Pop music (Music genre)
Pop music is usually understood to be commercially recorded music, often oriented towards a youth market, usually consisting of relatively short, simple songs utilizing technological innovations to produce new variations on existing themes.
Pop music in Features
Music Portrait | posted 20.01.2022
Records Revisited
Daft Punk – Homework (1997)
In 1997, the French duo Daft Punk released their debut album »Homework« and since then have had an almost unprecedented career. At that time, the album was not yet mainstream, but creaky, crackling house music.
Music Portrait | posted 20.09.2021
Loredana Bertè
Somehow Incomparable
Loredana Bertè is being lauded as the »Queen of Italian Rock.« This does not only fall short because Bertè has carried many other genres from reggae to funk into the Italian mainstream, but also because she has never represented the status quo and instead repeatedly questioned it. Bertè is an eternal outsider by conviction. A year-long reissue campaign started on her 70th birthday last year makes it clear how unique her work remains to this day.
Music Portrait | posted 07.09.2021
Leslie Winer
The Unknown World Star
Björk, Grace Jones, Boy George and Sinéad O’Connor are among her admirers. Her mentor was William S. Burroughs. She walked the catwalks worldwide for five years as the »first androgynous model«. And most importantly, she provided a blueprint for trip-hop with her 1990 album »Witch«. After decades of being treated as an insider tip, Leslie Winer’s musical work is now more accessible than ever. The rediscovery is worthwhile.
Music Column | posted 27.08.2021
Records Revisited
Björk – Vespertine (2001)
Introverted standstill. Despite numerous positive reviews in August 2021 for the release of her fourth album “Vespertine”, Björk Guðmundsdóttir did not seem to fulfill the promise of her previous work with this record. Because this time she chose a completely different approach. Which makes »Vespertine« one of her best records to date.
Music Column | posted 11.05.2021
Records Revisited
Grace Jones – Nightclubbing, 1981
Nightlife for androids: On »Nightclubbing«, along with one of the world’s leading rhythm sections, Grace Jones made sure that reggae and new wave would develop a new life of its own in 80’s pop.
Pop music in Reviews
Music Review | posted 26.09.2021
Angel Olsen
Aisles
On »Aisles«, Angel Olsen covers songs from the eighties that she heard as a child in the supermarket. A little masterpiece of five songs.
Music Review | posted 16.06.2021
Loveshadow
Loveshadow
Released on Music From Memory, the debut from California duo Loveshadow is an album for making love on the beach.
Music Review | posted 17.03.2021
Lana Del Rey
Chemtrails Over The Country Club
With “Chemtrails Over The Country Club”, Lana Del Rey continues to spin her great capitalism-cinema pop art.
Music Review | posted 13.03.2021
Reymour
Leviosa
Swiss synthpop duo Reymour release their debut album »Leviosa« on Knekelhuis.
Music Review | posted 19.08.2016
Blood Orange
Freetown Sound
You won’t have heard a musical approach to discrimination based on race or gender in the U.S. sound as sexy as it does on »Freetown Sound« by Blood Orange.
Music Review | posted 19.02.2016
Animal Collective
Painting With
Animal Collective are back on track: with their new record »Painting With«, they remain faithful to their skew pop approach without being wearisome.
Music Review | posted 12.02.2016
David Bowie
Blackstar
David Bowie is dead. His 25th record »Blackstar« was released almost simultaneously, revolving almost exclusively around the topic of his own death.
Music Review | posted 15.05.2015
Hot Chip
Why Make Sense?
On »Why Make Sense?«, Hot Chip’s sixth record, a lot remains the same. However, the beats are not exclusively made by machines, anymore.
Music Review | posted 13.02.2015
Ibeyi
Ibeyi
Parents like it, girlfriends like it. How the hell could you possibly like »Ibeyi«, as well? The answer lies hidden behind the first impression.
Music Review | posted 23.07.2014
Jorge Ben
Samba Esquema Novo
In 1963, Jorge Ben’s »Samba Esquema Novo« was the pioneer of a new musical era and made Brazil appear on the world map of pop. Now it’s been re-released just in time for the World Cup.
Music Review | posted 02.05.2014
Damon Albarn
Everyday Robots
»Everyday Robots« is the first actual solo-record of the British musician Damon Albarn – and it doesn’t have to hide behind Blur, the Gorillaz or any of his other projects.
Music Review | posted 10.03.2014
Neneh Cherry
Blank Project
For Neneh Cherry, »Blank Project« is much more than a simple comeback. It’s about soul, and the Swedish musician deserves our credit for it.
Music Review | posted 14.11.2013
M.I.A.
Matangi
M.I.A.’s new record, at last – even though the years of musical dog and pony show have left their mark on »Matangi«. There are still quite a few convincing tracks on it.
