Monthly Archives: September 2012

Hot Jam of the Day (09.12.12): Bat for Lashes, “Marilyn”

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Bat for Lashes “Marilyn” The Haunted Man (Parlophone, out 10.23) We fell in love with the London pixie’s powerhouse last single — the captivating, old Hollywood ballad “Laura” — and now the impish Natasha Khan has bequeathed her sophomore LP’s second single on the shivering masses. Though it’s undoubtedly cut from the same dramatic cloth as its predecessor, “Marilyn” has much more of a new-age feel, as Khan unleashes her graceful falsetto over washes of synth twinkles and reverb-soaked electronic drum pads. Bat for Lashes …

Hot Jam of the Day (09.11.12): Kanye West, “Clique” (f/ Big Sean, Jay-Z)

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Kanye West “Clique” (f/ Big Sean, Jay-Z) Cruel Summer (G.O.O.D. Music, out 09/18) In honor of the recent release of Cruel Summer‘s tracklist, I’ve decided to do things a little different. On his excellent new single, the Louis Vuitton Don repeats “ain’t nobody fuckin’ with my clique” roughly 2,193 times, and that got me thinking. 1. Who exactly is in Kanye’s clique? 2. Which of said members would I be most likely to fuck with? So I decided to do a little research and make a …

Hot Jam of the Day (09.10.11): Fear of Men, “Mosaic”

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Fear of Men “Mosaic” Mosaic 7″ (Too Pure) Another sumptuous single from the British dream-pop quartet, “Mosaic” is a gauzy, immersive number driven by vocalist Jess Weiss’ heartfelt vocal and miles of jangly guitar goodness. Despite its downtrodden refrain — “Break me into pieces to feel safe/Like I’m no one” — it remains hopeful, breezy and youthful, like love could still come through in the end. It feels like a lost cut from the Empire Records soundtrack. In fact, I can just see Liv Tyler …

Hot Jam of the Day (09.09.12): The xx, Coexist

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The xx Coexist (Young Turks, out now) Generally, the point of this site is for me to put people on to what I’m listening to, but for this post, my goal is to stick up for one of the best new bands in years and thumb my nose at the critics who are stupidly criticizing their new album. After lapping up universal plaudits for their spectacular debut LP, the South London trio are facing an unfair, altogether predictable backlash from the American online press, generally …

Hot Jam of the Day (09.07.12): Lapalux, “The Hours”

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Lapalux “The Hours” Single (Self-Released) A couple of years ago, this esoteric, Essex-based producer turned my head with the spacious, heady “Time Spike Jamz” — the lead single from his devastating Many Faces Out of Focus EP. Since then, the artist governmentally known as Stuart Howard has released his brilliant Brainfeeder debut, When You’re Gone, and is set to release another EP this year. Like much of his best work, “The Hours” is all about mood, and the 22 year-old’s mood ring is colored …

Hot Jam of the Day (09.06.12): Cat Power, “Cherokee” (Nico Jaar Remix)

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Cat Power “Cherokee” (Nico Jaar Remix) Sun (Matador, out now) Chan “Cat Power” Marshall is simply not made for the Internet era. Marshall has thumbed her nose at a music world (and culture at large) that demands that an artist constantly be connecting with their audience, whether it’s with new music, through social media, or via an endless touring schedule. That’s never been the Atlanta native’s modus operandi, and it never will be. It’s been six years since she’s given us …

Hot Jam of the Day (09.05.12): Flying Lotus, “Until The Quiet Comes”

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Flying Lotus “Until the Quiet Comes” a Short Film By Kahlil Joseph With music from Until The Quiet Comes (Warp, out 10/2) Today’s Hot Jam of the Day isn’t really a jam at all, but when Flying Lotus releases any glimpses of new music, it qualifies. Accompanied by some arresting visuals courtesy of rising filmaker Kahlil Joseph, we get tastes of three new evocative FlyLo (né Steven Elliot) tracks. All three feature his signature impossibly layered arraignments, lush melodies, and spot-on drum patterns. …

Hot Jam of the Day (09.04.12): How to Dress Well, “& It Was U”

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How to Dress Well “& It Was U” Total Loss (Tri Angle, out 9/17) One of the great fallacies that surrounded ethereal R&B singer Tom Krell’s debut album, Love Remains, is that it was “depressing.” While it dealt with heavy issues (mostly the passing of Krell’s close friend) openly and bravely, How to Dress Well’s first LP had its fair share of playful, inspiring, and hopeful moments. The Colorado native has never hidden his love of saccharine radio R&B, and this cut is …

Hot Jam of the Day (08.02.12): Elite Gymnastics, “Andreja 4-Ever”

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Elite Gymnastics “Andreja 4-Ever” Digital Single When Josh Clancy left Elite Gymnastics earlier this summer, sole remaining member James Brooks assured fans that the group’s sound wouldn’t be affected, as Clancy mostly contributed to group’s design. Based on this track alone, that statement rings false, and that actually might not be a bad thing. “Andreja 4-Ever” is easily the most accesible thing to be released under the Elite GZ moniker with much of their ever-present, chaotic wall of sound stripped away. Frankly, …

Hot Jam of the Day (09.01.12): Sky Ferreira, “Everything Is Embarrassing”

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Sky Ferreira “Everything is Embarrassing” Ghost (EMI, out 10/2) Everybody knows that a brilliant hook is essential to a great pop song. But what separates a great pop song from a special one? The bridge: the most under-appreciated, overlooked, difficult-to-nail facet of a truly satisfying four minutes. The best middle 8’s dive headlong into the spotlight, snatching it away from the prima donna choruses that they are surrounded by. Most of the best pop tracks — Wham’s “Careless Whisper” & Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love to …