Recent Articles

Short Benefit Agency : Profile - Profiles
Maarten Schiethart highlights some of his favourite 7 inch and 12 inch releases of the year.

Lapre : Banzai (Elektronische Musik aus Berlin 1985-87) - Favourite Album Reviews
Maarten Schiethart reviews a retrospective of vintage synthesizer nostalgia from Berlin duo Lapre.

Toots Hibbert : 1942-2020 - Profiles
Maarten Schiethart reflects upon the life of pioneering reggae artist Toots Hibbert, who died in September.

Florian Schneider : 1947-2020 - Profiles
Maarten Schiethart reflects on the groundbreaking career of the late Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider

Aurlus Mabele : 1953-2020 - Profiles
Maarten Schiethart looks at the career of Soukous' star and Le Groupe Loketo singer Aurlus Mabélé who died in March.

Trashmen : Surfin' Bird: The Best of the Trashmen - Favourite Album Reviews
Maarten Schiethart reflects on a compilation from mid-Western surf-twang pioneers The Trashmen from last year, who were finally given a comprehensive Best-of CD in the UK.

Wild Hares : Dose - Favourite Album Reviews
Maarten Schiethart finds much to recommend in 'Dose', Colorado indie duo Wild Hares' 2017 CD only debut album indie classic.

Pete Shelley : 17/4/1955...6/12/2018 - Profiles
Our Dutch writer Maarten Schiethart pays tribute to Pete Shelley who died in early December, and reflects on his late 1970's and early 1980's career both as a solo artist and as lead singer with Buzzcocks.

Kasai Allstars : Félicité - Profiles
Maarten Schiethart reflects on new film 'Félicité' and its accompanying soundtrack, which, curremtly touring European cinemas, is set in the Congo,and features the Kasaï Allstars in several bar scenes.

Max Richter : Profile - Profiles
Maarten Schiethart tries to stay awake to listen to Max Richter's new eight hour composition, 'Sleep'

Ergo Phizmiz : Arcola Theatre, London, 16./8/2015 - Live Reviews
Maarten Schiethart enjoys avant-garde musician Ergo Phizmiz's offbeat and surreal opera about Salvador Dali at the Arcola Theatre in London

Manu Chao : Siberie M'Etait Contéee - Favourite Album Reviews
Maarten Schiethart looks at Spanish singer-songwriter Manu Chao's recently re-released third album 'Siberie M'Etait Contéee' , which sung in French, originally came out in 2004

Max Richter : Memoryhouse - Favourite Album Reviews
In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Maarten Schiethart reflects on British composer Max Richter's extraordinary 2002 debut 'Memoryhouse', which has just been reissued

Profile : Captain Beefheart - Profiles
Maarten Schiethart recollects the career of the late Captain Beefheart, who would have been 70 this year

Profile : Multiverse - Profiles
Maarten Schiethart reflets on the history of Bristol-based dance label co-operative and recording studio Multiverse, which has recently had 'Dark Matter', a double CD retropective of it work between 2004 and 2009, released

AGF/Delay : Symptoms - Favourite Album Reviews
Maarten Schiethart looks at Berlin-based electro lounge pop act AGF/Delay's second album, 'Symptoms', which was released at the beginning of this year

Ambient Not Ambient : Profile - Profiles
With Portland, Oregon label Audio Dregs' new 'Ambient Not Ambient' compilation, Maarten Schiethart finds the set belief that the electronica, folktronica and electro-acoustics movements are in decline to be a total misinterpretation

Marvin Ayres : Profile - Profiles
Maarten Schiethart profiles the career of minimalist and experimental film film composer Marvin Ayres

Profile-Scene is Now : Songbirds Lie - Features
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'

Audio Dregs : Profile - Profiles
The Portland, Oregon label Audio Dregs is one of the most creatively exciting of all current electronica labels. Maarten Schiethart profiles its elusive owner, E*Rock, and Audio Dregs inspiring use of technology

Elliott Smith : 1969-2003 - Features
Maarten Schiethart pays a personal tribute to the American singer-songwriter, Elliott Smith, who died in October

Joy Zipper : American Whip - Features
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

Favourite Album-Pere Ubu : Dub Housing - Favourite Album Reviews
In the latest in our 'Favourite Album series, in which one of our writers writes about a favourite album of his or her choice, Maarten Schiethart reflects upon new wave art-rockers Pere Ubu's seminal second album 'Dub Housing'

Melt Banana : Nijmegen Doonroosje, 26th September - Live Reviews
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

Fanzine of the Month : Ritmo Webmagaz - Features

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