Robin Tomens was another of the first Tangents writing crew. I first came across Robin through his excellent EGO fanzine, which Daniel had alerted me to back in the day. EGO was one of the best fanzines I ever came across, and Robin was always entertaining (and occasionally deliciously downright scathing) in his writing. I was so pleased when he said he wanted to contribute to Tangents, and his take on contemporary music and culture was one of the things that I felt made Tangents so diverse, particularly in those early years. I find it intriguing that when people talk about my Young and Foolish book they inevitably focus on the ‘indie’ Pop parts. It’s almost as though the parts that talk about ‘dance’ and electronic music are ignored. Maybe the writing there is not so good, but I think it’s a shame, because the records I was writing about there are every bit as essential as anything else. Let’s not forget that those were the days of trading tapes of drum’n’bass 12”s and obscure electronica every bit as much as bootlegs of Belle And Sebastian concerts and demos. Robin didn’t care much for the B&S stuff of course, but his love and knowledge of Jazz and it’s cross-pollination with the worlds of hip hop and d’n’b was impressive and, more importantly, infectious. His own Points Of Departure: Essays on Modern Jazz book, also published by Rupert’s Stride imprint was a marvellous way in for anyone who ever felt intimidated by Jazz. It still is.