Monthly Archives: January 2016

Hot Jam of the Day: DAWN, “Not Above That”

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D∆WN “Not Above That” RED*emp*tion (out soon on Our Dawn) I’m consistently disappointed by the lack of Dawn Richard remixes lying around the Internet. That’s partially because she remains criminally underrated, but it’s also because few pop and R&B artists have embraced progressive dance music as fully as the New Orleanian. Many of the songs producers would be likely to rework — “Calypso,” “Billie Jean,” “Warriors,” “Dance” — are already packed with the kind of dance breaks, unique instrumentation, and …

Images & Words: Zayn Malik, “Pillowtalk”

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Zayn Malik “Pillowtalk” Mind of Mine (out 03.25) It’s hard to decide which is more smoldering — Zayn Malik’s bone structure or his first post-One Direction single. “Pillowtalk” brilliantly balances Malik’s sadboi lothario (think: Drake circa Take Care) tendencies with his blockbuster vocals. That voice allows him to veer toward a darker, moodier sound, while retaining the lightness and innocence of his early work. In other words, it’s the kind of song that hordes of teenagers can sing (read: scream) along to …

Hot Jam of the Day: AMTHST, “Thug Passion”

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AMTHST “Thug Passion” Euphoria (out 02.17 on Sick Wid It) California natives and vowel haters, Ramona Gonzalez (Nite Jewel) and Droop-E, combine forces on a new EP. Gonzalez has been pretty quiet since 2012’s quality, One Second of Love, but it looks she’ll be busy this year, also dropping a long-awaited new NJ record this summer. “Thug Passion” sounds a lot like a Nite Jewel track with languid synths and a slow-mo bassline that beautifully frames her graceful, alluring vocals. …

Hot Jam of the Day: Father John Misty, “Maybe, Sweet One, You Won’t Have Nightmares Tonight”

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Father John Misty “Maybe, Sweet One, You Won’t Have Nightmares Tonight” Digital Single The other morning, my girlfriend and I were talking about how weird it was that in dreams everything seems normal, no matter what. You might be taking a wildebeest on a Tinder date with earthworms for fingers, but while you’re dreaming, it all feels as normal as showing up for a morning meeting. Josh Tillman explores this phenomenon on this lighthearted track, originally written for the Colbert …

Hot Jam of the Day: Tory Lanez, “Say It” (Shlohmo Remix)

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Tory Lanez “Say It” (Shlohmo Remix) Digital Single Fresh off the release of a pair of mixtapes, the Toronto crooner gets a fresh coat of paint on his 2015 smash, courtesy of regular collaborator Shlohmo. You can tell that the two have worked together before by the way the Angelino treats Tory’s soaring vocal track. Shloh’ heaps mounds of foreboding sub-bass and layers of percussion into the mix before deftly pulling back and leaving us with delicate resolution. Hopefully, this is …

Hot Jam of the Day: LUH, “I&I”

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LUH “I&I” Digital Single Being a fan of ex-WU LYF frontman Ellery James Roberts is equal parts frustrating and exhilarating. His brooding, howling WU LYF burned out as quickly as they caught fire, leaving us with a pair of phenomenal singles and one unique, vital LP. Just as their buzz was reaching its apex in 2012, Roberts was out; “I’m Done,” he explained in a rambling post on YouTube. In the three years since, he’s released basically one song per …

Stream This Shit: Majical Cloudz, “Wait & See”

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Majical Cloudz Wait & See EP (Matador) “I never show it, but I am always laughing” sings Magical Cloudz frontman Devon Welsh on “Silver Car Crash” — one of the real high points of the Montreal duo’s towering second album, Are You Alone? It was a surprising admission, as Welsh’s lyrics tend to be obsessively, occasionally suffocatingly serious . But on further reflection, there’s a deep-seeded black humor there, a little like a Samuel Beckett novel or a late-stage Goya painting. The chuckles continue on this new …

Images & Words: Wet, “Weak” (Live on the Tonight Show)

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Wet “Weak” (Live on the Tonight Show) Don’t You (out 01.29 on Columbia) I don’t normally write about live performances, but I was just so struck by how far the Massachusetts trio has come in the last two and a half years. I first wrote about Wet in September of 2013, after falling in love with their debut single, the crushing break-up ballad, “No Lie.” A few months later, I caught (what I think was) their first ever gig in …

Hot Jam of the Day: The Range, “Florida”

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The Range “Florida” Potential (out 03.25 on Domino) Florida is a strange but beautiful place, and so is James Hinton’s music. The first single from the Rhode Island producer’s second LP is an expansive cut that features rolling hi-hats, grimey sub-bass, tasty steel drums, and a spot-on vocal sample of Florida’s fave #babyangel, Ariana Grande. He’s never been a singles man, but this is probably the most streamlined work of his career. Whether there’s actual Purity Ring crossover potential here (as …

Hot Jam of the Day: A$AP Rocky, “Yamborghini High” (f/ A$AP Ferg, A$AP Ant & A$AP Nast)

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A$AP Rocky “Yamborghini High” (f/ A$AP Ferg, A$AP Ant & A$AP Nast) Digital Single A year and a day ago, 26 year-old Steven “A$AP Yams” Rodriguez passed away at his home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The much beloved Yams was somewhere between A&R and creative director for the A$AP Mob, and his influence on New York youth culture and hip-hop in general will be felt for years to come. To celebrate his life, his cohorts put on Yams Day at New York’s …