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#284 October 2007
"The Wire Tapper 18 is the latest volume in The Wire's ongoing series of exclusive new music compilations. The CD, which has been compiled by Shane Woolman and Lisa Blanning and is packaged in a gatefold sleeve with artwork by The Wire's art director James Goggin, will be given away free with every copy of the October issue worldwide and will contain a range of new, rare or exclusive tracks by Automated Acoustics, Babils, Cath & Phil Tyler, Damon & Naomi, Dimension X, Goodiepal, hamayôko, Heribert Friedl, Hulk, Icarus, John Luther Adams, Luciano Cilio, Modified Toy Orchestra, Mordant Music, Strings Of Consciousness, Tarentel, The Ex & Getatchew Mekuria & Guests, The Focus Group, The Fun Years, and more. In the issue: on the cover: Robert Wyatt (In a revealing interview, the garrulous singer and his wife Alfreda Benge discuss the troubled backdrop to his latest album, Comicopera). Features: Shape Of Broad Minds (Nick Sylvester hears about psychedelic hiphop from Philadelphia's Jneiro Janel, the fresh prince of Viberia); Ute Wassermann (The German Improv vocalist pushes her body to extreme limits to generate multiphonic ululations); Walter & Sabrina (Keith Moliné enters the sleazy, insidious world of the London nihilist rock duo); Cross Platform: Camille Norment; Invisible Jukebox: Han Bennink; Oxbow (The all-singing, all-stripping hardcore heavyweights are the music world's answer to Fight Club. Singer/slugger Eugene Robinson breaks the only rule to Phil Freeman); Once Upon A Time in Bristol (Out of St. Paul's claustrophobic mix of reggae, post-punk and hiphop, Smith & Mighty, The Wild Bunch and more spun a protective web of maternal bass)."