HEALTH Hit The Loop With A Stonefist

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LA experimental band HEALTH tops the new edition of our loop with ‘Stonefist’, the second taster for their forthcoming third studio album, “Death Magic”.

Soleá Morente is the week’s highest debut. Other notable new entries are the latest tracks by Dam-Funk; Sauna Youth; Low; Vince Staples Feat. Desi Mo as well as the long awaited comebacks of high profile stars such as Janet Jackson; Ms Lauryn Hill and Duran Duran Feat. Janelle Monáe produced by Nile Rodgers.

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The French conquer our loop

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French pop royalty has taken over our loop as Thomas Dutronc, son of Françoise Hardy and Jacques Dutronc, reaches top position with “Aragon”, standout track from his notable third solo album “Eternels jusqu’­à demain”.

Thundercat is the highest new entry, followed by the latest offerings from Skylar Spence; Miguel Feat. Lenny Kravitz; Beck; Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment and Robyn‘s new project La Bagatelle Magique teaming up with Latin vocalist Maluca.

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Neon Indian Contender for Song Of Summer 2015

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Neon Indian is back with a bang. Mexican-American Alan Palomo’s electropop outfit has shaped one of the most contagious tunes of recent times in ‘Annie’, another strong contender for the title of song of the summer 2015 and the track which tops our loop this week.

Highest debut in this edition is Junglepussy, followed by the latest offerings by Pega Monstro; Hailu Bergia; Ducktails: HEALTH, Dam-Funk and the latest video from Björk‘s excellent return to form ‘Vulnicura’.

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Jamie XX Soundtracks The Summer

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Jamie xx teaming up with Popcaan and Young Thug has delivered a strong candidate for song of the summer 2015 with “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times), a standout moment from his solo album ” In Colour”, ready to soundtrack the estival period.

Françoise Hardy’s son Thomas Dutronc leads this edition’s batch of new entries, which also features new offerings by Yo La Tengo; Beirut; Mas Ysa with Nicole Miglis; Nate Ruess Feat. Beck and the Portishead sampling track by R&B starlet Alessia Cara.

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New Brit Female Songwriter Nao Hits #1

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East Londoner singer-songwriter Nao showcases her unique blend of cutting edge urban sounds in her new EP ‘February 15′, from which standout moment ‘Apple Cherry’, the loop’s favourite track this week, is taken from.

The summery return of Neon Indian is the highest debut, following by the latest from Gwenno; FFS; Sharon Van Etten; Disclosure and a rejuvenated Neil Young flaunting new band , Promise Of The Real, and declaring war to corrupt corporations on his latest album .

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Pega Monstro: Lisbon Garage For The World

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European girls dominate this week’s loop with Pega Monstro bringing their irresistibly catchy garage sound to the top of our chart. Championed by Panda Bear, who began his Gorilla Vs. Bear blog takeover with it, ‘Braço De Ferro’ is the first taster from their second album ‘Alfarroba’ and looks set to place this two sisters from Lisbon among the hippest bands in the planet.

French sensation Christine And the Queens are the highest entry of this edition, which also features the latest tracks by Jamie XX Feat Young Thug & Popcaan; Mammút; Destroyer; Mas Ysa and the return of 90s electronic icons Leftfield in colaboration with Poliça’s lead singer Channy Leaneagh.

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Porcelain Raft All In Our Heads

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Italo-American songwriter, Porcelain Raft is back with his strong new EP ‘Half Awake’, from which the standout cut, ‘All In My Head’, takes over the latest edition of our loop.

Another renowned alt songwriter, Sun Kil Moon, is the highest entry, followed by the latest offerings by Hot Chip; Mac DeMarco; Tame Impala; Sufjan Stevens; Sharon Van Etten; Nao and Prince‘s new song dedicated to ‘Baltimore’, where he recently organized a ‘rally for peace.’

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FFS Collaboration Work Its Way To #1

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The most surprising collaborating effort of the year, Franz Ferdinand teaming up with Sparks under the acronym FFS, finds the two at their most ironic in the third taster from their joint project ‘Collaborations Don’t Work’, which tops our chart this week

Lisbon sisters Pega Monstro bring the highest debut, followed by new tracks by the likes of Alabama Shakes; Moses Sumney; Nai Harvest; Vince Staples and two remarkable covers, Kurt Cobain doing The Beatles’ ‘And I Love her’ from the recent documentary dedicated to his life and, hopefully, a forthcoming record of unreleased solo covers; and Jazmine Sullivan‘s timely rendition of Nina Simone’s ‘Baltimore’, from a soon to be released tribute album.

