The Music Roundup Week 24: Black Lives Matter and Music

10 Songs on Repeat: 1. Robert by Jockstrap with Injury Reserve (2020)- The recent wave of glitchy, noisy and challenging pop music that is sweeping the music world has continued with British duo Jockstrap's excellent new EP Wicked City. The best track for me on this mini collection is the bass-driven, highly abstract and multifaceted Robert, which also just…

The Music Roundup Week 23: Radiohead Ranked

10 Tracks on Repeat: 1. Spells by Backxwash (2020)- A fast-paced, spooky and downright catchy experimental hip-hop meets horrorcore number off the female rapper's menacingly engaging new LP God Has Nothing to Do With It Leave Him Out of It.  2. Grounds by IDLES (2020)- I doubt an album announcement in 2020 has got me as…

The Music Roundup Week 18: Underground and Unknown: A Guide to Musical Cult Classics

10 Songs on Repeat: 1. There Must be More Than Blood by Car Seat Headrest (2020)- The Will Toledo led band's latest project is an ambitious and enjoyable sonic left-turn from their typically scrappy, guitar-oriented indie rock. There Must be More Than Blood plays out like a combination of anthemic Bruce Springsteen and the slow-burning electronica of…

The Music Roundup Week 16: An Experiment

10 Tracks on Repeat: 1. Shameika by Fiona Apple (2020)- To say that the singer-songwriter's new record is amazing would be an understatement, it’s a virtual cultural phenomenon. Shameika is just one of many excellent tracks on Fetch the Bolt Cutters; however, it does stand out to me as the top highlight. 2. Idontknow by Jamie xx (2020)-…

The Music Roundup Week 14: The Impact of TikTok on the Music Industry

10 Songs on Repeat: 1. Ain't It Funny by Danny Brown (2016)- This Detroit rapper spent the 2010s establishing himself as one of hip-hop's most innovative, wild and engaging voices. Mixing stories of his own criminal past without (glorifying it) with bombastic, experimental beats, Ain't It Funny exposes the pitfalls of fame for modern-day rappers, highlighting that…