Lil Uzi Vert, "New Patek"


Lil Uzi Vert "New Patek" Digital Single Easily one of most joyful songs of the year, the hyperactive, hypertalented Philadelphian returns with six (6!) electric minutes of swirling, tuneful hip-hop. Over Dolan Beats' glorious crystallized piano keys and tiptoeing hi-hats, Uzi goes the fuck in as only he can, slaloming through the beat Read more

Images & Words: How To Dress Well, "Nonkilling 6 | Hunger"


How to Dress Well "Nonkilling 6 | Hunger" The Anteroom (out 10.19 on Domino) Though it was a little bit buried on my "Favorite Songs of 2018, So Far.." list, I'm extremely excited about the experimental direction Tom Krell seems to be going in on his fifth LP. This stunning two-parter pairs Read more

Wild Pink, "Mount Erie"


Wild Pink “Lake Erie” Yolk in the Fur (out now on Tiny Engines) Though I’m about six months late to the NYC trio’s outstanding second LP, I’m extremely glad that I finally found it. While their AM Radio sound has been relentlessly compared to War on Drugs, frontman John Ross is such Read more

Mitski, "Two Slow Dancers"


Mitski "Two Slow Dancers" Be The Cowboy (out 08.17 on Matador) Every slow dance with someone you care about feels like a moment suspended in time. I mean, that's the point, right? Your hands are tied, your bodies are connected, and even your gaze is limited. Mitski, the fantastic New York songwriter, Read more

Future, "Hate the Real Me"


Future "Hate the Real Me" Beastmode 2 (out now on Epic) The peak of a quietly excellent year, Future goes super deep on his worthy follow-up to 2015's legendary "Beast Mode" tape. Of all its stirring moments, nothing emotionally hits harder than its last track, as Future pours his heart out over Read more

Hot Jam of the Day (11.13.12): Face + Heel, “Laughter in the Next Room”

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Face + Heel
“Laughter in the Next Room”
Upcoming LP on Warm

Earlier this week, I wrote about Berlin down-tempo, R&B group, Schwarz Don’t Crack, and championed them as one of the breakout stars of 2013. You can pencil this Cardiff-via-Bristol duo to that list. After releasing a string of subtly brilliant singles (especially, “One Hundred Years Deep”), the un-googlable young band is set to release a full-length early next year. It’s a good bet that their future-garage-meets-The-XX style will burn up the blogosphere once the word gets out. Tell all your friends, these guys are gonna be huge.

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Hot Jam of the Day (11.12.12): Vondelpark, “Dracula”

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Vondelpark
“Dracula”
Seabed (out Spring ’13 on R&S)

Vondelpark has always made eyes closed music. The young London-via-Surrey trio first arrived on my earbuds via two delicious, dreamy EPs — 2010’s Sauna and 2011’s nyc stuff and nyc bags — and though their first single presents a slightly less hazy sound, it feels like the group are picking up right where they left off. “I have no time for myself” is the line that sticks out most, and when Lewis Rainsbury delivers it in his mournful, James Blake-ish voice, it certainly hits close to home. A good bet to be one of the standouts of 2013’s first quarter.

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Hot Jam of the Day (11.11.12): Jessie Ware x BenZel, “If You Love Me”

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Jessie Ware x Benzel
“If You Love Me”
Digital Single

I’ve run out of ways to praise Jessie Ware. If you haven’t gotten into her stunning debut by now, I give up. The Internetz has failed you. And I have failed you too. As if I could love her anymore, she goes and caps off her unbelievable 2012 with this beautiful victory lap: a flawless cover of one of the true classics of the fabeled middle-school dance/slowjam genre. Ware handles Brownstone’s original with grace, class, and her effortlessly alluring voice. Besides being a fucking great track, it really serves to underline what a seismic year she’s had and what a serious force she’s become. This is Jessie Ware’s world; we’re just reveling in it.

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Images & Words: Weekly Video Round-Up, 11.11

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When MTV stopped playing music videos, many prognosticators claimed that the music video would go the way of the dodo. How wrong they were. Nowadays, music videos are better than they’ve ever been, and every weekend, I’m going to round up the best music videos released that week.

Note: Please read all of the blurbs in a sultry, Daisy Fuentes accent.

5. Desire: “Tears from Heaven”
The Italians Do It Better faves returned this week with their first new material in the last three years. Consisting of IDIB mainman Johnny Jewel (Chromatics, Glass Candy, etc.), vocalist Megan Louise, and Nat Walker (Chromatics), the group’s comeback track follows in the footsteps of their synth-pop masterclass, II. If you’ve seen a Johnny Jewel video, I don’t need to tell you about Alberto Rossini’s lo-fi, sepia-toned directorial style. If you haven’t, you’ll get it.

