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With support from Red Bull Music Academy, H∆SHTAG$ is a new series of mini documentaries that features ”some of the most fascinating themes emerging from the web in recent times, from #cloudrap to #seapunk, #postdubstep to #advancedpop.”
In the first episode, which was released on Wednesday, H∆SHTAG$ investigates the world of contemporary R&B. Entitled “Don’t Call It #AltRnB”, the 12-minute piece see’s interviewes with Miguel, How To Dress Well, ex-Weeknd producer Zodiac, KLSH, and Rochelle Jordan.
Look out for future episodes with TNGHT, Flying Lotus and Main Attrakionz.
posted by @clarkbs
25 Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror
Sometimes I have these weird dreams where Alexis Kraus is seducing me by playing “Comeback Kid” in a flannel onesie. I wake up hating my life.
24 Andy Stott – Luxury Problems
A beautiful body of cutting edge experimental music to make out to.
23 Mackelmore – The Heist
Mainstream hip-hop at it’s finest. I should also note that Macklemore gives me a female boner, sorry mum. And for all you haters out there, watch this.
22. Blue Sky Black Death & Nacho Picasso – Exalted & The Lord Of The Flies
Some tripped out stuff from South of the border in Seattle where they are having the second coming of grunge but hip hop this time. Check out Blue Sky Black Death & Nacho Picasso who released 3? albums in 2012.
21 Scuba – Personality
Scuba’s DJ set at FIVESIXTY in August was one of my faves of 12′. He’s on the rise after departing from his previous dubstep sound to hard hitting techno with a dash of trance.
20. Carly Rae Jepsen – Kiss
There are several reasons why former Mission, BC resident Carly Rae Jepsen made our list this year. Firstly, according to my iTunes library I’ve listened to “This Kiss” a total of 62 times, with “Wrong Feels So Right” coming in at a solid 42. Secondly, ya’ll know you listened to “Call Me Maybe” at least once this summer while simultaneously enjoying the fuck out of yourself. And lastly, my roommate went to high school with her and apparently she killed it as Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz”.
19 Riff Raff – Birth of An Icon
The highly controversial and fascinating, Riff Raff put together a solid free album after being signed to Mad Decent. He’s got his share of haters which means he must be doing something right??
18. Peace – The World Is Too Much With Us
Vancouver’s Peace giving young girls everywhere dem feelins.
17. Santigold – Master of My Make Believe
This record makes me want to purchase a pair of leopard print jeggings and twerk the night away.
16. White Lung – Sorry
Vancouver’s White Lung. It’s funny because the album is called Sorry and it’s 20minutes long but it’s 20 minutes of the best getting beat up for your lunch money you ever felt.
15. Schoolboy Q – Habits & Contradictions
Bucket hat connoisseur and rap mastermind ScHoolboy Q has a flow reminiscent of yung HOVA. He also has a song entitled “Sexting”, which is cool.
14. Twin Shadow – Confess
On his sophomore effort, Twin Shadow uses an 80’s sensibility to document his life and relationships in the present tense. It’s an album filled with danceable beats and human emotion, or in other words, the perfect record for a suburban house party.
13 The XX – Coexist
I felt a little underwhelmed by this album at first but it’s subtly grew on me. Chill vibes.
12 Tame Impala – Lonerism
I get serious Sgt. Peppers vibes from this album and I am totally ok with that.
11 A Tribe Called Red – A Tribe Called Red
Ottawa’s A Tribe Called Red mix the pow-wow vibes with the Trap Moombah thing to create one of the most unique combinations of sound in the “EDM” world. Oh, and Diplo fux wit it.
10 Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Making Vancouver proud since 2009.
9 How To Dress Well -Total Loss
When I go through intense periods of hating the opposite sex, I listen to How to Dress Well and write poetry about shitty bro’s.
8 Purity Ring – Shrines
Consisting of 11-tracks, “Shrines” unique concoction of electronic-dance music makes you sad that the world is going end with Y2K.
7 Flume – Flume
Debut album from this young Australian producer has all the right influences across the electronic music spectrum creating something modern and unique. Expect big things.
6 Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
I have a feeling this dude is gunna have a sex tape in the near future, Ray J style. KD is tite though.
5 Alt–J – An Awesome Wave
Loves this album. Mercury prize winner. The musical equivalent to a field full of pretty smelling flowers.
4. Kendrick Lamar- Good Kid M.A.A.D City
Compton-native Kendrick Lamar returns rap to a gloried art form with “good kid, m.A.A.d city”. As his major label debut, “GKMC” explores Lamar’s childhood through poetic rhyming, strategically placed skits, and collaborations with some of the industries biggest names, including Drake and Dr. Dre as executive producer. This is one of those albums that will only get better with time, kind of like “The Chronic”.
3. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Nominated for six Grammy’s, Frankie’s studio debut is a beautiful representation of lust, life and heartbreak. And if you’re human, it will quickly remind you that love knows no limits, orientation, race, or gender.
2. Grimes – Visions
1. Lana Del Rey – Born To Die (The Paradise Edition)
Oh Lana, how dare they say such mean things about you and try to tell you that you are not #indie, manufactured and judge you based on one Saturday Night Live performance. They do not know you like I do. We know it’s not true. They just want to dismiss your genius so they can feel better about their terrible lives. We won’t let them do that to you. You are #1.
Finding out about new music for all of us is quite a rewarding feeling, especially when you aren’t told about the artist but find them yourself. With Bear//Face I did just that, this 19 year old artist from Belfast, Ireland just made his sound heard no more than a week ago.
I had seen the name on Bandcamp and the day after it got brought back up to my attention with his new JT remix. The result was a falling in love to this guy’s sound over one single listen of his work. The first track had me eager to hear the beat drop that was obviously coming, the soothing singing and ambient R&B gives you a perfect idea of what the rest of this album was going to sound like. “G▲NGY” is the next track and boy does it deliver, right off the bat I notice the “trap” hi-hats followed by the slow drums and vocals kicking in to give this song the depth it’s about to give you, when the bass comes in the sound of the waves and the voice have you feeling high or wanting to get high. It’s literally amazing how this sound is perfect for re-doing How To Dress Well’s “& It Was U” and Justin Timberlake’s “My Love” which he just released 14 hours ago.
If you wanna get your girl in the mood or just plain laying in bed… this is the perfect listen. You can grab his album “Beat_Tape” for any price here. Check out his Facebook, i’d keep an eye on him… especially now.
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Tom Krell has a pretty unassuming look to him. When he walked on stage, he had the look of a guy who wandered into an American Idol audition area, who might get ripped up by the panel and Randy Jackson might not even get a chance to call him ‘dawg’ once. Meek and soft spoken, he thanked the crowd for coming before trying to get the tech team to kill the ‘cop lights’ in the venue. In fact, his battle with the house lights was an early indication of how much he cared about the visual element of the performance. Clearly some effort had been put effort into the visualization being projected on stage, and the complete lack of house or stage lights really accentuated the atmosphere of the show. This all led into opener Suicide Dream 2, off his 2010 album ‘Love Remains’. This was followed by what I believe to be a cover of Ashanti’s ‘Foolish’, which I only caught onto late in the song when I noticed that Tom was having trouble keeping a straight face while singing the track. Maybe it was the fact that he was singing lyrics originally written by a dude who was in Blackstreet that made it difficult to not crack a smile, I don’t know. The crowd did not give the thunderous applause deserved of an Ashanti cover, though maybe they were waiting for ‘Always On Time’ and didn’t want to jump the gun.
His live performance comes off as a step forward from ‘Love Remains’. There’s still the same lo-fi approach. The ethereal tones he does (and doesn’t) hit on the album, are all largely here live too. But his voice is even more haunting and indelible as you’ve ever heard it on record. He doesn’t hold back live, and doesn’t shy away from the crazy high notes he pulls off frequently on record. As he weaves between new and old material, it becomes clear that the tracks that incorporate his band members are the most focused and effective. The mix of electronic beats, guitar, and violin brought by locals Aaron Read and Cameron Reed (not brothers I’m told) help shape Tom’s voice into something more powerful, and the ‘full band’ element is where the performance is strongest. Clearly an effort has been made to transform what essentially started as a bedroom side project, into a full fledged live performance. And him and the band pull it off.
Then we get to the end of the show, and easily my favourite thing about last night. I wrote about it last week when he released a new mixtape. That damn R. Kelly cover. Maybe I’m just a sucker for this song, but when he casually broke into ‘I Wish’ last night, I wanted to simultaneously laugh/cry/dance. As the show began to wind down, I still had this track stuck in my head. This followed me all the way home, which resulted in a 2AM R. Kelly record blasting session in my living room, which I’m sure my neighbours appreciated. They can blame How To Dress Well.
posted by: @Shoemosher
There’s a couple reasons to care about How To Dress Well. ‘Love Remains’ was a rad album. He did such an amazing R. Kelly cover(link below) that I wept like a baby several times (there’s something about hearing a white man wail ‘C’mon and braid my hair). And he was on this tip before The Weeknd came around.
Listen to his new mixtape and hear him work with Xiu Xiu, A$AP Rocky, and Janet Jackson(and maybe Carly Rae Jepsen). He plays Vancouver at the Waldorf on June 13th.
posted by: @Shoemosher
Fun fact. One of the members of Elite Gymnastics is actually originally from Vancouver.
