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On Working Class Woman, Marie Davidson grounds neurotic techno in the realities of being a touring musician

In the relationship between musician and listener, seduction is an overrated quality; isn’t the idea that an artist has to woo their audience to welcome them and create a sense of intimacy kind of degrading? On her 2018 album, Working Class Woman (Ninja Tune), Canadian electronic producer and singer Marie Davidson seems to suggest that […]

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Khalid’s small-scale groundedness sets him apart from the contemporary R&B pack

R &B wunderkind Khalid trades on a sound and persona that can’t help but feel responsive to the Weeknd-influenced goth soul of his peers Bryson Tiller, Dvsn, and 6lack. On American Teen (RCA), he’s humanistic where they’re supervillainish, interpersonal where they’re self-important, and more interested in surfing the groove than achieving introspective catharsis. He doesn’t […]

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Jay Som’s infatuation with Carly Rae Jepsen’s purist pop is a sign of her growing confidence

Melina Duterte is loosening up. In 2016, under her Jay Som moniker, she released the compilation Turn Into, a collection of songs from the past few years that earnestly bounces between fuzzed-out folkie dream pop and more tightly wound shoegaze, though less with glee than with purpose. But with her new album Everybody Works (Polyvinyl) […]