Stefan Nickum
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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.

Features // 1 Articles
Reviews // 7 Articles
Blogs // 4 Articles

Pull Up the Sound: The Story Behind M.I.A.'s Innovative Producer | 18 Jul 2010 // 5:00 PM

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.


Rainbow Arabia: Boys and Diamonds | 9 Mar 2011 // 4:00 PM

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.

Nicolas Jaar: Space Is Only Noise | 3 Mar 2011 // 4:00 PM

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.


Waveform: FaltyDL, Bok Bok/Jackmaster, and How to Dress Well | 16 Mar 2011 // 4:00 AM

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.

Waveform: New Highlights in the Electronic Underground | 23 Feb 2011 // 12:00 AM

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.

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