The wrap didn’t win any medals
Louis Stewart, Chance the Rapper, DJ-ing, super-recognisers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, lean, Chopped Herring Records etc
(1) Louis Stewart RIP. The great Irish jazz guitarist died at the weekend at the age of 72. Here are a couple of tracks from his 1975 album “Louis the First”
(2) Fashion department: how fashion designers are increasingly bypassing department stores and boutiques in favour of flogging goods direct to the consumer
(3) Chance the Rapper’s “Coloring Book” is one of the albums of 2016. Here’s a great interview with the ChiTown rapper about his rise to the top without going through the usual label hoopla.
(4) Boomin’: a day in the life of 16 year old sneaker pimp Benjamin Kickz
(5) The art of the DJ: great deep dive into the evolution of the disc jockey. “Strangely, dancing is something that is often overlooked in lots of the discussions that people have about electronic dance music. As Jeremy Gilbert and Ewan Pearson point out in Discographies, Western thought has a long history of separating the mind from the body, privileging the former whilst disparaging the latter. Music that is made for quiet contemplation is generally given more praise than that for dancing; it’s argued that the former is thinking music ,as if dancing has nothing to do with thought.”
(6) They’re watching you: Patrick Radden Keefe goes on the beat with the super-recognizers, the London police squad who specialise in recognising human faces.
(7) Forget about 2016, what’s the all-time best song of the summer? The Ringer rounds up some of the usual and unusual suspects.
(8) How the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Maps” became one of the influential songs of the last few years.
(9) Profile of Bob Lipitch and Chopped Herring Records, the label dedicated to previously unreleased material from golden era hip-hop acts like Biggie Smalls
(10) The problem with lean: how cough syrup’s mixture of codeine, promethazine and alcohol became hip-hop’s drug of choice