Notes: On the cover: Thundercat: Schooled in jazz, funk, punk and more, the flamboyant bassist, vocalist and songwriter brings mischief, mirth and melancholy to that most misunderstood of genres - fusion. By Phil Freeman. Plus essays on fusion past, present and future by Greg Tate and John Morrison. Also inside this issue: Gal Costa: Ahead of a rare UK live date, the Brazilian musician and vocalist discusses bossa nova, tropica'lia, political engagement and remaining open to the unexpected. By Russ Slater. Jarboe: The erstwhile Swans vocalist and Neurosis collaborator returns with an intimate collection of reflective songs inspired by her travels. By Claire Biddles. Roger & Brian Eno: With a collaborative album in the can, the Eno brothers discuss the anatomy of ambient music. By Philip Clark. Invisible Jukebox with William Gibson, Global Ear in Los Angeles, an Epiphany by Coldcut's Matt Black, Inner Sleeve chosen by Breadwoman. Plus: Gentle Stranger, Sunwatchers, Jessica Ekomane, dumama + kechou, The Wire Tapper 52, 39 pages of reviews, and much more.
Notes: On the cover: Cinema For The Ears: The innovations of contemporary electronic and experimental music are increasingly informing the sound of modern cinema - Oneohtrix Point Never, Fatima Al Qadiri, Bobby Krlic and Colin Stetson discuss their involvement in this audiovisual evolution. By Dan Barrow, Abi Bliss, Lara C Cory and Steph Kretowicz. Also inside this issue: Resetting The Rhythm: Percussionists Eli Keszler, Tim Barnes, Will Guthrie and Claire Rousay are drumming up new worlds of possibility. By Joshua Minsoo Kim. Yeah You: Daughter-father duo Elvin Brandhi and Gustav Thomas demonstrate the eternal power of the rant via their ramshackle lo-fi assemblages. By Tristan Bath. Invisible Jukebox with Seb Rochford, Global Ear in Maputo, an Epiphany by Jeff Mills, Inner Sleeve chosen by Elaine Mitchener. Plus: Nappy Nina, John T Gast, Sightless Pit, Dali de Saint Paul, 35 pages of reviews and much more.
2019 Rewind Edition: The Year In Underground Music - plus Hildur Gudnadottir, Tony Conrad, Bob Mould & more!
Notes: 2019 Rewind: Our massive annual survey of the last 12 months in underground music, including our definitive records of the year charts; opinion, analysis, musings and reflections from 2019's most active and influential critics, artists and musicians; plus Claire Sawers on science fiction in contemporary sounds from Moor Mother to Clipping; Rob Turner on new journeys in longform listening; Emily Bick on why music criticism matters, and more!
Issue featuring Lonnie Holley, John Edwards, Caroline Kraabel, Marisa Anderson & more!
Notes: Includes The Wire Tapper 53 - attached to the cover of every copy of the August issue will be a CD of the latest in our ongoing series of underground music anthologies, featuring 16 new tracks by Beatriz Ferreyra, Max Eilbacher, Sheng Jie, Chouk Bwa & The Angstromers, Manongo Mujica & Terje Evenson, Tolouse Low Trax, McPhee/Rempis/Reid/Lopez/Nilssen-Love, and more.
In the magazine: Six-string theories: An extended feature exploring the cosmos of fingerpicking guitar new and old, with outlaw counter-cultural storyteller Marisa Anderson profiled by fellow guitarist James Toth aka Wooden Wand, plus Robbie Basho, Sarah Louise, Glenn Jones on tuning, and much more.
The Primer: DJ tools - From beats 'n' breaks to locked grooves and sample libraries, Michaelangelo Matos provides a users guide to the DJs' weapons of choice that have shaped club sounds of the last 40 years. Invisible Jukebox: John Edwards x Caroline Kraabel - Two of London free music's most energetic improvisors test their reactions in our regular mystery record text.
Feat Moor Mother, Ellen Arkbro, Bohman Brothers & more!
Notes: Moor Mother - Philadelphia poet, punk, polymath and noise maker Camae Ayewa has been kicking against the system with collaborations including Irreversible Entanglements, Kevin Martin aka The Bug, alongside her own mixtapes and albums addressing the legacy of colonialism and present day police violence. Plus: Latin freestyle - Peter Shapiro provides a user's guide to 1980s-era New York's freshest and flyest dance sound; Ellen Arkbro - the Swedish composer and La Monte Young student talks drones and tones.