Category Archive: Songs

belated tune: JMSN, “Alone” (Kastle Remix)

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This is turning out to be a great year for R&B. There have been a slew of big, great releases–that instant classic Channel Orange, a solid LP from Usher (which bears the still-song-of-the-year… Continue reading

belated tune: Kwabs, “The Wilhelm Scream” (James Blake cover)

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…and I don’t know what to say, except “Wow.” It’s kind of a wonder that in six weeks in Ghana, I didn’t hear about this guy. Ghanaian-British artist Kwabs is now just beginning… Continue reading

belated tune: Laurel Halo, “Light and Space”

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Alright, so Laurel Halo’s new album Quarantine has received a ton of positive press of late. My folks at BPM gave the album a favorable review, Pitchfork BNM’d it and ran an insightful… Continue reading

Dear Fionn Regan: Take My Money, I Want Your EPs

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I’ve never been shy about professing my love for the music of Irish singer-songwriter Fionn Regan. For instance, when people know you’re a music lover, “What’s your favorite album?” is a popular question.… Continue reading

belated tune: Lee Perry, “Disco Devil” (1976)

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Download: Lee Perry, “Disco Devil” For those seeking a small piece of essential dub history, you’ve come to the right place. Powerful vocalist Max Romeo (the first voice you hear on the track… Continue reading

Download: Danny Brown, “Grown Up”

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Danny Brown’s excellent XXX mixtape from last year is one of those releases that reveals something new each listen, and I’ve been frequenting it more often than any other hip-hop release of late.… Continue reading

belated tunes: The Jackson 5, “All I Do Is Think Of You” & Jimmy Ruffin, “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?”

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The Jackson 5, “All I Do Is Think Of You” The Jackson 5’s 1975 ballad “All I Do Is Think Of You” is an important piece of Jackson and Motown history. “All I… Continue reading

belated tune: Kendrick Lamar, “Cartoon & Cereal” feat. Gunplay

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Download: Kendrick Lamar, “Cartoon & Cereal” feat. Gunplay For me, one of the marks of a great rap song is that each listen reveals something I didn’t catch before–a double meaning, an allusion,… Continue reading

Download: Alvin Purple, “Huh Her” Single

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Who is Alvin Purple? On the silver screen in 1973, Alvin Purple was an Australian man who became tired out by his own irresistibility to women. In 2012, Alvin Purple is a similarly irresistible band… Continue reading

belated, baby’s Top 100 Songs of 2011

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2011 has given us a lot of great music–more than we here could responsibly listen to, and certainly more than 100 excellent songs’ worth. But alas, here we are, with one more list… Continue reading