Monthly Archives: June 2015

Stream This Shit: Thundercat, The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam

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Thundercat The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam Out Now on Brainfeeder An EP only in title, Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner’s gorgeous 16-minute reflection on the metaphysical feels like a singular composition. While I was considering writing about one of disc’s two key middle tracks  — the soulful bounce of “Them Changes” and the labyrinthine “Lone Wolf and Cub” — much of their power is lost outside the context of the four songs that frame them. On this record, Bruner shows off …

Hot Jam of the Day: Future, “News or Somthn”

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Future “News or Somthn” Digital Single There’s making the song cry, then there’s what production vets Nard & B did to Future’s newest single. When faced with one of the weepiest tracks you’ll ever hear, the 30 year-old summarily beats the breaks off the track in signature style. The ATLien is in the heart of one of the great mixtape runs of the last decade (see: Wayne  ’06-’07 and  Gucci’09-’11), and “News or Somethn” is one of the high points of this hot …

Hot Jam of the Day: Carly Rae Jepsen, “Emotion”

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Carly Rae Jepsen “Emotion” Emotion (out 09.21 on Interscope) I have wanted to write about the third single from Canadian popstar’s third LP since wonky versions of it started appearing online a couple of weeks ago, and today we finally get a proper studio quality version. A nice bridge between the anthemic, punchy “I Really Like You” and the moody ballad, “All That,” “Emotion” is a mid-tempo masterclass — the special kind of song that bottles up post-first kiss butterflies and …

Hot Jam of the Day: The Radio Dept., “Occupied”

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The Radio Dept. “Occupied” Occupied (out 06.16 on Labrador) After yesterday’s post about a pair of mercurial Swedes, it’s only right to shout out the new single from one of the OG mercurial Swedish groups, The Radio Dept. Unlike Karl X Johan’s tossed-off Whitesnake cover, “Occupied” is very much the finished article — a dark, droning seven-minute epic that pairs Johan Duncanson’s brooding vocals with icy synths and busy, rising percussion. While it’s unclear if this 3-song EP will be a …

Hot Jam of the Day: Karl X Johan, “Is This Love”

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Karl X Johan “Is This Love” Digital Single This one really takes me back. One of my favorite ever reclusive Swedish duos (there’s plenty of others, look ’em up) takes on one of my favorite ever power ballads. While John Sykes’ signature guitarwork is replaced by moody synths, the Stockholm duo stays pretty faithful to Whitesnake’s original arrangement, and vocalist Johan Tuvesson brings plenty of David Coverdale-esque brooding to the table too. There’s still no word of a long-promised proper debut, …

Hot Jam of the Day: Wen, “She Giv”

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Wen “She Giv” Senary Cycles (out 07.17 on Soundman) While the British producer has been mostly painted with the ‘instrumental grime’ brush, the shoe has never really quite fit, and with each passing release, Wen has developed a sound that is increasingly difficult pigeonhole in a genre, no matter how diverse said genre is. “She Giv” is the lead single off his forthcoming “double EP” (whatever the hell that means), which looks set to be the boldest release of his career. The …

Hot Jam of the Day: The Internet, “Special Affair”

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The Internet “Special Affair” Ego Death (out 06.29) Probably the most interesting post-Odd Future project thus far, The Internet has hinted at big things since their engaging, underrated (but uneven) debut, Purple Naked Ladies. On the eve of their third LP and first since Odd Future’s official disbanding, the group is presenting the most mature look of their career. Vocalist Sydney “Syd” Bennett has always had an easy, soulful voice, and it’s a great match for the neo-soul vibes and …

Images & Words: Christopher Owens, “To Take Care of Myself Again”

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Christopher Owens “To Take Care of Myself Again” Chrissybaby Forever (out now on Turnstyle) Since Girls disbanded in 2012, Christopher Owens has been an artist who seems to be searching for a home. He’s tried hyper-serious 70s folk pastiche (2013’s Lysandre) and kitschy Americana (2014’s A New Testament), but nothing’s seemed to fit quite like the denim cutoffs and tye-dye sadboi vibes turned Girls from a little ‘San Francisco Treat’ into indie rock ‘Giants’ (puns, super intended). That all changed when Chrissybaby …