Monthly Archives: March 2015

Hot Jam of the Day: T-Pain, “Let Your Hair Down” (f/ The-Dream, Vantrease)

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T-Pain “Let Your Hair Down” (f/ The-Dream, Vantrease) The Iron Way (out now) Fresh off a mammoth 42-song set at The FADER Fort, T-Pain continues his renaissance with a new mixtape, The Iron Way. A glittering return to form, The Iron Way picks up where his 2014 singles left off, most notably on this exquisite collaboration with the Patron Saint of Thunder Penguin, The-Dream. Any superlatives I lob at “Let Your Hair Down” would underplay how much I’m feeling the …

First Quarter of 2015 Mini Round-Up: The Best Songs I Missed

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It’s been a busy three months for me, and while I’ve still had time to listen, I haven’t been able to keep up with what has turned into a blinding first quarter. Here are a handful of my favorite songs that I haven’t been able to write about. Stormzy “Know Me From” Digital Single Like a lot of American teenagers, I was enamored by the exciting world of grime thanks to early efforts from The Streets and Dizzee Rascal. Unlike …

Hot Jam of the Day: Sicko Mobb, “Kool-Aid”

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Sicko Mobb “Kool-Aid” Digital Single It’s been a miserable winter for most of the country, even by the Windy City’s high (er, low) standards. However, Chicago’s Crown Princes of Bop don’t seem to be suffering any signs of seasonal affective disorder. Their anthemic new single is more fit to soundtrack weekend barbecues than a frigid trudge to the ‘L’. Unlike much of their frenetic back catalog, “Kool-Aid” is a mid-paced glider that is made for the gentle breeze of the …

Hot Jam of the Day: Grimes, “REALiTi”

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Grimes “REALiTi” Digital Single Though Claire Boucher penned this single back in 2013, “REALiTi” sounds much more congruous with last year’s ever divisive, “Go,” than her 2013 debut, Visions. As someone who is staunchly pro Pop Grimes, this track is great news, and it’s another example of her razor-sharp songwriting and vocal hooks. There’s a lovely directness to her most recent work, which is well-tempered by her naturally experimental tendencies. When that balance is right (as it is here), there are few stronger forces …

Hot Jam of the Day: Courtney Barnett, “Depreston”

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Courtney Barnett “Depreston” Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (out 03.24 on Mom + Pop) Since the dawn of modern civilization, procreation and land ownership have been the principle goals of humanity. While much has been written about the personal collateral damage brought about by the former, substantially less has been written about the latter, especially in the world of pop music. The 26 year-old Australian’s rumination on a trip to look at suburban homes with her …

Hot Jam of the Day: Skepta, “Shutdown”

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Skepta “Shutdown”  Konnichiwa (out soon on Boy Better Know) Even though he’s been a force in grime for the better part of ten years, it feels like the 32 year-old Tottenham native is just getting started. Following what was probably the best year of his career — watermarked by my third favorite song of 2014, “That’s Not Me” — “Shutdown” is the first taste of Konnichiwa, the most anticipated album of his career. Based on this, the pressure hasn’t gotten to Skep, …