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A lot of great music comes out every week and I want to share it with you while it’s fresh; those stank beats just ain’t the same. I don’t have time to write in-depth artist details and hilarious anecdotes about every song that I discover due to my time-consuming career molding the minds of today’s youth and my ever flourishing social life *wink*. I’ve decided to try doing a weekly posting of a ten song playlist with tracks that I’ve liked from the past week of releases. If you like this concept, lemme know and I’ll keep it up; If you hate it, just keep your mouth shut, ya ninny. Jokes! All feedback is appreciated.

I dedicate this week’s playlist to Kenneth Bruce Gorelick’s free-flowing curls; apparently he’s a little nugget at 5’2” and he’s from Seattle (Pacific Northwest, stand up!) …the things you learn when you “research” everyone’s favorite saxophonist.

Don’t get too excited, these songs have nothing to do with the G and include no smooth jazz.

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HAWT off the press (literally debuted hours ago live on BBC Radio1) James Blake hits us with this new beauty. Retrograde is the first single off of his new album, Overgrown, set to be released on April 8.

For those who don’t know, James Blake is an electronic music producer and singer-songwriter from London who has been deemed the ‘King of Post-Dubstep’….yup, post-dubstep…In the interest of full disclosure, I had no idea what this genre really encompassed so I did a little reading. What I gathered, and I’m going to put in my own words, is that this style of music has those bass-heavy beats with a dance music feel (often including audio samples of band saws, dental drills, and screaming cats) but post-dubstep is much warmer and less aggressive then the dubstep the bros are poppin’ collars to in da club. Note: I’m not opposed to “brostep” and seeing Skrillex‘s seizure-inducing live show this summer at Bumbershoot was a real treat but James Blake is more my steez.

Blake has released a number of EPs since 2009 but he dropped an amazing self-titled debut studio album a year ago (cop that); Mad blog cred, nominations, and awards followed and we, the people, have been anxiously awaiting some new jams ever since. If he’s new to your ears, YAY! Wait And Scene has done what it set out to do.

In my usual obsessive music tendencies, I listened to this track five+ times in a row as soon as I saw it was available. Do you ever feel like a song was meant for you to hear at a specific time of your life? That’s how I feel about this one (Whoa deep stuff, Jenna).

You’re on your own in a world you’ve grown
Few more years to go,
Don’t let the hurdle fall
So be the girl you loved,
Be the girl you loved

Powerful. Perfect. I will be that girl, James Blake.

P.s. Tour dates have been announced (here) and clearly WAS will be at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland on April 24th. I have so much to look forward in the next few months. ALL OF THE SHOWS.

P.p.s. Here is JB breakin’ hearts with that Joni Mitchell cover.

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