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'The Mix Review' changes...

Postby Mike Senior » Sat May 23, 2020 6:45 pm

...Long live TheMixReview.org! :mrgreen:

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...?! :roll:

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!

Cheers,

Mike S.
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Re: 'The Mix Review' is dead...

Postby zenguitar » Sat May 23, 2020 6:55 pm

Mix review has been a great favourite of mine, always a good read. I'll be sad not to see it in SOS, but will be bookmarking it's new home.

Thanks for everything so far, and best wishes as you move forward.

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Re: 'The Mix Review' is dead...

Postby Ramirez » Sat May 23, 2020 7:00 pm

Agreed.
One of my favourites in the mag, and it’ll be a shame to see it gone, especially as new readers will be missing out on such insightful pieces that often challenges the accepted wisdom of what’s important in ‘music technology’.

I am, however, looking forward to the new website’s development very much, so best of luck with it!

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Re: 'The Mix Review' is dead...

Postby BJG145 » Sat May 23, 2020 7:27 pm

Thanks for all the insights Mike; it's always a useful and entertaining read. Look forward to catching up in its new home. :thumbup:
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Re: 'The Mix Review' is dead...

Postby Folderol » Sat May 23, 2020 8:33 pm

Would it be possible for a sticky link to be posted somewhere here for the benefit of new subscribers?
... and those of us that can't remember what we were looking for :tongue:
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Re: 'The Mix Review' is dead...

Postby zenguitar » Sat May 23, 2020 8:59 pm

And Lo!

This topic is now a stickie.

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Re: 'The Mix Review' is dead...

Postby Mike Senior » Mon May 25, 2020 6:45 am

Thanks for the kind words everyone -- and I hope you all enjoy the new site! :)
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Re: 'The Mix Review' is dead...

Postby blinddrew » Mon May 25, 2020 10:24 am

While you're on Mike...
One of the subjects of your reviews a couple of months ago really tickled my interest but I've forgotten their name.
Hip hop style but with lots of orchestral samples, rapping sounded not dissimilar to Eminem in style. The song in question had a very clever self-reference highlighting where the bass had dropped out.
Ring any bells?
No worries if not, i'll just trawl back through the issues (unfortunately I don't keep my paper copies).
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Re: 'The Mix Review' is dead...

Postby Mike Senior » Mon May 25, 2020 11:22 am

blinddrew wrote:While you're on Mike...
One of the subjects of your reviews a couple of months ago really tickled my interest but I've forgotten their name.
Hip hop style but with lots of orchestral samples, rapping sounded not dissimilar to Eminem in style. The song in question had a very clever self-reference highlighting where the bass had dropped out.
Ring any bells?

Hmmm. Well the mention of Eminem immediately suggested Eminem: 'Godzilla' or Logic feat. Eminem: 'Homicide', but I also wondered whether you might have been referring to Stormzy: 'Vossi Bop', because there's definitely some rap/bass arrangement interaction there. Failing those, though, here are the other hip-hop tracks I've critiqued over the past few months:


Hopefully one of those will be the one you were looking for!
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Re: 'The Mix Review' is dead...

Postby ManFromGlass » Mon May 25, 2020 12:45 pm

I have a great appreciation for your dissections, comments and general ‘earsight’. Plus you’ve turned me on to some really cool tracks and reaffirmed my beliefs that a good track is a good track no matter the genre.
Link bookmarked.
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Re: 'The Mix Review' is dead...

Postby MOF » Mon May 25, 2020 3:22 pm

i'll just trawl back through the issues (unfortunately I don't keep my paper copies).
I’ve kept them all since the very beginning, it does cause a storage issue though. :lol:
I’ve also enjoyed your reviews Mike, any reason why a selection can’t still be in the magazine?
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Re: 'The Mix Review' is dead...

Postby blinddrew » Mon May 25, 2020 4:32 pm

Mike Senior wrote:
blinddrew wrote:While you're on Mike...
One of the subjects of your reviews a couple of months ago really tickled my interest but I've forgotten their name.
Hip hop style but with lots of orchestral samples, rapping sounded not dissimilar to Eminem in style. The song in question had a very clever self-reference highlighting where the bass had dropped out.
Ring any bells?

Hmmm. Well the mention of Eminem immediately suggested Eminem: 'Godzilla' or Logic feat. Eminem: 'Homicide', but I also wondered whether you might have been referring to Stormzy: 'Vossi Bop', because there's definitely some rap/bass arrangement interaction there. Failing those, though, here are the other hip-hop tracks I've critiqued over the past few months:


Hopefully one of those will be the one you were looking for!
Thanks Mike, but I've had a quick look and vexingly I don't think it's any of those! I could be mistaken though so I shall have a proper listen - thanks for fishing them out. :thumbup:
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Re: 'The Mix Review' is dead...

Postby MOF » Mon May 25, 2020 7:01 pm

I've forgotten their name.
Hip hop style but with lots of orchestral samples, rapping sounded not dissimilar to Eminem in style
Has Mike ever analysed a Boney M song? They usually have a guy talking and lots of orchestral elements to them. :lol:
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Re: 'The Mix Review' is dead...

Postby blinddrew » Mon May 25, 2020 9:21 pm

blinddrew wrote:
Mike Senior wrote:
blinddrew wrote:While you're on Mike...
One of the subjects of your reviews a couple of months ago really tickled my interest but I've forgotten their name.
Hip hop style but with lots of orchestral samples, rapping sounded not dissimilar to Eminem in style. The song in question had a very clever self-reference highlighting where the bass had dropped out.
Ring any bells?

Hmmm. Well the mention of Eminem immediately suggested Eminem: 'Godzilla' or Logic feat. Eminem: 'Homicide', but I also wondered whether you might have been referring to Stormzy: 'Vossi Bop', because there's definitely some rap/bass arrangement interaction there. Failing those, though, here are the other hip-hop tracks I've critiqued over the past few months:


Hopefully one of those will be the one you were looking for!
Thanks Mike, but I've had a quick look and vexingly I don't think it's any of those! I could be mistaken though so I shall have a proper listen - thanks for fishing them out. :thumbup:

Ah, sorry, my bad. It was an Inside Track not a mix review (and it was from October!), it was The Search by NF.
Still worth another listen. ;)
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Latest 'The Mix Review' critiques!

Postby Mike Senior » Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:44 pm

Hello again, eveyone!

Well, as I'd hoped, I've been continuing to upload new critiques to TheMixReview.org on a weekly basis, so I figured I'd quickly check in again here and post an update of the latest additions in case any of you would like to check those out (for free of course):


I've also added some extra material to the Doja Cat 'Say So' critique as well, in case you'd been wondering why I hadn't made the obvious connection with Simon & Garfunkel...

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