Devoted to the art of moving butts, our latest cover stars are the fabulous Tom Tom Club, the band that started out as a Talking Heads offshoot but rapidly turned Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz into global musical heavyweights in their own right. We have an exclusive blue vinyl seven-inch featuring two awesome remixes of the group's 'Genius Of Love' to accompany the magazine too.
It’s been 40 years since the debut Tom Tom Club album brightened up the early 1980s, so we thought it would be a good time to chat with Tina and Chris about the making of this much-loved record and the circumstances that led to it. They don't hold back – particularly when talking about their former Talking Heads bandmate David Byrne – and they've got some great tales to tell. Along the way, Chris reveals that the pair recently played a secret gig and are now getting ready to start work on some fresh Tom Tom Club material, their first for almost a decade. Get your dancing shoes ready.
As well as our glittering cover feature, we also talk to idiosyncratic instrumentalists Public Service Broadcasting and pop savants Saint Etienne on the release of their fine new albums. One of them is inspired by Berlin and the other one is a celebration of the 1990s. Jonny Trunk meanwhile discusses his oddball record label, Ride guitar hero Andy Bell plugs us into his electronic project GLOK, and Ultrasound explain some of the difficulties of technological advancement when you don’t have much technology at your disposal. There is, of course, plenty more for you to enjoy inside this month’s magazine, including Stephen Mallinder, Matt Berry and Re-Phlex. Check it out y'all.
To accompany the magazine, we have a blue vinyl seven-inch featuring two truly stunning remixes of Tom Tom Club's classic 'Genius Of Love'. The A-side is a robo-funk monster buzzed with synthetic vocoder effects courtesy of Señor Coconut, aka German electronic producer Uwe Schmidt, who is feted for his tropical cover versions of Kraftwerk. Flip the disc over for something at the other end of the spectrum, as keyboard king and long-time Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark deconstructs ‘Genius Of Love’ into a propulsive analogue collage of found sounds, elastic grooves and kinetic junk-shop clatter.
As with all of our seven-inch releases, this record is strictly limited and is only available to readers of Electronic Sound, so make sure you grab your copy right away.
Inside this issue:
On the cover: Klein: The South London musician, vocalist, playwright, game designer and film maker generates uncanny resonance via collage and subversion in new film Care and album Harmattan. By Abi Bliss.
The Primer: Horace Tapscott & The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra: A user’s guide to the recorded legacy of the prolific US pianist, composer, bandleader, organiser and activist. By Francis Gooding.
Black Dice: After almost a decade dormant the joyfully elastic noise trio make their return with a new album of effervescent edits and psychedelic humour. By Marc Masters.
Invisible Jukebox: Alan & Sir Richard Bishop: The erstwhile Sun City Girls bask in the rays of a mystery record selection. Tested by each other.
Anthony Wood 1948–2021: The Wire’s founder has died. Obituary by Tony Herrington
Tara Clerkin Trio: Homemade fusion from the Bristol group. By Clive Bell
L'Rain: Taja Cheek processes the past via evocative sonic collage. By Claire Biddles
Mazaher: The Zãr tradition handled with care by the Egyptian ensemble. By Louis Pattison
Magda Mayas: Berlin based pianist gets graphic and tactile. By Peter Margasak
Global Ear: Artists in the Texas Llano Estacado flatlands embrace the stark landscape. By Josh Feola
Unlimited Editions: We Jazz
Unofficial Channels: The Heat Warps
The Inner Sleeve: Midori Takada on Toru Takemitsu’s Corona
Epiphanies: Conny Plank and Holger Czukay teach Youth to embrace his mistakes
The Wire Tapper 57: A track by track guide to this issue’s free CD
Print Run: New music books: improv politics, Scandinavian dreams, Jandek’s rays, hardware hacking, horror scores, and more
On Screen: New films and DVDs: Robert V Galluzzo’s Analog Love: The (Long Lost) Art Of The Mixtape
