Cutting my teeth in the blog underground covering dance music from around the world, my love for Pop will be on display here at PopMatters, though always with an affectionate nod to my love for underground music. My work can also be found as a DJ, where my latest musical loves are also on display. I DJ as “The Crooked Clef”, and my mixes have been featured on such venerable music/cultural spaces like The New Yorker and The Atlantic. I’m partial to beats, 808’s, claps, synths, high-hats, and poly-rhythms.
Sunday, July 18 2010
Like many pop-artists through the years, M.I.A.’s career has been built alongside forward-thinking producers and musicians, but few have had such a complex relationship as M.I.A. and Diplo.
Wednesday, March 9 2011
Rainbow Arabia continue their globe-trotting through out their debut full-length, stopping for West African high-life guitar, Middle Eastern rai synths, Jamaican dance hall patois and techno’s familiar percussion sounds.
Thursday, March 3 2011
Despite his frequent outings for someone who’s barely 20, nothing could have prepared Nicolas Jaar’s admirers or the general listening public for what he's done on Space Is Only Noise.
Thursday, November 11 2010
Internationally renowned DJ/producer/music writer Jace Clayton, aka DJ /rupture, offers his latest mix album, presenting Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire's hip-hop crew CIAfrica.
Monday, November 1 2010
Made up of DJs Low Limit and Lando Kal, Lazer Sword have carved themselves a reliable niche of crunchy bass and synthesizer interpretations of hip-hop music, somewhere between Daft Punk’s French electro and crunk.
Thursday, October 21 2010
Lucky Shiner (the affectionate nickname for Gold Panda’s grandmother) is Gold Panda’s first full-length LP, and succeeds with an arresting and astonishing collection of sounds, imaginary places, heartache, and celebration.
Wednesday, March 16 2011
New this week from the depths of the electronic underground comes a new record from Brooklyn's FaltyDL, a hot potato back-to-back mix from Bok Bok and Jackmaster, plus a tearjerking dancefloor heater for the price of free.
Tuesday, February 22 2011
To pair Jamie XX’s interest in this territory with a musical figure like Gil Scott-Heron makes even more sense than perhaps the original conceit of I’m New Here.
Wednesday, February 16 2011
Despite frequent outings for someone who’s barely 20, nothing could prepare Nicolas Jaar’s admirers or the general listening public for what he's done on Space Is Only Noise.
Tuesday, February 8 2011
Electronic music is atomizing and reinventing itself like few other musical sounds, partly because these avenues of distribution are so widely embraced and promoted by the electronic music community.