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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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André 3000 Joins Frank Ocean In Loop Topper

The strongest candidate to get the honours as 2012’s album of the year, Frank Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’ keeps on topping our loop with its many highlights. This time is his collaboration with ex-Outkast André 300 in the touchingly soulful ‘Pink Matter’.

Another new soul crooner, Miguel, is the week’s highest entry, next to some other up and coming artists such as AlunaGeorge; Nathan Fake; Azealia Banks and Kendrick Lamar, teaming up with Young Jeezy on his new track.

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Holidays In Spain: The Songs Of Summer

It’s taken a long while, but looks like summer may be finally arriving to British shores. To celebrate it, we’ve compiled a spotify playlist with an anthology of the annual Spanish institution that is “La Cancion Del Verano” (literally, the song of the summer), jumping backwards and forwards through decades and genres to bring all those Mediterranean memories back to mind. Our selection ranges from the (mostly) ridiculous to the (occasionally) sublime, leaving plenty of room to accomodate the cream of the national superstars mixed with global one hit wonders; tanned heartbreakers, talentless bimbos; beach boys; dance crazes and colourful eurodancers that have amused us all these years. As good old George Michael said in the title of one of his albums, “Listen Without Prejudice” and Enjoy!

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The Loop Hangs Loose With Alabama Shakes

The much acclaimed R&B rock combo Alabama Shakes becomes the latest act to top the loop with ‘Hang Loose’, a standout from their debut album ‘Boys & Girls’.

British electronica wizard Actress; Chromatics; Kanye West with mates Pusha T, 2 Chainz & Big Sean or one of The Flaming Lips collaborations with heady fwends, the one featuring Nick Cave, are among the highest entries of this edition; whereas Twin Shadow and Blues Control bring on the freebies.

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Playlists Galore: Best Tracks Of The Year – Ongoing

To celebrate that Spotify is allowing everybody to embed their music, here’s our Rober Awards 2012 official playlists to date. First one is the best tracks of 2012, which will continue to be regularly updated until the end of the year. Then we will trim it to show only our favourites. So far Burial; Beach House; Django Django & Jai Paul have all made an big impression in our loop and their songs kickstart a playlist including over 250 tracks to date. Enjoy!

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Dirty Projectors Shoot Again With ‘Gun Has No Trigger’

The return of Brooklyn art-rock combo Dirty Projectors with the first taste from the follow-up to Rober Award nominated album ‘Bitte Orca’ tops the loop this week.

Beach House; band of the moment Alabama Shakes and Killer Mike’s collaboration with El-P are some of the highest entries, whereas Unicorn Kid; Major Lazer and Laurel Halo provide the best freebies.

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Django Django Rise Like A Comet In Our Loop

British band Django Django topped our loop this week with ‘Hail Bop’, our favourite track in their excellent self-titled album, one of the most accomplished debuts of the year so far.

Brand new offerings by Jai Paul ; Dirty Projectors and Liars are this edition’s strongest entries; whereas classic electronic act DNTEL provides the only noteworthy free download of the past seven days.

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The Men Unleash Their Inner Animal

The Men finally get to top our loop with ‘Animal’, another standout track from their excellent second album ‘Open Your Heart’.

Top collaborations between Killer Mike & Scar ; Azealia Banks & Diplo or Amadeu & Mariam with TVOTR’s Tunde & Kyp are among this edition’s highest entries. In the freebie department: Action Bronson and the whole of the new Chilean pop firmament as featured in the Joven Y Alocada soundtrack.

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Vote In The 2011 Rober Awards Music Poll

The 2011 Rober Awards Music Poll is now open for everyone to cast their vote. Our poll reaches its 30th anniversary edition with all-time favourite PJ Harvey getting nominated for a total of 6 categories thanks to her recent classic ‘Let England Shake’.

Electronica wizard James Blake follows closely with a total of 5 Nominations, whereas US alt-folk greats Bon Iver; Dan Bejar-led project Destroyer and leftfield hip-hop band Shabazz Palaces earned four each.

Other multiple nominees are Clams Casino; Frank Ocean; Nicolas Jaar; Real Estate; St. Vincent; The Weeknd and Tune-Yards.

The music polls will be closing on January the 31st. You can enter the poll here.

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Nominations 2011: Best Female Artist


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Nominations 2011: Best Pop Act


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Nominations 2011: Soul/R&B


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Nominations 2011: Cutting Edge


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