Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Jam of the Day: Khalil - "Rest My Head Against A Wall Of Water"

Nikolaj Vonsild, front man for Danish electropop band When Saints Go Machine, has a new project, the trio Khalil. If you are fan of Arca and his sculptural compositions, you will fall head over heads for this band. Their music is dense, chaotic, and sometimes inscrutable but always engaging and thought provoking.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Jam of the Day: Jay Som - "O.K., Meet Me Underwater"

I will admit to coming late to the party around Jay Som, a.k.a. Melina Duterte, and last year's bedroom pop album Everybody Works, but it is a stunner. She has now released two non-album tracks, one of which is the lovely "O.K., Meet Me Underwater" which is a smoky, lo-fi wonder. I definitely recommend checking out this Bay Area charmer.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Jam of the Day: James Blake - "If The Car Beside You Moves Ahead"

Darkly hypnotic, claustrophobic, and slightly paranoid new single from James Blake.

"If the car beside you moves ahead
As much as it feels as though you’re dead
You’re not going backwards."

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Jam of the Day: Haux - "Heartbeat"

Haux's voice delicately hovers over skittering beats and muted electronics on this meditative track.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Jam of the Day: Bearcubs - "Landslide"

Bearcubs, aka Jack Ritchie, releases another liquidy electronic track that submerses you in its own tranquil world.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Jam of the Day: Shame - "Tasteless"

From one of the best rock records so far this year, Songs of Praise, "Tasteless" is a strutting, swaggering behemoth of a track.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Jam of the Day: Low Island - "Too Young"

Oxford quartet Low Island release this atmospheric track that echoes the best work of bands like Wild Beasts.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Jam of the Day: Porches - "Goodbye"

Porches is back with more forlorn, aching synthpop on new album The House. "Goodbye" starts innocently as a piano-based ballad then swoons into a euphoric dance floor banger.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Jam of the Day: Tracey Thorn - "Queen"

Welcome return from Tracey Thorn of Everything But The Girl fame, who is releasing her first album of original material in over seven years. "Queen" is throbbing synth pop anchored by Tracey's gorgeous voice.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Jam of the Day: Young Galaxy - "Under My Wing"

Pulsating beats and dreamy electronics buoy this subtle pop confection from Young Galaxy. It is the first taste of their new record Down Time.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Jam of the Day: Sylvan Esso - "PARAD(w/m)E"

Spronky (once you hear the song you will understand what I mean) sing-a-long from folk-tronica duo Sylvan Esso.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Jam of the Day: LO ft. Elouiz - "Last Call"

Sometimes the DJ is so fucking good you just want to keep dancing, hooking up can wait. This song would keep me on the dance floor too.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Jam of the Day: Sandra Kolstad - "Dance On"

This song from Norwegian pop star Sandra Kolstad revels in taking its time. The first two minutes are a gorgeous, organ-led ambient prologue, moving then to the mid section that is a slow burning meditation, then onto a beat-focus coda. All of this is overseen by Sandra's beautiful voice and poetic lyrics. A true find.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Jam of the Day: The Shins - "Heartworms (Flipped)"

I will admit that I was a little underwhelmed by The Shins' last album Heartworms, which came out early in 2017. It was a decent record, but just felt like James Mercer was spinning his wheels. So imagine my surprise when he announced that he would be releasing a "flipped" version of the album called The Worm's Heart, with slow songs turned into fast songs, and vice versa. Here, the title track went from a loping, country rock like track into this bouncy, synth driven sing-a-long. Here's hoping the flip version of the album is as inventive, off-the-cuff, and quite frankly, fun as this track.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Jam of the Day: Troye Sivan - "My My My!"

The first great pop song of 2018 is already here, a euphoric ode to letting your inhibitions free.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Jam of the Day: cupcakKe - "Duck Duck Goose" (NSFW)

This profanely filthy NSFW song is also the catchiest damn rap you will hear all year, and you will be busting a gut from cupcakKe's hysterical one-liners.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Jam of the Day: Lauren Auder - "The Baptist"

Chronicle of a doomed relationship, backed by horns, stark piano and organ, ghostly strings, delicate electronics, and Lauren Auder's aching baritone. This line haunts me each time: "If Christ died for me one time for my crimes/ I doubt he would again."

Monday, January 8, 2018

Jam of the Day: Jack Grace - "Us"

Evocative electronic pop track from Jack Grace. Over quiet, skittering percussion, throbbing electronics, and stark piano chords, Grace's voice moves from falsetto, to a deep croon, as the music grows in intensity. Layers and layers unfold over one another.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Jam of the Day: Charli XCX ft. Brooke Candy, cupcakKe, & Pablo Vittar - "I Got It"

From her brilliant mixtape Pop 2 comes this slamming, jeep rattling track featuring turns from Brooke Candy, cupcakKe, & Pablo Vittar.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Jam of the Day: Matt Lange - "Bleed Together"

While most of my exposure to Matt Lange's work has been through his techno production, I was pleasantly surprised to see there is a pop/rock side to him. "Bleed Together" has a dark urgency to it, as if techno was spun through the lens of A Perfect Circle. It's quietly captivating.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Jam of the Day: Cassie - "Don't Play it Safe"

First Jam of the Day for 2018 is a seriously hot one. Cassie, teaming up with producer Kaytranada, throws down this sensual R&B track that is sure to get your hormones raging.