Monthly Archives: February 2015

Hot Jam of the Day: The Tallest Man on Earth, “Sagres”

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The Tallest Man on Earth “Sagres” Dark Bird Is Home (out 05.12 on Dead Oceans) After a prolific start that included three LPs and one EP in four years, Swedish folk singer Kristian Matsson returns with his first project since 2012. While he’s long outgrown the Dylan worship of his early career, “Sagres” hints that Dark Bird is Home may feature the fullest, most lush arrangements of his career. That said, no matter how they’re framed, Matsson’s expressive vocals and lyrics have …

Images & Words: Deadboy, “It Did Not Feel Right”

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Deadboy “It Did Not Feel Right” It Did Not Feel Right (single) (out now on CrazyLegs) The Southeast Londoner returns with a lovely flip of 90s fave Tamia’s, “Tell Me Who.” The ever-consistent producer frames the pitched up vocal with viscous, cinematic synths that are oddly reminiscent of a slowed-down water level on Donkey Kong Country. #sadboi as it may be, the way the arrangement is sort of suspended in space around an emotional vocal hits me straight between the ribs, …

Hot Jam of the Day: Heems, “Home” (f/ Dev Hynes)

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Heems “Home” (f/ Dev Hynes) Eat Pray Thug (out 03.10 on Megaforce) Surprise releases may be played out in 2015, but the New Yorker’s new single is a totally different kind of surprise. His heartfelt new single is a stunning stylistic U-Turn for an artist who is best known for his brainy, acerbic, and extrospective flow. While he hasn’t completely shied away from sharing in the past, Heems (né Himanshu Suri) has never written a song this direct and personal, as …

Hot Jam of the Day: Kendrick Lamar, “The Blacker The Berry”

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Kendrick Lamar “The Blacker The Berry” Digital Single People like narratives. We like bad guys and good guys, assholes and heroes. We want to know what side we’re on and who else is with us. However, life rarely complies and often confounds us with frustrating shades of grey. While many plow ahead undeterred, determined to develop their Fox News or MSNBC-driven worldview, artists like Kendrick Lamar remind us of the futility of such myopia. Like much of the 27 year-old’s …

Hot Jam of the Day: Sufjan Stevens, “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross”

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Sufjan Stevens “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross” Carrie & Lowell (out 03.31 on Asthmatic Kitty) Considering he’s a popular artist who built his career on making intensely personal, affecting music, we really don’t know much about Sufjan Stevens. He’s written crushingly beautiful pieces about serial killers, single-parent homes, cancer patients, God, and myriad other topics with the kind of clarity that suggests a real-life connection. However, part of Stevens’ allure is the blurred line between where personal experience ends and his …

Hot Jam of the Day: Chromatics, “Just Like You”

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Chromatics “Just Like You” Dear Tommy (out soon on Italians Do it Better) After months of waiting, we finally get a taste of Chromatics’ hugely anticipated fifth LP. And my god, it’s tasty. Gauzy, moody, and sedately delirious, “Just Like You” is both a reminiscence of a past relationship and a sobering realization that the protagonist has moved on to someone new without actually moving on. Vocalist Ruth Radelet is both removed and present — like talking to someone who …

Hot Jam of the Day: Iamsu, “Nothing Less”

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Iamsu “Nothing Less” Eyes on Me (self-released, out 02.24) While the Bay Area scene is traditionally a tight knit one, it is far from insular. Home to a litany of sonically liberated, iconoclastic artists (dude, Lil B’s from here), the Bay’s always played well with others, and Richmond’s Iamsu is no exception. The 25 year-old and the members of his exciting HBK Gang have risen to be one of the most progressive collectives in modern music, and his twinkling collab …

Hot Jam of the Day: Mr. Mitch, “Dru” (Peace Edit)

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Mr. Mitch “Dru” (Peace Edit) Peace Edits (out in February on Gobstopper) The Londoner’s incredible flip of Dru Hill’s classic “How Deep is Your Love?” is so much more than your standard remix. A master of vocal samples, Mitch manages to outdo himself here, twisting Sisqo and co’s vocals into a tightly coiled rope that unravels over five delightful minutes. Sparse, subtle melodic elements are then sprinkled in, perfectly framing the undulating vocals. With every new Peace Edit, the sound …

Hot Jam of the Day: Migos, “One Time”

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Migos “One Time” YRN The Album (out in 2015, self-released) The Migos boys are back with another irresistible banger. Y.R.N. The Album may be billed as their proper debut, but the ATL crew is one of the most consistent outfits in recent hip-hop, consistently delivering varied, impressive mixtapes. The trio goes in over a skeletal, bass-driven beat with each of their hyperactive verses complimenting the adhesive hook. Offset’s middle verse hits especially hard, as his melodic, dynamic flow effortlessly tiptoes between the …