On Location: Recent live events and streams: Jupiter Rising, Mary Halvorson, Wysing Arts Festival, Rewire, and more
On Site: Recent art shows: Barbara Ess The Secret Life Of Objects
Soundcheck: Algara, Amir Abbey, Robert Ashley, Aya, Badbadnotgood, Le Beast Concrète, Billion O’Clock, Black Dice, Mira Calix, Carlos Casas, Circuit Des Yeux, Corder & Yantis, Dear Laika, Dimmer, Diskord, Sam Dunscombe, Endless Boogie, Fire-Toolz, David Grubbs & Ryley Walker, Liz Helman, IG, Irreversible Entanglements, Jhelisa, KingL Man, Okkyung Lee, Andra Ljos, Neil Luck, Luggage, Maniac Squat, Joe McPhee, Mukqs, Nasturtium, New Mexican Stargazers, Monika Werkstatt/Mania D/ Malaria!/Matador, Marissa Nadler, Roman NoN & Zebadiah Witch, Ora Clementi, Ov Pain, Jessica Pavone, Pelt, Phew, The Pop Group, Porest, Proc Fiskal, RAIC, Rdeča Raketa, Replicant, Al Riggs, Marina Rosenfeld & Ben Vida, São Paulo Underground & Tupperwear, Elliott Sharp’s Terraplane, Nikki Sheth, Geneva Skeen, Paula García Stone, Yuji Takahashi & Roger Turner, Thollem, Threshing Floor, Ken Vandermark, Veilburner, Moreno Veloso, Voiddweller, Emmanuelle Waeckerlé, Whisker, Richard Youngs, Nick Zanca, Zara, Various BA7CH, Various Place: Nairobi, Various Redline Legends
The Boomerang: Janet Beat, The Brian Brown Quintet, Ian Carr’s Nucleus, John Coltrane, Tom Dissevelt, Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan, Mike Gibbs, Thomas Köner, Bertie Marshall, Mujician, Joseph Nechvatal, Negative Approach, Porter Ricks, Marina Rosenfeld, Dirk Schaefer, Super Furry Animals, Keith Tippett & Matthew Bourne, Yoshi Wada, Winterhawk, Various Back Up: Mexican Tecno Pop 1980–1989, Various Strain Crack & Break: Music From The Nurse With Wound List Vol 2
Inside this issue:
Faust: On the eve of a new box set chronicling their 1970s music, the German band’s members and crew discuss their contrarian art of falling apart that has kept them going over 50 years. By Daniel Spicer. Plus, a survey of Faust’s often equally fractious contemporaries including: Amon Düül: A Bavarian psychedelic legacy. By Edwin Pouncey. Klaus Dinger: La Düsseldorf and other Neu! adventures. By David Elliott. Dieter Moebius: Clusters of collaboration. By Matt Krefting
Mary Lou Williams: Taking in vaudeville, bebop, gospel-inflected hard bop, free jazz and beyond, the late composer’s career is littered with gems of a prescient modernity. By Alexander Hawkins
Invisible Jukebox: Theresa Wong × Ellen Fullman: The Bay Area experimental musicians tackle a mystery record selection. Tested by each other
They Hate Change: Florida duo Tampa with rap’s DNA. By Neil Kulkarni
id m theft able: Water palaver for the improvising tuba player. By Joe Murray
More Eaze: Suburban collage from the Texas based composer. By Antonio Poscic
Siksa: Polish duo confront oppression. By Miloš Hroch
Unlimited Editions: C/Site Recordings
Unofficial Channels: Song Work
Global Ear: New York’s TIME:SPANS festival revives the intimacy of live sound
The Inner Sleeve: Carlos Casas on a Batavia gasometer pressure gauge plate
Epiphanies: Thomas Köner recalls formative vibrations
Print Run: New music books: sound art and climate change, a Deep South punkhouse, John Lurie’s memoirs, and more
On Screen: New films and DVDs: Great Noises That Fill The Air: Music, Poetry And Performance On Film; What Is Man And What Is Guitar?: Keith Rowe
On Location: Recent festivals, live events and streams: Alligator: Go!, Jazz Em Agosto, Bang On A Can Loud Weekend, Charlemagne Palestine, and more
On Site: Recent art shows: Ilia Rogatchevski & Laura Rogatchevskaia’s Echo Chamber; Sonambiente
Soundcheck: Eivind Aarset 4tet, Ashtray Navigations, Black Meteoric Star, Black Tempel Pyrämid, Buck Gooter, John Cage, Purbayan Chatterjee, Cronies, Curved Light, Angel Bat Dawid, Domingæ, e & H, Amir Elsaffar, Rivers Of Sound Orchestra, Alister Fawnwoda/Suzanne Ciani/Greg Leisz, Les Filles De Illighadad, Kristen Gallerneaux, Lee Gamble, Alexander Garsden, Geoff Kevin, Daniel Goode, Grouper, Gudrun Gut & Mabe Fratti, Will Guthrie, Will Guthrie & James Rushford, HTRK, Injury Reserve, Jerusalem In My Heart, Ka, Ryosuke Kiyasu & Watts, Hiro Kone, Annea Lockwood, Brandon López Trio, Nathaniel Mackey & The Creaking Breeze Ensemble, Madam Data, Melvins, Native Soul, Phill Niblock, Bill Orcutt, Enno Poppe & Wolfgang Heiniger, Razen, Paul Rooney, James Rushford, Sone Institute, Sparks, The Specials, Tim Story, Henry Threadgill Zooid, Viktor Timofeev, Yves Tumor, William Tyler & Marisa Anderson, William Tyler & Luke Schneider, Vangelis, Vanishing Twin, XT, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Pamela Z, Various The Harmonic Series II, Various Nanocluster Vol 1, Various New Horizons: Young Stars Of South African Jazz, Various New Horizons: Young Stars Of South African Jazz Vol 2, Various Screensavers Vol 1
