Archive for May, 2013

American Alt Giants Share This Week’s #1

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Two of the greatest alternative American bands Today, Vampire Weekend and The National share that rare gift in contemporary music that is longevity; as well as the same release date for their long awaited new works and very strong standout tracks. The merits of ‘Ya Hey’ and ‘Sea Of Love’ are so similar that we’ve decided to make them share Top of the loop honours on this occasion.

Recent Rober award winners The Weeknd and Julia Holter‘s new tracks make the highest entries, next to the latest from Liars; Daughn Gibson; the triumphant return of legendary producer Giorgio Moroder, on the wake of Daft Punk’s all conquering album; and the second volumen of celebrated dance compilation ‘After Dark’ well represented by Glass Candy.

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Koreless Sun Shines In The Loop

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Glasgow based, young electronica artist Lewis Roberts, under the moniker Koreless is getting compared to James Blake or even Talk Talk for the finely atmospheric tracks of his Yugen EP. “Sun”, the record’s standout moment gets on top of the Loop this week.

A bunch of surprising collaborations make the strongest new entries with the likes of Daft Punk and Panda Bear, Mount Kimbie and King Crule or Patti Griffin and Robert Plant teaming up with notable results. The returns of Raekwon; Queens Of The Stone Age; Kim Deal and Islet also debut.

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Janelle Monáe New Q.U.E.E.N. Of The Loop

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Our favourite archandroid Janelle Monáe is back, recruiting Erykah Badu for her new single ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’, fast-tracked all the way to the top in this week’s chart.

Another slice of Vampire Weekend‘s third album and Mariah Carey in surprisingly good single shock are the highest entries, alongside new offerings by Dirty Beaches; Eluvium Feat. Ira Kaplan; Annie; Lauryn Hill, plus the unexpected return of Hüsker Dü’s legend Grant Hart.

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James Blake Returns To The Top With ‘Overgrown’

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Effortlessly avoiding that difficult second album syndrome James Blake delivered another another superb collection of fine soulful vocals blended in electronic wizardry with ‘Overgrown’. The title track takes him back to top the loop.

Highest entry of the week is by Run The Jewels, the collaboration project between hip-hop innovators El-P and Killer Mike. Other notable debuts in our chart are the latest offerings from The National; Sigur Rós; Koreless and the summer previewing infectious new anthem by Chilean DJ Matias Aguayo.

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