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I know we still have a while left in 2013, but this is going to be my song of the year. Snakehips absolutely shuts it down with this soulful, innocent but sexy track. The production is subtle and complex and the hook hits just right with bubbly arcade sounds under a glittery vocal track. It legitimately does not get better than this. It can’t. It would kill me. 

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Purity Ring fills whatever room they play in with an almost unreasonable amount of bass (it’s exhausting after 45 min). We still aren’t sure whether so much deep bass gives them depth as a recording artist, but it makes for an interesting DJ set. All the ambient noises/bass fill up the mix, giving it almost no empty space. They  confirm their hip hop influences by playing a few rap tracks, but it all still sounds like Purity Ring. Check it.

Lemonade became blog famous by bringing back “The Place Where You Belong” by Shai from some CD binder of 90s R&B records. That seemed to go over well, and they released their album Diver to mild critical acclaim—I liked it a lot, especially “Neptune” and “Big Changes”. Now, they’ve released “Perfect Blue”, hopefully to be followed by another album or EP. Regardless, the track is strong. It’s effectively a hybrid of the two tracks listed above from Diver—Lemonade has really refined their sound, which uses some rhythmic elements from R&B, electronica instrumentation and melodies, indie rock singing, and some piano. So, Lemonade basically sounds like all current music. Track below.

ImageYou’ve got to love this new video from Major Lazer. Eric Wareheim made it, so you already know it’s going to be tight, and probably hilarious. Those three girls at the beginning, pre butt-injection, we all know them. Also, Bruno Mars singing “bubble-butt” over and over? That’s his role in this? Brilliant move by Major Lazer. No nonsense straight down to business sort of attitude with these guys. How big are butts going to be 2020 if this doesn’t end? 

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Trentemøller is a near-40 year old grammy winning danish music producer. Dude is ancient. This track goes too hard, though. Makes me want to walk through some city late at night and low-key roll-bob my head around like a creep. The production itself isn’t overwhelming, but in this case I think less is more. The song is carried by Jonny Pierce of The Drums who absolutely tears it up. The production anxiously approaches a climax, although it never quite arrives at one, and works with Jonny Pierces’ voice to make it totally satiating anyway. 

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Somewhere during the internet, an experimental, electronic, nerdy, white producer from Halifax named Ryan Hemsworth and Harlem’s A$AP Mob, met, fell in love, and decided to do a B2B mix for the Boiler Room in a swanky New York Hotel. The Mob + Hemsworth stay cozy throughout their dj battle, decked out in bathrobes and drinking champagne, their clothing a perfect contrast for the hard hitting fusion of trap and gangster rap that they so brilliantly present. Things like this are what make us thankful for the Boiler Room and the current state of rap and their willingness to experiment into different realms. What also makes this so great is that this is not even the first example of rap/hip-hop and experimental electronica fumbling into each other. Remember when Just Blaze and Baauer sampled Jay-Z? Jeremiah and Shlohmo? Hudmo and Kanye? Clams Casino did a track with Mac Miller for pete’s sake! We are living in a wonderful world right now and this mix is just another reminder of that. Stream/download the mix below, and check out the Boiler Room madness in all its glory above.

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Normally I find irony in music pretty exhausting, especially when coupled with ironic visual media. However, Charli XCX treads on the thin line of irony and it’s perfect. This wild haired songstress with an affinity for choker necklaces and other 90s styles is creative and refreshing even with recycled elements. The video looks like clueless from a parallel universe. The song is undeniably catchy.

Check out the version with Danny Brown.

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