Stories Behind Songs

Delivering an authentic message about the nature of creative expression, Logic’s “City of Stars” is both a sonic and lyrical tour de force pushing against the edges of genre and convention.

The track was produced by Logic’s long time collaborator Arjun Ivatury, known professionally as 6ix, and appears on his second studio album The Incredible True Story. It’s construction mirrors the diverse musical inspirations that form the backbone of the rapper’s multifaceted identity. The melodically driven first section features sung vocals like that of the legendary Frank Sinatra — Logic’s main source of inspiration — while the second section delivers…


Stories Behind Songs

Mastering the intricate dance between complexity and simplicity, tension and release, “Ultimatum” is an enchanting sonic jewel in Disclosure’s treasure chest.

True to the group’s signature style, the 2018 Grammy nominated single draws prominently from 1980s Chicago house music. A four-on-the-floor kick drum and restless bassline form the rhythmic backbone on top of which offbeat hi-hats and a groovy electric piano chord progression are perched. The magic ingredient, however, is a striking vocal sample of Malian singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara.

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Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence of Disclosure have always believed strongly in maintaining full creative control over their production process. Despite…


Stories Behind Songs

As effortlessly as the falling snow on a winter’s night, Brasstracks carries you to a dreamworld where deft musicality and the duo’s signature jazz-infused hip-hop sound collide with nostalgic memories of love passed by in their single “Snowdaze.”

The largely underrated song was released at the end of 2018 as if to be an early Christmas present to the world. Indeed, Ivan Jackson of the NYC based producer duo proclaimed it to be “my favorite song we’ve ever worked on” via Twitter. …

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