From Nick Cave to Men at Work: The 174th LA Weekly playlist, reviewing the musicians that we’ve been writing about all week, is live now. There’s electronic music from ATTLAS, hip-hop from A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, R&B from Lionel Richie, “folktronica” with Beth Orton, classic rock from Toto and the Beatles, and so much more.
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From Nick Cave to Men at Work
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Print star Beth Orton told us that, “I’ve always sat comfortably in my skin. I suppose I see myself essentially as a folk singer. Or as someone who loves songwriting. So I suppose in terms of genre, it’s hard for me to talk about it. I think in a way it’s more about my adventure in life. My experience has been that, when I first started making music, it was the club culture that took me on, weirdly. That was who I was kinda hanging out with and that’s how I ended up making music. But I wasn’t really gonna become the front person in that kinda way. I sorta brought my sensibility to that world, and I think along the way I met a lot of people who were also not open to compromise in a way. So it was just as interesting to others as it was interesting to me.”
In “Not Another DJ,” ATTLAS said, “For a long time when I was really starting to find my feet with releases, I was listening almost exclusively to electronic music and being overly concerned with the trends, sounds, who’s hot, what’s upcoming. You can get in your head playing the game of comparing yourself and when you go down that road you end up way too self-critical. Genres can be pretty gate-kept and a lot of the stuff I was really enjoying was at opposite ends of the spectrum. It made it a bit tricky as I tended to just write what I enjoyed, how I felt, and what drove my curiosity. It left me with a lot of music that was too broad to make sense for one project, but still worth the creative effort. I find the most exciting parts about electronic music right now aren’t exclusive to broader themes or trends but rather individual artists I love that are either pushing something forward, or executing familiar topics with renewed beauty. A lot of my listening draws from far outside electronic music, which then informs the way I compose for the electronic space.”
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