Monthly Archives: March 2016

Images & Words: ERAS, “Angels” (f/ Grace Hall)

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ERAS “Angels” (f/ Grace Hall) Purified (out 05.27 on Track Number) Two Angelinos link up for a harrowing journey through a place as dark as death. Producer Nathaniel Eras’ gloomy waves of synth wash over the Skin Town vocalist, leaving her no choice but to repeat the mantra “it’s really dark outside.” “Angels” highlights the simultaneously disquieting and soothing nature of darkness in a visceral way that’s hard to shake.

Hot Jam of the Day: Soren Juul, “Dear Child”

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Søren Juul “Dear Child” This Moment (06.17 on 4AD) After one album under the unfortunate moniker, Indians, the Danish songwriter is going back to his given name for his second effort for 4AD. Crafted after three turbulent years following the release of his debut, This Moment finds Juul back on home soil in the picturesque, seaside town of Svendborg. That peace is evident on the disc’s placid first single, which pairs his evocative tenor with languid acoustic guitars and windswept melodies.

Images & Words: Fear of Men, “Island”

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Fear of Men “Island” Fall Forever (out 06.03 on Kanine) Anxiety has always been a core ingredient of the Fear of Men experience. From their name to their sound, the Brighton trio’s previous work is dripping with concern. Anxiety is a relatable emotion, but it’s also a self-sabotaging one. And as cozy and affecting as their early work is, it always felt like they were holding something back, self-conscious about trying to do too much or play too loudly. For …

Hot Jam of the Day: Last Japan, “Ascend” (AJ Tracey)

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Last Japan “Ascend” (f/ AJ Tracey) Digital Single Though they are both still frustratingly slept on over here (what else is new?), Last Japan and AJ Tracey are a couple of grime’s fastest rising stars, and they combine to devastating effect on this anthemic new single. West Londoner AJ Tracey raps like a man with a literal unlimited supply of bars — like if you left him in a booth with a track on loop, he’d just keep rapping forever, …

Hot Jam of the Day: Linda Perhacs, “The Dancer”

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Linda Perhacs “The Dancer” Digital Single I rarely think about contributing to Kickstarters for people I do not know — especially ones by musicians — but Linda Perhacs’ recent campaign has me considering a change of tune. Besides the fact that she seems like such a lovely woman, the LA resident’s story is the kind you’d want to support. After releasing her psychedelic folk debut, Parallelograms, back in 1970, she disappeared from music for years working as a dental hygienist. …

Hot Jam of the Day: PartyNextDoor, “Come and See Me” (f/ Drake)

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PartyNextDoor “Come and See Me” (f/ Drake) P3 (OVO Sound, release date TBA) Count me as one of the skeptics of Drake’s current tough-guy/faux Roadman stage. To my ears, the 6 God is at his best when he’s chilling in his slippers with a reflective 40 beat, nursing a half-full glass of red wine and trolling through texts from his exes. Thankfully, he’s back in his comfort zone on this lovely single from his trusty wingman, PartyNextDoor. PND’s warbling and 40’s sparse …

Hot Jam of the Day: Dawn, “Not Above That” (Deadboy Remix)

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D△WN “Not Above That” (Deadboy remix) Not Above That single (out now on Location) I’m always on the hunt for Dawn Richard remixes and am constantly frustrated by the paucity of them knocking around. So you can imagine my excitement when one of the best in the game got his teeth into her empowering new single. Deadboy’s trademark, emotional keys form a beautiful new canvas for Richard’s vocal, delivering the anthemic original from a jam-packed dancefloor into a quiet, bedroom …

Images & Words: Rostam, “Gravity Don’t Pull Me”

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Rostam “Gravity Don’t Pull Me” Digital Single Since he announced his departure from Vampire Weekend back in January, Rostam Batmanglij has been busy, dropping a pair of new singles that will hopefully lead to his debut LP as a solo artist. The second of those, “Gravity Don’t Pull Me,” is a potent combination of musical opacity and lyrical directness. Over waves of kaleidoscopic synths, the 32 year-old expresses his deep regret about a failed relationship. Even though the relationship has …

Images & Words: ANOHNI, “Drone Bomb Me”

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ANOHNI “Drone Bomb Me” HOPLESNESS (out 05.06 on Secretly Canadian) We got the first taste of the new ANOHNI (FKA Antony) LP late last year with her uncompromising look at climate change, “4 Degrees.” While it was one of the best songs of last year, it still felt like the tip of the iceberg (no pun intended). And yesterday, we got a little closer to the disc’s core with the stunning, heartbreaking clip for second single, “Drone Bomb Me.” On …

Hot Jam of the Day: Chelsea Wolfe, “Hypnos”

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Chelsea Wolfe “Hypnos” Hypnos/Flame 7″ (out 03.25 on Sargent House) Admittedly, I’m not real familiar with 32 year-old’s brand of gothic folk meets noise rock, but this haunting dirge makes me want to get caught up. A B-side from her well-received 2015 release, Abyss, “Hypnos” strips Wolfe’s evocative voice mostly bare, entrusting it to a forlorn, fingerpicked acoustic guitar. The result is a disarming, intimate four minutes where she plays the role of protector consoling a loved one. “Oh honey, I’ll …