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New Video Alert: Major Lazer, “Get Free” / Kisses, “Johnny & Mary”

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Though these two artists have nearly nothing in common, their most recent videos struck me in a similar way. Both are awesome micro-explorations of one of the world’s most fascinating cultures (Jamaica and Brazil, respectively) put to pretty dope soundtracks. And both really make me want to visit the country they are about. I’ve never been a huge Diplo guy, but it’s hard to argue with “Get Free,” and Kisses have long been favorites of mine. Dig in… Major Lazer: “Get Free” Kisses: “Johnny …

Hot Jam of the Day (08.24.12): Holy Other, “Inpouring”

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Holy Other “Inpouring” Held (Tri Angle, out 8/28) Who would have known that r&b and new age would have made such exquisite bedfellows? Listening to Holy Other makes me realize that I wasn’t totally insane for digging Enya and Boyz II Men in middle school. The Manchester-based producer’s debut EP was amongst my favorites of 2011, and his debut LP is shaping up as one of the releases of the year. Holy Other is a master of mood, consistently crafting tracks …

Hot Jam of the Day (08.23.12): Chad Valley, “Fall 4 U” (f. Glasser)

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Chad Valley “Fall 4 U” (f. Glasser) Young Hunger (Cascine, out 10/30)  Oxford-based producer Chad Valley has always been one of the standouts of the Balearic pop/chillwave scene that peaked a couple years ago, and it’s kind of amazing that he’s still yet to release a proper LP. That wait is nearing its end, and based on “Fall 4 U,” its breathtaking debut single, Young Hunger is going to be well worth the wait. Valley (né Hugo Manuel) enlists the ultra-smooth vocal …

Hot Jams of the Day (08.22.12): Frank Ocean Remix Trifecta

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Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange” remains one of my favorite albums of 2012, and to celebrate it, I rounded up a few of the best FO remixes for your listening pleasure.  Frank Ocean: “Pyramids” (Kastle Remix) The San Francisco-based producer’s expansive, just-a-little-bit-screwed remix of the best song of the year is about to join his Infinite City EP on heavy rotation in Thunder Penguin’s Bionic Igloo (read: my bedroom). He absolutely nails the emotive feel of the song, while giving it a little added edge. …

Hot Jam of the Day (08.21.12): King Krule, “Rock Bottom”

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King Krule “Rock Bottom” Rock Bottom 7″ (Rinse, out 08/25)  King Krule’s music is the audio equivalent of Greg Oden. I’m not talking about the bad knees, awful beard, or gigantic peni… er, hands. Oden is still in his mid-twenties, but he’s looked like he’s about 41 since he was in high school. The artist formally known as Zoo Kid (né Archy Marshall) is still a couple of years away from his 20th birthday, but he sounds and writes like a 60-some-odd year-old Mississippi Delta blues man. …

Hot Jam of the Day (08.20.12): Gang Colours, “Fill Me In”

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Gang Colours “Fill Me In” Digital Single Great covers come in many forms. That said, they generally are at their best and most enduring when an artist so stamps their authority and style on the original that it almost comes off as an entirely new track. Such is British down-tempo producer Gang Colours’ take on Craig David’s seminal middle-school slow jam. Over a moody keyboard line, drippy percussion, and ambient filigree, the Southampton native (né Will Ozanne) retells David’s classic story of hooking up with …

Hot Jam of the Day (08.18.12): Brother Ali, “Mourning In America”

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Brother Ali “Mourning in America” Mourning in America, and Dreaming in Color (Rhymesayers, out 09/18)  For many years, I considered Minneapolis-MC not only one of my favorite rappers on the planet, but also one of my favorite overall musicians. While I still hold his trifecta — 2003’s Shadows on the Sun, 2004’s Champion EP, and 2007’s The Undisputed Truth — in ridiculously high esteem, nothing he’s released since has hit me that hard. At his best, Ali (né Jason Newman) is an …

Hot Jam of the Day (08.17.12): Husky, “Did You Forget”

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Husky “Did You Forget?” Transition One EP (Zip Sound Recordings, out now) Every once in a while, I’ll come across something I love that I know nothing about. Usually a few Google searches or a press release will answer my questions, but I couldn’t find any info on this rising producer. Basically, I know he’s American, signed to an Atlanta-based label called Zip Sound Recordings, shares my love of Pretty Ricky, and made one of my favorite EPs of the summer. …

Hot Jam of the Day (08.16.12): How to Dress Well, “Again”

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How to Dress Well “Again” Ocean Floor for Everything 7″ We’ve heard How To Dress Well’s Tom Krell kill covers before — his stunning version of R. Kelly’s seminal “I Wish” and his re-imagination of Ready for the World’s “Love You Down” spring to mind. His sparse, lo-fi version of Janet Jackson’s 1993 smash-hit, “Again,” is similarly potent. Though it is stripped of the original’s lush string arraignment, Krell stays mostly true to the original in his trademark, heart-on-his-sleeve style. When it comes …

Hot Jam of the Day (08.13.12): Jessie Ware, “Sweet Talk”

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Jessie Ware “Sweet Talk” Devotion (PMR, out 8/21) One more week. That’s all that’s left until we finally get to hear the debut album from London-based siren, Jessie Ware. I’ve spent so much of this year writing about her that I’m running out of superlatives, so let’s keep this one short. “Sweet Talk” is the fourth single from Devotion, and it sees the sultry, versatile vocalist slide into some seriously Sade-esque territory. Earlier this year, she stated that she was interested in …