Author: Charlie Bertsch
Charlie Bertsch is the co-director of Souciant.com. He teaches literature and humanities at the University of Arizona.

In Blue, the new collaboration between Brussels-based The Bug (Kevin Martin) and Berlin’s Dis Fig (Felicia Chen), is surprisingly welcoming. (More…)

The Viagra Boys are never easy listening. But I found them particularly hard in the weeks leading up to Election Day in the United States. (More…)

A Hero’s Death is like a favourite shirt, the sort that makes you feel better about your place in the world just by putting it on. (More…)

It’s hard to imagine a more incongruous setting to hear the music of Sault than the one I found myself in this week. As I drove the unfamiliar streets in and around Salt Lake City, international capital of the Mormon religion and one of the most stereotypically white places on the planet, they provided the soundtrack. (More…)

Nayda!, the debut album from Bab L’Bluz, demonstrates the virtue of running towards trouble instead of away from it. (More…)

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. (More…)

“Red Square”, the first track on Simon Scott’s new album Migrations, unfolds at a leisurely pace. Those who favour the stripped-down aesthetic of Berlin dub may hear elaborations on the hissing minimalism of Pole or the meta-reggae of Rhythm & Sound. (More…)

Because of its collaborative nature and broad range, East Man’s fine new album Prole Art Threat has the feel of an anthology. (More…)

Has there ever been a more impressive debut album than Gang of Four’s Entertainment? (More…)