[MP3] DAM FUNK has a tip for visiting the HOOD so you can PASS through INTACT

cause you never know when you gonna need to go back

♫ Dam-Funk – Hood Pass Intact (feat, MC Eiht)

Dam Funk’s largely instrumental (and large in size) double album, Toeachizown, garnered a ton of praise last year but the little I heard didn’t quire grab me and I never really tackled it. Well, now that Dam-Funk has thrown some vocals on a few of those tracks for his new EP my ears are perking right up. “Hood Pass Intact”‘s premise is about as awesome as it’s throwback 80s funk mega-handclap beat. Dam Funk’s high pitched soul provides a nice contrast to MC Eiht’s gravely flow. If this jam doesn’t make you want to cut the top off your car and put mega hydraulics in then you are lost, my friend. California love, baby. It’s nice to see a guy bringing back a genre and doing it with zero irony. (No surprise that Dam is on Stones Throw, the same label as Mayer Hawthorne)

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[MP3] GROUPLOVE is to awesome like crayons are to COLOURS

so i am a man up in the air and i float around this town

♫ Grouplove – Colours

Did you hear the one about the 5 people from LA, NYC, and London who all met and formed a band on the island of Crete and then stayed in touch before deciding to record an EP in LA? No, you haven’t heard it before, because shit like that does’t happen. Well, it doesn’t unless you are in Grouplove and then that is the exact story of how you got to the point where I am now listening to your single and being blown away. Backstory aside, this jam is a hugely impressive blend of all the things I love! Huge anthemic vocals! Soaring harmonies! Shredding guitars! Foot stomping beat! And most of all, a feeling that I am listening to something real and alive! Emotion and feeling are bursting through the seams of this track! Grouplove’s debut 5 track EP is out now and while I wait for the band to read this post and hook me up with a copy so it can become my favorite EP of the year I suggest you get a head start and pick it up! After all, NME named these guys #10 on the list of best new 2010 bands! They should probably have been higher.

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[MP3] CLOUD CULT recommend that TODAY WE GIVE OURSELVES a moment to rock TO THE epicness of this FIRE jam

i promise i’m a well intentioned explosion

♫ Cloud Cult – Today We Give Ourselves to the Fire

Some of you might know Cloud Cult from them being a band for forever and Light Chasers being their 8th record but I’m being introduced through this anthemic and life-affirming rock jam. A band with that much of a back catalog is waaaay too intimidating for me so I can promise you now that I won’t be giving myself to that fire, if you know what I mean. I have no problem just cranking this up, tying my sweater to my head, and conquering the shit of this couch! I can’t help getting pumped with those grinding guitars and huge harmonies!

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[MP3] BARBARA say UNICORNICA is a place on the MOON, so don’t TRIP

you been travelling all alone down that road and all i have is a photo

♫ Barbara – Unicornica (demo)

What the only thing better than stumbling across some nice new jams? Finding out that the people behind that sweetness are also behind one of your favorite music blogs! First there was the out-of-left-field but Kid Cudi approved cover of “Pursuit of Happiness” that was instantly refreshing. Then I got “Unicornica”  in my inbox and instantly fell for it (in demo form, no less!). Such a delicate little beat coupled with those intimate vocals make for some great listening. So after all that “Barbara-ness” I finally read this Audiomuffin post on how how their own Bootsy and Frank are a core part of the band! Hell yeah! So “Unicornica” is still in the oven (hee hee) awaiting a full LP release but their Robopopironica EP is out now and features the fantastic “Moon Trip.”

♫ Barbara – Moon Trip

Fragile and spacey. Great for winding down before some much needed sleep. I love when Booty’s vocals come in. The shift from husky to sweetness is perfect. It’s so nice to hear some music bloggers making music of their own. Sure make me feel humble. So if you are digging this greatness then support these guys!

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[MP3] BATHS are not just for AMINALS

rawr! raah!

♫ Baths – Aminals

Baths is the moniker of 21 year old Los Angeleno Will Wiesenfeld whose debut album, Cerulean, is out now and garnering much acclaim. Some of the other tracks I’ve heard haven’t blown me away but “Animals” here instantly jumped out at me. Both delicate and pounding at the same time, its mostly instrumental beat skips and tweaks itself around until it’s some kind of hyperactive mess that is just waiting to burst. If you aren’t feeling this jam then you just need to turn up the volume, turn down the lights, and try again. Although the rest of the album hasn’t grown on me yet I can definitely say that headphones help. Right now I am loving how Baths takes these short vocal samples and streaches and weaves them into the rhythm until they are barely recognizable. “Maximalist” is another recommended jam

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[MP3] K.FLAY has at least 2 jams that are far from WEAK

watched you fall apart so you’d think i learned my lesson

♫ K. Flay – 2 Weak

Yes, that’s a sample of Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks” with some chick spitting rhymes and flow all over it. Well, that chick is the cute as a button K.Flay who has taken her Stanford-educated and basketball-toned ass and been busting it on a rap career. Buying a pony is definitely easier but dropping tracks like this are soooo much more rewarding for the rest of us. I am really feeling her delivery. Big things in small packages, yo! Oh, shit. I’m on her MySpace now and her track “5AM” came on and it’s so fresh! This jam might even be better than “2 Weak!” So grimy and funky. Now I don’t know! Questioning everything! But still rocking!

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[MP3] DAVID GUETTA and KID CUDI have made some great MEMORIES for me

it’s getting late but i don’t mind

♫ David Guetta – Memories [Ft. Kid Cudi]

I am guessing that if you have been in any dance club in the past six months you have heard this song blasting at least twice. Well, somehow it had eludued me until my recent jaunt through Italy where it soundtracked my time among the maximally tanned. I guess it’s possible I’d heard it before and my distaste for Cudi filtered it from my consious mind. Either way, hearing it pumped at maximum volume and dancing along with great vacation teammates made it intsantly stuck in the memory banks. And Cudi is actually pretty great on it. Casual singing, loose rapping, and lots of instantly sing-along-able “oooh-oohh”/”hey yeah” make for instant fun. Whether a first timer or reigniting a romance, I highly reccomend you get on this track and let it pump your weekend up! The rest of the album is pretty good too if you are into that.

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[MP3] JOE AND WILL ASK? well MAN, i’d bust out THE CANNONS for them!

woooooaahhh ooohhh ooahhh oooooh

♫ Joe and Will Ask – Man The Cannons

If I’m going to get my crazy club music on then this is how I want it done! Instrumental save for some well placed “woaaahh”s, “Man The Cannons” is prime dance party material: thumping, pulsing, scratching and grinding it’s way through my sweat soaked t-shirt and into my heart. Apparently Joe and Will Ask? have been peddling their awkward moniker and electro-house beats around London for a while now. Judging by this track I’m guessing their live shows/DJ sets are bonkers. I just know I’ll be getting pumped for my Friday night with this jam. Grab another, more slow building JaWA? track over at RCRD•LBL.

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