Monthly Archives: September 2016

Hot Jam of the Day: Kate Bush, “Prologue” (Live)

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Kate Bush “Prologue” (Live at Hammersmith) Before the Dawn (out 11.25 on Concord/Fish People) Back in 2014, when Kate Bush announced her first shows since 1979, I seriously considered flying from New York to London to see the legendary Brit in the flesh. Of course, I didn’t go because money and work, but it looks like we’ll all be able to hear it thanks to the upcoming triple disc concert recording. The first taste is unsurprisingly masterful, as the 58 year-old rolls through an extended version of a cut from …

Hot Jam of the Day: Itasca, “No Consequence”

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Itasca “No Consequence” Open to Change (out 09.30 on Paradise of Bachelors) Just a week away from the most anticipated release of her career, Kayla Cohen drops Open to Change’s beautiful, dusty third single. The LA-based singer-songwriter has a knack for crafting gentle, soothing folk music with a hints of darkness and palpable atmospheres. And on “No Consequence,” she uses a languid slide guitar line to get the desired effect, expertly framing her sublime vocals and nimble fingerpicking. Suffice it …

Hot Jams of the Day: Kelela, Elysia Crampton & Adrian Piper, “Final Exam” / “Reference Track TF Scrape”

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Elysia Crampton, Kelela & Adrian Piper “Final Exam” / “Reference Track TF Scrape” Anthem (The Vinyl Factory) Experimental composer Elysia Crampton has been playing with Kelela’s voice for the last few years, so it’s exciting to hear the duo properly collaborate on two new tracks for the upcoming Total Freedom-produced soundtrack to the 9th Berlin Biennale. Part of the joy of Crampton’s music is its ambiguity, and these tracks both live in that space — part finished product, part work in …

Hot Jam of the Day: Abhi / Dijon, “Ignore”

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Abhi / Dijon “Ignore” Digital Single We all have at least one “DON’T ANSWER” in our phonebooks, and the ultra-smooth Maryland R&B duo’s new single is an ode to the goons of our past who had either broke our heart, creeped us out, or let us down. And next time you are contemplating picking up when they invariably call or text, remember the sage wisdom of this song. One word, six letters: I G N O R E.

Hot Jam of the Day: How to Dress Well, “Can’t You Tell”

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How To Dress Well “Can’t You Tell” Care (out 09.23 on Domino) Ignoring the awkward, highly sus “consent pop” tag that Tom Krell is running with, Care‘s third single should delight the Colorado native’s growing fanbase. “Can’t You Tell” is a slab of swooning soft pop that is mostly about the very legitimate joys of fucking someone you actually care about. Sonically, the single also affirms Krell’s love of the emotional radio pop of yesteryear and highlights its increasing influence, recalling artists like Everything But the Girl and …

Hot Jam of the Day: Jenny Hval, “Period Piece”

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Jenny Hval “Period Piece” Blood Bitch (out 09.30 on Sacred Bones) We are now just two weeks away from hearing the Norwegian composer’s hugely anticipated follow-up to 2015’s Apocalypse, girl — my second favorite album of last year. Third single, “Period Piece,” tells the story of a trip to the OBGYN with an foreboding bassline, spare percussion, and faraway synths. Though the mood is unsettling, Hval reassures us that we shouldn’t be afraid because “it’s only blood.”

Hot Jam of the Day: Marissa Nadler, “The Best You Ever Had”

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Marissa Nadler “The Best You Ever Had” Bury Your Name (out 09.23 on Sacred Bones) After already gracing us with one album of her trademark pastoral folk this year (the gorgeous, Strangers), the Boston singer-songwriter is supplementing it with a spare collection of home recordings. Our first taste, “The Best You Ever Had,” strips back Strangers‘ fuller arrangements to little more than a contemplative fingerpicked guitar, her evocative vocals, and light touches of keys. It’s both a satisfying nod to her early …

Hot Jam of the Day: Cusp, “Adam”

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Cusp “Adam” Digital Single (out now on TAR) Cusp is a collaboration between three up-and-coming UK artists — Xeno, Buchanan, and Kai Whiston (pictured) — and Louisiana-based producer Joe Petersen. While details about the group are still scare, this track is a tasty, noisy slab of future grime, pairing busy percussion with shadowy walls of synth. Any track this dense runs the risk of tipping over, but “Adam” strikes a balance masterfully, exploding with ideas without overflowing into a mess.