Kanye West, Deerhunter, and Duck Sauce are the most popular acts in the blogosphere according to The Hype Machine on September 30. Spanish artist El Guincho jumps five positions into number four, while New York trio School of Seven Bells reenters the top ten with a fresh remix.
Deerhunter holds the number two slot after the release of its album Halcyon Digest on September 27, although bloggers have been circulating the album's leaked tracks for weeks. Music blog The Mad Decent just posted a free download of a remix of the album's first single, "Helicopter," by DJ Diplo and producer Lunice - and the track is receiving rave reviews from music fans. Pitchfork (pitchfork.com) writes that it "makes ample use of all the empty space in the original track, filling it with twerked-up synth beeps and warm ambient hums."
New in the day's top ten is School of Seven Bells, a three-piece "dream pop" band from New York that includes a set of identical twins. The musicians recently teamed up with Los Angeles-based songwriter Pat Grossi, known as Active Child, for a remix of their track "Heart Is Strange," downloadable via the band's label Lefse. Live for the Funk (www.liveforthefunk.com) reviews: "The result is nothing short of amazing, as Active Child strips down the track's original synth-propelled force and gives it a swirl of harp and vocal arrangements, all centered around a slow drum-machine beat."
The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on September 30 at 10:00am GMT:
Kanye West (unchanged)
Duck Sauce (-1)
El Guincho (+5)
Sufjan Stevens (unchanged)
British Sea Power (-3)
Blank Dogs (+1)
White Denim (-2)
School of Seven Bells (reentry)
Launched in 2005, The Hype Machine aggregates information from more than 1,000 music blogs worldwide. Known for identifying up-and-coming artists, the site enables music fans to easily find out what music is hot in the blogosphere and to instantly hear and buy mp3s.