Archive for June, 2010

Wavves Crown Themselves As Kings Of The Loop

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Preceding the imminent arrival of their second album, ‘King Of The Beach’, already hailed as one of the musical highlights of the summer, Wavves latest single ‘Post Acid’ is this week’s number one in the loop.

New entries come from the hands of disturbing shoegazers Salem; R&B’s new wonderboy The-Dream and Catalonian female trio Aias, among many others.

You can check the loop in full here.

An extended selection of our current favourite tracks can also be heard @ www.hypem.com/indaloop.

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The Loop Gets Haunted by Ariel Pink

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Continuing their unbeatable stride as one of the critical darlings of the year, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti reaches number one in our loop with ‘Bright Lit Blue Skyes’, the follow-up of ‘Round & Round’ and another of the many highlights included in their latest album ‘Before Today’.

Emeralds’ Prog electronica; Gorillaz‘s animated magic and Crystal Castles excellent new single ‘Baptism’ are some of the new entries.

You can check the loop in full here.

An extended selection of our current favourite tracks can also be heard @ www.hypem.com/indaloop.

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The Month In Videos: Indie & Rock

Our review of the best videos of the months is so packed that we have had to divide it in parts. We already saw former hits in the loop that were given audiovisual treatment. Now is the time of the Indie & Rock artists whose visuals have caught our attention as much as their music. To begin with ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFITTI , ‘Bright Lit Blue Sky’, second single from their 4AD debut album ‘Before Today’. Another excellent track from what’s likely to be one of the albums of the year.

Damon Albarn animated project GORILLAZ are also on their second single from their third and best album ‘Plastic Beach’. The video for the Kinks-esque ‘On Melancholy Hill’ hasn’t got any real celebrity appearance as ‘Style’ did with Bruce Willis, but it has instead cartoon version of illustrious collaborators in the track such as Lou Reed.
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The Week That Was (19-06-2010): The Roots; Dominique Young Unique; The Vaselines; Julian Lynch…

Summer is here and the record industry is rushing its schedule before the season break. As usual, plenty of album streaming action, beginning with our favorite Swedish pop star. ROBYN offered ‘Body Talk Part 1’ the first of three mini albums she plan to launch over 2010, through her Myspace page. The nine track record contains already well known cuts such as ‘Fembot’; ‘Dancehall Queen’ or the single ‘Dancing On My Own’, one of our favorite tracks of the year so far.

And electronic masters THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS return with ‘Further’, enjoying an extra boost by the current trend digging in the sounds of electronica from the 90’s. After several misses, ‘Further’ has been saluted as some sort of creative recovery. It’s currently one of the albums that can be heard at the always reliable NPR first listen post.

NPR also offers the latest work from multidisciplinary artist LAURIE ANDERSON, who in ‘Homeland’ engages on a deep scrutiny of the current social and political state of affairs in the US. Broken Social Scene affiliate act STARS also presents their new album ‘The Five Ghost’, in which they carry on their fine blend of nicely arranged indie pop.

JULIAN LYNCH, a singer songwriter from New Jersey in the orbit of recent bands such as Ducktails and Real State presents his debut opus ‘Mare’. The album has been championed by everyone who’s anyone in the blogosphere for months and is a subdued, slow-burning grower that may require a bit of effort to get into, but doesn’t disappoint. Other notable debut from an American solo artist is ‘Learning’ by PERFUME GENIUS, the moniker under which Seattle based artist Mike Hadreas sign his records.

Two decades since their latest studio effort, New wave classics DEVO finally released their new album ‘Something For Everybody’ after months of peculiar online research to shape everything on it, from artwork to tracklist.

Other US bands offering their new albums for streaming were Spencer Krug’s most celebrated band WOLF PARADE with their ‘Expo 86’ and the eponymous debut of BLUE GIANT, formed by members of Vice Versa and other bands from the always exciting Portland scene.

Dominique Young Unique – Domination by Toast Press

In freebie land, another healthy bunch of mixtapes and tracks were given away during the last seven days. Up and coming young female rapper DOMINIQUE YOUNG UNIQUE treated us to her latest mix, ‘Domination’, via Soundcloud. Other artistS giving away new mixtapes were half of Gnarls Barkley’s CEE-LO GREEN with his ‘Stray Bullets’ anticipating a new solo album; Romy from The XX curating a mix for The Pop Manifesto website and a look at some of the newest US bands from The Road That Goes Ever On.

