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
It is a somewhat audacious claim that a new genre of music is beginning. I don’t expect anyone will believe me for some time, as the genre still looks too similar to the immediate preceding genres of hip hop and its pop superstructure. Blackpink is often identified as a pop group, but also as a … Continue reading Miles Davis, the Beatles, Blackpink, Michael Jackson, Lisa, and the Origins of Wambop
I go in circles with music. I love music so much and have great respect for all musicians. I approach politics and philosophy similarly, and am inclined to view politicians and philosophers in a similarly sympathetic light (however difficult this may, admittedly, sometimes be!). It is easy to critique things that shine. Once I much … Continue reading Stravinsky, Jacob Collier, and the return of the 1920s in modern music
Kanye West has been congratulated, occasionally by himself, for making musicians’ careers. Pop producer mastermind Jon Bellion (who recently made one of the most compelling K-Pop songs of all time, Rosé’s ‘On the Ground’) owes his career to Kanye’s music. Kanye himself claims to have made Taylor’s reputation and inspired her music, which all of … Continue reading Still K-West: Did Kanye make Dr. Dre’s career, too?
The title of this article may seem confusing. Lisa is a member of K-Pop group Blackpink and a solo artist in her own right. Her Thai origins and Korean audience in Blackpink mask the global reach of her music, and the distinctively ‘western’ appeal of her solo style and songs ‘Lalisa’ and ‘Money’. Lisa’s debut … Continue reading Lisa is a western pop star
Every age gives birth to its own art form. This is ours. The contested birth of jazz music, a century ago. Think of classical, rock, hip hop — or jazz, which took off in the last roaring ‘20s. What will this new genre sound like? Here’s a hint. More generally, I have argued that Kanye … Continue reading WAMBOP: A new music genre is born