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VHS basslines, definitive ambient, record shopping in Woolworths. The London-based musician and anarchist discusses three important albums. Martin's picks: LFO – Frequencies Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92 Pete Namlook – The Definitive Ambient Collection Vol. 1 Head over to sm-ll.com and partner label Tapes For Mates. For mastering/suppor…
 
Everybody against everybody, the left hand of the Qin master, tin can Beatles. The Beijing-based musician and poet talks about three important albums. Yan Jun's picks: Ævangelist – Enthrall To The Void Of Bliss Various – Sound Spaces: 9 Sound Installations The Qin Repertoire Of LIU Shao-Chun Check out the websites for Yan Jun's own work and Sub Jam…
 
Liturgical lullaby, canine concrète, a chess game that never ends. The Chicago-based media artist and composer talks about three important albums. Olivia's picks: Alèmu Aga – Éthiopiques 11: The Harp Of King David Beatriz Ferreyra – Huellas Entreveradas Morton Feldman – For Samuel Beckett Honourable mention: Kim Jung Mi – Now Olivia also mentioned …
 
Spontaneous trips to Genoa, bloop speakers, big Tori energy. The LA-based musician and visual artist discusses three important albums. Emma's picks: Sibylle Baier – Colour Green Shape Of Despair – Monotony Fields Tori Amos – Boys For Pele Emma's new album Engine Of Hell is out now via Sargent House. Head over to her site for three beautiful music v…
 
Perceptual geographies, Dylan's near misses, Coltrane's unresolved places. The LA-based artist and composer discusses three important albums. Byron's picks: Maryanne Amacher – Sound Characters (Making The Third Ear) Bob Dylan – Planet Waves John Coltrane – Sun Ship Byron's fabulous new record, Mirror Views, is out now via Ash International. His web…
 
Weird industrial synths, rapping over alarm clocks, Kubrick with 2 bricks. The Zambian-Canadian rapper and producer discusses three important albums. Ashanti's picks: Janet Jackson – The Velvet Rope Death Grips – The Money Store Danny Brown – The Atrocity Exhibition Check out the BACKXWASH website here. She's also on Twitter and Bandcamp. Donate to…
 
Ever-heavier tape trades, music for twenty radio stations, new urgencies. The composer, artist and improviser discusses three important albums. Raven's picks: Mr Bungle – Disco Volante José Maceda – Ugnayan Moor Mother – Fetish Bones The latest record by Endlings – Raven's band with John Dieterich – is out now on Whited Sepulchre. Head over to Rave…
 
More mayonnaise, electrified tango, unapologetic folk. The musician, composer and multimedia artist discusses three important albums. Cecilia's picks: Charly Garcia – Clics Modernos Violeta Parra – Composiciones Para Guitarra Eduardo Rovira – Sonico The audio documentation of RED(DB) is out now via Relative Pitch Records. Head over to Cecilia's web…
 
Record warehouse paradise, lullabies finished in hell, destroying synchronicity. The musician and filmmaker discusses three important albums. Domingæ's picks: Jackson C. Frank – Blues Run The Game Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica Ryuichi Sakamoto – async Domingæ's new album Æ is out now via Sacred Bones. Her Linktree is here and you follow her on In…
 
Lost souls in a fishbowl, lushness and harmony, sanza psychedelia. The Kenyan composer and performer discusses three important albums. Nyokabi's picks: Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here Kelsey Lu – Blood Francis Bebey – Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984 Nyokabi's new single, Galu, is out now via SA Recordings. It's part of a forthcoming EP project called p…
 
Cannonball of musicians being shot at a staircase, flying across the top of the mosh, sunlight in the white room. The Ireland-based, Australian-born artist discusses three important albums. Robert's picks: Naked City – Grand Guignol Ministry – In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up Folke Rabe – What?? Robert's brand new three-album set, Beyond Enc…
 
Resonating glass, the arsehole of Western music, shopping mall avant garde. The nomadic sound maker discusses three important albums. crys' picks: Annea Lockwood – The Glass World Of Anna Lockwood Walter Marchetti – Antibarbarus Bernhard Günter – Univers Temporel Espoir crys' contribution to Boomkat's Documenting Sound series is called Other Meetin…
 
Out-of-time ska, home alone raves, smashing together American music. The live electronics improviser discusses three important albums. Lauren's picks: Lunachicks – Jerk Of All Trades Andy C – Nightlife Van Dyke Parks – Song Cycle Give yourself a treat and listen to Lauren's record Embrace, released on SUPERPANG. There's also the equally fabulous Mi…
 
