Archive for February, 2014

Rober Awards Film 2013: Our Picks

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Only three days left until the Oscars night wraps this year’s awards season up. And what a great one it has been!! That will also be the closing time for our annual film poll, which is still buzzing and registering a record number of entries (You can still cast your votes here) and some surprising frontrunners. Before that, over the whole weekend, we will be reviewing what the last twelve months of film delivered, including our traditional recap of biggest disappointments, surprises and a very disputed Top 50 best pictures of the year.

We begin right now with our blog’s picks for each one of the Rober Awards categories. Delegating the final decision to our readers, we have taken the small license of adding a special mention for nearly every one of them, which helps reflecting the exceptional quality of this year’s crop of nominees.

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St. Vincent Is Our Track Of The Week

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After earning five star reviews for her new album’s launch shows in London, St. Vincent tops our loop this week with “Prince Johnny”, the third track released from her self-titled opus.

The acclaimed London based art noise foursome, Bo Ningen, gave us the highest entry, next to new tracks by the likes of Real Estate; Isaiah Rashad; Thee Oh Sees and the return of Sub Pop grunge extraordinaires The Afghan Whigs; Greg Dulli’s veteran band is finally ready to drop their new studio work after their live return two years ago.

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De Lux Takes The Loop Back To The Noughties

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Fed up with 80’s electropop copycats? The new wave of grunge didn’t quite make it for you? Fear not, as the revival of the noughties is about to begin with LA duo De Lux revisiting last decade’s influential mix of disco-funk; post-punk and electronica, which popular favourites such as The Rapture or Scissor Sisters famously championed, in the thoroughly inflectious “Make Space”, the first taster from the band’s forthcoming work “Voyage”.

The lead singer from Puerto Rican garage rockers Davila 66, AJ Davila, is the week’s highest debut, alongside new tracks by Katy B; Woods; The Juan MacLean and the third offering from Neneh Cherry‘s new solo album ‘Blank Project’, a suprise duet with our other favourite Swedish pop starlet, Robyn, that carries on building up our expectations for what may means her big time return to form.

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The Loop Gets Inside Llewyn Davis

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The latest work from the Coen Brothers is not just one of the best films of last year, but also, as it is custom with the acclaimed independent filmmakers, offers a superb soundtrack supervised by T-Bone Burnnett. One of its standouts, ‘Please, Mr. Kennedy’, the catchy, freely adapted cover of an obscure track from the 60’s which Oscar Isaac; Justin Timberlake & Adam Driver perform, tops the new edition of our loop.

Prurient gave us the highest entry, next to new offerings by Mas Ysa; Miguel; St. Vincent and an infectious collaboration between Major Lazer & Pharrell.

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Damien Jurado ‘Jericho Road’ #1 In Our Loop

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Seattle trobadour Damien Jurado is number one track in our loop this week with the superb ‘Jericho Road’, one of the highlights of his acclaimed eleventh album, “Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son”.

In another debut heavy week, Medusa produced by The Knife’s Olof Dreier is the highest, followed by new songs by the likes of Bishop Nehru & Disclosure; The Cloud Nothings; Banks; CHVRCHES and the duet between Beyoncé and her famous husband, which finally makes it into our chart.

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