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Top Tracks: dvsn- “Don’t Choose”

Non Frank Ocean realm, dvsn arguably released the best R&B record of 2016 with Sept. 5. The album was one of loverman slowjams reconstituted by slinky, spacious beats beamed in from the future. Even at its most carnal with tunes such as “Too Deep,” Sept. 5 felt like something robots 100 years from now would be listening… Continue reading Top Tracks: dvsn- “Don’t Choose”

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Top Tracks: Heems- “Blades”

Former Das Racist member Himanshu “Heems” Suri hasn’t ever been shy about the bullshit he’s had to put up with as a brown man in post-9/11 America. His stunning 2015 solo record Eat Pray Thug was a raw open wound of racism, disenfranchisement, Islamophobia and genuine fright as experienced by a dude just trying to make… Continue reading Top Tracks: Heems- “Blades”

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Top Tracks: The Range- “New Lots” & “With You” ft. Jim-E Stack

Under the moniker “The Range,” James Hinton produced one of 2016’s five or 10 best records with the deeply moving, infinitely danceable Potential. Whatever soul Burial found in the vocal manipulations of magnum opus Rival Dealer was further amplified and sped up on Potential. On his new 12″ single “New Lots”/”With You,” Hinton hasn’t lost any of that sense… Continue reading Top Tracks: The Range- “New Lots” & “With You” ft. Jim-E Stack

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Top Tracks: Washed Out- “Hard to Say Goodbye”

We’re only two weeks out from Washed Out’s first record in four years (Mister Mellow) but that’s not gonna slow Ernest Greene down. Following the warped dancefloor monster “Get Lost,” Greene’s Washed Out project has returned with the equally dancefloor ready “Hard to Say Goodbye.” Just like “Get Lost,” “Hard to Say Goodbye” has some… Continue reading Top Tracks: Washed Out- “Hard to Say Goodbye”

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Top Tracks: KYLE- “iSpy” (Remix) ft. Kodak Black

People are gonna hate this remix. There’s a natural inclination to shit on carefree, well-intentioned dudes such as KYLE or Lil Yachty or Lil Uzi Vert because they’re not taking hip hop seriously. Then KYLE (and Chance to a lesser extent now) have the nasally, yawp voice that’s just a non-starter for certain listeners. But that… Continue reading Top Tracks: KYLE- “iSpy” (Remix) ft. Kodak Black

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Washed Out Drops the Gorgeous “Get Lost” with a Trippy Collage Clip

It’s been nearly four years since we last heard from electronic-pop/chillwave pioneer Washed Out, who is probably still best known for being behind the Portlandia theme,  but last night/this morning the project remerged in a major way. “Get Lost” is a warped dancefloor monster that would fit right in on an Avalanches album and be the highlight… Continue reading Washed Out Drops the Gorgeous “Get Lost” with a Trippy Collage Clip

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Future- “Mask Off” (Remix) ft. Kendrick Lamar

Future’s “Mask Off” is one of the best tracks of the year so far. It’s airy but snaps. It economically documents some of Future’s basest behaviors (i.e. eating molly and Percocet like candy), which is something that people turn to Future joints for. It’s darkly infectious. Weirdly insular but still approachable. And for all of… Continue reading Future- “Mask Off” (Remix) ft. Kendrick Lamar