Remixes and remasters are somewhat contentious topics among music listeners. On the one hand, bringing modern technology to help improve the production of an older release made in the pre-laptop era sounds like a good idea. However, this rather simple refinement can result in creative decisions that can not only turn off long-time fans but can impact the true essence behind the record.
Blake Rose's new EP, Youu2019ll Get it When Youu2019re Older, creates a collection of thematically dark and somber music that makes the listener feel warm and hopeful.
"Death, madness, murder, mayhem, it's the real haunted mound in your town." Butcher House is the new mixtape by 22-year-old NorCal rapper Sematary. Heavily influenced by 2010's Chicago Drill, early SoundCloud rap, and witch house, Sematary packages these elements in a black metal and slasher film aesthetic that's as much Chief Keef and Yung Lean as it is Jason Vorhees.
Following her critically acclaimed 2021 release, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, British rapper Simbiatu Ajikawo, better known as Little Simz, had mountainous expectations for her next release. With her latest album, NO THANK YOU, she has more than matched them. Rapping unapologetically as ever, with her characteristic North London accent, Simz continues asserting herself as one of hip hop’s most dynamic voices. Simz tackles a number of societal issues in an album that sees her expand on themes she’s introduced over the course of her growing discography.
And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow is a perfect reminder of why we should keep paying attention to the work of Natalie Mering.
Blue Rev, the new studio album released by Canadian indie and dream-pop band Alvvays, was always going to be a process to put together. This process was even more exacerbated by the many problems that all came together to stifle songwriting and recording. Thievery, flooding, COVID, and a whole new rhythm section swept away any hope of finishing their third album with any sort of speed, but despite all this, the record slaps.
The Backseat Lovers have been known for the songs that remind you of your first love, the bad boy, the most uncontrollable and unruly time of your life. On October 28, their music underwent a transformation through their latest release, a 10-track album, “Waiting to Spill.”
The mainstream music scene has been on fire recently, especially after Taylor Swift's Midnights was released this past Friday. Even more, stars are coming out to play, as Drake and 21 Savage announced a collaboration album titled Her Loss. This news went public after a video was posted to social media featuring the two artists, confirming previous speculations.
Though his influence spans genres, inspiring artists like Bob Dylan, Kacey Musgraves, and even Roger Waters, public recognition of John Prine's name dwindles with each passing year. However, his timeless lyrics, effortless melodies, and unpretentious spirit have left an imprint on American music that will remain forever.