Communions New #1 In The Loop

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The new Danish music scene is increasingly exporting talent to the world. After the success of Lower or Iceage, it’s now the turn of Communions, whose britpop-tastic single “So Long Sun” takes over our loop this week.

Parkay Quarts, Parquet Courts americana alter-ego, is the highest debut, followed by new tracks by Leon Bridges; Viet Cong; Matias Aguayo and Caribou teaming up with Jessy Lanza in one of his latest album standout tracks.

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’71: An Excellent British Thriller

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On a particularly strong year for British film, ’71 marks the arrival of a huge talent who has crafted one of the most impressive first features of the year. Yann Demange’s career to date was developed in TV, with directorial credits for episodes in such popular series as Top Boy or Criminal Justice packing his CV. Demange has jumped now to the big screen with this impossibly tense, edge of the seat thriller.

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Flying Lotus Terminator Invades Our Loop

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Flying Lotus‘ new album ‘You’re dead’ has been received as one of the records of the year and a career high for the man who makes fusion jazz hip again. One of its standout numbers, ‘Coronus, The Terminator’, brings him back to the top of our chart, weeks after his collaboration with Kendrick Lamar did the same.

Sun Kil Moon‘s ironic song about his feud with War On Drugs is the highest entry, with new offerings by TV On The Radio; Pix; Iceage; Mogwai and Lorde‘s song for the soundtrack of the new Hunger Games film, which she has curated, all debut strong.

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Ariel Pink Wants Your Number

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The ever amusing lo-fi maestro Ariel Pink is back. This time giving his Haunted Graffiti band some time off. ‘Put Your Number In My Phone’, the first taster from his new album, reaches our loop’s top position, leaving us longing for the full work to be released.

Highest debuts on this edition are two of our favourite female singers Fiona Apple and PJ Harvey with their brand new tracks, both featured in the soundtracks of TV series, The Affair and Peaky Blinders respectively. A$AP Rocky; Communions; Jeremih and Aretha Franklin covering Adele are also among the new entries.

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Gone Girl: A Glorious Pulpy Ride

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The awards season kicks in, at least for the general public, with a bang. Gone Girl is the first big title reaching our theatres this autumn, right after opening the NY Film festival, having avoided the hype-building circuit of bigger events, probably due to the film’s spoiler sensitive nature.

A gripping thriller set against the backdrop of a marriage in crisis, Gillian Flynn adapts her own best-seller, the second most popular in recent times just behind “50 Shades of Grey”, maintaining all the elements needed to translate to the big screen its massive paperback success.

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Aphex Twin Triumphant Return Tops The Loop

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This week’s #1 in our chart is ‘Minipops 67 [120.2] (Source Field Mix)’, the first single from the always enigmatic Aphex Twin all conquering comeback album ‘Syro’. Richard D. James first studio effort in thirteen years has been greeted as a triumphant return to form, pushing once more the boundaries of leftfield electronica in mindblowing ways.

Orlando duo Sales provides the highest new entry, followed by the new offerings by Marianne Faithfull; Joan Shelley; Flying Lotus, and the first taster from the eagerly awaited new album by Kendrick Lamar.

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Maps To The Stars: Cronemberg Goes To Hollywood

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Since Julianne Moore won the best actress prize at Cannes, Maps to the stars has been in our radar as one of the most anticipated films of the year. The latest David Cronemberg opus has finally hit our screens and it doesn’t disappoint.

The Canadian auteur became a household name through his unique take on the body horror genre (Scanners, The Brood), and later cemented his reputation with a series of more widely acclaimed, but no less poignant, dramas such as A History Of Violence or Eastern Promise. Always keen to dig in psychology’s triggers linking the realm of the physical with the pathological, this exploration of the insane excesses in Hollywood‘s celebrity machine seems like a fitting addition to his body of work.

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Flying Lotus & Kendrick Lamar Uncatchable

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Flying Lotus keeps firm on his mission to bring fusion jazz back into trend. ‘Never Catch Me’, his collaboration with hip-hop star Kendrick Lamar anticipating new album ‘You’re Dead’ tops the latest edition of our loop.

The mighty return of Steve Albini’s Shellac is the highest debut, followed by new tracks by Girlpool; Dreamcrusher; Lydia Ainsworth, and RL Grime teaming up with How To Dress Well .

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Ms Lauryn Hill Sings About Black Rage

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After years of struggling with personal demons, Ms Lauryn Hill is back at her most incendiary and brilliant with a sketch of one of her classic live tracks never before released. Timely dedicated to the events in Ferguson and using the tune of The Sound Of Music’s ‘My Favourite Things’ to showcase the racial hatred still rampant in the States, ‘Black Rage’ gets our loop’s #1 honors this week.

Ariel Pink is the highest new entry on this edition, among the latest offerings from Vince Staples; Grouper; Deerhoof, as well as two of Spain’s hottest new acts Sagrado Corazón De Jesús and Cosmen Adelaida.

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Going Blockbuster With Run The Jewels

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The first collaboration between Killer Mike and EL-P as Run The Jewels was so well-received than the pair of leftfield hip-hop stars got already a second installment ready for release. The first taster of which, ‘Blockbuster Night Part. 1″, is another killer tune reaching the top of our loop this week.

Flying Lotus Feat. Kendrick Lamar is the highest entry. Lamar establishes himself as one of rap’s most in-demand collaborators as he also features in the latest track by Jeezy. Other notable debuts are the latest offerings by returning all-time favourites Aphex Twin; TV On The Radio and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

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La Roux Dances At The Sexotheque

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Despite its very troubled gestation, which saw the former duo become just a solo act, La Roux‘s second album ‘Trouble In Paradise’ has been greeted by critics as one of the summer’s pop triumphs. Standout track ‘Sexotheque’ tops the new edition of our loop.

SOPHIE repeats as the highest debut of the week with his side project QT, next to the latest offerings by Real Estate; Lauryn Hill; Deafheaven; Hookworms and Spanish new wave revivalists Juanita Y Los Feos.

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SOPHIE ‘s ‘Hard’ Is Our Top Track This Week

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Enigmatic London producer SOPHIE keeps on subverting the rules of the current dance and electronic scenes. A few weeks after the summery A-side of his new single “Lemonade” hit our loop, he conquers the top position with the record’s challenging flip side ‘Hard’.

The return of Run The Jewels provides the highest debut, alongside other returning favourites such as Leonard Cohen; Deerhoof; Johnny Marr; The New Pornographers and Kindness‘ remix of one of the tracks in Robyn & Röyksopp collaboration EP.

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Iceage Are The Loop’s Favourite

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Danish punk outfit Iceage climbs their way to the top of our loop with ‘The Lord’s Favourite’, the first taster from their much anticipated third work.

Highest entry is the new track by Goat, with the latest from Sophie; La Roux; Ty Segall and the return of Kindness featuring Kelela & Ade also debuting strong.

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Alvvays Marriage Proposal Is Our New Top Track

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Canadian five-piece band Alvvays revisit the classiest of indie sounds in their eponymous debut album. With their upbeat and charming single ‘Archie, Marry Me’ they’ve conquered the latest edition of our loop.

Stray Pant give us the highest entry, followed by new tracks from Action Bronson; Merchandise; Avi Buffalo, and a collaboration between the legendary Dinosaur Jr. lead J. Mascis with Cat Power.

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