ALBUM REVIEW: Various Artists – After Dark 2


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ARTIST Various Artists

ALBUM After Dark 2

LABEL Italians Do It Better

RELEASE DATE 17.5.2013

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CURRENT: Pacific Air – “Move”


11 June can’t come quickly enough. Pacific Air has been one of my favorite new bands since their days as Ko Ko and the fantastic single “Float.” On 2012’s Long Live KO KO EP the band’s innate ability to craft the perfect pop tune was on full display, including the wonderful “Roses.” With their debut only a couple weeks away, the group has unleashed new single “Move” to heighten anticipation that much more. “Move” is most reminiscent of Passion Pit’s euphoric, child-like enthusiasm, and gives no reason to think that Stop Talking won’t catapult Pacific Air into the mainstream.

The debut album from Pacific Air, Stop Talking, is out 11 June via Republic Records.

PLAYLIST: May 2013

Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend

With June only a couple days away, it’s time to present to you the very best of the month of May. It seemed as though everyone was making records this month, with plenty of amazing tunes released these past four weeks. From the return of Daft Punk to Vampire Weekend’s highly praised (and rightfully so) third studio album, the month had a lot to offer.

Below are the songs and albums that made this month so very special. All albums, tracks are listed in alphabetical order.

top tracks

1. Smith Westerns, “3am Spiritual”

2. Ryan Hemsworth, “All Our Thoughts are Physical”

3. Mariah Carey feat. Miguel, “#Beautiful”

4. Mount Kimbie, “Blood and Form”

5. Classixx, “Borderline”

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CURRENT: ScHoolboy Q – “Hell Of A Night”



ScHoolboy Q follows up his fantastic 2011 album Habits & Contradictions with this single off his forthcoming project. “Hell Of A Night” first premiered during TNT’s coverage of the NBA Playoffs, and the song will undoubtedly flood the dance floor. “Night” falls into the same category as his single “There He Go,” with Q spitting verses in rapid succession, and the production, courtesy of DJ Dahl, is definitely worthy of Q’s talents. If there is any justice in the world, “Hell Of A Night” should become for ScHoolboy Q what “Swimming Pools (Drank)” is for Kendrick Lamar.

CURRENT: Gold Panda – “We Work Nights”



UK producer Gold Panda, best known for his track “You,” which Charli XCX successfully morphed into a fantastic pop single, is releasing a new album in June, and he has just shared the second track off the album (after “Brazil”) and it’s right up there with his best work.

“We Work Nights” is a slow burner that somehow doesn’t feel at all like a six minute track. It’s hypnotic, pulsating rhythm gives way to some Middle Eastern instrumentation that really makes the song stick out. Altogether, the song is one of the most compelling pieces of electronica music released this year.

Half Of Where You Live is out 10 June internationally and 11 June in the U.S. via NOTOWN/Ghostly International.

REVIEWS ON THE FLY: Majical Cloudz, Mikal Cronin, Gatsby, and more

Mikal Cronin
Mikal Cronin

With the end of May fast approaching, here is a look at some of the notable releases of the month not yet highlighted. From house to rock to pop to a little bit of everything, the albums focused on here offer a full spectrum of the month that will soon be referred to in the past tense.

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CURRENT: Disclosure – “When A Fire Starts To Burn”



Disclosure is only a couple weeks away from unleashing their debut LP, and we’ve already heard the fantastic singles “Latch,” “White Noise,” and “You and Me.” While those songs feature the same basic verse-chorus-verse structure (to admittedly fantastic results), their latest offering, “When A Fire Starts To Burn,” is a whole other beast altogether. The duo builds the song around one lyric, the one that gives the song its name, as we all wait for the proverbial flames to erupt. The fire never comes, with the beat building to and remaining at a scolding simmer, as the duo effectively toys with our expectations. It’s a welcome deviation from their tried-and-true formula, and a song that proves these guys are far more than your average house DJ’s.

Settle is out 3 June internationally via PMR Records, with the U.S. receiving the album on 4 June via Interscope.