The Music Roundup Week 28: WAP and the Discourse Around Female Rappers and Songs About Sex

10 Songs on Repeat: 1. Shook by Tkay Maidza (2020)- This Australian rapper's latest EP is about as good as I was expecting it to be (meaning it is damn excellent). Earning her a second place in this series in just as many weeks, Shook is the project's catchy, banging and confident lead single. 2. A Lucid…

The Music Roundup Week 27: Great Closing Tracks

10 Songs on Repeat: 1. Seasons (Waiting on You) by Future Islands (2015)- Few decade end lists were without mentioning this synth-pop anthem by American band Future Islands. From the catchy melodies, the baritone of singer Samuel T. Herring, some genuinely insightful lyrics about change and the explosive chorus, it is merely a masterpiece of…

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)-…