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A hive of sonic activity stirs on Kafka's Ibiki release

Oct 9, 2016

A hive of sonic activity stirs on Kafka's Ibiki release

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There’s something curious happening on “Nemutte,” the sophomore album by Tokyo-based instrumental trio Kafka’s Ibiki. When it performs live, the group specializes in long, patiently evolving improvisations that occupy a liminal zone between jazz, ambient, minimalism and experimental rock. One such performance, at SuperDeluxe ...

Netlabel Maltine mulls a move to the majors

Oct 3, 2016

Netlabel Maltine mulls a move to the majors

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Music runs online in 2016. Songs become smash hits via YouTube, while global superstars command attention by giving exclusives to streaming services. Looking back at a time when web-only artists were novel seems absurd now. “Around 2010, I think the internet music scene really ...

Grime artist Skepta wins Britain's Mercury Prize

Sep 16, 2016

Grime artist Skepta wins Britain's Mercury Prize

Grime hip-hop artist Skepta was awarded Britain’s prestigious Mercury Prize on Thursday for his album “Konnichiwa” in recognition of a resurgent homegrown genre, muscling out late rock legend David Bowie. As he presented the prize, Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker paid tribute to David Bowie ...