Monthly Archives: October 2014

Full Crate x Mar: “Nobody Else”

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Full Crate x Mar “Nobody Else” Digital Single (out 11.09) The underrated Dutch duo — producer Full Crate and vocalist Mar — return with a toned down re-skin of their sweltering, 2013 deep house banger of the same name. On this version, Full Crate strips away the original’s ever-present backbeat and opts to build around hypnotic, stabbed synth chords and Mar’s seductive tenor. The talented duo always does a great job of maintaining balance, ensuring that neither Full Crate’s scintillating arrangements …

Hot Jam of the Day: Dawn Richard, “Blow”

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Dawn Richard “Blow” Blackheart (out 01.15.15 on Our Dawn) Let’s rewind to January of 2013. Things were really looking up for ex-Danity Kane vocalist Dawn Richard. Thanks two a pair of excellent, well-received projects — 2012’s Armor On EP and 2013’s fan-fucking-tastic Goldenheart — the 31 year-old looked to have uncovered the most elusive gift in pop music: a second chance. No longer a footnote in Bad Boy’s checkered post-Biggie history, Richard was part of an exhilarating new generation of R&B …

The Most Anticipated Albums of The Fall (Part 2)

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Dan Bodan Soft (10.28, DFA) After what feels like an eternity, the Berlin-based crooner is finally ready to drop his debut LP. I instantly fell in love with Bodan’s lithe, gracefully salacious sound on 2012’s bulletproof Aaron/DP 12″ single. Since then, he’s continued to crank out diverse, unclassifiable tunes that consistently challenge how pop music is supposed to sound and what pop singers are supposed to sing about. In his music, nothing is taboo. Whether it’s a lounge lizard sax solo, …

Images & Words: Jacques Greene, “1 4 Me”

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Jacques Greene “1 4 Me” After Life, After Party EP (out 11.11 on LuckyMe) Just six months removed from releasing his best EP yet, Phantom Vibrate, the Montreal producer returns with an early Christmas present in the form of a surprise two-song (plus remixes from Suicideyear and Sei A) EP. Lead single, “1 4 Me,” is the kind of sublime, emotive quasi-deep house magic that we’ve come to expect from Greene (né Philippe Aubin-Dionne) over the years. I can’t wait to hear the …

Hot Jam of the Day: NZCA Lines, “New Atmosphere”

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NZCA Lines “New Atmosphere” New Atmosphere 7″ (out 12.08 on Moshi Moshi) Well, this is a nice surprise. After a few years away, NZCA Lines (né Michael Lovett) returns with a new single and a potential follow-up to his excellent 2012 self-titled debut. “New Atmosphere” features the same icy new wave/synth-pop sound of his debut, and Lovett’s lovelorn vocals remain some of the most pleasing in the genre today. He’s also someone who has always been able to employ new agey production and …

Hot Jam of the Day: Dan Bodan, “A Soft Opening”

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Dan Bodan “A Soft Opening” Soft (out 10.28 on DFA) The Berlin-based vocalist’s debut LP is the star of my forthcoming “Fall Albums to Watch (Part Two)” column, so I won’t say much else except that its gorgeous, 18+-produced opening number is a keeper. Over the last couple of years, Bodan has carefully constructed a sound all his own, weaving his dreamy, dramatic vocals over consistently progressive soundscapes. Though he continues to be hopelessly underrated by the American press, make …

Hot Jam of the Day: LUH, “Unites”

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LUH “Unites” Digital Single Less than a year after crafting their fascinating debut LP, 2011’s raucous Go Tell Fire To The Mountain, Manchester-based quartet WU LYF abruptly and disappointingly disbanded. Since their 2012 split, the members have resurfaced sporadically, most notably with bassist/vocalist Tom “Francis Lung” McClung’s shuffling “A Selfish Man” and mercurial vocalist Ellery James Roberts’ cavernous “Kerou’s Lament.” While both singles have merit, they both feel incomplete without an album to live on, like a tasty appetizer with no entree. Now, …

Hot Jam of the Day: Young Chop, “Valley” (f/ Chief Keef)

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Young Chop “Valley” (f/ Chief Keef) Still (out 10.28 on Chop Squad) Back in 2012, nobody could have predicated that the duo behind the earth-shaking, propulsive “Don’t Like” would have grown into such sonic mad scientists this early in their career. Tyree “Young Chop” Pittman is widely credited with creating Chicago’s drill sound, but as soon as it broke nationwide, Chop turned his back on drill and focused on crafting evocative, layered melodies and developing his songwriting chops (buh dum …

Starting V: 5 Doughboyz Cashout Tracks You Need to Hear

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Detroit’s Doughboyz Cashout has been one of the best new finds of my music year, combining timeless g-funk beats with loquacious, swaggering bars. In a hip-hop scene increasingly driven by druggy production and #sadboi MCs like Drake and Future, the group’s energy, directness, and overall good vibes are extremely welcome. Though there are palpable traces of Bay Area swag, LA soul, and New Orleans/Atlanta late 90’s snap, their potent sonic stew is all their own. Though they’ve endured a long …

Hot Jam of the Day: Jessie Ware, “Sweetest Song”

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Jessie Ware “Sweetest Song” Tough Love (out 10.21 on PMR) I wrote last week about my anxiety about the second LP from TP uber-fave Jessie Ware, but this lovelorn slow-burner certainly helps curb some of it. Much of the Londoner’s best work is her most restrained, when she forsakes the over the top, TV commercial chorus for the stifled and the subtle. “Sweetest Song” is good Jessie at her best, as she smears her expressive, low-register vocal over the kind …