Monthly Archives: April 2014

Hot Jam of the Day: Tink x Jeremih, “Don’t Tell Nobody” (f/ Jeremih)

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Tink “Don’t Tell Nobody” (f/ Jeremih) Digital Single This has been floating around the Interwebz for a couple of weeks, but we finally get a high-quality, tag-free version. Two of the most talented young vocalists in music right now, Jeremih and Tink combine their alluring voices to incredible effect, resulting in a sexual a-bomb. Riding bouncy production from fellow Chicagoans, The Internz, Jeremih and Tink exchange effortless cum-ons, weaving in-between trap hi-hats and booming sub-bass. One of the tracks of the …

Images & Words: The-Dream, “Black”

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The-Dream “Black” Digital Single Any time the patron saint of Thunder Penguin drops a surprise track, it’s a day for celebration. Any time the the track is this powerful, topical, and evocative, it should be a national fucking holiday. Coming off the back of the weakest solo album of his bulletproof career, IV Play (2013), Nash returns with a forceful statement on the state of race in America — wrapped in a hopeful, soulful ballad, reminiscent of the great Marin Gaye. The …

Hot Jam of the Day: Jacques Greene, “Feel What”

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Jacques Greene “Feel What” Phantom Vibrate EP (out 04.29 on LuckyMe) On the eve of its American release, Jacques Greene gives us the second taste of his highly-anticipated new EP. Like first single, “No Excuse,” “Feel What” is a moody, engulfing ride, packed with undulating sub-bass, engaging percussion, and soulful vocal samples. In his short career, the Montréal native has cultivated a reputation for being an adept songwriter, as well as a great DJ and producer, and tracks like this will only …

Starting V: My Favorite DJ Rashad Tracks

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Late last night, a friend texted me that legendary Chicago house/footwork/juke producer Rashad “DJ Rashad” Harden had passed away at  just 35. Anytime someone passes away at such an age, it is an impossible tragedy, and all thoughts and prayers must be extended to his family and friends. However, the timing of Harden’s death is even crueler because he was finally starting to get the international recognition that his genius, vision, and innovation deserved. His fifth LP, Double Cup, was one of the best …

Hot Jam of the Day: The 2 Bears, “Angel (Touch Me)”

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The 2 Bears “Angel (Touch Me)” The Night is Young (out in September on Southern Fried) Veteran DJ Raf Rundell and Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard are back with a follow-up to their excellent house debut, Be Strong (2012). “Angel (Touch Me)” picks up where their blissful first effort left off, pairing a swiveling backbeat with buoyant keyboards and a sticky vocal melody. The 2 Bears have never been afraid to embrace the cheesy, because they know that, when done right, cheesy can …

Hot Jam of the Day: Devonte Hynes, “Palo Alto”

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Devonté Hynes “Palo Alto” Palo Alto: Music from the Motion Picture (out June 3 on Domino) Ten years ago, I never would have imagined that people like Aaron Sorkin and Mike Judge would spend time in nondescript stretch of suburbia that I grew up on, let alone devote their precious brain-space to it. James Franco, on the other hand, never had a choice. In 2010, the 36 year-old Palo Alto-native penned collection of short stories about growing up in said suburbia, which I’ve never …

Hot Jam of the Day: Hannah Diamond, “Attachment”

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Hannah Diamond “Attachment” Digital Single Following up peculiar pop gem, “Pink and Blue,” the esoteric vocalist returns with a similarly cracked heartbreak jam. On “Attachment,” the Londoner straddles the line between cute and crazy with grace and dexterity, prancing her “lovelorn chipmunk” vocals over a maximalist, neon synth arraignment. Like her debut single, there are huge K-Pop and J-Pop undertones here, which add a freshness to her simple pop melodies. It’s hard to tell what the future holds for Diamond, but a …

Hot Jam of the Day: WIFE, “Heart is a Far Light”

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WIFE “Heart is a Far Light” What’s Between (out 06.10 on Tri Angle) If first single, “Heart is a Far Light,” is any indication, the Altar of Plagues frontman’s debut LP for Tri Angle is set to be one of the most bewitching, atmospheric of the year. Based around a taut guitar part and James Kelly’s hypnotic, layered voices, the track beautifully unravels to a piece much larger than the sum of its spare, minimalistic parts. The Irishman’s vulnerable vocals disarm the listener, giving the …

Album of the Week: August Alsina, Testimony

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August Alsina Testimony Out now on Radio Killa/ Def Jam In the last couple of years, millions of words have been written about the deconstruction of R&B. The common narrative reads that the antiquated, oft-problematic genre needed a re-think, a shot in the arm. Artists like the Weeknd, Frank Ocean, and Miguel were crowned as the men for the job — the forward-thinking minds ready to drag R&B into the 21st century (read: make traditionally black music palatable to white audiences). Before …

Images & Words: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, “Live in NYC”

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart “Live in NYC” Songs taken from Days of Abandon (out 05.13 on Slumberland) The Pains of Being Pure at Heart treated a small group of lucky people to a preview of their third LP, rolling through six new tracks. Judging by these cuts, Kip Berman and co. are about to unleash the best work of their career, and the new songs absolutely nail the balance beetween buoyant and melancholy that makes so much of the source …