robbie Lee/Norbert Rodenkirchen/James Ilgenfrit, Heather Leigh, Klara Lewis & Simon Fisher Turner, Ludrium, Makaya McCraven, John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension with Jimmy Herring & The Invisible Whip, Abul Mogard, Montague Armstrong, Ron Morelli, DJ Muggs, Fahmi Mursyid, Nkisi, Nosaj (Of New Kingdom), Obnox, Oh Sees, Organum, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Puce Mary, Puerto Rican Space Program, Rabit, Razen, Saloli, Matthew Shlomowitz, Jessica Sligter, Cory Smythe, Sonnyjim & Camouflage Mon, Spiritflesh, Biliana Voutchkova & Michael Thieke, Tashi Wada with Yoshi Wada & Friends, The Brodie West Quintet, The Woodleigh Research Facility, Young Paint

The Boomerang: Chris Bowden, Keith Emerson, Goblin, The Groundhogs, Public Image Ltd, REM, Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes, Soft Cell, This Heat

Print Run: Metaphonics: The Field Works Listener’s Guide edited by Stuart Hyatt, Janneane Blevins, Benjamin Blevins. High Static Dead Lines: Sonic Spectres And The Object Hereafter by Kristen Gallerneaux. Fantasies Of Improvisation: Free Playing In Nineteenth Century Music by Dana Gooley. Music From The World Tomorrow edited by Lawrence Kumpf. Experimentalisms In Practice: Music Perspectives From Latin America edited by Ana R Alonso-Minutti, Eduardo Herrera, Alejandro L Madrid. Chamber Music: Enter The Wu-Tang (In 36 Pieces) by Will Ashon

On Site: Oreet Ashery: Passing Through Metal, Cambridge, UK. Phantom Kino Ballett, New York, US

On Screen: Matthew Jones The Man From Mo’ Wax. Kirill Serebrennikov Leto (Summer)

On Location: Wysing Polyphonic, Cambridge, UK. Atonal Festival, Berlin, Germany. Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Utrecht, Netherlands. William Kentridge/Kurt Schwitters, Oslo, Norway. Jeff Witscher, London, UK. Sabiwa + Lafidki + Pisitakun + Sonia Calico, London, UK. Météo Music Festival, Mulhouse, France