Archive for July, 2015

Julia Holter Feeling The Peak Of Our Loop

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Julia Holter‘s ‘Feel You’, the first taster from her forthcoming ballads album, takes the #1 in the new edition of our loop.

The return of US alt-rocker Kurt Vile is the highest dentry. Other notable debuts this week are the new tracks by Empress Of; Deradoorian; Seinabo Sey; Ty Segall’s band Fuzz; Fidlar; Wavves; Mark Lanegan & Beth Orton covering the song Marc Almond & Nico once did together; plus two notable experiments: Run the Jewels‘s feline rework of their latest album as Meow The Jewels and Nicolas Jaar‘s label Other People celebrating its anniversary with a multiple collaboration sound collage with the cream of cutting edge electronica featuring (again)Julia Holter; Holly Herndon; William Basinski…

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U.S. Girls Take The Loop By Storm

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U.S. Girls, the moniker under innovative female artist Meghan Remy releases her music, reaches this week’s #1 in our loop, managing somehow to sound like ABBA on acid with ‘Woman’s Work’

In another new release heavy week, Wilco ‘s free surprise new album ‘Star Wars’ (download it here if you haven’t yet) gave us the highest entry; with the latest tracks by Majid Jodan Feat Drake ; Jay Rock; MIA; Four Tet; CHVRCHES; Mac DeMarco; DJ Koze; Kaeb; White Reaper; the returns of new wave maestro Joe Jackson; Lana Del Rey and two covers of landmark songs: Yo La Tengo doing The Cure’s ‘Friday I’m In Love’ and Moses Sumney‘s rendition of Laurie Anderson ‘O Superman’ also debuting.

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Sauna Youth Transmit From Top Of The Loop

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Brighton DIY pop-punk purveyors Sauna Youth reach this week’s #1 with their upbeat track “Transmitters’; preventing Duran Duran’s best single in over two decades, the Nile Rodgers written and Janelle Monáe featuring ‘Pressure Off’, from hitting the top spot.

Brazilian star Seu Jorge is the highest entry with ‘Felicidade’, first taster from the second installment of his ‘Musica Para Churrasco’ trilogy, a tribute to the sounds of 70’s soul.

Among the rest of this week’s new entries the latest by Julia Holter; HELEN; Ought; Miguel; The Internet; Micachu & The Shapes; Goat; Richard Hawley and if you were asking yourself is there’s anyone left for a comeback, both Eleventh Dream Day and PIL return this week.

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Thundercat Brings Changes To The Loop

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Former Suicidal Tendencies member turned one of Flying Lotus’ new jazz fusion apostles, Thundercat hits the #1 of our loop this week with ‘Them Changes’, the funky standout track from his latest EP “The Beyond/Where The Giants Roam’.

A record batch of 30 new entries, headed by Abra and also featuring new tracks by Beach House; Vince Staples; US Girls; Kendrick Lamar, who also features in Jidenna‘s new remix, and a taster from the new collaboration album by Wavves and Cloud Nothings.

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The Best Albums Of 2015: Second Quarter

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After a first quarter that left us spoilt for choice, giving us at least two indisputable candidates, Kendrick and Sufjan, for album of the year; the second one almost paled in comparison. Many of the most eagerly awaited albums of the season felt straight into the good not great category, among them the latest from Sun Kil Moon; Django Django; Raekwon; Mikal Cronin; Hot Chip or Blur‘s comeback, all of which perfectly fine works that somehow failed to reach their respective artists’ previous heights.

But not all were bad news, among those who did raise the standards bar, Holly Herndon delivered an album for the times overflowing with ideas leaving the mere musical to expand into the social, political and technological realms; Vince Staples; Miguel; Shamir; Donnie Trumpet and Kamasi Washington kept all different corners of urban music vibrantly alive; Waxahatchee; Dominique A and Alabama Shakes stood up among songwriters and the collaborations between Franz Ferdinand & Sparks (FFS) and Wavves X Cloud Nothings, as well as Jim O’Rourke‘s comeback album and Jamie XX‘s solo one count as the biggest surprises.

Still to come later on the year the new albums by PJ Harvey; Frank Ocean; Kanye West; Chromatics; James Blake; Lana Del Rey; Tame Impala and Beach House, whose promising advance has seen the light of day this week. Keep yourself up to date by following Roberawards’ Spotify playlists with the best Albums; Tracks; Compilations and Reissues of 2015.

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