The Philly hip-hop collective THE ROOTS finally got their long-time delayed new album ‘How I Got Over’ prepared and to celebrate it they have made this widget available for everyone to sample a minute of each track, plus getting a free download of one of them, ‘Doin’ It Again’. The album is making waves online for their approach to musicians of the new generation of alternative bands such as Dirty Projectors or Monsters Of Folk; even sampling Joanna Newsom in one of its tracks. A bridge that brings together two very different genres.

New lo-fi skate-punksters WAVVES keep the fire burning for the arrival of their sophomore album, ‘King Of The Beach’, which is meant to be one of the highlights of the summer. The first taste ‘Post Acid’ is being offered for free via the Green Label Sound series of MP3 gratis, where the likes of Chromeo or Neon Indian have already added their contributions.

In the UK MAGNETIC MAN, the first Dubstep supergroup formed by Benga, Skream and Artwork gives us their first track ‘Mad’ as a presentation card.

New Yorker Luke Temple’s project HERE WE GO MAGIC gives away ‘Casual’ the shimmery and colourful second single from his acclaimed second album. Newcomers TEAMS got a full EP of ethereal and exotic sounds ‘Catch Pool’ available for nothing. And Kurt Cobain’s favourite Scottish indie band from the 80’s THE VASELINES is back with a brand new album and to make their way back to a new audience, they are previewing it with the single ‘I Hate the 80’s’.

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KanYe West Powers Up Our Loop

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Hip-hop superstar KanYe West gets his ‘Power’ all the way up in our loop, ahead of the latest tracks by Arcade Fire and Toro Y Moi in an expanded edition that now features our favorite 30 tracks.

Among the week’s new entries, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti; Wavves; Japandroids; Battles; El Guincho and M.I.A.

You can check the loop in full here.

An extended selection of our current favourite tracks can also be heard @ www.hypem.com/indaloop.

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The Cheapskate: The Month In Freebies

The freebie bonanza rose to a new height last month. Not only many artists gave away their brand new tracks; but also DJ compiled mixtapes; label sponsored series of free MP3’s; podcasts; etc.

In the mixtape department Kanye West ‘s official beatmaster A-TRAK offered the second installment of his acclaimed ‘Dirty South Dance’. This time the mix was somehow less eclectic and more US rap based, but still an excellent work that can be obtained for nothing.

Teen heartthrob and rapper T.I. celebrated that his trouble with the law has gone with his brand new ‘Fuck A Mixtape’, anticipating both his new album ‘King Uncaged’ and his acting debut ‘Takers’.

In the US, one of the most promising new MC’s, PILL, keeps on offering his output through an acclaimed series of mixtapes that are helping to rise his profile until his debut finally materializes. The lates one ‘1140: The Overdose’ was launched last week.

The Caribbean project of DJ/producers Diplo & Switch, MAJOR LAZER, put their hands back to work compiling a mixtape for British electro-popstars LA ROUX, currently celebrating their track ‘Bulletproof’ breaking into the US mainstream charts. The ‘Lazerproof’ mixtape blends some of the moments from the Brit duo’s debut with DJs from the Diplo’s stable Mad Decent and features collaborations by some of the newest stars in the rap and dancehall field such as Drake, Gucci Mane or Gyptian.

Among the DJ mixes available for everyone to enjoy. US hipster NICK CATCHDUBS compiled the trendiest sounds for the summer on his ‘Pink Lemonade Mix’; across the Atlantic Jamie from the XX prepared a chiller and more atmospheric mix for Collette; whereas British music Tabloid NME put together some tracks from up and coming talent in the third offering of their ‘Radar Mixtape’.

Many global brands are increasingly using music for their marketing strategies. Levi’s has just began a free mp3 download series in which indie artists such as The Shins; She & Him; etc. cover some of their favorite artists. The series began with Dirty Projectors’ cover of Dylan’s ‘I dreamed I saw St. Augustine’.

The Bleep website has teamed up with Sonar Festival, offering a couple of mp3s of participating artists -Fuck Buttons; Broadcast; etc.- per week as a way to warm up until the festival takes place in Barcelona –and also in La Coruña from this year onwards- on the 17th of June.

