Monthly Archives: January 2014

Quick Jam: Keep Shelly in Athens, “Old Time Glory”

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Keep Shelly in Athens “Old Time Glory” Digital Single (Cascine) Another slice of Balearic pop bliss for this chilly January day, the Greek duo’s lovely “Old Time Glory” recalls why they were so hotly tipped when they burst onto the scene a few years back. Sadly, the single came with the news that their wispy, dreamy vocalist, Sarah P, is moving on to other things, though the KSIA pledges to carry on with a new vocalist. It’s a nice cap …

Hot Jam of the Day: Yumi Zouma – “A Long Walk Home for Parted Lovers”

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Yumi Zouma “A Long Walk Home for Parted Lovers” Yumi Zouma (out 2/10 on Cascine) A third glistening cut from the New Zealand dream-pop trio’s upcoming 4-song EP, “A Long Walk Home for Parted Lovers” is another impeccably crafted slab of sepia-tinged nostalgia. It’s been especially well-received by my earbuds, as the east coast is in the midst of a fuckkkking frigid winter. However, tracks like this make those balmy nights and long afternoons feel not that far away. Also, check …

Download This Shit: Young Thug x Bloody Jay, Black Portland

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Young Thug x Bloody Jay Black Portland (self-released) Two of Atlanta’s rising stars combine forces for an exhilarating 11-song set that highlights their esoteric, freewheeling styles to perfection. The former, born Jeffrey Williams, is one of the brightest voices in current hip-hop, mixing a little bit of Future/Rich Homie Quan robo-flow with a heavy dose of Gucci Mane WTF-ness and the relentless energy of Gunplay. In short, Black Portland is gloriously shackle-free allowing both artists to truly explore the space, and the results are explosive and …

Hot Jam of the Day: Actress, “Rap”

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Actress “Rap” Ghettoville (out 1/28 on Ninja Tune) The wait for Darren “Actress” Cunningham’s massively-awaited 4th LP is nearing an end, and today we finally get a real taste of the main course. “Rap” is a surprisingly straightforward cut from the shadowy producer, built around a screwed, druggy vocal loop and a crawling, monolithic backbeat. The only thing we know about Ghettoville is that we have no fucking clue what it will sound like, but as he’s proven his whole career, the Londoner is …

Images & Words: P. Morris, “Hold Tight”

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P. Morris “Hold Tight” Cold Confessions (Folie Deuce Compilation) The young Angelino (formerly known as Morri$) flips Justin Bieber’s “Hold Tight” to perfection in the build-up to his aptly-titled debut LP, Debut, which is due out on February 25. Morris’ work has subtlety that is sometimes hard to find in the genre, and the youngster is rapidly building a very impressive back catalogue,  including production credits for our girl Kelela, LE1F, and Feist.

Hot Jam of the Day: August Alsina, “Sucka” (DJ Sliiink, DJ Hoodboi, Trippy Turtle Remix)

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After being buried in a sea of lists, I’m finally ready to kick the new year off (only three weeks late!). Thanks again to all who continue to visit, and I’ll do my best to keep getting better and covering more music, more regularly. 2013 was a massive year in music, and here’s to an even better 2014. August Alsina “Sucka” (DJ Sliiink & DJ Hoodboi & Trippy Turtle Remix) Digital Single The current pied pipers of Jersey Club get …

Best of 2013: The Best Albums of 2013

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1. Deafheaven: Sunbather Though I grew up a huge fan, I rarely write about metal these days, but the San Francisco duo’s masterpiece is simply too good to ignore. Goregeous isn’t a word commonly used to describe black metal, but Sunbather is anything but common. Guitarist Kerry McCoy’s shoegaze-inspired melodic mastery is the perfect companion to George Clarke’s ravenous vocals and the group’s relentless blastbeats. In short, it’s an astonishing, engulfing 7-song set that firmly places the group at the top of …

Best of 2013: The Hottest Jams of 2013

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60. Slava “Girl Like Me” Raw Solutions (Software) He may have been born in Moscow, but rising producer Slava Balasanov’s sound is pure Chicago. Balasanov moved to Chicago when he was 12, and his impeccably chopped footwork is best highlighted by the frantic-yet-sultry sound of “Girl Like Me.” He laces a barrage of percussion and deep sub-bass swabs over a mantric, Chipmunk-y Ciara sample to absolute perfection, zigging and zagging wildly without ever losing the ever-present syncopated backbeat. 59. Doc Daneeka “Walk …