Music Review | posted 02.09.2013
Emilíana Torrini
Tookah
Aspirated vocals in tender kindness: »Tookah« is fragile in its sound, yet full of intensity. Emilíana Torrini once again delivers a treasure full of elegance and atmosphere.
Music Review | posted 02.10.2012
How To Dress Well
Total Loss
On his second studio album, Tom Krell a.k.a. How To Dress Well is combining lyrical clarity, musical vagueness and a new awareness for arrangements – successfully so.
Music Review | posted 08.05.2012
Santigold
Master Of My Make-Believe
In the four years since the debut, Santigold has grown as an artist and has found the very track on the nerve of zeitgeist.
Music Review | posted 11.11.2011
Dillon
This Silence Kills
It’s the most surprising BPitch Control release of the year. Instead of electronica, Dillon is presenting best pop-music á la Feist on a very convincing debut.
Music Review | posted 12.10.2011
Lana del Rey
Video Games/Blue Jeans
Before it’ll all begin properly when her debut album will be released in February, Video Games/ Blue Jeans is Lana Del Rey’s first double-single.
Pop music in News
Music News | posted 01.10.2021
Girlwoman
Das Große Ganze
Now it’s all about »Das Große Ganze". The songwriter Girlwoman from Bielefeld releases her debut on Staatsakt. Exclusively at HHV Records there’s a limited Red Vinyl Edition available.
Music News | posted 02.09.2021
Niklas Wandt
Exclusive Edition: »Solar Müsli«
After various collaborations and band projects, Cologne-based Niklas Wandt releases his first solo album »Solar Müsli" on September 17, 2021. Exclusively at HHV Records there will be a Curacao Vinyl Edition.
Music News | posted 05.07.2021
The Free Design
Exclusive Edition: »Heaven/Earth«
»Heaven/Earth«, the third album by American folk band The Free Design will be reissued. Exclusively at HHV Records there will be a Green Vinyl Edition of the originally 1969 released record.
Music News | posted 03.05.2021
Mieke Miami
Exclusive Edition: »Montecarlo Magic«
The Berlin-based musician releases her second album »Montecarlo Magic« on Fun In The Church in July. Exclusively at HHV Records there is a special edition limited to 150 copies.
Music News | posted 12.04.2021
Exclusive Edition: »If I Fail Are We Still Cool?«
Exclusive Edition: »If I Fail Are We Still Cool?«
Patrick Paige II drops »If I Fail Are We Still Cool?«, his second album soon. Exclusively on HHV Records, the vinyl will also be available in a limited edition Coke Bottle Clear Vinyl.
Music News | posted 05.04.2021
Hiatus Kaiyote
Exclusive Edition: »Mood Valiant«
After six long years the Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote releases their new album. Exclusively on HHV Records »Mood Valiant« will be available in a limited Dark Green Vinyl Edition.
Music News | posted 17.06.2020
Arca
Exclusive Edition: »KiCk i«
A 62-minute single is followed by »KiCk i«, the next big hit from Arca. On the album, she approaches pop from the most musically improbable perspectives. Exclusively at HHV Records the record will be available on Clear Vinyl.
Music News | posted 30.08.2018
Neneh Cherry
New Album: »Broken Politics«
»Broken Politics« is the new work by Neneh Cherry. The album of the Swede, completely produced by Four Tet this time, will be released on October 19th on Smalltown Supersound.
Recent Articles
Music News | posted 04.01.2022
WaJazz
Exciting compilation with jazz from Japan
Yusuke Ogawa is one of the experts on Japanese jazz. In April, the compilation »WaJazz Japanese Jazz Spectacle Vol.1« curated by him will be released. A limited edition will be available exclusively from HHV Records.
Music News | posted 27.09.2021
Windows彡96
Exclusive Edition: »Magic Peaks«
With homesick flicker: The Sao Paulo-born musician Windows彡96 releases his new album »Magic Peaks« on 100% Electronica on November 12, 2021. A limited colour edition is available from HHV Records.
Music Review | posted 29.10.2021
Kuunatic
Gate Of Klüna
Japanese trio Kuunatic debut on Glitterbeat with »Gate of Klüna,« a literally otherworldly psych-rock masterpiece.
Music News | posted 27.01.2022
KEATS
A new start with Der Ralle
The beloved beatmaker series KEATS is back. The first in the completely renewed groove is Der Ralle from Saarbrücken. The Vinyl record is limited and comes with a first class textile cover.
Music Review | posted 07.11.2021
Snail Mail
Valentine
On »Valentine,« Snail Mail makes even bigger gestures than before, but fortunately that doesn’t change the effect.