The rise of social media broke down a lot of barriers to entry of the music industry. No longer are people waiting around for that once in a lifetime opportunity, and no longer do record labels make all the calls. Fortunately, this allows for exposure to more artists, and more specifically, female artists. I decided to create a playlist showcasing the ladies. The Female Element is a playlist highlighting women at different levels in their musical career, as well as showing appreciation for their talent.
Thanks to the added momentum of artist such as Stormzy, Skepta, Wiley and more the genre known as Grime is now officially it's own category on streaming giant Spotify. Mainstream was inevitable with major releases and achievements pushing the conversation forward.
Welcome to the November installment of the Patchwerkstudio Playlist.
The Patchwerk Playlist is released once a month, and is compiled of favorites from the staff at Patchwerk Recording Studios in Atlanta, Ga. With input from engineers to interns, the Patchwerk Playlist hits just about every vibe you would want the perfect playlist to hit.
In case you've been living in a cave with a weak hotspot understand Spotify is pretty much dominating the streaming game. Details leaked to Digital News reported Spotify has crossed 150 million active users worldwide. At the end of July the platform officially crossed the 60 million mark.
The fall season is rolling in but another month of heat is packed into our monthly staff playlist. What is keeping the crew motivated to crank out sonically superior records and add to the already legendary halls of Patchwerk Recording Studio? View the selection provided for both iTunes and Spotify by accessing the links below.
Although my month long free trial of Tidal just ended, I'm committed to maintaining a subscription to the premium music streaming service headed by industry favorites including Jay-Z, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Madonna and Kanye West. I will be the first to admit, I was very hesitant to literally buying into a streaming service knowing that there is so much music that's legally available online for free. Ultimately, it took the respect and love I have for the consistent genius artistry of Kanye West to give the highly publicized platform a shot once he announced that his new album, The Life of Pablo, would only be released via Tidal. Not only did TLOP live up to my expectations, I fell in love with all of the other great music I had been missing.
Being that it's been reported that Pablo's exclusive release helped double Tidal subscriptions, it's no surprise that right when the free trial period came to an end, Yeezy made multiple tweaks to his latest project including altered vocal arrangements on 'Famous', new vocals from Sia and Vic Mensa on 'Wolves', and a new track called 'Frank's Track' featuring Frank Ocean. Although other streaming services such as Apple Music, Spotify, Rhapsody, and Google Play are all doing well, and perform in many areas better, Tidal continues to show promise as a work in progress with many powerful artists with ownership stakes. That makes room for a lot of new exclusive music and video releases, where loyal subscribers can get first dibs on spontaneous releases.