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Slow Magic – Music

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The excellent/rich-sounding “Music” by the mysterious lavish beatsmith Slow Magic will be available as a bonus on an upcoming cassette only release of /\ from BK cassette label Words and Dreams. The cassettes will only be available at Slow Magic shows (that’s some pretty exclusive shit). So if you want to get your hands on this track (and that cool cassette) (at least until April, when /\ gets a full release), you’re gonna have to track down a Slow Magic live show. Go and get it!

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Rating 8.0

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02-29-12

The Ting Tings – Born to F.E.A.R. (Lana Del Rey x Ian Brown)

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Even Monkey Man is surprised by this one. And from all places The Ting Tings (remember them?)! The “That’s Not My Name” hitmakers rolled through Radio 1’s Live Lounge today and turned in an acoustic mash of LDR’s “Born to Die” and Ian Brown’s iconic track “F.E.A.R.” from 2001. The (awesome) results may surprise you. Play the track.

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Rating 8.5

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02-29-12

The Cold One Hundred – Sixteen Inside (Demo)

By Chris Gedos

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The most classically constructed rock song I’ve heard thus far in 2k12, The Cold One Hundred’s “Sixteen Inside” is a song for aficionados. A very Liverpudlian intro ripens into a Londoner verse and American college Rock chorus from the Manchester five piece, but with the geographical influences melded into something cohesive, original and much removed from the Factory Records legacy. The stuck-at-sixteen motif, rarely utilized by contemporary groups on either side of the pond, is perfectly employed here. Having already provided support for The Vaccines and Spector, it’s only a matter of weeks before The Cold One Hundred drops one of Mr. Lowe’s Hottest Records. The ghost of Alex Chilton nods his head in accordance.

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Rating 8.71

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Miles Bonny & B.Lewis – Bottom To Top

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Two b3sci faves connect as KC soul crooner Miles Bonny jumps on new production from West Coast artist B.Lewis. “Bottom To Top” is a 3:24 full submersion experience in that futuristic soul. B.Lewis’ spacey but warm production layers form the perfect bed for Miles’ float-on-top-the-mix vocal tones. Spin “Bottom To Top” below.

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Rating 8.2

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02-29-12

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Shoot A Hole Into The Sun

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“Shoot A Hole Into The Sun” is a first taste of what’s to come on Noel Gallagher’s forthcoming Amorphous Androgynous collaboration. The track will also be featured as the b-side to his new “Dream On” single getting released on March 11. Segments of this track may sound familiar to those who caught Noel on tour in late 2011, where portions of the track were covertly mixed into the house speakers before he took stage. The psychedelic duo, Amorphous Androgynous, do a capable job of pushing the limits here on Noel’s sound and it will be interesting to hear what else is to come.

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Rating 8.5

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02-29-12

SHOW REVIEW: Hanni El-Khatib @ La Maroquinerie, Paris 02/22/12 [Photos]

By Tamara Tabet

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02-28-12

Chiddy Bang – Ray Charles (Jakwob Remix)

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Three big names collide (love to the legendary Ray Charles) on this new official Jakwob mix for Chiddy Bang. Jakwob fits the Chiddy hit with aplomb mixing in a pounding snare, a great backbeat, and the requisite nu-step buzzes and blips. You can find Jakwob’s remix as part of the “Ray Charles” iTunes single.

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Rating 8.2

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02-28-12

SoKo – I’ve Been Alone Too Long

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Check out this arresting live acoustic version of “I’ve Been Alone Too Long” recently cut by one of our new favs French singer SoKo. SoKo’s simple picked guitar figure is a beautiful complement to the song’s soul-wringing melodies. Enjoy this one.

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Rating 8.4

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Calvin Harris – Bounce (Keljet Remix)

By Chris Gedos

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Check out this saucy remix by Keljet of “Bounce”. It retains the saccharine, carefree feeling of the original while making a remix ready for patrons of both the U.S. club and Euro discotheque. By not tampering with the original song too much, Keljet has concocted a dittie at least as infectious as the original. Get it below.

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Rating 8.18

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02-28-12

The Other Tribe – Skirts

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Jam! Summer 2k12 is right around the corner and “Skirts” via Bristol collective “Skirts” is most definitely a joint to get you in the mood! Get into it below.

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Rating 8.2

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02-28-12

Gold Fields – The Woods (Expensive Looks Remix)

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Aussie band Gold Fields’ ace track for “The Woods” gets an equally ace remix from NYC producer Expensive Looks. The remix’s blend of layered effects-driven guitars and 808-esque drum textures had us almost immediately, alas, too irresistible a blend to resist. Listen.

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Rating 8.3

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02-27-12

Saskatchewan – Fronting

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One of our favorite new bands, Orlando FL 5-piece Saskatchewan (off that great Weeknd cover fame) drops new track “Fronting”. The song’s a sharp little mix of R&B influenced beats, synth pop textures, and sort of more far off 2012 indie-inspired melodies. Catch a little Orlando FL below.

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Rating 8.4

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02-27-12