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Hot Jam of the Day (01.14.13): Justin Timberlake, “Suit & Tie”

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Justin Timberlake “Suit & Tie” (f/ Jay-Z) The 20/20 Experience (due out in 2013 on RCA) It’s hard to believe that it has been seven whole years since JT released his watershed sophomore LP, FutureSex/LoveSounds. Considering how quickly pop culture moves on these days, the fact that the record still sounds so next level is remarkable, and you could easily argue that nobody has been able to touch it since its release. For that reason, Timberlake has been welcomed back into music with …

Hot Jam of the Day (01.13.12): Frank Ocean, “Pink Matter” (Remix) (f/ Big Boi + Andre 3000)

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Frank Ocean “Pink Matter” (Remix) (f/ Big Boi + Andre 3000) Digital Single (Def Jam) As much as I’d love it to be, this isn’t really an Outkast reunion track. That said, if anybody could reform the greatest hip-hop group of my lifetime, it would be someone with the awesome power of Mr. Ocean. The “Pink Matter” remix does highlight one thing that made Outkast great: their totally different perspectives. While most hip-hop groups generally see the world the same …

Hot Jamz of the Year: The Best Tracks of 2012

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A couple of people have asked me why I still take the time to do this every year, even after the magazine I used to write for shut down. It’s two things. For one, I’m a pop music anorak. I love taking the time to explore the year’s trends (alternative R&B, future garage) and the genres that have faded by the wayside (witch house, chillwave). Pop music is so ephemeral in the Internet Age, and it only takes going over …

The Best Singles of 2012, Honorable Mention

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It’s that time of year again. Where I spend a solid four days trying to work out (read: obsessing over) what my favorite songs of the year are, and by extension, what said songs say about the year I’ve just had. Hopefully, the actual list will be out sometime this week, but my staff (of one) is a little behind this year…just like every other year. As always, I hope you enjoy reading and listening to this list as much …

2012 Year-End List: People of the Year

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10. Kevion “KeVante1” Barkley One of the most interesting things about the Internet is it gives people the platform to do basically whatever the fuck they want. And while this isn’t always a good thing (see: Nazis, gay bashers, Verizon Wireless), Kevion Barkley’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel is an example of this phenomenon at its best. I know absolutely nothing about this guy, except that he is a big fan of progressive emoticons, Jodeci-frontman Devante Swing, and slowwww jams …

Images & Words: Weekly Video Round-Up, 11.18

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When MTV stopped playing music videos, many prognosticators claimed that the music video would go the way of the dodo. How wrong they were. Nowadays, music videos are better than they’ve ever been, and every weekend, I’m going to round up the best music videos released that week. Note: Please read all of the blurbs in a sultry, Daisy Fuentes accent. 5. Miguel, “The Thrill” (Live For Yours Truly) I know it’s not a real music video, but when a …

Hot Jam of the Day (11.13.12): Face + Heel, “Laughter in the Next Room”

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Face + Heel “Laughter in the Next Room” Upcoming LP on Warm Earlier this week, I wrote about Berlin down-tempo, R&B group, Schwarz Don’t Crack, and championed them as one of the breakout stars of 2013. You can pencil this Cardiff-via-Bristol duo to that list. After releasing a string of subtly brilliant singles (especially, “One Hundred Years Deep”), the un-googlable young band is set to release a full-length early next year. It’s a good bet that their future-garage-meets-The-XX style will burn …

Hot Jam of the Day (11.12.12): Vondelpark, “Dracula”

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Vondelpark “Dracula” Seabed (out Spring ’13 on R&S) Vondelpark has always made eyes closed music. The young London-via-Surrey trio first arrived on my earbuds via two delicious, dreamy EPs — 2010’s Sauna and 2011’s nyc stuff and nyc bags — and though their first single presents a slightly less hazy sound, it feels like the group are picking up right where they left off. “I have no time for myself” is the line that sticks out most, and when Lewis Rainsbury …

Hot Jam of the Day (11.11.12): Jessie Ware x BenZel, “If You Love Me”

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Jessie Ware x Benzel “If You Love Me” Digital Single I’ve run out of ways to praise Jessie Ware. If you haven’t gotten into her stunning debut by now, I give up. The Internetz has failed you. And I have failed you too. As if I could love her anymore, she goes and caps off her unbelievable 2012 with this beautiful victory lap: a flawless cover of one of the true classics of the fabeled middle-school dance/slowjam genre. Ware handles Brownstone’s …

Images & Words: Weekly Video Round-Up, 11.11

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When MTV stopped playing music videos, many prognosticators claimed that the music video would go the way of the dodo. How wrong they were. Nowadays, music videos are better than they’ve ever been, and every weekend, I’m going to round up the best music videos released that week. Note: Please read all of the blurbs in a sultry, Daisy Fuentes accent. 5. Desire: “Tears from Heaven” The Italians Do It Better faves returned this week with their first new material …