Natalie Bergman Talks To The Lord From The Top Of The Loop

Sounding like a missing link between the worlds of indie and gospel spirituals, one of the latest signees to Jack White’s label Third Man records, Natalie Bergman is this week’s #1 in our loop with ‘Talk To The Lord.’ Catalonian duo Maria Arnal i Marcel Bagés and British post-punk band Black Country, New Road complete the Top 3.

The highest new entry is by a new k-pop female star CHUNG HA. Other debuts in this edition are the latest tracks by Paul Woolford & Amber Mark; Cassandra Jenkins; Lost Girls; Dawn Richard; Iceage; Tash Sultana; Los Planetas; José González; Griff; Porridge Radio feat. Piglet; Leon Vynehall; King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard; Buscabulla; Justine Skye feat. Timbaland… and a remix by Thundercat of one of the songs in HAIM‘s acclaimed latest album. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Derby Motoreta’s Burrito Kachimba New #1 In The Loop

Describing their style as ‘kinkidelia’, mix of flamenco and psychedelia, Andalusian rock band Derby Motoreta’s Burrito Kachimba gets to the top of our weekly chart with their latest track, ‘Gitana.’ They are followed by FKA twigs feat. Headie One; & Fred again and Cassandra Jenkins who complete the Top 3.

Hip-hop superstar Cardi B‘s new hit leads the week’s new entries with offerings by Dry Cleaning; Gabriel Garzón-Montano feat. Jamila Woods; slowthai feat. Skepta; Django Django feat. Charlotte Gainsbourg; Kiwi jr.; La Femme; Smino feat. Saba; Dua Lipa; Sharon Van Etten; SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE:; Iceage; Conector feat. Lido Pimienta… and the return of alternative female songwriter Liz Phair. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Margot ‘Falling In Between Days’ #1 In The Loop

South London Indie band Margot finds hope in trouble times with their new single ‘Falling In Between Days’, reaching this week’s top position in our chart. Slowthai feat. A$AP Rocky and Cassandra Jenkins complete the Top 3.

The return of acclaimed Catalonian duo Maria Arnal i Marcel Bagés is the highest new entry, followed by new songs by Julien Baker; Black Country, New Road; Natalie Bergman; Jane Birkin; Allie X; Kira Skov feat. Bonnie Prince Billy; Buzzy Lee; The Weather Station; CHAI; Palehound; Freddie Gibbs feat. ScHoolboy Q… and a collaboration between Aussie veteran songwriter Julia Stone with Matt Berninger. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jane Birkin & Etienne Daho Bring French Drama To The Loop


French icon Jane Birkin has a new album, whose title track, “Oh! Pardon tu dormais…” a Gainsbourg-esque duet with veteran songwriter Etienne Daho about a couple’s fading relationship, is this week’s #1. Young rapper Navy Blue and another duet, between R&B stars Jazmine Sullivan & H.E.R, complete the Top 3.

The return of exotic dancer and electronica artists FKA Twigs featuring Headie One & Fred Again is the highest new entry, followed by the latest offerings by Smino; Califato ¾; serpentwithfeet; Derby Motoreta’s Burrito Kachimba; DJ Chose feat. Gucci Mane; Rigoberta Bandini; Ohtis feat. Stef Chura; Xiu Xiu feat. Liz Harris; Arlo Parks; Nilüfer Yanya; Tune-Yards; Gordi feat. Helado Negro… and an unreleased track by SOPHIE whose accidental death this weekend has shocked the pop world. ‘UNISIL’ unexpectedly serves as a tribute to one of the most innovative voices in popular music who sadly passed away at the age of 34. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Best Films Of 2020

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2020 began its film business as usual among news of record box office attendance and the ongoing conversations about lack of diversity and inclusion in the industry; the male-female big divide; the increasing weight of digital platforms… Sundance gave way to the typical arguments about the state of US Indies; the Oscar frontrunners hinted at a Scorsese versus Tarantino battle; the Berlinale, flaunting a brand new director, Carlo Chatrian, announced new sections and a revamped line-up on its official competition, full of renowned auteurs.

