Starting this week, we're making some changes to the This Is Our Jam format (calm down — we think you'll like them). Instead of posting a new track each day, we're going to be making a weekly playlist of some of our favorite recent songs in one easy-to-browse format. Check out first installment of the new and improved column below:
The National — Trouble Will Find Me
"Don't Swallow The Cap"
Mopey indie-rock heroes The National are back with the second single from the upcoming Trouble Will Find Me. "Don't Swallow The Cap" finds the band tightening things up while sticking to the ennui that made it famous. "Everything I love is on the table / Everything I love is out to sea," sings Matt Berninger. Sounds like The National to us.
Gold Panda — Half Of Where You Live
U.K.-based beat-maker Gold Panda mixes sounds from around the world to create his own distinctive groove. "Brazil" sees the British producer in top form, with clipped vocal refrain, trademark chimes, and hollow-sounding percussion forming an entropic tapestry of sound.
Jenny Hval — Innocence is Kinky
"Mephisto in the Water"
Norwegian experimental artist Jenny Hval is about to release one of the more diverting records of the year with upcoming, excellently titled Innocence is Kinky. "Mephisto in the Water," with its overlaid vocal takes and funereal dirges of piano, may not sound like the most accessible track –– just give it a moment. You may find that it slowly becomes irresistible.
Daft Punk — Random Access Memories
"Get Lucky" (Teaser)
We know, we know, this isn't even the whole song. Still, the minute-long teaser of Daft Punk's Pharrell and Nile Rodgers-featuring "Get Lucky" is so infectious we had to include it. Just play it on repeat (like you can help it).
Charli XCX - True Romance
"What I Like (feat. Danny Brown)"
Charli XCX is finally ready to drop her much-anticipated debut LP this week, and we couldn't be happier. "What I LIke" is a bubble-gum R&B highlight from the record, with Charli half-rapping over production by J£ZUS MILLION. There's also a fantastic remix courtesy of Detroit rapper Danny Brown that you can hear below.
James Blake — Overgrown
Dubstep crooner James Blake has wowed us again with his sophomore LP Overgrown. To see why, look no further than LP's title track. With tension-building percussion, rumbling bass, and woeful piano, the track shows the British producer at his most emotional bare. Just beautiful.
"Girls Love Beyonce"
The title may be a stone-cold fact at this point, but "Girls Love Beyonce" is saturated with doubt and indecision. The chorus, courtesy of James Fauntleroy, interpolates the Destiny's Child classic "Say My Name" to excellent effect. "I need someone that will help me think of someone besides myself," Drake sings. Good luck with that.