Monthly Archives: December 2013

Best of 2013: The Best Tracks of 2013 (Honorable Mention)

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It’s the time again — time to pick over the bones of an incredible year of music. Over the next few days, I’ll roll out my favorite tracks of the year. Let’s kick things off with 10 songs that didn’t quite make it out of the incredibly crowded field. That said, they absolutely deserve your attention. Willis Earl Beal: “Too Dry to Cry” from Nobody Knows (XL) While I’ll never claim to be a great blues historian, I do know …

Stream/Download this Shit: Angel Haze, Dirty Gold

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Angel Haze Dirty Gold (Island/Republic Records?) It’s been raining awesome surprise LPs recently, and this one just might be the pick of the bunch. Being pegged as the next great female MC has been a bit of a poisoned chalice, as demonstrated by the disappointing Nicki Minaj and the now mostly-irrelevant Azealia Banks, but the 22 year-old is made of sterner stuff. To be honest, I’m still working my way through Dirty Gold, but holy hell, it’s impressive. She’s always been a thought-provoking lyricist …

Best of 2013: The Best Mixtapes of 2013

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These days, I’m not even sure what the difference between a mixtape and an album are, but I do know that it was a hell of a year for mixtapes. Here are my picks of a very healthy litter. Be on the look-out for my singles and albums lists. They should be dropping before the end of the year. 10. Caleb James The Jones Chicago, IL Hottest Jams: “Ride With Me,” “24s” While his associate Chance the Rapper rightfully lapped …

Best of 2013: The Best Remixes of 2013

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It’s that time of year again, where I round up my favorite tracks of the year. First up, we’ve got my favorite remixes. Stay tuned for an albums, mixtapes, and singles list. 10. Friends “The Way” (Blood Orange Re-Edit/Duet) The Way (Digital Single) Dev Hynes’ dramatic vocals have always worked best when flanked by a powerful female voice, so his re-work of IRL girlfriend Samantha Urbani’s stunning power ballad is unsurprisingly spectacular. Some have written him off as a cheesy pastiche …

Stream / Download This Shit: Tev’n, Solitude

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Tev’n Solitude Self-Released I know I said Thunder Penguin was going dark, but this is simply too good not to post. The North London R&B newcomer’s debut mixtape is murky, restrained, darkly seductive, and beautiful in all the right ways. Via, the homies at Dummy.

Hot Jams of the Day: Two New PMR Gems from Javeon and Dornik

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Programming Note: Thunder Penguin will be mostly dark for the next few weeks, while I work on some year-end lists. They should (key word: should) start popping up by the third week of December. Thanks for your continued readership. Javeon “Give Up” Give Up (out 12.15 on PMR) Dornik “Rebound” From Forthcoming PMR Release PMR caps off a banner year with new tracks from a pair of R&B’s brightest new voices. Javeon (formerly Javeon McCarthy) has been kicking around for a while, and …