In a digital era of rampant piracy, plunging album sales, failing business models, and hotly contested streaming platforms, it is relatively easy to point fingers at record-industry executives and file sharing websites. Like most grey-hued aspects of life, the erosion of the system cannot be pinpointed to one particular element or another. No matter what unfolds, in the ever-evolving world of electronic music and its seemingly infinite sub-genres, art and ingenuity will prevail.
They have before and they will again. From cult followings and underground basements, EDM arose over the past decades, punched a hole in the wall of mainstream music, and whipped up a bass-dropped fury that shows few signs of dissipating anytime soon. While the market is oversaturated with electronic artists clawing and kicking their way into the public consciousness, there are business-savvy musicians who have learned how to fuse the latest technology with their artistic sensibilities -- without bowing before those who hold the purse strings -- to push this industry in exciting directions.
With cutting-edge software tools, artists can now deliver DIY products as polished as anything recorded in a plush studio. Like every musical genre, there are those who innovate and those who merely exploit the popularity of a particular sound and reap the benefits.
Artistic integrity and innovation may not always persevere at the top of the charts, but where there are creative minds, there will always be great music, even if the industry collapses and is forced to rise from the rubble. While everyone scrambles for solutions, let us crank up the bass and give into the beat. The list below consists of 10 artists who typify some of the more enthralling dance offerings in While it might have been a dicey move to try their hand at this overdone sub-genre, they execute it with effortless aplomb.
Nile Rodgers. Attention music industry, sometimes less IS more. It perfectly captures the decadent spirit of the time, in a way most throwback efforts rarely achieve. The album is undoubtedly worth a spin, but Tepat and Giac have created something that borders on auralgasmic with these two stunning tracks. The songwriting duo, who met six years ago during a UK pop-writing session, have slowly been releasing one remarkable track after another since their Sirens EP dropped in February of For those interested in a full-length release, the group is currently in the studio working on an LP for release in the future.
There is, however, emotional depth within the lyrics that steps beyond the strobe lights. Mason "Fashion Killa Papapapa " feat. Stefflon Don. Following a barrage of homophobic and racially insensitive commentary by the controversial Harlem-born rapper-songwriter, he chose to work with UK grime artist Don instead. While Stefflon might be tipped as the British answer to Nicki Minaj, she exudes more star appeal than her American counterpart could ever muster.
With this summery single, Mason proves that once again, he has a singular knack for picking the perfect voice for his dazzling instrumentals.
Zadie Smith's Intimations is an essay collection of gleaming, wry, and crisp prose that wears its erudition lightly but takes flight on both everyday and lofty matters. On his first studio album under the Microphones moniker since , Phil Elverum shows he has been recording the same song since he was a teenager in the mids. Microphones in might be his apex as a songwriter.
Washed Out's Purple Noon makes an argument against cynicism simply by existing and sounding as good as it does. The ten songs on Eight Gates from the late Jason Molina are fascinating, despite — or perhaps because of — their raw, unfinished feel. Erik Nelson's gorgeously restored Pacific War color footage in Apocalypse '45 makes a dramatic backdrop for his revealing interviews with veterans who survived the brutality of "a war without mercy".
There is so much wonderful creative music these days that even an apartment-bound critic misses too much of it. Here is jazz from the last 18 months that shouldn't be missed. Still going strong at 86, blues legend Bobby Rush presents "Dust My Broom" from an upcoming salute to Mississippi blues history, Rawer Than Raw , rendered in his inimitable style.
Dreamy bits of sunshine find their way through the clouds of dreams dashed and lives on the brink of despair on "Blue Coast" from soulful rockers the Brevet. In tune with classic s folk, Michael McArthur weaves a spellbinding tale of personal growth and hope for the future with "How to Fall in Love".
Greta Gerwig's film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel Little Women strays from the dominating theme of existential loneliness.
Released 50 years ago this month, the Band's Stage Fright remains a marker of cultural unrest not yet remedied. Unleashing the power of love with a new single and music video premiere, Natalie Schlabs is hoping to spread the word while letting her striking voice be heard ahead of Don't Look Too Close , the full-length album she will release in October.
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