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Radio Citizen – Summer Days (Feat. Bajka)

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Radio Citizen is the brainchild of Berlin-based artist Niko Schabel. He and his revolving collective of players released Hope and Despair, the follow up to 06’s acclaimed Berlin Serengeti LP last month on jazz imprint Ubiquity. “Summer Days”, our track from the record, features a laid back, acoustic guitar driven arrangement, and some subtle yet sultry female vocals.

Radio Citizen – Summer Days (Feat. Bajka)
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Rating: 8.4

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11-26-10

Penguin Prison – Golden Train (Acoustic)

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A blah electropop track is transformed here on this live acoustic version of “Golden Train” by Penguin Prison. Supported by a killer vocal (WOW!) and just a knockout tune (really shown off here in this sparer version), the song soars. One of the better melodies and vocal performances (Check that falsetto) of the year.

Penguin Prison – Golden Train (Acoustic)
Penguin Prison – Golden Train (Acoustic)

Rating: 8.2

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11-26-10

Deadmau5 – Raise Your Weapon (Feat. Greta Svabo Bech)

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Here goes the CDQ of “Raise Your Weapon” which will be included as part of Deadmau5’s 4 x 4 = 12 LP. The Mau5 man seems bound by nothing, style and genre included. On the track he tackles dubstep and the result is flat out phenomenal. Greta Svabo Bech chips in with an equally dope vocal. Get into it below.

Deadmau5 – Raise Your Weapon (Feat. Greta Svabo Bech)
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Rating: 8.2
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11-26-10

Adele – Hometown Glory (High Contrast Remix)

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Adele – Hometown Glory (High Contrast Remix)
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11-25-10

Foals – One (Swedish House Mafia Cover)

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Foals take it into party mode with this five alive cover of the Swedish guys for Radio 1’s Live Lounge.

Foals – One (Swedish House Mafia Cover)
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Rating: 8.6
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11-24-10

Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone (Prod. Jeff Tweedy)

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Everybody’s favorite corduroy jacket wearer Jeff Tweedy penned this tune for the gospel legend’s LP of the same name that came out in Sept. Mavis is one of the greatest singers ever period and she sounds fantastic on this track, Tweedy also produced. Mavis’ ability to emote, her ability to just connect each tone, and wring it out, and just pry that feeling out of herself and out of the listener is really unparalleled. “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself” are classic jams, but some of our favorite Staple Singers material is the group’s more spare early spirituals albums on Veejay Records. Check’em out, if you’re not familiar.

Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone (Prod. Jeff Tweedy)
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Rating: 8.4
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11-24-10

Beady Eye – Sons of the Stage

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Liam and the boys make good on the b-side of their new 7-inch with a remake of the 1991 underground NY hit “Sons of the Stage”, from indie-brits World of Twist. It’s a psychedelic stomper and we love it. This tune wants you to dance.. so DANCE!

Beady Eye‘s debut LP is expected February 28. They also recently announced a handful of European tour dates (below). Apparently the band will be in Europe during the end of March… no SXSW guys? Get a free download of “Bring The Light” at the bands website HERE

Beady Eye Tour Dates 2011
Glasgow Barrowland – 3 March
Glasgow Barrowland – 4 March
Manchester O2 Apollo – 6 March
Manchester O2 Apollo – 7 March
London Troxy – 9 March
London Troxy – 9 March
Paris Casino de Paris – 13 March
Koln Live Music Hall – 14 March
Milan Alcatraz – 16 March
Madrid La Reviera – 18 March
Amsterdam Paradiso – 21 March

Beady Eye – Sons of the Stage

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Rating: 8.5
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11-24-10

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (Jakwob Remix)

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Came across this remix crawling the internets for jams. Jakwob’s one of our fav producers of the dstep universe. Here he goes in on the YYYs tune from last year. Get into it below. Wub Wub Wub Wub.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (Jakwob Remix)
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Rating: 8.0

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11-23-10

Destroyer – Chinatown

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“Chinatown” is new from Dan Bejar’s band Destroyer. The track, which is going on our Tuesday Night 8:54 PM chillout mix, is as smooth as the Wednesday before T-Giving is long. Splashes of dreamy synth and sax float in the mix framing a vaguely Asian instrumental frame. Destroyer’s Kaputt is out in Jan on Merge.

Destroyer – Chinatown
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Rating: 8.5

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11-23-10

T-Pain – Black and Yellow (T-MIX)

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Yeah, totally didn’t expect this. Teddy Pain goes in on the Wiz Billboard #29 and pretty much murders it. Hate on Pain, dude may be retarded on the mic but if we’re talking hooks, melodies, all that, Pain can pretty much go jam for jam with just about anybody in the game right now.

T-Pain – Black and Yellow (T-MIX)
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Rating: 8.3

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11-23-10

Gorillaz – Crystalised (The xx Cover)

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Yeah, so we’re prob the 3000th blog in the blog universe to jump on this but the track’s just too good to not b3sci-i-fy. Middle-aged Albarn’s at his best in the role of crooner and here he coos all over the The xx track breathing a sense of upper middle class loathing that only the cheeky Colchester bloke could.

Gorillaz – Crystalised (The xx Cover)
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Rating: 8.5

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11-22-10

The Kid Daytona – Take Aim… Bang! (Feat. Freddie Gibbs and Alex of the Kickdrums)

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New shit from The Kid Daytona. “Take Aim… Bang!” comes to us from TKD’s Interlude LP. We were psyched on Daytona’s ’09 Come Fly With Me LP, so much so we named it one of our Top Records of 2009. Somehow, this jam lacks a bit of the heat that made songs like “The Engine” and “Lately” great but “Take Aim” is still gets the head nodding; Freddie Gibbs adds a pretty sick verse.

The Kid Daytona – Take Aim… Bang! (Feat. Freddie Gibbs and Alex of the Kickdrums)
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Rating: 7.9

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11-22-10