Behind the "abrasive, frightening introduction" to Oneohtrix Point Never's new album, Returnal
, lies another bewildering set of tracks from a Brooklyn electronic artist whose style straddles the line between noise and pop. As Reyan Ali writes in our print edition this week
, Oneohtrix Point Never's Daniel Lopatin gets his inspiration from weird places -- like listening to pop music at the dentist's office -- which helps his output feel both obscure and accessible. Lopatin performs this week as part of the On Land Festival
You've heard the voice of Marlena Shaw a million times, yet you probably have no idea who she is. That's the fundamental irony behind this queen of American jazz and soul, whose pristine voice has been sampled for countless dance and hip-hop tracks, as well as TV commercials. Ron Nachmann talks to the diva herself -- she's performing at the Razz Room
this week -- and finds out how Shaw really feels about r
eaching her widest audience through a vocal sample.