Genre Report

SPIN R&B Report: Yuna Props Up Woozy Soul With Smelling Salts, Laura Mvula Meets Pop Halfway

While the world spent much of this year waiting for Frank Ocean, R&B continued to evolve. This season’s picks illustrate that there’s a thriving crop…
Mosi Reeves / August 26, 2016

SPIN Metal Report: Vektor Deliver Neo-Thrash’s Masterpiece and Inter Arma Explore Outer Space

For a genre whose fans are so often labeled (sometimes rightly) as rigid constructionists, metal’s last few years have been marked by an unprecedented burst…
Colin Joyce / July 29, 2016

SPIN Overlooked Albums Report: JPEGMAFIA Is the ‘Black Ben Carson,’ Esperanza Spalding Surprise-Wins Again

You know it's a good year when there's not one, but two jazz releases making the rounds outside of jazz circles for the right reasons.
SPIN Staff / April 1, 2016

SPIN World Report: Mbongwana Star’s Congolese Street Music, Fabiano Do Nascimento’s Afro-Brazilian Folk Shredding

The term "world music," ick — a marketer’s desperate pitch more than tangible genre, suggesting either Yankee provincialism (there’s Americana, British rock, and, um, The World) or…
Jason Gubbels / August 14, 2015

SPIN Overlooked Albums Report: Hop Along Gives Us Palpitations, Mount Eerie Elevates the Mundane

We devour music at such a feverish pace that, more and more, great collections of songs fall through the cracks. In the case of the past…
Dan Weiss / July 8, 2015

SPIN Country Report: Willie and Merle Light Up, Rhiannon Giddens Revives Revivals

The first half of 2015 was a slightly strange moment for country, especially chart country, because it mostly made for some serious waiting. Though there…
Anthony Easton / July 1, 2015

SPIN K-Pop Report: Ga-In Subverts Adam & Eve, Lim Kim Pops Smoky Bubblegum

Way back in 1992, a dropout metalhead by the name of Seo Taiji released the first K-pop song: "Nan Arayo." It was an ambitious mess…
Jakob Dorof / June 11, 2015

SPIN Pop Report: Seinabo Sey Electrifies R&B, Years & Years Do Haze-Pop Right

Though the sounds of Top 40 remain largely stagnant this year, there have been several mold-breaking exceptions in Q1, eschewing the typical pop format for…
Brennan Carley / April 16, 2015

SPIN Noise Report: Eye Scuzz-Rocks Out With Samples, Timeghost Clicks and Whirrs

Anyone bemoaning a dearth of worthwhile albums in noise isn't looking or listening hard enough. Thanks to established imprints, SoundCloud streams, Bandcamp accounts, and more,…
Raymond Cummings / April 3, 2015

SPIN Metal Report: The Body and Thou Team Up Viciously, Black Cilice Ooze to the Forefront

Last year was a strong one for metal — extreme and otherwise — but the world keeps turning, bands keep writing, and the rent is…
Kim Kelly / February 11, 2015