Monthly Archives: July 2016

Stream This Shit: DJDS, Live in Tijuana

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DJDS Live in Tijuana I don’t usually post mixes on here — mostly because there are just so many of them — but I had to make an exception for this incredible live set from Samo Sound Boy and Jerome LOL. If you like dance music with heavy vocal samples, this is the collection for you, as the LA duo lace a stunning set that combines much of their best original work with a couple of choice surprises. It is …

Images & Words: Kodie Shane, “Losing Service”

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Kodie Shane “Losing Service” Little Rocket (self-released) A member of Lil Yachty’s Sailing Team crew, Atlanta singer/rapper Kodie Shane is rapidly cementing herself as a compelling artist in her own right. “Losing Service,” the standout from her excellent recent EP, highlights her romantic, hyper-melodic sound. Over syrupy keys and rolling hi-hats (courtesy of DJ Spinz, Matty P, and D. Clax), Shane gleefully laces a modern day sonnet about a lover, capturing that special swoon that summer love brings.

Hot Jam of the Day: Itasca, “Buddy”

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Itasca “Buddy” Open to Chance (out 09.30 on Paradise of Bachelors) The first taste of LA-based folk singer Kayla Cohen’s third LP is a languid, easy love song that takes me back to lazy weekend drives through the canyons of west LA. “Buddy” feels less pastoral than its excellent predecessor, 2014’s Unmoored By The Wind. This time, Cohen frames her soothing vocals and fingerpicked guitarwork with an electric lap steel, rather than pan-flutes, giving “Buddy” a slightly more modern, American vibe.

Hot Jam of the Day: Tinashe, “Superlove”

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Tinashé “Superlove” Digital Single On her new single, the LA crooner teamed up with The-Dream and Tricky Stewart to craft possibly the strongest pure radio single of her career. Terius and Tricky’s fingerprints are all over this thing, from the rolling drums to the ultra-bouncy verses. Tinashé is in fine form here as well, damn-near channeling Paula Abdul here. And her flirty, breezy vocals are the perfect partner to the track’s timeless arrangement. More like this please.

Hot Jam of the Day: Lil Yachty, “Pretty” (f/ Burberry Perry)

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Lil Yachty “Pretty” (f/ Burberry Perry) Summer Songs 2 (Quality Control) The Atlanta native’s excellent, youthful new mixtape, Summer Songs 2, is full of highlights, but none are as disarming as this emotional love song. “Pretty” is the type of track that makes you text your girl/boi or pine for the one that got away. Along with BFF Burberry Perry, Yachty expresses his devotion over a delicate bed of synths. You just don’t hear many love songs this direct, which gives …

Images & Words: Chairlift, “Crying in Public”

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Chairlift ”Crying in Public” Moth (Columbia) Everybody has cried in public at least once. Chairlift’s gorgeous ballad reminds me of riding the subway to work a few years ago, while reading the last third of Junot Diaz’s beautiful, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. The book had brought me to tears a few times, but I’d mostly kept it together. However, one particularly gut-wrenching passage just crushed me one afternoon, and my silent, choked-back tears morphed into an emotional …

The Round-Up: The Best Records of the Second Quarter

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Instead of just rolling through the best of June, let’s round up the finest music of the second quarter of 2016. Coming off last week’s Best Tracks list, here are my favorite albums of the year. Beyoncé Lemonade Parkwood / Columbia The album that stopped the world on its axis (and made me and my girlfriend 40 minutes late to a dinner), Beyoncé’s incredible, genre-spanning sixth effort needs no endorsement from me. Without a doubt, it’s one of the best …

Images & Words: Francis and The Lights, “Friends” (f/ Kanye West, Bon Iver)

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Francis and The Lights “Friends” (f/ Kanye West, Bon Iver) Digital Single I have a lot of questions about this song/video: *Who is actually singing? *What is Kanye doing? *Why is that Francis guy is trying to Esco Step? *Which piece of Justin Vernon’s outfit is most appalling? *When/how did this song burrow this deep into my brain?

The Round-Up: The Best Songs of the Second Quarter

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Like we did back in March, let’s round up the best music of the second quarter of 2016. We’ll kick things off with the best tracks of the year so far. My album list should be out later this week. And so as not to repeat myself, I didn’t include anything from any of those albums on this list. Kanye West “Champions” (f/ Gucci Mane, Quavo, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti, Big Sean, Desiigner) Cruel Winter (release date TBA on G.O.O.D. …