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<em>Wilderness of Mirrors</em>
Lawrence English
Wilderness of Mirrors

Words by Maya Kalev •  27th August 2014 • 
Available on: Room40 Abstract or instrumental music is often described as cinematic, but it’s a term that can be problematic. For the sake of argument, a definition of the word as applied to  [...]
<em>Lese Majesty</em>
Shabazz Palaces
Lese Majesty

Words by Maya Kalev •  27th August 2014 • 
Available on: Sub Pop The story of leftfield hip-hop is as shambolic as the records the term covers. But if the history of rap to the left of the mainstream is tricky, any enthusiast will tell  [...]
<i>Green Language</i>
Rustie
Green Language

Words by Angus Finlayson •  26th August 2014 • 
Available on: Warp The difficult second album: a cliche as old as pop music, and one of which Russell Whyte must be acutely aware. His debut, 2011’s Glass Swords, has frequently been hailed [...]
<i>In The Wild</i>
FaltyDL
In The Wild

Words by Aimee Cliff •  22nd August 2014 • 
Available on: Ninja Tune The thing about putting yourself out there in the wild is while you can roam wherever you want, you don’t quite know what you’re letting yourself in for. It’s th [...]
<I>Quiltland</i>
Quiltland
Quiltland

Words by Angus Finlayson •  21st August 2014 • 
Available on: Astro:Dynamics Astro:Dynamics boss Luke Owen recently remarked that his roster, while globally dispersed, did enjoy a shared environment: the internet. He’s right in a sense:  [...]
Rediffusion
u-Ziq
Rediffusion

Words by Angus Finlayson •  20th August 2014 • 
Music, so the saying goes, is cyclical. Everything comes back around sooner or later. This isn’t entirely true of course - imagine playing techno to Jimi Hendrix, for example - but for every wav [...]
<I>Hyperdub 10.2</i>
Various Artists
Hyperdub 10.2

Words by Louis Pattison •  20th August 2014 • 
Available on: Hyperdub Tenth anniversaries are a time for celebration, but also for consolidation. With all that water under the bridge, conventional logic says you ought to have a pretty clea [...]
<i>Shelter</i>
Moiré
Shelter

Words by Maya Kalev •  13th August 2014 • 
Available on: Werk Discs Moiré’s Shelter opens with a rising clatter. The moment when the bassline and loping kick join the thrum is a neat microcosm for both the album and the producer’s [...]
<i>LP1</i>
FKA Twigs
LP1

Words by Angus Finlayson •  12th August 2014 • 
Available on: Young Turks There’s a moment in Fader’s cover feature on FKA twigs where, scrutinising an image of the singer from a forthcoming photoshoot, her stylist Karen Clarkson re [...]
<em>Document And Eyewitness: 1979-80</em>
Wire
Document And Eyewitness: 1979-80

Words by Louis Pattison •  8th August 2014 • 
Available on: Pink Flag Approaching Wire’s catalogue retrospectively can be a strange experience. I came to them, as many, via Elastica and Britpop, hoovered up the arch punk of Pink Flag, th [...]
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