Julia Holter Feeling The Peak Of Our Loop

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Julia Holter‘s ‘Feel You’, the first taster from her forthcoming ballads album, takes the #1 in the new edition of our loop.

The return of US alt-rocker Kurt Vile is the highest dentry. Other notable debuts this week are the new tracks by Empress Of; Deradoorian; Seinabo Sey; Ty Segall’s band Fuzz; Fidlar; Wavves; Mark Lanegan & Beth Orton covering the song Marc Almond & Nico once did together; plus two notable experiments: Run the Jewels‘s feline rework of their latest album as Meow The Jewels and Nicolas Jaar‘s label Other People celebrating its anniversary with a multiple collaboration sound collage with the cream of cutting edge electronica featuring (again)Julia Holter; Holly Herndon; William Basinski…

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U.S. Girls Take The Loop By Storm

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U.S. Girls, the moniker under innovative female artist Meghan Remy releases her music, reaches this week’s #1 in our loop, managing somehow to sound like ABBA on acid with ‘Woman’s Work’

In another new release heavy week, Wilco ‘s free surprise new album ‘Star Wars’ (download it here if you haven’t yet) gave us the highest entry; with the latest tracks by Majid Jodan Feat Drake ; Jay Rock; MIA; Four Tet; CHVRCHES; Mac DeMarco; DJ Koze; Kaeb; White Reaper; the returns of new wave maestro Joe Jackson; Lana Del Rey and two covers of landmark songs: Yo La Tengo doing The Cure’s ‘Friday I’m In Love’ and Moses Sumney‘s rendition of Laurie Anderson ‘O Superman’ also debuting.

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Sauna Youth Transmit From Top Of The Loop

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Brighton DIY pop-punk purveyors Sauna Youth reach this week’s #1 with their upbeat track “Transmitters'; preventing Duran Duran’s best single in over two decades, the Nile Rodgers written and Janelle Monáe featuring ‘Pressure Off’, from hitting the top spot.

Brazilian star Seu Jorge is the highest entry with ‘Felicidade’, first taster from the second installment of his ‘Musica Para Churrasco’ trilogy, a tribute to the sounds of 70’s soul.

Among the rest of this week’s new entries the latest by Julia Holter; HELEN; Ought; Miguel; The Internet; Micachu & The Shapes; Goat; Richard Hawley and if you were asking yourself is there’s anyone left for a comeback, both Eleventh Dream Day and PIL return this week.

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Thundercat Brings Changes To The Loop

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Former Suicidal Tendencies member turned one of Flying Lotus’ new jazz fusion apostles, Thundercat hits the #1 of our loop this week with ‘Them Changes’, the funky standout track from his latest EP “The Beyond/Where The Giants Roam’.

A record batch of 30 new entries, headed by Abra and also featuring new tracks by Beach House; Vince Staples; US Girls; Kendrick Lamar, who also features in Jidenna‘s new remix, and a taster from the new collaboration album by Wavves and Cloud Nothings.

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The Best Albums Of 2015: Second Quarter

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After a first quarter that left us spoilt for choice, giving us at least two indisputable candidates, Kendrick and Sufjan, for album of the year; the second one almost paled in comparison. Many of the most eagerly awaited albums of the season felt straight into the good not great category, among them the latest from Sun Kil Moon; Django Django; Raekwon; Mikal Cronin; Hot Chip or Blur‘s comeback, all of which perfectly fine works that somehow failed to reach their respective artists’ previous heights.

But not all were bad news, among those who did raise the standards bar, Holly Herndon delivered an album for the times overflowing with ideas leaving the mere musical to expand into the social, political and technological realms; Vince Staples; Miguel; Shamir; Donnie Trumpet and Kamasi Washington kept all different corners of urban music vibrantly alive; Waxahatchee; Dominique A and Alabama Shakes stood up among songwriters and the collaborations between Franz Ferdinand & Sparks (FFS) and Wavves X Cloud Nothings, as well as Jim O’Rourke‘s comeback album and Jamie XX‘s solo one count as the biggest surprises.

Still to come later on the year the new albums by PJ Harvey; Frank Ocean; Kanye West; Chromatics; James Blake; Lana Del Rey; Tame Impala and Beach House, whose promising advance has seen the light of day this week. Keep yourself up to date by following Roberawards’ Spotify playlists with the best Albums; Tracks; Compilations and Reissues of 2015.

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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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