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  • Meg Mac – ‘Grandma’s Hands’ MP3

    There are big voices and then there’s Meg Mac. Mac’s voice fills up the rooms and your headphones like few others in this country can – at least believably. Because we live in the age of studio trickery, the same trickery that will convince you that tone-deaf singers are in tune and that wispy melodies sound like steam trains, I decided to pop out of a colleague’s birthday early and see Ms Mac in the flesh la...

    15.10.2014

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    15.10.2014

  • Mystikal – ‘Bouncin’ Back (Bumpin’ Me Against The Wall)’ MP3

    Tarantula, which came out in 2001, was Mystikal’s fifth album. That makes it over a decade old, and Mystikal’s last major statement as a rapper outside of his latest James Brown-influenced numbers which surfaced online at the end of 2012. Granted, the man known as Michael Tyler to his parole officer spent the garage rock and ’80s revival years in prison, but still. This year has been notable for rap...

    29.11.2013

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  • John Newman – Cheating MP3

    You have to envy people who can make the best of a bad situation. Breaking up tends to be a pretty low time, replete with self-loathing, wallowing in one’s own despair and general despondency. It is a time for soul-searching and agonisingly working over the weeks and months that came before, searching for clues, for chiding yourself and being exactly the kind of desperate loser you promised yourself you wouldn&...

    29.11.2013

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    29.11.2013

  • Arctic Monkeys – One For The Road MP3

    As much as the Arctic Monkeys have taken to surprising and as much as I’ve taken to being constantly surprised, their latest record, September’s ‘AM’ (initialed after the Monkeys in the vein of the Velvet Underground’s ‘VU’ rather than alluding to the morning) is a piece de resistance for the Sheffield, UK lads for being, fundamentally, unsurprising, for being unshakably cons...

    27.11.2013

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    27.11.2013

  • Trippy Turtle – ‘Southside Deep’ MP3

    It’s been a while between mashups, really. The phenomenon, which arguably reached its peak during the late 2000s zenith of Hype Machine, RAC and Girl Talk sort of fell out of favour after a while. Certainly, the lesser practitioners of the art form ruined it somewhat for the rest of us. Clubs became battlegrounds of electro beats and rap vocals, hooks sung in mismatched keys smashing up against each other in a ...

    24.11.2013

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    24.11.2013

  • Big Pun – 100% Ft. Tony Sunshine MP3

    On September 8, 1998 Fat Joe and Big Pun were arrested on assault charges for hitting a guy with a baseball bat and stealing his chain earlier that year. I legitimately cannot imagine anything more frightening than being set upon by two of the biggest (literal/figurative) American rappers of Puerto Rican dissent of all time. Pun, when he died in 2000 of a heart attack, was the heaviest he’d ever been at almost ...

    24.11.2013

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  • Jamie Cullum – Edge Of Something MP3

    Every Friday afternoon, Sister Z and I go for a drive. Currently on her learner’s permit, Z is in a fairly fortunate position whereby she doesn’t have to give up her passenger seat to an old person but, given that I now qualify as an old person by virtue of my full license, can share the car with me – alternatively passive-aggressive, negligent and aggressive-aggressive as a side-seat driver. In bet...

    18.11.2013

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    18.11.2013

  • Clipse – ‘Wamp Wamp (What It Do)’ MP3

    I had an interesting conversation with my housemate over the weekend, as I discussed the fact that I was going out that evening to a night dedicated to the music I listened to in 2006. ‘You know those sad ex-90s kids who we used to see going to retro parties,’ he asked, ‘Is that us now?’ It seems like there’s never been a better time to acknowledge that you’re no longer young and s...

    17.11.2013

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    17.11.2013

  • Broken Bells – Holding On For Life MP3

    Just when you start to get obsessed with the talents of Chic’s Nile Rodgers or Sweden’s Max Martin or Anyone Willing To Stump Up The Cash’s Rick Rubin, it’s worth reminding yourself that Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, is a superproducer of note, too. It’s easy to forget Dangermouse amid all the hyperventilating around what Rodgers has done for Daft Punk or Rubin for Eminem (what was tha...

    14.11.2013

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    14.11.2013

  • 13 The Yeezus Edition MP3

    Yeezus is probably the biggest thing to happen on planet Seidler since David got his driver’s license, so we’re dedicating an entire podcast to it. You’ve read the articles, you’ve seen the contributor list, but you’ve never heard Kanye’s sixth LP discussed quite like this. From race to sex, Hudson Mohawke to Nina Simone, The College Dropout to 808s and Heartbreaks, this is t...

