Monthly Archives: May 2015

Hot Jam of the Day: Art Crime, “Obsession”

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Art Crime “Obsession” Obsession EP (out now on Phonica) The stand-out of the anonymous Russian producer’s follow up to last year’s Never Look Back, “Obsession” is an engulfing slab of warm, elegant house. While little is known about the man behind the boards, it is clear that he is greatly influenced by the languid deep house of 90s, evidenced here by the sweltering synth pads, seductive single-note melodies, and pulsing backbeat. That said, it’s far from simple pastiche, and though …

Hot Jam of the Day: Elysia Crampton, “Lake”

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Elysia Crampton “Lake” Moth/Lake (out now on Boomkat Editions) The architect of one of the strongest, most singular efforts of last year, Elysia Crampton (formerly E+E) is set to release her proper debut, American Drift, this summer. Luckily for us, she treated us to this lovely, 2-song appetizer. Inspired by the lakes of the Shenandoah Valley, “Lake” is an amphibious, humid sonic world full of crickets, foreboding hand drums, and droning synths. “Moth” isn’t currently streaming online, but it is also …

Starting V: The Best of Jens Lekman, Postcards

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While working out his follow up to 2012’s wonderful, I Know What Love Isn’t, Swedish crooner/ThunderPenguin fave, Jens Lekman has been quietly releasing a new track every week on SoundCloud. Don’t let the paltry play numbers (most average around 6-10k streams) or the lack of blog love fool you, there is real magic in the 21 diverse songs released so far. Some are fully realized compositions, while some are skeletal sketches. Either way, it’s a fascinating set from a versatile songwriter …

Stream This Shit: Mila J + BC Kingdom, “Press Start” EP

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Mila + BC Kingdom Press Start EP Self-Released While her kid sister, Jhene Aiko, was busy blowing up the Internet with shopping metaphors, the artist formerly known as Mila J was digging into some dark places with progressive LA-based production/vocal duo BC Kingdom. Their collaborative six-song EP is a knockout, balancing Kingdom’s dark, downtempo arrangements with Mila’s breathy, expressive vocals. Her breathy delivery is a perfect foil for BC members Damon DeGraff and Jesse Coren’s moody, New Jack crooning, resulting in …

Hot Jam of the Day: Novelist, “Ignorant and Wot”

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Novelist “Ignorant and Wot” Digital Single The Lewisham MC has spent much of his impressive young career lacing electrifying couplets over hyperactive, skittish beats that would confound lesser lyricists. On his most recent single, the rapper (né Kojo Kankam) is behind the boards and gives himself an uncharacteristically spacious beat with ample space for him to dig into the myriad concerns that are clogging up his head. It’s an engaging invitation into his over-saturated headspace, and the droning synth is …

Hot Jam of the Day: Skales, “Always” (f/ Davido)

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Skales “Always” (f/ Davido) Man of the Year (out 05/18 on Baseline) Already a star in his homeland, the rising Nigerian vocalist is set to release what will hopefully be his breakthrough LP. With a lovely assist from his superstar countryman, Davido, “Always” is an electric, hyper-buoyant declaration of love with the twin vocalists’ warm vocals smeared over ecstatic keyboards with calypso-influenced, shuffling percussion. It’s a beautiful representation of what first love feels like — that obsessive period where the …

Hot Jam of the Day: Nicolas Jaar, “The Three Sides of Audrey and Why She’s All Alone Now” / “No one is Looking at U (feat. Lorraine)”

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Nicolas Jaar “The Three Sides of Audrey and Why She’s All Alone Now” / “No one is Looking at U (feat. Lorraine)” NYMPHS II (out now on Other People) It’s taken me a few days to digest the two tracks that make up the NYC-via-Chile prodigy’s fist solo 12’ in four years, but it’s been more than worth the attention. Fifteen minutes of sparse, flittering sound, the two cuts blend together to form one engulfing, undulating sound collage. He’s a …

Hot Jam of the Day: Real Lies, “Seven Sisters”

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Real Lies “Seven Sisters” Digital Single With four inch-perfect singles already under their belt (including 2014’s best song), the North Londoners’ forthcoming debut LP is one of the most anticipated albums of the year around these parts. While we’ve already heard a radio rip of the still-unreleased “Lovers Lane,” this is the first official taste of the record. It’s nearly impossible for me to write about them without bringing up nostalgia, and “Seven Sisters” is sporting some serious Italia ’90 vibes …

Hot Jam of the Day: Post Malone, “Too Young”

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Post Malone “Too Young” Digital Single Though it’s easy to write Post Malone off as a flash in the pan thanks to his white boi cornrows and the viral success of debut single “White Iverson,” it’s getting more and more difficult to ignore his steadily growing catalogue of impressive singles. His fourth single, “Too Young,” continues along the same druggy, Soundcloud-friendly lines of his early work. The young Texan emotes over the spare keyboards and machine-gun hats of the in-form …

Images & Words: Kehlani, “You Should Be Here”

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Kehlani “You Should Be Here” You Should Be Here (out now) While there’s a lot to love about the rising Oakland singer’s debut mixtape, Kehlani Parrish’s ability to simultaneously exude confidence and vulnerability sticks out the most. There’s real stakes to her music, but she refuses to let them overwhelm her. Her voice has the power and bombast of a Ariana Grande with the world weary, lived-in melancholic tinge of someone like Dawn Richard. Lyrically, she tells piercing, fractured loved stories …