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With a tribute to Andrew Weatherall, odes to synthesizers, the history of UK garage, the Afrofuturist rave artwork of Junior Tomlin, and more.


Various contributors

Andrew Weatherall: A Jockey Slut Tribute

(Jockey Slut)

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Chee Shimizu

Obscure Sound ( Revised Edition )

(Rittor Music )

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Gilles Peterson & Stuart Baker

Cuba: Music and Revolution: Original Album Cover Art of Cuban Music

(Soul Jazz Books)

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Junior Tomlin

Junior Tomlin: Flyer & Cover Art

(Velocity Press)

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Emma Warren

Document Your Culture

(Sweet Machine Publishing)

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Kim Gordon

No Icon

(Rizzoli)

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Spencer Tweedy, Lawrence Azerrad & Daniel Topete

Mirror Sound: The People and Processes Behind Self-Recorded Music

(Prestel)

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Amy Cimini and Bill Dietz

Maryanne Amacher: Selected Writings and Interviews

(Blank Forms)

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Various contributors

Ten Cities: Clubbing in Nairobi, Cairo, Kyiv, Johannesburg, Berlin, Naples, Luanda, Lagos, Bristol, Lisbon, 1960-Present

(Goethe-Institut)

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Oli Freke

Synthesizer Evolution: From Analogue to Digital (and Back)

(Velocity Press)

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Dave Swindells

Ibiza ’89

(IDEA)

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Rukaiya Russell

ABC Of UKG

(Ayia Nippa)

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Ted Bafaloukos

Rockers: The Making of Reggae’s Most Iconic Film

(Gingko Press)

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Henry Martin

Charlie Parker, Composer

(Oxford University Press)

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Artwork by Patrick Savile.