The Wire

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Issue #158

April 1997

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Motorbass House removals Michael Prime The secret sound of plants J Majik Techstep tearaway Label lore: CIMP

DJ Vadim
This North London mixmaster is expanding the vocabulary of instrumental HipHop with a manifesto that draws on the influence of musique concrete and the Biblical prophets. By Chris Sharpe

Roy Montgomery
On the other side of the world, a lone guitarist is lifting lo-fi minimalism to new heights of ecstasy and transcendence. By Simon Hopkins

Pascal Comelade
Galactic cabaret music, big bands made up of toy instruments, Deep Purple cover versions: the catalan composer brings it all together under the warm Mediterranean sun. By David Oancio Prieto

Myra Melford
Combining Zen meditation, freewheeling performances and compositions inspired by cinematic techniques, this New York pianist is cutting a swathe through the city's post-jazz avant garde. By Steve Holtje

Rob Young travels to Cologne, and the legendary Inner Space studio, for an extended interview with the four members of the most influential Krautrock group of all

Oscillators in Outer Space
In a quest to uncover the secret history of film music, Philip Brophy hails the erotic combination of cheesy electronics and B-movie sci-fi in Forbidden Planet, The Day The Earth Stood Still and Barbarella

Machine-age minimalists with a human touch, this North London trio are refining the links between Jamaican dub, Detroit Techno and UK breakbeat science. By Mike Shallcross

Invisible Jukebox: Jah Wobble
Everyone's favourite cockney bassist tries to identify tracks by the O'Jays, Arvo Part, Don Cherry, Leftfield, Sly & Robbie and more. Tested by Mike Barnes

Global Ear: Addis Ababa
Iain Scott witnesses the chaotic homecoming of the great Ethiopian singer, Aster Aweke

Graffiti-encrusted culture-bombs, linguistic tank battles, Medieval vocoders, and one of the greatest HipHop jams on wax: just some of the weaponry unleashed by rap's legendary mech-warrior. By Peter Shapiro

Chris Cutler
Once described as the most argumentative rock musician in the world, the ex-Henry Cow drummer now oversees a global network of radical music. By Mike Barnes