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Our Loop Is Back With Otha On Top

We begin 2019 with a bit of cobwebs’ shaking. After a long hiatus, we recover our former section In the Loop, a weekly Top 40 with out favorite new tracks.

And the first number one in our brand new loop is Norwegian producer Othalie Husøy, better known as Otha. Her stripped-down, electronica-infused pop tunes remind us of Junior Boys or the best artist in the Italians Do It Better catalogue. Her second single, prophetically named ‘I’m On Top,’ literally tops the first edition of this new era for our chart.

Otha is closely followed by some tracks released at the end of 2018, London dance team CliQ featuring the vocals or Mrs. Banks and Alika setting the clubs on fire with ‘Anything I Do’ and the poptastic DIY indie band from County Durham, Martha, anticipating their third album with ‘Heart Is Healing.’ Two female vocalists, one American, Jessica Pratt, and one Frech, Charlotte Gainsbourg, complete the Top 5.

The rest of the chart has a mix of tracks from some of the most awaiting artists and albums of 2019, among them D’Angelo; Flohio with Clams Casino; Men I Trust; Young M.A.; Unloved; Deerhunter; Sharon Van Etten; Lana Del Rey and Beirut and veterans announcing their returns, such as Meat Puppets; Patty Griffin; Los Planetas teaming up with Niño De Elche for their new project Fuerza Nueva, and Mercury Rev who, next to some of the most acclaimed female vocalists -Hope Sandoval; Norah Jones; Laetitia Sadier; etc, reinterpret Bobbie Gentry’s album The Delta Sweete.

The rise of latin pop and urban music is well represented by the likes of Bad Bunny; Yung Beef; Ozuna and Melii and even a rarity by Radiohead made this week’s selection.

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Whitney Get No Woman


Whitney, the band formed two Smith Westerns members (one of them was also Unknown Music Orchestra) are this week’s #1 in our loop with ‘No Woman’, a sweet folk-rock number that could stand up proudly in any playlist next to Bon Iver or Woods.

Highest debut of the week is James Blake‘s magnificent comeback, followed by the latest from Junior Boys; Jeff Buckley covering The Smiths; Rhain; Purling Hiss; Kevin Gates; Beyoncé; Adam Green; Cat’s Eyes and Arca’s new collaboration with Shayne Oliver under the moniker Wench.

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Smoking Cuban Cigars With WALL


New York’s coolest new band, WALL, hit the top of our loop with ‘Cuban Cigars’, a standout moment off their No Wave infused self-titled debut EP.

Highest debut of the week is a new song by Sound of 2016 Rober Award winners, Philadelphian rockers Sheer Mag. They are followed by new offerings from the likes of Dawn Richard​ ; Parquet Courts ; Animal Collective ; Porches ; Bunji Garlin; Drake ; Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and the notable collaboration between Aussie electronic producer Flume and Vince Staples.

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PJ Harvey Wheels Our Loop

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PJ Harvey‘s spectacular comeback track ‘The Wheel’ rockets to our loop’s #1 this week, paving the way for one of the most anticipated albums of 2016, ‘The Hope Six Demolition Project’.

Our chart’s format is changing. There will be less songs on it, but hopefully, will still contain a good selection of the best new music around. The highest entry this week is the first collaboration between Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar; followed by new tracks from Four Tet with Champion; Father John Misty; Archy Marshall; Kedr Livanskiy; Liime; Gun Outfit; Alice Cohen; Jessy Lanza; Whitey, the return of Iggy Pop and the Tortoise/Yo La Tengo connection.

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Bowie’s Last Opus Tops The Loop Again


The greatness of David Bowie‘s last album, as well as the thousands of tributes happening around of the globe, helped ‘Dollar Signs’, another highlight from ‘Blackstar’, to reach the top of our loop above the likes of Kendrick Lamar or Kanye West.

This week’s new edition is also packed with brand new releases, among them PJ Harvey‘s long awaited comeback single; Future‘s new mixtape; Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billie covering Prince; newcomers Elf Kid; Tófa; Charlie Hilton; Wall; Fat White Family; Aristophanes TW; Misun Feat. Gil The Kid, next to more established names such as Prince Rama; Diiv; Bleached; Chairlift; Robert Pollard; Matthew E. White feat. Natalie Prass; School Of Seven Bells; Suede and and another Vampire Weekend member gone solo, this time is Rostam.