Top string of the harp, transcendent worldbuilding, catharsis in composing. The LA-based artist and composer discusses three important albums. Geneva's picks: Ursula K. Le Guin + Todd Barton – Music And Poetry Of The Kesh Grouper + Roy Montgomery – Split Swans – The Great Annihilator Geneva's new longform work, Turning Of The Day, is out now on LIN…
 
XXX alcohol, forgone resolutions, avalanches of brutality. The multidisciplinary artist and performer discusses three important albums. Jen's picks: Joseph Spence – Good Morning Mr. Walker Stephen Layton – Whitacre: Cloudburst And Other Choral Works Opeth – Blackwater Park Go spend a bunch of time on Jen's website and Instagram. Sonified Physiologi…
 
Slipping into the bloodstream, navigating hell, addictive polyrhythms. The Honduran-American producer discusses three important albums. Pablo's picks: Muslimgauze – Hussein Mahmood Jeeb Tehar Gass Paul Schütze – New Maps Of Hell Los Roland's – Solo Exitos Vol. 2 The new Dalibor Cruz album, Riddled With Absence, is out now via Natural Sciences – che…
 
Jaw on the floor, zoning into spirituality, bastardised reggae basslines. The multidirectional musician and producer discusses three important albums. Kevin's picks: Gil Mellé – The Andromeda Strain OST The Necks – Sex Public Image Limited – Metal Box Kevin's soundtrack to Tarkovsky's Solaris comes out June 25th on Phantom Limb. Elsewhere, there's …
 
Going beyond the bandstand, simultaneous multidimensionality, searching for fire. The music research strategist and insurgent learning workshop co-ordinator discusses three important albums. Marshall's picks: Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf (Disney animated version and accompanying reading) Earth Wind & Fire – All 'n All Ornette Coleman – The Shape …
 
Toilets on heads, high frequency feedback devastation, hot pink harsh noise. The New York-based vocalist from Sydney, Australia discusses three important albums. Charmaine's picks: Derek Bailey / George Lewis / John Zorn – Yankees Yan Jun + Hsia Yu – 7 Poems And Some Tinnitus Masonna – Noskl In Ana - Rare Tracks Collection Charmaine's incredible ne…
 
Drumsticks into sawdust, ripping off Harvey Milk, going crazy for the Blind Owl. The BIG|BRAVE guitarist discusses three important albums. Mathieu's picks: Rockets Red Glare – S/T Harvey Milk – A Small Turn Of Human Kindness Blind Owl Wilson – S/T The latest BIG|BRAVE album, Vital is out now on Southern Lord. Check it out on Bandcamp here. BIG|BRAV…
 
Thrash at the rehearsal room, transcending cheap music, collapsing nature and artifice. The analog noise artist discusses three important albums. Yuko's picks: Slayer – Reign In Blood Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon Monolake – Gobi. The Desert Yuko's new record, End Of Trilogy, is out now on Room40. Follow Yuko on Instagram over here, and Tu…
 
The opposite of politeness, sucky sucky bloodsuckers, ego destruction on the subway. The two improvisatory collaborators discuss their important albums. Chris' picks: Caroline Kraabel – Now We Are One Two Art Ensemble Of Chicago – Chi-Congo Bill's picks: Jaynez Cortez And The Firespitters – There It Is Ronald Shannon Jackson – Pulse The duo's new a…
 
Snot-caked pants, wild banshee shit, the cadence and emphasis of Robert Ashley. The New York-based composer and multi-instrumentalist discusses three important albums. Ka's picks: Love – Forever Changes Sonny Sharrock – Black Woman Eliane Radigue – Songs Of Milarepa Ka's new album, Vivification Exercises I, is out now on RVNG Intl. Check out Ka's w…
 
12 seconds of Stockhausen, high-altitude Frank Ocean, the power of SOPHIE. The Vancouver-based composer and music educator discusses three important albums. Sarah's picks: Karlheinz Stockhausen – Kontakte Frank Ocean – Blonde SOPHIE – Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides Sarah's YouTube channel is called Sounds Good – find that here – while her music is…
 
