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Hot Jams of the Day (06.16.12): Finally Boys, “You Will Be Healed”/”Lunar Lovers”

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Finally Boys “You Will Be Healed”/”Lunar Lovers” Feelings (Self-Released) Today’s hot jams come courtesy of two youthful weirdos/BFF’s from somewhere in the East Bay. I wasn’t expecting much when the fresh-faced duo took the stage on Friday night in support of the magical How to Dress Well, but I was bowled over by their hyper-blissful, maximalist sound and exuberant, passionate performance. Drawing from elements of trance, euro-house, Balearic beat, juke, electroclash, and whatever else they could find on MediaFire, the Boys …

Hot Jam of the Day (06.15.12): Usher (f. Rick Ross), “Let Me See”

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Usher “Let Me See” (f/ Rick Ross) Looking for Myself (LaFace) Usher is a lot of things, but an idiot is not one of them. To make it in pop music for as long as he has, you need to be unbelievably savvy, and Usher’s sixth album is perhaps his greatest example of this quality. A direct result of the current post-Weeknd/Frank Ocean R&B landscape, Looking for Myself is littered with inspiration from the indie scene. While I suppose it’s surprising that a genre heavyweight would …

Hot Jam of the Day (06.14.12): Ice Choir, “I Want You Now and Always”

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Ice Choir “I Want You Now and Always” Afar (Underwater Peoples)  This is the third cut we’ve heard from the debut LP from Pains of Being Pure At Heart member Kurt Feldman’s new, heavily John Hughes-inspired side project. Like “Two Rings” and “Teletrips,” “I Want You Now and Always” is dripping in nostalgic longing, armed with killer 8-bit hooks, and slathered with slinky snyths and MIDI bass. This is hopelessly naive dance music for people who would rather rock out in front of the mirror to …

Hot Jam of the Day (06.12.12): Tomas Barfod, “November Skies” (f/ Nina Kinert)

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Tomas Barfod “November Skies” (f/ Nina Kinert) Salton Sea (Friends of Friends) Friends of Friends has obviously been blowing up like crazy, and one of the real standouts of its eclectic roster is Danish producer Tomas Barfod. Coming off the back of his excellent Broken Glass EP, Salton Sea is Barfod’s maiden voyage into LP land, and though it’s a hurdle that many producers fall at, the Dane passes the test with flying colors. “November Skies,” one of the album’s …

Hot Jam of the Day (06.11.12): Holy Other, “Love Some1”

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Holy Other “Love Some1” Held (Tri Angle) If you are like me and fell in love with the ghostly, meditational stylings of this UK/Berlin producer’s 2011 debut EP, With U, you are in for a treat, as the mercurial Mancunian recently announced that he is set to unleash his debut LP on August 28. Sensing that this is quite a long time to wait, he was good enough to give us a little taste of what to expect, and I’m thrilled …

Hot Jam of the Day (06.10.12): Frank Ocean, “Pyramids”

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Frank Ocean “Pyramids” Channel Orange (Def Jam) In the last 18 months, Frank Ocean has showed us that he is a lot of things — passionate, eclectic, progressive — but above all, his music has proven that he is incredibly ambitious. Whether it was taking on “Hotel California” on his debut mixtape, distancing himself from Odd Future, or publicly  expressing his frustration with hip-hop colossus Def Jam, the New Orleans native has shown a relentless desire to walk his own path …

Hot Jam of the Day (06.09.12): Recloose, “Magic” (f/ B. Slade) (Vocal Mix)

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Recloose (f/ B. Slade) “Magic” (Vocal Mix) Feels Like Magic 12″ (Rush Hour) Being a gay man in the world of Gospel music ain’t easy. Just ask B. Slade. Formerly known as Tonéx, Slade (né Anthony Charles Williams II) was one of the genre’s rising stars before coming out of the closet earlier this year. Predictably (and sadly), Williams was quickly ostracized from the scene that he grew up in — he got his start singing in church — and dropped out of the …

Hot Jam of the Day (06.08.12): Jens Lekman, “Erica America”

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Jens Lekman “Erica America” I Know What Love Isn’t (Secretly Canadian) In Jens Lekman’s world, even bad break-ups sound beautiful. According to reports, I Know What Love Isn’t — the successor to his just-about-perfect 2007 Night Falls Over Kortedala — is a bonafide break-up album, apparently along the same lines as Beck’s seminal Sea Change. While the subject matter may prove similar, from this and first single “The End of the World is Bigger Than Love,” it seems unlikely to be such a downcast affair. Though both tracks feature decidedly melancholic undertones, …

Hot Jam of the Day (06.07.12): Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, “Baby”

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Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti “Baby” Mature Themes (4AD) When choosing a debut single for a highly-anticipated album, it seems a strange decision to pick a true-to-the-original cover of a song that has been out for over 30 years, but this is Ariel Pink, and strange is his modus operandi. The track itself — a faithful remake of Donnie and Joe Emerson’s just-about-perfect 1979 single — is typically a brilliant, soulful, and lo-fi. Pink may not be known for his predictability, but he’s …

Hot Jam of the Day (06.06.12): The-Dream, “Dope Bitch” (f/ Pusha T)

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The-Dream “Dope Bitch” (f/ Pusha T) Love IV MMXII (Radio Killa) One of the great things about starting your own site is that you never have to argue with your editor about whether you are writing about The-Dream too much. Mainstream R&B rarely plays well on indie-rock publications, but it almost always plays well on my headphones. While “Dope Bitch” doesn’t capture the imagination quite like the Love IV MMXII‘s unfuckwitable lead single “ROC” did, Terius “The-Dream” Nash’s pretty good …