Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal

This is the first time I’ve heard of electronic producer Jon Hopkins, and I’m very impressed. “Open Eye Signal” is a weird, surprising, fantastic song. It has elements and influences coming from house to ambient to My Bloody Valentine, and it makes for a very cool song that I imagine I’d enjoy dancing to as much as I’d enjoy not dancing to.

Check out Jon’s latest album, Immunity, here.

Tom Milsom – Having Fun

I first heard this as the weather on an episode of Welcome to Night Vale, and it blew me away. I’m not sure how to put it exactly, but the lyrics are funny, the music is jazzy and almost jungle-like, and I love the sort of controlled chaos it reaches at points, followed by the absolute drop of everything. Just check it out, you won’t regret it.

The Correspondents – Fear & Delight

The Correspondents are an English duo. The singer is blond. The non-singer is not blond.  I don’t know anything else about them. “Fear & Delight” is a fun song, with a poppy electroswing-esque sound for most of the song, with a bridge that’s a bit more dubsteppy. It’s catchy and certainly danceable. I like the song, but what’s really cool is the video. They’re definitely going for a bit of an updated Jeeves & Wooster vibe, and they pull it off nicely. Many clones of the singer dance around and sing to us, then change into skeletal costumes for the bridge, change back, and finally are eliminated by an Artemis-like character. One of the better videos I’ve seen recently. Definitely The Correspondents’ best song and video. If they interest you, they’ve got a few other videos up, and apparently a new album coming out in early 2014.

Radiohead – Lucky

One of my favorite Radiohead songs. It combines triumph and hopelessness in a way that I’m not sure I’ve heard pulled off in other places. My favorite part is Johnny Greenwood’s guitar solo. It perfectly encapsulates the feel of the song – anguished, but not in a gloomy way. Instead it soars, pleading to the heavens rather than dwelling on the pain. It’s also simple (pretty much just echoing his part from the chorus), which can sometimes make for a better solo than a guitarist showing off. Overall, a fantastic song from a fantastic album.

Lily Allen – Hard Out Here

Lily Allen is back, and sharp as ever. This song is as catchy as anything from Alright, Still, as funny, and as biting. The video I could take or leave, although “Lily Allen Has A Baggy Pussy” written in balloons á la “Blurred Lines” is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. Let’s hope the rest of her upcoming album is as good as this.

James Blake & Chance the Rapper – Life Round Here

This is probably old news for most of you guys but it’s dope nonetheless. Chance hopped on one of my favorite tracks from James’s outstanding Overgrown, and I assumed it was just one of those rapper remixes, but it turns out it’s the start of a working relationship, according to them. The video is dope too. I never thought I’d see James Blake ridin’ round in a ‘Lac, but that’s pretty much what happens, and they just get grilled by some townies as they do it. It looks pretty great. The best part is James’s half smirk.