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Leikeli37 Irrupts Into The Top Of Our Loop

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Masked female rapper from Brooklyn Leikeli47, looking like she just came out of filming “Spring Breakers”, irrupts into the top of our loop this week with her catchy, EDM-tinged track “Heard Em Say”.

Porcelain Raft leads the new entries batch on an edition which also features the latest offerings by FFS; Tame Impala; Cheena; Sharp Veins; Du Blonde; Thee Oh Sees and, last but not least, our official succumbing to what’s already been hailed as this year’s song of the summer, the already ubiquitous Cheerleader by Omi.

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The Loop Mans Up For Tame Impala

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Aussie psychedelic revivalists Tame Impala carry on showing they are in top form with “Cause I’m A Man”, the second taster from their new album “Currents” which tops the latest edition of our loop.

Runddans, the surprising collaboration between Lindstrøm; Todd Rundgren and Serena-Maneesh’s Emil Nikolaisen, gave us the highest entry, followed by the latest tracks from Evans The Death; Jamie XX; Torres; Sheer Mag; Blanck Mass; Unknown Mortal Orchestra and the Return of chef Raekwon, recruiting A$ap Rocky for his new album’s heralding single.

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All Of The Loop Wants All Of Sufjan Stevens

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Fresh after announcing international tour dates promoting his all-conquering new album “Carrie & Lowell’, Sufjan Stevens is back on top of the loop with “All of Me Wants All Of You”, one of our favourite songs on what’s shaping up as one of the albums of the year.

After our two weeks holiday hiatus, we are back with a catching up edition in which Spanish alt band Los Planetas leads a large number of new entries compiling the best new releases over the last fortnight, among them the latest by Tame Impala; Chromatics; Flying Colours; Jenny Hval; Blur; Hudson Mohawke; Wild Beast and Giorgio Moroder teaming up with Sia for one of the standout moments on his long awaited comeback album .

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Loop Special : The Best Albums Of 2015 1st Quartet

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As we take some well deserved holidays, this is a perfect time to recap what the first quarter of the year has delivered with a special edition of our loop comprised by lesser known tracks from our favorite albums so far.

Good news are music-wise 2015 is shaping up as one of the best years in recent memory. Two very different male artists, Kendrick Lamar and Sufjan Stevens, lead the pack with extraordinary recent works, immediately ranking among the best achievements from their respective careers. The Long awaited comebacks of D’Angelo and Sleater-Kinney also fared extremely well; so did the heart-melting return to form by our favourite Icelander, Björk plus debut records by Natalie Prass; Courtney Barnett; Tobias Jesso, Jr.; Viet Cong and Father John Misty of Fleet Foxes fame.

Even better news, records by PJ Harvey; Frank Ocean; Kanye West; Chromatics; Raekwon; Brian Wilson; James Blake; Django Django; Tame Impala and the first Blur studio album in decades are also up for release. Keep yourself up to date by following Roberawards’ Spotify playlists with the best Albums; Tracks; Compilations and Reissues of 2015.

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The Loop Gets Hungry With Gepe & Wendy Sulca

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Chilean indie songwriter Gepe teams up with internet viral sensation Wendy Sulca in ‘Hambre’(Hunger). A marriage made in aestival heaven which delivers the perfect soundtrack for the end of the austral summer.

Two standout cuts from our favourite albums of the year so far Sujan Stevens and Kendrick Lamar are the highest entries of an edition in which we tried to fit as many new releases as possible before going on holidays for two weeks. Among them the latest tracks by Waxahatchee; La Bien Querida; Janelle Monáe With Jidenna; Cakes Da Killa; Blur; Du Blonde and the first taster from the collaboration of the year, Frank Ferdinand teaming up with legendary duo Sparks in F.F.S.

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Sufjan Stevens’ Childhood Memories Are #1

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Sufjan Stevens did it again. His seven studio album ‘Carrie & Lowell’ has impressed critics so much there are claiming it may be his best. Dedicated to his mother and stepfather, the record is a moving and personal look at his childhood and the troubles of growing up within a dysfunctional family. ‘Should Have Known Better’ is this week’s number one.

The two highest entries in this edition, Jupiter and Jamie XX Feat. Romy anticipate what this year’s summer vibes may sound like. Other notable entries are the latest offerings by FKA Twigs; Björk; µ-ziq; Mas Ysa; Prurient; Avey Tare and Geologist from Animal Collective; Florence + The Machine and Spanish chanteuse Cristina Quesada with a lovely,sugar coated cover of Jesus & Mary Chain’s ‘Just Like Honey’.

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