I'm getting old - and I think it's having an impact on these kinds of topics. I've had to listen to younger people's radio stations for a week or two, and I've noticed there's a new type of mix becoming very common. A voice, often male and kick and snare. In the background are the chords, the inner parts, the rest of the kit. When I'm driving in my van, it's fairly noisy and all I can hear is voice, snare and kick - the rest is lost. The result is that the songs are all 'thin'. Musically dull, and lacking in substance - YET - this kind of mix is now considered contemporary and cutting edge, and very oddly, popular and nice to listen to. I find them inept, lacking in musicality and not at all nice to listen to, and often spoiling what would, with better mixing, be a nice song. When we get mixes to listen to, we use our experience to comment on the mix, the eq and the effects, yet these popular tracks would be considered lacking here. Clearly, something new has happened in the good mix department. Sometimes, in a quiet environment, you hear some really nice arrangements and decent background sounds, but nowadays, popular seems to mean in your face vocals, sung or spoken quietly, and compressed to hell, with processed kick and snare - the kick being a sort of long dunnnngg sound and the snare being difficult to really identify - almost electronic. What is going on?