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Joe Muggs

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Joe writes regularly for FACT, The Wire and Mixmag, specialising in electronic music and the anything-but-grey areas where genres and media dissolve into one another.

Articles by Joe Muggs

CD: Vessel - Punish, Honey

Aside from the title track, there are pieces here called “Febrile,” “Red Sex,” “Drowned in Water and Light,” “Kin to Coal.” You might not be surprised to learn, then, that this is not a set of jaunty...

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CD: Robert Plant - lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar

A fleetingly interesting exercise with this album is to try and imagine it as an instrumental record. Would it pass muster for its high production values and neat fusions of Celtic folk, bluegrass,...

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CD: James Yorkston - The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society

The Fence Collective – originally a group of mates coming together to sing in a pub in Fife – has given the world an extraordinary roll-call of exceedingly durable singer-songwriter talent. The likes...

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CD: FKA Twigs - LP1

Just in case anyone thought the hype surrounding Gloucestershire-born Spanish/Jamaican singer FKA Twigs was based only on her unique looks, startling styling and slightly silly videos, this album...

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The New Arts Desk Radio Show 6

Due to summer festival mayhem and a technical glitch or two, June's show is here slightly belatedly - but it's more than worth waiting for as it's an absolute beast of a two-hour spectacular.Peter...

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CD: La Roux - Trouble in Paradise

The Eighties revival, as is now well documented, has lasted far longer than the actual Eighties. And Elly “La Roux” Jackson is a vital figure in maintaining its durability, coming as she did to...

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CD: Anushka - Broken Circuit

As dance music once more sweeps the mainstream, we're returned to the situation of the 1990s where singer and song can seem to become a little detached. Parades of “featured vocalists” deliver...

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CD: Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear

Sia Furler is a fascinating phenomenon – after all, you don't really expect Australian sidepersons for midranking trip-hop acts to go on to be multi-trillionaire pop overlords, on the whole. But yes...

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CD: The Flaming Lips - 7 Skies H3

The Flaming Lips are one of the most annoying bands on the planet. They're fawned over in a pseudo-spiritual fashion by people who should know better for their arena show stunts which supposedly...

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theartsdesk Q&A: Chris & Cosey

Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti are a living lesson in the rejuvenating power of remaining experimental in art. Their music holds its own alongside the young guns of electronica, who indeed...

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CD: Tiesto - A Town Called Paradise

OK... a dozen and a half fine trout... a large barrel... and one 12-gauge shotgun – let's blast away! I mean, one tries to be charitable but let's face it, this is the lowest common denominator right...

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CD: Diamond Version - CI

Electronic music, it seems, is finally being seen broadly as something with heritage. Perhaps it's the alienating qualities of sounds that don't emanate from any easily graspable human action,...

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The New Arts Desk Radio Show 5

Joe and Peter are back with another show of the exotic and out-there, with a heavy leaning towards the Lusophone this time.Music from Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde and Portugal itself features,...

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CD: Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband

Little Dragon are all about the slow burn. The Swedish band had been going for 10 years before they released their first single in 2006, and in the time since then they've built their profile...

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The New Arts Desk Radio Show 4

Back on the air for their best show yet, Peter and Joe are here to take you round the world, and occasionally further afield still.In the first half they focus on the groove, with Cambodian and...

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CD: King Of The Mountains - Zoetrope

I'm starting to get irritated that the term “indietronica” steadfastly refuses to catch on. We live in a world now where Hot Chip, Metronomy, Fujiya & Miyagi, tUnE-yArDs, M83 and on and on and on...

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