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Dum Dum Girls – There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (Smiths Cover)

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We won’t front, when we first saw “Dum Dum Girls” paired with “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” we feared the worst. “There Is a Light” is at least one b3sci’ers fav Smiths song so the bar is a little on the high side. Dum Dum Girls smash it though. From the moment we hit play, and the those big Surfaris-esque guitar tones came in we were hooked. Catch the wave below.

Dum Dum Girls – There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (Smiths Cover)

Purchase / Official

Rating: 8.2

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02-19-11

Kill It Kid – Pray On Me

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Totally fucking brilliant! One of our favorite singles of the year so far. “Pray On Me” is an absolute monster, a ten thousand pound megatron bomb of sick vocals (check the howl on singer Marc Jones), punishing guitar, and massive fill-the-room rhythms. Mega.

Kill It Kid – Pray On Me

Purchase / Myspace

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02-19-11

Radiohead – Lotus Flower

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5 minutes in the life of Thom Yorke.

Radiohead – Lotus Flower

Purchase / Official

Rating: 9.2

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02-18-11

Grouplove – Gold Coast

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LA band Grouplove recently re-released their debut EP on which the vaguely ’90’s college radio sounding “Gold Coast” is our choice track. If the EP is any indication, these guys could be massive. Get familiar below.

Grouplove – Gold Coast via theburningear

Purchase / Official

Rating: 8.1

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02-17-11

Diddy-Dirty Money – I Hate That You Love Me

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Say what you want about Sean John, if there’s been one (positive) consistent thing throughout his career, it’s that the dude can pick beats. And “I Hate That You Love Me” has a beat that kills. The goofy lyrics, Diddy’s strange (lack of) flow decisions, all’s forgiven the second that beat drops.

Diddy-Dirty Money – I Hate That You Love Me

Purchase / Official

Rating: 8.1

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02-17-11

The Raveonettes – Recharge & Revolt (Demo)

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Yet another permutation of The Raveonettes sound on this demo for new tune “Recharge & Revolt”. The Raves sound like a bunch of other bands, stylistic mutation to stylistic mutation, they liberally pillage any number of influences (Jesus and Mary Chain to MBV to ’60’s Pop) yet they always sound like The Raveonettes. “Recharge & Revolt” feels a bit more from the MBV, Ride territory of influence but is still 100% (pure love) Raveonettes. Great melodies, great male-female harmonies, excellent guitar layering and arranging all the hallmarks of good quality Raves shit. Raven in the Grave, the band’s upcoming LP is due in April. Psyched!

The Raveonettes – Recharge & Revolt (Demo)

Pre-order / Official

Rating: 8.3

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02-17-11

J.Period – In the Ghetto (Wake Up!) (Feat. Black Thought, John Legend, Rakim)

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Two legendary MCs hook up here (Is Black Thought in the legend conversation? We think so.) with an assist from some other dude with Legend in his name. In prepping this post, I spun Eric B. and Rakim’s “In the Ghetto” a few times this afternoon. It’s crazy how fresh it still sounds. Track is 20 years old. J.Period, who helmed this remake, absolutely does the original justice. The addition of electric pianos give the song a certain new depth and fit the vocal stylings of the track’s new personnel quite well (Black Thought & John Legend). Legend, really stands out, the soulful lines of melody he breathes into the track’s close are really ace and lend an added visceral texture to the track that only deepens its immediacy.

J.Period – In the Ghetto (Wake Up!) (Feat. Black Thought, John Legend, Rakim)

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Rating: 8.2

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02-17-11

Chip Tha Ripper – (Bitch I) Feel Good (Gold Panda Unofficial Hancock Version)

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Contributed by Erin Routson

Bypassing death throes of a gnarly Cleveland winter, Chip tha Ripper takes a pleasure cruise with Gold Panda to the Caribbean. Relax, get hooked, go with them. Mind vacation.

Chip Tha Ripper – (Bitch I) Feel Good (Gold Panda Unofficial Hancock Version)

Purchase / Info

Rating: 8.5

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02-17-11

Angie Stone – I Wish I Didn’t Miss You (Kaze Remix)

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Crazy how much this Angie Stone jam still gets remixed. It’s like it’s still a current track. Def a testament to how killer the groove is on the original. Spanish DJ Kaze takes his crack here and pretty much smashes it. The track goes heavier here but it absolutely works. Kaze combines not only those heavier floor-filling elements but also the glide of Angie’s original track. The result is nothing short of a heater. Get into it below.

Angie Stone – I Wish I Didn’t Miss You (Kaze Remix)

Purchase / Kaze Official

Rating: 8.3

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02-16-11

Kanye West – Monster (Teachers Remix)

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Teachers flip 2010’s biggest creeper jam. Love the live-instrument assisted atmosphere that hangs over the track. Love the build in Nicki’s verse. Love the unexpected swerves underneath the vocals, a guitar overdub here, an added electro counterrhythm there. Next level.

Kanye West – Monster (Teachers Remix)

Purchase / Teachers Soundcloud

Rating: 8.3

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02-16-11

Ghost – Breathe

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New music from London-based electronic artist Ghost. Track titled “Breathe”. This one’s mega.

Ghost – Breathe by Ghost.Music

Soundcloud / Info

Rating: 8.2

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02-16-11

The Stepkids – Santos & Ken

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The freshest shit out of Connecticut we’ve heard pretty much ever. Jazz, funk, pop, soul, Beatles, it’s all here and it’s fucking great! We are SUPER stoked to catch these guys at SXSW. Sample the jam for “Santos & Ken” below and catch, if not a little Holy Ghost, a little Teddy Pendergrass or some Solomon Burke. Pour one out.

The Stepkids – Santos & Ken via Rollo & Grady

Official / Myspace

Rating: 8.4

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02-16-11