Wire #437

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The Wire covers a wide range of alternative and underground musics. The Wire celebrates and interrogates the most visionary and inspiring, subversive and radical, marginalised and undervalued musicians on the planet, past and present, in the realms of avant rock, electronica, hiphop, new jazz, modern composition, traditional musics and beyond.

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Inside this issue:

Tangerine Dream: The members of the kosmische music institution discuss deep space, evolution and late leader Edgar Froese with Phil Freeman. Plus: David Burraston on the group’s synthesizers, Matt Krefting on their 1970s albums, Emily Pothast on their artwork, and Philip Brophy on their decades-spanning relationship with cinema

Armand Hammer & Backwoodz Studioz: Joined by ShrapKnel, Duncecap and other comrades affiliated to Brooklyn’s Backwoodz Studioz label, MC Billy Woods and rapper/producer Elucid carve out a fresh future for rap. By John Morrison

John Russell & Mopomoso: Having provided generations of improvisors with inspiration and support, guitarist John Russell’s Mopomoso meetings are now in jeopardy due to the Covid-19 crisis. By Philip Clark

Invisible Jukebox: Moor Mother × Rasheedah Phillips: The Black Quantum Futurism duo test each other’s mettle via The Wire’s mystery record selection

Global Ear: Our regular column from around the world continues to report on the varied experiences of and responses to the Covid-19 crisis. This month: views from Manchester and Warsaw

Unlimited Editions: Hausu Mountain

Unofficial Channels: The Strangeness Of Dub

Nour Mobarak: Sensual wordplay with the experimental vocalist. By Jennifer Lucy Allan

Wendy Eisenberg: Layered songs of isolation from the guitarist and improvisor. By Frances Morgan

Thiago Nassif: The Brazilian artist’s songcraft blends social critique and danceability. By Russ Slater

The Inner Sleeve: Daniel Blumberg on Roger Hilton

Epiphanies: Rhodri Davies gets wet and wild off the Welsh coast

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