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I think the proper British term for how I was feeling on Saturday night would be absobloodylutely gobsmacked! alt-J are truly the dog’s bollocks!

…that last slang felt awkward, but I dare you to use it on a regular basis. If people think you’re a wanker, you can tell them I dared you and direct them towards this article. It’s sly blog networking, people!

A Little Background

alt-J  a.k.a. (how very Prince-eque!) are a British quartet that don’t really fit into one genre. Are they alternative? Indie? Rock? Folk? Electronic? Hip-hop? Pop? Experimental? Unique? I like to think they’re a dash of everything. The delta sign is created when you hold down the alt key on your keyboard and press j on a Mac computer. The band reported that, just as it does in mathematical equations, the delta is used to represent change. It’s the most hipster and bad-ass of all band names! Their debut album An Awesome Wave (cop it) was released at the end of May 2012 in the UK and us sorry North American’s didn’t get see it released until September. I think we can all agree, 1. Thank (deity of choice) for the internet and 2. It was worth the wait.

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Gus Unger-Hamilton, Joe Newman, and Gwil Sainsbury. Not pictured: Thom Green on drums

About The Magic That Was Their Live Show

My live music bender continues…

My friends and I arrived at the Star Theater a bit before show time and secured some spots really close to the stage. The venue is small but it has a lot of character and the acoustics are always on point. I’d never been to a sold-out show at this venue and let me say that I was happy that we turned up early. By the time alt-J hit the stage, the place was packed to red velvet draped rafters but I think the tight quarters had a lot to do with the utter awe that I felt Saturday night; we got to see a big band in a small venue and few things are as special as that.

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Chad Valley, the alias of British electronic producer Hugo Manuel, is enjoying all the buzz that his recently-released debut album Young Hunger is garnering (cop it). The album is full of crisp, heavenly anthems with cheesy, romantic lyrics that make you gag and smile at the same time. Classy! One of the standout cheeseball tracks, Tell All Your Friends, is one of my favorites on the album because I’m a sucker for this stuff…

Tell all your friends
Tell everyone
All that I can think about is you

D’awh shucks, Chad Valley! I’ll let everyone know how you feel! Earlier this week we saw the video and today we found out that this song has been remixed by South Wales duo Man Without Country and their heavier baseline really works to enhance what was already wonderful about this song. Get the wine and crackers ready!

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I’ve debated writing this post for the last two days but I decided that you, the people, must know! A new Jai Paul demo appeared online early yesterday morning. Apparently it is a radio rip from a station in the United Kingdom but there are no real details as far as a name or the reason for the drop and subsequent quick removal of the track online. It could be called “Flip Out” or it could be called “I read WAS on the daily”…we know nothing.

Yesterday morning, I was out shopping at a large home decorating store with a few of my friends when I did a peruse of my online feed. “A NEW TRACK FROM JAI PAUL!!!”, I emphatically profess, “I’ve been waiting for this forever!!!” No one I’m with knows what this means…I turn up the volume on my phone, halt everyone from getting their home decorate on, and get them to take in the new sounds with me.

This track, now known as “I read WAS on the daily”…okay fine, “Flip Out“, sounds like it should be in a movie. It is full of impressive orchestral sounds, Jai’s signature R&B vocals, and the kind of production that both confuses and impresses me. I think I hear a lot of angry birds too…like samples of real angry birds that would scare the kaka out of you if you were their target, Hitchcock style. This song is weird but in the best way. Hopefully, it won’t be taken down anytime soon and you can go listen to it HERE.

Because you weren’t shopping for bathmats and furniture with us, I’m going to give you a little background on this guy and explain why I was so excited; my friends got this explanation live (Poor kids). Jai Paul is a British songwriter and record producer from the UK who is signed to big deal independent record label XL Recordings. His first demo BTSTU got crazy coverage online and on UK radio in 2010. Then, FINALLY, he gave us another demo early this year called Jasmine; more hype and accolades ensued throughout this year but the man continues to keep a low-pro. The only thing we do know is that the two tracks below, that he legitimately dropped online, and this new one, that is even more mysterious than the others, keep us wanting more. Jai Paul knows how to play this game…

P.s. One exciting fact that we do know about Jai Paul is that he is on a long list of artist that are going to be featured on the new Big Boi album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, set to be released on December 11th. The track is called Higher Res and, in addition to Jai Paul, it also features Swedish electronic band Little Dragon. Other feats on this soon-to-be-released album include: T.I., Ludacris, Kid Cudi, Killer Mike, Kelly Rowland, B.o.B., Wavves, Theophilis London, UGK, Big K.R.I.T, and more. Oh and three Phantogram collabs…one which I featured here. Eeeeeeep!!!

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