The Imperfect Innovation of Kanye West’s Graduation

Graduation, which turns ten today, probably isn’t the worst Kanye West LP, but even if it were, that would hardly be cause for shame. In keeping with its title, Kanye’s third album puts on a weird costume and participates in a ceremonious procession, but behind the ordered facade something disheveled …

When Did Arcade Fire and the Killers Become the Same Band?

The resemblance is uncanny. Earlier on Vulture’s Songs the Week, I praised the Killers’ new song “The Man” for being a glitzy disco-funk confection, but also noticed something a bit odd about it. For a good half-listen, I confused it with Arcade Fire’s two new glitzy disco-funk singles, which I’ve …

Your Guide to Frank Ocean’s Endless Visual Album

FAQ for you. Dry your eyes, Frank Ocean has been found and so has his new music! After two weeks cryptic, intermittently streamed carpentry, Ocean seemingly completed work on his stairs Thursday night and promptly (by his watch) dropped a new 45-minute visual album, Endless, on iTunes and Apple Music. …

Spotify playlist: 30 French Touch classics

Prior to French Touch, France’s most popular-selling artist was new-age bore Jean-Michel Jarre. But a revolution was afoot. The country’s musical reputation was flipped on its head from the mid-to-late 1990s when a tight-knit scene young punks began experimenting with their own brand house music. With a love everything disco, …

Premiere: KDA flips Busy P’s ‘Genie’ into a dancefloor bomb

Busy P returns to his Ed Banger Records imprint with ‘Genie’, a synth laden collaboration with Mayer Hawthorne that’s accompanied by a dancefloor focused remix by London based producer KDA. By increasing the energy the original, KDA delivers a peak-time house track that highlights the vocal hook Mayer Hawthorne while …

No, Daft Punk Is Not Releasing New Music

Thanks to audio engineer , rumors are running rampant again. After a Facebook post by the Leeds-based audio mastering studio owner saying, “I have the pleasure mastering something very special by the mighty Daft Punk,” fans, bloggers, and producers began speculating at . However, the rumor was soon dismissed as …

A TRON reboot is reportedly in the works

Rumours a TRON reboot are gaining momentum despite a second sequel being cancelled in 2015. According to the , Disney is in the very early stages development a movie that they hope will star Jared Leto as a character called Ares. No writer or filmmaker is yet attached but the …

Spotify playlist: 41 tracks made with the TR-909

Mixmag has compiled an extensive playlist tracks featuring the Roland TR-909, a drum machine that helped set the foundation for the distinct style house music. Featuring tracks both old and new, the playlist fers a snapshot into some the most iconic productions that utilize the influential hardware. The work a …

Spotify playlist: Best of the TR-909

Mixmag has compiled an extensive playlist tracks featuring the Roland TR-909, a drum machine that helped set the foundation for the distinct style house music. Featuring tracks both old and new, the playlist fers a snapshot into some the most iconic productions that utilize the influential hardware. The work a …