The Boomerang: Bardo Pond, Baligh Hamdi, Nikki Giovanni, Joe Harriott, Joëlle Léandre/Pauline Oliveros/George Lewis, Costin Miereanu, David Tudor, Nico, Van Der Graaf Generator, Alan Vega, Various An Eclectic Selection Of Music From The Arab World Part 2, Various Eins Und Zwei Und Drei Und Vier: Deutsche Experimentelle Pop-Musik 1980–86
Available: 7th September 2021
Back in print after two decades, Junglist tells the compelling, comic, stream-of-consciousness story of four young Black men coming of age among the raves and Jungle music scene in London during the 1990s.
Layered with poetic verse, prose and humour, this cult classic of underground British fiction documents the rollercoaster ride of a weekend spent raving during Jungle's cultural takeover in the summer of 1994. Jungle, with its booming basslines and Jamaican patois, burst from the pirate radio stations and mixtapes into cavernous clubs, pulling a generation of Black British ravers with it.
Originally written as a way to document street culture as it became a feature of London, charting a time when working-class kids, both Black and white, merged to dance as ''one family'', Junglist is both a testament to Black British sound system culture and a rawthentic account of inner-city life.
Inside this issue:
Grouper: As she prepares to release a new album rooted in the ambience and climate of her home in the Pacific North West, Liz Harris discusses chaos, therapy and the spectre of fascism. By Dave Segal.
Pat Thomas: The diverse sprawl of the UK keyboardist’s career runs from jazz and improv to funk and drum ’n’ bass, informed by a scholarly interest in Islam. By Clive Bell.
Once Upon A Time In Prague: Dancing along the thin lines separating the Czech underground, the alternativa scene and the secret police, Extempore/MCH Band leader Mikoláš Chadima’s expressions of freedom have survived communism and the capitalist takeover. By Miloš Hroch.
Machine learning: Machine learning and AI have opened up new creative possibilities for artists such as Jennifer Walshe, Distractfold and Dadabots. By Abi Bliss.
Invisible Jukebox: DJ Bus Replacement Service × Surgeon: Anthony Child and Doris Woo run the gauntlet of a mystery record selection. Tested by each other.
Hiro Kone: The electronic artist foregrounds artistic partnership on her new album. By Chloe Lula
René Lussier: Clowning around with the Québécois guitarist and composer. By Julian Cowley
Wayne Adams: The punkish adventures of a Big Lad. By Holly Dicker
Nicolas Collins: The author and performer takes a Lucky Dip with his homemade !trumpet. By Clive Bell
Global Ear: Alan Courtis untaps creative potential in workshops in Buenos Aires
Unlimited Editions: Cruel Nature
Unofficial Channels: Riversssounds
The Inner Sleeve: Gerald V Casale on Winny Puhh
Epiphanies: Moritz von Oswald admires Carl Craig’s sweet spot
Print Run: New music books: drill, trap and bashment, Mark E Smith comes alive, rap futurism, and more
On Screen: New films and DVDs: Leonel Costa’s Ivo Perelman: A Musical Storyteller; Edgar Wright’s The Sparks Brothers
On Location: Recent live events and streams: Four Years Of Chinabot, Sequesterfest 6, Jennifer Walshe & Neil Luck, and more
On Site: Recent art shows: Imran Perretta & Paul Purgas; Seeing Sound
