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Articles featured in our weekly Stack newsletter.

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

Ambient House: The Story Of Chill Out Music, 1988-95

At the tail end of 1989, those lucky enough to be on the KLF Communications mailing list received a package
Red Bull Music Academy Daily

Devil's interval: what makes music sound scary

The spookiest music relies on a little ditty monks used to sing about the apocalypse

Enya’s “Orinoco Flow” Went From a Hit to a Punch…

What, exactly, has made “Orinoco Flow” so popular?
The Ringer

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