 4. Tensnake: “Mainline” (f/ Syron)
German house DJ Marco Niemerski has never hidden his love for the 90s, but he’s really taken things to a new level with his C+C-tastic new clip. Driven by an intoxicating vocal from brash, South London-native Syron (who does a pretty decent job of channeling Robyn), Niemerski crafts an exhilarating, buoyant, bass-driven slab of classic electro magic. An absolute banger.

3. Kool AD, “Manny Pacquiao”
One half of BK-weirdo hip-hop duo Das Racist, Victor “Kool AD” Vazquez is still riding high off his criminally underrated solo LP, 51. The San Francisco-native weaves his signature laid-back, non-sequitur-heavy flow over a spare, devastating beat from fellow Bay Area boss, Trackademicks. The video is typical Das Racist fare…basically a buncha hipsters doing sweet dances. You know you’re into it.

2. Tamaryn, “Heavenly Bodies”
Though it hasn’t quite blown up like I’ve hoped, San Francisco-based artist Tamaryn’s second LP, Tender New Signs, was one of the best shoegaze albums of the year. Driven by her gauzy vocals and Rex Shelverton’s emotive, reverb-soaked guitar work. This, the first video released from the album, fits the emotive, underwater feel of the song brilliantly. Plus it reminds me of that one Meat Puppets’ “Backwater” video, so extra points for that.

1. Chad Valley (f/ Glasser), “Fall 4 U”
Full disclosure  I love cheesy ass music. Sorry. So, it’s unsurprising that Oxford-born Chad Valley’s Wham!-tastic duet with Glasser (né Cameron Mesirow) has been one of my favorite, favorite songs of the entire year. And while writing this good of a slowdance/make-out jam is an accomplishment, it takes balls to make a video that goes for it this hard. Though many critics have rolled their eyes at the Brit’s debut LP, Young Hunger, his unabashed earnestness has been a breath of fresh air for a scene that still often hides behind irony, anonymity, and pastiche. In short, he fucking owns it, and I really respect him for that.

Hot Jam of the Day (11.08.12): Schwarz Don’t Crack, “Lay You Down”

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Schwarz Don’t Crack
“Lay You Down”
Digital Single

Springing from the suddenly scalding Berlin club scene, Schwarz Don’t Crack is yet another group that is striving to refine and redefine R&B. Their sound is built by the Crisco-smooth tenor of American vocalist Ahmad Larnes and the emotive, herky-jerky production of Germany’s Sebastian Kreis. The duo form one of the most exciting new groups of the second half of this year, and it certainly feels like we’ll be hearing a lot more from SDC — and the city they call home — in 2013. Though they’ve only fully released two songs this year, I’m calling it; they are going to be absolutely huge in eight months time. If you don’t believe me, check out the rest of the snippets on their Soundcloud. Fucking huge, I tell you.

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And, just cuz, check out their killer previous single, “Miami.”

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Hot Jam of the Day (11.01.12): Angel Haze, “Song Cry”

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Angel Haze
“Song Cry”
Classick (Out now and self-released) 

It’s amazing how quickly exhilaration turns to tedium in music, especially in hip-hop. In the last few years, I can rattle off a laundry list of rappers who looked set to stamp their unique voices on the industry — Wiz Khalifa, Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks — but fell at the first hurdle, crushed by the weight of expectation and major label commercial expectations. I have a different feeling about Detroit-cum-NYC rapper Angel Haze. One of the most talented young MCs to rise this year, Haze’s new mixtape, Classick, highlights both her incredible lyrical talent and impeccable taste. Her brutal, unbelievably affecting remake of Eminem’s “Cleaning Out My Closet” has rightly taken much of the plaudits, but her remake of the Jay-Z classic also highlights her impeccable storytelling, loquacious flow, and mature voice. Hopefully, Universal will stay out of her way and let her do her thing on her highly-anticipated major label debut. If they do that, she’ll have an incredible career.

Angel Haze: “Song Cry”

Hot Jam of the Day (10.31.12): Hot Natured & Ali Love, “Benediction”

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Hot Natured & Ali Love
“Benediction”
Benediction 7″ (out now on Hot Creations)

A jam for a great Halloween night, “Benediction” has spent the summer blowing up dancefloors around the world, and now that it’s out, it’ll probably spend this winter blowing up earbuds.

Life. Affirming.

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Hot Jam of the Day (10.30.12): Roosevelt, “Soleil”

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Roosevelt
“Soleil”
Sea (out now on Greco-Roman) 

Around 2009/10, I had a running joke with my editor about my inability to get through my old singles column without using the word ‘Balearic’ at least once. Artists like Air France, jj, and Boat Club expertly enmeshed the dancefloors of Ibiza with the gentle breeze of Scandinavian pop to devestating effect. No matter what the weather was like, it was always sunny in my speakers. And while I’ll always have a sweet tooth for that sound, it hasn’t been quite as en vouge in the last few years (I blame Witch House).

