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Thursday, Jun 6, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
“Utopia”, the new track by Toronto's Nightbox, sounds utopian, conjuring up images of a brighter, better future.

“Utopia”, the new track by Toronto disco revivalists Nightbox, sounds, well, utopian, as its gleaming synths and pulsing rhythmic elements conjures up images of a brighter, better future. When singer Jake Bitove calls out, “Take you away / Take you away / Utopia,” in his smooth, high-but-not-too-high cadence, it’s an offer that’s hard to refuse, whether he’s welcoming you to the dancefloor or some city of tomorrow. But it’s when the buzzier guitar textures enter the scene that this “Utopia” feels the most real, giving the neon-lit atmosphere some grounding.


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Friday, May 31, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
If you combined Kate Bush's vocals with Smashing Pumpkins at their dream-poppiest, you might just come up with Spotlight Kid's "Sugar Pills".

Sure, you can’t help but appreciate the obvious, that Spotlight Kid’s new single “Sugar Pills” comes off like Kate Bush singing “Running Up That Hill” with Smashing Pumpkins at their Siamese Dream dream-poppiest backing her. Whether that combination sounds like an idea whose time has come or an improbable hybrid, Spotlight Kid pulls it off on “Sugar Pills”, highlighting its own expert hand in shaping melodic waves of noise. There’s just a palpable enthusiasm and energy to the Nottingham group’s propulsive guitar-driven approach that lets “Sugar Pills” stand on its own, no matter who or what it reminds you of.


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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The incomparable New Orleans trumpeter and BBQ master, Kermit Ruffins, returns next week with a brand new album perfectly entitled 'We Partyin' Traditional Style'.

You may recognize Ruffins from his recurring role on HBO’s Treme, but you should really know him first for his trumpet. Ruffins plays the brassy, sing-songey, “play it from the bottom of your heart” style that is the trademark of NOLA’s great trumpeters, including most obviously Louis Armstrong and Louis Prima. And like the many great New Orleans musicians before him, Ruffins celebrates the city’s heritage in every note he blows and word he sings. We Partyin’ Traditional Style releases next Tuesday, 28 May, via Basin Street Records, and features a plethora of NOLA faves, including “Careless Love”, “Jeepers Creepers”, the Armstrong classic “When It’s Sleepy Time Down South”, and of course, this track “When the Saints Go Marching In” that we proudly premiere for you today.



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Monday, May 20, 2013
Chicago rapper/producer Tree flips a sample of the Elvis classic "Can't Help Falling in Love" and makes the track his own with his gruff, elastic vocal delivery and alternately tough and clever lyricism.

An Elvis song, let alone the schmaltzy classic “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, seems an odd choice at best for a rap sample (at worst, we’re talking Dipset “Built This City” territory). But Chicago rapper/producer Tree manages to flip the sample into a soul-trap hybrid that, I don’t know, just works. He spits gruff, elastic, occasionally pinch-voiced tough-talk and hippie street guru bars, slipping in affecting lyrics like “Drunk as hell, man / I probably shouldn’t have a pistol.” As much as the drill scene has dominated its recent rap coverage, Chicago is a city of many voices just like any other, and Tree happens to be, along with steadily rising Chance the Rapper, one of its more interesting and talented.



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Monday, Apr 29, 2013
America's Got Internet Laziness

Imagine you are a jazz drummer who has played with almost every famous modern jazz musician from A to Z. You scored music for a circus in Moscow and released an album on the Tzadik label where each track you composed was inspired by sculptor Joan Miró. During your downtime, you assemble five “albums” of sample tracks for the purposes of showing off your film scoring skills. You post these little experiments as free downloads on your Bandcamp account. This grabs the attention of a scout from…America’s Got Talent.


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