As most of you probably already know, I've been writing the magazine's 'The Mix Review' column for almost ten years now, critiquing commercial music releases from a production perspective. It's been one hell of a ride, and I'm super-grateful to SOS for continuing to print my (sometimes acerbic!) critical musings for so long! It's also been wonderful to get so much cool feedback from readers over the more than 100 SOS issues the column has appeared in. Where did all that time go...?!
This month, however, it's all change, because I've decided to relaunch 'The Mix Review' as a new free weekly online blog called (oh, so imaginatively) TheMixReview.org! And in the process, I've taken the opportunity to add a truckload of extra functionality I've wanted to add for a while:
- There's now a dedicated search function where you can filter the entire archive of more than 480(!) critiques according to artist, featured artist, composer, and title.
- I've added in-line Spotify and Youtube players for every critique, so you can immediately listen to the tracks as you read, and there are Wikipedia 'more info' links for each track too.
- Over the years, I've written a bunch follow-up forum posts for previous reviews, with additional info and diagrams -- so I've now consolidated all that additional content into the critique articles themselves. (For example, check out my critiques of David Guetta's 'Who's That Chick' or Glenn Gould's 'Goldberg Variations'.)
- Plus I've added lots of in-line hyperlinks interconnecting the different critiques (which I often cross-reference in the text) and generally linking to other sources of further reading.
So the bottom line is that 'The Mix Review' unfortunately won't appear in the magazine any longer -- but the good news is that I'll still be posting new critiques weekly at TheMixReview.org instead! In fact, I've already written several new posts, so if you're wondering why I think Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' sounds better on cassette; how Doja Cat's 'Say So' can get away with having six identical choruses; or what Future's 'Life Is Good' has in common with Bach's 'Air On A G String', then do head over and check out the new site!