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Switched On Pop | Charli XCX and Troye Sivan Love the 90s

17th October 2018 | Music

Pop music surrounds us, but how often do we really listen to what we’re hearing? Switched on Pop is the podcast that pulls back the curtain on pop music. Each episode, join musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding as they reveal the secret formulas that make pop songs so infectious. By figuring out how pop hits work their magic, you’ll fall in love with songs you didn’t even know you liked.

Charli XCX and Troye Sivan conjure late 90s nostalgia in their latest banger. '1999' drips with lyrical nostalgia for the last decade of the millennium — but does the music follow suit? We think the pair are missing prime opportunities to bring back some neglected musical tricks from the early oeuvre of Britney Spears.

The 90s bug goes beyond Charli and Troye. Anne-Marie and Lauren Alaina also pine for the 90s in their millennial bops. Which makes one ask: is the present so bad that we miss the paranoia of two decades ago? As usual, Prince has the answer.

Songs Discussed:

Charli XCX - 1999 (feat. Trove Sivan)
DJ Bobo - Somebody Dance with Me
Real McCoy - Another Night
Paradisio - Bailando
Britney Spears - ...Baby One More Time
Britney Spears - Oops! I Did it Again
Anne-Marie - 2002
Lauren Alaina - Ladies in the 90s
Prince - 1999

Charli XCX and Troye Sivan Love the 90s

Charli XCX and Troye Sivan conjure late 90s nostalgia in their latest banger. 1999 drips with lyrical nostalgia for the last decade of the millennium — but does the music follow suit? (37 minutes)

Watching The Throne | Violent Crimes: Real Life Awaits Us

16th October 2018 | Music

Watching The Throne is an in-depth-yet-entertaining dive into the lyrics and narrative artistry of Kanye West's music. Hosts Travis and Chris go track by track through Ye's discography, revealing the narrative and poetic techniques he uses, tracking his growth as a storyteller, and illuminating the narratives behind his albums.

For Kanye fans, this might be the Ye-centric lyrical discussion you've been waiting for. For musicians and writers, this is practical insight into how one of the best storytellers in music history does what he does. Plus, there is a news show about Kanye, Kim, North, Saint, and Jay-Z. We look at the top 5 posts from Reddit's Kanye community, r/Kanye. And discuss other relevant Ye topics. And there's the interview series, My StorYe, where Travis and Chris interview people about their relationship with Kanye West.


At the end of The Holy Mountain — one of Kanye West's favorite movies — the Alchemist says, "We shall break the illusion. This is Maya! Goodbye to the Holy Mountain. Real life awaits us."

And now here, on the final song of 'ye', we find Kanye on the same journey. The colors are dripping off the dark fantasy set up on 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' and reality is settling in — and Kanye has discovered what that means for him as a father.


On this season's penultimate episode, Chris, Travis, and Jordan break down 'Violent Crimes' line by line and discuss just how Kanye has gotten to this point.

Violent Crimes: Real Life Awaits Us

On this season's penultimate episode, Chris, Travis, and Jordan break down Violent Crimes line by line and discuss just how Kanye has gotten to this point. (102 minutes)

Not 97 | Season Four — Episode One

15th October 2018 | Music

This is NOT 97, a home for discovering new music from talented, under-the-radar artists around the world.

On each episode, three hosts and a guest meet around a table at Only NY to discuss fresh music found in the depths of the Internet. They present two tracks each, released in the last six to eight months from artists with under ten thousand followers. Discourse and context round out each show, as the team breaks down what they hear and what each sound means to them.


Welcome back to NOT 97. This is season four's debut episode featuring New York / Seoul-based alternative RnB artist DUVV.

We kick off season four with 'Oro', a playful, cinematic delivery from Mexican-American duo Reyna Tropical. DUVV introduces former Grateful Dead cover band Circles Around The Sun and their journey of a song 'Immovable Objects'. Brooklyn's HDBeenDope spits his heart out on 'For The Record'. Toronto's Untradition shows talent wise beyond his humble beginnings on 'New Drugs' and New Zealand's Tom Young flexes on the stripped, intimate 'Me and My Girl'.

This Week Featuring
01 "Oro" by Reyna Tropical
02 "Immovable Objects" by Circles Around The Sun
03 "Fake The Funk" by Pheolix
04 “For The Record” by HDBeenDope
05 "New Drugs" by Untradition
06 "My Name" by JIL
07 "Me and My Girl" by Tom Young
08 “Years Gone By” by Avantdale Bowling Club

Season Four — Episode One

Welcome back to NOT 97. This is season four's debut episode featuring New York / Seoul-based alternative RnB artist DUVV. We kick off season four with Oro a playful, cinematic delivery from Mexican-American duo Reyna Tropical. DUVV introduces form... (68 minutes)