Monthly Archives: July 2015

Hot Jam of the Day: Imaabs, “Overdose / Bootleg”

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Imaabs “Overdose / Bootleg” Digital Single Another day, another dirty Ciara remix. This one comes from Chilean producer, Imaabs. Picking up where, Disntacia, his underrated EP for rising Mexican imprint NAAFI leaves off, this sweltering remix flips a standout from Cici’s 2013 self-titled album into an spacious, instrumental grime-leaning masterclass. His acuity of percussion is on full display, as he deftly pairs rolling double-time timbales with the hot and bothered vocal, resulting in a piece that feels as well suited for …

Images & Words: Mas Ysa, “Margarita”

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Mas Ysa “Margarita” Seraph (out now on Downtown) In an indie music landscape increasingly focused on restraint, Thomas Arsenault has no chill. His booming voice and powerful presence stand in stark contrast to much of the ‘less is more’ aesthetic that currently populates the buzz blogosphere. His affecting debut LP, Seraph, will likely appeal to fans of fellow chill-free emotionalists Majical Cloudz, Sean Nicholas Savage, and Autre Ne Veut. My favorite moment on it, “Margarita,” gets stunning visuals, courtesy of director Kris …

Hot Jam of the Day: Roy Wood$, “Get You Good”

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Roy Wood$ “Get You Good” Digital Single The second installment of Drake’s OVO Sound Apple Radio show will mostly be remembered for its host’s characteristically polite Meek Mill diss, but the real keeper came in the form of the crushed-velvet vocal stylings of Toronto’s next R&B wunderkind. “Get You Good” is sporting some serious House of Balloons vibes, and Roy Wood$ is one of the few vocalists who can match the Weeknd’s vocal virility and raw power. Like Abel at his …

Hot Jam of the Day: Dej Loaf, “Hey There” (f/ Future)

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Dej Loaf “Hey There” (f/ Future) #AndSeeThatsTheThing (out now on Columbia) From the moment the Detroit native’s unavoidable first single, “Try Me,” blew up, the common narrative was that the 24 year-old was just another in the line of one-hit, viral rap sensations (see: Bobby Shmurda, OT Genasis, OG Maco, etc) that popped off in 2014. However, the reality stands in stark contrast to that notion, as she she has released a consistent stream of excellent material since, capped off by her …

Images & Words: Carly Rae Jepsen, “Run Away With Me”

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Carly Rae Jepsen “Run Away with Me” E•MO•TION (out in the USA 09.21 on Interscope) I’ll keep writing about Carly Rae’s triumphant third LP until it gets every ounce of credit its pop perfection deserves. Following in the footsteps of the inch-perfect title track and the ubiquitous “I Really Like You,” the disc’s fourth single is an undeniable, life-affirming number that sees a rising pop star at the peak of her power. The Canadian’s vocal is confident and effortless. The arrangement …

Images & Words: Oscar Key Sung, “Brush”

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Oscar Key Sung “Brush” Altruism (out now on Warner) The standout from the low-key Melbourne native’s recent EP gets striking visuals. The spot-on styling and choreography helps tell Key Sung’s relatable, affecting tale of wanting to approach someone in a club but getting cold feet. It’s a feeling that anyone who’s ever gone dancing has experienced, and it’s expressed impossibly gracefully in this clip.

Hot Jam of the Day: Julia Holter, “Feel You”

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Julia Holter “Feel You” Have You in My Wilderness (out 09.25 on Domino) The announcement of a new Julia Holter album is always cause for a celebration, especially when its coupled with a first single that’s this strong. “Feel You” is a gorgeous chamber pop song that pairs the 30 year-old’s graceful vocal with a sweeping, romantic string arraignment and buoyant drums. Like much of her best work, it pairs traditional instrumentation (peep that harpsichord) with progressive, modern songwriting, resulting …

Images & Words: Future, “Blow a Bag”

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Future “Blow a Bag” Dirty Sprite 2 (out 07.17 on Freebandz) The #FutureHive is abuzz since last Friday, when the ATLien announced the long-awaited successor to his classic, 2011 mixtape, Dirty Sprite. DS2 appears to be the most ambitious of the four triumphant projects he’s put out this year, and its dynamic first single does nothing but fuel those lofty expectations. “Blow a Bag” is pure, turnt-up Future, along the lines of summer anthem “Fuck Up Some Commas” and recent burner “Real Sisters.” …

Images & Words: Chief Keef, “Ain’t Missing You” (f/ Jenn Em)

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Chief Keef “Ain’t Missing You” (f/ Jenn Em) Digital Single It’s remarkable how far Chief Keef has come in the two and a half years since his one and only Interscope LP, Finally Rich. Far away from the beady eye of label suits who never understood him and the ruthless media scrutiny that threatened to consume him, the Chicago native has quietly gotten his mojo back, crafting fascinating, gleefully experimental sounds with a rotating cast of characters in the LA …

Hot Jam of the Day: Synkro, “Changes”

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Synkro “Changes” Changes (out 09.19 on Apollo) Though he’s been making quality music for nearly ten years, the Mancunian dubstep (né Joe McBride) early adopter is only now getting around to releasing his first proper LP. While everything about the musical landscape has changed — including the meaning of the word ‘dubstep’ (Burial, not Skrillex) — Synkro’s sound really hasn’t. Like much of his excellent past work (see: 2008’s beautiful, Brandy flipping, “Everybody Knows” or 2013’s breakthrough single “Acceptance”) “Changes” layers …