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Issue #157

March 1997

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Global Ear: Haiti
Running the voodoo down on a remote Caribbean island

The Register
Taking stock of the ins and outs of the sonic underground

Returning to the post-rock fray after a two year absence, the space age duo tell Louise Gray abotu the joys of communicating via bass energy and tribal rhythm

The Underdog
Trevor Jackson is a busy man: label-runner, remixer to the stars, transgressive DJ, a groundbreaking producer in the opposing worlds of avant-rock and UK rap. By Jake Barnes

Kenny Process Team
The East London guitar combo are surf rock surrealists, Easy listening fans tripping out on the lo-fi rock of Capt Beefheart and Duane Eddy. By Ben Watson

Holed up in an arts lab in the south of France, this maverick multimedia crew are projecting new life into the grey world of electroacoustics and musique concrete. By Rahma Khazam

Exotic Audio Research
Melting the borders between art and science, musicians such as Panasonic, Disinformation, John Duncan, Alan Lamb, Bernhard Günter and JLIAT are sourcing sounds from increasingly alien domains. By Rob Young

Bill Drummond
From the KLF's rave culture fantasies to The K Foundations's art world terrorism, the career of the former King Boy D has always provoked controversy and outrage. Exclusive interview by Ben Watson

Invisible Jukebox: Airto Moriera
The giant of fusion percussion tries to identify tracks by Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, Chick Corea, Hermeto Pascoal, Arcon 2, Jorge Reyes and more. Tested by Mike Barnes

For 12 Years, this New York label provided a refuge for the black sheep of 60's counterculture, from Sun Ra and Ornette Coleman to the Fugs and Charles Manson. Story by Howard Mandel and Edwin Pouncey

Jungle Brothers
Over the past decade, the music of this New York rap troupe has touched down at all points of the HipHop Nation, from block party breakbeats to low slung funk. By Peter Shapiro