Rather than, achem, usher in the New Year reminding Trash readers of our ability to dig for the best in underground dance music, I’d like to start a new Trash trend: writing about all the music I like to listen to. Too often is the blog community busy positioning themselves with a separatist take on Important music. And to be fair, we are no different, but I’ll be the first to exclaim my entrenched loved for Pop. So let 2010 be Trash Menagerie’s year for living up to our name as we work to display all the “animals” of the music industry, and leave the exoticism up to you.
First up, R&B. I grew up with 90′s R&B like it was Simon & Garfunkel except it was wrapped in 808s and claps. Happily 2009 saw the the re-claiming of an often tired genre with the prolific presence of The-Dream, Love Vs. Money perhaps getting even more replay from me than Bitte Orca. And hope stays alive with Usher’s Polow Da Don-produced new single “Little Freak,” a triumphant declaration of return paired with the fresh new talent of Nicki Minaj (if you haven’t heard the Chase & Status produced “Saxon” I suggest you get on that before you start hating bro-step).
Listen for: Steve Wonder sampling, the potential for a Dubstep-y intro, silly lyrics from Usher, and even zanier bars from Minaj.