Sitting in a room, Hip Hop Connections, looking for a breadfruit tree. The Blackburn-based artist, radio DJ, podcast producer and lecturer discusses three important albums. Paul's picks: De La Soul – 3 Feet High And Rising The Congos – Heart Of The Congos Alvin Lucier – I Am Sitting In A Room Paul's latest solo record, Cobblestones & Kitchari, is o…
 
Releasing your giant, rural music in the city, stealing the cat from the temple. The Bangkok-based artist discusses three important albums. Pisitakun's picks: Pornsak Songsaeng – สาวจันทร์กั้งโกบ Jing.com – มันส์ ม่วน คัก Buddhist chants – Malai chant / Giant chant Check out Absolute C.O.U.P. on the Chinabot Bandcamp. Hear more Pisitakun over at So…
 
Invocations for judgement and destruction, sons of nature, reimagining the music of Indonesia. Wukir Suryadi and Rully Shabara discuss three important albums. Senyawa's picks: Gugus Gema – S/T Sawung Jabo/Iwan Fals – Dalbo Church Universal And Triumphant, Inc. Featuring Elizabeth Clare Prophet ‎– The Sounds Of American Doomsday Cults Alkisah is out…
 
Battling the beast of boredom, choosing the bloodstream over the live stream, being cooler than Santa Claus. The Portland-based abstract sound musician discusses three important albums. Daniel's picks: Alvin Lucier – Music On A Long Thin Wire Die Kreuzen – S/T Diamanda Galás – Litanies Of Satan Daniel's wonderful new record The Soaring is available…
 
Ethereal spatiality, appropriated memories of home, millennial mythos. The multimedia artist from Mexico discusses three important albums. Laura's picks: Golden Living Room – Welcome Home Core Of The Coalman – Mystery Odes Bath Consolidated – Narryer Gneiss Terrane Laura's latest record, Tuberose, is out now on Whited Sepulchre. Listen/buy on Bandc…
 
Lockdown dance parties, loosening the Nutcracker's limbs, finding space to breathe. The songwriter and saxophonist discusses three important albums. Ashley's picks: Jonathan Richman – I, Jonathan Duke Ellington – The Nutcracker Suite Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society – Mandatory Reality Ashley's excellent new record, Ray, is out now on Sl…
 
Consolidations of love, breaking fourth walls, strength with machines. Camila de Laborde and Daniel Hermann-Collini discuss their important albums. Camila Fuchs' picks: Jenny Berger Myhre – Lint Leila – Like Weather Flying Lizards – Fourth Wall The KLF – The White Room Spacemen 3 – Recurring The duo's new record, Kids Talk Sun, is out now via Felte…
 
Resonances in empty libraries, unseen Mingus vibing, high school post-rock discoveries. John Daniel discusses three important albums. John's picks: Charles Mingus – Ken Burns Jazz Do Make Say Think – Goodbye Enemy Airship The Landlord Is Dead Stars Of The Lid – Avec Laudenum Check out the Forest Management website here, and head over to the Reserve…
 
Beautiful choreography, explorations of cinematic spaces, cassette collections in the back of the photograph. Sarah Badr discusses three important albums. Sarah's picks: Fairuz – Maarifti Feek Roly Porter – Aftertime Toumani Diabaté + Ballaké Sissoko – New Ancient Strings The latest FRKTL album, Excision After Love Collapses, is available over at B…
 
Banning all cymbals, post-hardcore road trips, low frequency earworms. The New Orleans musician discusses three important albums. Melissa's picks: Peter Gabriel – 3 (Melt) Unwound – Fake Train Björk – Post The new MJ Guider record, Sour Cherry Bell, is out now via Kranky. Check it out on Bandcamp, and be sure to watch the two beautiful videos for F…
 
The omnipresence of data, Bandcamp soul/sound-searching, goofy classical. The scientist, artist and community organiser discusses three important albums. Sarmistha's picks: Moor Mother – Analog Fluids Of Sonic Black Holes R. D. Burman – Padosan OST Maria Chavez – Plays Pan Daijing – Lack Check out Tavishi's music on their Bandcamp or over on the CH…
 
Dub reggae masterclasses, cacophonous veganism, ambient treasure troves. The musician and producer discusses three important albums (and an honourable mention). Kush's picks: Skinny Puppy – Too Dark Park Various – Jah Warrior Showcase Volahn – Aq'Ab'Al Honourable mention: Pete Namlook + Jonah Sharp – Alien Community Part 1 + 2 Find Only Now on Band…
 
