Monthly Archives: March 2013

Best 13 Albums of ’13: High Highs, Open Season (3 of 13)

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In case you missed it, 2013 has had a breathtaking first quarter. In the last ninety or so days, I’ve counted no less than 25 very good albums and 13 potential classics. In case you missed any of them, I’ll be rounding them up over the next few days.  High Highs Open Season January 29th, Fine Times One of the great hidden gems of this quarter came from this pensive Australian duo. While it may come off unassuming and quaint at …

Best 13 Albums of 2013: Dawn Richard, Goldenheart (2 of 13)

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In case you missed it, 2013 has had a breathtaking first quarter. In the last ninety or so days, I’ve counted no less than 25 very good albums and 13 potential classics. In case you missed any of them, I’ll be rounding them up over the next few days.  Up next, we’ve got Dawn Richard’s devastating second LP.  Dawn Richard Goldenheart January 15th, Our Dawn Fresh off two brilliant genre-bending EPs last year, the ex-Dannity Kane leader could have been forgiven for …

Best 13 Albums of 2013: A$AP Rocky, LONG.LIVE. A$AP (1 of 13)

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In case you missed it, 2013 has had a breathtaking first quarter. In the last ninety or so days, I’ve counted no less than 25 very good albums and 13 potential classics. In case you missed any of them, I’ll be rounding them up over the next few days.  Up first, we’ve got A$AP Rocky’s triumphant major label debut.   A$AP Rocky Long.Live.A$AP January 15th, RCA Proving he’s more than a Pretty Muthafucka, the Harlem MC quashed all notions that he …

Hot Jam of the Day (03.18.13): Deborah Cox – “It’s Over Now” (Annie Starlight Edit)

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Deborah Cox “It’s Over Now” (Annie Starlight Edit) Digital Single This classic, jilted-lover slow jam gets the gauzy R&B treatment, courtesy of anonymous Polish producer, Annie Starlight. Starlight’s sequined synth droplets deftly frame its protagonist’s wrath, performed by a particularly irate Deborah Cox. The undulating melody brilliantly adds to the tension of the original, resulting in a remix that feels simultaneously fresh and familiar.

Quick Jam: Baths, “Miasma Sky”

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Baths “Miasma Sky” Obsidian (out 5/28 on Anticon) Check out the atmospheric new single from Baths — the project of LA-based producer Will Wiesenfeld. He seems to be continuing his shift from glitchy, disjointed dancefloor tracks to spacey avant-pop. Dig it.

Hot Jam of the Day (03.15.13): BenZel: “Semi Detached”

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BenZel “Semi-Detached” (f/ Cass Lowe & Chance The Rapper) Digital Single It’s starting to really feel like this NYC-via-Japan teenage duo is on to something special. Though members Umi Takahashi and Yoko Watanabe have kept their faces hidden, they are building quite the identity, thanks to their impeccably crafted brand of sensual dance music that is simultaneously timeless and 100% á la mode. Their new single shows that the group is capable of doing more than making infectious party jams. “Semi-Detached” is an emotive, sparse …

Hot Jam of the Day (03.14.13): Classixx, “Borderline” (f/ Jesse Kivel of Kisses)

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Classixx “Borderline” Holding On Single (out now on Innovative Leisure) If this wind-in-the-hair/sun-in-the-eyes LA-duo ever decides to employ a full-time lead singer, the velvet-voiced Kisses/Princeton frontman would be the obvious choice. Kivel’s dulcet tones are the perfect match for their gauzy, Balearic-kissed synth bliss. Both artists masterfully insert just the right amount of melancholy and nostalgia into their light, summery styles. Could be just the tonic to chase the last strands of winter away.

Hot Jam of the Day (03.11.13): Laura Marling, “Where Can I Go?”

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Laura Marling “Where Can I Go?” Once I Was An Eagle (out May 28 on Virgin) It’s quite mind boggling that British folk-singer Laura Marling has released two totally legitimate freewheeling folk LPs and one capital-B-brilliant one (2010’s I Speak Because I Can) before her 24th birthday. The Hampshire native is set to release her fourth, and its first single, “Where Can I Go?” suggests that it’ll be another quality effort. Marling definitely subscribes to the Mitchell School of Folk, armed with …

Quick Jam: DJ Rashad, “Let It Go”

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DJ Rashad “Let it Go” Rollin’ EP (out 03/19 on Hyperdub) This week, Chicago juke vet, DJ Rashad, unleashed the first single from his Hyperdub debut. While it is unsurprisingly frenetic and hyperactive, “Let it Go” is more melodic and accesible than a lot of his canon. While juke/footwork has had its fingerprints all over a variety of genres (trap, dance, witch house), it has yet to rise as a real national force, and maybe one of its great heroes will be the one …

Hot Jam of the Day (03.08.13): Ciara, “Body Party”

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Ciara “Body Party” One Woman Army (out in June on Epic Records) Today’s hot jam comes with a few extra T’s. If John Mayer is right and Jessica Simpson is “sexual napalm,” then Ciara is “sexual nuclear drone strike.” The lead single from her potentially career-defining new album turns the heat up a few hundred more degrees from her blazing Basic Instinct (2010), and sees the Atlanta native getting all Janet over a customarily sultry Mike Will Made It beat. While the …