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Hot Jam of the Day (07.18.12): Airbird, “Free Mind”

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Airbird “Free Mind” Romance Layers (Legitmix) Everyone has those musicians who they just roll with. MC Dirty Dawg has a new polka EP coming out next week? Buying it. The Lazy Sunsets are charging $62.50 for their gig at the Wichita State Fair? I’ll work it out. I think I’m getting to that point with Joel Ford. I’m pretty sure I’ve basically liked everything he’s ever put out, and unsurprisingly, the lead single from his Airbird project’s second EP of the year …

Hot Jam of the Day (7.17.12): Danny Brown x Araabmuzik, “Molly Ringwald”

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Danny Brown x Araabmuzik “Molly Ringwald” Single (Yours Truly) “Just found out that my name is synonymous with “ecstasy” in hip-hop circles. Proof to my parents that I’ve accomplished something in my life.” — @MollyRingwald Any song that inspires the woman who played Claire Standish to Tweet this (and inexplicably put quotes around the word ecstasy) is already a win in my book. And while the Tweet was amazing, it doesn’t hold a candle to this super dope collaboration between the country’s …

Hot Jam of the Day (07.16.12): Holy Other, “Held”

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Holy Other “Held” Held (TriAngle) Of the many things I love about Holy Other, I think my favorite thing about him is his incredible use of vocals. In recent times, nobody has been able to touch Burial’s ability to use broken up vocal samples to tell affecting, fully-formed stories, but this Mancunian is getting closer. His music has always worked in movements, and like much of his best work (especially Held‘s first single, “Love Some1”), “Held” resolves itself in a …

Hot Jam of the Day (07.15.12): The XX, “Angels”

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The XX “Angels” Coexist (Young Turks) Finally, the wait is over. I recently wrote about my hopes/thoughts/expectations for the South Londoners ultra-anticipated sophomore LP, and if you missed it, I’m really fucking excited about it. Yesterday, we got our first real taste of Coexist, in the form of this characteristically vulnerable, crushing new love song. Driven by Romy Madley Croft’s delicate vocal and a single-string guitar line, “Angels” captures much of what made the trio’s debut resonate with so many people in such a …

Hot Jam of the Day (07.14.12): Teengirl Fantasy, “End”

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Teengirl Fantasy “End” Tracer (True Panter/R&S) It goes without saying that great instrumental music taps into the same real estate that is set off by the evocative lyrics to the songs that we love. Phillip Glass can say things with 52 keys that not even the greatest lyricist can when they are armed with hundreds of thousands of combinations of letters. That said, it takes real talent to hit that mark — talent that Brooklyn electro duo, Teengirl Fantasy, has always shown they …

Hot Jam of the Day (07.13.12): Taken By Trees, “Dreams”

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Taken By Trees “Dreams” Other Worlds (Secretly Canadian)  If there was only one word I could use to describe Swedish vocalist Victoria Bergsman’s music, it would be alive. Since she burst on the scene with her first band the Concretes, she always looked destined for greatness, and her subsequent project, Taken By Trees, has confirmed her early promise. On the back of two beautiful, lush LPs — 2007’s Open Field and 2009’s essential East of Eden — comes her third release under the …

Hot Jam of the Day (7.11.12): Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pool (Drank)”

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Kendrick Lamar “Swimming Pool (Drank)”  good kid m.A.A.d city (Top Dog) I must admit that I can’t tell exactly what drank LA-based MC Kendrick Lamar is talking about dranking here. At first I thought he was talking about alcohol, but I’ve drank a fair bit in my life, and no booze has ever made a disembodied voice talk to me. I tried lean one time in college, but that didn’t make me this nervous. It just made me want to …

Hot Jam of the Day (07.10.12): Frank Ocean, “Bad Religion”

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Frank Ocean “Bad Religion” Channel Orange (Def Jam) The reason why Frank Ocean’s decision to open up about his sexuality is so important lives right there in the first line of that iconic Tumblr post. “Whoever you are, wherever you are…I’m starting to think that we’re a lot alike.” That’s what this is all about, and that’s what I hope the primary (pop) cultural legacy of Ocean’s statement proves to be. What’s so arresting about “Bad Religion” isn’t that he’s …

Hot Jam of the Day (07.09.12): Passion Pit, “Constant Conversations”

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Passion Pit “Constant Conversations” Gossamer (Columbia) I’m not quite sure how I feel about the new, moody Passion Pit. Via an article on Pitchfork, I was surprised to read Michael Angelakos say that the Cambridge group’s second LP, Gossamer, was going to be an introspective, melancholy affair. The Passion Pit that we knew from the group’s breakout debut, Manners, was bouncy, sunny, and bursting with life. It seemed unlikely that the group would be able to capture that aesthetic successfully, and I also wasn’t …

Hot Jam of the Day (07.08.12): Blur, “Under The Westway”

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Blur “Under the Westway” Under the Westway 7″ (Parlophone) It’s coming up on ten years since we’ve heard a full album from the London brit-pop legends, but they’ve been hinting at it, and it certainly feels like we’re getting closer to it. Until then, we’ll have to tie ourselves over with this new 2-song single released in anticipation of their big Hyde Park performance for the closing ceremonies of the London Olympics. This, the a-side, plays like Blur’s very own “Hey …