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DIIV Doping The Loop

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The band which began as Beach Fossils’ Zachary Cole Smith side project, DIIV , is the new #1 in our loop with their recent single ‘Dopamine’.

Erykah Badu‘s surprise comeback covering one of Drake ‘s latest smashes is this week’s highest entry, followed by another avalanche of new songs with the latest by WOKE, a new supergroup formed by Flying Lotus; Thundercat & Shabazz Palaces who debut in style collaborating with funk master George Clinton; The Chills; Miles From Kinshasa; Dënver; Arca; Dawn; Fetty Wap; Isaiah Rahad; DJ Paypal; Sophie; Jeff Lynne; Robyn teaming up with a member of METRONOMY under the alias Tony Primo & Nixxie for an Aussie soundtrack and another collaboration, Los Pilotos & La Bien Querida, in one of the standout moments from a tribute album to Spanish pop starlette Jeanette.

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Porcelain Raft All In Our Heads

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Italo-American songwriter, Porcelain Raft is back with his strong new EP ‘Half Awake’, from which the standout cut, ‘All In My Head’, takes over the latest edition of our loop.

Another renowned alt songwriter, Sun Kil Moon, is the highest entry, followed by the latest offerings by Hot Chip; Mac DeMarco; Tame Impala; Sufjan Stevens; Sharon Van Etten; Nao and Prince‘s new song dedicated to ‘Baltimore’, where he recently organized a ‘rally for peace.’

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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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#FilmNominations2014 : Rising Star

-Jack O Connell playing Eric

The list of six promising talents shortlisted for the rising star Rober Award 2014 features Canadian teenager Antoine-Olivier Pilon, who gave a stunningly intense performance as the troubled, ADHD suffering child of a widow struggling to get by in Xavier Dolan’s best film to date ‘Mommy’; Ellar Coltrane, the kid whose path to adulthood we witnessed in the intimate ‘Boyhood’, one of the cinematic achievements of 2014 and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, impressive as the he illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy admiral, brought from the West Indies to England and raised as an Aristocrat in ‘Belle’.

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Swans Got The Loop In Their Hands

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Michael Gira’s second coming with his veteran band Swans is not giving any signs of fading away; about to release their thirteenth studio album ‘To Be Kind’, after the widely acclaimed ‘The Seer’ brought them back amongst Today’s critical darlings. They head our loop this week with the mindblowing album’s first taster ‘A Little God In My Hands’.

A soul-infused edition with new stars of the genre SZA and Jesse Boykins III being the two highest entries; next to new tracks by How To Dress Well; Lana Del Rey; Thee Oh Sees and the main theme from the next Superman sequel, performed by Alicia Keys with Kendrick Lamar.

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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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Daft Punk Teams Up With Panda Bear In Album Standout

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Our favourite moment off Daft Punk‘s world conquering new album, in which the popular Gallic robots team up with Animal Collective’s Panda Bear for the irresistible ‘Doin’ It Right’, takes over the honour position this week.

Kanye West‘s first taster from his new work is the highest debut, next to brand new tracks by the likes of Neon Neon; Chvrches; Disclosure and the reunion of Goodie Mob helped by the always lively presence of Janelle Monáe.

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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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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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#Roberawards Film Nominations 2012: Best Actress

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#Roberawards Nominations 2012: Return Of The Year

Our next category belongs to those who have taken their time to release a new record with results having been all the better for it. The nominees for best comeback of 2012 are: veteran British songwriter Bill Fay gave us his fourth album on a 45-year career; soul legend Bobby Womack, after last year’s collaboration with Damon Albarn’s superproject Gorillaz, recruited the Blur-meister himself to produce his long awaited return; alternative songstress Fiona Apple offering what’s been regarded by many as her most accomplished work to date; Canadian activist combo Godspeed You! Black Emperor bringing back their apocalyptic sounds to soundtrack our troubled times; their fellow Canadian legend Leonard Cohen gave us his excellent 12th studio album after his rapturously received live world tour and Britpop’s finest Saint Etienne delivering another superb collection of well-crafted pop songs as if time had not passed since their chart days.

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#Roberawards Nominations 2012: Dance Anthem

The next category is dedicated to check the dance floor out for our favourite dance tunes of the last twelve months. The nominated anthems this year come from an R&B heartthrob who surprisingly delivered one of the most acclaimed mixtapes in recent times, whose standout track was reworked by DJ of the year Ryan Hemsworth; a British solo artist revisiting the spirit of Arthur Russell and teaming-up with the mighty US combo Trouble Funk; a classic house-infused Hot Chip spin-off project; a ground-breaking collaboration between Montreal producer/DJ Lunice and Glaswegian electronic act Hudson Mowhake; an irresistibly upbeat track from Norway’s most in demand DJ;and another Scottish wunderkid, purveyor of chirpy electronica and chip music.

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#Roberawards Nominations 2012: Cover Version

Next category up in our nominations is best cover version. The selection of artists paying tribute to their musical references while adding some of their own personality to the original creations features Bill Fay’s stripping down the Wilco classic ‘Jesus etc.’; Sinead O’ Connor adding epic vocals to John Grant’s emotional ‘Queen Of Denmark’; Neneh Cherry’s new venture with The Thing jazzing Suicide’s ‘Dream Baby Dream’ up; Afghan Whigs’ lead singer Greg Dulli reinterpreting Leonard Cohen; Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti lo-fi rendition of vintage teen pop siblings Joe & Donny Emerson and Chomatics’ brave attempt to bring Neil Young’s iconic ‘Into the Black’ to the XXI century.

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Summer Recap: Best Albums Spotify Playlist

For a year that is not giving us many joys, musical or otherwise, the summer season did bring its share of surprises. From dazzling debuts (Frank Ocean; Jessie Ware) to unexpected returns to form (Swans; Nas); long-awaited follow-ups (The xx; How To Dress Well) to brand new works by some of yoday’s movers and shakers in alternative music (Grizzly Bear; Dirty Projectors; Animal Collective; Ariel Pink). Altogether, they formed an eclectic soundtrack to the estival season that’s just finished. To wrap it up in style, here’s our selection of the best albums released over the last three months.

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