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Hot Jam of the Day (09.04.12): How to Dress Well, “& It Was U”

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How to Dress Well “& It Was U” Total Loss (Tri Angle, out 9/17) One of the great fallacies that surrounded ethereal R&B singer Tom Krell’s debut album, Love Remains, is that it was “depressing.” While it dealt with heavy issues (mostly the passing of Krell’s close friend) openly and bravely, How to Dress Well’s first LP had its fair share of playful, inspiring, and hopeful moments. The Colorado native has never hidden his love of saccharine radio R&B, and this cut is …

Hot Jam of the Day (08.02.12): Elite Gymnastics, “Andreja 4-Ever”

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Elite Gymnastics “Andreja 4-Ever” Digital Single When Josh Clancy left Elite Gymnastics earlier this summer, sole remaining member James Brooks assured fans that the group’s sound wouldn’t be affected, as Clancy mostly contributed to group’s design. Based on this track alone, that statement rings false, and that actually might not be a bad thing. “Andreja 4-Ever” is easily the most accesible thing to be released under the Elite GZ moniker with much of their ever-present, chaotic wall of sound stripped away. Frankly, …

Hot Jam of the Day (09.01.12): Sky Ferreira, “Everything Is Embarrassing”

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Sky Ferreira “Everything is Embarrassing” Ghost (EMI, out 10/2) Everybody knows that a brilliant hook is essential to a great pop song. But what separates a great pop song from a special one? The bridge: the most under-appreciated, overlooked, difficult-to-nail facet of a truly satisfying four minutes. The best middle 8’s dive headlong into the spotlight, snatching it away from the prima donna choruses that they are surrounded by. Most of the best pop tracks — Wham’s “Careless Whisper” & Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love to …

Hot Jam of the Day (08.30.12): Angel Olsen, “Acrobat”

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Angel Olsen “Acrobat” Halfway Home (Bathetic, out 09/04) Angel Olsen’s breathtaking debut LP is the kind of album that you dream of finding buried in some dusty cardboard box in the attic of your grandparent’s house. A beautiful, seminal folk LP from the late 50’s that somehow everybody else missed but you discovered. It, of course, isn’t, but it sure feels like it is. Halfway Home is the follow-up to St. Louis-bred, Chicago-based folk singer’s debut cassette (yes, they still make those), …

Hot Jam of the Day (08.29.12): Jeremih, “Late Nights” (Chopped & Screwed)

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Jeremih “Late Nights” (Chopped & Screwed) Late Nights with Jeremih (Chopped & Screwed by Kp’da Truth) The artist formerly (and probably still) known as Mr. Birthday Sex’s mixtape Late Nights with Jeremih has been one of my surprise releases of the year. Clearly taking cues from the new breed of experimental R&B artists (ie the Weeknd, Frank Ocean), the Chicago native unleashes a potent sound made up of his  traditional radio roots, seductive croon, palpable hip-hop edge, and the progressive influences of the aforementioned artists. Buoyed by a pair of …

Hot Jam of the Day (08.28.12): Dan Bodan, “Aaron” (Video is NSFW)

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Dan Bodan “Aaron” DP/Aaron Single (DFA) Canadian-bed, Berlin-based Dan Bodan is the most exciting new DFA signing in recent memory, and his recently-released single features two romantic, graceful slabs of 80’s electro-lounge that have more than a hint of Bryan Ferry, Spandau Ballet, and Paul Weller’s group the Style Council. “Aaron” is a slick, lovelorn ballad that highlights Bodan’s easy, yet passionate delivery and provocative lyrics. It’ll be interesting to watch where Bodan goes from here, but he’s certainly off to a good …

Hot Jam of the Day (08.27.12): How to Dress Well, “Cold Nites” (Koreless Remix)

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How to Dress Well “Cold Nites” (Koreless Remix) Digital Single I’ve written thousands of words about the admiration that I have for How to Dress Well’s fractured, lo-fi bedroom R&B, so I thought I’d focus a little on the Scottish teenager behind this remix. The 19 year-old Glaswegian burst on the scene with his pensive neo-dubstep meditation, “Lost in Tokyo” and a release on buzzy UK label, Pictures. His ability to craft emotive, drippy compositions makes him a natural partner for the perpetual heart-on-sleeve …

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 …