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Worldwide underground: 10 records that define Soul Jazz

<b>Soul Jazz founder Stuart Baker picks 10 records that define the legendary imprint.</b><p>From underground vibrations on 12″ to outernational compilations of …

Soul Music

The gay ‘Gypsy’ who became Bulgaria’s biggest star

“Gypsy music makes you feel things that you wouldn’t have expected that kind of music to make you feel. You know the saying ‘if you’ve never made love to a Gypsy, you’ve never made love?’” Bulgaria’s biggest musical star, Azis, is talking about his taboo-breaking career. Today, the word “gypsy” is …

Why Gorguts' Luc Lemay Wrote a 33-Minute Death Metal Song About an Ancient Iraqi Library

We talk hitchhiking, algebra, and the House of Wisdom with the Canadian avant-death metal legend.<p>“I feel like avant-garde metal is in a very happy place now.” So says Luc Lemay, guitarist, vocalist and all-around mastermind of Quebecois death dealers Gorguts. And he would know: Lemay and his squad …

The Best Albums Of Hip Hop’s Best Ten Years: 1987 -1996

Infographic: The Best Years In Hip Hop<p>1987<p>Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full<br>• Boogie Down Productions – Criminal Minded<br>• Public Enemy – Yo! Bum Rush The …

Harriet Gibsone, Stuart Heritage, Gwilym Mumford, Louis Pattison, Jack Seale, Bella Todd & Hannah Verdier

Mad Men

Scream at a Wall: ETERNAL KHAN, NO PARENTS, HELLS, and More!

It’s that time of the week again, kiddies. Time to strap in and get heavy with some raging tunes. We explored the darkest corners of the internet, …

This Danish Musician Will Make Your Life a Little More Sublime

Soren Juul is his name. And his record label, 4AD, teamed with Esquire to throw a party at Electric Lady Studios<p>Three weeks after Electric Lady Studios threw its opening party in 1970, its founder and primary funder—a guitar player by the name of Jimi Hendrix—was dead, the result of an overdose in …

The Virtual Pop Star Hatsune Miku Is So Good She Makes Me Want to Throw Up

The brilliance of Hatsune Miku is that it turns the music industry’s inherent phoniness into an enormous cosplay endeavor.<p>There are a lot of different aspects to consider when it comes to Hatsune Miku. A wildly popular virtual Japanese pop star whose material is created by her fans in a process …

Anime

Republican frontrunner denounces establishment foreign policy in announcing new plan that hinges on an unashamedly US-centric approach<p>Donald Trump promised to save “humanity itself” on Wednesday, arguing he would “shake the rust off America’s foreign policy” if elected president with an unashamedly …

Foreign Policy

Etsy sellers are cashing in on Kanye’s Twitter meltdown

January is generally dull, but in the world of hip hop it’s been fairly lively. B.o.B has claimed that the world is flat and dissed an astronomer and Kanye has released tracks from the album formerly known as <i>SWISH.</i> Crucially, Kanye’s epically ill-judged Twitter rant yesterday has also provided …

Beyond Fela: A Guide To Early African Electronic Music

Africaine 808 highlight a selection of pioneering dance tracks, from Nigerian funk iconoclast William Onyeabor to Shangaan disco from South Africa.<p>Call it what you will, but there’s no denying that West African funk or boogie will light up a European dance floor—and no one knows that better than …

South Africa

New Orleans: 25 great musicians from New Orleans - Telegraph

Keeping up with Serial? Your next spoken-word fix could come from Overcast, Pocket Casts, Castro, Spotify or Deezer<p>Serial didn’t singlehandedly revive the podcast as a media format – the efforts of radio broadcasters and many independent producers have grown and sustained audiences in the years …

Apps

More Great 2015 Reissues and Finds: David Fricke's Picks

Even in the assumed twilight of the CD era, there is no moment or aura in rock, pop, jazz or R&B history too small to be noted — or boxed. Now that …

