Longreads of the Week: Hip-Hop’s Messiah Complex, IDM, Richard Russell’s Record Collection and More

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 09.27.14 in News

Since it’s nearly impossible to keep up with all the features that flood social media feeds all week, we did some of the digging for you. Here’s a handful of stories that are worth a click this weekend:

- The Media ran a loose conversation between Laetitia Sadier and Bradford Cox, who last collaborated on the spellbound Atlas Sound song “Quick Canal.”

- Passion of the Weiss tackled hip-hop’s messiah complex and how it relates to Kendrick Lamar’s new single.

- Flavorwire pitted Beyoncé against Jay-Z in its look at HBO’s On the Run concert film.

The New York Times headed to the home of Greek folk music.

- Grantland explored how Prince continues to confound us.

- Pitchfork looked at the life of XL founder/acclaimed producer Richard Russell, as filtered through his favorite songs and records, from Eric B. & Rakim to Dizzee Rascal and Burial.

- Resident Advisor examined the “online underground” and how it’s “reshaping the idea of what it means to make and release electronic music.”

- The Guardian’s music writers argued over Thom Yorke’s new album.

- FACT counted down the 100 Greatest IDM Tracks.

- And on the Wondering Sound front, our editor charted Mayhem’s bumpy journey from hell to outer space.