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

Hot Jam of the Day (04.25.12): Daughn Gibson, “A Young Girl’s World”

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Daughn Gibson
“A Young Girl’s World”
All Hell (White Denim)

Ok, this isn’t really a hot jam. In fact, it’s probably the furthest thing ever from a hot jam, but there’s something I really love about this. A little backstory: Gibson used to play drums in the stoner metal band Pearls and Brass, he used to be a truck driver, and his recently released debut is a pretty fascinating tip of the cap to the golden age of country music crossed with some bizarre, James Blake-y kinda electronics. This reminds me of Dirty Beaches’ incredible 2010 LP Badlands, where an artist seemingly out of nowhere rides his complete obsession with a particular musical figure into a strange, totally fascinating new sound. Gibson’s music doesn’t sound like Johnny Cash any more than Dirty Beaches’ sounds like Roy Orbison, but aesthetically both artists just go for it actually really works. I don’t love this as much as DB, but he’s got my attention. And that piano line…. Mmmhmm.

Hot Jam of the Day (04.24.12): Purity Ring, “Obedear”

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Purity Ring
“Obedear”
Shrines (4AD)

While it’s a little unclear who exactly does what in mercurial Canadian duo Purity Ring, whoever handles their production deserves a fucking medal (or, at the very least, a big ass cookie). The group (vocalist Megan James and multi-instrumentalist Corin Roddick) describes their sound as future pop, which sounds about right, as it fits in snuggly alongside the weird-yet-exquisitely-crafted space pop of buzzy artists like Grimes, Frankie Rose, and NZCA/Lines. However, Purity Ring stands out from those aforementioned acts, thanks mostly to their production’s undeniable gritty (er, grimey) roots, which give them just that little bit more edge than their peers. Their debut Shrines is out July 24th and should be one of the albums of the summer.

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Hot Jam of the Day (04.23.12): NZCA/Lines, “Okinawa Channel”

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NZCA/Lines
“Okinawa Channel”
NZCA/Lines (Woodwork Music)

One of Record Store Day’s real gems came in the form of the vinyl release of the debut LP from enigmatic Londoner Michael Lovett. Released in digital and CD form early this year, NZCA/Lines chronicles one man’s attempt to write exquisitely crafted pop songs that are accessible and digestible, as well as bizarre and quirky. Taking cues from legendary synth driven groups of the past (New Order) and the present (Hot Chip), Lovett carves out an effective new sound that is best summed up by this simmering single.

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Hot Jam of the Day (04.20.12): The Walkmen, “Heaven”

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The Walkmen
“Heaven”
Heaven
(Fat Possum)

I admit that I’m a little late on this one, and honestly it’s because it has taken me a few days to figure out whether I actually like this song. Don’t get me wrong, over the last decade the very well dressed NYC via DC quartet have carved out a unique sound, delivered countless spellbinding shows (note: if you aren’t sure whether you like the Walkmen, go see them live. You’ll get it), and wrote one of the best songs of my lifetime. I’m a fan. But I’ve never really been able to quite figure out where I’m supposed to put them in the Pantheon. I keep being told that they are transcendent, but they’ve never spoken to me in the way that groups like the National, Beach House, and LCD Soundsystem do, which is actually the problem I have with them.

For whatever reason, they’ve been portrayed as game changers, when really they are just a very good rock band with an interesting sound that was never quite able to capture the generation in the way that many thought they would. They seemed to have mellowed with age, but, like the best parts of their pretty-damn-good last album Lisbon, “Heaven” is a competent performance from a band whose 75% is better than most other’s best.

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Hot Jams of the Day (04.20.12): Jesse Boykins III & Full Crate “See With Me” and “Her Throne”

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Jesse Boykins III & Full Crate
“Come See Me”/”Her Throne”
Single (KilaWattMusic)

Like the Weeknd? You in to Frank Ocean? If you are a sentient being under the age of 39, I’m assuming the answer to both questions is yes. You should meet Jesse Boykins III. I think you guys will get along great. The Chicago-cum-Brooklyn troubadour joins forces with Dutch down-tempo R&B producer Full Crate (see: his excellent work with fellow Oranjeman, Mar) for a swoon inducing two song set. Boykins’ emotive falsetto is  reminiscent of British singer Sampha and is a perfect match for Crate’s dreamy, suffocating synths. Both are simply too talented to be toiling under the radar for much longer, but even if the mainstream never wakes up, you feel pretty confident that both parties will continue cranking out progressive, fascinating baby makin’ music. Exquisite.

