Category Archives: The Vending Machine

The Vending Machine: Solange – Cranes in the Sky

Given the nature of Beyonce’s latest record Lemonade and its politically-driven lead single ‘Formation’, 2016 looked an even harder to shadow to escape for Solange. As we all know, Beyonce is all Continue reading The Vending Machine: Solange – Cranes in the Sky

The Vending Machine: Kaytranada feat. Anderson .Paak – GLOWED UP

I think what works well in the union of Montreal producer Kaytranada and the star-in-waiting Anderson .Paak is their collective propensity to breach time and all of its musical shifts. With Kaytranada, his debut album 99.9% keenly grabs Continue reading The Vending Machine: Kaytranada feat. Anderson .Paak – GLOWED UP

The Vending Machine: The Weeknd – Secrets

The Weeknd returned a couple of weeks back with his third full-length album, Starboy, if you discount the deservedly revered Trilogy. As Trilogy‘s trio of mixtapes and the 14-track Beauty Behind the Madness suggest, Abel Tesfaye is fairly fond of Continue reading The Vending Machine: The Weeknd – Secrets

The Vending Machine: Warpaint – New Song

Warpaint’s diversion into pop was somewhat predictable considering the elasticity of their chill dreamy indie rock. Where past records have excelled at constructing an Continue reading The Vending Machine: Warpaint – New Song

The Vending Machine: Tiger Hologram – Swet Shop Boys

When in-demand actor Riz Ahmed isn’t starring opposite the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Matt Damon and Michael Fassbender, he adopts the moniker MC Riz alongside Heems, a former member of rap collective Continue reading The Vending Machine: Tiger Hologram – Swet Shop Boys

The Vending Machine: Super Rich Kids – Frank Ocean feat. Earl Sweatshirt

Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange is littered with double meanings. His lyricism forces the listener to look hard, read between the lines, and dredge up the deeper meaning behind the tracks. A track titled ‘Super Rich Kids’ may seem fairly straightforward but there’s so much more

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The Vending Machine: Daffodils – Mark Ronson feat. Kevin Parker

‘Daffodils’ is an odd combination of lyricism, production and instrumentation. For Mark Ronson, a pop auteur normally operating in more funk-driven circles, ‘Daffodils’ steps bravely away from the usual algorithm Continue reading The Vending Machine: Daffodils – Mark Ronson feat. Kevin Parker

The Vending Machine: Friends – Francis and the Lights feat. Bon Iver

If Kanye West calls your song his favourite of the year so far, it’s always going to thrust you from the shadows of obscurity and into the lights of blinding prominence. On new single ‘Friends’, Continue reading The Vending Machine: Friends – Francis and the Lights feat. Bon Iver

The Vending Machine: Seven Point Five – Allah-Las

‘I would love to, have you by my side/But I aint gonna wait for the morning tide,’ sings Miles Michaud on ‘Seven Point Five’. Michaud’s drawl is typical of LA alternative garage Continue reading The Vending Machine: Seven Point Five – Allah-Las

The Vending Machine: Oxford Comma – Vampire Weekend

With references to the Dalai Lama and his home of exile in Dharamsala via an ambitious rhyming couplet, and a Lil Jon namecheck, ‘Oxford Comma’ was a confident follow-up to Vampire Weekend‘s zippy debut track ‘A-Punk’. The music video was Continue reading The Vending Machine: Oxford Comma – Vampire Weekend