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Hot Jam of the Day: Charli XCX, “Drugs” (f/ Abra)

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Charli XCX “Drugs” (f/ Abra) Number 1 Angel The trouble with shapeshifters is that as soon as you find a form that appeals to you, they’ve already moved on. That’s been my experience with the hard-to-pin down Brit, who has dabbled in more trends than H&M. So while I was ready roll my eyes at her new ‘mixtape’ (lol), I was immediately grabbed by this track’s intoxicating, slow-mo baseline and its undeniable hooks. Sure, the second verse completely jacks the …

Hot Jam of the Day: Julien Baker, “Distant Solar Systems”

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Julien Baker “Distant Solar Systems” Funeral Pyre / Distant Solar Systems (out now on Matador) The Tennessee songwriter returns with another haunting lament. Her vocals hang like stars over reverb-soaked open strings, as she considers the insignificance of her life. It may be a very middle school topic, but it’s executed with real mastery. And if you aren’t careful, it will leave you staring up at the sky (or the ceiling) right along with her.

Hot Jam of the Day: Mabel, “Finders Keepers” (f/ Kojo Funds)

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Mabel “Finders Keepers” (f/ Kojo Funds) Bedroom EP (out 05.26 on Polydor) Valentine’s Day was last month, but two English rising stars want to keep the love flowing on this gooey, sweet duet. I’m getting serious early Jessie Ware vibes from the London vocalist, and her cohort Kojo comes through with a characteristically slick verse of his own. “Finders Keepers” is a solid follow-up to Mabel’s buzzy, seductive 2016 single, “Thinking of You,” and should do nothing to slow her …

Hot Jam of the Day: MoStack, “Let it Ring”

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MoStack “Let it Ring” Digital Single The North Londoner’s glorious and airy banger has been on heavy rotation for me all month. And while you might be sick of the Island vibes meet trap drums combo, “Let it Ring” is more magnetic than just about anything else of its type. MoStack is an spark plug of charisma and swagger, slaloming between the beat and driving it forward like a seasoned vet. While it’s blowing up in the UK, it is still just …

Hot Jam of the Day: Njomza, “Sad For You”

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Njomza “Sad For You” Sad For You (out 04/07 on Remember) The Chicago vocalist has been threatening to break out for the last couple of years, and we might be finally getting a taste of the record that does it. On the seductive “Sad For You,” Njomza picks through the bones of a relationship that has lost its spark, admitting that she must move on, no matter how difficult it will be for the one she leaves behind.

Hot Jam of the Day: Joan Shelley, “Wild Indifference”

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Joan Shelley “Wild Indifference” Joan Shelley (out 05.05 on No Quarter) Though the Louisville native is perhaps best known for having one of the most beautiful voices in folk, the lead single from her fifth LP highlights her impressive writing chops as well. Over a tasteful, gentle guitars, Shelley opens up about the frustration of dealing with a particularly self-centered person. However, instead of lashing out, she offers empathy, seeing through the facade and centering on the loneliness and sorrow that such behavior often tries to hide. …

Images & Words: Jaques Greene, “True” (f/ How to Dress Well)

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Jacques Greene “True” (f/ How to Dress Well) Feel Infinite (out 03.10 on LuckyMe) The Montreal producer links up with his old friend Tom Krell for another potent collaboration. And while some of Krell’s rapping is a little off-putting, the arrangement and the hook are pure magic, as Greene’s synths swirl around inch-perfect percussion. Frankly, this is the direction I’d love to see Krell take in the future, as his voice is such a beautiful match for the kind of emotional club …

Hot Jam of the Day: Demen, “Niorum”

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Demen “Niorum” Nektyr (out 05.19 on Kranky) The new single from Swedish songwriter Irma Orm is a perfect soundtrack to your impending weekend… if your weekend plans involve cemetery lurking, dropping by an exorcism, or some light grave robbing. This creepy, atmospheric single features traces of shoegaze, goth, ambient, and devotional music. Though personal details about Orm remain scarce, her ghostly, breathtaking sound says more than enough about the artist. Nektyr by Demen

Hot Jam of the Day: J Hus, “Did You See”

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J Hus “Did You See” Digital Single The ascendent Londoner arrives with some more melodic mastery. “Did You See” is a low-key affair that pairs airy, island percussion with Hus’ trademark charismatic, winding delivery. Though it doesn’t feature one of his biggest hooks, the chorus is incredibly catchy, leaving Hus’ vehicle of choice replaying in your head all day. 2017 is starting to feel like his year, and hopefully this will only be the tip of the iceberg.

The Round-Up: 10 Albums Released in February That You Must Hear

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We just said goodbye to an incredible month of music. One with the strongest slate of releases that I can remember in a really long time. Of all the interesting releases that dropped this month, ten stood out above the rest. Here’s my round-up of them. Stormzy Gang Signs & Prayer #Merky In a month that yielded a clutch of excellent LPs, nothing could touch the South London MC’s gorgeous, gospel-tinged epic. Over 16 diverse, consistent tracks, the big man …