Ratkiller: Meta Music for the 21st Century

Norient Snap by Juliana Adhikary

The Estonian musician Ratkiller is a master of intertextuality. His recent album «Dreamhammer» is full of samples from different sources: from Death Metal to 1980s Funk or porn movies. A review comment.

Author: Lucia Udvardyová
Quote: Lucia Udvardyova
Design: Juliana Adhikary
Photo: Ratkiller
Sound: Miss Auto

Sounds of Pakistan: The D/A Method

Norient Snap by Ali Sayah

The progressive rock band The D/A Method has been described as a unique addition to the Pakistani music landscape. With Gali Films and its director Kamal Khan, they recently published a video clip of the song «The Desert Journey». An interview.

Author: Pascal Rudolph
Design: Ali Sayah
Sound: Ali Sayah

Femua Festival: «Our Place Is Here!»


The FEMUA festival in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, boasts around 100,000 spectators. Today it's an important springboard for artists who are starting out, from hip hop to zouglou. A report from a gathering that strives for conduit of union and social cohesion.

Author: Elisabeth Stoudmann
Quote: Tiken Jah Fakoly
Design: Safwan Subzwari
Sound: Aam Taateel

Die Kulturrevolution als YouTube-Kult

Ali Kazmi

Auch 40 Jahre nach dem Ende der Kulturrevolution ist die chinesische Popkultur voll von Mao Zedong und im chinesischen Internet bekommt die damals etablierte Propagandamusik neuen Aufwind. Eine Suche nach neuen Helden.

Author: Theresa Beyer
Design: Ali Kazmi
Sound: Ali Kazmi

The New Hi-Tech Underground


In the past decade, culture was longing for the nostalgic and authentic. The new Internet underground celebrates the contrary: hi-tech, artificiality and kitsch. Is it a critique of capitalism or a capitulation to it? Both and neither, says our author.

Author: Adam Harper
Quote: Adam Harper
Design: Safwan Subzwari
Sound: Aam Taateel

Loneliness in the Mix

Norient Snap by Ali Sayah

Ukrainian electronic artist Zavoloka produced an experimental sound piece accompanied by selected speech fragments from Olimpia Splendid, Ali Gul Pir, Ethiopian Records, and others who expressed their thoughts on the subject of loneliness.

Author: Kateryna Zavoloka
Sound: Ali Sayah

Finding Unity Through Sound

Norient-Snap by Arlene

In their self-produced podcast the Finnish underground punk band Olimpia Splendid talk about existential loneliness, the economic depression, their own DIY approach, and their music video «Jukka-Pekka».

Author: Jonna Karanka
Quote: Heta Bilaletdin
Design: Arlene
Sound: Junn

From Clubmusic to Permaculture

Norient Snap by meLê Yamono

The electronic musician FIS combines broken rhythms derived from somnambulant drum & bass and cinematic melodies with notions of a futurist naturalism. Martyn Pepperell talked to him about noise, permaculture and perfect harmony.

Author: Martyn Pepperell
Quote: Oliver Perryman
Design: meLê Yamono
Photo: Sophie Schnell
Sound: Morgan Sully

Karima 2G: A Racist Antidote


With her video «Orangutan» Italian artist and activist Karima 2G responded on racist comments of Italian politicians in the context of the election of Italy's first black government minister Cécile Kyenge in 2013.

Author: Emma Dabiri
Quote: Karima 2G
Design: Safwan Subzwari
Sound: Karima 2G
Remix: Aam Taateel

Fragmentary Presence

Norient Snap by Safwan Subzwari

The photo series on the Bolivian underground punk band Gato Diablo represents the band's constant search for new places. It is a fragmentary, urban spirit, deeply rooted in tradition that speaks out to us here.

Author: Katyussa Veiga
Quote: Katyussa Veiga
Design: Safwan Subzwari
Sound: Aam Taateel

Island Fever: Darker Than You’d Think


In the context of the new recording project 1+1 by Norient and Sound Development, one of the first female Iranian rappers Salome MC and multilingual rapper Shing02 worked together in Honolulu for one week.

Author: Jackie Perreira
Quote: Jackie Perreira
Design: Safwan Subzwari
Sound: Aam Taateel