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Inside The Wire 372 | February 2015

24 Inside Red Bull Music Academy In Tokyo, Derek Walmsley investigates the utopian ideals of the global music brand’s banner event

30 Mica Levi From underground pop star to acclaimed film composer, the artist also known as Micachu is a modern polymath. By Frances Morgan

The Primer 36 Hiphop mixtapes A user’s guide to the major playas in rap’s underground economy, from 50 Cent to Lil B. By Jack Law lareSh byC


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illand 4 Masthead 6 Letters 8 Bitstream News and more from under the radar 9 Trip Or Squeek Cartoon strip by Savage Pencil

15 Unofficial Channels Intergalactic FM 42 Charts The Office Ambience and other playlists 82 Out There Festivals, concerts, gigs and club listings

88 Subscribe Print, digital, downloads and CDs

Bites 10 Novelist Word power from grime’s most literate. By

Daisy Hyde 12 Senyawa Javanese traditional music gets a refit. By

Clive Bell 14 Heather Phillipson Wayward narratives and beastly obsessions.

By Nathan Budzinski

Global Ear 16 Florence The avant garde makes some noise in the

Renaissance city. By Alessandro Michelucci 18 Collateral Damage Stewart Morgan calls on music documentary makers to sing more like their subjects Invisible Jukebox 20 John Carpenter

The veteran film maker and composer is spooked by The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by William Hutson 68 The Inner Sleeve Peter Strickland on Organum and The New

Blockaders’ Raze 90 Epiphanies The journey from punk to improv collapses categories for Tony Rettman

43 Reviews Index

44 Soundcheck New vinyl, CDs, downloads and streams, plus reissues and specialist columns, including: 45 Matana Roberts Redemption songs. By Nina Power 49 The Pop Group All gates open (again). By David Keenan 50 D’Angelo And The Vanguard The third coming. By Ian Penman 53 TCF Algorhythmic imperatives. By Emily Bick 62 Ohio punk 1975 – 80 The Rust Belt’s weirdest, compiled. By Edwin


65 On Screen New films and DVDs: footwork documentary

I’m Tryna Tell Ya and Looking For Johnny: The Legend Of Johnny Thunders 66 Print Run New music books: Bowie in Berlin, new perspectives on Christian Marclay, and an art rock masterpiece reassessed 70 On Site Recent exhibitions: Yusef Lateef’s Towards

The Unknown and Otomo Yoshihide’s Between Music And Art

71 On Location Recent festivals, gigs and clubs, including

Opal Tapes, Fire! Orchestra, GIOfest VII and more

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