Music might get better every year, but not every year is a great one for album releases. 2019 has been a great one, and one factor has been artists exploring the format. For years albums had been getting longer and longer with ‘special edition’ releases and poor track editing aimed at producing ‘value for money’ over quality. The trend may have reached its height in the 00s when record labels were desperate to make physical formats more enticing, but it continued until relatively recently.
Guest contributor Hannah Duddy of gig promoters It’s Alright It’s Fine helps bring order to chaos for us by talking us through 2019’s best punk albums and making an awesome playlist of the best songs of the year.
Roxette were a banging band. They could write ballads to make the heart soar, rockers to nod your head to, and pop songs to dance the night away. I first came across Roxette at a friend's house when he had just purchased their cheekily titled best of album, 'Don't Bore Us, Get To The Chorus' and I was instantly hooked.
It’ll come as no surprise to you, dear listener, that I’ve spent more than my fair share of hours staring into the abyss. A few months into writing for this site and I feel like I’ve also entered into an awkward, one-way, conversation with it. So, I’ve employed a team of balding, bespectacled, scientist clichés to monitor your clicks and clue me in to what directions you’re swivelling your mice in.
Strobes, heavy techno, piercings, cyberpunks, a lot of black. Hollywood depictions of nightclubs in 90s films were potent. Re-imaginings of Berlin techno clubs for a dystopian present. Moody as fuck, banging tunes and drugs that don’t look all that fun. It’s an aesthetic that The Prodigy have made a career from. The daddy was of course the Blood Club in Blade. Nights out don’t get more dangerous than actual vampirism.
We’ve recently been treated to Jeremy Deller’s Everybody in the Place which told us the story of the birth of the British dance scene through the prism of social and political upheaval. A couple of years back we also had The Agony and the Ecstacy, which was, despite Goldie’s clowning and an unimaginatively canon approach, a pretty decent and complete study of the period.
In our latest issue, Liam and Beat Rehab’s Si Sharp got to grips with dance music’s truest art form: the DJ mix. The lads argued, debated, and presented their best working out for you. So here are their definitive 12 greatest DJ mixes in the world. Enjoy!
Artists have always taken umbrage to being pigeonholed into genres. No-one wants their art reduced into categories like tins of beans on a supermarket shelf. They want people to stumble across their songs and to surprise and challenge - for their creations to derail expectations. Historically consumers were less broad minded and genre names supported this.