Music

Culturedarm’s Albums of the Decade So Far (2010-2017)

60. Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression  |  59. Kelela – Cut 4 Me  |  58. Holly Herndon – Platform  |  57. D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah  |  56. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2  |  55. ANOHNI – HOPELESSNESS  |  54. Mitski – Puberty 2  |  53. Future – DS2  |  52. Grimes – Halfaxa …

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (June 2017)

All new music for June’s iteration of ‘Songs of the Month’, featuring standout tracks from SZA, Kedr Livanskiy, DJDS, Zola Jesus, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Bomba Estéreo, Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton, plus many more. * * * SZA – ‘The Weekend’ SZA’s debut album has been a long time in the coming. She made headlines back in August 2013 as the…

Behind the Song: ‘M’appari’ from Friedrich von Flotow’s Martha

‘M’appari’ is the best-known name for the central aria from Friedrich von Flotow’s Martha, a romantic comic opera in four acts. Flotow – who was born into a musical family, his mother playing the piano and his father the flute – composed some thirty operas during his lifetime, beginning his career after studying at the Conservatoire de Paris, before achieving his first…

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (April 2017)

The Smashing Pumpkins – ‘In the Arms of Sleep’ * * * Arca – ‘Desafío’ * * * Shabazz Palaces – ‘Shine a Light’ * * * Kamasi Washington – ‘Truth’ * * * Laurel Halo – ‘Jelly’ * * * Dean Blunt – ‘as long as ropes unravel fake rolex will travel’ * * * Mac DeMarco – ‘On…

Behind the Song: Chuck Berry – ‘You Can’t Catch Me’

‘You Can’t Catch Me’, one of Chuck Berry’s early singles, proved an unexpected commercial flop. It failed to chart upon its release at the onset of 1957 – despite being given prominence by the fledgeling rock and roll feature Rock, Rock, Rock!, which had opened in cinemas the previous month – briefly halting the run of success which Berry had enjoyed…

Culturedarm’s Albums of the Year 2016

35. M.I.A. – AIM  |  34. Schoolboy Q – Blank Face LP  |  33. How To Dress Well – Care  |  32. Frankie Cosmos – Next Thing  |  31. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – Until the Hunter  |  30. Kedr Livanskiy – January Sun  |  29. Aristophanes – No Rush To Leave Dreams  |  28. Charli XCX – Vroom…

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (November 2016)

Kate Bush – ‘And Dream of Sheep’ (Live) * * * A Tribe Called Quest – ‘We The People….’ * * * Lotic – ‘Formation (Election Anxiety/America is Over Edit)’ * * * JFDR – ‘White Sun’ * * * Georgia – ‘Ama Yes Uzume’ * * * Japandroids – ‘Near To The Wild Heart Of Life’ * * *…

Beginning with the Beguine: Dances Named in Popular Song

From the time it began to flourish on record and on the big screen in the 1930s, to the present day and inescapably beyond, popular music has tapped and swayed to the tune of songs about dance. Less often, songs have not only been about dancing – cheek to cheek or buttock to groin – but have given their name to…