The record album is a true expression of the artists. When thousands of musicians regularly upload songs to SoundCloud, it takes thought, strategy, and a lot of hard work to complete a full album. From Kygo to Flume to DJ Snake, 2016 was a year of quality dance music albumRead More →

“To understand The streets, think first of young Briton Mike Skinner – aka the one and only member of the band – as the quintessential singer-songwriter, the kind that stands alone and makes music on its own. Now imagine him creating this music on a computer and mixing garage, reggaeRead More →

Magda Giannikou and one of her co-conspirators of her Banda Magda. Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of the artist Magda Giannikou and one of her co-conspirators of her Banda Magda. Courtesy of the artist “World music” can mean just about anything. French club tracks. Field recordingsRead More →

Mokoomba, a young rising group of Tonga musicians from Zimbabwe Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of the artist Mokoomba, a young rising group of Tonga musicians from Zimbabwe Courtesy of the artist This list is almost entirely African, drawn from my work this year with AfropopRead More →

John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the studio (Image credit: Bettmann/Corbis) Trident Studios Those who remember the studios built in 1967 in Soho, London, also remember the relaxed vibe of everyone (apparently the Abbey Road engineers still wore white coats!). This was coupled with state-of-the-art recording equipment which enabled innovationRead More →

Engineer Justin Gerrish stands next to Avatar Studios’ 72-track Neve console. You probably can’t fit this in your bedroom. Ned Wharton/NPR hide caption toggle caption Ned Wharton/NPR Engineer Justin Gerrish stands next to Avatar Studios’ 72-track Neve console. You probably can’t fit this in your bedroom. Ned Wharton/NPR All thisRead More →