Charlie Bertsch / 17 Aug 2022

Egypt on Drugs

Mutate, by ABADIR

ABADIR’s Mutate is a remarkable achievement, both for its adroit fusion of divergent cultural traditions and the way in which it renders such descriptions irrelevant.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 06 Jul 2022

Working Through History

Folk on Acid, by OOPUS

If you stumbled upon Estonian band OOPUS at a festival, where many different acts are on the schedule, it might take you a few minutes to realize how special they are.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 09 Mar 2022

Ukraine Crisis Playlist

Mooncup, by wetcatsmell

I was hiking my favourite trail, timing my passage from one boulder to another to the pulsing rhythms of wetcatsmell’s debut album Mooncup, when I suddenly had to stop: the music, my legs, the entire process of trying to go through the motions of everyday life.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 09 Dec 2020

Out of Africa

Lamin Fofana’s Diasporic Ambient

If one of the tracks made by Berlin-based DJ and producer Lamin Fofana came up while you were listening to a playlist, you might well take it for arty electronica, deeply compelling on its own terms.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 17 Sep 2020

Music at a Standstill

Ellen Allien’s AurAA

From the precise low throbbing that introduces AurAA to the menacingly crackly bass tones that ends it, Ellen Allien’s new album strikes a balance between four-on-the-floor minimalism with atmospherics that can’t be reduced to their danceability.(...)

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