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[17 Oct 2011 | One Comment | ]
Grimes, “Oblivion”

Claire Boucher aka Grimes has been riding the hype of her first two LPs and her split LP with D’Eon as well as a national tour supporting Lykkle Li and next year she is sure to be break out star when her highly anticipated LP Visions is released. Grimes created the record on GarageBand, but one listen to debut single “Oblivion” you can’t tell. The darkwave electro track is as great a single as “Vanessa” as Boucher’s vocals are in a constant state of falsetto recalling a child’s voice. Grimes may never become a pop star on the level of Katy Perry, but “Oblivion” deserves a bid for a CW soundtrack (that was not a diss BTW).

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[14 Oct 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Drake, “Make Me Proud” Ft. Nicki Minaj

Drake’s Take Care was supposed to be released on his birthday October 24th, but like all good (and bad) rap albums it got delayed. No big deal, as it was only a couple of weeks, November 15, and if we are to believe the Canadian raper, it was because of sample clearance. He didn’t want us to go without hearing everything he;s created- so that’s nice. And Drake has been very forward with reeling music from the album and it’s subsequent deluxe edition all year, so it isn’t like dude has left us hanging. Anyways, Drake premiered a new track from the highly anticipated album on Funkmaster Flex’s radio show just last night. The track, “Make Me Proud” features Nicki Minaj in full hash-tag rap form (“I’m a star/ sheriff badge” “double d up ho/ Dolly Part’”) as well as some sick laid back rhymes from Drake. The murky beat feels like a continuation of the beats from Drake’s debut and it is a good thing. With all the rappers going electro it is nice to see someone with beats practically unheard of on modern rap radio.

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[13 Oct 2011 | One Comment | ]
Phantogram, “Don’t Move”

Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter are better known as the electro-pop duo Phantogram. The band released their debut LP Eyelid Movies last year and it instantly became the soundtrack of late nights and episodes of Gossip Girl and other trendy CW shows. “Mouth Full Of Diamonds” dark electro captivated the hearts of indie-mindied kids with a love of the dance floor, but one thing you could never call the group is sunny. On 11/1 the group will release a mini-LP Nightlife and today we have the album’s first single. “Don’t’ Move” is unlike the band’s debut as it is a straight-up pop song. The track has a beat that is remittent of UK basked producer Star Slinger with it’s cut up samples blending horns and a vocal bit slashed to hell. Barthel’s vocals have an added echo and reverb making them more dreamy and chill-wave then Eyelid Movie’s darker gritty tone.

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[12 Oct 2011 | One Comment | ]
Joker, “The Vision (Let Me Breathe)” Ft. Jessie Ware & Freddie Gibbs

Last week I dropped a tune by Jessie Ware who has had an incredible year after being featured on SBTRKT tracks and her commanding presence on another dustup track “The Vision (Let Me Breathe)” by Joker. Joker whose debut album for 4AD drops November 8th is an amazing twelve track record made up up singles like “My Trance Girl” and “Tron” with new bangers like “Lost” and “On My MInd.” “The Vision” is an immediate standout, and Ware absolutely nails the song. I mean you feel her when se says she can “play big on her own.” Joker has just released an alternative version of the highlight featuring up and coming rapper Freddie Gibbs. This new version gives Gibbs Ware’s second verse but still bangs like the original. Take a listen below and peep The Vision when it drops November 8th.

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[11 Oct 2011 | Comments Off | ]
The Weeknd, “Initiation”

Two mixtapes in and The Weeknd has taken over the dark R&B genre that fellow partner in crime Drake established with last year’s Thank Me Later. Thursday took the Weeknd’s style forward and now we have a new track “Initiation” which is like every Weeknd track, as it is about sex, drugs and self-loathing with a dark beat that is equal parts witch-house and dark R&B but the noticeable difference is the way someone has a permanent finger on the pitch-shifter. Only a few times in the four minute jam are the vocals left alone, instead the vocals go from super low to super high in waves. Weeknd supposedly have another free mix slated for this year, and this very well could be on it.

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[7 Oct 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Jessie Ware, “Strangest Feeling”

Jessie Ware is best known for her breakout tracks on SBTRKT’s record and her lead on Joker’s “The Vision (Let Me Breathe)”, but all of that is changing. Ware is taking her act solo and she has released her first single “Strangest Feeling.” The cut is moody post-dubstep UK Funky of the likes of the fantastic and slept on Katy B record. The track starts slow but then blasts in the later part and is sure to launch a thousand remixes in the future.

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[5 Oct 2011 | One Comment | ]
Nite Jewel, “She’s Always Watching You”

Nite Jewel has been preparing her second record, all the while releasing amazing post-disco singles like “It Gets Through Your Head.” Now after being on so many labels, Ramona Gonzalez has found herself a new home, Secretly Canadian. While she is busy at work with her second record and first for SC, Nite Jewel will release a new 7″ “She’s Always Watching You” on the yourstruly label. The a-side is a fantastic jam unlike her previous disco performances and is more in tune with the art-school R&B of the Dirty Projectors. Nite Jewl seems to be reaching for a more mainstream pop audience as well- just look at that cover and see if you can’t spot Dev (though she has more talent than Dev).

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[4 Oct 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Friends, “My Boo” (Ghost Town DJs Cover)

Back in 1996 So So Def, the label helmed by Jermaine Dupri, and the label that brought us Da Brat released their first bass compilation, So So Def Bass Allstars Vol 1. The compilation was full of Miami bass music, the kind of shit that would rattle trunks and clubs. The best song off the compilation, and first single from the album “My Boo” by the Ghost Town DJs became my favorite song for so long. I was thrilled to hear it on the radio and even more excited to dance while it played on MTV. “My Boo” has since become a staple of (good) 90′s nights, but in recent times it has come back in the form of Balam Acab’s pitched up remix and this amazing cover from up-and-coming Brooklyn group Friends. Friends are a quintet one known as Perpetual Crush, helmed by Samantha Urbani and Lesley Hann. Earlier this year the band released their first single “Friend Crush” backed with the b-side “Feeling Dank.” Their music is pop related with hints of Lykke Li’s echo and focus on percusion. Lots of blogs have compared the band to another blog-riser Best Coast, but Friends are more East Coast party then West Coast weed music. Their new single “I’m His Girl” is backed with a cover of Ghost Town DJ’s hit “My Boo.” Friend’s version keeps the synth lines from the original but replaces the bass rattle with Spectoresque drums and (gasp!) cowbell. I mean if anyone needed more cow-bell it would be “My Boo” right? Urbani and Hann’s vocal range is stretched from their tough girl deeper range to their exquisite falsetto. Friends are a band to watch in 2012, as their first full-length is coming out. Take notice!

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[3 Oct 2011 | Comments Off | ]
jj, “Your Love” Outfield Cover

jj have been awful quiet this year, which is weird for the Swedish band who have released an album or single very year since 2008. They kicked off the year with a free mixture but hid in the shadows releasing a track here and there. Don’t fear, as the band have taken some time off from recording their third LP and have released a cover of the Outfield’s “Your Love” recorded live in a sauna. The band slow the song down to just it’s bare bones with Elin Kastlander singing the track beautifully. Sure Bon Iver released a cover of this song back in 2009, but the track still stays fresh. Watch the video below.

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[30 Sep 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Ford & Lopatin, “Too Much Midi (Please Forgive Me) (Alan Braxe Remix)”

What happens when you take two amazing artists and put them together? This: