Monthly Archives: May 2016

Hot Jam of the Day: Seb Wildblood, “Seal of Approval”

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Seb Wildblood “Seal of Approval” Jazz Vol. 1 (out now on Church) The Church Records label boss drops some heat of his own via a tasty, new 3-song EP, Jazz Vol. 1. “Seal of Approval” is a subtle, down-tempo slab of deep house that pairs an evocative vocal sample with undulating synths and a jazzy backbeat. The label has been on a tear this year, and their SoundCloud is an absolute treasure trove of late-night electronic goodness.

Hot Jam of the Day: Cass McCombs, “Opposite House” (f/ Angel Olsen)

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Cass McCombs “Opposite House” (f/ Angel Olsen) Mangy Love (out 08.26 on ANTI-) About 30 minutes before I started typing, my beloved Golden State Warriors were just stomped by the Oklahoma City Thunder for the second consecutive game, nearly guaranteeing our elimination from the NBA Playoffs. Now I’m not saying that my basketball misery is the only reason that Cass McCombs’ new single sounds so fucking good to me right now, but it certainly is one reason. The 38 year-old is a …

The Monday Round-Up: Clams Casino, Sampha, and the rest of what I missed

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After spending last week in Hawaii, the Monday Round-Up is back with the best of what I missed last week. Clams Casino “Blast” 32 Levels (out 07.15 on Colombia) After breaking out in 2011 thanks to a string of successful beat tapes, the New Jersey cloud dweller has spent the majority of the last couple years producing beats for A-list rappers like A$AP Ferg, Vince Staples, and Danny Brown. And though it’s been a while since we’ve heard Clammy by …

Hot Jam of the Day: Craig David, “One More Time”

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Craig David “One More Time” Following My Intuition (release date TBA) Craig David is back, and all is right with the world. After 2015’s sleeper hit, “When the Baseline Drops,” the Southampton slicker’s comeback has shifted into overdrive, dropping a couple of tasty collaborations early this year. His newest single, “One More Time,” is a throwback to the golden garage sound that he spun on his classic first two LPs, Born to Do It and Slicker Than Your Average. His …

Images & Words: Danny L Harle, “Ashes of Love” (f/ Caroline Polachek)

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Danny L Harle “Ashes of Love” (f/ Caroline Polachek) Digital Single I’ve mostly been lukewarm on the whole PC Music Crew, but this ecstatic slab of future pop tickles all of my brain’s pleasure centers. On “Ashes of Love,” Harle manages to gaze into the excessive, bombastic 80’s looking glass without falling down the self-indulgent rabbit hole that many of his label-mates reside in. The Europop, trance synths are here, but they aren’t overwhelming. And they’re balanced nicely by Chairlift front …

Hot Jam of the Day: Jordan Raf, “Hollywood” (f/ Chester Watson)

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Jordan Raf “Hollywood” (f/ Chester Watson) Double Negative (release date TBA, POW Recordings) The LA crooner has been on a fucking tear over these last few months, dropping a clutch of smoky, down-tempo gems. “Hollywood” distills the city’s intoxicating allure into four delicious minutes, throwing his virile tenor over narcotic washes of synth and guitar. The refrain, “take me to Hollywood, I wanna be a star,” is trite and formulaic on paper, but Raf’s strained vocal gives it a haunting …

Hot Jam of the Day: Palmistry, “Lifted”

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Palmistry “Lifted” Pagan (out 06.17 on Mixpak) Benjy Keating releases another heartfelt single from his upcoming proper debut LP. Like its delicious predecessor, “Club Aso,” “Lifted” is a restrained, stripped take on dancehall that uses warm keyboards to set the beat, rather than traditional percussion. Keating manages to borrow from the Jamaican sound without crossing the line into imitation or appropriation, creating a sound that is fresh and exciting.

The Monday Round-Up: Skepta, James Blake, and the Rest of What I Missed

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An avalanche of important new albums dropped last Friday, so this week’s Monday Round-Up is dedicated to my early favorites from that batch. Skepta “Konnichiwa” Konnichiwa (Boy Better Know) There are a bunch of great lines on the London rapper’s monstrous fourth LP, but my favorite comes about 90 seconds in. “Boy Better Know, man went to the BRITs on a train. / Man shutdown Wireless, then I walked home in the rain.” That image of UK hip-hop’s biggest star walking …

Hot Jam of the Day: Mutual Benefit, “The Hereafter”

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Mutual Benefit “The Hereafter” Skip a Sinking Stone (out 05/20 on Mom + Pop) The third track from sad-eyed folkie Jordan Lee’s upcoming second album is a delicate swooner that pairs his soft vocals with swelling swings and fingerpicked acoustic guitars. Lee’s music has always had a therapeutic quality, and you could absolutely imagine this soundtracking holistic wellness centers and extended Sunday morning cuddle sessions around the country.

The Monday Round-Up: Pity Sex, Young Thug, and the Rest of What I Missed

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Because there’s so much music coming out every week, there are always tracks that I want to write about but don’t get around to. I’m going to try to remedy that a bit by writing a weekly round-up of the best of what I missed, spending just a couple of sentences on each song. Let’s see if this works. Pity Sex “Plum” White Hot Moon (out now on Run for Cover) Vocalist/guitarist Britty Drake’s heartbreaking ode to her late mother is …