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Haim: Something To Tell You Review – Doubling Down on Killer Hooks

With their 2013 debut Days Are Gone, sister trio Haim discovered a peerless juncture; one where the breathlessness of R&B and shimmering ’70s soft rock coalesced Continue reading Haim: Something To Tell You Review – Doubling Down on Killer Hooks

DJ Khaled: Grateful Review – Another One? Nah, You’re Alright Mate

You gotta hand it to DJ Khaled, he knows how to recruit. His latest album features no less than 34 collaborators across its bloated 22-track listing and they’re Continue reading DJ Khaled: Grateful Review – Another One? Nah, You’re Alright Mate

Kendrick Lamar: DAMN. Review – Operating in a League all of his own

Above all, Kendrick Lamar is an extraordinary storyteller. and the final track on his fourth album DAMN., ‘DUCKWORTH.’, is the ultimate Continue reading Kendrick Lamar: DAMN. Review – Operating in a League all of his own

Calvin Harris Shares Frank Ocean & Migos Collaboration ‘Slide’

After weeks of speculation and a string of teases on social media, Calvin Harris has unveiled his first track of 2017, a collaboration with Frank  Ocean and two thirds of hip-hop trio Migos titled ‘Slide’. Continue reading Calvin Harris Shares Frank Ocean & Migos Collaboration ‘Slide’

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

The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 10-6

Vendor’s Best Songs of 2016 finally enters its Top 10. These next five tracks really advocate the value of artistic reinvention. Here’s numbers 10-6: Continue reading The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 10-6

The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 15-11

Despite just missing out on the Top 10 of 2016, these next five acts make a strong case for pushing the alternative. Here’s numbers 15-11: Continue reading The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 15-11

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

The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 45-41

The next five tracks on our Top 50 Songs of 2016 follow a similar formula to our first instalment: a couple of veterans return with unexpected changes in musical direction (with one opting for a political war cry) whilst the hotly-anticipated return of one act also sent the internet into meltdown when he finally released his sophomore record. Here’s 45-41 on the countdown: Continue reading The 50 Best Songs of 2016: 45-41

Grammys 2017 Reaction: Is Pop becoming a more Accepted, Relevant Genre in the Musical Canon?

I recently read an article online at The Guardian discussing the current state and behaviour within music criticism. The meat and potatoes of the music critic often boils down to Continue reading Grammys 2017 Reaction: Is Pop becoming a more Accepted, Relevant Genre in the Musical Canon?