The Chronic

Luscious Jackson

August 31, 2019

The classic Luscious Jackson sound was a loose-limbed amalgam of sampladelic collage and live instrumentation that seemed to contain the ghosts of ESG and The Slits even as it paralleled the sonics of contemporary hip hop.

Terminal Vibration X (Machine Soul)

February 25, 2019

Where does machine funk intersect with post punk? The chrome-plated technicolor world of machine soul. It's arguably the most vital form of popular music (still!)...

Album Cuts

June 7, 2017

Folk have been declaring the death of the album for years now, but in truth it has always supported less volume than the 7" single (for instance).

LA14

March 31, 2015

The five years between Straight Outta Compton and The Chronic were probably the most important stretch in the development of a distinctive West Coast hip hop sound.