Monthly Archives: November 2012

Images & Words: Weekly Video Round-Up, 11.18

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When MTV stopped playing music videos, many prognosticators claimed that the music video would go the way of the dodo. How wrong they were. Nowadays, music videos are better than they’ve ever been, and every weekend, I’m going to round up the best music videos released that week. Note: Please read all of the blurbs in a sultry, Daisy Fuentes accent. 5. Miguel, “The Thrill” (Live For Yours Truly) I know it’s not a real music video, but when a …

Hot Jam of the Day (11.13.12): Face + Heel, “Laughter in the Next Room”

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Face + Heel “Laughter in the Next Room” Upcoming LP on Warm Earlier this week, I wrote about Berlin down-tempo, R&B group, Schwarz Don’t Crack, and championed them as one of the breakout stars of 2013. You can pencil this Cardiff-via-Bristol duo to that list. After releasing a string of subtly brilliant singles (especially, “One Hundred Years Deep”), the un-googlable young band is set to release a full-length early next year. It’s a good bet that their future-garage-meets-The-XX style will burn …

Hot Jam of the Day (11.12.12): Vondelpark, “Dracula”

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Vondelpark “Dracula” Seabed (out Spring ’13 on R&S) Vondelpark has always made eyes closed music. The young London-via-Surrey trio first arrived on my earbuds via two delicious, dreamy EPs — 2010’s Sauna and 2011’s nyc stuff and nyc bags — and though their first single presents a slightly less hazy sound, it feels like the group are picking up right where they left off. “I have no time for myself” is the line that sticks out most, and when Lewis Rainsbury …

Hot Jam of the Day (11.11.12): Jessie Ware x BenZel, “If You Love Me”

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Jessie Ware x Benzel “If You Love Me” Digital Single I’ve run out of ways to praise Jessie Ware. If you haven’t gotten into her stunning debut by now, I give up. The Internetz has failed you. And I have failed you too. As if I could love her anymore, she goes and caps off her unbelievable 2012 with this beautiful victory lap: a flawless cover of one of the true classics of the fabeled middle-school dance/slowjam genre. Ware handles Brownstone’s …

Images & Words: Weekly Video Round-Up, 11.11

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When MTV stopped playing music videos, many prognosticators claimed that the music video would go the way of the dodo. How wrong they were. Nowadays, music videos are better than they’ve ever been, and every weekend, I’m going to round up the best music videos released that week. Note: Please read all of the blurbs in a sultry, Daisy Fuentes accent. 5. Desire: “Tears from Heaven” The Italians Do It Better faves returned this week with their first new material …

Hot Jam of the Day (11.08.12): Schwarz Don’t Crack, “Lay You Down”

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Schwarz Don’t Crack “Lay You Down” Digital Single Springing from the suddenly scalding Berlin club scene, Schwarz Don’t Crack is yet another group that is striving to refine and redefine R&B. Their sound is built by the Crisco-smooth tenor of American vocalist Ahmad Larnes and the emotive, herky-jerky production of Germany’s Sebastian Kreis. The duo form one of the most exciting new groups of the second half of this year, and it certainly feels like we’ll be hearing a lot more from …

Hot Jam of the Day (11.01.12): Angel Haze, “Song Cry”

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Angel Haze “Song Cry” Classick (Out now and self-released)  It’s amazing how quickly exhilaration turns to tedium in music, especially in hip-hop. In the last few years, I can rattle off a laundry list of rappers who looked set to stamp their unique voices on the industry — Wiz Khalifa, Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks — but fell at the first hurdle, crushed by the weight of expectation and major label commercial expectations. I have a different feeling about Detroit-cum-NYC rapper Angel Haze. One of …

Hot Jam of the Day (10.31.12): Hot Natured & Ali Love, “Benediction”

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Hot Natured & Ali Love “Benediction” Benediction 7″ (out now on Hot Creations) A jam for a great Halloween night, “Benediction” has spent the summer blowing up dancefloors around the world, and now that it’s out, it’ll probably spend this winter blowing up earbuds. Life. Affirming. [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/65237029″ iframe=”true” /]