Monday, July 8, 2019

Jam of the Day: Ryland Baxter - "2009 (Mac Miller cover)"

Singer-songwriter Ryland Baxter has recorded an EP of covers of Mac Miller songs called Good Mmorning. Miller died of an accidental overdose in September of last year. Baxter's version of "2009" is thoughtful and reflective, and is perfectly gorgeous.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Jam of the Day: black midi - "953"

UK youngsters black midi have a wild assortment of influences, none of which they are afraid to throw together in the mix. "953" from their debut record Schlagenheim is an everything but the kitchen sink concoction that throws in prog, punk, math rock, Fall-like vocals, and undeniable energy. They are a band to watch for sure. You can listen to "953" here on Spotify.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Jam of the Day: Mark Ronson ft. Lykke Li - "2 AM"

Gorgeous collaboration between Mark Ronson and Lykke Li, from Ronson's album of breakup songs called Late Night Feelings.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Jam of the Day: Thom Yorke - ANIMA (short film)

This is a bit of an odd Jam of the Day, as it is a short film and not necessarily a single track. It has a pretty high pedigree. It was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (The Phantom Thread, There Will Be Blood), cinematography from Darius Khondji (Se7en, The City of Lost Children) and choreographed by Damien Gilet (Suspiria). It's a beautiful piece of work that incorporates three pieces from Yorke's new record ANIMA: "Not the News," "Traffic," and "Dawn Chorus." You can watch it on Netflix.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Jam of the Day: Thom Yorke - "Dawn Chorus"

Achingly beautiful song from Thom Yorke's just-released solo album ANIMA. It's a song that tries to imagine second chances but finds they are merely ashes blown in the wind. You can listen to the song here on Spotify.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Jam of the Day: Caroline Polachek - "Door"

Former Chairlift singer Caroline Polacheck releases her first solo single, the absolutely gorgeous track "Door."

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Jam of the Day: Friendly Fires - "Silhouettes"

From Friendly Fires; upcoming new record titled Inflorescent, "Silhouettes" is a candy-colored, euphoric pop single.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Jam of the Day: Floating Points - "LesAlpx"

Floating Points, the electronic project of UK producer Sam Shepherd, throws down this throbbing slice of techno.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Jam of the Day: BEA1991 - "Did You Feel Me Slip Away"

Dutch artist BEA1991 channels some early Sade realness on this sleek track. Dev Hynes (Blood Orange) plays bass on the song, which will be featured on her debut album Brand New Adult.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Jam of the Day: Art School Girlfriend - "Diving"

Dreamy new single from Art School Girlfriend that touches on desire and anxiety. I love the way the synths quietly build to a dynamic conclusion.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Jam of the Day: Friendly Fires - "Lack of Love"

Friendly Fires amp up some dancefloor grooves on this loving cover of the House classic "Lack of Love" which was originally done by Charles B and Adonis.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Jam of the Day: Flume ft. London Grammar - "Let Me Know"

Australian producer Flume marries his stuttering, warped electronics with London Grammar's striking vocals on this excellent collaboration.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Jam of the Day: Clairo - "Bags"

Rostam produced single whose breezy, lackadaisical nature belies a haunting narrative about a relationship falling apart.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Jam of the Day: Jay Som - "Superbike"

Jay Som (singer-songwriter Melina Mae Duterte) is set to release her second record, titled Anak Ko. The first single is the delightful song "Superbike," which moves effortlessly from Brit-pop, jangly guitars, to Cocteau Twin washes of sound, to a final shoegazy rave-up for the finale.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Jam of the Day: Marina - "Life is Strange"

Formerly known as Marina and the Diamonds, Marina returns (minus "the Diamonds") with a new double album called Love + Fear. "Life is Strange" is a dramatic, string-filled synth-pop number that focuses on Marina's expressive voice.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Jam of the Day: Japanese Breakfast - "Head Over Heels (Tears for Fears cover)"

Japanese Breakfast releases this tender cover of the Tears for Fears classic song "Head Over Heels." Proceeds from the single benefit the ACLU.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Friday, May 31, 2019

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Jam of the Day: Burial - "Claustro"

Burial returns after a two-year absence with a killer new single called "Claustro." It's dancier than his usual material but still retains his singular sound. It debuted on Mary Anne Hobbes' radio show. To listen to it, skip ahead to the 1:10:40 mark.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Jam of the Day: Holiday Sidewinder - "Baby Oil"

If you like Robyn, Annie, and Little Boots, you will love Australian singer Holiday Sidewinder (which is her actual name). "Baby Oil" is pop perfection.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Jam of the Day: Hayden Thorpe - "Human Knot"

Hayden Thorpe, the former lead singer for art-pop band Wild Beasts, has released his first solo album, the gorgeous piano-led Diviner. One of my favorite tracks is the starkly beautiful "Human Knot," which focuses on Thorpe's haunting voice.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Jam of the Day: HVOB - "Butter"

Austrian electronic duo HVOB veer headlong into Berghain-like techno on dramatic track "Butter." It is taken from their new album called Rocco.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Jam of the Day: SAFE - "Wasteland"

Smooth R&B singer SAFE has just released his debut album STAY. It is full of atmospheric jams like "Wasteland."

