The A-Z of reggae: A is for… the Abyssinians, Aswad, African Headcharge…

The Abyssinians… are as good a place as any to start a history of reggae. ‘Declaration of Rights’ and ‘Satta Massagana’ are two of the foundation stones of roots reggae. Bernard Collins and Donald Manning formed The Abyssinians in 1968 when they wrote ‘Satta Massagana’, which was recorded at Studio One in 1969 but did […]

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Two histories of electronic music… and another charting 30 years in 30 records

The latest issue of Electronic Sound magazine presents A History of Electronic Music in 75 Records to celebrate 75 years of electronic music from 1945 to 2020. It’s a personal selection (as much as a selection can be personal when selected by several people). “The records we’ve singled out aren’t necessarily the best or the […]

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More early Weatherall mixtapes: the indie one and the soul one from 1985

Andrew Weatherall’s brother Ian kindly shared two more tracklists from Andrew’s notebooks this week, so I spliced the songs together and uploaded them to Mixcloud. Following last week’s Songs for Swinging Subversives from 1982, we were given two mixes from 1985. They were less diverse than the 1982 tape, with one focusing on indie pop/rock […]

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Ashley Beedle to release solo and Afrikanz on Marz LPs plus new Black Science Orchestra material

Following last week’s blog, Ashley Beedle kindly got in touch to update us on his current manoeuvres. The good news is that there’s a stack of new material coming out including: a solo EP and LP; a debut album from Afrikanz on Marz (Ashley’s partnership with former Massive Attack keyboardist Darren Morris); and the first […]

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Andrew Weatherall: a short history

  Not many people would have heard of Andrew Weatherall (or Andy, as he was known then) before he played at Shoom. “While most of his contemporaries were black music fans desperately hunting down the indie and rock highlights of Alfredo`s Amnesia sets, Weatherall – “that bloke with the weird records” – had his own collection […]

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Susumu Yokota – 10 classic albums

Susumu Yokota is probably my favourite artist (today). I can think of nobody who crafts such delicate and beautiful sounds from such a wide array of sources. Yokota first attracted attention outside his native Japan in 1992 with the album Frankfurt-Tokyo Connection on Harthouse. It is a fairly straightforward selection of banging 303 trance that […]

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