Last but not least, the US cartoon channel for grown-ups Adult Swim, began a series of 8 singles to be downloaded one per week from their website. Cutting edge artists such as Madvillain; Washed Out; etc have already offered their contribution.

Elsewhere, The Fader in association with Nike has curated 6 different mixtapes, each one dedicated to a different continent as a way to kickstart the arrival of the World Football Championship. Canyons; Sinden and Maga Bo are the DJs behind some of them.

In Spain Heineken was behind the celebrations of the recently held ‘Day Of The Music’, with a number of gigs by local and European bands taking place. Each one of them gave away a new track to a compilation to mark the occasion. Nacho Vegas; Christina Rosenvinge & Bejamin Biolay and Sr. Chinarro were among the participating artists. The ‘Día de la música’ compilation in full is also available as a free download.

Other historical record given away in Spain is a compilation to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Radio 3, in which new artists such as La Bien Querida provided alternative soundtracks or covered existing ones for some of the radio station’s best known shows. In the States, The Rub Story Of Hip-Hop, dedicated to remember the best rap songs through the years, reached the year 2000 and mixed a large amount of the genre’s best tracks released at the time.

And two rarities that have seen the light of day. The odd collaboration between MF Doom and Sacha Baron Cohen, when the latter was promoting the launch of his classic comedy ‘Borat’. With Doom adding the vocals to Borat’s rhythms, the pair renamed as MF BORAT has prepared a 5-track EP ‘The Man & the Moustache’ unveiling their recordings.

On a completely different ground, experimental musician Daniel Lopatin, whose ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER moniker is about to release one of the most anticipated albums of the year in the blogosphere; gets the promotion rolling by releasing the ‘REAL SHIT/I AM YOUR DRIVER -7%%%%% VOL. I Mix’ in which the artist reveals some of the influences behind his sound.

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James Blake Takes The Lead In The Loop

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British DJ and producer JAMES BLAKE reigns supreme in our loop this week with his personal blend of dubstep and drum & base as showcased in the excellent ‘CMYK EP’. He’s taken the lead away from The National in a week that has seen his friends MOUNT KIMBIE being one of the new entries, alongside THE ROOTS; MARK RONSON and KENDAL JOHANSSON covering Big Star’s ‘Blue Moon’.

You can check the loop in full here.

An extended selection of our current favourite tracks can also be heard @ www.hypem.com/indaloop.

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The Cheapskate: The Month In Free Tracks

The Freemium economic philosophy seems to be establishing as the way to go in the world of music. Each week there is more and more top notch material given away. This week’s selection begins with the welcome return to shape of electronic titans UNDERWORLD, who take advantage of the fact British electronic music from the nineties is back in trend. The band is offering their surprisingly catchy comeback single ‘Scribble’ in exchange for your mailing details.

Another of the ongoing retro trends is the revisiting of the C-86 British indie sounds, and no one has done it with more tuneful charm and accuracy than THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART. The four piece from Brooklyn are giving away their brand new single ‘Say No To Love’ and its B-side ‘Lost Saint’ one month ahead of its physical release. At the same time, they have launched a video for their former track ‘Higher Than The Stars’.

And hotly tipped for glory US youngsters THE DRUMS have just released their eponymous debut album surrounded by rave reviews. A remix of their latest single ‘Forever & Ever Amen’ by British indie legends St. Etienne is been offered as a freebie for their growing number of fans.

The world renowned Daytrotter sessions added two new artist to their illustrious list of performers: British energetic rock trio MALE BONDING and Brooklyn popsters TWIN SISTERS. Both recordings are available for everyone to download at Daytrotter’s webpage.

The latest FOUR TET album was a welcomed recovery of Kieran Hebden’s top form and the most recent track taken off from is ‘Angel Echoes’ as remixed by CARIBOU. More electronic artists who return: MATTHEW DEAR premieres his new album under his real name with first taster ‘I Can Feel’ and Dubstep star Kode 9 is responsible for the latest FACT mix. One of his new tracks, ‘You Down Wash’ is also available as a free download.

