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Hot Jam of the Day (03.30.12): Jai Paul, “Jasmine”

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Jai Paul “Jasmine” (Demo) From Upcoming Release on XL Somebody forgot to tell soulful British crooner Jai Paul that this is the Internet age, and if you are a young artist with a bit of buzz, you are supposed to release new tracks music about every 3.6 seconds. It’s hard to believe that it’s taken Paul nearly two years to follow up on the buzz from his unfuckwitable (see what I’ve done there?) breakthrough single “BTSU” (which was actually written …

Hot Jam of the Day (03.29.12): Elite Gymnastics, “Here, in Heaven 4 & 5” (CFCF Rework)

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Elite Gymnastics “Here, in Heaven 4 & 5” (CFCF Rework) Ruin 4 I can’t remember a track in recent years that has undergone as many fascinating incarnations, as “Here, in Heaven,” the ghostly centerpiece of the KPOP-obsessed Minneapolis natives’ breakthrough debut LP. “Here, in Heaven 1” is a chaotic, claustrophobic affair, while its second manifestation is a shadowy, murky slowjam that would make a perfect last dance at Morticia Addams’ first post-Gomez eHarmony marriage. We’ve heard How To Dress Well (né Tom …

Hot Jam of the Day (03.28.12): Princeton, “Florida”

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Princeton “Florida” Remembrance of Things to Come (Hit City USA, 2012) It’s fitting that this Santa Monica-bred, Eagle Rock-based chamber pop quartet is named after a place (Princeton St. in Santa Monica, not the University), because frontman Jesse Kivel’s lyrics constantly revolve around feeling particular ways in particular places. Their breakthrough EP was called “Bloomsbury” — after the district of London that was once home to Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf Kivel and where Kivel and his bass-playing brother Matt lived in …

Hot Jams of the Day(s) (03.27/8.12): Air France, “Collapsing Outside Your Doorstep” & “No Excuses”

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Air France “Collapsing Outside Your Doorstep” & “No Excuses” No Way Down (Sincerely Yours, 2008)  [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/10455212″ iframe=”true” /] “It’s like a dream, isn’t it?” “No, better.” I can’t think of a better way to describe Swedish duo’s seminal (yeah, I said it) second EP than by borrowing the cherubic sample that permeates the song that made me fall in love with the group in the first place. Though it sounds strange to call an album influential only four years after its …

A Track for the Weekend: Beach Fossils, “Shallow”

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Something light and breezy for the weekend, check out this sumptuous new-ish single from Brooklyn dreamers Beach Fossils. [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/35427375″ iframe=”true” /]

Hot Jam of the Day (3.23.12): Ice Choir, “Two Rings”

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The debut single from the 80’s-influenced, moody Brooklyn synth-pop duo, this is fucking excellent. Listen to it. [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/36079974″ iframe=”true” /]

Hot Jam of the Day (03.21.12): Danny Brown, “Grown Up”

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Too exhausted to blog, thanks to my cross-country flight to New York City (biggest first world problem, ever). Simply put, I love Danny, and you should too. [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/40625899″ iframe=”true” /]

Hot Jam of the Day (03.22.12): John Talabot, “Will Be Now” (Young Edits Club Mix)

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John Talabot (f/ Pional) “Will Be Now” (Young Edits Club Mix) Original Available on ƒIN When it comes to remixes, sometimes less is more. This is extremely evident on rising Australian producer Young Edits’ tasteful, sunny take on Talabot’s glistening single. Edits (né Luke Foskey) is smart enough to mostly get out of the way of the Barcelona Balearic beat merchant’s swirling, repetitive original, happy to fall back and deftly add minor sonic accoutrements that highlight the tracks biggest strength: it’s hypnotic, mantric …

Hot Jam of the Day (03.20.12): Odd Future, “Oldie”

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Odd Future “Oldie” The OF Tape Vol. 2 (Odd Future Records) LA-based troublemakers Odd Future roll deep as fuck on this, the final cut of their highly-anticipated new album. If an alien came down from Mars and asked what kids in 2011 are into/like, this is what I would show them. Love ’em or hate ’em, nobody has changed the landscape of pop culture like Odd Future has in the last 18 months, and this gargantuan celebration of the group’s incredible …

Hot Jam of the Day (03.19.12): Sean Blackthorn, “The Spirits”

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Sean Blackthorn “The Spirits” Unreleased While nobody’s going to confuse it with Motown, there’s something special going on in Toronto. We all know about Drizzy, the Weeknd (and all his cronies), and Melanie Fiona, but not many have been talking about Sean Blackthorn — partially because there isn’t a hell of a lot of info about him kicking around online. One thing’s for sure though, his lead single is a beautiful, arresting bedroom R&B ballad that shows off Blackthorn’s haunting, …