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Röyksopp & Robyn Do It Again

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Last time Norwegian electronica duo Röyksopp joined forces with Swedish pop vocalist Robyn, they went to earn a nomination for song of the year in our awards with ‘The Girl & The Robot’. Their Scandinavian connection is back, this time for a whole album and a tour that’s bound to be one of this festival season’s main highlights. ‘Do It’, the standout track of their advance EP tops our loop this week.

New Spanish folk songstress Sílvia Pérez Cruz cover of Leonard Cohen, teaming up with Refree’s Raul Fernández Miro is the highest debut. Other strong entries are the new tracks by Sharon Van Eten; Ought; Fucked Up; La Roux; Morrissey and the new collaboration between C’amron & A-Track.

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#16-ROBYN-Body Talk (Konichiwa)

For her long awaited return, Robyn ignored the conventional rules of the industry by breaking the album in three different EPs and dropping the songs almost one by one as soon as they were being recorded, which guaranteed the constant presence of the reborn Swedish in blogs around the world. The plan was shortened by releasing a compilation of the former two EP’s plus five new songs instead of the last instalment, but it has left behind collaborations with Diplo and Snoop Dogg back to back with instant classics such as ‘Dancing On My Own’ or ‘Hang With Me’. Altogether it inclued some of the finest contemporary pop music we’ve heard since her eponymous album.

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#5-ROBYN-Dancing On My Own (Konichiwa)

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#59-ROBYN-Hang With Me (Konichiwa)

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Listening Posts: Autumn Preview

September has arrived shaking off the cobwebs of popular music after the quieter summer period. It promises to be as loaded of new and interesting releases as usual. The normal listening post destinations are this week fuming with preview streamings of some of the highest profile albums of the new season. This is our recap of the most interesting ones. Most of them are up for a limited time only, so if you got some time to spare just go, listen and enjoy.

Among all of them, is MySpace the site that has our most awaited record on offer: ‘Grinderman 2’, the second instalment of the Nick Cave & Bad Seeds spin-off project, in which the veteran musicians go and swim in drone, prog and psychedelic waters shaping up another excellent opus. MySpace this week also boasts streams of the new albums by Weezer, named after the character from the ‘Lost’ series ‘Hurley’ and a self-titled effort by Interpol.

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Robyn Hangs Back On Top

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Robyn is back on top of the loop with the preview track for the second instalment of her Body Parts EP trilogy. ‘Hang With Me’ is another surefire smash that will join the Swedish’s seemingly endless string of hits.

Entries this week include new songs by Arcade Fire; Menomena; Cut Copy and Grinderman, among many others.

You can check the loop in full here.

An extended selection of our current favourite tracks can also be heard @ our hype machine page.

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Panda Bear’s Return Storms To The Top The Loop

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The most popular animal of the collective, Panda Bear, storms his way to the top of our loop with the double A single ‘Tomboy/Slow Motion’ previewing the follow-up to his acclaimed solo debut ‘Person’s Pitch’.

New tracks from the unstoppably prolific Swedish star Robyn and shoegazer extraordinaire Bradford Cox, anticipating a new record with his band Deerhunter, are the highest entries of the week.

You can check the loop in full here.

An extended selection of our current favourite tracks can also be heard @ our hype machine page.

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The Week That Was (19-06-2010): The Roots; Dominique Young Unique; The Vaselines; Julian Lynch…

Summer is here and the record industry is rushing its schedule before the season break. As usual, plenty of album streaming action, beginning with our favorite Swedish pop star. ROBYN offered ‘Body Talk Part 1’ the first of three mini albums she plan to launch over 2010, through her Myspace page. The nine track record contains already well known cuts such as ‘Fembot’; ‘Dancehall Queen’ or the single ‘Dancing On My Own’, one of our favorite tracks of the year so far.

And electronic masters THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS return with ‘Further’, enjoying an extra boost by the current trend digging in the sounds of electronica from the 90’s. After several misses, ‘Further’ has been saluted as some sort of creative recovery. It’s currently one of the albums that can be heard at the always reliable NPR first listen post.

NPR also offers the latest work from multidisciplinary artist LAURIE ANDERSON, who in ‘Homeland’ engages on a deep scrutiny of the current social and political state of affairs in the US. Broken Social Scene affiliate act STARS also presents their new album ‘The Five Ghost’, in which they carry on their fine blend of nicely arranged indie pop.

JULIAN LYNCH, a singer songwriter from New Jersey in the orbit of recent bands such as Ducktails and Real State presents his debut opus ‘Mare’. The album has been championed by everyone who’s anyone in the blogosphere for months and is a subdued, slow-burning grower that may require a bit of effort to get into, but doesn’t disappoint. Other notable debut from an American solo artist is ‘Learning’ by PERFUME GENIUS, the moniker under which Seattle based artist Mike Hadreas sign his records.