Soundcheck: Rodrigo Amado/This Is Our Language Quartet, Anika, Badge Epoch, Dahveed Behroozi, Blectum From Blechdom, Body Meta, RP Boo, The Bug, John Butcher/Sharon Gal/David Toop, Shirley Collins, The Cookers, Andrew Cyrille Quartet, Damu The Fudgemunk, Sarah Davachi, Mr Diagonal, Tim Finn & Phil Manzanera, Melvin Gibbs, Go Ahead And Die, Steve Gunn, Graham Haynes vs Submerged, TheIncidentalCrack, John Carroll Kirby, Little Simz, Low, Michael Mantler, Ruth Mascelli, John McLaughlin, Joe McPhee/Michael Marcus/Jay Rosen/Warren Smith, Meridian Brothers & Conjunto, Media Luna, Matt Mitchell & Kate Gentile, Moin, Moor Mother, Nite Jewel, OSS, Moritz von Oswald Trio, Psychic Graveyard, Psychic Hotline, Lucy Railton & Kit Downes, Lucy Railton & Yair Elazar Glotman, Rambutan, Alasdair Roberts Og Völvur, Jana Rush, Ryuichi Sakamoto & David Toop, Sedibus, Sepultura, Shackleton, Space Afrika, Tibor Szemző, Télémaque, Joshua Trinidad, Mark Vernon, Alex Ward, Anna Webber, Byron Westbrook, ZRL, Various Arc Mountain, Various It’s Not Complicated, Various You Can Never Leave
Boomerang: All Night Radio, The Beach Boys, Paul Bley, Roy Brooks, Gerald V Casale, Jimmy Giuffre, Goat, Meurig Elis Huws, Lee Morgan, Outkast, Prince, The Rootsman, Synergetic Voice Orchestra, Lewis Taylor, Voivod
Release Date: 17th September 2021
Renegade Snares is the definitive book on drum & bass music. Pieced together using original interviews conducted with all the scene’s main players, it traces the history of jungle/drum & bass from its early roots in soundsystem culture and rave music right through to the present day.
With its hyper-speed breakbeats, warping bass pressure, and vast spectrum of sounds, drum & bass quick spawned a whole new movement in youth culture. What began as an outlaw street reverberation from the inner cities of Britain developed into a Mercury-winning, chart-topping, worldconquering genre in just a few short years. The frontier-breaking sorcery that emanated from its foundational producers and DJs pushed new levels of sonic science into the music world, and it has influenced all other electronic music genres in assorted ways.
From the shock of the new to a global phenomenon, drum & bass has morphed from frowned-upon marginalisation to establishment approval -- and back again. A multicultural triumph, it is a story of resistance and resilience that takes in pioneers such as Goldie, Roni Size, Kemistry & Storm, Photek, Fabio & Grooverider, and many more renegade mavericks -- even, at one point, David Bowie.
With vivid descriptions of key tracks and a detailed lineage of the scene’s development, Renegade Snares traces the genre’s gestation while also examining its musical twists and turns, worldwide spread, and enduring popularity. And, ultimately, it asks: surely a genre of music with such a significant grounding in black music culture, developed by so many black pioneers in its formative years, could never be ‘whitewashed’ . . . could it?
25 b/w + colour photos/pictures
Available: 12th August 2021
In the mid- to late 1980s rave culture developed. It influenced music, design, art, drugs, fashion, language and even the law. Emerging in the USA, it was refined in the UK by people who wanted to dance, party and express themselves in terms of art, music and culture. Originating in small, sweaty clubs and growing into enormous Raves with tens of thousands of people, 'house' music and ecstasy were the driving forces behind what turned into a global phenomenon. Events that started as secretive nights in underground clubs, with word-of-mouth advertising grew from one-off take-overs of unusual venues into huge open landbased events. Pager and telephonic communication became the medium of message-passing, and flyers were key to it all: informing the right people about the right place at the right time.
Chelsea Berlin was there from the beginning, attending many of the now legendary events, from Club Shoom to Energy and beyond. In Rave Art, the whole exciting movement is documented through the flyers that were handed out freely (or sometimes privately) to inform partygoers of the next venue. Flyer design became an artform, and this book contains hundreds of the most significant and rare examples from Chelsea's huge collection.
Together with personal reminiscences and quotes from famous, infamous and not-so-famous attendees, Rave Art paints a vivid picture of what is probably the last significant youth culture movement of modern times.
Available: 11th August 2021
An oral history of the UK’s soundsystem culture, featuring interviews with Dubmaster Dennis Bovell, Skream, Youth, Norman Jay MBE, Adrian Sherwood, Mala, and others.
