Monthly Archives: May 2014

Download This Shit: Life Sim, This Life

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Life Sim This Life EP PC Music PC Music is officially in “can’t feel my face” mode, cranking out a steady stream of exhilarating, progressive pop that is as combustable as Floyd Mayweather at FatBurger. Its most recent release is a swirling, genre-bending six-song EP from long-time cohort, Life Sim. Life Sim — like peers Doss, Ana Caprix, and A.G. Cook — take a gorgeously curatorial approach to making pop music. This Life draws from disparate influences, ranging from trance to vaporwave to …

Hot Jam of the Day: Lana Del Rey, “Shades of Cool”

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Lana Del Rey “Shades of Cool” Ultraviolence (out 06.13 on Interscope) I wasn’t quite prepared to say it after last month’s sweeping, “West Coast,” but Ms. Lana has officially well and truly got her mawfuckin’ groove back. Seemingly doomed to be pop music’s Lindsey Lohan (a few great early moments followed by years of mediocrity and trainwreck), the 27 year-old seems to have re-discovered the starry-eyed nostalgia and drama that made us fall in love with her in the first …

Images & Words: Alexis Taylor, “Without a Crutch (2)”

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Alexis Taylor “Without a Crutch (2)” Await Barbarians (out June 10 on Domino) Throughout his nearly 15-year career with Hot Chip, Alexis Taylor has penned a glut of gorgeous, lovelorn ballads. Whether the romantic “We’re Looking for a Lot of Love” or my personal favorite, “Alley Cats,” Taylor’s delicate, evocative falsetto is simply built for the kind of breathtaking life-affirmers that leave you searching for either your lighter or your phone to text your ex. All those years on, the Londoner …

Hot Jam of the Day: Jacques Greene, “No Excuse” (Fort Romeau Remix)

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Jacques Greene “No Excuse” (Fort Romeau Remix) Phantom Vibrate Remixes EP (out May 30 on LuckyMe) Jacques Greene’s outstanding, Phantom Vibrate, has been heavy rotation since in dropped last month, and now it is getting the full remix treatment. Yung Gud’s delicious “No Excuse” remix has been floating around for a while, but this sweltering, monolithic re-work from London stalwart Fort Romeau is our first official taste of the EP. Romeau (né Michael Greene, no relation) expertly builds an arid, ephemeral arraignment around the …

Hot Jam of the Day: Tinashe, “Days in the West”

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Tinashe “Days in the West” Digital Single The rising LA-based vocalist adds some welcome bite to Drake’s recent single “Days in the East.” Somebody must have rubbed the 21 year-old the wrong way, because she comes out swinging here. Taking on critics, haters, and the industry at large, Tinashe pulls no punches, seductively expressing her frustrations with lines like “I’m tired of you not doing your research, look me up.” As fraught as she seems, her elastic, gorgeous vocals help her rise above it, guaranteeing …

Hot Jam of the Day: Lido, “Money”

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Lido “Money” I Love You (out June 9 on Pelican Fly) After a string of devastating remixes, the shadowy Norwegian producer finally unleashes his proper debut single: a frenetic, maximalist juggernaut. The young producer is fashioning out a tasty niche for himself, living somewhere between jersey club and electro with a little dash of hip-hop. Unlike a lot of the Soundcloud riff raff, Lido’s tracks are crafted for the club, not your dorm room, and I have no doubt that “Money” will be melting …

Images & Words: Vic Mensa, “Down on My Luck”

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Vic Mensa “Down on My Luck” Digital Single The 20 year-old Chicago native’s surprisingly punchy foray on to the dance-floor gets some delightfully Groundhog Day-ish visuals. While Mensa’s omnivorous previous work suggested that he wasn’t interested in being your everyday rapper, “Down on My Luck” is still a startling left turn for him. That said, it is executed to absolute perfection, and it has to be considered a potentially star-making move for the XXL Freshman Class of ’14 member. Very few rappers are able …

Hot Jam of the Day: CFCF, “Windswept”

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CFCF “Windswept” Outsiders EP (out May 20 on Dummy/Paper Bag) Montreal-based musician, Michael Silver, has really been the gift that’s kept on giving in recent years. In 2013, he put out two exquisite releases — the instrumental, Sakamoto-inspired Music for Objects and the gorgeous Outside — and he is showing no signs of slowing down. Far from just a box-standard remix LP, Outsiders features six tracks, four of which are re-imagined Outside cuts. One of those new ones, the aptly-titled “Windswept,” is a …

Hot Jam of the Day: Lil Durk x Young Thug, “Let’s Throw a Party”

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Lil Durk “Let’s Throw a Party” (f/ Young Thug) Upcoming LP on Def Jam / Coke Boys The two best young rappers in the game + one of the best three young producers (Young Chop) = MUTH. ER. FUH. KING. GOLD. Let’s break it down. First off, Thug’s vocal melodies and cadences are off the fucking charts. Dude is one of the most innovative, versatile voices we’ve heard in a very, very long time. Durk continues to show a keen …

ThunderTape: “It’s Cold Outside, But It’s Warm in Here” (Winter ’13)

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It’s been a while since I’ve made one of these, but hopefully this is worth the wait. It was a long, fucking freezing winter. This is some of the music that kept me warm. Tracklist: ライフmidi // soundtest initialization theme atlantis // paradise lontalius // gatorade + water me mssngno // xe3 karma kid // in my arms (maths time joy rmx) drake // from time (ruddyp rmx) jonn hart // who booty? (jeftuz rmx) ciara + iamnobodi // overdose …