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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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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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