In the years following the arrival of the Windrush generation, the UK’s soundsystem culture would become the most important influence on contemporary pop music since rock and roll. Pumped through towering, home-built speakers, often directly onto the thronged streets of events like the Notting Hill Carnival, the pulsating bass lines of reggae, dub, rave, jungle, trip hop, dubstep, and grime have shaped the worlds of several generations of British youth culture but have often been overlooked by historians obsessed with swinging London, punk, and Britpop.
This oral history, consisting of new interviews conducted by respected dance music writer Joe Muggs, and accompanied by dramatic photographic portraits by Brian David Stevens, presents the story of the bassline of Britain, in the words of those who lived and shaped it. Features interviews with Dubmaster Dennis Bovell, Norman Jay MPE, Youth, Adrian Sherwood, Skream, Rinse FM’s Sarah Lockhart and many others.
500pp (approx) heavily illustrated in b/w
165mm x 221mm
Available: 30th July 2021
In the summer of 1989, when Trip City was first released with a soundtrack by A Guy Called Gerald, there had been no other British novel like it. This was the down and dirty side of London nightclubs, dance music and the kind of hallucinogenic drug sub-culture that hadn’t really been explored since Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Maybe this is why Trip City is still known as “the acid house novel” and an underground literary landmark.
Available: 30th July 2021
Written by former DJ/producer Harold Heath, Long Relationships: My Incredible Journey From Unknown DJ to Small-time DJ is a biographical account of a DJ career defined by a deep love of music and a shallow amount of success. It’s the first book to detail exactly what DJing is like for the 99% of DJs who never make it big. Covering electro, hip hop, rare groove, acid house, rave and the UK underground club scene, it’s a 30-odd year tale of a life lived in dance music. Long Relationships is full of tales of clubs, raves, warehouses, DJing, music, record production, record deals, low-level international travel, shady promoters, dodgy club security, magical dance floor moments and much more.
Available: 14th July 2021
Lockdown FM: Broadcasting In a Pandemic is a 600+ page cultural documentation of a year in lockdown. Densely populated and rich in imagery, it records the response of London based DJ and Broadcaster, Gilles Peterson and the community network of global music and culture platform, Worldwide FM to the impact of Covid-19 and that moment in time when the world went into lockdown to slow down the deadly impact of the virus.
This radical book project was conceived as the nation emerged from the very first lockdown. It is built around the playlists from eighty Worldwide FM and BBC6 Music radio broadcasts Peterson made, following Boris Johnson’s lockdown announcement on 23 March 2020. As the pandemic closed in, Gilles Peterson retreated to the Brownswood basement and his family “bubble”. He embraced his passion for running. For the first time in a long career of DJ-ing globally, life as he knew it came to a halt so this personal, and often intimate recollection, picks out key cultural moments during what was an incredibly unique time.
Lockdown FM actually kicks off pre-lockdown on New Year’s Eve and provides an insight into Petersons’ packed schedule which included a tour of New York, Chicago, Australia, New Zealand and London before his diary was wiped clean. As the timeline unfolds it’s impossible to ignore the deadly impact of the pandemic. The music world lost a host of great musicians and artists, who were well known and much-loved including McCoy Tyner, Manu Dibango, Tony Allen, Ty, Mike Huckaby… and this book pays respect to their lives and creative output. Offset against the fatalities, Peterson celebrates the birthdays of musicians close to him such as Stevie Wonder and Dee Dee Bridgewater. He also explores different genres via ‘The 20’ series which included Jazz Dance (Combat), Trip Hop, Jazz Funk, Modal Jazz.
The playlists provided the framework to bring in other creatives impacted by the pandemic and contributions to the book are made by Zara McFarlane, Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick, Simon Emmerson, Rob Gallagher, Emily Moxon, Louie Vega, François Kervorkian, Brian Bacchus, Adrian Younge, Kassa Overall, Jazz Re:freshed, Damu The Fudgemunk and Raw Poetic. To counter life in the basement he enlisted the photography of Dobie who cycled daily through an abandoned city.
As the summer sun shone, the impact of the death of George Floyd spread worldwide. The lockdown crumbled under the weight of the Black Lives Matter Movement and the book engages with its impact through contributions by Erica McKoy, Thristian (Global Roots) and Paul Martin.
Edited by Straight No Chaser’s Paul Bradshaw with design /art direction by Hugh Miller, Gilles Peterson’s ‘Lockdown FM’ concept came to life through a period of intense improvisation. The result is extraordinary. It follows a timeline we all lived through and cements the vital role that music, and those who create it, played – and continues to play– in helping us all get through a genuinely unprecedented time.
