Monthly Archives: August 2014

Hot Jam of the Day: Dan Bodan, “Jaws of Life”

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Dan Bodan “Jaws of Life” Soft (out 10.28 on DFA) I awoke Tuesday morning to a delightful email. The Berlin-based crooner’s long-awaited debut LP finally has a release date, and in “Jaws of Life,” I got a third taste of the ten-song effort. Like nearly all of his bulletproof back catalogue, “Jaws of Life” lurches along at a languid pace, smearing Bodan’s pillow top soft tenor over a romantic arraignment. He’s always been an exquisite storyteller, armed with a disarming, …

Hot Jam of the Day: Kaytranada, “Leave Me Alone” (f/ Shay Lia)

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Kaytranada “Leave Me Alone” (f/ Shay Lia) So Bad EP (out this fall on XL) The lead single from Kaytranada’s new effort is a gorgeous, downtempo effort and yet another reminder of how well the 21 year-old treats female vocals. Kay builds a sweltering arrangement around the muted coo of fellow Montreal resident, Shay Lia. Like a lot of his work, “Leave Me Alone” lives in the the grey area between R&B and deep house, resulting in a track that …

Hot Jam of the Day: DJ Khaled x Jeremih x August Alsina x Chris Brown x Future, “Hold You Down”

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DJ Khaled “Hold You Down” (f/ Jeremih, August Alsina, Chris Brown, Future) I Changed A Lot (out this year on We The Best) DJ Khaled is probably an amazing dude. He’s the guy who knows absolutely everybody and has an encyclopedic contact list. He’s always down hang out, and he’ll probably even drive and smoke you out on the way. Basically, he seems like the best dude ever. For that reason, he’s responsible for some of the most fun crew …

Hot Jam of the Day: Lemonade, “Come Down Softly”

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Lemonade “Come Down Softly” Minus Tide (out Sept 9 on Cascine) In the last few months, the Brooklyn-via-San Francisco outfit has quietly unleashed three tasty pre-release singles, and “Come Down Softly” is the kind of nostalgic synth ballad that they excel at. Frankly, I was surprised that their 2012 LP, Diver, didn’t make more of an impression, and it feels like they should be a much bigger band than they are. Hopefully Minus Tide will be the thing that finally breaks …

Hot Jam of the Day: Merchandise, “Green Lady”

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Merchandise “Green Lady” After the End (out August 25 on 4AD) In the unrelenting deluge of new music that greets listeners every week, it’s impossible not to completely whiff on a number of very good bands. Merchandise is one of those bands for me. Even though I am complete sucker for their brand of moody, atmospheric The Smiths/The Cure/Depeche Mode worship, both of their critically acclaimed efforts — 2012’s Children of Desire and 2013’s Totale Night — flew right across my radar …

Hot Jam of the Day: SOPHIE, “Hard”

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SOPHIE “Hard” Lemonade/Hard (out now on Numbers) Beguiling. Unstable. Frenetic. Wonky. Explosive. Incomprehensible. There are any number of adjectives I could use to inadequately describe the anonymous Londoner’s new single. Some producers stay one step ahead of the zeitgeist, but SOPHIE is officially getting to that Keyser Söze level. He’s limping away from the pack, while the rest of the room stands with mouths agape, trying to figure out what the fuck he just did.

Hot Jam of the Day: Jeremih, “Wake Up”

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Jeremih “Wake Up” N.O.M.A. (Not On My Album) (out now) Unsurprisingly, the 27 year-old Chicago native’s new mixtape is absolute fire, but his exquisite Aaliyah flip deserves special mention. Taking inspiration from the masterful, “4 Page Letter,” Jeremih cruises over the kind of naked, alluring arrangement that he always seems to smash. Much like Gene Frenkle, he really explores the space here, weaving his gymnastic vocal in between the breaks of the beat with palpable ease and precision. If this cut didn’t …