Aretha Franklin

The week's best vinyl releases

<b>Few people are onto great records as quickly as a great record store.</b><p>Phonica’s end of year lists are always a treasure trove for undersung gems, so …

Vinyl Records

33 1/3 essential reissues and archival recordings of 2015

What's the phrase? Better late than never? Yes, 2015 might be over, but below are 33 1/3 essential reissues and archival recordings from last year that stormed back into the present with striking authority.<p>Featuring music from around the world and stretching back decades, the music below confirms …

Bee Gees

Here Are 11 Albums To Get Excited About In 2016

Forget the typical resolutions. Eating better can wait. Going to bed on time is overrated. And you know that fancy new planner is just going to end …

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20 Amazing Under-the-Radar Albums of 2015

Keep on enjoying Adele's album, but here are 20 lesser-known masterworks that you might not have heard about during the last 12 months.<p>I listened to …

The 10 Most Underrated Albums of 2015

I loved <i>To Pimp a Butterfly</i>, you loved <i>To Pimp a Butterfly</i>, we all loved <i>To Pimp a Butterfly</i>. But for music fans in 2015, there was so much more to explore. And since most major year-end lists are invariably the same collection of records re-jumbled in seemingly random fashions, it's important to …

We’ve had our say – but what did you think were the best albums of 2015? Here’s what you voted for<p>We are in accord! For the first time any of us can recall, Guardian readers and Guardian writers had the same two favourite albums of the year, in the same order. This year, in a rare moment of rigour, …

Kendrick Lamar

The Top 25 Albums Of 2015

What’s in an album these days? Mixtapes and EP’s are full-on events now — if you can still call a mixtape a <i>mixtape</i>, — and they often present a purer …

Ennio Morricone Tells the Secrets of His Hateful Eight Soundtrack

The slow whistle from <i>The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly</i>. The ticking of a watch in <i>A Few Dollars More</i>. The harmonica melody in <i>Once Upon a Time in the …

Kill Bill

The Only Albums of the Year List You Need

Why read a year-end list recapping 2015 when you can read a list that recaps all those other lists?<p>As 2015 slams the brakes on, editors the breadth of the land put their feet up on the desk and just serve you some reconstituted yesterdays: top-10-20-30-50-100 countdowns of stuff that happened over …

Here's The Critically Acclaimed Rap Album You Probably Slept On In 2015

If you've been reading Best Rap Albums of 2015 lists, by now you're probably wondering: Who is Dr. Yen Lo?<p><i>Rolling Stone</i> listed Dr. Yen Lo at #9 on …

From English travelling songs to as thunderous Congolese-European collaboration, we continue our roundup of some of 2015’s best music<p>The Fade in Time, released back in March, was the finest folk album of the year, with Sam Lee reworking traditional songs he learned from Gypsy travellers, and …

Black Sea

The Beatles’ Revolution 9 brought experimental music to a global audience, but their radio soundworld wouldn’t have been possible without Stockhausen’s ‘music of the whole world’<p>Shortwave radio. Strange stuff. Not much of it around these days. However, before the days of the internet, it was the …

George Harrison

There is a context to the band’s huge success. The worse life gets, the more they seek to reassure us<p>One should always hesitate before quoting the words from pop songs. Obviously, lyrics are not written as poetry; in the absence of music, even Bob Dylan’s words can occasionally seem like the work …

Music

ILoveMakonnen Could Use a Break From the Party

On a recent Saturday night in L.A., a crowd of scraggly-haired model boys wearing snapbacks and girls with septum piercings and perfect bone structure were gathered at a photo studio in-between Los Feliz and Silverlake. They'd come out to catch a show by ILoveMakonnen as part of Red Bull's 30 Days …

The Best Experimental Albums of 2015

<i>Featuring everything from wordless hymns sung by ghosts, to brain-massaging minimalism, to solitary field recordings, to a symphony of cicadas, The Out Door's Marc Masters and Grayson Haver Currin present their 20 favorite experimental releases of the year. Follow The Out Door on Twitter and Tumblr</i> …