Monthly Archives: November 2014

Hot Jam of the Day: James Blake, “200 Press”

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James Blake “200 Press” 200 Press EP (out 12.08 on 1-800-Dinosaur) Though he hasn’t released any official new music this year, the London boy genius has been hard at work, dropping a handful of exquisite one-off tracks on his can’t-miss BBC Radio 1 Residency. A radio rip of the Andre 300-flipping “200 Press” has been floating around for the last few months, but today we found out that it would be getting a proper release. Part of a three-song EP …

Hot Jam of the Day: Tink, “Tell The Children”

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Tink “Tell The Children” Digital Single In these disheartening times, we need powerful, impactful voices like Tink’s. RIP to Michael Brown Jr. and the many other innocents who have been tragically taken far too soon. May they find justice and peace in the next world.

Hot Jam of the Day: Tobias Jesso Jr., “Hollywood”

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Tobias Jesso Jr. “Hollywood” Digital Single The world needs another piano ballad about how tough it is to make it in Hollywood about as much as Hollywood needs another cheap, shitty vintage store. That said, the Vancouver songwriter’s poignant break-up ballad with the city rings a little deeper than most, thanks to both his firsthand experience of not making it and his deft ability to stay close to his timeless source material (John Lennon, Randy Newman) without letting it overpower his …

Images & Words: SD, “Circles”

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SD “Circles” Truly Blessed (out now on Truly Blessed) Long one of the most distinctive voices coming out of a Chicago hip-hop scene filled with distinctive, creative voices, Sadiki “SD” Thirston has consistently defied trends and co-signs, breaking ground as a solo artist and carving out his own lane. After a string of quality mixtapes and his move away from Chief Keef’s GBE Imprint, the 20 year old recently dropped his long-awaited debut studio LP, Truly Blessed. While I’m still not all …

Hot Jams of the Day: Last Lizard, “Detroit (Excerpt)” & “Dickie’s Theme”

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Last Lizard “Detroit (Excerpt)” & “Dickie’s Theme” Digital Singles Fresh off announcing the dissolution of his Dirty Beaches project (tear), Alex Zhang Hungtai returns with two more slabs of instrumental, bleary-eyed sonic wanderings. Though he is sporting a new moniker, these two songs follow a natural progression from Stateless: DB’s cavernous, wondrous final album that dropped earlier this month. While Stateless explored the overwhelming nature of being a single soul lost in a vast world, these singles seem to speak to the other …

Images & Words: August Alsina, “Grindin'”

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August Alsina “Grindin’” Digital Single September 15, 2014. Roughly two weeks after his 22nd birthday, August Alsina dropped the video for his “No Love” remix. Featuring a verse and appearance from one of the biggest stars on the planet, Nicki Minaj, the clip looked set to cap off the biggest year of his life and announce him as an A-List R&B talent. Instead, the best day of his career turned into one of the worst of his life. On the …

Images & Words: SOAK, “SHUVELS”

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SOAK “SHUVELS” B a noBody 7″ (out now on Rough Trade) 17 year-old Bridie Monds-Watson has been putting out personal, affecting folk music for a few years now, but this might just set a new benchmark for the Northern Irish singer-songwriter. Nothing she’s ever released has sounded like it could have been created by a teenager, and that’s never been more apparent than on this, her newest single. The Derry resident crafts songs that are mature in conception and construction — …

Hot Jam of the Day: Keep Shelly in Athens, “Fractals”

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Keep Shelly in Athens “Fractals” Digital Single When the Athens duo announced the departure of original vocalist Sarah P back in January, I assumed that it would be the last I’d hear from the dream poppers. Surprise, surprise, just 11 months later, they’re back with composer RΠЯ joined by new vocalist, Myrtha. “Fractals” sees the re-tooled group staying in their windswept, Balearic pop lane with Myrtha’s celestial vocals beautifully framed by washes of reverb, nu-wave bass, and some taut, The Edge-style guitar licks. …

Hot Jam of the Day: Jessica Pratt, “Back, Baby”

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Jessica Pratt “Back, Baby” On Your Own Love Again (out 01.27.15 on Drag City) Ugh, it’s good to have Jessica Pratt back in our lives. Her 2012 debut is a bewitching slab of mystical Laurel Canyon magick with Pratt’s slinky, plaintive vocals weaving across dusty, fingerpicked nylon strings. It reminded me of a cassette I would have heard in my mother’s Volvo station wagon. You know, the one where the tape inside the plastic had twisted in places and much of …

Hot Jam of the Day: Tropics, “Blame”

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Tropics “Blame” Rapture (out 02.17.15 on Innovative Leisure) Home has always been a central theme of young songwriter Chris Ward’s sublime, evocative music, culminating with 2013’s quality, Home & Consonance. Though the Southampton native comes off as reserved and camera shy, his best work is intimate and direct, pulling the listener’s face close while it whispers Ward’s secrets, fears, and feelings to you without reserve. It lets you into that home he cherishes. “Blame” is another example of , as …