Formerly hinted at under the name Radio Silence, the new album by James Blake has just been released via Republic Records. Blake's third LP is a crooning portrait of lush electronic landscapes. Featuring collaborations with Frank Ocean, Rick Rubin and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, James Blake has once again demonstrated that he is the king of electronic R&B. Introspective, melancholic and sombre, Blake's record is just as personal as it is meticulous.
And on the third day, God said, "Let there be punk". And it was good. While the Ramones self-titled debut (which turned 40 this week!) may have been what many consider the first official "punk" album, we can trace the genres roots back for decades. Punk has always been about freedom and individuality; about destroying ideals and symbols; about doing things your own way. The heart of punk music is rebellion, rejecting cliché compositions and melodies and playing loud music at breakneck speeds.
Legendary musician Prince Rogers Nelson's (1958-2016) influence in popular music cannot be overstated. Leading an innovative musical career into the early 80s, Prince brilliantly integrated a wide variety of styles, including pop, funk, R&B, rock, disco, and jazz. Dirty Mind and 1999 brought his talents into the limelight, and Purple Rain continues to be a yardstick by which all modern pop music endeavors are measured.