Sundance’s slate proved to be a bit lacklustre -if anticipating at a quite strong year for documentaries and launching one of this year’s Oscars favourites in ‘Minari’; Korean director Bong Joon-Ho’s ‘Parasite’ took the Academy awards by surprise and swept the board; the Berlinale’s impressive line-up wasn´t all that the names included on its selection anticipated it would be, yet it delivered two of the year’s finest with the latest works by Kelly Reichardt and Tsai Ming-Liang. But fate had other plans and despite those minor surprises and upsets, we can only look at it all now invaded by the nostalgia of which feels like golden days long time gone. Shortly afterwards COVID happened, bringing the world to a halt with its lockdowns, social distancing, business shutting down or being put on hold and a change in everyday life for everyone, among the endless pain and suffering it has caused. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Loop Turns This Week Into A Weather Station

Canadian folk rock band The Weather Station reach #1 position in our chart with ‘Atlantic,’ the second taster from their new album ‘Ignorance’. Last week’s chart toppers Los Planetas and Jay Prince complete the Top 3.

Cassandra Jenkins is the highest new entry on a week with many strong debuts by the likes of Billie Eilish feat. ROSALÍA; Burial feat. Four Tet & Thom Yorke; Madlib; Heathered Pearls feat. Terrence Dixon; Kate Davis; Westerman; John Grant; Ariana Grande feat. Doja Cat & Megan Thee Stallion; AriBeatz feat. Ozuna & Soolking; Danny L Harle feat. DJ Danny; Pom Poko… and the comeback of veteran noise rockers Mogwai. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Los Planetas Bring Negationism To The Loop

Veteran Spanish indie band Los Planetas scores a new #1 in our chart with ‘El Negacionista,’ an ironic and critical song against the conspiranoid misinformation manufactured by the ultra right that’s wrecking our media and weakening our societies. The return of dubstep pioneer Burial and experimental hip-hop poet Moor Mother feat. billy woods & Wolf Weston complete the Top 3.

In a very Spanish-flavoured edition, the surprise collaboration between C. Tangana and Toquinho is the highest new entry. Followed by the new songs by Lana Del Rey; Julien Baker; Taylor Swift feat. HAIM; Playboi Carti; Jane Weaver; Stereolab; CARM feat. Sufjan Stevens; Margot; REYKO; Steve Earle; Sleaford Mods feat. Amy Taylor; Kurt Vile; Jane Birkin feat. Étienne Daho; Ashnikko feat. Kelis… and the return of the always controversial female rapper Azealia Banks feat. Slim Dollars. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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First Loop Of The Year: 2021 Preview

After the Christmas gap, our first loop of 2021 is a mix of a few important releases we missed during our absence and tasters from some of the most anticipated albums of the next months. Taylor Swift is our first number one of the year with ‘Dorothea,’ one of the standout tracks from ‘evermore,’ the surprise album she released before Christmas from the same sessions of her acclaimed and Rober Awards multiple nominee ‘folklore.’ She is followed by Bad Bunny, another of last year’s most notable artists, who also released another album, and Playboi Carti in a duet with Kanye West from his strong comeback work.

Among those new records expected to see the light of day during the next weeks, the long awaited returns of Sleaford Mods; Burial; Arab Strap; Los Planetas; Moor Mother; Lykke Li; SZA; Troye Sivan; Kelsey Lu; Gal Costa; Darkside; The Weather Station.., tracks from much anticipated debut works from the likes of p4rkr; Arlo Parks; Pia Mia; Channel Tres; Virgil Abloh; Saweetie… and a bunch of surpise collaborations such as JPEGMAFIA feat. Denzel Curry; Litte Dragon & Moses Sumney or Bill Callahan & Bonny Prince Billy, who have continued unveiling their joint covers album, with extra guests in each tracks, the latest of which is Ty Segall. Not a bad start for a year we deeply hope will help rebuilding most of what 2020 took away. Check Our Loop in full here. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Hidden Gems From The Top 50 Albums of 2020

Before both the announcement of this year’s Rober Awards nominations and the Christmas break, this week we have a special edition of our weekly chart with lesser-known gems from our Top 50 albums of 2020. 51 great tracks as the Number one is shared by the two albums released from our favourite mysterious British collective Sault.

Among our selections, Fiona Apple‘s career-best return; Taylor Swift embracing indie and giving us the unlikely album of the summer with the black and white, nostalgy-filled vignettes of ‘folklore’; Lido Pimienta exploring her Colombian roots with astonishing results; Bad Boy cementing his status as the Latin world’s number one superstar and Phoebe Bridgers delivering the indie, if that still exists, album of the year. Check The music that made this year a bit more bearable here. Read the rest of this entry »

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#BestOf2020 : Top 50 Albums

After the ranking of our favourite tracks, the time has now come to have a look at the albums that helped us made this year a bit more bearable.

