April 20, 2018
Springing largely from the London-based record label Boxed, instrumental grime has taken up a niche position within the U.K. music scene. The genre delivers grime tunes driven not by vocals from MCs, but instead by internal sonic narratives. In recent years, the scene has quietly mutated into various strains, all subtly stranger and more outré than the original form.
April 13, 2018
Whether you call it psychedelia, psych rock, or even just ‘stoner music,’ a genre defined by lengthy tracks, flanged-out guitars, and groovy rhythm sections has gone hand-in-hand with cannabis culture since the first summer of love. This week, we’re turning our attention to space rock – psychedelia’s heavier, weirder offshoot.
April 6, 2018
The origins of “emo” as a genre name are nebulous at best. It emerged out of a particular strain of emotionally-charged ’80s hardcore, but it didn’t really gain a foothold in cultural vernacular until the mid-90s. Twiddly guitar lines and yelped vocals took center stage as bands like Sunny Day Real Estate,
March 30, 2018
Overanalyzing music isn’t always great, but when you’re stoned it can be unavoidable. Several times I’ve found myself deep in a stoned haze and been confronted by the heavy, whirring sounds of My Bloody Valentine. There’s something about it being simultaneously crushing and dream-like that mimics the way my brain swerves upwards and downwards when I’m under the influence.
March 16, 2018
There are two things you can say for certain about Chief Keef: He likes smoking weed and he releases a staggering amount of music. ‘I Don’t Like,’ which blew up in 2012, not only codified the nascent Chicago drill scene, but also allowed Keef to plough his own path onwards.
March 9, 2018
Like post-rock without the theatrics, like emo without the energy, slowcore is a genre built perfectly for lighting up and going out to. Sure, the music has a tendency towards melancholy. But if you’re going to smoke up and space out, you might as well feel something, too.
We start our journey with Galaxie 500,
March 2, 2018
At some point in the mid-2000s, the sound of American DIY coalesced into something new – something fizzing with inventiveness and charm. On opposite sides of the country — L.A.’s DIY capital The Smell and Baltimore’s expansive warehouse scene — there was a sea change from the dominant post-punk sound that had burst out of New York after the dramatic ascent of bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeah and The Strokes.
February 23, 2018
Even to a metal layman it’s pretty clear where the stoner subgenre gets its name from: it’s slowed down, spaced-out, and covered in a layer of fuzz. Fusing post-rock’s sweeping guitars and un-fussy drums with the sludgy, almost funereal quality of ’70s southern rock, stoner metal makes up this week’s playlist.
February 16, 2018
The British dream of the ’60s died long ago, often relegated to an acid-damaged aside for aging hippies and old guys in denim jackets. But the avant-garde of this particular era has aged incredibly well — drawn to the mythology and folklore of the British isles.
Designated as ‘Freak-Folk’
January 26, 2018
Stuck with ungainly and misleading monikers like ‘alternative R&B’ or ‘PBR&B,’ the emerging sounds of contemporary R&B are chock-full of digital futures and fascinatingly abstracted sounds. We start with Jhene Aiko and Rae Sremmurd’s gorgeous love letter to ‘Sativa,’ (better luck next time, indica) which crawls through odd noises, languid melodies,