Monthly Archives: September 2013

Stream This Shit: Face+Heel, Chipped Tooth

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Face+Heel Chipped Tooth (out 9/30) King Arthur. Gareth Bale. A town called Llanfairpwllgwyngyll (seriously). If you haven’t figured out by now, Wales is the shit. Hailing from the coastal town of Aberystwyth, Face+Heel link the romantic with the desolate, crafting tracks that are both isolated and communal. Members Luke Taylor and Sinead McMillan both take turns weaving hushed, vulnerable vocals, reminiscent of a more esoteric version of the XX. This 3-song EP is extremely difficult to characterize — as much defined …

Hot Jam of the Day: Wet, “No Lie”

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Wet “No Lie” Wet (out 10/15 on Neon Gold) The Brooklyn trio’s debut single lives in the space between bedroom R&B (Inc., How to Dress Well, Sean Blackthorn) and down-tempo indie (the XX, Deptford Goth). It is a striking, vulnerable statement, that sees the mellifluous voice of Kelly Zutrau gliding over a sparse, guitar-washed arraignment. Though the instrumentation is spot-on, Zutrau’s the star of the show here — delivering a heartfelt dissection of a feckless relationship and sharing the melancholy …

Quick Jam: Ofei, “Tomorrow”

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Ofei “Tomorrow” Digital Single Though this London-based singer-songwriter has kept an enigmatic image, if you pay attention to his music, you can learn a lot about the man. “Tomorrow” is a direct, resplendent synth-cum-piano ballad, driven by his expressive vocals, “dear diary” lyrics, and quirky, disarming melodies. Ofei’s voice is a singular one that deserves much more pub than it has received. While we’re at it, check out his beautiful video for “London.”

Hot Jams of the Day: Future, “Honest” & “Sh!t”

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Future “Honest” (Ryan Hemsworth Remix) + “Sh!t” Honest (out November 26 on Freebandz) Besides having one of the coolest given names in hip-hop (Nayvadius D. Wilburn), the 29 year-old ATLien has cemented himself over the last 18 months as one of the most fascinating voices and premier hit-makers in hip-hop. After his spellbinding debut, Pluto, Wilburn’s second album could be the one that finally catapults him into the mainstream limelight his prodigious talent deserves. These two pre-release singles show Mr …

Hot Jam of the Day: Movement, “Us”

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Movement “Us” Movement Single (out 9/23 on Modular People) The Sydney-based group has already released one impeccable single this year, and their follow-up to June’s “Feel Real” is more than a worthy successor. On “Us,” the trio dims the lights even further, crafting an inconceivably sexy slow burner. Like The XX with more back to it, the record swims seductively in the space between R&B and deep house — gently, yet forcefully you into the water.

Hot Jam of the Day: Ejecta, “Afraid of the Dark”

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Ejecta “Afraid of the Dark” Dominae (out in November on Driftless) Rejoice! My dude Joel Ford (Ford + Lopatin, Airbird, Tigercity) is back with another electro-pop project. This time, the Greenpoint resident is teaming up with Neon Indian and all-around Mega-Foxx Leanne Macomber, and their debut single is just as luscious as you’d expect. Macomber’s alluring delivery is supported by Ford’s signature, hyper-melodic synths and 8-bit percussion, resulting in a romantic, sprightly summer jam.

Quick Jam: Best Coast, “I Don’t Know How”

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Best Coast “I Don’t Know How” Fade Away (out 10/22 on Jewel City) Bethany Cosentino’s Best Coast has grown so much since its inception as a fuzzy, dreamy, lo-fi garage pop group. In just four years, Cosentino and band-mate (and old babysitter) Bobb Bruno have let their love for Fleetwood Mac guide them to a fuller, more developed sound. While I will always love those original singles (I was living in their native LA at the time and listening to …

Images & Words: Majical Cloudz, “This is Magic” (Live Pitchfork Session)

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Majical Cloudz “This is Magic” (Live Pitchfork Session) Original appears on Impersonator (out now on Matador) There really hasn’t been an artist I’ve felt more unsure about this year than Montreal’s Majical Cloudz. My old roommate (whose opinions I value incredibly highly) has been singing Impersonator‘s praises since it came out, but I just could never quite get into it. I decided to go see them live last Friday, as a last chance for me to really understand the album. …

Hot Jam of the Day: Danny Brown, Side A (Old)

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Danny Brown “Side A (Old)” Old (out 9/30 on Fool’s Gold) Another killer track from one of the most anticipated albums of the year, “Side A (Old)” sees the 32 year-old Detroit native (and reigning Best Rapper Alive) in a comparatively reflective, mellow mood. While his signature sing-song, uber-hype flow may be palpably dialed back, there is still plenty of tension here — an ever-present in Danny World. It may not hit as hard as a lot of his other …

Hot Jam of the Day: SOHN, “Lessons”

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SOHN “Lessons” Lessons (out 9/23) It’s always a good day when this mysterious Austrian singer bequeaths another moody, slow-burning new single on the blogosphere. Like its scintillating predecessor, “Bloodflows,” “Lessons” is a carefully crafted, expansive track that unfolds slowly before presenting its true beauty near the end. There’s still no official word of a debut LP, but as long as the singles of this standard, I’ll be listening.