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Issue No. 1927

Camouflage is Relative

Pete Miser

Pete Miser’s third album confirms his place as one of the most exciting new voices of independent US hip-hop.

The Brooklyn-based half-Asian MC and turntablist relates tales from a changing New York City with intelligence, humour and honesty. “Old News” places the criminal policies of George Bush in the context of a broader critique of capitalism.

In short, Camouflage is Relative is a brilliant album.

Dave Randall

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Galang is the new single by MIA. Her debut album won’t be out until the New Year, but it is well worth picking up this single, which also contains a version of her first single, “Sunshowers”.

MIA’s family were forced to flee Sri Lanka when the Sinhala-Tamil conflict in the mid-1980s escalated.

Already established as an artist of some note, her attentions have now turned to music.

Like her art, her music is very feisty, and she’s unwilling to curb her tongue —it’s all about her, and she is unlike anybody else around. It’s fresh, twisted and has a killer hook.

Kelly Hilditch

London Jazz Festival

November 12-21

Ten days that shake the musical world.

That’s the prospect with the Twelfth BBC Radio 3 London Jazz Festival from Friday 12 to Sunday 21 November.

Jazz is most often a miscellaneous box into which music industry marketing executives cram those artists who are too sophisticated and unpredictable to label pop, R&B or rock.

So there’s bound to be something that will astound or entrance you—or just plain blow your mind!

Nick Grant

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Sat 13 Nov 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1927
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