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Hot Jam of the Day (04.19.12): Jessie Ware, “110%”

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Jessie Ware
“100%”

This alluring, soulful South London native wriggled her way into my earbuds early last year via her collaboration with SBTRKT mouthpiece Sampha, the devastating “Valentine’s Day.” Though she hasn’t yet achieved the stateside notoriety that Sampha has, it became clear that she wasn’t a one-off when she released the impossibly sexy, simmering “Running,” a few months ago. Excellent as they both were, neither can touch this track. Ware’s effortlessly sexy, (dare I say?) Aaliyah-ish delivery is a perfect match for the beat’s spacey synths, busy hi hats, and screwed vocal sample. Ware has all the tools to be a big, huge, gigantic star, and if this and “Running” are anything to go by, her debut LP is going to be one to remember.

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Also check out “Running”

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Hot Jam of the Day (04.17.12): Beach House, “Lazuli”

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Beach House
“Lazuli”
Bloom (Sub Pop)

I’ve been trying to hold off on listening to this album before its release date, but each new song is making that harder and harder to do. As impossible as topping their perfect-in-every-way 2010 LP Teen Dream seemed two months ago, judging by its two pre-release singles — this and the stunning “Myth” — it now seems impossible that Bloom is going to be anything other than an absolute classic. The thing that has stood out most about the two tracks is Victoria Legrand’s progression as a vocalist. She was always a dreamy powerhouse, but she has just continued to get better and better and now has to be considered one of the most important of modern music. I’m already looking forward to talking myself into paying some rando from Craigslist $75 for a ticket to their inevitably sold-out summer 2012 tour.

 

And just cause it’s great, here the incredible first single from Bloom, “Myth.”
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Hot Jam of the Day (04.16.12): Disclosure, “Boiling” (f/ Sinead Harnett)

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Disclosure
“Boiling” (f/ Sinead Harnett)
The Face EP (Greco-Roman)

After a run of successful singles, the fraternal post-dubstep duo of Guy and Howard Lawrence has finally prepared a full meal for us to sink our teeth into. The South London duo’s debut EP drops on June 4th on the label of burgeoning Berlin/London forward-thinking dance collective Greco-Roman. It’s led by this airy, surprisingly vocal-rich single that sounds a little bit like Burial remixing a particularly moody Araabmuzik track on a heavy dose of demerol. Like their influences (the aforementioned Burial, Mount Kimbie, early James Blake), the brothers have an impressive sense of sonic space and geometry, resulting in the kind of sparsly engulfing tracks that have allowed the uniquely British sound to resonate in car stereos and dancefloors around the world. Easily one of my most anticipated debuts of the year.

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Hot Jam of the Day (04.13.12): Black Vanilla, “Woman on Woman”

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Black Vanilla
“Woman on Woman”
Unreleased

Here’s what we know about Black Vanilla.

1. It’s more than one guy, and one of those guys is definitely the guy behind shadowy, R&B outfit Guerre.

2. This Black Vanilla is not this Black Vanilla.

3. They are from somewhere in Australia.

4. They released one of the sexiest weirdo R&B singles of recent times.

That is all that is known about Black Vanilla.

Woman on Woman

Hot Jam of the Day (04.12.12): Sean Blackthorn, “[One] Night”

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Sean Blackthorn
“[One] Night”

The man behind one of my favorite tracks of 2012 — the sparse, emotive “The Spirits” — is back with yet another sparse, stunning slow jam. When (not if) he blows up, he’ll inevitably be lumped in with progressive, bedroom R&B troubadours like the Weeknd, Frank Ocean, and to a lesser extent, How To Dress Well. While this is excellent company to be in, in Blackthorn’s limited work so far he has brought his own distinctive sound to the genre. It’s unclear what instruments he is playing (if any), but his work has a very live feel to it, while acts like the Weeknd and Frank Ocean feel very much like studio creations. Think of him as a sort of Maxwell to the Weeknd’s R. Kelly (stylistically, not sonically). Either way, “[One] Night” is another extremely powerful, soulful track from this young Canadian who looks set to have an incredible future ahead of him. I can’t wait to see where it goes.