Available: July 2021
We continue to learn about the Drexciyans and their first leader, Drexaha. 5 stories just like the Book of Drexciya, Volume One.
1. Drexaha learns the art of war
2. Time to R.E.S.T. my children
3. Raid on slave ship 001
4. The wedding of Drexaha and Ociya
5. X205 vs. the Mutant Gillmen
Record Culture Magazine Issue 9, 2021.
Featuring Bradley Zero, Sébastien Tellier, Yu Su, Gerd Janson, June Jones, The Twilite Tone, Eug, Vanessa Worm, Ana Roxanne, Oskar Mann, and the Beats in Space visual feature, “Postcards Through Time and Space”
212 pages, Perfect bound, Softcover
Issue 9 supplement:
The Second Generation
Chicago House Flyers 1991-2000
Curated by Honey Dijon
68 pages, Saddle stitch, Softcover
Available: 7th June 2021
D&R 04, the first of 2021, features our brand new and improved logo and design ideas. Across eight pages, we bring you the exclusive inside story of Overview Music, the hottest new label in drum & bass that has ascended to huge heights in the past two years.
But that’s not all. The amazing Twitter archiver @UKRaveComments has a debut column examining Mixmag’s classifieds section; Ellie Jones returns and mourns the loss of clubs; Ewen Cook interviews John B; we have a tribute to Leon Cheu, and a lot more inside.
Release Date: 2nd July 2021
Paperback: 180 pages
Product Dimensions: 20.9 cm x 13.7 cm x 2 cm
The first book of its kind to give music artists practical step-by-step comprehensive instructions for setting up and running an independent music label.
Features a detailed breakdown of how each part of the industry works, including copyright in the UK and US, record label set-up, record releases, and royalty collection. Provides in-depth guides on marketing, covering; traditional PR, Facebook and Instagram advertising, Spotify playlisting, and fan growth.
Includes templates for record label and management contracts, marketing and promotion schedules, press releases, and fan email automation.
Whether you want to start a record label, self-release your own music, or are just an avid music lover, this book will give you information about the business of music. The Label Machine: How to Start, Run and Grow Your Own Independent Music Label is the first book to give music artists practical step-by-step comprehensive instructions for setting up and running an independent music label to successfully distribute and market their music.
You will learn all about the music industry business and how to navigate the tricky dos and don'ts. You will finally understand and take control of your music copyright and get to grips with the legalities involved. You will build your music business effortlessly, learning how to professionally market your music and artists - allowing you to reach thousands of fans. And essentially, you will learn how to create multiple label revenue streams to create an established record label.
It features a detailed breakdown of how every part of the industry works together, including copyright in the UK and US, record label set-up, record releases, and royalty collection. It also provides in-depth guides on marketing, covering; traditional PR, Facebook and Instagram advertising, Spotify playlisting, and fan growth. Includes templates for record label and management contracts, marketing and promotion schedules, press releases, and fan email automation.
Available: 19th March 2021
Record stores are popping up again everywhere. New vinyl pressing plants are opening in America, Europe and Asia. Young vinyl enthusiasts – both male and female! – are swarming to record fairs looking for old and new records to build their collection. When Passion for Vinyl Part 1 came out, there was still some doubt about the comeback of vinyl. Wasn’t it all just a hype? Now, five years later, even the biggest sceptic can’t deny it: vinyl is back and it’s here to stay!
In light of all these new and exciting developments, a follow-up to the successful and well-received first volume of the Passion for Vinyl book (four stars in Record Collector magazine) is more than viable. DJs, musicians, engineers, designers, shop managers, record label CEOs and collectors like Dischord’s Ian MacKaye, Norton’s Miriam Linna, singer-songwriter Ryley Walker, musician and producer T Bone Burnett, Abbey Road’s half-speed maestro Miles Showell, DJs Sven Väth and Ellen Allien, designer John Kosh and many others tell about the records that changed their lives, their love for vinyl and the impact its resurgence has had on them. Passion for Vinyl Part 2 also shows how analogue recording techniques are making a comeback in the recording and mastering studios.
In the last few years, countless music lovers have (re)discovered that nothing beats listening to a vinyl record on a proper stereo set. It makes the listener connect with the music like nothing else.
This book is a tribute to that unique experience.
Passion for Vinyl Part. 2 is written by Dutch author, music journalist and vinyl fanatic Robert Haagsma. With an introduction by Michael Kurtz, co-founder of Record Store Day.
