KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A month after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the music is starting to go quiet. The last time that the militant group ruled the country, in the late 1990s, it outright banned music. So far this time, the government set up by the Taliban hasn’t taken that step officially. But already, musicians are afraid a ban will come, and some Taliban fighters on the ground have started enforcing rules on their own, harassing musicians and music venues.
"The Taliban are not friends of Afghanistan, they are our enemies. Only enemies would want to destroy your history and your music," said pop star Aryana Sayeed.
Shackleton’s work is so diffuse and so challenging that finding an entry point can be like feeling out a foothold in a sheer granite wall. His last solo full-length, 2012’s Music for the Quiet Hour/The Drawbar Organ EPs, sprawled to more than two hours. His earlier work, astonishing as it often is, still reflects the dubstep roots he would eventually shed in order to make his best and most unclassifiable music. And his recent output has been mostly in tandem with other artists: an album of goblin chants with Anika, a free-jazz excursion with Polish clarinetist Wacław Zimpel, a collection of eccentric prog-dub poetry with opera firebrand Ernesto Tomasini. All of this stuff is profoundly idiosyncratic and rarely makes for an easy listen; none of these albums could really be said to be “representative.” It adds up to one of the most daunting catalogs in electronic music.
Having cut his teeth on Reprezent Radio, like so many of the UK’s finest selectors and radio hosts have, DJ/presenter Jeremiah Asiamah now rides high on BBC Radio 1/1Xtra, showcasing the latest and greatest in dancehall, Afrobeats, Afroswing, Amapiano and anything else purpose built for shaking a giant soundsystem to its core.
Pumpkin spice latte hell Fall is finally here, and with it arrives an impressive slate of new albums. From Diana Ross' first original material in 15 years to Lana Del Rey's second project of 2021 to Gunna's latest Drip installment, there's a little something for everyone to listen to this season.
Pop music is often described as catchy, but it seems you really can infect friends with your music taste. The pattern of music downloads after their release appears to closely resemble epidemic curves for infectious disease – and electronica appears to be the most infectious genre of all. Dora Rosati,...
It makes me wanna cry,” Nao says. “Like... is that how I thought?” I’ve just read back a remark the self-described “wonky funk” artist made a few years ago. “I have a good voice,” she’d said. “But maybe that’s not enough.” In 2014, the artist born Neo Jessica Joshua was a near-faceless singer sharing her music with fans on Soundcloud, earning plaudits from the Mobo awards, the BBC’s Sound Of poll and the Brits along the way. Then she released her second studio album, 2018’s mesmerising and finely wrought Saturn (inspired by the transitional period of your late twenties, known...
Richard H. Kirk’s astonishing and audacious music inscribed the future in which we’re presently living, says David Stubbs, as he remembers the pioneering Cabaret Voltaire musician following his death aged 65. With Cabaret Voltaire and working alone, Richard H. Kirk, who has left us far too soon at the age...
If you’re were at all into the heavier side of electronic music, then you’ll have inevitably run into Cabaret Voltaire, the British band led by Richard Kirk. Although Kirk and his mates made music, they preferred to be known as an art project using heavy beats, sound collages, samples, and some pretty intense lyrics. In the process, Cabaret Voltaire influenced everyone from The Human League to Depeche Mode to Nine Inch Nails. That influence also extended into the world of techno and dance.
Madame Gandhi is bringing her live show to Grand Performances at California Plaza in Downtown, Los Angeles this Friday, Sept. 24! The multi-hyphenate indie electronic music artist and activist, Madame Gandhi will have KCRW DJs and all around badass womxn Anne Litt and Valida curating songs before the show. The free event starts at 6pm and goes strong until 10pm. RSVP to the all-ages event for free entry.
Jaša Bužinel calls for new neologisms for describing avant-garde dance music, and reviews new albums and EPs from Air Max '97, Slikback, Simo Cell, DJ Stingray 313, Livity Sound and more. DJ Stingray 313, photo by Marie Staggat. Of all my columns for tQ, this month I had the hardest...
Kondi Band – We Famous (Strut Records, 2021) “We Famous” is the superb new album from Kondi Band, a collaboration between Los Angeles-based producer Chief Boima, London electronic music artist Will LV and Sorie Kondi, a blind musician living in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Sorie is an engaging vocalist and skillful player of the the kondi, a thumb piano found in Sierra Leone. Sorie uses a custom-made 15-pin kondi.
Richard H. Kirk has died at the age of 65. The Sheffield-born musician was best known for his work as part of the band Cabaret Voltaire, but he also had solo projects like Electronic Eye and Sandoz, plus the duo Sweet Exorcist. He was a prolific artist over his career that spanned nearly 50, releasing on labels Warp, Mute, Dust Science, Rough Trade and his own label Intone up until this past year.
The events industry has been one of the hardest hit during the pandemic, however, this month one of the world’s most famous music festivals is making its comeback. The Caprices Festival returns to its mountain top perch in the Swiss Alps this week. Weekend 1 of Caprices took place last...
Latin artists from Latin America and the U.S. are making more noise in the electronic music space. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Billboard Dance is highlighting 10 Latin producers, both up-and-comers and more established veterans, who are shaking up the electronic music scene -- from house and lo-fi to Latin-influenced EDM and experimental tunes.
ProducerSpot has launched an Autumn Sale, offering a 50% off on all sample packs for a few days only. Browse the best sample packs for making electronic music. From drum samples, drum loops, bass loops, drum kits, vocal samples, percussion and sound effects to synth presets for major synths and much more. All these sound packs are licensed as royalty-free, ready for any commercial use without hidden costs. Enjoy!