Azzief Khaliq

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

The Observatory: “We’ve been looking to Asian sounds as opposed to looking to the West”

The long-running Singaporean experimental rock band join forces with Japanoise legend Keiji Haino on ‘Authority Is Alive’, a live album with fury and free improvisation at its heart

Rollfast – ‘Garatuba’ review: barnstorming, eclectic psych rock from the Island of the Gods

Bali’s Rollfast offer up a dense, thrilling adventure on their first full-length in five years

iamrain – ‘Citra’ review: leaden and laboured emo from Kuala Lumpur scene veterans

Emo old guard return to try and rekindle past glories but end up falling flat

BAPAK.: Jakarta rapper/producer BAP. goes from lo-fi hip-hop to experimental rock

Kareem Soenharjo loves an alter ego. The man also known as BAP. and yosugi tells NME about his new band and their visceral debut album ‘Miasma Tahun Asu’

Kin Leonn & Hiroshi Ebina – ‘Faraway Vicinity’ review: quietly impressive ambient drift

A transoceanic collaboration recorded at the height of lockdown bears subtle, calming fruit