That said, there are still a ton of excellent artists doing it — Chad Valley and Beat Connection spring to mind — and this young Hamburg native is definitely one of them. “Soleil,” the b-Side of his breakthrough single, is a buoyant, shimmering slice of Balearic Bliss with an engaging, gentle vocal and a languid, beachy arraignment. In short, it’s a great way to hang on to the last flittering strands of summer, and it serves to remind us that summer is a state of mind, not a season.

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Hot Jam of the Day (10.29.12): Christopher Owens, “Lysandre’s Theme/Here We Go”

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Christopher Owens
“Lysandre’s Theme/ Here We Go”
Lysandre (out 01/15/13 on Fat Possum)

When singer/guitarist/songwriter Christopher Owens left SF critical darlings earlier this year, there were many digital tears shed. Though they were only really culturally relevant for about three years, Owens’ unabashed passion and fearless songwriting  built the group a large, devoted fanbase that stretched well outside their beloved San Francisco. And while I was certainly disappointed to see them call it a day, I certainly didn’t think we’d seen the end of Owens; frankly, when you are as talented a songwriter as he is, you don’t simply quit writing music in your early thirties. The first taste we have of post-Girls Owens is delicious and understated, as the emotive vocalist weaves one of his signature effeminate (I mean that as a complement, FYI) love-songs over a delicate, fingerpicked melody and Renaissance Faire flutes (shouldn’t work, but it does). I recently got tickets to see his first post-Girls live performance, and I’d imagine it will go a long way to help me get over the break-up of one of my favorite new bands of the last five years.

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Images & Words: Weekly Video Round-Up, 10.27

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When MTV stopped playing music videos, many prognosticators claimed that the music video would go the way of the dodo. How wrong they were. Nowadays, music videos are better than they’ve ever been, and every weekend, I’m going to round up the best music videos released that week.

Note: Please read all of the blurbs in a sultry, Daisy Fuentes accent. 

5. M83: “Steve McQueen”
In an era where fully realized albums are few and far between, Anthony Gonzalez’s decision to make the most important album of his career into a double LP was incredibly balsy. Luckily, it paid off, as Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming managed to hit heights not even reached by its seminal predecessor, Saturdays = Youth. The best thing about its length is that a year later, we’re still digesting it, and gems like “Steve McQueen” (the album’s 19th track) keep popping up as I go back through the album. It’ll take some time for the true scope of the Frenchman’s vision to become crystal clear, and you can’t help but feel that a few years from now we’ll be looking at it as one of the high watermarks of this decade.

4. Chromatics: “Looking For Love”
Who wants to spend five minutes checking out a bunch of people who are taller, better looking, and more stylish than them? When it’s backed by a track this deadly? Everybody.

3. Wild Nothing: “Paradise”
My roommate and I had an argument/heated discussion about Michelle Williams last week. I argued that she is a criminally underrated, extremely versatile actress, while he argued that she wasn’t nearly as good as his two favorite actresses, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Katherine Heigl. Ok, that’s not true, but basically, it boiled down to Michelle Williams vs. Heath Ledger. And while emoting into what looks like a flip-phone camera isn’t going to necessarily help my argument, it certainly won’t hurt it…especially when it’s soundtracked by one of the 10 best songs of the year.

2. Connan Mockasin: “Faking Jazz Together”
First off, thanks to my buddy Dan for tipping me off to this. The new video for the trippy Kiwi’s “Faking Jazz Together” is easily one of the most visually stunning of the year. Taking place in a forest scene that is very The Crucible/”An Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge,” something very strange is afoot. Like the best videos, it perfectly captures the mood and feel of the song: shadowy, esoteric, affecting, and ultimately beautiful.

1. Trinidad James: “All Gold Everything”
Now, I’m aware that no credible music writer would rank this video over the preceding four (especially “Faking Jazz Together”), so it’s good that I’m not a credible music writer, because this has to be the best video of the week. How come? Ten reasons.
1. Adorable puppies used as rap props/accessories.
2. “Pop the molly, I’m sweatin'” rhymed with “mama said, boy, count yo’ blessins.”
3. A preponderance of cheetah print clothing. All worn by men.
4. Gold (painted) baseball bats and bikes.
5. Stuntin’ in a panda mask.
6. Chick w/ two gold teeth.
7. James has a Dungeon Family tattoo on his hands. Not a member of the Dungeon Family.
8. Velvet slippers.
9. 4 CHAINZZZZ.
10. Soundtracked by one of the best rap songs of the year and starring one of the most entertaining, seemingly affable new rappers of the year.