Waves of timelessness, electromagnetic chandelier recordings, Minilogue improvisations. The Nairobi-based sound artist discusses three (well, four) important albums. Joseph's picks: Ana Roxanne – ~​~​~ Chris Watson – El Tren Fantasma Rival Consoles – Persona Honourable mention: Idrissa Soumaoro – Djitoumou The new KMRU record Peel is out now on Edi…
 
Fearless four-track improvisations, spiritual jazz recurrence, manipulations of passing time. Lorena Quintanilla discusses three important albums. Lorena's picks: Los Llamarada – Gone Gone Cold Phil Cohran & Legacy – African Skies Éliane Radigue – Trilogie De La Mort The new J. Zunz record, Hibiscus, is out 21st August via Rocket Recordings. Check …
 
Volcanic psychedelia, flanger sweep obsessions, monuments in the mountains. The musician, poet and teacher discusses three important albums. Steve's picks: Pink Floyd – Live At Pompeii African Head Charge – Off The Beaten Track Jóhann Jóhannsson + Yair Elazar Glotman + Tilda Swinton – Last And First Men Head over to Neurot Recordings to pre-order S…
 
Listening to assholes, inner/outer presentations of self, power chords over trap beats. The Texas-based artist discusses three important albums. Claire's picks: Lil Peep – Come Over When You're Sober Pt. 1 Sun Kil Moon – Among The Leaves OIivia Block – Karren Head over to Claire's website for information on her releases, including her incredible re…
 
Excursions into outer jazz, marbles against metal, empty Tokyo streets. The New York composer, performer and sound designer discusses three important albums. Lea's picks: Charles Mingus – The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady Bernard Parmegiani – De Natura Sonorum Keiji Haino – Black Blues Lea's latest album Acoustic Shadows is out now on SA Recordin…
 
The case for BTS, a complicated relationship to jazz, drunken birthday improvisations. The cellist, composer and improviser discusses three important albums. Okkyung's picks: Kim Hyun Chul – Vol. 1 Duke Jordan Trio – Flight To Denmark Pieter Wispelwey – Ligeti's Sonata For Violoncello Solo Okkyung's latest album Yeo-Neun is out now on Shelter Press…
 
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Black Sabbath backseat boombox, clearing the room with Melvins, 100 miles of Neurosis. The author of Doomed To Fail: The Incredibly Loud History Of Doom, Sludge And Post-Metal discusses three important albums. J.J.'s picks: Black Sabbath – S/T Melvins – Gluey Porch Treatments Neurosis – Through Silver In Blood J.J.'s website is over here, and you c…
 
Lost and hopeless, Gaspar Noé colour palettes, ghosts in the city. The Paris-based musician discusses three important albums. Désiré's picks: Earl Sweatshirt – I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside Roly Porter – The Third Law Burial – Untrue Stream/download Aho Ssan's Simulacrum over on Bandcamp. He's also on Facebook and Twitter. Donate to Crucial…
 
Choral jet engines, childhood dictaphones, not giving a fuck. The vocalist, composer and improviser discusses three important albums. Ingrid's picks: Ruby – Salt Peter Roomful Of Teeth – S/T Tanya Tagaq – Animism You can check out Ingrid's ongoing project Dulme on her website or over at Bandcamp. Her improvisatory trio with Graham Dunning and Anton…
 
Monolithian matter, melting Arvo Pärt in a pan, finding the hidden trumpets. The Tehran-based composer discusses three important albums. Siavash's picks: Keith Jarrett (with Jan Garbarek) – Luminessence Alfred Schnittke – Requiem Kevin Drumm – Sheer Hellish Miasma Keep pace with Siavash's activities on Twitter. His collaboration with Saåad, titled …
 
Finding the source, German vocoder waltzes, memorising every sprinkle. The musician, author and podcaster discusses three important albums. Cory's picks: Alice Coltrane – Journey In Satchidananda Atom™ – Liedgut J Dilla – Donuts Cory's new book is called Now Is The Way: An Unconventional Approach To Modern Mindfulness. You can get it here, where yo…
 
Reaching for trance states, peer-to-peer discoveries, the myth of technological neutrality. The Berlin-based artist discusses three important albums. Jessica's picks: György Ligeti / Pierre-Laurent Aimard – Works For Piano Missy Elliott – Miss E...So Addictive Alva Noto – Xerrox Vol. 2 Jessica's album Multivocal is out on Important Records. Check o…
 
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