Archive for July, 2011

Lil B Gay & Happily Storms The Loop

After a series of acclaimed mixtapes, Hip-Hop’s latest revelation Lil B has finally released his album ‘I’m Gay (I’m Happy)’, generously giving it away for those who cannot pay for it. One of its standout tracks, ‘I Seen That Light’, is our favourite song this week.

Highest new entries are the hotly anticipated collaboration between Jay-Z & KanYe West; and a track from Americana’s legend Gillian Welch new effort; as well as new downloads by M83; Dum Dum Girls and Toro Y Moi , who cover in her latest EP Cherelle’s 80s classic ‘Saturday Love’.

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The Loop Gets Washed Out

The summery, chilled vibes of Washed Out get to pole position in our chart. ‘Amor Fati’ is available as a free download, previewing the artist’s acclaimed first full-lenght work ‘Within And Without’.

Many other quality freebies make the loop this week, with new entries by Real Estate; Veronica Falls; Wooden Shjips; Still Corners; Elite Gymnastics and Miracle Fortress also available for free downloading. Bon Iver and rapper Common also got strong debuts.

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John Maus Heads For The Top

Ariel Pink’s former collaborator John Maus brings his lo-fi philosophical ideas to the top of the lop. ‘Head For The Country’ is the second single from his excellent new album “We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves”.

This weeks we see new entries by math-rock stars Battles , teaming up with synth pop legend Gary Numan ; controversial rapper Lil B finally launching his debut album “I’m Gay (I’m Happy)” and free downloads by the ethereal Active Child; Berlin electronic act Apparat and another rapper, LLoyd , courting controversy by overusing the word ‘pussy’ in his summer hit ‘Dedication To My Ex’.

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Monogamy In Ghana: From The Dancefloor To The Loop

“Shashee Wowo”, the infectious Ghanaian smash whose lyrics are a cautionary tale against the dangers of sleeping around, has conquered the loop in full “summer song” style. Rising African star Stay Jay is the culprit.

To keep on global hopping through big messages, Iceland’s biggest pop export, Björk, is back with a bang thanks to ‘Crystalline’, the first taster from her nature awareness project ‘Biophilia’; other new entries this weeks are new tracks by Wilco; Radiohead and Bon Iver’s covering Bonnie Raitt.

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