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Magic Arm

Magic Arm's early singles may have been released by Switchflicker, the label that launched The Ting Tings, but there the comparison ends. Though Manchester's Marc Regisford does have one foot in the world of pop, it's of the more DIY variety; besides, the other is very much in the world of folk.

Album: Fever Ray, Fever Ray (Rabid/V2)

In the eerie video for Fever Ray’s debut single “If I Had A Heart”, Karin Dreijer Andersson’s face appears only briefly.

Album: Vetiver, Tight Knit

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Album: Beirut, March Of The Zapotec (Pompeii)

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Day in the Life: Andy Carthy aka Mr Scruff, DJ, producer and cartoonist

'I also have my own tea company. I like a good brew'

Musical warriors: The Tuareg

Perhaps the purest exponents of desert blues are Tinariwen. The band’s backstory is the stuff of legend – members of the loose collective fought in the Mali Civil War during the Nineties, and tales of the Tuareg musicians going into battle with both Kalashnikovs and guitars slung over their backs are legion. Their sound is unique – layered guitars interweaving with call and response vocals, handclaps and female throat singers.

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Dance music: Minimal techno makes way for something more... maximal

Towards the end of last year, a mild frisson developed on dance blogs and forums regarding the diminishing merits of minimal techno. Why the fuss over a genre big in Germany but with a profile as low as its deliberately muted beats pretty much everywhere else? Well, it turned out to be just one manifestation of a recurring worry. That dance music has lost its way, proliferating into ever more microscopic genres which appeal to ever more microscopic audiences.

Jamaica: Musical notes from a small island

How did tiny Jamaica evolve into such a musical powerhouse? Ian Harrison retraces the history of reggae

The Rakes' progress: Tales from a band on the road

There are few better ways of seeing the world than by joining a band and going on tour – as The Rakes have found out. Alex Hannaford reminisces with them about some hard travelling

A playlist for the Big Apple

Destination New York

Desert musical classics

It’s a long way from Mali to the Mississippi, but the musical distance is not as great as you might think. Richard Knight journeys to the source of the blues

DJ Gilles Peterson: here, there and everywhere

For 20 years, Peterson has done more than anyone to bring the finest music on the planet back to Britain. But he's still scouring the globe for more 'good bits' for his record label and radio show

Tricky returns to the live arena

After five years in the wilderness, Tricky is staging a comeback. Matilda Egere-Cooper caught up with the voice of trip-hop about where he’s been – and why he thinks that Jo Whiley has got it in for him

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