Monthly Archives: April 2013

Hot Jam of the Day (04.23.13): Classixx,, “All You’re Waiting For” (f/ Nancy Whang)

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Classixx “All You’re Waiting For” (f/ Nancy Whang) Hanging Gardens (out 5/14 on Innovative Leisure) For their debut album, it looks like the Angelino production-duo are busting out their Rolodexes. The group’s recently-released, devestating summer track, “Borderline,” featured velvety vocals from Kisses/Princeton frontman Jesse Kivel. To follow it up, Hanging Gardens‘ brilliant second single enlists the breezy, carefree vocals of permacool ex-LCDer, sometime-Juan-MacLeaner Nancy Whang. If you’ve heard Classixx before, you know what they are all about: top-down, hair-in-the-wind, Balearic-leaning, synth-driven, good-time …

Hot Jam of the Day (04.22.13): Jai Paul, “Track 7 (Crush)”

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Jai Paul “Track 7 (Crush)” Jai Paul (out this year on 4AD) I can’t remember an artist who has sustained such a massive buzz this long (3 1/2 years) off this little material (2 songs), especially when you consider the fact that he’s done exactly zero recorded interviews, released very few photos, and has seemingly never performed live. That said, Jai Paul shut down the blogosphere last weekend, when a mysterious version of his long-awaited debut album was uploaded to Bandcamp (later, …

Hot Jam of the Day (04.21.13): OSCAR, “Never Told You

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Oscar “Never Told You” Digital In an online music world that’s over-saturated with information, very little is known about London-based producer/songwiter Oscar Scheller. What is known, however, is that his debut single is an effortless direct-hit of a summer pop song. Led by his emotive baritone (think Dan Bodan, Jens Lekman, Zach Condon), “Never Told You” glides along with consumate ease and grace, leaving the listener disarmed by its scintillating simplicity. Something tells me this won’t be the last we’ll hear from Scheller this year. Here’s hoping…

Quick Jam: Danny Brown, “#ExpressYourself”

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Danny Brown “#ExpressYourself” Digital Download When Lil’ Wayne declared himself the best rapper alive all the way back in 2008, it seemed totally ridiculous, and then over the next couple years, it just sort of became so. Though the prodigiously talented 32 year-old would never do it, with every successive track it’s getting harder and harder for me to find a rapper I’d rather listen to. This non-album track shows that the Detroit MC always goes hard, even on his throwaway tracks.

Hot Jams of the Day (04.11.13): The National, “Dont Swallow the Cap” & “Demons”

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The National “Don’t Swallow the Cap”/”Demons” Trouble Will Find Me (out May 20 on 4AD) About a month before the all-conquering Brooklynites unleash their uber-anticipated sixth LP, we get some tasty hor d’oeuvres in the form of two of the album’s first three tracks. While the latter is exactly the kind of artful, impeccably crafted diet-dirge that characterizes large chunks of their spotty, slightly uneven 2010 release, High Violet, the former reminds us what has made them one of the two or …

Hot Jam of the Day (04.10.13): Empress Of, “Tristeza”

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Empress Of “Tristeza” Systems EP (out now on Terrible Records) After releasing a string of devastating avant-pop singles, Empress Of’s Lorely Rodriguez finally unleashed her heady, warmly disorienting proper debut EP earlier this month. On this choppy, alluring cut, the Brookyln-based, LA-native embraces her Latin American roots and unwraps her quirky vocals over some undulating dollops of synth. The genre-bending youngster has been compared to myriad experimental vocalists (Julia Holter, Beach House’s Victoria Legrand, Julianna Barwick), and while she doesn’t quite sound like any of them, …

Stream/Download This Shit: SZA, S EP

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SZA S EP Self-Released The 8-song debut EP from the self-described “Small town suburbinite” is anything but small. Over the 8 songs, SZA (né Solana Rowe) takes on myriad different genres (R&B, pop, psych, electronic) and crafts a sound all her own. Though she comes off shy in interviews, she bravely tackles topics love, loss, self-doubt and rejection with startling honesty and vulnerability. It’s her first of three EPs set to drop, and if they are half as strong as this …

Hot Jam of the Day (04.09.13): Postiljonen, “Supreme”

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Postiljonen “Supreme” Digital Single (out now on Hybris) While the Air France comparisons are premature and frankly unfair, you can see where they come from. The dreamy trio effortlessly glides in their legendary countrymen’s Balearic jetstream, with the same celestial melodies, elegiac vocals, and youthful, nostalgic spirit. Many may have missed their brilliant 2012 singles (namely, the sweeping We Raise Our Hearts), but as long as the mercurial Swedes continues to weave these kind of wind-in-your-hair classics, the blogosphere is …