Hot Jam of the Day: T-Pain, "Textin' My Ex" (f/ Tiffany Evans)


T-Pain “Textin’ My Ex” (f/ Tiffany Evans) Oblivion Tomorrow, T-Pain drops his long-awaited fifth LP, the culmination of the most trying era of the R&B innovator’s career. Through no real fault of his own, Pain (né Faheem Najm) went from the jolly ringmaster of a multi-million dollar radio empire to a Read more

Images & Words: SOPHIE, "It's Okay To Cry"


SOPHIE "It's Okay to Cry" Digital Single Every once in a while, somebody puts out something that takes your breath away. "It's Okay to Cry" is absolutely one of those moments. After spending her early career lurking behind faceless, chaotic, schizophrenic experimental dance music, the 32 year-old has stepped into the light and up to the microphone. The result is Read more

Hot Jam of the Day: King Krule, "Logos"


King Krule "Logos" The OOZ (out now on XL) Archy Marshall's excellent new album feels like a collection of those wonky dream states that exist somewhere in that nether region between being wake and sleep. Though I'm still digesting all 19 of its songs, the hypnotic, jazzy "Logos" immediately stuck out. Over languid jazz chords Read more

Hot Jam of the Day: The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, "For Robin"


The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die "For Robin" Always Foreign (Epitaph) There are many, many awful things about addiction, but little is as insidious as the way it pushes its victims away from loved ones from their previous life and deeper into their illness. Anybody who has lost someone to Read more

Images & Words: Stormzy, "4PM in London"


Stormzy "4PM in London" Digital Single Turning freestyles into anthems is nothing new to the ultra-talented Londoner. And though the ravenous "4PM in London" was probably written, it feels alive in the same way that many of those aforementioned tracks did. Unlike Drake (the man who originally rapped on this beat), Stormzy's got the rare ability to Read more

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Hot Jams of the Day: Burial, “Young Death” / “Nightmarket”

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“Young Death” / “Nightmarket”
Young Death / Nightmarket (out now on Hyperdub)
Just in time for the holidays, the legendary South London producer (né William Bevan) returns with two tracks that help make 2016 suck just that little bit less. The emotional former jives nicely with his incredible 2014 EP, Rival Dealer, matching a hopeful, comforting vocal sample with spare keyboards and percussion. The latter is built around a snake-like keyboard riff that slowly builds to an overwhelming, yet gorgeous crescendo. Both cuts are reminders of what a special talent Bevan is and the unique sonic space that he inhabits.

Images & Words: Cloud Boat, “Man of War”

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“Man Of War”

Man of War EP (out now on Born Electric)
Last month, the low-key London duo with the horrible name quietly released a quality 4-song EP. And today, we got some dystopian new visuals to go with its title track. “Man of War” matches Tom Clarke’s perma-warm vocals with undulating synth waves and a surprisingly aggressive backbeat, which sets a restless, frustrated vibe throughout. The whole disc is one of the fourth quarter’s nicest surprises.

Hot Jam of the Day: Julie Byrne, “Natural Blue”

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“Natural Blue”

Not Even Happiness (out 01.27.17 on Grapefruit)
The Brooklyn folk-singer’s first single since her mega-underrated 2014 release, Rooms Without Walls and Windows, is an absolute stunner. Byrne expertly frames her plaintive, evocative voice with her trademark, fingerpicked guitar and a sweeping, expansive string arrangement. “Natural Blue” has a transportive, almost hymnal quality to it, distilling the magical Colorado sky that inspired it into four beautiful, therapeutic minutes of music.

Hot Jam of the Day: The xx, “On Hold”

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“On Hold”
I See You (out 01.13.17 on Young Turks)
The world is in desperate need of healing. While the kind of healing it needs obviously can’t be mended by a relaxing new album, we’re also really not in a place to turn one down. Late last week, the soothing London trio announced their third LP, led by this spellbinding new single that matches their signature down-tempo lullabies with tasty drum programming and a tongue-twisting Hall and Oates sample. I was one of the few who loved their 2012 sophomore LP, Coexist, and took a hard pass on Jamie xx’s sterile, lifeless In Colour. And thankfully, “On Hold” feels much more in tune with the former rather than the (bizarrely) critically-acclaimed latter. At least that’s one thing we can look forward to in 2017….

Hot Jam of the Day: Metro Boomin, “Forever Young”

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“Forever Young”
Digital Single
The Atlanta super-producer comes through with a reflective, instrumental number for Adult Swim. While “Forever Young” would have paired well with an artist like Future, 21 Savage, or Young Thug, it’s nice to hear STL native’s deft keys and inch-perfect percussion naked and unadorned. He’s always been a master of musical geometry, crafting tracks that have the right balance between melody and negative space with each instrument in perfect conjunction with the others. And you can really hear that on this track.

Hot Jam of The Day: Kojo Funds x Abra Cadabra, “Dun Talkin”

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“Dun Talkin”

Digital Single
Two of the UK’s biggest young talents link up on this monstrous new single. “Dun Talkin” works so well because both artists’ booming voices tiptoe the line between melody and malevolence, resulting in a track that is alluring and intimidating. Abra effortlessly switches between a gruff rasp and an R&B tenor, while Kojo’s earworm hook and easy verse ties the whole thing together. It’s definitely one of the biggest collabs in a year full of great ones.

Images & Words: Boogie, “N**ga Needs”

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“N**ga Needs”
Thirst 48 Part II
Though he burst on to the scene with the banger “Oh My,” the Angelino born Anthony Dixson has always been one of the most thoughtful rappers around. And on his impressive new mixtape, he doubles down on his craft, building an album that perfectly balances reflective numbers like this standout single with fun, breezy tracks like the K Camp-assisted “Slide on U.” The whole record is worthy of your time, even if he hasn’t had another single that has quite popped like “Oh My.”

Hot Jam of The Day: Newman Wolf, “Computer”

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“Computer”
Please Keep Talking (out 11.11 on Body High)
The newest release from Samo Sound Boy’s reliable Body High imprint treads much of the same territory that the LA-based collective made its name off. Hailing from somewhere in the depths of LA County, Newman Wolf’s new single is a delicious slab of evocative dance music with touches of trance production and an emotional, mantric vocal sample. “Computer” may start off slowly, but it gradually builds to a monster crescendo before quietly slipping back into the ether.

Hot Jam of the Day: JAHKOY, “California Heaven”

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“California Heaven” (f/ Schoolboy Q)
Foreign Water (out 10.28 on Def Jam)

As a California native who recently moved out to the East Coast, listening to a song with the refrain “heaven must be somewhere in California” will be dangerous during the NYC’s frigid winter months. However, it’s still warm enough outside to listen to the Toronto native’s ode to the Golden State without being overcome with homesickness. The rising 22 year-old is blessed with a warm, easy tenor that recalls real life Californian Ty Dolla $ign and is cementing himself as one of R&B’s real up-and-coming stars.

Hot Jams of the Day: Wet, “The Middle” / “Turn Away”

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“The Middle” / “Turn Away”

The Middle / Turn Away
Even though they only released their debut album, Don’t You, back in January, the Brooklyn trio #blessed us by surprise releasing a couple of tasty new tracks. The former is a classic Wet ballad with vocalist Kelly Zutrau drifting over plaintive piano chords and decorative, reverb-soaked guitarwork. The beat picks up a little on the moody, mid-tempo latter, which feels like a slight update of their signature sound and a promising sign of things to come.