In the past, I've always tried to avoid using this space to give full-throated endorsements in an attempt to hawk wares. That is, until I discovered the greatest invention of the century, a product so innovative that it will fundamentally alter the human condition for the better. I'm talking, of course, about the WaxVac, a revolution in the science of ear-cleaning. We have long known that Q-tips are foul, cotton-headed monsters sent from the bowels of the underworld to wreak havoc on our eardrums, but thanks to this modern miracle, their reign of terror is finally at an end. But don't take my word for it, watch this commercial, and you, too, will become a believer!
Flume feat. Jezzabell Doran - Sleepless
The 21-year-old Aussie sensation Harley Stretan made waves when he burst onto the scene in late 2011. Despite his age, it was apparent that he had immense production talent, which was confirmed when he released his self-titled debut LP on Future Classic back in November. He combines dreamy synths, solid beats, and heavily chopped and pitched vocal samples to great effect throughout the album, and the result is a uniquely enjoyable listening experience. Despite its late entry, Flume found its way onto my list of favorite albums of the year, and I suspect that if you gave it even a cursory listen, it would find itself in heavy rotation on your current playlist.