Houston was a necessary step in the evolution of the southern hip hop aesthetic. It allowed the mainstream to digest the truly southern sound - previously only found on "BET Uncut" - rather than the sleeker major label-driven version with little compromise.
When asked to write about an up-and-coming or a classic jazz performance for this week's column I attempted to find something niche, but when it comes to jazz on YouTube, nothing beats the 1959 CBS performance by the Miles Davis Quintet of "So What." So what?
Myths of the Near Future is Klaxons' American debut album, lauded as the defining act of the New Rave movement - a term the band describes as "an in-joke that caught on." Hailing from London, where they have a large underground following, the Klaxons' debut starts off slow with the mild "Two Receivers" before picking up speed that doesn't relinquish for the remainder of the album.
The band likes to characterize their music as "psychedelic/progressive/pop," with long keyboard solos and subtle use of vocal harmony, which sounds surprisingly versatile.