David Marston & Anna Spackman – “Sun”


Is it possible to feel dreamy and still be bummed out? It’s something that I thought about listening to this song from Jamaica’s David Marston and singer Anna Spackman. There’s a melancholy that can come even as the summer sun shines (something that’s easy to gloss over when you’re waiting for its arrival on the East Coast), and this track expresses that perfectly.

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WOMPS – Plasticine


I’m less of a rock ‘n roll man than I used to be, and much of the time I run away screaming from anything that resembles ’90s modern rock. This new single from Scotland’s WOMPS, though, has shades of the fictional band playing at the end of Empire Records. If you know me, you’ll know that’s a heck of a compliment.

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Mick Jenkins – “The Artful Dodger”


Chicago-via-Huntsville rapper Mick Jenkins put out an underrated EP called Wave[s] last year, but this single is going to keep him out from the underground for good. Sampling rap-loving jazz cats BADBADNOTGOOD with the help of Kaytranada (who assisted on another great track this week) and THEMpeople, this jam is gritty and glowing at the same time, and it shouts out some of my favorite NBA stars to boot (though with a title like that I was hoping for a Two-Step nod).

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Yumi Zouma – “Keep It Close To Me”


One of my favorite new bands of the past few years, New Zealand’s Yumi Zouma have been patient with their development, with two increasingly great EPs and handful of singles to their name (including an amazing Air France cover). This is the lead single for their impending debut full-length, Yoncalla, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

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Moses Sumney – “Everlasting Sigh”


Alt-pop tracks often use unconventional rhythms to disastrous results, and for a while I couldn’t quite put my finger on why. While listening to “Everlasting Sigh,” the most accomplished track to date from Moses Sumney, I’ve realized it’s that they almost always lack warmth, which is something that this incredible song has in abundance. I’ve been tracking Sumney’s ascent ever since I caught him opening for Blood Orange at Central Park a couple years back, and with this single (and its clever video), the hype surrounding him is finally justified.

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Announcing Sweep Frequency


Hi there! We’re back, kind of! While this blog is going to get… Er, bloggier, I guess, I’m also excited to announce the launch of my newsletter, Sweep Frequency. It’s going to have the same great music you’ve gotten inconsistently here over the years, but you’ll get five great tracks every week along with whatever it is I feel like rambling about on a given day. So please, go subscribe!

Swimming Tapes – “Souvenirs”


London-based Swimming Tapes will draw comparisons to Real Estate, and that’s not the worst thing in the world. Spring is hopefully starting for everyone, and this is exactly the kind of riff and whispered chorus meant to give everyone hope for the possibilities that are ahead. Continue reading ‘Swimming Tapes – “Souvenirs”’

Liss – “Sorry”


Danish teens Liss immediately caught my attention with their debut single last year, “Try.” I wasn’t the only one, as their third track to date, “Sorry,” is their debut for the eternally cool XL Recordings. It’s their most accomplished song to date, bringing a mixture of pop-leaning heartbreak and unconventional structures to continue to bring Arthur Russell to mind. Continue reading ‘Liss – “Sorry”’

Starchild & The New Romantic – “I Didn’t Mean 2 Turn U On (Cherrelle Cover)


Young phenom Starchild (born Bryndon Cook) already has an amazing resume as session/touring guitarist for Solange, Blood Orange, and Kindness. That should be enough for you to check out his debut EP, Crucial which is an insanely promising and smooth, filled with nods to Prince and spectral R&B pioneers of all sorts. Here, he gives a funky, spaced-out take on a defining ’80s jheri jam, Cherrelle’s “I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On.” Continue reading ‘Starchild & The New Romantic – “I Didn’t Mean 2 Turn U On (Cherrelle Cover)’

Cassius feat. Cat Power & Mike D – “Action”


I probably won’t put a song this high profile (and, in blog-years, old) in the newsletter often, but it’s probably my favorite song of 2016 so far. Can you blame me?! I’ve been waiting with baited breath for their return since “Youth Speed Trouble Cigarettes,” and they brought two heavy-hitters in for a ’70s-disco tribute. This shit was made in a lab for me. Continue reading ‘Cassius feat. Cat Power & Mike D – “Action”’

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