The Wire

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Issue #391

September 2016

Silver Apples: Simeon Coxe III has been oscillating between rock and electronics since the late 1960s. With a new Apples album imminent, his electric dream is far from over. By Keith Moliné

Steve Lehman: The composer and saxophonist forges new paths for the fusion of jazz and hiphop. By Stewart Smith

Noura Mint Seymali: The Mauritanian vocalist and bandleader’s formidable griot grooves reconfigure traditional wedding music as deliriously compulsive pop. By Clive Bell

Milan: The Italian fashion capital’s tradition of electronic music continues unabated, thanks to the efforts of independent labels like Die Schachtel and Haunter. By Robert Barry


Boobs Of Doom: The reclusive Glasgow drone-hop duo advance masked. By Joseph Stannard

Mini-Oramics: Tom Richards makes Daphne Oram’s famed machine portable. By Jennifer Lucy Allan

Katsuya Nonaka: Japan’s skateboarding shakuhachi player locates the crossover between bamboo flute and half-pipe. By Clive Bell

Klein: London based producer/vocalist/songwriter pitch-shifts between R&B, gospel and folk. By Daisy Hyde

Global Ear: Grahamstown, South Africa: South Africa’s jazz tradition thrives at festivals and workshops on the Eastern Cape. By Andy Hamilton

Invisible Jukebox: Suzanne Ciani: Will the US synth pioneer blow her circuit boards at The Wire’s mystery record selection? Tested by Sam Lefebvre

The Inner Sleeve: Dan Hayhurst on Lillian F Schwartz’s Mutations

Epiphanies: Erikoisdance’s Tom Backström goes Danzig in the moonlight

Print Run: New music books: musical bodies, adventures in digital culture, Morley on Bowie, radical narratives, and more

On Screen: New films and DVDs: Zack Taylor’s Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape, Robert Mugge’s George Crumb: Voice Of The Whale

On Site: Recent exhibitions: Energy Flash: The Rave Movement in Belgium, Matana Roberts in New York

On Location: Recent festivals, gigs and clubs: Dark Mofo, Blurred Edges, Other Music, Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band, and more

Soundcheck: Clipping by Rob Turner, DJ Earl by Aurora Mitchell, Pye Corner Audio by Ken Hollings

Plus: Abra, Anima, Derek Baron, Battle Trance, Nathan Bowles, Tom Carter & Loren Connors, Stuart Chalmers, John Chantler, Ben Crosland Quintet, De La Soul, Eomac, Ellery Eskelin, Limpe Fuchs, Cara & Mike Gangloff with The Great American Drone Orchestra, Mats Gustafsson, M Geddes Gengras, Dan Hayhurst, Hypnopazūzu, Keiska, Leyden Jars, Gary Lucas’s Fleischerei, Mendrugo, Aşıq Nargilə, Ela Orleans, Pan Sonic, Phew, Planetary Assault Systems, Frankie Reyes, Atticus Ross/Leopold Ross/Bobby Krlic, Simon Scott, The 7th Plain, Silver Apples, Claire M Singer, Kaitlin Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani, The Stargazer’s Assistant, SubRosa, JG Thirlwell, The Keith Tippett Octet, Franck Vigroux, Scott Walker, John Wall, WWWINGS, Zomby

The Columns: Nick Southgate, Aurora Mitchell, Steve Barker, Adam Harper, Richard Stacey, Daniel Spicer, Julian Cowley, Tristan Bath

Size Matters: Byron Coley

The Boomerang: Duck Baker, Bembeya Jazz, Arthur Blythe, Circle, Betty Davis, Delia Derbyshire & Elsa Stansfield, Intersystems, Teresa Rampazzi, Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Orchestre Du Jardin De Guinee, Orchstre De La Paillotte, Various Music Sans Parole, Various Nigeria Freedom Sounds