These guys are my current fave. They are based in Minneapolis. Their music has a very awesome early 90’s house vibe to it. There’s maybe even a sprinkling of Pet Shop Boys.
They have a brand new album Ruin which is tops. itunes
They also have a new mix.
Elite Gymnastics – I Want a 38-Minute Truce in Which There Is No Rape by DISmagazine
posted by @tristanorchard
1. The Style Council – “Long Hot Summer”
2. Trust – “Candy Walls”
3. The Weeknd – “The Party & The After Party”
4. Chromatics – “Lady (Original Version)”
5. Gunnar Bjerk – “Back Then”
6. Kindness – “Swinging Party”
7. Gina X – “No G.D.M.”
8. Spectral Display – “It Takes A Muscle (Get A Room! edit)”
9. Grimes – “Vanessa”
10. Benoit & Sergio – “What I’ve Lost”
11. Clique Talk – “Wasted”
12. Matthew Dear – “Slowdance (How To Dress Well seance)”
13. Beach House – “Master Of None (from memory version)”
Original post at Radiozero here
Photo courtesy of Surfing On Heroin
Here are our faves of 2010. IT WAS A GOOD YEAR ya?
Let us know yrs / wut we missed…
20.Crystal Castles “Crystal Castles II”
Still love you Crystie Castles.
19. Four Tet “There is Love Inside You”
Bleep beep herp derp. For what ever reason I always link this album with the Caribou album. They came out around the same time and both artists have both been ahead of their time coming perfectly into fruition in 2010. The prefect blend of lofi organic samples and dance’y beats
18. Javelin “No Mas”
Kinda reminds me of The Avalanches but way less annoying, maybe a dash of early cut copy too and some dj shadow. It makes me feel like im eating cotton candy.
Javelin – Vibrationz
17. How To Dress Well “Love Remains”
“Love Remains” sounds like it was recorded in the middle of the night underneath the bed to not wake sleeping parents upstairs. Faint Whisper’y threads of 90’s rnb-esque hooks over lofi riddims.
How To Dress Well – Mr. By & By
16. Drums (self titled)
Surfy / maybe a little bit of the Cure / the new romantics kinda sound. Drums opened for Surfer Blood at the Bilty and were by far the better act + the lead singers dancing is pretty great.
15. Earl Sweatshirt “EARL”
Free Earl. 16 year old from Cali. His Mom sent him off to boarding school after she heard this.
14. Diamond Rings “Special Affections”
Epic pop anthems crafted on garage band.
Diamond Rings – Something Else
13. Caribou “Swim”
This album feels like it is tapping into old school house / rave music and makes me want to lose my shit.
Caribou – Odessa
12. Yeasayer “Odd Blood”
This was definately one of the songs of the year and one of those albums people who think about music too much start to hate after a while for being too poppy / accessible.
11. El Guincho “Pop Negro”
Can’t get enough of this Spanish isht. Oh and the music video… thank you for that.
10. Salem “King Night”
Rape Gaze / witch house #prayforjack. Lets get frickin dark.
9 Kanye “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”
Kanye I forgive you for being a douchebag.
8. Harlem “Hippies”
7.Surfer Blood “Astrocoast”
Yeah it’s super poppy and most people are over it because it came out at the start of the year or something. I say it rules. There was a reason it was one of the most anticipated albums of 2009 and it didn’t let down.
6. PS I love You “Meet Me At The Muster Station”
From Kingston Ontario. Stadium sized hooks / rock anthems.
5. Black Keys “Brothers”
There was a reason why Black Keys tickets were being scalped for $200 during their last visit to town and this is it.
4. Twin Shadow “Forget”
This album is pure sex. A little splash of Morissey / The Cure and some serious hits.
3. Arcade Fire “The Suburbs”
The Arcade Fires killed it this year. Their live show might be one of the best shows ive ever seen. This “concept” album is epic, full of solid hits that flow so seamlessly into one another.
2. LCD Soundsystem “This Is Really Happening”
Murph bro. I love you. Pls do not let this be the last Lcd Album. You never let me down. Yr like a role model and stuff. When ever I played this album out djing pretty much every time some1 would come and ask what it was. Oh and not to nerd out but the mixing on this album is really bold and amazing too. It pretty much deserves it’s own award. The way that synth comes in on “Dance YrSelf Clean” a minute and a half in or whatever it is. omigowd. I could go on….
1. Best Coast – “Crazy For You”
Bethanies, sometimes people criticize your music and say it sounds real needy, all your songs are about being unhappy without boys ect ect. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being needy. Feminsts and uptight a-holes who are uncomfortable with weakness r teh worst and are the actual weak ones. Sometimes I feel needy, then I play this album and feel better.