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
Available: 5th February 2021
Knowledge Magazine returns with a special one-off book celebrating their 25th anniversary. There have been some special issues in the past but this is the biggest and best Knowledge ever. This is one for the collectors.
> 10” x 10” large format book
> Hardback material cover with debossed logo
> Premium 130gsm matt art paper
> 160 full-colour pages featuring new and classic long-form features and interviews
Available: June 2021
The first hardback photobook celebrating London’s greatest record shops.
'London’s Record Shops' celebrates the city’s greatest music vendors. From Brixton dub shacks to Hackney vinyl boutiques, Camden’s rockabilly ravers to Ladbroke Grove's legendary Rough Trade and Honest Jon's emporiums, underground Peckham outlets to Soho’s legendary dance music hub, these brilliantly eccentric and engaging emporiums are documented with striking photographs and incisive interviews. For anyone who loves music and London this book will engage, inform and charm.
About the Author
Garth Cartwright is a freelance journalist and author of 5 books, including the 2018 title Going for a Song: a Chronicle of the UK Record Shop. His writing has appeared in all the leading UK broadsheets and many magazines and websites. He is a regular guest on BBC London and Radio 6 Music. He is an authority on all kinds of music, London history and record shops. He lives in Peckham. Quintina is an award-winning photojournalist whose photos have appeared in The Observer, Sunday Times and others.
245 x 190 mm
130 full colour Illustration
Available: 25th December 2020
Since the dawn of the 1990s, British dance music has been in thrall to the seductive power of weighty sub-bass. It is a key ingredient in a string of British-pioneered genres, including hardcore, jungle, drum & bass, dubstep, UK garage and grime.
In the Join The Future book, dance music journalist Matt Anniss (Resident Advisor, DJ Magazine, Red Bull Music Academy) traces the roots, origins, development and legacy of the sound that started it all: the first distinctively British form of electronic dance music, bleep techno.
A mixture of social, cultural, musical and oral history, Join The Future reveals the untold stories of bleep’s Yorkshire pioneers and those that came in their wake, moving from electro all-dayers and dub soundsystem clashes of the mid-1980s to the birth of hardcore and jungle in London and the South East.
Along the way, you’ll find first-hand accounts of key clubs and raves, biographies of forgotten and overlooked production pioneers, stories of bleep outposts in Canada and the United States, and the inside story of the early years of one of electronic music’s most iconic labels, Warp Records.
Based on five years of research and hundreds of hours of new interviews, the book is a radical alternative history of the rise of British dance music during the late 80s and early 90s.
Available: 25th December 2020
Revised reissue of the acclaimed first-ever book-length investigation into the origins of jungle and drum & bass. Back in print for the first time since 1998, State of Bass: The Origins of Jungle and Drum & Bass features previously unpublished interviews with Roni Size, Goldie, LTJ Bukem, Fabio, Shy FX and other key players from the early years of the scene.
As government legislation, standardised music and bad drugs forced the euphoria of the rave phenomenon into the darkness, a new underground movement emerged – the jungle and drum & bass nexus.
It was the sound of the beating heart of Britain’s multi-cultural urban rave, produced by the children of the Windrush and their closest friends, and distilled via the journey from a Tivoli Gardens soundclash, to the UK’s inner city blues parties and onto jazz-funk all-dayers and soul weekenders.
It was a space that was forged in the hidden edges of urban warehouses and the darkened recesses of clubland’s backrooms; schooled in the swagger of dancehall, the thunder of hardcore, the fury of bebop and the depth charge of dub.
Jungle and drum & bass was like nothing else the world had experienced before – simultaneously black and white, urban and suburban, old skool attitude and new school innovation. A socio-cultural melting pot of early-90s broken Britain seizing the wheel and taking control of the machine.
Originally published in 1997, State of Bass explores the scene’s roots through its social, cultural and musical antecedents and on to its emergence via the debate that surrounded the apparent split between jungle and drum & bass. Drawing on interviews with some of the key figures in the early years State of Bass explores the sonic shifts and splinters of new variants, styles and subgenres as it charts the journey from the early days as the deliberately hidden underground, ignored by the media in favour of the post-rave progressive house scene, to its position as a global phenomenon.
Available: 25th December 2020
Showcasing the mastermind behind some of the most iconic rave flyers and record covers of the late eighties and early nineties, Junior Tomlin: Flyer & Cover Art is a comprehensive insight into Junior Tomlin’s incredible back catalogue.
Rave culture transformed the way people experienced music, sparking a revolution in British society and spreading across the globe during the late eighties. Its influence is still being felt today, as millions of people around the world attend clubs and festivals that embody the spirit of rave culture. Intrinsic to the spread of the culture in those pre-internet days was the dissemination of flyers, giving ravers information on where and when their favourite promoters would be organising parties. In order to stand out from the competition, it was imperative that the most respected events had distinctive flyer artwork.
