Monthly Archives: March 2014

Hot Jam of the Day: EMA, “3Jane”

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EMA “3Jane” The Future’s Void (out 04.08 on Matador) Cathartic post-rocker, Erika M. Anderson’s follow-up to 2011’s emotional suckerpunch,  Past Life Martyred Saints, is just around the corner. Its third single shows what makes her open-hearted, dear-diary style so arresting. “3Jane” deals with the harrowing fall-out from releasing an album as personal and honest as Past Life Martyred Saints. She articulately deals with the disassociation and anxiety that rose from feeling like she “blew her soul out across the Interwebs.” She candidly admits that the …

Hot Jam of the Day: August Alsina, “Kissin’ on My Tattoos”

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August Alsina “Kissin’ on My Tattoos” Testimony (out 04.15 on Radio Killa/Def Jam) If you had forgotten that the New Orleans native is a protégé of The-Dream, this song will remind you. The 21 year-old sensation’s most recent single is some straight up St. Terius shit, as Alsina weaves his easy tenor over a romantic, classic soul ballad. Reminiscent of the CLASSIC “Purple Kisses,” August crafts a believable, heartfelt devotional without losing his playful spirit and individuality. The production is lush, and the …

Hot Jams of the Day: Yung Lean, “Gatorade” (Lido Remix) // Disclosure, “Latch” (Lido Remix)

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Yung Lean “Gatorade” (Lido Remix) Disclosure “Latch” (Lido Remix) Last week, I went to see Cashmere Cat and Trippy Turtle at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, and while Cash Cat is always a great show, I was completely floored by the still-anonymous opening act. While Trippy Turtle is best-known for his ravenous Jersey Club remixes, it was these two remixes from Norweigan producer, Lido (who is possibly one of Trippy Turtle’s pseudonyms, it’s complicated), that really brought the house down. He opened with the …

Images & Words: Fear of Men, “Luna”

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Fear of Men “Luna” Loom (out 4.22 on Kanine) Longtime TP-favorites, Fear of Men are finally unleashing their proper debut LP. After debut singles, “Alta/Waterfall,” the Brighton outfit released the excellent, “Luna,” a cascade of jangly guitars and Jess Weiss’ ever-emotive vocals and lyrics. Check out its artful visual treatment below.

Album of the Week: The War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream

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The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream Secretly Canadian It’s been a remarkable musical year already, but the hazy Philly rockers’ third album has been one of the picks of the bunch. For better or worse, frontman Adam Granduciel has always been compared with fellow Philadelphian and former W.O.D. guitarist Kurt Vile. While the narrative seemed to be that Granduciel would always be in his shadow, this brilliant LP proves that he is no sideman. In fact, it could be easily argued …

Hot Jam of the Day: HAERTS, “Call My Name”

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HAERTS “Call My Name” From Untitled New LP The unpronounceable/unspellable Brooklyn synth-poppers return with their most ambitious cut to date. Over the last couple years, the quartet has been consistently pumping out dreamy, nostalgic jams, but “Call My Name” ratchets the melodrama up to 11. Their delightfully-named vocalist, Nini Fabi (which sounds like a fancy Greenpoint Bistro), stamps her authority all over the gauzy, evocative synth-line, doubtlessly a bi-product of many rainy nights listening to The Radio Dept. With that kind of arraignment, it’s easy for …

Hot Jam of the Day: Samo Sound Boy, “Open” (Motions Remix)

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Samo Sound Boy “Open” (Motions Remix) Digital Single The Body High mainman’s exquisite recent single gets a tasteful redesign from one half of the defunct London production team, Grown Folk. Though Motions (né Brenden Neal) doesn’t deviate too much from SSB’s original, he throws a massive four-to-the-floor over the top of it, which functions a pulsating beating heart to go with its wall of atmospheric synths and celestial vocal samples. Body High has sort of etched out a reputation as a rising …

Hot Jam of the Day: Jacques Greene, “No Excuse”

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Jacques Greene “No Excuse” Phantom Vibrate (out 03.28 on LuckyMe) The talented Montreal-native has been very prolific in recent years, and he’s reached a new zenith with this billowy, swaggering new single. Greene builds around a languishing vocal sample, fortifying it with dreamy synths and a banging percussion pattern. You don’t hear a lot of songs that so perfectly balance delicate melodies with beats that knock this hard, but he tiptoes the line masterfully. By the time it resolves into …

Hot Jam of the Day: Phon.o, “Moonwalk”

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Phon.o “Moonwalk” Cracking Space Pt. 1 (out 03.28 on 50Weapons) The first taste of the Berlin-based producer’s new EP, “Moonwalk” is an oceanic, mantric return to form. A few years removed from the fantastic Black Boulder, the innovative composer (né Carsten Aermes) is showing no signs of fading, and “Moonwalk” highlights his incredible melodic touch and ability to pull maximum feelings out of minimal arraignments. Aermes matches a faraway, truncated vocal sample with an expansive, affecting synthscape, resulting in a song …

Images & Words: YG, “Who Do You Love?” (f/ Drake)

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YG “Who Do You Love?” (f/ Drake) My Krazy Life (out 03.18 on CTE/Def Jam) You’ve probably heard this song, and also you’ve seen the video a thousand times. That said, one of Young Angel’s best recent verses gets visuals, and YG and Mustard are putting my home state back on that map. That’s more than enough to warrant a post.