Puppy Entombed If you’ve watched as many Nirvana docs as I have, you’ll know that grunge was a scuzzy reaction to pompous 80s hair metal. But what if those genres hadn’t fought, but merged? London three-piece Puppy answer the question, combining big, processed metal riffs and noodly fretwork with shoegazey can’t-be-arsed vocals. It’s a spectacular truce between metal pomp and grungy nonchalance, making every trite observation about 1992 obsolete. … [Read more...] about Puppy’s Entombed: the best of this week’s new music
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Weird mental test X gives pretty brain image Y The other problem with AUT is that it is based on the idea of divergent thinking, defined as the ability to generate many solutions to open-ended questions, and then linked to creativity. But it only takes a moment’s reflection to see that the opposite also generates creativity. Creativity can just as easily be the result of convergent thinking. … [Read more...] about Where does ‘creativity’ happen in your brain?
"Dilla is a modern genius," he says. "Everyone has genius within them, but not everyone, for whatever reason, manifests it. But Dilla did. He stood for taking a great risk on different levels, for continuous hard work and for courage. He is a modern genius because he captured and represented the spirit of a particular time. What he did was so deep that he has influenced a huge amount of modern music. In an age when many of his peers are still more interested in vanity, Dilla was more interested in exploration through music. And that is why he is a modern genius." … [Read more...] about J Dilla: the Mozart of hip-hop
The spin on the latest release, The Diary, is that it was the last album that Dilla intended to put out. In truth it was more something he was expected to, the second of his major-label deal with MCA. Rather than showcasing his production, Dilla wanted to prove his skills as an MC. He enlisted producers such as 90s veterans Madlib and Pete Rock and an up-and-coming Kanye West to help with the instrumentals. But still, the best tracks on the album are Dilla’s own productions: the Gary Numan-inspired Trucks or a flute-looped, drum fill-driven reboot of Fuck The Police. … [Read more...] about J Dilla’s The Diary: the posthumous record he wanted you to hear
The twins grew up, like Prince, in Minneapolis. Their middle school specialised in fine art and playing a stringed instrument was compulsory. In 2004, aged 18, Paris left for Berklee on a scholarship. Amber, who describes herself back then as “very shy and terrified of the stage”, stayed in Minneapolis, working as a manicurist in their father’s beauty salon. It took the persistence of keyboardist, producer, musical director for Prince and salon regular Morris Hayes to convince her to pursue music. When Paris moved to LA after graduating, she met fellow Berklee student Anita. It was when Amber visited her twin on their 23rd birthday that the women realised – as Amber recalls – “the three of us together was something very special”. … [Read more...] about King: the soul trio with Stevie Wonder on their side