Crown by Eric Gales: Blues but for the grace of Bach

‘Is this the beginning or the end of time?’ — Jimi Hendrix. Eric Gales is back with a blues record to compete with contentions to foundation of a new genre of music, along the lines of Bach’s foundation of classical music in the baroque period. The opening track of Gales’ record ‘Death of Me’ echoes … Continue reading Crown by Eric Gales: Blues but for the grace of Bach

Nicki Minaj’s MTV Awards Show: A more complete review of the queen of hip hop’s compelling performance

First published on 30 August 2022. I have already reviewed the MTV Awards in general, but I did not give enough time to its indisputable victor: Nicki Minaj, winner of the Michael Jackson Vanguard award. Nicki Minaj, crowned. Minaj’s reputation as queen of rap, and therefore as successor to Lauryn Hill, was solidified by her … Continue reading Nicki Minaj’s MTV Awards Show: A more complete review of the queen of hip hop’s compelling performance

Lil Simz, 90s hip hop, Lauryn Hill, and where Nas, Jay-Z and Eminem went

First published on 14 August 2022. Something is missing in contemporary popular music. Male pop stars have left the scene, or are leaving it rapidly, while most male rappers who aren’t direct descendants of the Kanye/Kendrick golden age of hop hop are returning either to 50 Cent’s brand of earth-bound hip hop (the UK’s Aitch) … Continue reading Lil Simz, 90s hip hop, Lauryn Hill, and where Nas, Jay-Z and Eminem went

(G)I-LDE – ‘I love’ (EP): Music Review

Fourth Wave K-Pop is already confronting and surpassing its third-wave heritage. As Blackpink goes on tour with second LP Born Pink, the ‘self-made’ group (G)I-LDE takes steps towards new musical heights for the global genre. The EP ‘I love’ was co-written with three of the six members of the group, with Soyeon writing each song … Continue reading (G)I-LDE – ‘I love’ (EP): Music Review

The old ends so that the new can begin: Why Jacob Collier has absolutely no idea what he’s talking about

A lot of people like Jacob Collier, not because they like his music, but because they think he’s an intelligent person. This makes no logical sense. Think about it: if Jacob Collier really were the ‘second coming of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’, to condense the review of Collier in the New York Times and countless other … Continue reading The old ends so that the new can begin: Why Jacob Collier has absolutely no idea what he’s talking about

Drake’s new album: honestly, nevermind

Drake follows in the footsteps of some of the greatest names in hip hop — namely, the keenest rapper, Eminem, and the most celebrated artist, Kanye West. But Drake is not very good in making music. He doesn’t have a terribly good technique, and his production borrows from the work of real producers (while his … Continue reading Drake’s new album: honestly, nevermind

Further arguments against the New York Times theory of Jacob Collier

Since the New York Times effectively announced Jacob Collier as a magical musical reawakening of the ghost of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, I have been puzzling over why anyone — yet alone professional musicians — have been so taken by this amateurish imitation of better musicians like Clare Fischer, whose harmonies are the basis for much … Continue reading Further arguments against the New York Times theory of Jacob Collier

‘Dice’ by NMIXX Music Review: Jazz-infused pop fusion — Worldwide Wambop comes of age

The ‘Korean wave’ is easily confused by westerners with the better-known phrase ‘Mexican wave’. But despite its dance focus, the Korean wave has an abstract connotation: the globalisation of Korean ‘culture’, especially the revolution that is K-Pop, popularised in the West by PSY’s Gangnam Style, inaugurating the YouTube age of pop music. Now with the … Continue reading ‘Dice’ by NMIXX Music Review: Jazz-infused pop fusion — Worldwide Wambop comes of age

‘Shut Down’ Music Review: Blackpink embraces classical/pop fusion, Lisa soars above the pack

Sampling Paganini’s ‘La Campanella’ is surely not a move expected by Blackpink producer Teddy Park, whose production has in the past been accused of being formulaic (in my view unjustly — Blackpink’s repertoire boasts a remarkable range of production styles, and Shut Down casts Teddy as one of the most experimental producers in the game.) … Continue reading ‘Shut Down’ Music Review: Blackpink embraces classical/pop fusion, Lisa soars above the pack