In 2016 Farrar, Straus and Giroux published Jace Clayton’s book, Uproot: Travels in 21st Century Music and Digital Culture. His essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Bidoun, and n+1, and he contributes regularly to Frieze and The Fader.
Review: Clement Siatous’ Sagren at Simon Preston Gallery – Frieze, 2015.
Something New – The Fader, 2012. On incredible new music called festival coming out of Cairo, in the context of post-revolutionary Egypt.
La Voz de Huitzilpochtli – Frieze, 2012. Examining how Aztec-inspired sounds and ideas of cyclical time interact with online remix culture & Mexican electronic music.
Happy Songs – The Fader, 2012. A group of Californian musicians tap into the heart of The Congo’s Jamaica.
Curiosity Slowdown – Frieze, 2010. This essay on the slowed-down tempos of screw and its influence on contemporary bands was selected by Alex Ross for inclusion in the Best Music Writing 2011 book.
Tribal Guarachero: Mexican Teens & Aztec History – The Fader, 2009. Clayton investigates the incredible new music phenomenon of tribal guarachero.
Interview: Abraham Cruzvillegas – Frieze, 2015. On the occasion of the Mexican artist’s Tate Turbine Hall installation.
Interview: DJ Khaled – The Fader, summer 2013.
Interview: Philip Glass – The Fader, fall 2012.
Confessions of a DJ – n+1, 2009. This essay was selected by Greil Marcus for inclusion in the Best Music Writing 2009 book.
Through the Wires – The National. December 2009. “Born and raised in internet chatrooms and DIY studios, world music 2.0 has colonised international playlists…”
Christine Abdelnour Sehnaoui: Respiratory Disorder – The National, October 2010. Profile of musician Christine Abdelnour Sehnaoui and the experimental music scene in Beirut.
Past Masters – The National, October 2009. “Since the 1960s, Western musicians have been making pilgrimages to Jajouka, a tiny Moroccan village of 600. Jace Clayton considers a musical identity crisis created by overseas demand for ancient authenticity.”
Slow Burn – The Fader, spring 2008. Buenos Aires to the Bay Area, 2008 is experiencing the explosion of cumbia, a bomb with a century-long fuse.
Rock the Rai Now – The National, November 2008.
Muslin Gaze – Bidoun, 2007. Reflections on British musician Bryn Jones aka Muslimgauze.
Defending the Pig: Oink Croaks – Mudd Up!, October 2007. Later translated into Spanish and Italian and reprinted in Abitare.
Search and Rescue – Frieze, September 2008. The hunt for rare African funk records raises questions about how the digitized music of the 21st century will be archived.
Epiphanies – Wire, early 2000s. “Jace Clayton, aka DJ /rupture, remembers how a cassette of Japanese noise became the first music he could call his own.”