Monthly Archives: February 2013

Hot Jam of the Day (02.28.13): Young Dreams, “First Days of Something”

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Young Dreams “First Days of Something” Between Places (out 03.01 on Modular) Norwegian dream-pop collective, Young Dreams, are rapidly becoming known for their affecting storytelling through both videos and music (who can forget their troubling “Fog of War” clip?). Just a day before their hotly-anticipated debut LP is set to drop, they have released this powerful, disconnected slice-of-life clip for, “First Dreams of Something,” a bleary-eyed number that is bristling with anticipation and hopefulness. Some have called them the second …

Hot Jam of the Day (02.27.13): SZA, “ICE.MOON”

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SZA “ICE.MOON” S (due out this Spring) Whoa. This is brilliant from the soulful St. Louis-native. This, the first single from her follow-up to 2012’s solid, See.SZA.Run, will appeal to folks who are feeling the progressive R&B boom, and the single reminds me a lot of the sensual restraint of Dawn Richard. The young singer has managed to play her cards pretty close to her (rhinestone-encrusted) vest, but if the rest of S is as enchanting as this, her coming out …

Hot Jam of the Day (02.21.13): Bloc Party, “Truth” (Jerome LOL Remix)

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Bloc Party “Truth” (Jerome LOL Remix) Truth EP (out  When it comes to nailing a feeling, LA-based producer Jerome LOL never seems to need more than a line. From the now-defunct LOL Boys’ stunning “Changes” (“Things wont change until we do”) to his unfuckwitable remix of The-Dream’s “Can’t Wait to Hate You” demo (“Today I’m gonna get over you”), his work offers a stark contrast to the maximalism of much of his contemporaries. The former LOL Boy strikes again with his …

Download this Shit: Araabmuzik, For Professional Use Only

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Araabmuzik For Professional Use Only Self-Released If you haven’t heard Abraham “Araabmuzik” Orellana’s music, it’s probably best described somewhere between “total sonic onslaught” and “nuclear scud attack.” While Professional Use Only is teaming with the Rhode Island-native’s signature maximalism, there are ample moments of respite, usually in the form of tasteful, EDM vocal hooks. As the name suggests, this is really just a glimpse into his sensational live show, which I was lucky enough to take in late last year. First timers might be …

Images & Words: Disclosure x AlunaGeorge, “White Noise”

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Disclosure x AlunaGeorge: “White Noise” Rising Brits, Disclosure & AlunaGeorge, treat us to some of the fiercest dude-dancing-by-himself action since Kevin Bacon tore up that factory.

Hot Jam of the Day (02.20.13): London Grammar, “Metal & Dust”

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London Grammar “Metal & Dust” Metal & Dust / Hey Now 7″ (out 02/25 on Metal & Dust) I approached young London trio, London Grammar, with quite a bit of apprehension after their admitedly very impressive debut single, “Hey Now,” hit late last year. Simply put, they felt a little too good to be true. Their sound and image seemed a little too fully realized for such a young band, and as we learned from our dear friend Señorita Del Rey, …

Hot Jam of the Day (02.19.13): Rhye, “Open” (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)

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Rhye “Open” (Ryan Hemsworth) The original will appear on Rhye’s Woman (due out 3/5 on Loma Vista) There are some songs that you know you love before you even hear it. I’ve been moderately obsessed with the Sade-recalling duo, formed by Canadian producer Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal of soulful Danish group Quadron, and everything Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth turns to solid, body-rockin’, Trinidad-James-level gold. Sure enough, Hemsworth adds his signature deft touch to the spellbinding, seductive original, resulting in a re-imagination that feels new …

Hot Jam of the Week (02.16.13): Shy Girls, “Under Attack”

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Shy Girls “Under Attack” From Upcoming Debut LP This luscious, expansive slow jam from Portland septet Shy Girls is guaranteed to make you feel feelings — even if they aren’t positive ones. You can scoff at 80’s guitar tone, roll your eyes at vocalist Dan Vidmar’s charmin-smooth falsetto, or legitimately LOL at the opulent, Hornsbyish sax solo, but the seductive “Under Attack” will make you feel something, which is, of course, the whole point of pop music. It certainly makes me feel something. …

Hot Jam of the Day (02.18.13): CHVRCHES, “Recover” (CID RIM Remix)

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CHVRCHES “Recover” Recover EP (out March 25 on Virgin) Last year, likely Scottish synth-pop trio, CHVRCHES (pronounced “Churches”), parlayed a pair of delicious, blogosphere-wankfest-inducing singles (“Lies” & “The Mother We Share”) into a coveted spot on BBC’s Sound of 2013 shortlist. Their upcoming debut’s lead single, “Recover,” is bristling with the virility and directness of their past successes, and while the original is brilliant, this remix from UK veteran, CID RIM, stretches it to new heights with a mind-bending barrage of synth …

Hot Jam of the Day (02.14.13): Tyler, The Creator, “Domo 23”

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Tyler, The Creator “Domo 23” WOLF (out April 2 on Odd Future Records) 5 reasons to care about Odd Future mainman Tyler, The Creator’s new song and video. 1. That it caused “Fookie Bookie” to trend on Twitter. 2. That Domo is doing the fat dude in a pool thing by wearing a t-shirt in a wrestling ring. 3. Surprise Frank Ocean at the end! Even a little Frank is better than no Frank at all. 4. The realization that …