Albums, and Mixtapes
Because there are differences between them. So in this brief article I will describe each of these dictionary style.
Tune - in terms of music is the sound of a vocalist voice. it is the array of pitch,key and tone that make vocals music. tune is the unique sound of each song.
Singles- These are typically records with 2 songs max. They can contain multiple versions from clean, dirty, acapella to instrumental. These were once sold but now a days they are given to DJ’s for spins mostly.
EP- Extended Play, This is a collection of music with more than just the single but not long enough to qualify as a studio album. Estimated length that the industry gives is 25 minutes or 4 tracks. And there have been numerous double EPs released over time.
LP- Long Play, This is a collection of music that qualifies as a full album release. Usually 40 minutes or 10 tracks at the minimum. There have been multiple disc albums up to 4x released in history.
Album- What an album is today is a LP that is promoted and sold where one app or media can keep track; also count towards a record contract to being completed.
Dub - this is king of music where producer concentrates on drums bass and vocals. The original of it can consist a full song or a plain music instruments rhythm.
Dubplate - Mostly a patwa name that has become a house hold term refers to music made to 'big up' or give the soundsystems a shoutout as promotional material even though originally it was music ment for killing sound.a topic for tomorrow.
Version - that is the computer generated music rhythm .it is the instruments mixed without vocals.
Instrumental - this is the part of music that is played musicians of instruments in a rythm.
Riddim - is basically the instrumental...but in original reggae music riddim is the beat of drums and the guitars.
Albums are made by artists but controlled by record labels on every level; even the creation process.
Mixtapes- These have become underground albums today that are given away for free containing both original and unoriginal works. The soul purpose is to build a fan base not profit. Typically the artist is in complete control of this project so they decide the length, content, etc.