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Who’s Afraid of The Prodigy?

Remembering Keith Flint and the techno-apocalyptic aesthetic that dominated pop culture at the turn of the millennium.
The New Republic

How the Rarest Music in the World Comes Back

Duster was a small, largely forgotten band from the late ’90s. Then their legend began to grow on sites like…
The Ringer

How Casio accidentally started reggae's digital revolution

The real story behind the mysterious 'sleng teng' riddim.

The Spectacular Failure of the World's Only Hard Rock Theme…

Hard Rock Park boasted rides themed around Led Zeppelin songs and acid trips, but it closed after just five months

A Guide to Voicemails in Hip-Hop

It is purely coincidental that rap’s rise coincided with the sudden affordability of the answering machine.

When We Were Millionaires

My taste was expanding at the same rate as my hoard - gigabyte by gigabyte, discography by discography
Said The Gramophone

New Weird Russia - Part One

The first of a new series on the current Russian alternative music scene
The Quietus

The Secret Ska History of That Weird Levitating Businessman Emoji

There’s a pretty strange history behind the icon involving ska music, Peter Tosh and the guy who created Comic Sans.

Missy Elliott’s “Supa Dupa Fly”

The 1997 album that defined a new hip-hop aesthetic and expanded the definition of rap.
The New Yorker

Are We Having Fun Yet? On Pop’s Morose New Normal

From Travis Scott’s queasy emptiness to Khalid’s lowkey miserabilism, how did the pop charts become a destination for despair?

Inside the booming business of background music

Once derided, the successors to muzak have grown more sophisticated – and influential – than any of us realise.
The Guardian

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