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Issue 422

April 2019

The Great Learning: Over 22 pages, musicians, artists and Wire critics chronicle the mentors, gurus, teachers, tech heads, institutions, para-academic infiltrators and informal networks that underpin and catalyse the music of today and yesteryear. By AGF, Mike Barnes, Lea Bertucci, Claire Biddles, Madeleine Byrne, Kate Carr, Andrew Chung, Shirley Collins, Sophie Cooper, Julian Cowley, Chris Cutler, Kirk Degiorgio, Robert Fripp, Helen Frosi, Alexander Hawkins, Yan Jun, Mazen Kerbaj, Mary Jane Leach, Alan Licht, Anton Lukoszevieze, Noel Meek, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Mark Pilkington, Matana Roberts, Bruce Russell, Claire Sawers, Laurie Spiegel, David Toop and Nate Wooley.

Slikback: The Kenyan producer patches global styles into club-ready collages. By Meg Woof

June Chikuma: The Japanese composer’s early work resurfaces courtesy of RVNG Intl. By Marc Masters

Ivan Conti: The septuagenarian Azymuth drummer continues to energise Brazilian music. By Russ Slater

Paul LaBrecque & Ghazi Barakat: Loopy sci-fi utopias from the far reaching twosome. By Abi Bliss

Global Ear: Hangzhou: Eastern China is birthing new directions in electronic music. By Josh Feola

Invisible Jukebox: Congo Natty: Will the street tough MC rebel against The Wire’s mystery record selection? Tested by Joe Muggs

The Inner Sleeve: Sarah Hennies on Walter De Maria’s The Lightning Field

Epiphanies: A budget Velvet Underground reissue grips Graeme Jefferies

Soundcheck: The 1865, Afrikan Sciences, Angel-Ho, Ramson Badbonez, Boobs Of Doom, Onoe Caponoe, Celestial Trax, The Comet Is Coming, Deafkids, Mandhira De Saram & Benoît Delbecq, Dis Fig, Kaja Draksler/Petter Eldh/Christian Lillinger, Eraserhead Fuckers, Fennesz, Geneva Skeen, Evelyn Glennie & Roly Porter, Lori Goldston & Judith Hamann, Grey Frequency, Hama, Yves Jarvis, JH1.FS3, Amirtha Kidambi's Elder Ones, Michul Kuun, Lafawndah, Linnuissa, Little Simz, Cal Lyall & Tim Orange, Stephen Malkmus, Marilyn Mazur, Meitei, Mdou Moctar, Nivhek, Tim Olive & Yan Jun, Ossia, Jessica Pavone, Penance Stare, Iggy Luigi Pignatiello & Kevin G Davy, Pitch 92, Annabelle Playe, Maja Ratkje, Julia Reidy, SB The Moor, Sharkula & Mukqs, Silk Road Assassins, Wadada Leo Smith, Spellling, Carl Stone, Morton Subotnick/Soojin Anjou, Rajna Swaminathan, Swindle, Tanya Tagaq, Art Terry, Rian Treanor, Various Avon Is Dead, Various Bizaarbazaar #2, Various Laurel Halo: DJ-Kicks, Various London To Addis, Various Wound.

Boomerang: Autechre, Brainiac, Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber, The Gun, Jodi, Nyah Fearties, David Shire, Third Ear Band, Various Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980–1990, Various Rocket Girl 20.

Print run: Anne Bean: Self Etc edited by Rob La Frenais; Dead Precedents by Roy Christopher; Bits And Pieces: A History Of Chiptunes by Kenneth B McAlpine; Five Years Ahead Of My Time: Garage Rock From The 1950s To The Present by Seth Bovey; Electronic Inspirations: Technologies Of The Cold War Musical Avant-Garde by Jennifer Iverson; Go Ahead In The Rain: Notes To A Tribe Called Quest by Hanif Abdurraqib; Ginga by Seiichi Yamamoto

On Screen: Joel Zito Araújo My Friend Fela

On Site: Beatrice Gibson: Crone Music, London, UK; Edge Of An Era, London, UK; New Ear Festival, New York, US

On Location: CTM, Berlin, Germany; Thurston Moore, Hebden Bridge, UK; Ernest Dawkins & Soweto Exchange, Durban, South Africa; Croatian Amor, London, UK; Vocal Classics Of The Black Avant Garde, London UK; Bleep x The Wire: The Rolling Calf, London UK; Robert Ashley: Improvement (Bob Leaves Linda), New York, US; Low, London, UK