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When the Suharto regime opened Indonesia to Western Influence, its previously repressed rock scene went overground, and here collectors who prize the region’s vibrant native hybrids of acid rock, hairy funk and indigenous melodies reluctantly share highlights of their hard to snag stash. It’s difficult to tell, from these twenty cherry-picked tracks, whether ‘70s Indonesia…

Whenever Topic trawls its archive for new Voice Of The People compilations, the aural artifacts they dredge seem ever more distant, ever more valuable. Taped in the ‘50s and ‘60s, these unaccompanied gypsy singers, their distinctive sound the musical manifestation of a lifestyle that today appears unsustainable, are moving, vivid and often quietly disconcerting. Seven…

The no-budget brilliance of the Eighties New Zealand indie-scene inspired a generation of post-punks, from Pavement to My Bloody Valentine, to stop worrying and splash some sloppy psychedelic Spector-style spillages on their reactionary rockist riffs. Bruce Russel’s insider overview avoids regularly anthologised standards to create a secret mirror history of the DIY decade, from the…

Various Artists – Still Going On In Offices - January 2012 January 22nd, 2012

The slovenly combo’s pictured on this vinyl compilation look like rabid bedsit theorists from the early eighties DIY scene, but only three of the eleven tracks date from the era, including The Passionate Winemakers’ snotty strum Disintegrating Jellyfish. New recordings indicate the spirit still spurts. Electricity In Our Homes’ Here I Am is limply upbeat;…

Various Artists – The Story Of Trojan Records - August 2011 August 28th, 2011

Trojan records’ vast back catalogue of essential Jamaican reggae is a valuable property, but how can Universal exploit an asset already so thoroughly strip-mined? Disc one of this five CD, budget priced, set The Story Of Trojan Records, features familiar UK reggae hits of the sixties and seventies – The Pioneers’ Longshot Kick De Bucket,…

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