Tuneage // Cristina Black // June/July 2010
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MGMT “Congratulations”
A title track gently sums up the theme of the Brooklyn psych-pop duo’s second album: success is strange.

Caribou “Odessa”
This new track is more party-worthy than anything the pastoral-leaning laptopist has done previously.

Dum Dum Girls “Baby Don’t Go”
The way our girl Dee Dee stacks the reverb over her sweet, sweet vocal harmonies,
you forget this tune’s former life as a Sonny & Cher hit.

Karen Elson “The Ghost Who Walks”
Getting your heart broken is bloody murder, says our cover girl. Then, you spend the afterlife as an apparition.

Jack Johnson “You And Your Heart”
A gentle soft-rocker rides on a signature strum-riff.

Neon Indian “Deadbeat Summer”
Having a season of apathy? Here’s your synth-y soundtrack.

The XX “Islands”
England’s favorite minimalists coo about love’s surrender.

Toro y Moi “Talamak”
Bedroom electronica wizard makes a New Jack slow-jam washed with waves of wobbly echo effects.

Uffie “MCs Can Kiss”
Charming bratitude from France’s mouthiest rapper.

Originally published in June/July 2010

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