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James Blake – Order / Pan

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James Blake’s latest “Order” b/w “Pan” will be released on Hemlock Recordings July 11. Sample both tracks below.

James Blake – Order

James Blake – Pan

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Rating: 8.0

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Jessie J – Who’s Laughing Now (Xaphoon Jones Remix)

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Yep, this is fire. Tip to our buddy Details of My Life.

Jessie J – Who’s Laughing Now (Xaphoon Jones Remix)

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Rating: 8.5

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Baxter Dury – Claire

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A strong return from singer/songwriter Baxter Dury (son of Blockheads’ frontman Ian Dury). “Claire”, the lead track from Dury’s upcoming Happy Soup LP for Parlophone, sounds international (global?); the song draws from a widely reaching musical palette; it sounds like Dury’s home, the UK (60’s pop, 80’s, current electro and indie), it sounds like NY, it sort of sounds like France, maybe Brazil. But aside from all that, it’s really really good. Get into it below.

Baxter Dury – Claire

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Rating: 8.1

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Snoop Dogg – Sensual Seduction (Wick-it Remix)

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Nashville mixman Wick-it delivers a crunchy slice of sensualstep on this new Snoop remix. 21+. Grown and sexy only.

Snoop Dogg – Sensual Seduction (Wick-it Remix)

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Rating: 7.9

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Jesse Boykins III – I Can’t Stay (Prod. Gold Panda)

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Boykins/Panda all day. “I Can’t Stay” is such a killer mash of styles; electro, r&b, house, ____wave. Boykins talks about how during the time between his last release (three years ago) and the release of his new “The Way of a Wayfarer” that he really went searching for new inspiration, new sources of knowledge and influence. The fruits of that search are evident in JBIII’s new music. “The Way of a Wayfarer” sounds focused, it sounds fresh, its the sound of an artist renewed/reborn/revived, etc. We love it.

Jesse Boykins III – I Can’t Stay (Prod. Gold Panda)

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Rating: 8.3

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RAVE’S FAVES: Battles – My Machines (Feat. Gary Numan)

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The band Battles just released their anticipated second album, and it turned out their name took on a deeper meaning when their lead singer and founder left the band during the recording process. The remaining members left the vocal parts open and then recruited guest singers. Icon Gary Numan was down for it, and thus “My Machines” was born. It’s got that crazy energy and imaginative playing that the band is known for. Contributed by Bruce Rave

Battles – My Machines (feat. Gary Numan)

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Damon Albarn – The Reigning Queen

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“The Reigning Queen” is the latest sample from Damon Albarn’s forthcoming Dr. Dee opera. This stripped down acoustic track is bummed out melancholic Albarn at his sorrowful sad old geezer best. Peep game below.

Damon Albarn – The Reigning Queen

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Rating: 8.0

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T H E S L O W D O W N – Sex

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Manchester is the gift that keeps on giving. T H E S L O W D O W N are the latest Mancs to surface from the region and like their recent peers (WU LYF, Airship, etc.) the band seems rife with 00’s American indie rock influence. Here’s one to watch out for.

T H E S L O W D O W N – Sex

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Rating: 8.2
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Lucy Rose – Gamble Like I Used To

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Listening to “Gamble Like I Used To” is an exercise in hanging on a singer’s every note. Lucy Rose’s voice is dulcet and sweet but its also very very striking. The notes are soft but really precise. They’re so carefully crafted. An acoustic guitar whispers, chimes warmly ring; the entire track is great but a major payoff comes in the song’s last 90 seconds; where the tune builds to a catharsis, its a gentle hushed catharsis, but its still no less powerful. Really good. Get familiar below.

Lucy Rose – Gamble Like I Used To

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Rating: 8.0

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06-29-11

The Stuyvesants – Stoops Parks & Rooftops

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“Summer Madness” has been sampled a lot. It’s been the principal in many many great tracks. The Stuyvesants flip of the classic Kool & the Gang jam here on “Stoops, Parks & Rooftops” definitely holds weight with previous songs that have sampled it. Images of rooftop cookouts, BBQs, and late night summer hang sessions, all the sort of shit that makes summer months in the city great.

The Stuyvesants – Stoops Parks & Rooftops

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Rating: 8.4

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The Beaus – All’s Well That Ends Well

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Rhythmic rock and roll from Doncaster UK with dub and hip hop influences? We’re in.

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Rating: 8.5

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Mabel Love – Hardened Face

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“Hardened Face” is the debut single. The band is British no doubt (Sheffield UK) but sound much more American than their place of birth would lead you to believe (or maybe not, lol, they do bear a bit of a resemblance to fellow Sheffieldians? Sheffieldites? Arctic Monkeys (and yes, there is a history between the two bands)). That aside, Pixies, Replacements, maybe Husker Du, that seems to be Mabel Love’s main font of inspiration. “Hardened Face” is loud guitars, punchy measured rhythm, and high-powered vox. You know what it is. Click click click below.

Mabel Love – Hardened Face

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Rating: 7.7

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