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Podcast Review: ‘On Shuffle’

Writers from the Ringer have a new music and culture pod that’s well worth checking out.

Editor’s note: As part of CMN’s ongoing music journalism program, we asked our team of music writers to choose a single episode of a podcast about music to review . The choices were electric and interesting. Check out all the podcast reviews by browsing our music section

On Shuffle is a weekly music podcast that debuted in May. It features Micah Peters, staff writer for The Ringer, as host, and a slew of guests breaking down new releases and music news.

I listened to the newest episode titled ” The Rapture of Genre Blending: Smino’s and Lil Peep’s New Albums ,” which features Peters and Hanna Giorgis — a culture staff writer for The Atlantic who dives into St. Louis rapper Smino’s new album NOIR.

Associate editor for The Ringer Justin Sayles evaluates the posthumous release of rapper Lil Peep’s Come Over When You’re Sober Pt. 2. 

Giorgis was knowledgeable and creative in her analysis. Her perspective on Smino and LA band The Internet heading the new Neo soul movement, was insightful, and her description of Smino sounding like “ the way backwoods smell: warm, earthy, full-bodied” was evocative.

Sayles was knowledgeable as well, but in a different way. He spoke less about his personal feelings toward the album and more on the clarity of Lil Peep’s voice, along with the use of voice modulation on the new album versus Peep’s first release.

I must admit, I only found this podcast because of a random Google search: On Shuffle was the first result to pop up. Despite my arbitrary selection method, I was presently surprised. The show felt touch and on pulse with what’s going on in today’s music scene. The guests were sharp and creative in their opinions. And Peters allowed his guests to go further into their views on the albums instead of bombarding them with pointless questions.

If you are a true lover of music and pop culture this a great listen during your downtime. Most important of all, I never found myself to be bored while listening to On Shuffle.

I’ll definitely continue listening in the future.

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