Monthly Archives: September 2015

Stream This Shit: Evan Abeele, “III”

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Evan Abeele III (out now, self-released) To be honest, I’m not sure when the Memoryhouse composer put out this EP. Bandcamp says it was released in August of 2014, but I feel like it hasn’t existed in this 5-song form since last year. Either way, it’s new to me, so I wanted to write about it. I stumbled on this collection on a recent visit to the underrated Guelph native’s excellent Bandcamp, hankering for the reflective ambient goodness he serves up …

Hot Jam of the Day: Jam City, “Dream ’15”

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Jam City “Dream ’15” Earthly Versions (out 10.02 on Night Slugs) Jack Latham’s excellent Dream A Garden gets a little remix love on the recently-announced EP, Earthly Versions. The Londoner reworks two of the disc’s standouts — “A Walk Down Chapel” and “Crisis” — and graces us with this tasty new single. Like much of his brilliant LP, “Dream ’15” matches dreamy synths and textures with banging percussion and evocative, faraway vocals. As heady as his arrangements are, there’s a …

Hot Jam of the Day: Kelela, “Rewind”

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Kelela “Rewind” Hallucinogen (out soon on Fade to Mind) Even though mid-September is a little bit late to be talking about “songs of the summer”, it’s been about 8 billion degrees in LA for the last few weeks, so the gorgeous new track from Kelela still qualifies for consideration. This lithe, breezy jam is strong enough to brave the sweltering days and muggy nights of the season, and the LA-based vocalist barely breaks a sweat, as she bodies shuffling percussion …

Hot Jam of the Day: Joan Shelley, “Over and Even”

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Joan Shelley “Over and Even” Over and Even (out now on No Quarter) The Kentucky-based singer-songwriter’s third LP is a beautiful collection of direct, folsky Americana, built around Shelley’s remarkably mellifluous vocals and gentle, expertly crafted guitar melodies. As strong as the arrangements are, that voice is the star of the show — evocative, transportive, and laced with the kind of magic that takes your mind to log cabins, gentle rivers, and long, easy days. The excellent disc’s title track frames …

Images & Words: Club Cheval, “Discipline”

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Club Cheval “Discipline” Discipline (out later this year on Parlophone) After the laid-back deep house vibes of debut single, “From the Basement to the Roof,” the French production supergroup of Canblaster, Sam Tiba, Myd, and Panteros666 return with a sweltering, mid-tempo banger. Built around soulful vocals and a delicious bassline, “Discipline” is the kind of crossover single that feels equally at home on the dancefloor as it does on your earbuds. It’s poppy and catchy enough to have serious Duke Dumont/Disclosure …

Images & Words: Troye Sivan, “WILD”

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Troye Sivan “WILD” WILD (out now on Universal Australia) I first heard about the Australian YouTuber turned pop-star when I read Alex Frank’s excellent piece for the ever-reliable, Fader Magazine. Among other things, the 20 year-old stressed the importance of writing and speaking openly about LGBT relationships and issues in mainstream pop music, saying “I just wanted to write normal pop songs, and when the time comes to use a pronoun, I’ll use the word ‘he.’” It’s a simple yet …

Hot Jam of the Day: Natasha Kmeto, “Your Girl”

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Natasha Kmeto “Your Girl” Inevitable (09.18 on Dropping Gems) If there’s any fairness in the universe, Natasha Kmeto’s gorgeous new single will achieve widespread attention by soundtracking a pivotal first kiss in a teen movie (i.e. the 2015 equivalent of when Liv Tyler finally makes out with A.J. on the roof of Empire Records). The crushing vocals, the technicolor synths, the “I always wanted to be your girl” mantra. Everything about “Your Girl” feels like those special moments are supposed …

Hot Jam of the Day: Oneohtrix Point Never, “I Bite Through”

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Oneohtrix Point Never “I Bite Through” Garden of Delete (out 11.13 on Warp) The first taste of Daniel Lopatin’s second full-length for Warp, “I Bite Through” is a disorienting sonic collage that veers wildly through its 3:20 running time. And while one would expect that a song this unpredictable would be hard to follow, Lopatin has always shown the incredible ability to form order from extreme chaos — crafting coherent wholes from the sum of incoherent parts. Judging a OPN album …

Album Review: Tink, “Winter’s Diary 3”

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Tink Winter’s Diary 3 This one’s been out for a while, but I feel like it hasn’t really gotten the play its deserved. The third installment of her bulletproof Winter’s Diary series, this tape is a lean, sharp collection that skews toward her R&B side rather than her rap one. That’s good news for me, as her lovesick slow jams couldn’t be any more up my alley, and tearjerkers like “H2O,” “I Like” and “There’s Somebody Else” recall the golden …