Monday, May 20, 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019

Jam of the Day: Interpol - "Real Life"

Interpol seems to have gotten their mojo back on new EP A Fine Mess. Spiky single "Real Life" goes back to basics.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Jam of the Day: CUT_ - "Not Addicted to You"

Dutch electronic duo CUT_ release the bold synth-pop track "Not Addicted to You," from their album A Small Group of Individuals.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Jam of the Day: Sandra Kolstad - "Catch-22"

Stunning single from Norwegian artist Sandra Kolstad's new album Burning Love. Her commanding voice stands out among a phalanx of rising synths.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

ANOHNI with J. Ralph & Jade Bell - "KARMA"

ANOHNI lends her gorgeous vocals to this collaboration with J. Ralph, singing the poetry of Jade Bell. All proceeds from the track go to Bell’s non-profit foundation Jade’s KIDS.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Jam of the Day: HÆLOS - "Empty Skies"

British band HÆLOS have just released their remarkable sophomore record Any Random Kindness. It builds upon their initial trip-hop sound, making things more dense and organic. "Empty Skies" is a standout track with its drum patterns recalling Massive Attack's masterful song "Unfinished Sympathy." The band brings in their excellent use of harmonies all, of course, anchored by Lotti Benardout’s Valkyrie-like voice. It's a stunning achievement.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Jam of the Day: Drinker - "Fragment II"

Production duo Drinker has just released their stunning debut album Fragments. Moody single "Fragment II" is the centerpiece and one of the many highlights on the record.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Jam of the Day: Big Thief - "Strange"

The brilliantly off-center pop/folk band Big Thief return with their best album yet, the grandly surreal U.F.O.F. "Strange" sounds like Joni Mitchell fronting a dream pop band. Their album is a treasure trove of riches. I keep finding something new each time.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Jam of the Day: Chasms - "Deep Love Deep Pain"

LA duo Chasms returns with their new record The Mirage. They sound like a mix of Cocteau Twins and The xx, with a dash of Public Image Ltd.'s dub soundscapes thrown in for atmosphere. "Deep Love Deep Pain" is an evocative track that is a perfect embodiment of their sound.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Jam of the Day: Diplo ft. Tove Lo - "Win Win"

Diplo releases this new club banger featuring Tove Lo from his house-centric EP called Higher Ground.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Jam of the Day: Rhye - "Needed"

Rhye return with this haunting, and vaguely sinister new track called "Needed." Lyrics like "Why you look so fragile? Do I seem so bad?," hint at a darker under current, as the narrator implores his lover that all he wants is to be needed. The song was co-written with Dan Wilson of Semisonic.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Jam of the Day: The Ninth Wave - "Used to Be Yours"

Hypnotic goth pop song from Glasgow band The Ninth Wave. It is off their debut album Infancy. I love the rush of synths and guitars, and the heavenly harmonies of singers Haydn Park-Patterson and Millie Kidd.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Jam of the Day: Ex:Re - "The Dazzler"

Elena Tonra, the leader of British rock trio Daughter, has released her first solo record under the moniker Ex:Re. It's a somber record that chronicles a recent breakup she went through. "The Dazzler" details the loneliness and emptiness that can be experienced in a hotel room. Tonra lays down a minimal musical background, but punctuates the song with lots of odd electronics, strings, and treated guitar.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Jam of the Day: Local Natives - "Shy"

Local Natives get rugged and dirty on their song "Shy," from their solid new record Violet Street.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Friday, April 26, 2019

Jam of the Day: Two Door Cinema Club - "Satellite"

Two Door Cinema Club fully embrace candy-colored synth pop on their latest single "Satellite" which is on their upcoming new album False Alarm.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Jam of the Day: Shey Baba - "Requiem"

Moving ballad from singer, song-writer Shey Baba, that is about mourning the past, but moving on from it.

"Time only haunts you once
Pause, and then it will restart
It's a pain I've been holding for years
And now that my moment's come
All disappear inside

It's the truth I've been holding for years
And this is my requiem to the old world
Fading, you're fading
You don't have to be who you are anymore"

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Monday, April 22, 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019

Jam of the Day: Beyonce - "Before I Let Go"

Joyous single from Beyonce's masterful live concert album Homecoming, which chronicles her legendary performance at Coachella. You can listen to it here on Spotify.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Jam of the Day: Kazu - "Salty"

From her upcoming solo record Adult Baby, Kazu Makino (lead singer of Blonde Redhead) releases the mesmerizing, pointillistic track "Salty." For the song she enlisted the help of legendary Japanese composer/producer Ryuichi Sakamoto, Atoms For Peace percussionist Mauro Refosco, and Son Lux drummer Ian Chang. It's impossible not to be captivated by the minimalist electronics.