John-Paul Shiver


United States

John-Paul Shiver has been contributing to since 2019. His work as an experienced music journalist and pop culture commentator has appeared in The Wire, Resident Advisor, SF Weekly, Bandcamp Daily, PulpLab, AFROPUNK and Drowned In Sound.

Resident Advisor
Review: Rewind: D-Train - You're The One For Me

A post-disco anthem, several times over. Rewind is a review series, published in partnership with Discogs, that dips into electronic music's archives to dust off music from decades past.

Bandcamp Daily
Electronic Label Deepblak Prefers to Be Unclassifiable

LABEL PROFILE Electronic Label Deepblak Prefers to Be Unclassifiable By John-Paul Shiver · September 09, 2019 Berlin-based label head, producer, and musician Aybee, aka Armon Bazile, describes his vanguard electronic label Deepblak as an ongoing relationship with the drum. Co-piloted by Afrikan Sciences (aka Eric Porter), Deepblak releases techno, house, experimental, and hip-hop albums, and all of them are rhythmically focused.

Album Review: Laurel Halo - DJ-Kicks

Laurel Halo, the American-born producer, musician, and DJ, has released four dissimilar studio albums since 2012, which move briskly from experimental pop, through minimal techno, to evergreen-ambient textures. Her avant-garde technique remains steadfast. To alter the properties of sound by tinkering with the roles that voice, machines and wide open spaces can play in modern music.


It's downright disrespectful to discuss the year in Black electronic and dance music without first acknowledging Ras G. This Los Angeles-based visionary, beatmaker, and Afrofuturist, who was one of the founding artists of Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint, passed away on July 29.

Album of the Week: Solange - When I Get Home

Solange hit a watershed moment career-wise by artfully discussing gender, race and culture with 2016′s A Seat At The Table -therein bending the Vox Populi in her direction. By rendering her closest interpretation of what an antiquated soul album is, she reached out and touched many across generations and social-political economic lines by documenting the power, struggle and the plight of All Black Women.
#NEWMUSIC // TEXAS SUN EP Khruangbin + Leon Bridges -

Tweet Share 0 Reddit +1 Pocket Pinterest 0 LinkedIn 0 Email Texas Sun EP Khruangbin & Leon Bridges Dead Oceans Records Columbia Records Night-Time Stories By John-Paul Shiver channelsubtext (@channelsubtext) From their start in 2010, Houston-based Khruangbin - the genre-bending psychedelic band consisting of guitarist Mark Speer, bassist Laura Lee and drummer Donald "DJ" Johnson ...

SF Weekly
W. Kamau Bell Is Happy for the Chance to Talk to Alicia Garza - SF Weekly

One of the the main themes in W. Kamau Bell's upcoming book, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6′ 4″, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian is the topic of coming up as a Black Nerd, aka "Blerd."