Images & Words: Chromatics, "Black Walls"


Chromatics "Black Walls" Dear Tommy (out PROLLY NEVER on Italians Do It Better) Goddamn it, Johnny Jewel. Just when I'd moved on from the idea that I'd ever hear "Dear Tommy," this guy drags me back in with a luscious new track and a (probably fictional) release date for Fall of 2018. "Black Read more

Snail Mail, "Let's Find An Out"


Snail Mail "Let's Find An Out" Lush (out 06.08 on Matador) Though I've somehow not written about them yet, I've been loving the Baltimore trio's pre-release singles for their hotly-anticipated debut LP. The stripped-back third single, "Let's Find An Out," is my favorite of the bunch, pairing songwriter Lindsey Jordan's plaintive vocals Read more

Rae Sremmurd: "Offshore" (f/ Young Thug)


Rae Sremmurd "Offshore" (f/ Young Thug) Swaecation Though I'm still processing the Mississippi superstars' excellent, new 27-song project, the free-flowing "Offshore" feels like an instant classic. Producer Mike Will is a genius at negotiating sonic space, and his gooey, descending synth chords leave plenty of room for Thug to play in. And Read more

The Round-Up: The Best Albums from April '18


Grouper “Grid of Points” Yellow Electric Though only 21 minutes, the haunting beauty of Liz Harris' eleventh studio LP will linger for many years to come. Penned and recorded in just 10 days, "Grid of Points" feels like a moment suspended in time — a distant memory that you just can't Read more

Images & Words: Oneohtrix Point Never, "Black Snow"


Oneohtrix Point Never "Black Snow" (f/ Anohni) Age of (out 06.01 on Warp) Though the Massachusetts native is probably best know for his otherworldly, chaotic experimental electro, some of his best tracks are his quietist. Whether it's his recent stunner with Iggy Pop or the beautiful Anohni-lead "Returnal," OPN (né Daniel Lopatin) Read more

Hot Jam of the Day (06.06.12): The-Dream, “Dope Bitch” (f/ Pusha T)

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The-Dream
“Dope Bitch” (f/ Pusha T)
Love IV MMXII (Radio Killa)

One of the great things about starting your own site is that you never have to argue with your editor about whether you are writing about The-Dream too much. Mainstream R&B rarely plays well on indie-rock publications, but it almost always plays well on my headphones. While “Dope Bitch” doesn’t capture the imagination quite like the Love IV MMXII‘s unfuckwitable lead single “ROC” did, Terius “The-Dream” Nash’s pretty good is better than 95% of the other guys’ best. Taking a page out of Dr. Dre’s playbook, Nash effortlessly rides a choppy piano line. Toss in a dope verse from Virginia Beach favorite Pusha T, and you’ve got another solid addition to the Nash hymnal. It’s not the most exciting thing he’s ever produced, but it’s grown on me with every listen and has done nothing to quell my excitement for Love IV or endanger his status as the patron saint of Thunder Penguin. My dude.

The-Dream: “Dope Bitch” (Ft. Pusha T)

In case you missed it, here’s the video for “ROC.”

Hot Jam of the Day (06.05.12): Grizzly Bear, “Sleeping Ute”

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Grizzly Bear
“Sleeping Ute”
From Still Untitled New Album (out 9/18)

It was an absolutely incredible week for music, but as I was busy with finals, I have fallen behind on my coverage. But don’t worry, I will make it up in the next few days. Of all the incredible tracks that dropped this week, none can trump the first single from this incredibly influential, BK avant-folk outfit’s highly-anticipated fourth LP. “Sleeping Ute” combines the jangly, guitar-driven, freewheeling style of their seminal 2006 LP Yellow House with the polished production of 2009’s breakthrough Veckatimest. Lead by Daniel Rossen’s dexterous, tongue-twisting guitarwork and his confident croon, the track is a perfect example of Grizzly Bear’s rare ability to craft songs that are immediate and accessible, while remaining esoteric and unexpected. Make no mistake; this is pop music, but it’s extremely sophisticated — lyrically, sonically, compositionally — pop music. There aren’t a lot of bands that can do that, and that’s why that class of band — your Animal Collectives, Radioheads, Grizzly Bears, etc — are often praised to the high heavens and absolutely deserve to be.

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Stream This Shiat: The Tallest Man on Earth, There’s No Leaving Now

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The Tallest Man on Earth
There’s No Leaving Now (Dead Oceans)

For those of you who can’t wait till next Tuesday, you can stream the exquisite new album from Swedish folk singer Kristian Matsson. NPR always gets the best streams.

Stream it here. Also, check out lead single “1904” below. Right click for DL.

The_Tallest_Man_on_Earth: “1904”

Shout out to the homie Kayte Rossi for the tip.

