Archive for March, 2015

Sufjan Stevens’ Childhood Memories Are #1

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Sufjan Stevens did it again. His seven studio album ‘Carrie & Lowell’ has impressed critics so much there are claiming it may be his best. Dedicated to his mother and stepfather, the record is a moving and personal look at his childhood and the troubles of growing up within a dysfunctional family. ‘Should Have Known Better’ is this week’s number one.

The two highest entries in this edition, Jupiter and Jamie XX Feat. Romy anticipate what this year’s summer vibes may sound like. Other notable entries are the latest offerings by FKA Twigs; Björk; µ-ziq; Mas Ysa; Prurient; Avey Tare and Geologist from Animal Collective; Florence + The Machine and Spanish chanteuse Cristina Quesada with a lovely,sugar coated cover of Jesus & Mary Chain’s ‘Just Like Honey’.

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All Hail King Kendrick Lamar

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As a sign of things to come, Kendrick Lamar stormed straight into our loop’s #1 taking over Kanye West with ‘King Kunta’, a P-funk infused highlight from his winning new album, currently doing the same in every chart across the globe. Kendrick has deliver a politically charged, musically astonishing work with ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’, the best album we have heard since his former classic ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.d City’ and one that establishes the Compton rapper as the best hip-hop artist in the planet. Kanye is going to need a truly ace new record to be able to match Lamar’s indisputable brilliance.

Apart from ‘King Kunta’, Django Django lead the new entries contingent, which also features the latest tracks by Blur; Jill Scott; Sheer Mag; Grimes & Bleachers; Nils Frahm and a catchy new single by Chilean alt pop star Gepe, joining forces with former Peruvian novelty act,Wendy Sulca who seems to be leaving behind her little countryside girl tacky antics and having a go at artist respectability.

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God Helps Kanye To Top Our Loop Again

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Kanye West has done it again. After storming the Brits with his incendiary and heavily censored rendition of ‘All Day’, the third taster from his long awaited eight album ‘So Help Me God’ is the brand new #1 in our chart.

In an edition loaded with entries from some of the most anticipated albums of the springtime, Skepta is the highest debut, followed by the latest from Tame Impala; Holly Herndon; Björk; Grimes; Jay Electronica Feat. JAY Z; Sufjan Stevens; Sun Kil Moon; Death Grips and a curious collaboration between Devonte Hynes and Neneh Cherry to promote “gender fluidity”.

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The Loop Taken Over By A Blanck Mass

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Benjamin John Power, one half of the celebrated experimental electronica band Fuck Buttons, takes the loop by storm with ‘Dead Format’. The excellent new single from his side project Blanck Mass‘s third album is our chart’s new #1.

Highest entry is the latest by LoneLady, followed by new offerings from Westkust; Chromatics; Levon Vincent; Kanye West; Courtney Barnett and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Furman going solo.

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It Follows: A Modern Indie Horror Classic

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Few genres are as widely appreciated and beloved as horror. The immense pleasure most of us obtain by getting frightened is amply rewarded at the box office and has traditionally been an entry level gate for a lot of talent that went and forge ground-breaking careers. On the flip side, horror films are an over saturated market prone to cliche and repetition to exhaustion, spawning lots of B, C and even D movie productions with no further ambition than a quick cashing up. That’s why whoever brings an original idea or a new angle on existing ones is almost guaranteed a sometimes exaggerated acclaim coming from all sides of the industry.

The latest of those rare original occurrences is ‘It Follows’, in which US director David Robert Mitchell surprised us all with an unexpected shift from his debut ‘The Myth of the American Sleepover”, a typical low-key indie affair shaped through the intimate conversations and everyday experiences of a group of teens. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rober Awards 2014 Film Poll: Full List Of Winners

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The Grand Budapest Hotel has swept the board at the 2014 Rober Awards Film Poll. Wes Anderson’s celebrated masterpiece won in seven of the eight categories it was nominated for; including best picture, director and screenplay, leaving its main rivals ‘Birdman’ with a single trophy for Michael Keaton and ‘Boyhood’ sadly empty handed.

Other multiple winners as chosen by our readers were The Dardenne Brothers’ social drama ‘Two Days, One Night’, scooping the foreign language gong as well as best actress’ for Marion Cotillard’s remarkable performance – her fans chose James Gray’s ‘The Immigrant’ as the most under appreciated film of the year too; “Whiplash” earned awards for its two leads, JK Simmons (supporting) and Miles Teller (rising star); British favorite ‘Pride’ also won in the two categories it was shortlisted for, best comedy and best British film; whereas Mexican newcomer Diego Quemada-Díz received the honors for best first feature and best Hispanic movie.

One more year thanks to everyone who cast their votes. The full list of winners goes as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

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Kendrick Lamar Makes Our Loop Blacker

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Kendrick Lamar‘s incendiary new track ‘The Blacker The Berry’, referencing the events that caused Ferguson’s recent racial unrest, is the week’s new #1.

Nadine Shah leadS the new entries contingent, with Godspeed You! Black Emperor; The Tallest Man On Earth; Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges also debuting new songs, as well as the first taster from the supergroup formed by Scarlett Johansson and Este Haim, The Singles.

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Top 50 Best Films Of 2014

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And without any further ado, the movies we will be remembering 2014 for are: Read the rest of this entry »

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2014 Film Review: The Surprises

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Bubbling under our Top 50 films of the year we find a group of works that helped shaking our preconceptions off during the last twelve months. Some of them may have set new trends in the current world of cinema; some others took well established authors towards unexpected new directions.

Also surprising was the controversial return of the Biblical epic; queer cinema getting out of his niche and reaching a wider audience; the growing love for Nordic Noir; the return of the mockumentary; gorgeous travelogues; the celebration of an excellent year against all odds for Spanish movies and even a few good blockbusters which managed to defy Hollywood’s lack of interest for original ideas.

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