45 Years: A Quietly Devastating Marital Breakdown

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Premiered with great success at this year’s Berlinale, where both leads were awarded with the festival acting honours; one of the best films of the year finally reaches our screens.

’45 Years’ is a quietly devastating dissection of the end of a lifelong marriage, set one week ahead of the couple’s 45 anniversary party. The stress of the preparations, organized with more apathy than enthusiasm, serves as backdrop for the unfolding events that follow a telegram informing the husband about the corpse of a former girlfriend, disappeared in tragic circumstances during a holiday in the Alps, being found. His erratic reactions will quickly lead her wife towards growing doubts and an unsettling discovery that threatens the basic foundation of their partnership. Read the rest of this entry »

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Destroyer Visits Times Square

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Destroyer hits #1 in our brand new loop. New pornographer Dan Bejar’s solo project has taken the peak position with ‘Times Square’, a standout from his magnificent new album,’Poison Season’, that´s prevented the latest tracks by Neon Indian or Dr. Dre from reaching our weekly chart’s top.

Highest entry of the week is by Aussie psychedelic purveyors King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard , followed by another batch of some of the most anticipated releases this autumn, featuring great new songs by Julia Holter; Low; The Weeknd XO; Ho99o9; Alessia Cara; Lou Barlow; U.S. Girls; Tink; Tate Kobang; Junglepussy and another new pornographer, Kathryn Calder, resorting to power pop on her infectious new single, among many others.

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Joanna Newsom rockets to #1

The excellent new track by Joanna Newsom, ‘Sapokanikan’, has rocketed her way to the top of our loop. The first taster from the singer-songwriter fourth studio album ‘Divers’ also benefits from a video directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

In the latest edition of our chart, Deerhunter are the highest entry, followed by the latest offerings by FKA Twigs; DJ Spinn & DJ Rashad Feat. Danny Brown; Deafheaven; Owiny Sinoma Band; Jay Rock; Beirut; Panda Bear; and Janelle Monáe recovering the spirit of the best protest song while congregating the whole roster of her label, Wondaland, for an anti-racist anthem.

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Pavement’s Secret History Heads Our First Retro-Loop

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With the adoption of streaming as the industry’s new method for commercializing music and the significant changes on the way we consume it that entails, the playlist seems to be now the format of choice and new and old music are nearly on par when it comes to delivery. That’s why we begin this new section to highlight our recent musical discoveries or rediscoveries from the vaults. Either part of one of those playlists; synced on a film’s soundtrack; included on a compilation; reissued on vinyl or in any of the multiple “deluxe” editions available in the market; unearthed by the artist or simply bumped into by luck, here’s our list of music gems recently rescued from the past.

Nineties alternative kings Pavement top our first Retro-Loop with “Sue Me Jack”, one of the rarities included in “The Secret History, Vol. 1″ compilation. Other recent revisited acts also featured are AFX; Lizzie Mercier Descloux; Jackson C. Frank; Mark Lanegan; The Replacements; Tim Maia and a dark Four Tet club classic sampling Cheryl Cole and Ellie Goulding.

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FKA Twigs Surprise new EP Tops The Loop

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The always mysterious FKA Twigs surprised the world with brand new EP ‘M3LL155X’ last Friday, the standout track of which, ‘Figure 8′ is this week’s new #1 in our loop.

Another surprise, the return of Joanna Newsom marked this edition’s highest new entry; followed by tasters from some of the most anticipated works of the autumn featuring the latest by Dr. Dre with Kendrick Lamar; HELEN; Battles; Neon Indian; Destroyer; Halsey; Tirzah; Chvrches; Alex G; Angel Haze; and John Grant helped by Tracey Thorn on his disco-tinged new single.

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Noah Baumbach, The New King of Comedy.

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After reaching that career peak that was ´Frances Ha´, New York auteur Noah Baumbach seems to have rediscovered his funny bones, following up his acclaimed picture with a double dose of comedy in which many want to see the beginning of a second and more accomplished professional phase, leaving behind his sometimes uneven dramas.

The first on arriving was ´When We Were Young´, a hilarious look at the lives of ageing hipsters after having been replaced by a new generation. Baumbach´s reflects about the social, familiar and professional roles society forces upon us in different periods of our life through the story of a documentary filmmaker who hit gold with his debut, but got stagnated at making a second one resorting to teaching as a way to make a living; Insecurity and apathy gaining ground on his and engaged in a loving but childless marriage, which somehow put some distance in their relationship with close friends, all of them having their first or second kids. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kurt Vile Is Pimpin’ Our Loop

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Former War On Drugs member gone solo Kurt Vile is the new #1 in our loop with his comeback track ‘Pretty Pimpin”, the promising first taster from his sixth studio album “B’lieve I’m Goin Down…”, to be released at the end of September.

A standout from the late DJ Rashad‘s posthumous EP ‘6613’ gave us the highest entry, teaming up with Gant-Man in the hyper danceable “Cause I know u feel’ which samples Alicia Myers’ disco gem “You Got the Best of Me (Say, Say, Say)”.

And unusually for August, this week our loop is packed with tons of other high profile new releases. Among them, the latest from HAIM (remixing Tame Impala); Low; FKA Twigs; Autre Ne Veut; Mercury Rev; Method Man; Drake; Chelsea Wolfe; !!!; Disclosure with Sam Smith; two returns by veteran rockers – Keith Richards and Lou Barlow-; and a few side projects by the likes of The National’s Matt Berninger & Menomena’s Brent Knopf (EL VY); Real Estate ‘ s Martin Courtney and Major Lazer’s Switch under his With You moniker collaborating with Vince Staples.

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YG Twists His Fingaz Celebrating #1

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Compton rapper YG reaches the top of our loop with his infectious, g-funk infused new single ‘Twist My Fingaz.’

Black metal Danish female act Myrkur is the highest entry. Amongst other notable debuts this week, the new tracks by Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique; Ought ; Micachu & The Shapes; Drake; Pearls Negras; Koreless; Wavves; Laura Marling; the return of Kiwi faves The Chills; plus one of the summer’s most surprising guilty pleasures, EDM artists NERVO recruiting Kylie; Scissor Sisters’ Jake Sheers and Nile Rodgers for their new dance smash.

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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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