Hot Jams of the Day (06.04.12): Paradis, “Hemisphere” & “Je M’ennuie”

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Paradis
“Hémisphère” & “Je M’ennuie”
Hémisphère (Beats in Space)

Oh my god, this is so good. This is the secretive, Parisian duo’s second incredible 12″ of the last 12 months, and it’s even better than the first, 2011’s brooding, exquisite “Parfait Tirage.” The former is a characteristically moody, vocal-driven track that displays a palpable cinematic essence, while the former cuts a more ambient, though equally devastating figure. In their short career, the group has shown a remarkable ability to craft expansive, urbane atmospheric dance music with just the proper twinge of pop sensibilities. Though we are still waiting for a proper debut from the Frenchmen (government names: Simon Mény and Pierre Rousseau), this much quality allows us to forgive the dearth of quantity. Both tracks also come with some unsurprisingly film-noir style visuals. C’est magnifique.

“Hémisphère”:

“Je M’ennuie”:

Hot Jam of the Day (06.01.12): Giselle, “Silk” (Cosmic Kids Remix)

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Giselle
“Silk”
Silk

We first heard this Australian vocalist’s doe-eyed, sultry stylings on Flight Facilities’ interwebz-fave “Crave You,” but now she’s back with her breezy, languid first single. While I didn’t fall in love with the original mix, serial remixers Cosmic Kids’ version is the perfect summer jam. Giselle’s alluring vocals drift over a chunky, meandering bass line that crawls like it had just woken up from a particularly meaty bender. After her performance on “Crave You,” I have to say I’m a little surprised it’s taken her so long to strike out on her own, but it was certainly worth the wait.

Giselle: “Silk” (Cosmic Kids Remix)

And just in case you missed it, here’s “Crave You.”

Hot Jam of the Day (05.30.12): Miracles Club, “The Wheel”

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The Miracles Club
“The Wheel”
Ecstasy (Compilation from Ecstasy Records)

As if Thunder Penguin need more reason to crush on Portland, up pops a filthy new compilation from rising Portland progressive dance label, Ecstasy Records. Its lead single is this playful, darkly alluring new single from The Miracles Club, a group fronted by PDX deep-house stalwart Honey Owens. Like so much of the truly exceptional dance music coming out of the city, “The Wheel” is both instinctively and intellectually appealing. In other words, this works as an equally effective soundtrack to a night of drinking/dancing/whatever-that-leads-to, as well as a night in or a long drive. If you like what you hear, make sure to snap up the new comp when it drops on June 12.

Miracles Club: “The Wheel”

Hot Jam of the Day (05.29.12): Disclosure, “Control” (f/ Ria Ritchie)

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Disclosure
“Control”
The Face (Greco-Roman)

I’ve been a huge fan of this South London duo since last year’s severely underrated “I Love….That You Know,” and since then, they have been cranking out infectious, progressive post-dubstep with remarkable consistency. Consisting of brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence, the duo is set to release their long-awaited four-track EP next Tuesday on simmering German/British label Greco-Roman. This is the second single from The Face, succeeding the aptly-titled “Boiling,” which doubles as one of the very best songs of 2012 so far. Very few dubstep producers handle vocals with the same care and subtly as Disclosure, and that’s apparent on all three of the aforementioned tracks. Preferring to use them to build mood rather than take the spotlight, the group uses vocals to give the listener something to hold on to without letting them run rampant and turn the wheel into radio-pop land. I’m surprised they still haven’t made a jump into our continental conscious (á la James Blake), but I really think it’s coming soon. Brilliant.

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Disclosure: “Boiling” (feat. Sinead Harnett)

Hot Jams of the Day (05.28.12): D’Eon, “Transparency (pt. II)” & “Now You Do”

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D’Eon
“Transparency (pt. II)” & “Now You Do”
LP (Hippos In Tanks)

It’s always gonna be a good day when you are greeted by two expansive, new tracks from the mercurial, esoteric Montreal native. The former is an update on one of my favorite songs of 2011, the latter is a brand new thought, and both are absolutely scintillating. In the last few years, we’ve been lucky enough to experience a fascinating new crop of R&B artists determined to push the genre forward. Artists like the Weeknd, Frank Ocean, Holy Other, and How to Dress Well have all garnered significantly more buzz than the former Grimes collaborator, but while all of those artists have used their distinctive voices to significantly contribute to so much to modern music, nobody has a more singular, progressive take on R&B right now than D’Eon. While his sound is probably too weird to captivate the masses like the aforementioned artists (sans, HTDW), anybody who cares about hearing some unique, fresh, and totally original shit need to sit up and take notice. Something special is going on here.

D’Eon: “Transparency pt. II”

D’Eon: “Now You Do”

Check out the Grimes-assisted clip for the original “Transparency”

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 so well together, and when they refrain, “we’ll always be together,” you can’t help but hope they’re right. Great track for summer.

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Again, just cuz, here’s Condale‘s excellent lead-off track, “Better Off Without You.”

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 accompanied by a visually stunning piece. Typically spellbinding.