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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

Sunday, July 18 2010

Pull Up the Sound: The Story Behind M.I.A.'s Innovative Producer

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.


Reviews

Wednesday, March 9 2011

Rainbow Arabia: Boys and Diamonds

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

Nicolas Jaar: Space Is Only Noise

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

CIAfrica: DJ /rupture Presents CIAfrica

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

Lazer Sword: Lazer Sword

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

Gold Panda: Lucky Shiner

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.


Blogs

Wednesday, March 16 2011

Waveform: FaltyDL, Bok Bok/Jackmaster, and How to Dress Well

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.


Wednesday, February 23 2011

Waveform: New Highlights in the Electronic Underground

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

Waveform: New Highlights in the Electronic Underground - 2/16/11

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

Waveform: New Highlights from the Electronic Underground

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.


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