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‘I’m worshipping anger as a holy force’: dub, dancehall and destruction with the Bug
For three decades Kevin Martin has detonated the British music scene with various apocalyptically noisy projects – all as a way to ‘get over the crushing tyranny of existence’

John Doran

01, Sep, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Satanic bikers, time portals and the Fall: the story of Mark E Smith’s secret screenplay
While the Fall’s songs were suffused with hauntings and the occult, it is only now that Smith’s talent for strange fiction, in the form of an unmade film The Otherwise, has been revealed

John Doran

13, May, 2021 @3:00 PM

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‘10,000 tiny instruments’: how Lego made the experimental album of 2021
With the soothing noise of its bricks clicking against one another, Lego White Noise joins the ranks of great musique concrète – and documents a potentially doomed sound

John Doran

04, May, 2021 @11:00 AM

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The 100 greatest UK No 1s: No 4, Donna Summer – I Feel Love
Hypnotic synth, peerless vocals and visionary ambition make the 1977 genre-busting hit a turning point in pop and a truly timeless track

John Doran

02, Jun, 2020 @8:00 AM

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Grace Jones: where to start in her back catalogue
In Listener’s Digest, our writers help you explore the work of great musicians. Today: the strident, sensual, muscular disco, funk and pop reggae of Grace Jones

John Doran

13, Apr, 2020 @6:57 AM

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We're doomed: how Sunn O))) made metal for the masses
With their positivity, euphoria and transcendence, the group open up a portal for converts to metal, turning it into high art

John Doran

20, Nov, 2019 @10:33 AM

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Fat White Family: 'Every one of us had a hard drug or drink problem'
They gained notoriety for their live shows, class war politics and debauchery. Why have the Peckham band swapped it all for health spas and flute solos?

John Doran

09, May, 2019 @3:17 PM

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Milhões de Festa festival: dive in the pool for doom, dub and dada
Sly and the Family Drone, MMMMOOONNNOOO, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs … silly band names are not in short supply at this rural Portuguese festival. Neither is a glorious spirit of musical adventure

John Doran

24, Jul, 2017 @3:20 PM

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Peter Gabriel – 10 of the best
Offbeat lyrical twists, innovative sounds and a deep commitment to African culture have attended the career of this musical explorer

John Doran

02, Nov, 2016 @9:48 AM

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Cult heroes: NoMeansNo – noise-funk-rock-hardcore pioneers you must hear
The Canadian prog-punk-jazz-metal heroes have just split up. Here’s why you should rectify a wrong and investigate them

John Doran

27, Sep, 2016 @11:36 AM

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Nigerian disco – 10 of the best
This week’s 10 of the best focuses on our Tony Allen-inspired Gateways series, in collaboration with Boiler Room, to look at when disco took over west Africa

John Doran

10, Aug, 2016 @2:09 PM

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Fela Kuti – 10 of the best
A look back over a seminal career that encompassed political dissidence, UFO contact, chicken sacrifice – and some of the greatest dance music ever recorded

John Doran

05, May, 2016 @1:24 PM

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