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Hot Jam of the Day (07.07.12): Frank Ocean, “Sweet Life”

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Frank Ocean “Sweet Life” Channel Orange (Def Jam) It may have been one of the best albums of 2011, but Frank Ocean’s nostalgia, ultra was also just a mixtape. It’s easy to forget that while you are listening to it, but after listening to his recently-released stuff, it dawned on me how far he’s come in the last year or so and how truly terrifying that must be for other R&B singers. If a Frank Ocean mixtape is that good, how good can a …

Hot Jam of the Day (07.06.12): Scuola Furano, “Danceteria” (f/ Fiorious)

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Scuola Furano “Danceteria” (f/ Fiorious) 108 (Nano Rec) Scuola Furano is the alter ego of producer Borut Viola, a native of Gorizia, a small town in Northeastern Italy. After a string of scintillating singles, remixes, and edits (and a debut album that I frankly haven’t heard), we finally get a full entrée in the form of his exquisite sophomore LP, 108. Easily one of the top dance records of the year, Viola’s music lives somewhere in between disco, house, techno, and pop, and it’s …

Hot Jam of the Day (07.05.12): Citizen, You Give Me That Something (f/ Sean Alto)

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Citizen “You Give Me That Something” (f/ Sean Alto) Room Service (Love Fever) This is the kind of track that the term “hot jam” is made for. Oh my god. This, the final track on London producer Laurence “Citizen” Blake’s upcoming EP, is the kind of cut built for a summer night in some dilapidated basement filled with twice as many people as it can hold. You know, one of the best nights of your life. Deep, sexy, energetic, and virile as all hell, “You …

Hot Jam of the Day (07.03.12): Jessie Ware, “Wildest Moments” (Star Slinger Remix)

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Jessie Ware “Wildest Moments” (Star Slinger Remix) Devotion (PMR) I’ve spent much of 2012 singing this silky London vocalist’s praises, and as far as I’m concerned, she’s still batting 1.000 for the year. One of the many things I love about Jessie Ware is her incredible versatility. In her short career, we’ve heard her slinky and understated (“Running”); bouncy and twee (“Valentine”); and most recently, we heard her get her full-throated queen diva on via her debut album’s third single, the dramatic power …

Hot Jams of the Day (07.01.12): Sean Blackthorn, Bedtime​|​Sleepless EP

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Sean Blackthorn Bedtime​|​Sleepless EP Self-Released The second half of 2012 got off to a gorgeous start, thanks to a new EP from TP-favorite and Toronto-native Sean Blackthorn. Oft-compared with the new breed of indie R&B (hate that term), the talented troubadour’s newest work feels alive in a way that very few tracks do nowadays. He’s always favored stark, piano-driven arraignments, and Bedtime​|​Sleepless isn’t any different, highlighting the raw power of Blackthorn’s falsetto. In a genre that tends to favor inch-perfect auto-tune and flawless production, Blackthorn’s …

The Hottest Jams of the Year So Far… (In 140 characters or less)

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To save myself from TLDR, I decided to keep all my ramblings under 140 characters. Instead of trying to choose my absolute favorite songs, I stuck to only songs that were released as singles, just for my own sanity. Also, the list is in alphabetical order — no rankings. I also limited to one track per artist. If you hate Twitter-speak, fragments, and hashtags, soz. LOL im nt soz. Though Spotify is missing a lot of stuff, here’s a link …

Thunder Penguin’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2012

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1. The-XX: Coexist September 11th, XL I’m not quite sure why, but the XX’s fragile, incredibly beautiful self-titled debut always felt like a one-off to me. I’m not sure whether it was their seemingly reclusive personalities, vocalist Romy Madley Croft threats of never making another record, producer Jamie XX’s bubbling solo career, or the true distinctiveness of the album, but I always kinda assumed that it would the only real statement we’d get from the shadowy London trio. Earlier this year, we started …

The Best Albums of 2012 (So Far)

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It’s been a solid, if unspectacular start first half of the year, and before we get into what should be a special, special second half of 2012, I wanted to look back at some of the albums that have stood out from the rest. All of these are available to stream from Spotify, except the Evian Christ and Joey Bada$$ mixtapes, which are available to download for free. Just check the link. I had to kill comments after getting heavily …

Thunder Tape: Everyday Is Like Sade (June 2012)

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Just in time for summer, it’s my pleasure to share another mixtape with you guys. May you spend the summer with the sun in your eyes and the wind in your hair. Everyday is Like Sade (Side A) Everyday Is Like Sade (Side B) Tracklist: side a: the-dream:fancy cassie:king of hearts(richard x rmx) mario:let me love you(lapalux rmx) disclosure:boiling jessie ware:running(disclosure rmx) purity ring:obedear gang colours:fancy restaurant giselle:silk(cosmic kids rmx) side b: jyrome good:where i left off shlohmo/r. kelly/ nico …

Hot Jam of the Day (06.18.12): Joey Badass, “Waves”

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Joey Bada$$ “Waves” 1999 (Self-Released) While it’s easy to roll your eyes at his gauche moniker, one spin of the 17 year-old Flatbush-MC’s stunning debut mixtape will make even the biggest skeptic a believer. He may be young, but Bada$$’ music is rooted in Brooklyn’s rich hip-hop history. Rhyming mostly over jazzy breaks, boom-bap backbeats, and soulful melodies, the loquacious youngster flows with incredible grace and effortlessness. While it’s tough to pick a favorite from the consistently excellent LP, “Waves” highlights his first-class wordplay, hopeful exuberance, …