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Inside The Wire 421 | March 2019

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26 Fashion Records With its tireless promotion of reggae and dancehall, John MacGillivray and Chris Lane’s groundbreaking Fashion label changed the face of British music via sides by Smiley Culture, General Levy, Alton Ellis, and more. By Neil Kulkarni 40 Stephen Malkmus He redefined US indie rock as the frontman of Pavement and leads The Jicks through pastures strange and proglike. But does Stephen Malkmus’s intimate new solo album expose the man behind the smirk? By Raymond Cummings

News and more from under the radar 10 Unofficial Channels Re-edits 46 Charts The Office Ambience and other playlists 98 Out There Festivals, concerts, gigs and club listings 104 Subscribe Print, digital, downloads and CDs 30 Beyond Blackstar Having helped shape the sound of David Bowie’s final album Blackstar, New York musicians Donny McCaslin, Jason Lindner and Tim Lefebvre continue to explore a hypothetical zone where jazz, avant rock and electronics collide. By Phil Freeman

12 Lawrence Dunn Gold in the garbage for the playful UK

composer. By Robert Barry 14 Angel Bat Dawid The Chicago composer, musician and vocalist promises light and depth. By Emily Pothast

16 Rian Treanor The UK producer favours kicks without confrontation. By Daniel Neofetou 18 Ravioli Me Away DIY in both senses for the London based operatic absurdists. By Tessa Norton

4 Masthead 6 Letters 8 Bitstream

Global Ear 20 Ramallah Hiphop is proving a potent motivator for disaffected Palestinians. By Courtney Yusuf Invisible Jukebox 22 Annea Lockwood Will the New Zealand born composer break the surface of The Wire’s mystery record selection? Tested by Emily Bick 73 The Inner Sleeve Lisa Alvarado on Moki Cherry’s Untitled

Tapestry 106 Epiphanies

Tom Surgal finds redemption through Algerian raï

34 José Maceda Filipino composer José Maceda utilised tape and a keen sense of the spectacle as a means to extend the social and environmental dimensions of traditional music in South East Asia. By Julian Cowley

47 Reviews Index 48 Soundcheck New vinyl, CDs, downloads and streams, plus reissues and specialist columns, including: 49 Meat Puppets Dust never sleeps. By Matt Krefting 53 9T Antiope Unconscious archive. By Maha ElNabawi 59 The Specials Back in black (and white). By Kurt Gottschalk 70 Robert Ashley/David

Behrman/David Byrne Alien nation effect. By Emily Bick 74 Print Run New music books: music in time, Jon Savage on Joy Division, soundtrack theory, selected Nono, and more 78 On Screen New films and DVDs: London Short Film

Festival 2019: Cosey Fanni Tutti; Lance Bangs’s Daydream Nation 80 On Site Recent art events: Nik Nowak, Kode9 &

Moritz Stumm 81 On Location Recent festivals, gigs and clubs: LCMF

2018, Recombinant festival, Playfreely, Unsound festival, Jaime Branch, Pusha T, The Honey Colony, and more

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