Junior Tomlin’s visionary capabilities led to a long-running career as a flyer artist. His fantastical projections of the future and often surreal imagery earned him the title The Salvador Dali of Rave. Tomlin’s iconic work was highly sought after, with ravers collecting his remarkable work and promoters queuing up to commission him to produce imagery for their flyers. Junior’s imagination conjured up alternate worlds, references to outer space and gave us a peek into the endless possibilities presented by an unknown future. It was the perfect representation of the brave new world being cultivated by rave promoters and the community that sprung up around the culture.
Junior worked with a range of seminal rave promoters from 1992 onwards including Telepathy, Dreamscape, Slammin’ Vinyl, One Nation, Dream Odyssey and Ravealation. 30 years since he designed his first flyer Junior Tomlin: Flyer & Cover Art documents his work across 160 pages, with commentary and draft sketches provided by Junior himself. Divided into two distinct sections – Record Covers and Flyers – the book also features an in-depth interview with Junior and a foreword by Chelsea Louise Berlin (artist, flyer collector and author of Rave Art) plus words from former clients.
Chronicling the work of a pioneering artist whose art was intrinsic to early rave culture, Junior Tomlin: Flyer & Cover Art marks a critical time in British history. In a time where division and conflict seem to be more prevalent than ever, the book allows us to escape into Junior’s fantasy worlds and travel back in time to an era when social barriers were being broken down.
The book is 25cm x 25cm, printed on premium 130gsm full-colour paper. It is the first time his work has been documented and presented in such a comprehensive, cohesive fashion.
Available: 25th December 2020
Through four decades at the pointy end of dance music and club culture, the Secret DJ has seen it all. In this hilarious, gripping, and at times extremely moving follow-up to the smash hit first book, the mysterious insider pulls no punches, wryly lifting the lid on misbehaving stars, what really goes on backstage, how to survive in the DJ game, and where the real power lies in rave. Most of all, they chart how capitalism bought and sold the utopian dreams of the Acid House generation – and whether those dreams can still be saved. Essential reading for anyone who cares about the dancefloor; past, present and future.
Record Culture Magazine Issue 7, 2020.
Featuring Biscuit, Colin Self, Michel Gaubert, Budino, Andras, Eric Duncan, Weyes Blood, The Juan MacLean, Roza Terenzi, and the visual feature “Miró & Music”.
208 pages, Perfect bound, Softcover
+ Issue 7 supplement:
Playing To The Gods
A visual exploration of Bali’s gamelan culture
Photography by Nathan Perkel
68 pages, Saddle stitch, Softcover
Fact is pleased to announce its return to print as a new large format bi-annual magazine, beginning with the launch of the 280-page A/W 2020 issue this November. Featuring art direction by Zak Group, the issue spans four covers: Kelsey Lu, Ryoji Ikeda, Pan Daijing and Kahlil Joseph.
Included in the issue is an extensive, career-spanning interview with Ryoji Ikeda by Ralph Rugoff; Kelsey Lu interviewed by Kimberly Drew and photographed by Campbell Addy with cover illustration by Lu’s father Jerry McJunkins; Pan Daijing interviewed by Thea Ballard and photographed by Matt Lambert; and an exclusive ‘artistic intervention’ from Kahlil Joseph inspired by his BLKNWS project.
Fact’s print edition will celebrate the new wave of artists, performers and producers spearheading a global cultural movement, commissioning a diverse community of writers, image makers and artists to create striking, long-form content. Operating at the convergence of electronic music and audio-visual art, Fact will champion these creatives shaping our future.
The first issue’s three cover stars – Ryoji Ikeda, Kelsey Lu and Pan Daijing – are emblematic of this paradigm shift: multidisciplinary auteurs, resolutely independent, pioneers in both sound and vision. As are other groundbreaking artists featured in this issue – be they the visionary image maker Kahlil Joseph, who contributes a fourth cover and exclusive ‘artistic intervention’ inspired by his BLKNWS project, or uncompromising innovators re-imagining dance such as Jamila Johnson-Small and Cecilia Bengolea, or creative mercenaries hacking the worlds of music and high fashion such as Freeka Tet.
These futurists aren’t limited to the traditional enclaves either. Within the pages of Fact’s first issue you’ll find inspiring stories of collectives from Kampala, Shanghai and St Petersburg breaking with the past and constructing new beginnings.
The first issue launches in advance of Fact presenting two new exhibitions at its London HQ, 180 The Strand: an immersive multi-work A/V show by Ryoji Ikeda and the UK premiere of Kahlil Joseph’s necessary BLKNWS, both opening early next year. In 2021, Fact will also launch Fact Space at 180 The Strand, bringing together celebrated artists and emerging talent with the ambition of building upon the success of previous exhibitions at the venue, including The Infinite Mix, Other Spaces by UVA and Love Is the Message by Arthur Jafa.
