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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: Jill Scott - Woman

Jill Scott albums should, in theory, be a bit of a chore. Everything about them, this one included, is like listening to a life coach: positive affirmations, exhortations to self-care, expressions of...

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CD: Satoshi Tomiie - New Day

Here's a funny one: used as an adjective, “lifestyle” has lately become a popular pejorative term for music (see, most recently, the kerfuffle over Jamie xx's debut solo album). It's taken the place...

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CD: Arthur Russell - Corn

The story of singer-songwriter-cellist-composer Arthur Russell is tragic and life-affirming in equal measure. A Zelig-like figure, from his corn-belt beginnings he glided through underground scenes...

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We Made It: Artist Joseph Popper

Joseph Popper is probably, so far, the We Made It interviewee operating most squarely within the world of fine art: his work is weighty with concept and highly immersive, and he operates within the...

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CD: Blur - The Magic Whip

Few would have predicted it back when they were gooning around in over-tight Adidas t-shirts, but with the benefit of hindsight it makes sense that Blur should have the most convincing longevity of...

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We Made It: Art & Makers Collective Garudio Studiage

The Garudio Studiage collective could scarcely be more archetypal of London's current generation of makers. Their work – more often than not produced for ordinary consumers as jewellery,...

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CD: Tuxedo - Tuxedo

I work in an office where music is generally played in the background. Picking the soundtrack for a Friday afternoon can be a particularly fraught moment: one person's idea of a wind-down from work...

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We Made It: Furniture Designer & Maker Laszlo Beckett

South Londoner Laszlo Beckett is someone for whom design, manufacture, craft, and indeed art, are fairly arbitrary divisions within the creative process. His furniture combines the hyper-modern -...

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Album of the Year: D'Angelo and The Vanguard - Black Messiah

Pity everyone who's already published their albums of the year lists. Like Beyonce in 2013, D'Angelo has just thrown the most humungous spanner in the works, and changed the year's musical landscape...

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We Made It: Publisher and Curator Amelia Gregory

Although her background is in mainstream magazines, Amelia Gregory always wanted to produce something more personal - from which urge the unique and intimate Amelia's Magazine was created. Now...

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CD: McBusted - McBusted

The story of Busted and McFly was a weird case of pop lightning striking twice. Busted, an early 2000s attempt to put together a boyband-with-guitars for girls who don't like boybands, was a huge...

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We Made It: Salmon Smoker Ole Martin-Hansen

Food, of course, is one of the places where the principles of our We Made It series are often best expressed. And in a culture where value is increasingly put on hand-crafting and traditional...

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CD: David Sylvian - there’s a light that enters houses with no other house in sight

Is there something literary in the air out in the left field? Kate Tempest as a close runner up for the Mercury Prize while other streetwise spoken word artists like George The Poet wait in the wings...

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We Made It: Sub Pac Inventor John Alexiou

Our aim in creating We Made It was to look at the way that invention, design and fabrication are every bit as integral to the arts world as aesthtics, concept and genre. This week's profile couldn't...

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We Made It: Photographer Brian David Stevens

Photographer Brian David Stevens has contributed to theartsdesk before, most notably with his subtly powerful gallery of Scottish dunescapes with a piquant political edge. Over on Bruichladdich's...

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The New Arts Desk Radio Show 7

After something of a schedule disruption due to the summer festival season (although watch out for some specials recorded over that period), Peter and Joe are back refreshed, renewed and ready to...

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