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 Reviews
Music − Review | posted 19.08.2016
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 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 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
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
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
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
»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
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.’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
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
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
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
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 17.06.2020
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
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.
Music − Portrait | posted 30.06.2020
With emphasis on We
We Jazz, that stands for edgy, surprising jazz from the north. And also not. Since 2013 the festival has been held in Helsinki, since 2016 the label was founded. Matti Nives mainly publishes Finnish bands there. And acts as one of the most important networkers of the local scene.
Music − Portrait | posted 25.06.2020
Warm vibrations with universal attraction
The American vibraphonist, singer, songwriter and arranger Roy Ayers is one of the most sampled contemporary musicians. With songs like »Everybody Loves The Sunshine«, the soul jazz legend, which celebrates it’s 80th birthday in September, became the main inspiration for Acid Jazz in the late 90s. His new album “Roy Ayers JID 002” on Jazz Is Dead with Adrian Younge and ex-ATCQ producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad continues his golden period of the Polydor years in the 70s seamlessly.
Music − News | posted 23.06.2020
A Japanese Groove Disc Guide
Exclusive Edition: »Wamono A To Z«
For the start of the »Wamono A To Z« series, DJ Yoshizawa Dynamite and Chintam have put together ten pearls of Japanese rare groove from the sixties and seventies. We have an exclusive, golden vinyl edition available.
Music − Essay | posted 09.07.2020
Baltic & Finnish Jazz
While jazz from London to L.A. is evolving a fresh pop sensibility or even tries to update the fusion heritage, cool flavors between new blood and nostalgia are cultivated on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Here the genre is cosmopolitan as well and yet totally distinct.
Music − News | posted 24.06.2020
Apollo Brown & Che' Noir
Exclusive Edition: »As God Intended«
Apollo Brown has teamed up with Che’ Noir for »As God Intended«, which will be released by Mello Music Group on September 4, 2020. The album is exclusively available from us in a Coloured Vinyl Edition.