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Meakusma festival happening between 7–9 September

The festival takes over the Belgian city of Eupen for three days in September

This year’s Meakusma festival plays out across several venues in Eupen. Fresh announcements for the three day event include the appearance of Shackleton, Chris Watson recording in the neighbouring High Fens natural reserve, and Lena Willikens curating her own stage focusing on artists from Japan. Also in the line-up are Christina Kubisch, Steven Stapleton & Christoph Heemann, Asmus Tietchens, Carl Stone and Miki Yui, The Transcendence Orchestra, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Ben UFO, Timedance, Sean Canty, Peter Brötzmann & Heather Leigh, Coby Sey, Radian, Tomaga, and many more. A programme of talks, installations and films will be announced soon.

You can check out a list of available accommodation on Meakusma’s website. Tickets start at €7.50.

Primitive Art release new EP on Arcola and offer Wire readers a free download of a MESH remix

Crab Suite is out now via the newly revived Warp subsidiary

Arcola is back with another release. The Warp sublabel which was recently reactivated with releases from Rian Treanor, Ethiopian Records and Nkisi has just added Crab Suite by Italian duo Primitive Art to its refreshed discography.

Primitive Art are Matteo Pit and Jim C Nedd, the latter of whom co-directed the recent documentary about Colombian soundsystems PICO Un Parlante De Africa En America. Pit, on the other hand, is the art director of Italy's Club Adriatico.

Crab Suite is a follow up to the pair's debut Problems (on Hundebiss) and comes with a MESH remix of the EP's fourth track “Sequrity”. You can listen to the full EP via Soundcloud and Wire readers can download the remix below.

Primitive Art will perform at Creepy Teepee Festival in Kutná Hora on 6 July. Next up on Arcola is a new 12" from Basic Rhythm, and some “lost slices of leftfield techno” from Black Lodge with MWR157, which was originally meant for release on Mo’Wax circa 2000. That'll be followed closely by another Black Lodge release Bitter Blood on the new archival imprint Disciples.


Haruomi ‘Harry’ Hosono archive releases

Hosono House, Paraiso and Cochin Moon are among the forthcoming Hosono LPs to be reissued on deluxe vinyl

Light In The Attic’s Japanese Archive series continues with a selection of key albums from Yellow Magic Orchestra mastermind Haruomi ‘Harry’ Hosono.

Included in the label’s batch of vinyl reissues are 1973’s Hosono House, Haruomi Hosono & The Yellow Magic Band’s Paraiso (see below), Cochin Moon (both 1978), 1982’s Philharmony, and 1989’s Omni Sight Seeing. Some of them include a translated interview with Hosono, and triple album bundles are also available. They’re set to be released over the coming months.

Contributor Tomokazu Hayashi explored Yellow Magic Orchestra’s musical output alongside the solo work of YMO members Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Yukihiro Takahashi in The Wire Primer (issue 404). Subscribers can read that over at Exact Editions.

A L’Arme! festival celebrates sixth anniversary

Participating artists include Laurie Anderson, Bill Laswell, Mark Fell, Andrea Belfi, Joëlle Léandre and Klein

A L’Arme! is celebrating its sixth anniversary this year with four days of jazz and experimental music at Berlin’s Radialsystem V from 1–4 August.

The line-up includes Laurie Anderson & Bill Laswell´s Method Of Defiance, Klein, Maja S. K. Ratkje, Ellen Arkbro, Joëlle Léandre, Michael Zerang & The Blue Lights, Andrea Belfi, Mark Fell, Carl Michael Von Hausswolff, Radian, Paal Nilssen-Love’s Large Unit, Lillevan, Rabih Beaini, Valerio Tricoli, Wanda Group, and much more.

NTS presents International Knockout

To mark the World Cup, London's internet station hosts a knock out DJ competition featuring 16 countries

Dalston's NTS radio is hosting an International DJ Tournament. Inviting 16 different DJs from around the globe, each artist will get in the mix for 30 minutes, playing music that represents their country. Listeners will vote on their favourite set in a knock style competition, with the winning four finalists set to DJ an extended hour-long mix on 9 July. Voters will be entered into a prize draw to win a Sonos Beam or limited edition T-shirt.

DJs are: Courtesy (Denmark), Olivia (Poland), JASSS (Spain), Soichi Terada (Japan), Gilles Peterson (England), Kedr Livanskiy (Russia), Lyzza (Brazil), Kasra V (Iran), Lefto (Belgium), Kutmah (Egypt), Crackstevens (Nigeria), Fatima (Sweden), Onra (France), Andras (Australia), and Gerd Janson (Germany). Slots run between 11am-3pm and 5pm-11pm on 29 June. Stream via NTS Live.

