At the beginning of the year, Subbacultcha handed out black-and-white pins with the words ‘I like difficult music’ to their beloved members. And indeed, what music fan doesn’t like challenging, innovative and refreshing sounds? Since 2005, the Bristol-London duo Emptyset has consistently been on the vanguard of sonic experimentations. Their new projects, Borders and Skin, are out on Thrill Jockey and explore unknown territories, playing with acoustic materials and compositional structures. Yves de Mey, a Belgian sound-designer and composer, never ceases proposing new definitions of music through his work. Go ahead and immerse yourself in ‘difficult music’.