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Posse Psych Up Our Loop


Seattle psych rockers Posse with the B-side of their new 7′ ‘Voices’ is the new #1 in our loop, heading an edition that is still in mourning for David Bowie, one of whose great last album’s moments, ‘Dollar Days’ is the highest debut.

New releases from some of the most eagerly awaited albums of the year keep on flooding our chart, amongst them tracks by Kendrick Lamar; both Kanye West‘s latest and its Erykah Badu rework; Anderson Paak; Porches; Bob Mould; Woods; Fangoria; The Last Shadow Puppets; Explosions In The Sky; Blood Orange with Nelly Furtado; Wet; Prins Thomas; Jimi Tents; Mogwai and two brand new supergroups: Nevermen (comprised by Mike Patton; Tunde Adebimpe and Doseone) remixed by Boards Of Canada; and LNZNDRF, the second spin off The National we have heard in recent time.

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The Loop Begins 2016 In Mourning For Bowie


Waking up to the horrible news of David Bowie‘s death due to cancer, this should have been a celebratory post highlighting the Thin White Duke’s heading the first loop of 2016 with ‘Lazarus’ the excellent second single from his magnificent swan song ‘Blackstar’. Instead serves as a mourning for his shocking loss to cancer.

One of the biggest heroes in rock history, through the decades his chameleon ways went through endless reinventions, so influential and present everywhere Today that popular music wouldn’t be the same without his iconic body of work. Bowie has left us on a high, with his best work for years, and will be forever remembered by the lucky generations which enjoy his groundbreaking creations and the future ones who will certainly be revisiting his incomparable artistic legacy. R.I.P. David Robert Jones.

The first new loop of the year is a special edition previewing some of the best music 2016 is delivering, featuring new tracks by some of its most eagerly anticipated records: Kanye West, Radiohead (their terrific Bond theme they rejected to give the gig to ..ehem..Sam Smith); Pusha T; Savages; The Weeknd; Wild Nothing; Yeasayer; Damien Jurado; Katy B feat. Four Tet & Floating; LCD Soundsystem; Tove Lo; Hinds; Chairlift: Archy Marshall (better known as King Crule)..

And some new names you are likely to be listening to during the next twelve months. Among them, Archy Marshall; Sofi Tukker; Little Simz feat. Bibi Bourelly; Tate Kobang; She-Devils; Marlon Williams; Novelist; dvsn; Hinds and Charles.

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Grimes & Janelle Monáe Lead The Last Loop Of 2015

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Two of our favourite female artists, Grimes and Janelle Monáe, join forces in ‘Venus Fly’ and reach the top of the last loop of the year, before we begin our annual best of recap. The track is taken from the young Canadian star’s acclaimed second album ‘Art Angels.’

Post-hardcore Brooklyn quartet Big Ups is the highest entry on an edition that features both a glimpse into some of the next years’ most anticipating releases: Antony’s courting with electronica through his new monkiker, Anohni; Animal Collective; Erykah Badu feat. Andre 3000; Chupa Cabra; dvsn; Chairlift; Aesop Rock with Homeboy Sandman; Lucas DiPasquale with Popcaan; Suede and M. Ward among them.

And also features last minute tracks released by some of the biggest artist of the year, as a reminder to take them in consideration for best of lists, such as Kendrick Lamar; Bjórk; Fetty Wap; Oneohtrix Point Never; plus the return of Phoenix, teaming up with Bill Murray on a version of a Beach Boys track for the Hollywood star’s Netflix Xmas special.

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Marlon Williams’ Miss Lonesome #1 In The Loop


An alternative songwriter from New Zealand, Marlon Williams, is this week’s #1 in our loop with his country-rock infused new single ‘Hello Miss Lonesome’, taken from his eponymous first solo album (in studio), which may help global audiences discover his talents.

A new edition packed with the last batch of new releases before the typical end of the year recaps arrive. Freddie Gibbs feat. Black Thought is the highest entry, followed closely by up and coming female singer Eddie Front; Sophie with another highlight from their unusually packaged new album; a track by Dr. Dre not included in his return opus ‘Compton’; new supergroup Rangda; Tame Impala, supporting their excellent latest album with a great new video; the returns of M.I.A; John Cale; Tricky; Wild Nothing; Lunice; Miike Snow collaborating with Run The Jewels and the surprise brand new EP by Foo Fighters, dedicated to the victims of the terrible tragedy in Paris.