This article was updated on 29 June. Kasra V has replaced Mideast Tunes.

Celestial Trax launches label True Aether

New Finnish label and bi-weekly radio show

Having relocated from New York back to his native Finland, musician, composer and producer Joni Judén – aka Celestial Trax – has started a new label named True Aether, which doubles as a bi-weekly radio show in Helsinki. The imprint’s first release, a free digital EP by Celestial Trax titled Ashwagandha/Saariaho, was released in March. It will be followed on 30 July by Judén’s ambient jazz collaboration with Karri Luhtala – his former next door neighbour in 1990s Finland – under the name Linnuissa. On the Ensimmäinen EP Luhtala plays vintage Fender Rhodes, piano and an old Russian Moog clone, while Judén plays additional electronics and synths. All the music was improvised on the spot with no further editing.

Listen to three Celestial Trax cuts:

Anthony Joseph celebrates Windrush

Taking place on 17 November at London Barbican, the event will feature new commission Windrush Suite by Jason Yarde

As part of EFG London Jazz Festival 2018 the British/Trinidadian poet, novelist and musician Anthony Joseph has curated a series of performances in celebration of the Windrush generation and the influence the group have had on British multiculturalism. The evening takes place 70 years since HMT Empire Windrush’s arrival in Port of Tilbury, Essex.

Central to the show is a new commission, Windrush Suite, by composer, director and saxophonist Jason Yarde. That will be performed by Joseph alongside a pan-Caribbean ensemble and Calypso Rose. Anthony Joseph & friends - Windrush: A Celebration will take replace on 17 November at Barbican Centre.

Rie Nakajima publishes book

New audio and sound book with essay by David Cunningham

Rie Nakajima has published an experimental book and sound project on Japanese publisher Cawaii Factory. Becoming Sounds features photographs of 30 objects selected by Nakajima and a download of the sounds produced from the objects. It also features an essay by David Cunningham and Nakajima’s European tour diary written in both Japanese and English. The book's audio is available for free at Nakajima's website. A special limited edition with signed CD is available for 3,800 JPY.

You can also pick up a copy via The Wire's bookshop.

Black Sweat reissues two rare Archie Shepp and Don Cherry titles

Archie Shepp Meets Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio’s Conversations and Bitter Funeral Beer Band With Don Cherry & K Sridhar’s Live In Frankfurt 82 are released on vinyl for the first time

Milan based imprint Black Sweat have reissued two historic works on vinyl for the first time. First up is Archie Shepp Meets Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio’s Conversations, on which Shepp joined forces with Malachi Favors of The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, El'Zabar of The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, and AACM saxophonist Ari Brown. A tribute to AACM member Fred Hopkins, it was originally released by Chicago imprint Delmark in 1999.

Black Sweat are also reissuing Bitter Funeral Beer Band With Don Cherry & K Sridhar’s Live In Frankfurt 82. Founded by Swedish drummer and percussionist Bengt Berger (of Archimedes Badkar and Arbete Och Fritid) in the 1980s, on this set The Bitter Funeral Beer Band featured Hindustani sarod player Krishnamurti Sridhar. Though recorded in the early 1980s, it was first released in 2007 by Country & Eastern.

Black Sweat's Davide Domenichini with Al Doum And The Faryds' psychedelic rock set Spirit Rejoin is also available via Black Sweat's website.

Saul Williams is writing a musical as part of his MartyrLoserKing project

A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to fund his intersex sci fi love story Neptune Frost

Saul Williams has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new musical film he is currently writing as part of his MartyrLoserKing project. Called Neptune Frost, it’s set in a village made from recycled computer parts that’s home to world’s most subversive hacking collective and, along with them, the elusive African hacker MartyrLoserKing. “They are the virtual heroes of a world drawn closer and closer to authoritarian rule until they cross the line that takes them from beloved hackers to first-world terrorists,” explains Williams. “Neptune Frost is the love story between an intersex runaway and a coltan miner, and the virtual marvel born as a result of their union – MartyrLoserKing – the world's #1 trend The Authority seeks to end.”

“The team of ‘losers’ and outcasts,” he continues, “ignite the imagination of the world’s most ‘connected’ generation through deep space, deep web penetration. A virtual hero for a world caught in perpetual analogue exploitation. Neptune Frost is the MartyrLoserKing.”

More information, along with a film trailer, can be found on the Kickstarter website. The campaign has just over a month left, with pledge rewards ranging from T-shirts and an exclusive mix tape, to VIP World Premiere tickets and a visit from the North African kitten named Choo Choo Bird, who will appear in your dreams once every blue moon.