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Lee Gamble’s new almost-LP, Exhaust, is not easy to like. Every time one of its eight tracks seems to settle into a groove, it suddenly darts off in a different direction. The patterns that do repeat are usually too complicated to remember before the record has been played many times over. (More…)

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Britain’s decision to leave the EU has destabilised Northern Ireland. A return to sectarian conflict is one of the most feared consequences of the return of a hard border. (More…)

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Whenever a record receives as much attention as British rapper Slowthai’s debut LP Nothing Great About Britain has, it can be hard to hear. (More…)

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Deyan Enev is a Bulgarian writer, whose book Circus Bulgaria has just been re-released in English by London’s Portobello Books. (More…)

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There is no more fraught a topic than Antisemitism. Antisemitism exposes the truths and contradictions of politics, illustrating the power of history and concepts, but also their limitations. (More…)

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“Populism…is the buzzword of the twenty-first century,” according to Dutch sociologist Cas Mudde, its best-known analyst. But that’s largely due to our misunderstanding it, he claims. (More…)

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Listening to IDLES’ forthcoming live LP, A Beautiful Thing – not to mention the albums that preceded it,  Joy as an Act of Resistance (2018) and Brutalism (2017) is by turns exhilarating and exhausting. (More…)

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From its opening moments, the new Border Control EP from Bristol dubstep legend Pinch channels the time when that culturally and geographically eccentric city in the western United Kingdom felt like the centre of the universe. (More…)

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For Burdened and Bright Light will no doubt confuse many listeners accustomed to mainstream popular music. (More…)

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