Exploring more indie ground, JOSE GONZALEZ reignites one of his past projects, the band JUNIP, and offers a krautrock infused 4-track EP anticipating the arrival of their first work in the autumn. Portland trio MENOMENA keep on teasing about their imminent comeback by offering another track ‘Five Little Rooms’; Classic rock revivalists BLACK MOUNTAIN gave away their new single ‘Old Fangs’ and Sub Pop’s all-girl garage band DUM DUM GIRLS were also in generous mood by making their last two singles available gratis.

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The Month In Streams: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti; Janelle Monáe; El Guincho…

Online streaming action continued in top shape during the past weeks, with another huge number of new releases being offered to listen in full through different sources. The most interesting among them all was probably the return of lo-fi legend Ariel Pink, with his recent formation Haunted Grafitti. Pink has joined the 4AD stable and his first work for the label – also the first recording on a proper studio -, ‘Before Today’, is being received as one potential candidate for album of the year and hasn’t lost any of the uniquely avant-garde touch of the band. To promote the release they have recording five tracks for one of their record label’s increasingly famous live sessions. Watch it in full here.

The other stunning release of the last few weeks that’s still available to listen –via MySpace- is Janelle Monáe’s first album ‘The ArchAndroid’. The singer continues with suites II and III of an opus that began with her debut mini-album ‘Metropoli’, in which she tells the future misadventures of android Cindy Merriweather. The record is a kaleidoscopic blend of styles in an extraordinary mix that shakes all conventions currently dragging R&B music down. Astonishing

NPR fist listening treats are offering us the fourth album by NY Electronic duo Ratatat,‘LP4’, which keeps on the post-Daft Punk vibe the pair has nurtured through their career without many surprises perhaps, but with another solid effort.
The online radio station is also previewing the new Blitzen Trapper album ‘Destroy The Void’; and the debut work by british Newcomers Villagers ‘Becoming A Jackal’

Long time ago collaborators Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek reunite again under their Reflection Eternal moniker and launch a brand new album, ‘Revolutions Per Minute’ packed with many high profile guests such as Estelle, adding her vocal charms to the first single. It can be streamed at Entertainment Weekly’s website.

Aussie sixties rock revisionists Tame Impala finally delivered their proper first album, ‘Innerspeaker’, which, though mostly well received in the blogosphere, has been generating quite an opinion division so far.

Two high profile Vampire-related soundtracks were also made available for everybody to listen. The Twilight Saga continues with ‘Eclipse‘, its third installment and his soundtrack once again focuses on the indie world with brand new tracks from Battles; Bat For Lashes; Florence + The Machine and, erm, Muse. It’s TV counterpart ‘True Blood’ also got a second volume of its soundtrack ready, featuring tracks by Beck, Jace Everett, Lucinda Williams and other southern rock infused greats.

El Guincho / Piratas de Sudamerica EP by Young Turks

And to end on a high note, El Guincho, the Spanish DJ who was l tastemaker’s sensation with his blend of world rhythms is back with a tribute to Latin America. His new EP ‘Piratas De Sudamerica’ is full of covers of the artist’s favourites across the Hispanic continent, including a duet with Mexican star Julieta Venegas in ‘Mientes’.

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The Month In Videos: Part I – The Hits


FLYING LOTUS – HEAVE (N)

Nearly a month hiatus since we stopped our weekly recap to attend ATP Pavement, we are back with a bumper monthly edition divided in different posts, the first of which is a selection of the best videos released during the last few weeks.

The first part is dedicated to those tracks and artists that have already been huge in our loop but didn’t have audiovisual support yet. Beginning with the exception that is Flying Lotus’ brand new track ‘Heave (N)’, a discard from his superb recent album ‘Cosmogramma’ whose quality lets you know what a beast of a record the experimental beatmaster has produced. ‘Heave (N)’ is followed by a selection of recent promos that should need no further introduction. Read the rest of this entry »

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ATP Pavement: Picture Gallery

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PAVEMENT (Courtesy of The Junes)

Pavement Stephen Malkmus (32)
PAVEMENT-STEPHEN MALKMUS

Surfer Blood (33)
SURFER BLOOD

Omar Souleyman (28)
OMAR SOULEYMAN

Mark Eitzel (24)
MARK EITZEL

Faust (20)
FAUST

Fiery Furnaces  (22)
THE FIERY FURNACES

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ATLAS SOUND (Courtesy of The Junes)

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ATP Pavement: Picture Gallery II

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BORIS (Courtesy of The Junes)

The Fall (38)
THE FALL

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