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The Internet



Though the phrase ‘hive mind’ is everywhere nowadays, the phenomenon is sorely lacking. Mob culture’s on the rise, and with it the dominance of unruly, unthinking and uncharitable sentiments. Thank God, then, for The Internet – rather than, obviously, the internet – whose members, following solo projects, have reunited for the Grammynominated band’s fourth album, a blissful, inventive hour of neo-soul distinguished by harmonious singlemindedness. It Gets Better (With Time) glides effortlessly between Syd’s delicious vocals and Steve Lacy’s laidback raps, and Wanna Be builds on a nimble guitar riff like a lost Erykah Badu classic. Bravo, meanwhile, sounds like Minnie Riperton mumbling peacefully in her sleep, while Beat Goes On indulges the group’s jazz inclinations. If Hive Mind seems backward-looking in terms of inspirations, it still sounds timeless and deliriously dizzy (if relaxed), never more than with Roll (Burbank Funk)’s brilliantly simple grind, La Di Da’s diaphanous R&B, or the seductive, demure Stay The Night. Wyndham Wallace

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In issue 18 of Long Live Vinyl we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pixies’ classic debut album Surfer Rosa. We’ve left no stone unturned in getting the inside track on the making of the record at Boston’s Q Division Studios as Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Vaughan Oliver and Simon Larbalestier tell Long Live Vinyl about the legacy of an album that inspired David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead. Plus, we bring you an in-depth review of 4AD’s new Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa Deluxe Edition. Elsewhere in this packed issue of Long Live Vinyl, we speak to teenage duo Let’s Eat Grandma about their superb sophomore album, I’m All Ears, head out on the road with Chicago guitar virtuoso Ryley Walker and tell the story of Small Faces’ legendary Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake LP. Post-punk fans will want to check out our Essential top 40 – a definitive collector’s guide to the genre, and our Classic Album series focuses on Pulp’s 1995 career-high Different Class. We also hear from legendary photographer Mick Rock about shooting David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, and The Trip visits a cratedigger’s paradise – Amsterdam. If all that’s not enough, you’ll find the widest range of album, turntable and hi-fi accessory reviews anywhere on the newsstand. Enjoy the issue!