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Hot Jam of the Day (05.27.12): Summer Camp, “Always”

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Summer Camp “Always” Always (Moshi Moshi) Even though bf/gf groups were soooo 2011, this London duo is refusing to call time on their moody, John Hughes-inspired synth-pop party. After a superlative debut EP Young and a patchy-but-still-pretty-fucking-brilliant LP Welcome to Condale, Summer Camp is back to its best with this bouncy, lovelorn jam. For a change, guitarist Jeremy Warmsley takes over lead vocal duties here, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get a steady dose of Elizabeth Sankey’s signature, confident voice. They sing …

Hot Jam of the Day (05.26.12): Antony Hegarty: “Rise”

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Antony Hegarty “Rise” Coral Rekindling Venus While there aren’t a lot of certainties in this world, Antony Hegarty (frontperson of Antony and the Johnsons) making beautiful, luscious pop songs is a dead cert. Since he first warbled his way into our hearts with his self-titled debut, Antony has become one of the most enduring, distinctive, and bravest voices in independent music, and this lovely new single is yet another notch in his sequined belt. Written for a documentary on coral, it is …

Hot Jam of the Day (05.25.12): How To Dress Well, “Ocean Floor For Everything”

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How To Dress Well “Ocean Floor For Everything” Total Loss (Acephale) How to Dress Well — the alter ego of Chicago-based philosophy professor Tom Krell — was responsible for my favorite album of 2010: the ghostly, celestial Love Remains. Krell has one of most distinctive voices (literally and figuratively) in all of popular music, and his bizarre, singular take on R&B is equal parts hopeful and melancholic. This, the first single of his follow-up Total Loss, feels a little bit more like an idea than a …

Hot Jam(s) of the Day (05.24.12): Ab-Soul, “ILLuminate” (f/ Kendrick Lamar) & “Terrorist Threats” (f/ Danny Brown & Jhene Aiko)

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Ab-Soul “ILLuminate” (f/ Kendrick Lamar) & “Terrorist Threats” (f/ Danny Brown, Jhene Aiko) Control System Though he may be the only member of Kendrick Lamar’s hyper-buzzy Black Hippy crew without a WikiPedia page, South Central MC Ab-Soul’s druggy, claustrophobic new LP Control System should land him a page on the Free Encyclopedia pretty soon. As an MC, Soul seamlessly weaves wild conspiracy theories (the Illuminati references are rampant) with audacious boasts and reflective insights, often all in the same verse. Like the rest of the Black Hippies …

Hot Jam of the Day (05.23.12): SoKo, “We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow” (Video NSFW)

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SoKo “We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow” I Thought I Was An Alien (Babycat) If there’s one thing French singer-songwriter/actress Stéphanie “SoKo” Sokolinski understands, it’s how to find the beauty in the small things in life. Her recent single, the best track from her divisive debut I Thought I Was An Alien, is definitive proof of that. Over a spare arraignment with an impossibly delicate melody, Sokolinski delivers a spellbinding vocal performance. Don’t mistake her quiet voice for meekness. It’s quite the opposite. Over …

Hot Jam of the Day (05.21.12): Nico Jaar+Sasha Spielberg (Just Friends): “Avalanche”

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Nico Jaar+Sasha Spielberg (aka Just Friends) “Avalanche” The Prism I probably should kind of hate Nico Jaar. I’ve never met the man, but from the outside looking in, it seems like when he’s not DJing ultra-exclusive NYC club nights, playing sold-out shows, and being 194% more handsome than me, he’s making impossibly sexy jams with young Hollywood royalty. Coming off the back of his stunning collaboration with Scout LaRue Willis (Bruce and Demi’s daughter) “With Just One Glance,” he returns with a typically airy …

Hot Jam of the Day (05.18.12): Lemonade, “Softkiss”

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Lemonade “Softkiss” Diver (True Panther) The same week we got a tasty video for the BK-via-SF 80’s-obsessed trio’s spellbinding slow jam, “Neptune,” they grace us with another slice of synth-slathered gold.  Though it’s a much more upbeat affair, it is cut from the same cloth as “Neptune” (one of the best ten songs of 2012 so far). Moody, expressive, and dripping with nostalgia, “Softkiss” again sees vocalist Callan Clendenin pinning over a lost lover. In the wrong hands, a refrain like “do …

Hot Jam of the Day (05.17.12): Lil’ B, “3 Stacks”

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Lil’ B “3 Stacks” Unreleased  I’LL NEVER LET GO BASED GOD! #TYBG

Hot Jam of the Day (05.16.12): Yeasayer, “Henrietta”

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Yeasayer “Henrietta” Unnamed Upcoming LP (Secretly Canadian)  Oh Sayers of Yea, it’s so nice to have you back. Your bizzaro, vaguely-ethnic pop feels like an old sweater on our creaking bones, and it feels so long since you sprinkled your Odd Blood upon us and bludgeoned us into submission with All Hour Cymbals. Oh you benevolent Brooklynites, enchant us again with your delectable vocal harmonies and sonorous shapeshifting. My fair mates and I have spent countless hours lost in your majestic meadow of musical madness and look forward to many …

Terius Tuesday: “Fancy”

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A lot of people ask me why I love The-Dream so much. The answer is simple; Terius “The-Dream” Nash is a pop music Jedi, and I fuckin’ love pop music. Every Tuesday, Thunder Penguin will celebrate and examine one of his best songs, for no other reason than to get a little more Terius in our lives. The-Dream “Fancy” Love vs Money (Radio Killa, 2009) We begin our journey through Terius Town with his finest work: the swirling, expansive centerpiece of …