Lana Del Rey, "Doin' Time"


Lana Del Rey"Doin' Time"Sublime OST (out soon on Universal)If you grew up in California in the early 2000's, it was just about impossible to get in someone's car or go to a party that wasn't playing one of those two Sublime albums. Evidently, the same was true in wherever Read more

Images & Words: Stormzy, "Vossi Bop"


Stormzy"Vossi Bop"Digital SingleAfter a little while away, the London kingpin looks to be getting back in the game. "Vossi Bop" is a perfect comeback track because it is such a pure distillation of what makes Stormzy a true-one off. Over a tasty, yet simple beat, Big Mike goes in Read more

The Round-Up: The Best Songs of 2019 (1st Quarter)


Even though we're a solid week into the second quarter, better late than never right? Here's a quick round-up of some of my favorite songs of the last three months. To keep numbers manageable, I didn't include anything from any of my favorite albums list and prioritized songs I Read more

The Round-Up: The Best Albums of 2019 (First Quarter)


Gah, I can't believe we're already 25% through 2019. That said, Spring is in the air, and we've enjoyed an excellent, diverse crop of music during these first three months. Have a look at some of my favorite LPs of the year so far in no particular order. Dawn Richard
 “New Read more

Chief Keef, "Ain't Gonna Happen"


Chief Keef "Ain't Gonna Happen" GloToven (Glo Gang / RBC) The Chicago stalwart's new project with the legendary Zaytoven is unsurprisingly full of weird and wacky sounds, moving in innumerable unexpected and exciting ways. Its most powerful moment is its starkest, as a heartbroken Keef floats freely over Zay's gorgeous piano. "Face dried Read more

Hot Jam of the Day

Clairo, “Bags”

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Clairo
“Bags”
Immunity (out 08.02 on FADER)

Though I wasn’t super high on her buzzy, ultra-twee debut EP, “Bags” is the real damn deal. Over driving power chords and playful keys, the 20 year-old digs deeper emotionally than she has before, picking through the bones of a relationship that has gone stale. “I don’t wanna watch TV anymore,” she deadpans, mirroring those rudderless, restless words with her tone and adding the emotional heft that her early work struggled to deliver.

Lana Del Rey, “Doin’ Time”

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Lana Del Rey
“Doin’ Time”
Sublime OST (out soon on Universal)

If you grew up in California in the early 2000’s, it was just about impossible to get in someone’s car or go to a party that wasn’t playing one of those two Sublime albums. Evidently, the same was true in wherever Lana grew up (Westchester, I think), because her cover of the Long Beach skate-rats sun-scorched classic features the care and love that can only be delivered by a true Badfish. Del Rey manages to walk the line between paying homage to the original while making the new version her own. Summer can finally start for real now, y’all.

Finn, “Do What You Want Forever”

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Finn
“Do What You Want Forever”
Do What You Want Forever (out 05.29 on Local Action)

Chase away your Tuesday blues with this uplifting slice of house music from the Manchester producer. Boosted by an ecstatic vocal sample and a hypnotic loop, “Do What You Want” is gorgeous and life-affirming, while reminding you of exactly what’s important in life.

Holy Ghost!: “Escape from Los Angeles”

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Holy Ghost!
“Escape from Los Angeles”

Work (out 6.21 on West End)
After six years away, the former DFA disco dudes of yester-decade are returning with another collection peak-era Williamsburg analog vibes. “Escape from Los Angeles” is the third (and tastiest) new single from their forthcoming third LP, featuring lush beds of synth pads, tasteful percussion, and nostalgic, faraway vocals.

Sky Ferreira, “Downhill Lullaby”

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Sky Ferreira
“Downhill Lullaby”
Masochism (out soon? on Capitol)
It’s been almost six years since we’ve heard from Sky Ferreira — the person behind one of my favorite songs of the last 10 years — but the talented 26 year-old has kept busy, appearing in a ton of movies, modeling, and, of course, tinkering with her oft-delayed second LP. Its first single is a gothic, foreboding funeral jam that pairs her doleful voice alongside a creeping Type O Negative baseline and cinematic, swooning Lana Del Rey strings. It’s an unexpected move, but it fucking works and also underlines what makes Ferreira such a compelling figure. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the project.

Foxes in Fiction, “Ontario Sunshine pt. 3” (feat. Emily Yacina)

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Foxes in Fiction
“Ontario Sunshine pt. 3” (feat. Emily Yacina)
Digital Single
It’s a rainy Friday morning in New York, which is just about the perfect backdrop for the dreamy, long-awaited new single from Warren Hildebrand. Short of a few one-off tracks, the Queens-based artist has been pretty quiet since his lovely 2014 project, “Ontario Gothic,” but he’s returning sometime soon with a new full-length. Though this track isn’t slated to appear on it, hopefully it’s a sign of things to come, as it pairs soothing, reverb-soaked guitars with Yacina’s affecting vocals to delicious effect.

Matt Kivel, “l.a. coliseum”

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Matt Kivel
“l.a. coliseum”
last night in america (out 05.10 on Cascine)
Our first taste of the LA singer’s debut LP for Cascine is a dreamy, low-light rumination on the early days of a relationship. Kivel’s voice is soft but affecting, and it gently bobs along the layers of soft synths and meandering electric guitar. It’s a track that really feels like falling in love in LA,  and it leaves me seriously jonesing for those technicolor sunsets and warm, evening breezes.

Chief Keef, “Ain’t Gonna Happen”

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Chief Keef
“Ain’t Gonna Happen”
GloToven (Glo Gang / RBC)
The Chicago stalwart’s new project with the legendary Zaytoven is unsurprisingly full of weird and wacky sounds, moving in innumerable unexpected and exciting ways. Its most powerful moment is its starkest, as a heartbroken Keef floats freely over Zay’s gorgeous piano.

“Face dried up, from all of the tears I done cried up,” he laments, namedropping late friends and family members like Fredo Santana, Big Glo, and Capo. In just 23 years, he’s encountered a staggering amount of loss, but in classic style, he soldiers on, pushing boundaries and continuing to cement his legacy as one of the most important, influential rappers of his generation.

Channel Tres, “Brilliant N***a”

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Channel Tres
“Brilliant N***a”
Digital Single
The man behind one of my favorite songs of 2018 returns with a silky new slice of the indefinable deep house/jazz/rap sound that he started cooking up on his incredible, self-titled debut EP. Over a meandering flutes, airy toms, and droning synths, the artist born Sheldon Young glides effortlessly across proceedings, dropping adhesive, charismatic couplets by the dozen. Hopefully, a proper debut LP beckons.

The National, “You Had Your Soul with You”

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The National
“You Had Your Soul With You”

I Am Easy to Find (out 05.17 on 4AD)
We millennials are fickle bastards, man. After releasing a trio of fantastic albums, it only took me one snoozer (2013’s “Trouble Will Find Me”) to basically write off the Ohio quintet as a spent force. I was shocked by how much I loved the back-half of 2017’s “Trouble Will Find Me,” and this jittery new single builds on the disc’s momentum. Over sporadic flourishes of electric guitar and stutter-stepping drums, Matt Berninger luxuriates in his misery declaring “I’ve got it worse than anyone.” With fans like me, maybe he’s got a point.

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