Mixed Media

February 2016

Throwing Shade - “hashtag IRL” (Singles Going Steady)

Throwing Shade critiques the phony plasticity and the anti-intellectualism of social media most effectively on "hashtag IRL".


So Pitted - “holding the void / the sickness” (Singles Going Steady)

Wire meets the Fluid on the most postmodern release Sub Pop has offered thus far.


Moderat - “Reminder” (Singles Going Steady)

Moderat return with a swirling techno soundscape that evokes Trentemøller’s music as much as it does In Rainbows-era Radiohead.


U.S. Girls - “Navy & Cream” (Singles Going Steady)

The woozy chords at the heart of “Navy & Cream” sound like Wham’s “Everything She Wants” at half speed.


Beyoncé - “Formation” (Singles Going Steady)

Beyoncé's "Formation" is Black Pride incarnate, and it’s exactly what we needed to hear right now.


Chris Hunt - “Plaster” (audio) (premiere)

Chris Hunt juxtaposes wide cinematic flourishes with elements of jaggy noise that almost create a heavy metal effect in his productions.


Jessy Lanza - “It Means I Love You” (Singles Going Steady)

Jessy Lanza manages to take us to a bunch of interesting sonic places as she effortlessly transitions from section to section.


PUP - “DVP” (Singles Going Steady)

PUP primes themselves for a future that would benefit for a revival in hardcore music.


Beaunoise - ‘Pianoworks’ (audio)

Beau Sorenson's music is reminiscent of the neoclassical movement that gained momentum during the aughts, yet successfully veers towards a more experimental direction.


Flume - “Smoke and Retribution” feat. Vince Staples and Kučka

As Staples' verses drift in between Flume's airy opus, the song's brevity fails to underscore his purpose.


January 2016

December 2015

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Beyoncé and When Music Writing Becomes Activism

// Sound Affects

"The overall response to Beyoncé's "Formation" has been startlingly positive, but mostly for reasons attached to political agendas. It's time to investigate this trend.

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