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Hot Jam of the Day: King Krule, “Logos”

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King Krule “Logos” The OOZ (out now on XL) Archy Marshall’s excellent new album feels like a collection of those wonky dream states that exist somewhere in that nether region between being wake and sleep. Though I’m still digesting all 19 of its songs, the hypnotic, jazzy “Logos” immediately stuck out. Over languid jazz chords (think: 7’s and 9’s) and faraway sax, a mumbling Marshall welcomes us into a world that is both racked with childhood terrors and infused with an medicated calm. It’s a perfect example …

Images & Words: Julien Baker, “Turn Out the Lights”

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Julien Baker “Turn Out the Lights” Turn Out the Lights (out 10.27 on Matador) We are officially two weeks away from the 22 year-old’s hugely anticipated second LP, and it’s second single hits just as hard as the confessional, heart-crushing “Appointments.” “Turn Out the Lights” opens as a sparse and haunting take on isolation, as Baker wonders “so why is it easy for everyone else?” The truth is, of course, it isn’t. And when its skyscraping crescendo hits, a sense of hope and …

Hot Jam of the Day: Jaws of Love., “Lake Tahoe.”

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Jaws of Love. “Lake Tahoe.” Tasha Sits Close to the Piano (out now of K-Rizzla) Last week, Local Natives vocalist Kelcey Ayer quietly released a subdued, piano-driven debut solo LP. Though the response has been tepid so far, it’s a gorgeous, grown-up collection of mid-3o’s love songs dedicated to the way that your loved ones can shepherd you through uncertain waters. Though it’s most potent when listened to as one cohesive collection, “Lake Tahoe” is a real standout, showcasing Ayer’s flexible tenor and affecting songwriting. It’s sweet, …

Hot Jam of the Day: The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, “For Robin”

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The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die “For Robin” Always Foreign (Epitaph) There are many, many awful things about addiction, but little is as insidious as the way it pushes its victims away from loved ones from their previous life and deeper into their illness. Anybody who has lost someone to addiction will relate to this crushing funeral dirge’s first lines. “Mike called once a week, and then he called once a month. / He called once every few years, …

Images & Words: Stormzy, “4PM in London”

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Stormzy “4PM in London” Digital Single Turning freestyles into anthems is nothing new to the ultra-talented Londoner. And though the ravenous “4PM in London” was probably written, it feels alive in the same way that many of those aforementioned tracks did. Unlike Drake (the man who originally rapped on this beat), Stormzy’s got the rare ability to make any line feel like a hook, so he doesn’t need a chorus or a sticky melody to make a track stick. “4AM in Calabasas” was about as …

The Round-Up: The Best Albums of The Third Quarter

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As you may have noticed, I’ve done my annual “fall behind on a monthly column” thing over the last couple months. That said, that just gives me more ammo for a proper Q3 round up, featuring the best records of that period in alphabetical order. 21 Savage Issa Album Slaughter Gang What: The heartfelt, personal debut solo studio LP from the sharp-tongued MC Where: Atlanta, GA In a Tweet: Issa adds more deft, subtle melody to his singular, nihilistic, uncompromising sound. …

Hot Jam of the Day: The Saxophones, “Aloha”

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The Saxophones “Aloha” Aloha 7″ (out 11.17) As a highly wifed individual in my early 30’s, I can seriously relate to the married Oakland duo’s hushed ballad “Aloha.” Over languid fingerpicked guitars, vocalists Alexi Erenkov and Alison Alderdice coo together, “Aloha, do you even know how wild I can get?” — in a tone that is far more ‘new parent’ than ‘new Freshman’. As feeble as it sounds at first listen, there’s actually a ton of comfort and acceptance here, which underlines the subtle beauty of growing up. Aloha …

Hot Jam of the Day: Dark0, “QARIN”

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Dark0 “QARIN” XENOTYPE (out 10.02 on Adult Swim) The reliable Londoner is back with the first single off his forthcoming new EP for Adult Swim (which is evidently a full-blown record label now). “QARIN” is the kind of expansive grimewave that we’ve come to expect from him, and the results are as explosive as you’d expect. Maximalist, neon keyboards and propulsive sub-bass slowly build to form a massive crescendo that wouldn’t sound out of place soundtracking just about any futuristic, Hollywood blockbuster.

Images & Words: Phoebe Bridgers, “Funeral”

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Phoebe Bridgers “Funeral” Stranger in the Alps (09.22 on Dead Oceans) Not sure a folk dirge about death is the best way to get into that #ThursdaySpirit, but Phoebe Bridgers’ crushing new single is beautiful enough for it not to matter. The 23 year-old is on the eve of dropping her long-awaited debut LP, and its third single is a beautiful representation of her emotional sledgehammer songwriting and haunting voice. I can’t wait to hear the rest of it tomorrow.

Hot Jam of the Day: Jay Boogie, “Malandrina” (Night Version)

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Jay Boogie “Malandrina” (Night Version) Digital Single One of the standout’s from the East New York performer’s excellent recent mixtape, “Jesus Loves Me Too,” gets a delicious, club-focused remix from its original producer Orlando. The extra production bite fits beautifully with Jay Boogie’s fierce but playful original, and its grime influences fit seamlessly with his ravenous flow. This track mirrors the tape’s experimental spirit and genre-defying sound, which deserves much more press and praise than it has received so far.