    01.07.2013

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    01.07.2013

  • Aaliyah – ‘Somebody’ (Hudson Mohawke Remix) MP3

    Hudson Mohawke recently told Pitchfork that he nearly died during the recording of Yeezus. He joked about joining ‘the 27 club’, currently reserved for Hendrix, Joplin, Winehouse and Cobain among others, but in actuality, his brush with death was what pushed him to go into the studio and create something amazing. R&B first-runner Aaliyah never had the chance to flirt with death; it found her at a per...

    01.07.2013

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  • Muse – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You MP3

    What is it about Muse that enables them to do really quite brash covers of well-loved tracks and get away with it? Their take of the Nina Simone (or Michael Buble, depending on how you look at it) standard ‘Feeling Good’ caught my attention almost three years ago but was considerably more thought out than this version of Frankie Valli’s biggest hit as a solo artist, the 1967 song which has remaine...

    29.06.2013

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    29.06.2013

  • Wye Oak – ‘Civilian’ MP3

    I have a lot to thank The Walking Dead for (and if you don’t know what I mean by that, please discontinue reading this, locate your television remote immediately and proceed to hammer yourself over the head with it in a violent fashion for at least 3 minutes) Firstly, it played the part of non-prescription, tele-visual xanax. This was essential when the paralyzing panic set in after realizing I was completely ...

    29.06.2013

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    29.06.2013

  • Wale – Bad Ft. Tiara Thomas MP3

    The trajectory that Washington D.C. rapper Wale’s career has taken is kind of ridiculous. Years ago, when he came out with his couple of ‘Mixtapes About Nothing’, he was one of the favourite up-and-comers in the One A Day house. Referencing Seinfeld throughout, the show about nothing, the original mixtape and its follow-up, ‘More About Nothing’ suggested not only that Wale was the typ...

    27.06.2013

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    27.06.2013

  • Ryan Adams – ‘Wonderwall’ MP3

    I don’t know about your country, but if there’s one thing the kids in my country like, it’s countdowns and lists. A few weeks ago, national youth broadcaster triple j announced the results of their countdown to end all countdowns, Twenty Years Of The Hottest 100, so named as it’s a format that’s been running successfully for at least two decades. Voted by the young’uns in the...

    25.06.2013

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    25.06.2013

  • Drake – The Motion Ft. Sampha MP3

    I’ve always thought that Drake wanted to be SBTRKT. Ever since he took on the east Londoner’s ‘Wildfire’ a couple of years back, Drake has made several obvious plays at assuming the heavyweight of low-key RnB title. It’s not as if the Toronto local ever surrendered the belt in the first place to SBTRKT. But in the circles Drake exists in – the YMCMB mantra seems to be ‘w...

    23.06.2013

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    23.06.2013

  • Annie Lennox – ‘Walking On Broken Glass’ MP3

    Annie Lennox really was the Robyn of the early ’90s. She broke so much new ground as the amazingly icy CPU behind Eurythmics that it would have seemed impossible for her to eclipse her prior achievements with a solo career. After all, the songs that she created in during the New Wave explosion continue to live on today, remixed and brought back into DJ sets like the era never died. Few other bands have had the...

    23.06.2013

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    23.06.2013

  • 12 The Jagwar Ma Special Edition MP3

    Jagwar Ma‘s stunning debut album, Howlin‘, has just dropped. We loved it so much we thought we’d corner the band and find out more about what we think will be one of the records of 2013. For our second exclusive artist-only podcast in collaboration with Future Classic, Jagwar writer/producer Jono Ma tells us all about marrying techno and Motown, why he’s jealous of Jamie xx’s stage se...

    23.06.2013

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    23.06.2013

  • Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) MP3

    American sports were made for American television. Having spent too many of the last hundred hours immersed in the worlds of hockey and basketball, I have also exposed myself to the broadcasting reality of this sports-hungry nation: advertising and the attendant commercial breaks. What? There’s 20 seconds left in the last game of seven in the finals series and one of the teams has taken a timeout to discuss st...

    21.06.2013

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    21.06.2013

  • Smash Mouth – Walkin’ On The Sun MP3

    Something happened to Smash Mouth after they released their 2001 cover of The Monkees’ ‘I’m A Believer‘ and it was included on the original Shrek’s soundtrack. There is something inherently degrading about being included on the soundtrack of one of the biggest animated franchises in history. Shrek was not like The Great Gatsby or even like Twilight – both latter films are parti...

    19.06.2013

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    19.06.2013

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