252 Pages, case-bound, full colour print, Hardback.
Available: 10th March 2021
Who Say Reload is an oral history of the records that defined jungle/drum n bass straight from the original sources. The likes of Goldie, DJ Hype, Roni Size, Andy C, 4 Hero and many more talk about the influences, environment, equipment, samples, beats and surprises that went into making each classic record.
This is the story of music forged from raw breakbeats and basslines that soundtracked a culture of all-night raves, specialist record shops and pirate radio stations. It’s the story of young producers embracing and re-appropriating new technology, trying to best their peers and create something that would have hundreds of people screaming for a rewind on Saturday night.
Photography is provided by Eddie Otchere who has an extensive archive of images, having been the photographer at Goldie’s seminal Metalheadz nights. His previously unseen visuals capture the essence of the music in a way that only someone who was fully immersed in the culture at the time could, and are the perfect accompaniment to the story being told.
Insightful and compelling, Who Say Reload takes you back to the golden age of jungle/drum & bass with the greatest artists of the nineties. This is the book that belongs on the stacks next to your wax.
Paul Terzulli says: “Despite the impact jungle had when it first hit, there was always an element of mystery about the music and its creators. You could experience it through vinyl, tapes of raves and pirate radio and, assuming you were old enough, going out to the raves themselves. However, finding out more about the creators of these futuristic soundscapes was a different task altogether. I felt that the stories of those responsible should be collated and presented in one place, rather than scattered across podcasts, YouTube videos and obsolete websites, or as anecdotes flickering past on a social media timeline.”
The book is 25cm x 25cm hardback, and the 174 pages are printed and bound on heavyweight 130gsm paper.
Available: 4th March 2021
From acid house to prog-rock, there is no form of modern popular music that hasn’t been propelled forward by the synthesizer. As a result, they have long been objects of fascination, desire and reverence for keyboard players, music producers and fans of electronic music alike. Whether looking at an imposing modular system or posing with a DX7 on Top of the Pops, the synth has also always had an undeniable physical presence.
Synthesizer Evolution: From Analogue to Digital (and Back) celebrates their impact on music and culture by providing a comprehensive and meticulously researched directory of every major synthesizer, drum machine and sampler made between 1963 and 1995. Each featured instrument is illustrated by hand and shown alongside its vital statistics and some fascinatingly quirky facts.
From its invention in the early 1960s to the digital revolution of the 1980s right up until the point that analogue circuits could be modelled using software in the mid-1990s, this book tells the story of synthesizers from analogue to digital – and back again.
Tracing that history and showing off their visual beauty with art-book quality illustrations, this a must for any self-respecting synth fan. The book has 128 pages, is 23cm x 17.4cm in size and printed on high quality 130gsm matt art paper.
Author Oli Freke says: “This book has grown out of a life-long obsession with synthesizers and electronic music, and it’s fantastic to be able to share this with my fellow synth obsessives and music fans who celebrate the synth’s role in modern music. I’m eternally grateful to Velocity Press for going with me on this journey and supporting the project so keenly.”
The 128 page book is 23cm x 17.4 cm in size and printed and bound on heavyeight 130gsm matt art paper.
Independent producers and DJs have been busy creating world class music in bedrooms, kitchens and garages for years. Meanwhile, photographer Raph Rashid has traveled the globe, gaining access to these inner sanctums, one by one. The tremendous variety of set-ups and layouts used by in-home producers is artfully documented in the pages of Back to the Lab.
Intimate photos of the creators amongst their instruments, gear, record collections and ephemera offer unprecedented access. Notes about the producers, their environment and “essential” releases round out this love-letter to the underground. Rashid has been checking his list since the publication of his bestselling Behind the Beat, making sure to document the old-school producers he’d missed, meanwhile keeping an eye out for fresh new talent. Featured artists and producers include: Alchemist, Ant, Babu, EL-P, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Jazzy Jeff, Kenny Dope, Lord Finesse, Oh No and many more…
Hardcover, 220 pages
Limited edition of 2500 copies. Hand silk-screened cover w/ art by Paul Insect. 80 full-color perfect bound pages.
To commemorate Cut Chemist & DJ Shadows Renegades Of Rhythm tour Boo Hooray has prepared this limited edition tour book. Inside you’ll find exclusive texts by DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist and Afrika Bambaataa detailing the history of the Zulu Nation, the history of Hip Hop DJ-ing and Bambaataa as well.