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The Loop Is Diving With Joanna Newsom

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After her all-conquering live shows in London and teaching Larry King how to play the harp on TV, Joanna Newsom is back to the top of our loop with ‘Divers’, the title track from her masterful fourth album, delivered with a beautiful video directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. This is the pair’s their second collaboration after Newsom’s role on his latest feature’Inherent Vice’

Spanish singer Soleá Morente, daughter of the legendary Flamenco singer Enrique Morente, is this week’s highest entry with her indie take on the classic Sevillanas subgenre. Other high entries are the latest project by Jonny Greenwood “Junun”; The return of David Bowie with ‘Blackstar’ and his disturbing eight minute video; the spectacular duet between Grimes and Janelle Monáe and the latest tracks by So Pitted; D∆WN; Savages; POLIÇA; Baroness; Junior Boys: New Order feat. La Roux; Future, doing the theme track for the new Rocky film “Creed”; Lana Del Rey covering Daniel Johnston, among many others.

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Grimes Fills The Loop With Art Angels


Canadian alternative poppet Grimes tops the new edition of our loop with her Avril Lavigne-esque power pop anthem ‘Flesh Without Blood’, from her widely acclaimed second album ‘Art Angels’.

Highest entry of the week is by Kiwi alt-country star Marlon Williams, whose controversial video is raising eyebrows for its full nudity and violent content. He’s followed by a pre-christmas avalanche of new releases featuring the latest tracks by Tindersticks with Lhasa de Sela; The Big Pink; Erykah Badu; The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart; Frankie Cosmos; JT The Goon; Bibio; Aphex Twin; J-Lin; J Ralph With Antony; Lizzo; Hinds; Daugher; Banks and two returning hip-hop legends: Pusha T and Missy Elliott teaming up with Pharrell for her long delayed comeback.

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Savages Have The Answer


London post-punkers Savages top the latest edition of our loop with ‘The Answer’, the first taster from their eagerly anticipated second album, ‘Adore Life’, to be released next January.

Highest debut this week is Oneohtrix Point Never‘s new track ‘Sticky Drama’ -don’t miss its amazing video-; followed by the latest offerings from Eleanor Friedberger; Beach Slang; Okzharp Feat. Manthe; Connan Mockasin & Devonte Hynes; Chance The Rapper Feat. Saba; Jeremih; DIIV; Blanck Mass; the return of Jeff Lynne’s ELO; two US alternative icons, Paul Westerberg and Julianna Hatfiend, joining forces as The I Don’t Cares; plus two top-notch versions: CHROMATICS‘ multiple rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’ and Natalie Prass covering Anita Baker’s ‘Caught Up In The Rapture’.

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Beach House Thank Their Lucky Stars

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Just when the critics were panning their recent work ‘Depression Cherry’ as the sound of a tired band, Beach House shuts everybody down with their magnificent surprise new album ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’, a far superior collection earning unanimous acclaim for the Baltimore trio once again. One of its standout tracks, ‘One Thing’, makes it to the top of the loop this week.

Highest new entry is the title track from Joanna Newsom‘s new masterpiece ‘Divers’, already a clear contender for album of the year. Next to her, the latest songs by Grimes ; Jesu & Sun Kil Moon; Blood Orange; Kendrick Lamar ; Princess Century: Hazte Lapón; Martin Courtney; El Vy; Seinabo Sey; Greys; Alessia Cara and the colaboration between supergroup Soldiers Of Fortune and Pavement’s legend Stephen Malkmus.

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The Loop Gets Glitzy With Neon Indian


Neon Indian is back on top of the loop with the irresistibly danceable ‘The Glitzy Hive’, the third loop-topper from his terrific new album, the Suicide tribute-titled “VEGA INTL. Night School’.

The Long awaited return of Savages, ‘The Answer’, is the highest entry, next to brand new tracks by Oneohtrix Point Never; Nao; Shearwater; Chairlift; Sufjan Stevens; Porches; Shopping; The Bug; Vanessa Carlton; Junior Boys; Jeezy feat. Janelle Monáe; Merchandise with Dum Dum Girls and the fusion jazz surprise collaboration of the year, the legendary Bobby Caldwell & Jack Splash under the moniker Cool Uncle, featuring Jessie Ware‘s silky vocals.

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