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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All Hail King Kendrick Lamar

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As a sign of things to come, Kendrick Lamar stormed straight into our loop’s #1 taking over Kanye West with ‘King Kunta’, a P-funk infused highlight from his winning new album, currently doing the same in every chart across the globe. Kendrick has deliver a politically charged, musically astonishing work with ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’, the best album we have heard since his former classic ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.d City’ and one that establishes the Compton rapper as the best hip-hop artist in the planet. Kanye is going to need a truly ace new record to be able to match Lamar’s indisputable brilliance.

Apart from ‘King Kunta’, Django Django lead the new entries contingent, which also features the latest tracks by Blur; Jill Scott; Sheer Mag; Grimes & Bleachers; Nils Frahm and a catchy new single by Chilean alt pop star Gepe, joining forces with former Peruvian novelty act,Wendy Sulca who seems to be leaving behind her little countryside girl tacky antics and having a go at artist respectability.

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God Helps Kanye To Top Our Loop Again

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Kanye West has done it again. After storming the Brits with his incendiary and heavily censored rendition of ‘All Day’, the third taster from his long awaited eight album ‘So Help Me God’ is the brand new #1 in our chart.

In an edition loaded with entries from some of the most anticipated albums of the springtime, Skepta is the highest debut, followed by the latest from Tame Impala; Holly Herndon; Björk; Grimes; Jay Electronica Feat. JAY Z; Sufjan Stevens; Sun Kil Moon; Death Grips and a curious collaboration between Devonte Hynes and Neneh Cherry to promote “gender fluidity”.

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The Loop Taken Over By A Blanck Mass

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Benjamin John Power, one half of the celebrated experimental electronica band Fuck Buttons, takes the loop by storm with ‘Dead Format’. The excellent new single from his side project Blanck Mass‘s third album is our chart’s new #1.

Highest entry is the latest by LoneLady, followed by new offerings from Westkust; Chromatics; Levon Vincent; Kanye West; Courtney Barnett and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Furman going solo.

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It Follows: A Modern Indie Horror Classic

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Few genres are as widely appreciated and beloved as horror. The immense pleasure most of us obtain by getting frightened is amply rewarded at the box office and has traditionally been an entry level gate for a lot of talent that went and forge ground-breaking careers. On the flip side, horror films are an over saturated market prone to cliche and repetition to exhaustion, spawning lots of B, C and even D movie productions with no further ambition than a quick cashing up. That’s why whoever brings an original idea or a new angle on existing ones is almost guaranteed a sometimes exaggerated acclaim coming from all sides of the industry.

The latest of those rare original occurrences is ‘It Follows’, in which US director David Robert Mitchell surprised us all with an unexpected shift from his debut ‘The Myth of the American Sleepover”, a typical low-key indie affair shaped through the intimate conversations and everyday experiences of a group of teens. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rober Awards 2014 Film Poll: Full List Of Winners

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The Grand Budapest Hotel has swept the board at the 2014 Rober Awards Film Poll. Wes Anderson’s celebrated masterpiece won in seven of the eight categories it was nominated for; including best picture, director and screenplay, leaving its main rivals ‘Birdman’ with a single trophy for Michael Keaton and ‘Boyhood’ sadly empty handed.

Other multiple winners as chosen by our readers were The Dardenne Brothers’ social drama ‘Two Days, One Night’, scooping the foreign language gong as well as best actress’ for Marion Cotillard’s remarkable performance – her fans chose James Gray’s ‘The Immigrant’ as the most under appreciated film of the year too; “Whiplash” earned awards for its two leads, JK Simmons (supporting) and Miles Teller (rising star); British favorite ‘Pride’ also won in the two categories it was shortlisted for, best comedy and best British film; whereas Mexican newcomer Diego Quemada-Díz received the honors for best first feature and best Hispanic movie.

One more year thanks to everyone who cast their votes. The full list of winners goes as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

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Kendrick Lamar Makes Our Loop Blacker

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Kendrick Lamar‘s incendiary new track ‘The Blacker The Berry’, referencing the events that caused Ferguson’s recent racial unrest, is the week’s new #1.

Nadine Shah leadS the new entries contingent, with Godspeed You! Black Emperor; The Tallest Man On Earth; Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges also debuting new songs, as well as the first taster from the supergroup formed by Scarlett Johansson and Este Haim, The Singles.

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