Monthly Archives: September 2014

Hot Jam of the Day: Tinashe, “Bet” (f/ Devonte Hynes)

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Tinashe “Bet” (f/ Devonté Hynes) Aquarius (out October 7 on RCA) Already the owner of one of the year’s most undeniable singles, the 21 year-old is set to take aim at interstellar pop domination with her debut LP. For the disc’s third single, the LA resident teamed with established (indie) hit maker, Devonté Hynes of Blood Orange, to craft this lurching new single. Much of Hynes’ most notable songwriting credits (Sky Ferreira’s “Everything is Embarrassing,” Solange’s “Losing You”) tread deftly between moody …

The Most Anticipated Albums of the Fall (Part One)

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Summer is over, and the best part of the year is upon us. 2014’s fall release schedule is already packed with tons of sonic goodness, which, at any moment, could be bolstered by the emergence of long-rumored new releases from the likes of Kanye, Kendrick, Frank Ocean, and many others. Here’s part one of our round-up of the best stuff with firm release dates. Aphex Twin Syro (09.23, Warp) We’ll kick off the list with the big one: electronic music demigod Richard D. …

Hot Jam of the Day: Ryan Hemsworth, “Snow in Newark” (f/ Dawn Golden)

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Ryan Hemsworth “Snow in Newark” (f/ Dawn Golden) From Forthcoming New LP Everyone’s favorite DJ/Pokemon enthusiast, Ryan Hemsworth, returns with a feels-focused slow jam, blessed by Dexter “Dawn Golden” Tortoriello’s perma-bummed baritone. While Hemsworth is best known for his dancefloor filling remixes, much of his solo work has veered toward singer/songwriter world, and “Snow in Newark” is perhaps the strongest all-original composition he’s penned yet. Over a choppy bed of emotive percussion, Tortoriello pines for a loved one from the solitude of …

Hot Jam of the Day: RL Grime, “Reminder” (f/ How to Dress Well)

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RL Grime “Reminder” (f/ How to Dress Well”) VOID (out 11.18 on WeDidIt) After three solid years of cranking out EPs, remixes, and singles, Henry “RL Grime” Steinway is finally ready to make a full-length statement. How to Dress Well’s expressive falsetto is the perfect partner for Stienway’s labyrinthine, emotive arrangement, and the artists combine to devastating effect here. While he is known much more for his club friendly cuts, the LA-based producer shows his chops as a songwriter, crafting a …

Hot Jam of the Day: Mr Twin Sister, “Blush”

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Mr. Twin Sister “Blush” Mr. Twin Sister (out 09.23, self-released) “Have you ever felt like you would always be alone?” A song built around a lyric like that really has no right to feel good, but the NYCers pull it off with this gorgeous, lithe waltz. “Blush,” the cornerstone of their exquisite comeback LP, is a shuffling ballad that just washes over you, thanks to vocalist Andrea Estella’s inviting coo and a lush, “More Than a Woman 2014” arrangement. At this …

Hot Jam of the Day: CFCF, “Prisma”

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CFCF “Prisma” Driftless Ambient 1 (out 09.23 on Driftless) Montreal’s Michael Silver drops a lovely, gauzy piece for an upcoming compilation from Joel Ford’s Driftless Records. Though Silver has been putting out more vocal music in the last year or so — especially on 2013’s brilliant, Outside — he returns to his instrumental roots here, crafting a lithe piano rumination to get lost in. Though it starts quietly, “Prisma” deftly builds to a satisfying climax that recedes nearly as quickly it …

Hot Jam of the Day: Brolin, “Swim Deep”

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Brolin “Swim Deep” Swim Deep EP (out 10.27 on Wichita Recordings) About six months on from his tasty Flags mixtape, shadowy vocalist/producer Brolin returns with a supple, romantic new single. There’s not a lot of personal info about the soft-voiced Brit floating around, but his penetrating vocals and heartfelt lyrics tell quite the story. Like much of his work, “Swim Deep” carries a vulnerability that is disarming and relatable, and his direct songwriting brings you into his reality immediately.

Hot Jam of the Day: Grouper, “Call Across Rooms”

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Grouper “Call Across Rooms” Ruins (out October 31 on Kranky) Any day Liz Harris announces a new album is a good day to be alive; and when that announcement comes with a new song, life is just the best. “Call Across Rooms,” the first single from the Portlander’s forthcoming 10th LP, is a slab of trademark Harris gorgeosity of the highest order. Her delicate vocal creeps over a weary piano line, sounding simultaneously present and a million miles away. Many …

Hot Jam of the Day: Dej Loaf, “Try Me”

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Dej Loaf “Try Me” Digital Single There are plenty of fascinating things about the Detroit MC’s blazing viral hit: her singsong flow, its twinkling beat, the fact that a Drake co-sign basically guarantees millions of plays in 2014. Most interestingly to me is when, at 2:40, she sings, “I ain’t signing to no label, bitch I’m independent.” While it must be tough to resist a record company advance (which she may or may not get offered), at this point, it …

Hot Jam of the Day: Aphex Twin, “minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]”

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Aphex Twin “minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]” Syro (out 09.19 on Warp) After 13 years in the woods, Da Gawd Richard D. James is finally ready to grace us with another full-length effort, his sixth. Our first taste of it is this aqueous, surprisingly accessible affair, especially when you consider his last LP, 2001’s challenging Drukqs. James mixes up a buoyant bass-line, heady synth filigree, and a disembodied vocal to form a stunning five-minute opus that cries out for repeat listens. …