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Good music longreads

Articles featured in our weekly Stack newsletter.

What we mean when we say Beyoncé is “saving” house…

Disco and house music are as American as hip-hop and rock ’n’ roll.
Vox

A History of Chopped and Screwed in Ten Tracks

DJ Screw's slow, psychedelic DJ and production style has majorly influenced electronic music, R&B and pop.
Resident Advisor

The Weird, Analog Delights of Foley Sound Effects

For Foley artists, deception is an essential part of the enterprise.
The New Yorker

The Confessions of a Conscious Rap Fan

A personal essay that traces the complicated legacy of conscious rap
Pitchfork

The people who 'danced themselves to death'

In 1518, a 'dance plague' saw citizens of French city Strasbourg reportedly dancing for days on end.
BBC

The Reckless Rise of Rap’s Internet Detectives

When tragedy strikes in the rap world, internet detectives recklessly track down clues and attempt to solve crimes online
Complex

Kate Bush, “Running Up That Hill”...

...and the End of Music Charts As We Knew Them
The Ringer

People are getting tired of the 'TikTok music formula'

The tide is turning against that style of pop music.
NBC News

Inside the Ambient Music Streaming Boom

What does it mean for the artists behind the serene soundscapes?
Pitchfork

The Many Humiliations of Being an Arcade Fire Fan

Do I like their new album or do I just really, really want to like it?
Gawker

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