The Buzz is the magazine’s weekly rundown of artists, scenes, labels and tracks breaking forth from the underground this week

1. Aloe Blacc’s ‘I Need A Dollar’
It’s easy to forget that hip-hop wasn’t always a competition to see whose racing yacht had landed the best soft drink endorsement. Here, nerd-rap Mecca Stonesthrow continues its recent mainstream assault with the viralistic debut from Los Angeles soul boy Aloe Blacc. Like an adolescent Curtis Mayfield struck by a stifling case of the ‘why are we heres?’, the label’s unmistakable taut underground rhythms are splayed with an outpouring of cyncism at the scene/world’s obsession with the green stuff.
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2. Kisses Remixes
But a month ago Jesse Kivel was just the Colgate-grinning guitarist in swoonsome LA sunbeam-pop brigade Princeton. May ’10: Jesse’s also one of the most sought-after remixers around after his Erlend-Øye-In-A-Maroon-Crushed-Velvet-Smoking-Jacket debut ‘Bermuda’ crashed onto Blogland like a meteorite doused in Brut.
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3. We Are The World
When Radar caught them live it was blown away by everything about WATW, except their tunes. They’re doing stuff stylistically no other dance-pop troupe are venturing near. But things have now been toe-punted into overdrive for them since Gaga caught them live and tweeted their new video to single ‘Clay Stones’. Have a gander.
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4. Sacramento’s Terroreyes.tv
After wearing out both Trash Talk and Ganglians’ new albums on the NME stereo, Radar investigated the city’s latest output. From the astral jitter-jams of ‘What’s Up’ to the pensive geek-folk of Appetite, it seems it’s kicking right off. Terroreyes.tv is a one-stop shop for all Sacs scene documentation.
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5. Popical Island
Adorable cottage industry alert! Dublin’s Popical island is a night-cum-label with the mission statement of uniting the Irish capital’s fragmented shmindie masses with a premise of being “like Waterworld meets The Sound Of Music’. Within its ranks are the crepe-paper-pop of The Yeh Deadlies and twee-folksters The Walpurgis Family.
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