Band Aid 30

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
[Bob Geldof, Net Worth: $150,000,000]

It’s Christmas time – there’s no need to be afraid – [One Direction, $70,000,000]
[background drums] – [Roger Taylor, $170,000,000]
At Christmas time – we let in light and we banish shade – [Ed Sheeran, $16,000,000]
And in our world of plenty we can spread our smile of joy – [Rita Ora, $145,000,000]
Feel your arms around the world at Christmas time – [Sam Smith, $15,000,000]
But say a prayer and pray for the other ones – [Paloma Faith, $3,000,000]
At Christmas time its hard but while you’re having fun – [Emeli Sandé, $8,000,000]
There’s a world outside your window and it’s a world of dread and fear – [Elbow, indeterminate]
Where a kiss of love can kill you – [Bastille, $30,000,000]
Where there’s death in every tear – [Angelique Kidjo, indeterminate]
And the Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom – [Chris Martin, $90,000,000]
Well tonight we’re reaching out and touching you – [Bono, $600,000,000]
Bring peace and joy this Christmas to West Africa – [Seal, $15,000,000]
A song of hope where there’s no hope tonight (ooh) – [Ellie Goulding, $10,000,000]
Why is comfort to be feared, why is to touch to be scared – [Sinead O’Connor, $6,000,000]
How can they know it’s Christmas time at all – [Bono, $600,000,000]
[strings] – [Clean Bandit, $2,000,000]
Here’s to you – [One Direction, $70,000,000]
Raise a glass to everyone – [Olly Murs, $2,000,000]
Here’s to them – [Bastille, $30,000,000]
And all there is to come – [Sam Smith, $15,000,000]
Can they know it’s Christmas time at all – [Rita Ora, $145,000,000]
Chorus – [Everyone, $1,301,000,000*]
Feed the world let them know it’s Christmas time again
Feel the world let them know it’s Christmas time again
Heal the world let them know it’s Christmas time again
Feed the world let them know it’s Christmas time again
Feel the world let them know it’s Christmas time again
Heal the world let them know it’s Christmas time again
Feed the world let them know it’s Christmas time again
Feel the world let them know it’s Christmas time again


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Bits & Pieces

Kowton’s “Bits & Pieces” from his new 12-inch Whities002, via Whities, could fit into a club, or a construction site, or perhaps even a hotel lobby. Machinal techno beats and some jazzy, simple synth work paired together equals a kind of club music that has only been made possible by the innovations happening in the past couple of years. Post dubstep, post industrial, post Night Slugs has made the whole genre thing a little outdated, but that’s fine. Kowton is making solid club music. Though all three tracks are major in their own ways, “Bits & Pieces” hits hardest because of its intense simplicity and attention to detail. It’s hypnotic without being sleepy, calculated without being cold, experimental without being over-complicated.

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Brogan Bentley

“The Difference”

Oh, DAMN, Brogan Bentley has a voice beyond the beat. Last I heard of the dude was his Self-Titled (three-track) EP on Leaving Records a few years ago, and it was ULTRA-lax’d. But the boii got a set of vocal chords! Very nice. It also fits in with a slew of artfully and individual vocal artists already adorning the Leaving Records name, such as Julia Holter, Diva (via Moon Moods), and Ryan York. Kinda mostly just stoked on this voice working so well with the music that’s been previously fronted by Bentely. His voice is brooding yet sincere, pensive yet unabashed, expectant yet impatient. He wants it all, but take your time. Best part is not some ploy or joke. Ain’t no irony or goofing, no. this is straight up “The Difference.” The mark has been made. We’ll expect a little something extra now from you Brogan Bentley.

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Two Bar Loops

Just as the Wolfman in Monster Squad has nards [Editor’s Note: Bort just unwillingly became best pals with my fiancée], so does Frost. Except instead of nards, Frost has beats. For days. And his chosen formula of beat formulation is that of dusty stank. Hardly is there a dearth of dusty stank on his Two Bar Loops tape, either. Shit’s so funky, it could make a waste collectors’ eyes water. Matter of fact, I was playing it at work the other night, while my co-workers and I were trying to get the fuck out of there, and I turned my back for one minute, only to find Frost turned off and this shit turned on. Needless to say, ‘twas grody fuckin’ Jodie. I guess it was sorta like passing a dead skunk during a car ride with your family: they just hold their fingers to their noses, griping about the stench, driving ahead to more familiar smells, while you sit in the back and silently smile.

Unfortunately, the tapes for Two Bar Loops are all gone, but if you’re a fan of mellow loops and snares that pop like ruptured blisters, the whole thing is streaming below.

• Frost:
• Radio Juicy:

Lord SMS

Boiler Room: Dirty Tapes 004

What the fuck is Boiler Room? It’s a television channel, right? Sorta like a very specific YouTube channel, mebbe. And Boiler Room spots can pretty much pop up and happen wherever, I’m pretty sure. Just as long as you coordinate with someone AT Boiler Room prior to it happening, is my working assumption. So what’s stopping me (other than NOT wanting to shit on Dirty Tapes, because –CEO– Daniel runs more than just a label, but a threshold of outlets in the constantly shifting community of BK-beats) from picking up Lord SMS off Evergreen Ave., grabbing Miles’ roommate with a camera in Long Island City, plugging in all the production equipment, and doing a Boiler Room set driving around NYC for an hour?

That’d be tite, with all the luxurious views paired with the spine splitting beats of Lord SMS mixed with darling piano that’s inevitably crushed by relentlessly looped vocals and: New York City. Also, as you can hear a lot of his Boiler Room: Dirty Tapes 004 set is off the new WONTON SWOOSH EP. But completely in a live modality like no other audible hyper. You can have people jumping ALL over the stage pressing buttons, but very few can pull off the sonic showmanship of Lord SMS. I’m booking him as DJ for my wedding next October. His reply, “No requests!” :)

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