And the Rober Awards Best Albums of 2020 are… Read the rest of this entry »

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#BestOf2020 : Top 100 Tracks (25-1)

And the fourth and final part of our favourite 100 songs of the year (25-1) features the cream of Puerto Rico`s bad boys of rap; Britpop-grunge revival; anti-racism protest songs; a prolific enigmatic British collective; country’s biggest comeback; female sexuality rap anthems; k-pop bubblegum; America´s sweetheart gone indie; Spanish urban rumba; a song from Miss Colombia; future nostalgia with big collaborations; the top streamed song getting a last minute remix with surprise guest; the missing link between Britney and Korn; the song described by some as reggaeton’s own ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and at #1 ‘…The End.’

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#BestOf2020 : Top 100 Tracks (50-26)


The third pàrt of our favourite songs of 2020 (75-51) features, among others, the hottest female rapper of the year in a duo with the biggest R&B star of our times; three alt. americana legends covering Hank Williams, Jr.; glitchcore’s finest; the eeriest live gig of the year; k-pop sensations; moving confinement songs; Soweto jazz via London electronica; an ex Disney star recovering the mash-up; a hardcore veteran recovering his rage against Trump’s America; an Antifa anthem from Chile; the current most popular UK pop star…

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#BestOf2020: Top 100 Tracks (75-51)


The second pàrt in the countdown of our favourite songs of the year (50-26) features a track from the longest-awaited hip-hop debut album ever and another by one of the genre’s recent breakthrough artists who sadly passed away; reggae’s latest female revelation; Colombian/American electronica; two of Africa’s brightest young pop stars; an Aussie diva gone all disco; electronic post-punk dance revisionists; US folk rock and the debut song by the second member of The xx who begins a solo career…

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#BestOf2020 : Top 100 Tracks (100-76)


101-KAROL G. FEAT. NICKI MINAJ
Tusa
(Universal Music Latino)

We begin our end of the year review a little bit early, but considering how it has unfolded no one could blame us for wanting it to finish asap, hopefully moving from the year of the pandemia onto the year of the vaccine. A time marked by the social distance needed to keep the bug at bay has meant an almost total lockdown of presential cultural activities, tours cancelled, clubs and bars shut down, all on top of the pain and anxiety this situation has inflicted upon us. Good news is that, perhaps due to the confinements, many of us had more time to explore what music had on offer and this has been a surprisingly good year for it in which streaming and online activities came to the rescue, offering some relief amongst the harsh circumstances.

And although the growing concerns of recent years about the creative decadence in most traditional genres such as rock, electronica, hip-hop and even urban, whose denomination had to be sacrificed due to political correctness and changed to progressive R&B, music has proven resilient and looks to be in a state of, how Dua Lipa would put it, future nostalgia, where everything is revisited and repurposed to be enjoyed by new audiences.

Not the best year for innovation then, but the popular music landscape in 2020 showed both a perfect way for escapism and a voice for cultural and social concerns. On the escapist front, pop stars from Asia and, above all, Latin America -beating records in streaming platform and making of Puerto Rico a new cradle for music talent to rival London, Brooklyn, Tokyo or Seoul- kept on stealing the traditional anglo-saxon predominance. On the socially conscious one, the aboundance of new forms of protest song fighting the big political battles of our time, either police brutality, racism, totalitarism, white supremacism, female and LGBTI inequalities… as well as some rather brilliant works recorded during or dealing with this confinement have brought renewed energy and relevance to the much maligned and uber commercialized state of pop.

In terms of what is new and groundbreaking, Jazz seems to be again the sound that is experienced the biggest expansion. It´s influence being felt everywhere, not just in R&B and hip-hop records, but in a new generation of brilliant musicians becoming popular. Afro-pop got the honourable silver medal, after Beyoncé´s latest videoalbum extravaganza introduced some of the biggest pop stars of the black continent to the world, many of them suitably having their go at international recognition. In other order of things, a few -perhaps fewer that it should have been- of our favourite artists proved their good shape, with a few new others knocking at greatness’ door. All of which has created an incredibly diverse year for music which we will further discuss about when we publish out Top 50 albums.

Now it’s time to look back at the 100 songs that we enjoyed the most and, following the tradition, we begin with the symbolic number 101; usually reserved for one of the year’s guilty pleasures representing the state of mainstream music. This year is by Latin female star KAROL G and her international breakout hit ‘Tusa,’ which features Nicki Minaj, who has lended her rhyming talents to some of the year’s biggest hits, happily ending the streak of bad luck her career endured in 2019.

Here’s the countdown of our favourite songs of 2020. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did compiling it.
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