1. Electronic dance music turning into festival-pleasing music with breakdowns/build-ups every 1.5 minutes and little music to dance to.
2. Music events turning into big light/video/laser shows rather than music shows.
3. Pretty much close to impossible to make money on sold records from now forward unless you are a Nashville artist, have a multi-million PR campaign or live on royalties from old hit records. Then again the new business model is to get ad payments from millions of hits from YouTube videos.
1. Glitchhop is breaking away and using all kinds of funky re-intepreted rhythms, more fun than dubstep.
2. Indie bands switching from guitars to synthesizers and still doing quirky and good pop tunes.
3. Dance music using chord progressions again, style jazz in house and cool arrangements in nu-disco.
Dan Snaith’s seven hour DJ set, wow, seven hour of constant amazement:
Iron Curtis/XLR8R podcast, classic house re-interpreted in an interesting way:
Mike Shannon XLR8R podcast, jazz meets house big time!
So much good music released this year but here are some of my favorites for 2012:
Best Rock album - Tame Impala/Lonerism. One-man band psychedelica meets experimental rock and a cool retro seventies sound.
Best R&B/Jazz album - Robert Glasper/Black Radio. Speak of innovation with both R&B and jazz at the same time and Robert Glasper is one of the best contemporary jazz as well as R&B keyboard players out there today.
Best electronic dance music album: Daphni/Jiaolong. Dan Snaith, a.k.a Caribou a.k.a Daphni. Taking world music beats and not using them in a mystical/sensational way, rather incorporating them into a new music form.
What if electronic music producers would use the same system as classical composers, instead fancy names they have a simple numbering scheme, such as 15 Variations on Techno in E-Flat Major, Op 35, Variation 9?