Azzief Khaliq

JUU4E – ‘Crazy World’ review: gleeful, 420-fuelled trap hopscotches through genre

Thai rapper combines everything from luk thung to Japanese min’yō with entertaining and sometimes cringey results

Whispers – ‘Narok Bon Din’ review: Thai metalcore band’s debut is brutally familiar

The Bangkok quintet’s EP, whose title means “hell on earth”, pays thrilling tribute to ’90s metalcore greats

Half-Assed Men – ‘Half-Assed Mixtape’ review: Kuala Lumpur hip-hop duo are all killer, no filler

IMANIAC and RAPKOT serve up a fun, memorable mixtape indebted to Madlib and MF DOOM

Senyawa – ‘Alkisah’ review: Indonesian avant-garde titans continue to evolve

Yogyakarta duo kickstart their second decade with a portentous collection of apocalyptic hymns

Blue Ocean Project – ‘Lunar’ review: Ambitious, jazzy delights undermined by immature concept

Bandung five-piece combine jazz, classical, pop and indie influences into a memorable, if flawed, debut

Gulf Of Meru – ‘Tethered Expression Of Mortal Progress’ review: post-rock grandeur meet restrained electronics

Jakarta-based producer’s debut is a carefully constructed selection of electronic music heavily influenced by post-rock

LUST – ‘Vantablack’ review: Kuala Lumpur indie darlings bring the hooks and embrace the jam

A year on from raved-about debut ‘Tekesima’, Azfar Bakar and Faris Khairi prove they deserve the acclaim

Tripping Haze Ceremony – ‘Tripping Haze Ceremony’ review: competent stoner metal debut that shows promise

Malaysian trio’s full-length is a bit too in thrall to genre tropes but gets better as it goes

Senyawa: Indonesian experimentalists detach and decentralise with new album ‘Alkisah’

Rully Shabra Herman and Wukir Suryadi step towards storytelling on their next record, which will be released by nearly 40 labels worldwide

Keiji Haino & The Observatory – ‘Authority Is Alive’ review: thrilling and vital group improvisation

Avant-garde titans clash and collaborate with expectedly exciting results
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