Monthly Archives: August 2013

Quick Jam: Aaliyah, “One in a Million” (Visionist Remix)

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Aaliyah “One in a Million” (Visionist Remix) Digital Single 12 years on from her tragic passing, Aaliyah’s footprint on pop music is as indelible as ever. This creepy, evocative remix from the forward-thinking Londoner is another worthy tribute to the late visionary. Visionist handles one of her most important songs with paramount care, keeping the intoxicating vocal in tact, while twisting the arraignment into a darkly delicious slice of future pop.

Hot Jam of the Day: The First 11 Minutes of the New Darkside Album

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Darkside First 11 Minutes of New Album Untitled New LP (out ???? on Other Lives) A couple years removed from their impeccable debut EP, NYC/Chilean production wonderkid Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington are at it again. Their forthcoming LP was announced in a typically cryptic, out-of-the-blue manner, with Jaar tweeting that they would be playing it in its entirety last Tuesday on the Lower East Side. After that, the duo released the disc’s first 11 minutes online, and while little else …

Hot Jam of the Day: Sam Smith, “Nirvana”

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Sam Smith “Nirvana” Nirvana EP (out late summer on PMR) While most only know him for his star-turning performance on Disclosure’s mega-jam “Latch,” the Hertfordshire-native has been lending his smooth vocals to a number of excellent nu-deep house / future garage singles for most of 2013. His latest track, “Nirvana,” is more of a classic soul jam, as the 21 year-old gets his ladykiller on over a slinky guitar line and a cascading melody. Prince’s influence on pop music has never …

Stream This Shit: Volcano Choir, Repave

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Volcano Choir Repave Out 8/27 on Jagjaguwar What’s in a name? Evidently, a hell of a lot. If this album would have been released under the “Bon Iver” name instead of “Volcano Choir” one, the Internet would be rabidly awaiting the album, like a ravenous golden retriever desperate for a the belly-rub of all belly-rubs. As things stand, however, Repave has kind of slipped through the cracks, but make no mistake, this is one of the best things Vernon has ever …

Hot Jam of the Day: Fat Trel, “Niggaz Dying”

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Fat Trel “Niggaz Dying” SDMG (Self-Released) It only takes the rising Washington DC rapper a few seconds to reference colleague Lil’ Durk’s stunning single, “Dis Ain’t What You Want.” Cut from a similar cloth, Fat Trel’s affecting, somber slow-burner deals with a lot of the same emotions and realities, arguably in an even more articulate, erudite manner. Buoyed by a dreamy soundscape and an original hi-hat pattern courtesy of Canadian producer JGRAMM BEATS, the single brings us into the 23 …

Quick Jam: Peter Hadar, “Magic” (Fingalick Remix)

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Peter Hadar “Magic” (Fingalick Remix) Digital Single A couple months back, New Jersey alt-R&B singer Peter Hader dropped one of the boner-iest boner jams of the year, so it’s not altogether surprising that its first official remix comes from a guy called Fingalick. The Lithuanian producer (né Tomas Narkevicius) has been around for a few years, and his deep house veneer is a fresh coating for Hadar’s rhinestone-encrusted vocals.

Hot Jam of the Day: Cyril Hahn x Shy Girls, “Perfect Form” (Kaytranada Remix)

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Cyril Hahn “Perfect Form” (f/ Shy Girls) (Kaytranada Remix) Digital Single I was preparing my “Best Songs of 2013” list, when Canadian producer/remix master, Cyril Hahn, dropped his scorching debut single, so I didn’t have a chance to write about it. The brilliant, moody cut featured a silky assist from Shy Girls vocalist Dan Vidmar. Earlier today, rising Montreal-native Kaytranada (goddamn, Montreal is killin’ it right now) gave me a reason to bring it back up, in the form of this restrained, …

Images & Words: Mutya Keisha Siobhan, “Flatline”

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Mutya Keisha Siobhan “Flatline” From Upcoming 2014 LP The founding members of the Sugababes’ undeniable, Dev Hynes-assisted summer jam finally gets a visual treatment. Though it looks like it was shot on Instagram, the video captures the carefree, breezy feel of the cut, which is undoubtedly one of the songs of the summer.

Stream This Shit: King Krule, Julianna Barwick, Earl Sweatshirt, Julia Holter

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Streams for four of my most-anticipated albums of the second half of 2013 popped up this week. All of them come highly recommended. Dig in. King Krule 6 Feet Beneath The Moon Out August 24 on True Panther / XL I’ve been fawning over the gravel-voiced, 19 year-old Londoner (né Archy Marshall) for the last few years, and after a few preliminary listens, I feel comfortable saying that this (his long-awaited debut LP) is the album we’ve been waiting for. A …

Hot Jam of the Day: Yuck, “Middle Sea”

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Yuck “Middle Sea” Glow & Behold (out 10/1 on Fat Possum) When the news broke last year that frontman Daniel Blumberg was leaving the band, I assumed that we’d never get a proper follow-up to the Londoners’ Gin Blossoms-tastic 2011 debut. However, the group has decided to soldier on as a three-piece with guitarist Max Bloom taking over main singing and songwriting duties. Judging by their first two singles, it looks like there is life after losing their singer. Like …