Dawn Richard’s Second Line is a gorgeous record featuring fantastic, strange, esoteric sounds playing with house and club conventions. It’s a pioneering record and easily one of the best of the year.
Arguably Garbage’s most political record, No Gods No Masters is simultaneously novel and familiar. It’s a stark reflection of the recent overwhelming angst.
The collective talent on ‘Cold Wave #1’ is breathtaking, and the album is a fabulous tribute to the kinds of sounds born out of 1970s club culture.
40 Years Ago, Village People Tried to Survive the Death of Disco by Changing Sound and Look on ‘Renaissance’
Today, Renaissance feels like both a momentary blip in Village People’s career and an unnecessary reply to the “death” of disco (that never really happened).
Rochelle Jordan’s Play with the Changes is a masterpiece of club beats, deep hooks, and sweet vocals. She brings warmth and passion to icy synths and beats.
Wouldn’t you like to read a marvelous story about the creation of the fabled musical, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s ‘Sunday in the Park with George’?
Morcheeba’s Blackest Blue is fresh and stunning, the songs some of the most vital and innovative in the outfit’s 25 years. The LP is sophisticated and elegant but gritty, like funky, bluesy Deco.