Two decades since their latest studio effort, New wave classics DEVO finally released their new album ‘Something For Everybody’ after months of peculiar online research to shape everything on it, from artwork to tracklist.

Other US bands offering their new albums for streaming were Spencer Krug’s most celebrated band WOLF PARADE with their ‘Expo 86’ and the eponymous debut of BLUE GIANT, formed by members of Vice Versa and other bands from the always exciting Portland scene.

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In freebie land, another healthy bunch of mixtapes and tracks were given away during the last seven days. Up and coming young female rapper DOMINIQUE YOUNG UNIQUE treated us to her latest mix, ‘Domination’, via Soundcloud. Other artistS giving away new mixtapes were half of Gnarls Barkley’s CEE-LO GREEN with his ‘Stray Bullets’ anticipating a new solo album; Romy from The XX curating a mix for The Pop Manifesto website and a look at some of the newest US bands from The Road That Goes Ever On.

The Philly hip-hop collective THE ROOTS finally got their long-time delayed new album ‘How I Got Over’ prepared and to celebrate it they have made this widget available for everyone to sample a minute of each track, plus getting a free download of one of them, ‘Doin’ It Again’. The album is making waves online for their approach to musicians of the new generation of alternative bands such as Dirty Projectors or Monsters Of Folk; even sampling Joanna Newsom in one of its tracks. A bridge that brings together two very different genres.

New lo-fi skate-punksters WAVVES keep the fire burning for the arrival of their sophomore album, ‘King Of The Beach’, which is meant to be one of the highlights of the summer. The first taste ‘Post Acid’ is being offered for free via the Green Label Sound series of MP3 gratis, where the likes of Chromeo or Neon Indian have already added their contributions.

In the UK MAGNETIC MAN, the first Dubstep supergroup formed by Benga, Skream and Artwork gives us their first track ‘Mad’ as a presentation card.

New Yorker Luke Temple’s project HERE WE GO MAGIC gives away ‘Casual’ the shimmery and colourful second single from his acclaimed second album. Newcomers TEAMS got a full EP of ethereal and exotic sounds ‘Catch Pool’ available for nothing. And Kurt Cobain’s favourite Scottish indie band from the 80’s THE VASELINES is back with a brand new album and to make their way back to a new audience, they are previewing it with the single ‘I Hate the 80’s’.

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Robyn Dances On Top Of The Loop

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Dancing On My Own’, the first official single from Robyn’s new mini album –beginning a trilogy to be released during the year- replaces Male Bonding as number one in the loop.

One of the highlights of the third LCD Soundsystem opus and the returns of Crystal Castles and PJ Harvey are some of the new entries that will shortly challenge the Swedish reborn popstar’s privileged position.

You can check the loop in full here.
An extended selection of our current favourite tracks can also be heard @ www.hypem.com/indaloop.

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The Week That Was (18-04-2010): LCD Soundsystem; Record Store Day; Blur; PJ Harvey…

Enduring a minor delay due to the vulcanic cloud forcing us to alter our plans, we begin our review of last week’s music activity with the record that everybody is talking about. James Murphy has made available the third LCD SOUNDSYSTEM album, ‘This Is Happening’ , for streaming weeks before its released, right before their tour reaching UK shores. On a first listen it sounds more inclined towards the post-punk/rock element of the band, whereas our preferred dance/electronica part of the equation is somehow kept on a secondary level. It also includes the most obvious tribute to David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ ever made.

LA arty noise rockers HEALTH announced the release of their second remix album and launched a spooky video for ‘We Are Water’. Other artists unveiling clips worth mentioning were San Francisco’s art-pop combo The Morning Benders , putting into images ‘Promises’, another highlight off their acclaimed album ‘Big Echo’. Danish electronic meister Trentemøller with ‘Sycamore Feeling’, the first taster from the DJ’s new record; whereas fellow Danes Efterklang introduced the clip for ‘I Was Playing Drums.’

Best piece of news of the week was provided by PJ HARVEY launching out of the blue a new song in the middle of BBC political analyst Andrew Marr’s show. ‘Let England Shake’ samples The Four Lads ‘Istanbul Not Constantinople’ and in her live rendition we could watch PJ hitting that weird electronic harp she has been using in her shows for a while. Suitably for election time, the track is unusually political for our favourite artist from Dover. On the other side of the coin, worst news was the dead of legendary jazz drummer Steve Reid, joining the already long list of musicians passing away in 2010.

Around the festival circuit, the granddaddy of them all, Glastonbury, revealed this year’s line-up with Stevie Wonder, U2 and, erm, Muse topping the traditionally long and eclectic bill of participating acts. Its film counterpart in Cannes also announced this edition’s schedule with a jury presided by Tim Burton and new works by Kitano, Kiarostami, Ridley Scott, Gonzalez Iñarritu and Mike Leigh in competition.

