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Gabriel Gassi is a Pop Polyglot on ‘Heartbreaker’

Earlier this year, Vendor managed to secure an interview with the promising Swedish musician Gabriel Gassi, who revealed a lot about his various influences and approach in production. But more Continue reading Gabriel Gassi is a Pop Polyglot on ‘Heartbreaker’

Zayn Channels Drake on ‘Still Got Time’

It seems rather fitting that Zayn’s latest collaboration features PARTYNEXTDOOR, a rapper from Toronto.  The first song on Zayn’s sophomore trail, ‘Still Got Time’, pervades the same Continue reading Zayn Channels Drake on ‘Still Got Time’

Kendrick Lamar Buries His Rivals on ‘The Heart Part 4’

‘Like clockwork, I blow it all/And get some more/Get you somebody that can do both’ – Rae Sremmurd, ‘Black Beatles’ (2016).

‘Raindrop (drip), drop top (drop top)/Smokin’ on cookie in the hotbox (cookie)’ – Migos, ‘Bad and Boujee’ (2016).

‘Who you put in your top five and claim they the saviour of rap’ – Big Sean – ‘No More Interviews’ (2016).

As time progresses, the ties between virality, specifically memes, and hip-hop become more and more synonymous. The artists become caricatured visions of the serious Continue reading Kendrick Lamar Buries His Rivals on ‘The Heart Part 4’

I Don’t Have Much Time for Drake’s More Life; But ‘Passionfruit’ is Another Story

Let me get real with you for a second; I didn’t really like More Life. After giving it a few listens, Drake’s faux modesty in describing More Life as a ‘playlist’ rather than an album (which it definitely is) sounds more like a Continue reading I Don’t Have Much Time for Drake’s More Life; But ‘Passionfruit’ is Another Story

The Week’s 5 Essential Releases Worth Listening To

This week has seen the return of a number of huge acts, both in single and long-play form. So it makes it unusually difficult for you, the listener, to decide on what to savour first. Here’s our selection of what should be at the very top of your list this week- you’ll thank us when you make the much-maligned trip to the water cooler at some point today. Continue reading The Week’s 5 Essential Releases Worth Listening To

The Winners, Nominees & Snubs: 5 Talking Points from the 2017 Grammys

After #OscarsSoWhite dominated proceedings throughout the 2016 awards seasons, the residue from that controversy seemingly carried over into 2017. The imbalance of awards and nominations towards Continue reading The Winners, Nominees & Snubs: 5 Talking Points from the 2017 Grammys

Sampha: Process Review – Carving Out a Space Entirely of its Own

The staticky voice of famed US astronaut Neil Armstrong utters the first words of Sampha’s Process. ‘I’ll work my way over into the sunlight here without looking directly into the sun,’ he says. Those opening lines and this Continue reading Sampha: Process Review – Carving Out a Space Entirely of its Own

Interview: Gabriel Gassi

With a handful of remixes scattered across social media, Stockholm-based singer-songwriter/producer Gabriel Gassi has quietly built himself a solid reputation. Working around his studies, Gassi’s intelligent ear has allowed him to Continue reading Interview: Gabriel Gassi

The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 20-16

We’ve finally entered the Top 20 of our Best of 2016 list. Once more, the next five tracks are dominated by hip-hop and R&B, emphasising a truly stellar year for music of black origin. Here’s numbers 20-16: Continue reading The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 20-16

The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 30-26

Amidst an ocean of ‘Best Of’ lists, it’s fascinating to see the differences in opinion and the leanings towards lesser know, more alternative genres. But at the same time, it’s good to honour the very best of the year’s pop, music’s bread and butter. The next five tracks in Vendor’s Top 50 celebrate some of the finest pop music of 2016. Here’s numbers 30-26: Continue reading The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 30-26