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Maarten Schiethart




Profiles



Maarten Schiethart looks back on the life and career of Jamaican producer and musician Lee "Scratch" Perry who died in August.




Miscellaneous
Toots Hibbert
Aurlus Mabele
Florian Schneider

Maarten Schiethart highlights some of his favourite 7 inch and 12 inch releases of the year.
Maarten Schiethart reflects upon the life of pioneering reggae artist Toots Hibbert, who died in September.
Maarten Schiethart looks at the career of Soukous' star and Le Groupe Loketo singer Aurlus Mabélé who died in March.
Maarten Schiethart reflects on the groundbreaking career of the late Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider


Live Reviews


Ergo Phizmiz - Arcola Theatre, London, 16./8/2015

Ergo Phizmiz
Maarten Schiethart enjoys avant-garde musician Ergo Phizmiz's offbeat and surreal opera about Salvador Dali at the Arcola Theatre in London



Melt Banana

Triple bill! Me, Rah Bras, both pretty crap, and then the long awaited debut on a Nijmegen stage of Melt Banana. One of the most innovative bands of the decade, Melt Banana released the impressive 'Teeny Shiny' earlier in the year which hinted at an occa


Favourite Albums




Ty Segall
Don Zilla
Rubik

Maarten Schiethart examines unfathomable King of Garage Punk Pop Ty Segall's thirteenth album, which was released at the end of last year.
In our 'Re:View' section, Maarten Schiethart finds that baffling, avant garde electronic wizard from Kampala Don Zilla is graced with a divine touch on his new album 'Ekizikiza Mubwengula' which was released earlier this year.
Maarten Schiethart reflects upon Finnish maths pop pioneers Rubik’s under-rated third album ‘Solar’, which has its tenth anniversary this year.


Features



Profile-Scene is Now

Elliott Smith


Bohemian New York art rockers The Scene is now have released just four albums in their 24 year history. Maarten Schiethart looks back over their erratic career, and examines their latest album, 'Songbirds Lie'
Maarten Schiethart pays a personal tribute to the American singer-songwriter, Elliott Smith, who died in October



Joy Zipper
Miscellaneous

Not available from Pennyblackmusic, but still definitely worth checking out, Joy Zipper's lo-fi second album 'American Whip' is the latest release of David Holmes' 13 Amp records. Maarten Schiethart writes about one of the early great albums of the year
Rataplan is an alternative Dutch radio station which specialises in playing independent and dance music, and that transmits from the town of Nijmegen in the South East of the Netherlands. Its radio


Reviews



Solyst
Diemen Sniep
Colver
Peaches

Magical fourth album from Sølyst. the solo project of Kriedlier drummer Thomas Klein
Enjoyable mini-album from US/Belgian foursome Diemen Sniep, who while having strong Sonic Youth and Swans' influences, also show some originality
Appealing 70's pop disco on new EP from Brussels-based outfit Colver
Confrontational single sided 7 inch from Berlin-based experimental artist Peaches


Craig Fortnam
Don Zilla
Snapped Ankles
La Jungle

Glorious orchestral avant garde and tongue-in-cheek English pop on debut solo album from North Sea Orchestra frontman Craig Fortnam
Baffling avant garde wizard electronica from Kampala-based musician and producer Don Zilla which is graced with a divine touch
Environmentally=concerned third album from Snapped Ankles who mourn forest demise with a set of cracking tunes.
Urgent punk disco pop from French speaking Belgium band La Jungle


Various
Motorpsycho
Last Days Of April
Eric Malmberg

Re-issue of abstract and new wave compilation from 1984.on Belgian label Crammed Discs
Dull and cliched harmonic rock on latest album from Norwegian band Motorpsycho
Appealing indie pop on tenth album from Stockholm popsters Last Days Of April who reveal increasing maturity
Excellent seven inch single which takes two tracks from Swedish composer from a 2007 album


Jimi Tenor
Mouse On Mars
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Khalab and M'berra Ensemble

Excellent anthology of unshelved material from the 1990s from Jimi Tenor who has helped to shape the course of electro jazz
Computed coordinated chaos on anarchic latest album from German electronic duo Mouse On Mars
Pessimistic and misconstrued indie Americana blues from Philadelphian project Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Italian DJ Khalab and Malian refugees the M'berra Ensemble fuse traditional desert sounds and buzzing electronics.


Kasai Allstars
Raoul Vignal
Hedvig Mollestad Trio
Coldharbourstores

Appealing fourth album from Congo collective Kasai Allstars which finds them returning to basics
Exquisite and rich folk on latest album from French singer-songwriter and guitarist Raoul Vignal
Baffling and energetic cross genre album from Norwegian act Hedvig Mollestad Trio, which combines loud krautrock, prog, jazz and garage punk rock
Sweetly jangling but flawed fourth album from London-based band Coldharbourstores


Fanfara Awantura
Virginia Wing
Sharhabil Ahmed
Urlaub in Polen

Ingenious blend of brass and techno music from Polish act Fanfara Awantura
Fifth LP which captures the present difficult times from experimental Manchester trio.Virginia Wing
Festive frenzy funk on compilation album from 1970's era Sudanese musician Sharhabil Ahmed
Impressive sixth album and first in nine years from Cologne new wave krautrockers Urlaub in Polen






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