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Guest Playlist #06: Matt Bower of Wizards Tell Lies

By Steve Dewhurst

“When I started buying films on VHS, I would record the sound onto tape so I could take the film with me on journeys.”

Pete Swanson
Enough Dark Intensity: An Interview with Jimmy Lacy of SiP

By Jason Cabaniss

"I like the idea of “cocktail music.” Something intentionally light and pleasant. I’m always trying to write music that communicates some type of positive mood and when I’m playing, trying to focus my energy there"

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Clean is Dirty: An Interview with Flowertown

By Lindsay Oxford

The birth of San Francisco’s Flowertown makes for a good story: longtime Bay Area scene compatriots Karina Gill (Cindy) and Mike Ramos (Tony Jay) compose a song together for an upcoming show in later winter 2020, and the day before they’re slated to play it, the world stopped.

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Needles and Pins: Derek Piotr's Journey to the Heart of Britain's Folklands

By Steve Dewhurst

“Yorkshire is not so dissimilar to my home in the Northeast of America,” Derek Piotr tells me from York, the latest stop on his great British journey. “Connecticut is part of New England, so that makes sense.”

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Stream: Soft-Bodied Humans x Swordman Kitala, “Bagan”

Following hot on the heels of last week’s announcement that Drowned By Locals were set to release the late Tunisian MC Cheb Terro’s final album, here’s another chunk of African rap gold in the shape of Swordman Kitala’s forthcoming  Kaiju Kitala.  Featuring beats by Soft-Bodied Humans, hereto known as Cut A Lonely Figure / Blue Tapes‘ David McNamee, and inspired by Japanese monster movies, the EP will be released in March by Phantom Limb

The Kampala-based Swordman Kitala (real name Frank Anyama) has been coming up for a year or two now, hindered by serious illness in the latter part of 2019 just as he was about to break. The last we heard of him was Scotch Rolex‘s TEWARI on which he featured alongside Lord Spikeheart, MC Yallah, Don Zilla and Chrisman in a veritable who’s-who of East African artistic talent – now, finally, he’s stepping into the spotlight himself, aided and abetted by Soft-Bodied Humans’ bass-heavy whirrs and clashes. Just like the kaiju that inspired them, these beats clang and scrape when they don’t rock the earth beneath their feet, blazing like towering infernos at the mercy of the gigantic beasts whose presence is clear in the snippets of newsreel that occasionally force their way through the maelstrom. Swordman is an easy foil (no pun intended, seriously), his stuttering raps and rough edges dodging and weaving around the aural carnage with undeterred force. 

Kaiju Kitala is all set for release via Phantom Limb on 4 March. Check out the opening track “Bagan” below and make sure you pick up your DL ahead of time.