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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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OMG! OMG! OMG!

I have no time to write a serious or witty post but I just have to share the amazing news;  prior to it’s release the Frightened Rabbit album is streaming online! NOW! So much happiness!

I think it’s hilarious that the last post I wrote about Frightened Rabbit started with the statement, “See, I told you I’m back! And I’ve showered…so things are looking up!” and a month and a half later, I’m back in that same place in my life where I’m so busy that doing everyday life things are accomplishments…but I’m having a great time so that’s all that matters, right? Phewf, glad we’re on the same page.

Here is my last post about FR where I talk about the band and my tumultuous past being in love with them.

HERE is the spot where the album is streaming online. Thank you to The Guardian!

The album opens with:

I’m not the cad in the kitchen, giving wine to your best girl’s glass

Killer line because we all know that “cad” and he’s such a slime bag.

I’ve listened to this album three times straight through and my early favorites are ‘Late March, Death March’ and ‘Nitrous Gas’ but that’s subject to change. What tracks are you digging?

My best friend and I have postponed our trip to SXSW by a couple days so that we can see these guys live on March 9th at the Hawthorne Theatre. This album release solidified that we’re a couple of geniuses. I CAN’T WAIT (…and scene) to see them again! Check out the other tour dates here.

More posts to come soon. I hope you’ve missed me!

xoxo (on that Gossip Girl tip)

-Jenna

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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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