Posts By: Karl Low

Milica Markovic

A Toronto native, Milica is enrolled in the MA-IS program at AU eager to advance her creative communications career. She holds a BA (Hons) in criminology and political science from York University and a certificate in multimedia storytelling and content writing from the University of Toronto. When she’s not coming up with her next story she enjoys outdoor exercise, exploring new places, and spending time with her loved ones. If you’d like to make a suggestion for future stories or would just like to say hello, reach her at mmarkovic1@athabasca.edu

Beats from the Basement—Ricky Martin

Album: Ricky Martin (1999) Artist: Ricky Martin Milica Markovic How can I talk about Spanish-language music without mentioning the King of Latin Pop himself? Enrique Martìn Morales (also known as “Ricky Martin”) is one of the artists who introduced me to this festive genre through various party mixes from the late 90s, and the fun… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Hooverphonic

Album: A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular Artist: Hooverphonic I first learned about the trip hop group Hooverphonic when I looked up the soundtrack to the 1996 drama Stealing Beauty, only to coincidently discover their tongue-twister album, A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular, in the comfort of my own basement. With a title like that, I had… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Supertramp

Album: Crime of the Century Artist: Supertramp As much as I love rock music, I’ll admit that it can get stale without some creative risk-taking.  I sometimes wonder if new or aspiring musicians are intimidated by veterans of the genre because they fear they can’t emulate that level of impact on our culture. I think… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Mariah Carey

Album: Butterfly Artist: Mariah Carey Thanks to her multi-octave vocal range, Mariah Carey has maintained her status in the renowned vocal trinity alongside Charlemagne native, Céline Dion, and the late Whitney Houston for approximately three decades.  Music listeners have yet to officially decide on replacements for the current generation. Given the overwhelming praise artists like Beyoncé, Lady… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—James Ehnes

Album: Homage Artist: James Ehnes The last time I received a physical album was on my sixteenth birthday.  Aware that I was still studying violin performance, one of my family friends gave me Brandon-born violinist James Ehnes’ Homage to enjoy and gain inspiration from. Unlike most artists who release albums to commercialize their music, Homage… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Hillary Duff

Album: Metamorphosis Artist: Hilary Duff Milica Markovic Hilary Duff’s Metamorphosis was the first album I asked my mother to purchase for me when I was a child, so it holds a special place in my heart.  In the late 90s and early 2000s, I was an avid Disney Channel viewer; Lizzie Maguire, in which Duff… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Santana

Album: Supernatural Artist: Santana My feet have a mind of their own whenever Spanish-language music plays.  Whether it is the Gipsy King’s fleeting flamenco or Gloria Estefan’s frisky freestyle, the romantic in me soars beyond the ballroom floor.  Latin rock adds even more flavour to the Spanish-speaking world’s many genres, though it wasn’t until guitarist-songwriter… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—2Pac

Artist: 2Pac Album: Greatest Hits As is the case with country, rap music seems to be either greatly adored or abhorred despite its evident popularity in Canada, not to mention the likes of Drake enjoying international success. I’ll admit that I was once unfair to the genre.  Like many people, especially those who are considerably… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Delerium

Album: Karma Artist: Delerium Considering the countless number of festivals worldwide dedicated solely to electronic music, I think it’s safe to say many of us are fans of the genre.  However, after listening to Vancouver-based duo Delerium’s Karma, I feel that current artists generally don’t push the envelope in terms of how audiences can engage… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Janet Jackson

Album: janet. Artist: Janet Jackson Milica Markovic Every time I go to a wedding, the playlist mostly consists of 90s tunes.  It’s not surprising, since it was a time when the music industry was transitioning out of the power ballads, new wave experiments, and post-disco funk that dominated the 80s to genres that would take… Read more »