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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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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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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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Two Hundred and Ten is proud to host a tape from an up and comer hailing from New York, Orrin. His tape has solid production and is effortlessly clean while simultaneously gritty and low-fi. The production matches his laid back flow. Orrin has a promising future, make sure to stay tuned and hit the download link below.

In Orrin’s own words:
“I began making music at the age of 15 via Garage Band. I made my first compilation of music at the age of 15 which was called A Mouthful of Midichlorians. The tape was never released and has been kept on my computer hard drive since its creation.
 I’ve grown up around music and always envied artist for their ability to create such fascinating pieces for the ear. One day, I was marveling at Earl Sweatshirt’s lyrics to a friend when he told me that while Earl is good, I could do the same thing if I took the time to practice and create music.  That person’s name is Sean Mulligan and that is where the name for my first release comes from. This person gave me the spark to move forward with music. I am now 18 and plan to graduate high school this coming June. I am currently enrolled in the fall semester at New York University where I hope to somehow continue making music.”

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There is something nostalgic about the decidedly contemporary Haim sisters’ sound. They have been described as nu-folk-meets-90s R&B. Perfect. They have garnered some serious acclaim across the pond, but their hyphenated sound has yet to permeate the American music scene. The young trio is signed to Polydor records.   

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