Experimental music

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Moor Mother: Jazz Codes review – a stunning continuum of Black music
What started life as a poetry book has evolved into an ambitious anthropological project spanning jazz, R&B, hip-hop and more

Tayyab Amin

01, Jul, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Akusmi: Fleeting Future review | John Lewis's contemporary album of the month
French composer Pascal Bideau rearranges hypnotic gamelan riffs into complex magic that recalls Reich and Nyman with a touch of Motown

John Lewis

24, Jun, 2022 @8:00 AM

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The best albums of 2022 so far
From yacht-rock atmospherics to portraits of disaffected Britain, here are our picks of the best LPs from the first half of the year

Alexis Petridis, Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

07, Jun, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Shiva Feshareki: Turning World review | John Lewis's contemporary album of the month
Blending improvised samples with compositional prowess, the experimental musician and turntablist reimagines a concerto by Daphne Oram

John Lewis

27, May, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Kim Gordon review – swaggering thrills from musician who refuses to compromise
Gordon’s post-Sonic Youth career has been restlessly creative, yet her debut solo album No Home Record sounds properly lived-in here

Stevie Chick

24, May, 2022 @12:21 PM

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Vangelis wasn’t just a film composer – he blew apart the boundaries of pop | Alexis Petridis
With music that ended up crossing paths with Jay-Z, Donna Summer and Rotting Christ, the late Greek composer’s creative mind was thrillingly open

Alexis Petridis

20, May, 2022 @12:59 PM

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40 years of the Wire magazine: ‘Music deserves intelligent treatment. If that’s elitist, so be it’
From free jazz to doomy drones, outsider artists have always found a home in the Wire. Its creators reflect on upending the orthodoxy, coining genres – and their hatred of big-name rivals

Daniel Dylan Wray

16, May, 2022 @10:27 AM

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Claude Vivier weekend review – unruly and utterly distinctive
A rare immersion in the late Canadian composer – notorious for the manner of his death – reveals patchy beginnings evolving into mature harmonic soundscapes unlike anything else

Andrew Clements

09, May, 2022 @8:05 AM

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BBCNOW CoLaboratory/Monbet review – experimental evening is great fun
French-Irish conductor and violinist Fiona Monbet oversaw a chameleonic programme that incorporated blues, bossa nova and a ballet suite

Rian Evans

02, May, 2022 @11:22 AM

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‘It was the poor man’s studio’: how Amiga computers reprogrammed modern music
It was grey, ugly and had 0.0128% of an iPhone’s memory. But the Amiga 500 defied its limitations to power a series of astonishing dance tracks, from early jungle to Calvin Harris

Tamlin Magee

02, May, 2022 @10:20 AM

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Jörg Thomasius: Acht gesänge der schwarzen Hunde review | John Lewis's contemporary album of the month
A compilation of DIY releases smuggled out of 1980s East Berlin on cassette includes glistening minimalism, pulsating grooves and wonky techno

John Lewis

29, Apr, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Drumming, drones and drifting bliss: 10 of Klaus Schulze’s greatest recordings
The German musician, who has died aged 74, released an astonishing range of music, spanning techno, prog rock, ambient and more. Here are 10 of his best

Alexis Petridis

28, Apr, 2022 @10:44 AM

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