PLAYLIST: July 2013

July saw the release of Jay Z’s (no hyphen necessary) head-turning Magna Carta… Holy Grail, Justin Timberlake’s googling deficiencies (see: “Take Back The Night”), the return of the original Sugababes, and Willis Earl Beal unleashing his inner Johnny Cash. All made for a compelling month of July, and we look back at the month that was […]

CURRENT: Willis Earl Beal – “Too Dry To Cry”

  Chicago’s Willis Earl Beal is wasting no time in releasing the follow-up to his 2012 debut LP Acousmatic Sorcery, already releasing two singles from Nobody knows., his sophomore set. His latest single, “Too Dry To Cry,” is one of the better songs Beal has ever released, largely forgoing to bedroom demeanor of his first album. Over […]

CURRENT: Kavinsky – “Odd Look” (feat. The Weeknd)

In many ways, a collaboration between R&B underground sensation The Weeknd and electro artist Kavinsky makes a lot of sense. The Weeknd’s music garners a lot of attention for his provocative lyrics and left-field production turns, while Kavinsky gained notoriety for his work on the excellent Drive soundtrack, which is equally dark and sinister as the music […]

CURRENT: Cut Copy – “Let Me Show You”

Cut Copy’s past two albums, 2008’s In Ghost Colours and 2011’s Zonoscope remain in heavy rotation for this reviewer, so news of new Cut Copy is always welcome. Today we were given our first glimpse of new music from the duo in the form of a limited edition vinyl of new single “Let Me Show You.” The six-minute epic […]

CURRENT: Friends – “The Way”

Samantha Urbani’s musical outfit Friends has undergone a facelift, as evident from their new single “The Way.” The group most known form “I’m His Girl” returns with “The Way,” a slick, 80s indebted R&B power ballad. It’s an outstanding throwback single, complete with a guitar solo Prince would love to be a part of. Some […]

CURRENT: Summer Camp – “Fresh”

Summer Camp is one of those groups that create music that sounds just like their name. Last year’s “City” was a summer jam, and now they’re back with “Fresh,” just in time to reinvigorate us during the dog days of summer. “Fresh” is a funky number that fits in nicely with “Blurred Lines” and “Get […]