Within the macro tradition that is year-end list season, we at Stereogum have carved out our own micro tradition: Every December, instead of publishing a staff list of the year’s best tracks, we present a bunch of personally selected top-10 lists from our staffers and contributors. So although our rundown of 2019’s best … More »
It’s one of the most exhilarating, terrifying human experiences: a friendship suddenly accelerating into an all-consuming passion. Maybe you’ve secretly fantasized about it, or maybe it hits you out of nowhere. Either way, sparks fly, hormones surge, and you give yourself over completely to this burgeoning obsession. You feel loopy and elated all the time. More »
There was a time when Tinashe’s momentum felt unstoppable. “2 On,” the R&B singer and dancer’s 2014 breakthrough single, was one of those hits so contagious that Drake couldn’t stop himself from dropping an unofficial remix. Aquarius, the major-label debut album that followed, generated rave reviews. Despite the trendy Mustardwave pops and snaps … More »
The thing Luke Combs wants you to know about him is that he’s extremely normal, regular, average. Combs, one of the biggest things going in country music right now, just released an album called What You See Is What You Get. He’s a burly, bearded North Carolina native who removes his ballcap about as often … More »
Katy Perry clearly wants her voice heard at the festival mainstage, recruiting electronic producers from all over to remix her recent leg of singles. First, Perry enlisted R3hab, Syn Cole, and more on “Never Really Over,” followed by White Panda, Sofi Tukker, and Lost Kings on “Small Talk.” Now, Chicago-born duo Win and Woo are up next, putting their take on her latest track “Harleys In Hawaii.”
Win and Woo stem from humble beginnings remixing Bryce Fox‘s “Burn Fast” and an official edit for The Chainsmokers chart-topping hit “Don’t Let Me Down.” Since then, they’ve received widespread acclaim, with key looks including a sync during NBC’s Sunday Night Football and the Blue Moon “Shine Brighter” campaign. With the increased traction, it’s no surprise that they were selected for an official Katy Perry rework.
The remix alludes to the originals’ slower tempo, yet adds a darker, punk-inspired touch with bold guitar chords on the verses layered over light piano riffs. The duo’s pop-influenced sound is driven by strong bass lines and melodic drops—evident on the drop with looped vocal samples—and maintains what can wholly be described as an electronic rock-band arrangement.
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What constitutes a one-hit wonder? It seems like it should be cut and dry, but the designation can be pretty arbitrary, with gut feelings often trumping objective data. The “one-hit wonder” label can sometimes befall an artist with a robust catalog, whose fans will inevitably insist their fave does not deserve to be categorized as … More »
When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »
Before his death in 2016, Prince had started work on a memoir with co-writer and Paris Review editor Dan Piepenbring. And after Prince died, Piepenbring went about finishing the book, using the time he’d spent with Prince and combining it with lyrics, rare photos, scrapbook pages, and cartoons drawn by Prince. That book, entitled The … More »
SuperM are objectively a big deal. The seven-man ensemble brings together members of several prominent K-pop groups: EXO’s Baekhyun and Kai, NCT 127’s Taeyong and Mark, WayV’s Lucas and Ten, and SHINee’s Taemin. That makes them a supergroup, and they flexed their commercial superpowers this week by landing their debut EP SuperM: The 1st Mini … More »