The ultimate coffee-table book for synth gear enthusiasts, PUSH TURN MOVE doubles as a text book for music tech industrial designers, with in-depth discussion with artists, designers and developers and their electronic musical instruments.
Sound: How is sound visualized in music soft- and hardware?
Control: How can you shape sound through tangible and digital controls? Learn about different controls (knobs, faders, touch strips, buttons, screens etc.) and their variations and possibilities.
Layout: How do you organize an interface for sound-creation? Get an overview of design principles and techniques for designing interfaces of electronic music instruments and controllers.
Concept: How has different instrument-makers solved the challenges of visualizing and controlling sound? See examples of hardware, software, apps etc. of Digital Audio Workstations, Grid-based sequencing, Modular Synthesizers, Collaborative tools, Radial, Gestural interfaces etc.
User: How do you design the best possible experience for musicians? Learn about user-centered interface design, usability, workflows, experience design etc.
Time: How did we get to where we are? Read about the evolution and revolutions of electronic music interfaces - from the Theremin and EMS VCS3 to Buchla, the Minimoog, TB303, Yamaha Tenori-On, Monome, Ableton Live and various other hard- and software that have shaped electronic music making through the times.
PUSH TURN MOVE is written by Danish designer, author, lecturer and electronic musician Kim Bjørn and edited by Mike Metlay, editor at Recording Magazine and Paul Nagle, reviewer at Sound on Sound Magazine.
For those with any level of interest in modular synthesis, PATCH & TWEAK is the ultimate companion on your eurorack journey. An in-depth encyclopaedia of modular synths, their designers, and performers, it features patching secrets, performance tips, history, modules, and all manner of tweaking techniques.
PATCH & TWEAK provides an opportunity for new and experienced users to become true masters of their modular systems by exploring, explaining, and demystifying a range of topics relevant to anyone interested in modular synths or just synthesis itself.
A cornerstone of PATCH & TWEAK is a bouquet of inspirational interviews with significant creators and major artists. Learn about their systems, philosophies, patching secrets, performance tips, and passion for modular synthesis.
Besides a comprehensive introduction to synthesis and its history, the book covers systematic sections on concepts, purpose and creative possibilities of specific modules. Enjoy colorful diagrams, presentations of both popular and rare modules, semi-modular and software, as well as techniques for patching and how to get started.
Explore and listen to the book's essential patches from artists, makers, and authors while reading. Flip the pages and load any of fifty patches from patchandtweak.com straight into the free software VCV Rack.
PATCH & TWEAK has a foreword by Suzanne Ciani, is written by Kim Bjørn and Chris Meyer, and edited by Paul Nagle.
The Book for Fans of Moog and Modular Synths.
PATCH & TWEAK with Moog is the ultimate resource for Moog synthesizer enthusiasts and musicians of all skill levels interested in an immersive modular synthesis experience.
Opening with a foreword from acclaimed film score composer Hans Zimmer, this hardcover book by Kim Bjørn features 200 pages full of synthesizer techniques, creative patch ideas, sound design tips, professional artist interviews, in-depth discussions with Moog engineers, and a glimpse into the company's remarkable history. The book's primary focus is Moog's well-loved line of semi-modular analog synthesizers: Mother-32, DFAM, Subharmonicon, Grandmother, and Matriarch.
PATCH & TWEAK with Moog brings readers inside the creative minds of composers, producers, and performing artists like Suzanne Ciani, Trent Reznor, Lisa Bella Donna, Paris Strother, Hannes Bieger, Stranger Things composers Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon, and Moog synthesizer co-inventor Herb Deutsch in detailed interviews featuring patching tips and tricks for musicians of all skill levels.
PEDAL CRUSH explores pedals as a tool for everyone: showing how all musicians – producers, DJs, instrumentalists, and vocalists – can artistically benefit from using stompboxes in new ways.
The book contains everything from starting out with a pedal board or software to concepts, purpose, history and creative possibilities of specific effects and pedal types. Presentations of both popular and rare pedals, contemporary, boutique, and vintage, as well as lots of illustrated tips and tricks. PEDAL CRUSH takes the reader on a unique journey of discovery, resulting in clarity and expanded knowledge of effects pedals and their creative, musical possibilities.
PEDAL CRUSH is a trip into the expansive, eclectic, and mesmerizing world of effects pedals. These addictive little boxes have long since transcended their modest beginnings, maturing into truly creative tools in their own right.
This book examines the stompbox phenomenon as a means of creative expression and personal sound shaping. Bursting with color photos and illustrations, it systematically covers over 800 pedals – from vintage to cutting edge, from the essential to the exotic, from popular classics to boutique wizardry. PEDAL CRUSH also dives deep into techniques, tips and tricks, pedalboards, software, and more. If you have a crush on pedals, this book will document your love affair like none other.