Last week was also packed with high profile new tracks from some of the most awaited forthcoming albums, THE NATIONAL Y BAND OF HORSES amongst them. Most notoriously, ROBYN offered a triple advance from the first of the three mini albums the Swedish star plans to release during the year: the already known tracks ‘Dancehall Queen’ and ‘Fembot’, plus her new collaboration with Röyksopp, ‘Make Den Mine’.

In the realms of the anecdotic, youg Brits The XX have already made such an impact among Japanese youngsters that they’ve got a tribute band, callet The OO.

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Last Saturday was Record Day Store. The event celebrated its third edition and judging by the queues to get into London’s Rough Trade East –one of the many participant stores around the world- it was a rotund success. The East end shop offered its customers a day packed with free showcases by the likes of Ash; Caribou or LAURIE ANDERSON, who performed a Q&A session as the main character of the latest theatrical opus ‘Homeland’.

One of the highlights of the Record Shop Day was the amount of exclusive material released for the occasion. The most sought-after was Blur’s ultra limited 7” inch, containing their first studio track for over a decade, ‘Fool’s Day’. After last year’s return to the stage, the band seems to be slowly putting their differences behind and the first new fruit of this reunion is this lovely track reminiscent of some of Blur’s musical influences, particularly The Kinks. The band made the track available for download at their official website.

Other top freebies of the last seven days were given by Haunted House, one among that batch of acts who have adopted the new trend of ultra-lo fi cassette recordings and gave away the content of two of them online. Also, Mount Kimbie gave away one of the new remixes they are compiling in two 12”, The FaltyDL reconstruction of ‘Serged

US rising trio The Antlers offered a new video for the track ‘Sylvia’, at the same time than a free EP worth of new material and African legend Toumani Diabate was the latest guest in the famous ‘Black Cab Sessions’.

CARIBOU was plugging the release of their new album ‘Swim’ with a double free bonanza. The Canadians gave away a remix of one of the record’s highlights ‘Sun’ totally gratis; plus Belgium DJs Allez Allez curated a mix containing some of the band’s new tracks.

Other artists offering new mixes and mixtapes were James Murphy, whose Disco mix next to Pat Mahoney was rediscovered in the light of the third LCD Soundsystem album; Angola’s Kuduro greats Buraka Som Sistema curated their own Essential mix for the BBC; and the duet formed by Alessio Natalizia of Banjo or Freakout and Sam Willis of Allez Allez (again), Walls, did the same for Dummy magazine . Jumping to another continent, Chico Sonido stormed the Latin dancefloors with his most recent mix.

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Röyksopp’s Women: Listen to “Junior” In Full.


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After the mild disappointment that was their second opus “The Understanding”; Röyksopp, Norway’s biggest electronica export, are back to their most pop-tastic form in “Junior”.

The duo from Bergen has scheduled two albums to be released in 2009, when “Junior” is about to hit the shops and can be listened in full at the band’s myspace page; it will be followed by “Senior” at the end of the year. First impressions are more than positive . The album is packed with potential singles, most of them helped in the vocal field by the cream of Today’s cutting edge Scandinavian female artists. After the jump, a quick look at Röyksopp’s women. Read the rest of this entry »

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REVIEW 2008: TOP 100 SINGLES (100-76)


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Our favourite tracks of 2008 also suffered from the overall quality clash, even when the new digital format threaten with turning the traditional album into a thing from the past, favouring the track as the ultimate choice. Even so, the highlighted singles pale in comparison with other years’ offer, showing a noticeable growth in the presence of guilty pleasures that wouldn’t have classified in better times; hardest sounds were also on the rise.
Not everything was negative, though. The EP, as a way of compromising between the track and the album, seemed to be the chosen format among new acts that wanted to launch themselves with something more substantial than a mere catchy tune; the quality and number of them made us raise our hopes for a better 2010.

Nuestras canciones favoritas del 2008 acusaban también el bajón cualitativo general, incluso cuando los nuevos formatos digitales amenazan con convertir al tradicional álbum en cosa del pasado, favoreciendo la canción como elección ultima. Incluso así los singles que destacamos palidecen si los comparamos con los de otras temporadas, con un considerable aumento en la presencia de “pecadillos comerciales” que no hubieran llegado a clasificarse en tiempos mejores; los sonidos más duros también incrementaban su presencia.
No todo era negativo: el formato EP, a modo de compromiso entre canción y álbum, parecía estar en auge entre nuevas bandas que se presentaban con algo más sólido que un mero tema pegadizo; en tal número y cantidad que nos hacían concebir esperanzas de mejora en el 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

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