The Music Roundup Week 35: Toxicity and Obsession: My Thoughts on ‘Stan’ Culture

10 Songs on Repeat: 1. Cold by Father (2015)- Translated from Korean, this artist belongs to a genre known as deathdream, a sound utilised by a small collection of artists on Bandcamp. Combining the worlds of vaporwave and drone, Cold is the opening track to Father's 2015 record White Death (again, translated from Korean), a gorgeous yet hauntingly devastating…

The Music Roundup Week 34: 3 Albums to get You into Experimental Hip-Hop

10 Songs on Repeat: 1. Valleys by Working Men's Club (2020)- The opener to the British band's impressive debut sets the tone for the record well, demonstrating their smooth brand of dance-punk through driving bass, swirling synths and a confident performance from frontman Sydney Minsky-Sargeant.  2. Desire Lines by Deerhunter (2010)- My interest in this…

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 22: Dealing with Musical Burnout

10 Tracks on Repeat: 1. ooh la la by Run the Jewels (2020)- Coming at the opportune time, alternative/experimental hip-hop duo Run the Jewels have come through with an excellent surprise release. The highlight of the stacked LP is lead single ooh la la, a straightforward yet thrilling rap banger complete with some great verses and thumping…