Monthly Archives: April 2015

Hot Jam of the Day: Sasha Go Hard, “All I See”

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Sasha Go Hard “All I See” Nutty World 2 (self-released) Sasha Go Hard is back, and she wants her shit. One of the best tapes of the year, Nutty World 2 finds the Chicago native in ruthless form, effortlessly ripping through a lean 13-song set. Though it’s been floating around unofficially for a while, “All I See” is a standout, featuring production from one of drill’s early architects, DJ Kenn. His nimble keyboards and rolling hi-hats offer a commanding canvas for …

Hot Jam of the Day: K-Major, “I’m Single”

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K-Major “I’m Single” Category V (self-released) I haven’t written yet written about the Kendricke “K-Major” Brown’s phenomenal new LP, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been listening. The young vocalist is involved with Terius “The-Dream” Nash and Tricky Stewart, and his evocative, heartfelt R&B recalls some of Nash’s most restrained moments. There are plenty of standouts to choose from, but the swelling, sparse “I’m Single” is hitting a particular chord with me at the moment. Over undulating synth washes and a …

Hot Jams of the Day: Turnover, “Humming” // “New Scream”

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Turnover “Humming” // “New Scream” Peripheral Vision (out 05.04 on Run for Cover) You can take the boi outta the burbz’, but you can’t take the suburban ennui outta the boi. The pre-release singles from the Virginia Beach outfit’s Sophomore LP has got me sipping on some seriously angsty nectar, and let me tell you, it is fucking delicious. These two singles continue where the taut alt-rock of “Cutting My Fingers Off” left off, framing Austin Getz’s warm vocals with angular guitars …

Images & Words: The Square, “Lewisham McDeez”

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The Square “Lewisham McDeez” Digital Single Though the South London collective dropped this song late last year, the delirious crew cut finally gets a proper release and some Macky D’s-heavy visuals. Novelist may be the biggest name in the Square, but each of its members brings the goods here, lacing memorable verse after memorable verse over staccato hi-hats and an earworm bassline. No word on whether “Lewisham McDeez” will be a part of a follow-up to 2014’s mixtape, The Formula, …

Hot Jam of the Day: Wet, “Deadwater”

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Wet “Deadwater” Don’t You (out this summer on Columbia) If you read me in 2013, you’ll know how taken I was with the Brooklyn trio’s disarming self-titled debut EP. So unsurprisingly, I am delighted by the news of their impending first LP and enchanted by its lead single. “Deadwater” begins as a brutal post-mortem for a relationship that collapsed on top of its participants, leaving vocalist Kelly Zutrau to dream of a world in which she had legs long enough to …

Hot Jam of the Day: DJ Rashad, Nick Hook & Machinedrum, “Understand”

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DJ Rashad, Nick Hook & Machinedrum “Understand” Movin’ Forward (out 04.24 on TEKLIFE) A few days before the one-year anniversary of footwork legend DJ Rashad’s tragic passing, Machinedrum (né Travis Stewart) releases this gorgeous collaboration with the late DJ and Nick Hook. In the press release, Stewart wrote about the difficulties of finishing the songs he had worked with Rashad on, explaining that they “seemed impossible to finish after he passed.” Fortunately for us, the North Carolina native was able …

Hot Jam of the Day: Samantha Urbani, “1 2 3 4”

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Samantha Urbani “1 2 3 4” Digital Single The first line of the Soundcloud blurb for the ex-Friends singer’s new single reads “written, arranged, performed & co-produced by Samantha Urbani.” Assumedly, this was meant to avoid the shadow of her boyfriend Dev Hynes, whose figure looms ubiquitously over nearly every act he produces (Carly Rae Jepsen, Solange, Sky Ferreira etc). While the 80s pastiche and funky bassline are decidedly Hynes-ian, “1 2 3 4” is punchier than many of Hynes’ moody, occasionally …

Images & Words: Future, “March Madness”

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Future “March Madness” 56 Nights (out now on Freebandz) After 2014’s uneven Honest, Future has been on fire, dropping three incredible tapes in the last six months. The lead single from his most recent, 56 Nights, gets visuals from Vincent Lou, the same man behind the headtrip heartbreak of “Codeine Crazy” and iLOVEMAKONNEN’s original “Tuesday” clip. Like so much of his recent output, Future is both reeling and energized on “March Madness,” as if he knows the roller coaster is going too fast …

Hot Jam of the Day: Chromatics, “In Films”

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Chromatics “In Films” Dear Tommy (out soon on Italians Do It Better) Welp, looks like Dear Tommy is officially 3 for 3. The third single from Johnny Jewel & friends’ upcoming LP is another direct hit. Evocative and slinky, “In Films” pairs vocalist Ruth Radelet’s icy vocals with rolling toms, driving bass, and an adhesive synth line. Knowing Jewel, there’s no telling how many tracks will be on Dear Tommy, but if they are as good as the first three (Exhibit A, …

Images & Words: Hot Chip, “Need You Now”

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Hot Chip “Need You Now” Why Make Sense? (out 05.19 on Domino) Though a good portion of their recent dance floor focused material leaves me a little cold, I am — and will always be — a sucker for a Hot Chip ballad. From Alexis Taylor’s beautiful, 2014 solo cut “Without a Crutch (2)” to 2012’s devotional, “Let Me Be Him,” to one of my all-time favorites, 2010’s “Alley Cats,” the Londoners’ last few records have been littered with heartfelt, transportive …