Spoon On Top Of The Loop With ‘Do You’

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Alt-rockers from Austin, Texas Spoon are this week’s number one in our chart with the catchy ‘Do You’; second taster from their soon to be released eighth studio album ‘They Want My Soul’.

Newcomer brit female artist GEoRGIA delivers the highest entry, followed by the likes of The New Pornographers; Vashti Bunyan; Shabazz Palaces and a hauntingly dark new collaboration between Swedish vocalists Jenny Hval & Susanna.

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FKA Twigs Back On Top Of Our Loop

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The artist formerly known as Twigs, now FKA Twigs, was one of our one to watch for 2014, and judging by the the first taster from her debut album, we were right on the money. ‘Two Weeks’ tops our chart this week and forecasts even better things for the Gloucestershire artist.

The comeback of indie heroes Comet Gain heads a bunch of new entries that also features the latest from Swans; Titus Andronicus; Tricky and another long awaited return by Death From Above 1979.

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Going Down With White Lung

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The rebirth of grunge continues unstoppable, with Canadians White Lung as one of its biggest ambassadors. The Vancouver four-piece inherits the early raw spirit of bands like Hole in their third album ‘Deep Fantasy’. Their track ‘Down It Goes’ heads a new edition of our loop.

A bunch of interesting collaborations are the among the entries this week, drummer Tony Allen with Damon Albarn is the highest, followed by the likes of Jeremih Feat.YG; Brian Eno with Karl Hyde and Young Thud, teaming up with Freddie Gibbs & A$ap Ferg in his new track.

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Ginnels Are Not What You Think

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Up and coming Dublin band, Ginnels, reaches peak position this week in our loop with ‘Not What You Think’, a standout moment from their excellent latest album ‘A Country Life’

Grimes teaming up with Blood Diamonds for her comeback song is the highest debut, followed by new offerings by Jamie XX; FKA Twigs; Shabazz Palaces and the return of British experimental electronic act The Bug, who anticipates a collaboration-packed new work through a track with Gonjasufi.

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The New Pornographers Brill New Track

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Our favourite supergroup, The New Pornographers, has sky-rocketed all the way to the top of our loop with Brill Bruisers, the title track from their forthcoming sixth album.

A fresh female garage band from Madrid, Deers, is the week’s highest entry, alongside the new songs by White Lung; Lia Ices; Zammuto; Alt-J and Julia Holter, who delivers another retro classic cover, this time of Dionne Warwick’s ‘Don’t Make Me Over’.

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Calvi & Byrne Bring Their Strange Weather

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David Byrne seems to miss collaborating with a female counterpart. After his album with St. Vincent he has now teamed up with British vocalist Anna Calvi for a cover of Keren Ann’s ‘Strange Weather’ from Calvi’s latest EP of the same title.

After a few weeks of relatively weak release activity, new entries are flooding again our gates with The New Pornographers‘s latest being the highest, followed by new offerings by Spoon; Hundred Waters; Europa Europa With The Knife and the return of Disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder, kicking off this year’s Adult Swim season of free downloads.

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Parquet Courts Intantly Disassembling Our Loop

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Teaching a lesson on how to deal with that usually challenging follow-up album test, Parquet Courts are our favourite song this week with ‘Instant Disassembly’, from their excellent second work ‘Sunbathing Animal’

Caribou‘s long awaited return leads a contingent of new entries featuring new tracks by Drake; Sia; How To Dress Well and the also eagerly expected return of Avi Buffalo.

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Sharon Van Etten Is Killing It

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With her fourth studio album ‘Are We There’ establishing her as one of Today’s finest songwriters of her generation, Sharon Van Etten takes over the loop with ‘Your Love Is Killing Me’, one of her record’s many highlights.

The third taster from Jack White‘s imminent new album is the highest entry, followed by new songs by the likes of A Sunny Day In Glasgow; Woods; Wolf Alice; Lana Del Rey and the return of Ghostface killah in collaboration with Badbadnotgood & Danny Brown.

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Quirke Breaks A Mirrored Leg In Our Loop

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UK’s electronica producer John Quirke tops our loop this week with ‘Break A Mirrored Leg’, the standout track from his EP ‘Acid Beth’, on a week where the legendary US veteran Bob Mould also gets his biggest hit in over a decade with ‘I Don’t Know You Anymore’

Dub Thompson gave us the highest entry, next to new tracks by the likes of Parquet Courts; The Acid; Wovenhand and avant hip-hop extraordinaire Rome Fortune teaming up with the ubiquitous Four Tet.

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Röyksopp & Robyn Do It Again

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Last time Norwegian electronica duo Röyksopp joined forces with Swedish pop vocalist Robyn, they went to earn a nomination for song of the year in our awards with ‘The Girl & The Robot’. Their Scandinavian connection is back, this time for a whole album and a tour that’s bound to be one of this festival season’s main highlights. ‘Do It’, the standout track of their advance EP tops our loop this week.

New Spanish folk songstress Sílvia Pérez Cruz cover of Leonard Cohen, teaming up with Refree’s Raul Fernández Miro is the highest debut. Other strong entries are the new tracks by Sharon Van Eten; Ought; Fucked Up; La Roux; Morrissey and the new collaboration between C’amron & A-Track.

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Total Control Take Us To A Flesh War

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Timely just coming back from our four week holidays in Oz, a Melbourne band named after the biggest hit of new-wave US legends The Motels, Total Control, heads our chart with their impressive ‘Flesh War’. First taster of their sophomore album ‘Typical System’, ready to take the band far outside Aussie boundaries.

Quirke gave us the highest entry, next to new offerings by Shabazz Palaces; Bob Mould; Savages and the tribute that rock titans Iggy Pop; Nick Cave & Thurston Moore pay to Gun Club’s frontman Jeffrey Lee Pierce.

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Ought Bring Their Habit To The Loop

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The new wave infused Montreal band Ought tops a rushed edition of our loop, catching up with the best new releases of the last four weeks when we went on holidays, with ‘Habit’, the standout track of their stunning debut ‘More Than Any Other Day’.

And among the featured tracks this week, the latest from new hopesTotal Control; Percussions; favourite veterans Lykke Ly; Royksöpp & Robyn; Prince and tasters from the strongest albums to be released this season, among them Jack White; Swans and another compilation with unreleased material of Michael Jackson.

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The Best Records Of 2014′s First Quarter

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And to kill time while our blog is on annual leave exploring Australia, here’s a special edition of the loop to recap the best records that have seen the light of day so far this year, focusing in popular favourites that haven’t yet been released as singles, such as the week’s honorary number one, Philadelphia rocksters The War On Drugs and ‘Burning’ our favourite from their acclaimed latest opus; those that we originally ignored or didn’t appreciate as much as they deserved, Future Islands‘ terrific ‘Seasons’ (Waiting On You)’ is a good example; or tracks from albums that didn’t have a clear standout moment but are still worthy of notice.

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Swans Got The Loop In Their Hands

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Michael Gira’s second coming with his veteran band Swans is not giving any signs of fading away; about to release their thirteenth studio album ‘To Be Kind’, after the widely acclaimed ‘The Seer’ brought them back amongst Today’s critical darlings. They head our loop this week with the mindblowing album’s first taster ‘A Little God In My Hands’.

A soul-infused edition with new stars of the genre SZA and Jesse Boykins III being the two highest entries; next to new tracks by How To Dress Well; Lana Del Rey; Thee Oh Sees and the main theme from the next Superman sequel, performed by Alicia Keys with Kendrick Lamar.

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