Included are full color reproductions of numerous original records, test pressing and acetates from Afrika Bambaataa’s collection. As DJ Shadow says of the records used on the tour and featured in the book, “They’re his records, with his blessings. this isn’t just ANY copy of ‘X’ breakbeat, it’s THE copy, THE copy that started everything.”
Also included are full color images of dozens of funky-fresh, original Bambaataa hip hop flyers, rare drawings, rare photographs and more including lists of Bambaataa’s favorite breaks.
Inside this issue:
South Africa’s new jazz generation: Thandi Ntuli, Siyabonga Mthembu, Bokani Dyer, Siya Makuzeni and others are at the forefront of a vibrant and booming South African jazz scene, as illustrated by two new compilations. By Francis Gooding
Mamer: The Chinese multi-instrumentalist resists categorisation and canon via his continually evolving music. By Josh Feola
The Primer: Carla Bley: The ambitious and highly versatile pianist, composer and collaborator has been blowing minds for over 50 years. Daniel Spicer presents a user’s guide to her body of work
Invisible Jukebox: Mark Fell × Rian Treanor: UK electronic music’s esteemed father and son duo test each other with a mystery record selection
Hiele: Squiffy electronics and milky piss from the Belgian composer. By Louis Pattison
Altın Gün: Amsterdam based outfit bring Turkish tradition to the dance. By Daniel Spicer
Rob Noyes: Tokyo via Massachusetts, fingerpicking via punk for the guitarist/composer. By Tony Rettman
Kikimore: The non-hierarchical Ljubljana collective Do It With Others. By Abi Bliss
Unlimited Editions: Jazz In Britain
Unofficial Channels: Philly Hiphop Radio Freestyles
Global Ear: Our regular column continues to report on music in the time of pandemic. This month: broadcasting in Brazil and solidarity radio in Tblisi, Georgia
The Inner Sleeve: Elvin Brandhi on a Haunter Records album launch
Epiphanies: King Britt on the everlasting influence of Mwandishi
Print Run: New music books: Andrew Weatherall, Los Angeles noise, an obstinate clot, and more
On Screen: New films and DVDs: John McDermott’s Music, Money, Madness... Jimi Hendrix In Maui; David Bernabo’s Just For The Record: Conversations With And About “Blue” Gene Tyranny
On Site: Recent art shows: Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abbou-Rahme; I Should Be Doing Something Else Right Now at Somerset House
On Location: Recent live events and streams: Infrequent Seams Streaming Festival, Nicole Mitchell, Radiophrenia 2020, Nyege Nyege Festival, and more
Soundcheck: 38KEA, Ain’t About Me, Angry Blackmen, Apifera, Armageddon Experimental Band, Cages, John Carpenter, Tania Caroline Chen, Buck Curran, Buck Curran featuring Jodi Pedrali, Divide And Dissolve, Dyani, Editrix, Wendy Eisenberg, The End, Fire!, The Gagmen, Georg Graewe & Sonic Fiction Orchestra, Alexander Hawkins, Jim Haynes, Hiele, IKSRE, Insides, Jesu, Chuck Johnson, Thomas Kotcheff/Frederic Rzewski, Laraaji, Mason Lindahl, João Lobo, Matchess, Donald Miller, Steve Moore, Moor Mother & billy woods, Mouse On Mars, My Heart, An Inverted Flame, Maggie Nicols, Nihiti, Rob Noyes, Ivo Perelman Trio, Ivo Perelman & Nate Wooley, Plankton Wat, Powers/Rolin Duo, Reynols, Laila Sakini, Secluded Bronte, Geneva Skeen, Akai Solo, Pauline Anna Strom, Stuck Sunsets, USA/Mexico, Vapour Theories, Venus Ex Machina, Virginia Wing, Cristian Vogel, Wobbly, Various Apocope, Various This Is Cairo Not The Screamers, Various Under Stars/Shells In Colour
The Boomerang: Acen, The Chi-Lites, Tony Bevan/Brian Lavelle/Richard Youngs, Lol Coxhill/Pat Thomas/Lindsay Cooper/Bill Wells, Gentle Fire, GISM, Group Sounds Four & Five, Inversion, Kyoufu Shinbun, Gary Lucas, Ennio Morricone, Muslimgauze, Mutiny, Portray Heads, Sonny Rollins, Screamers, Tim Story, Creepy John Thomas, Ultramarine, Mika Vainio, Naná Vasconcelos