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James Murphy's Bowie remix, Kishi Bashi, Boston Bun's "Flasher" and more in our look at the songs we tweeted this week

by CH Editors in Listen Up on 13 October 2013

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Fatima: Black Dough (prod. fLako)

The stylish doyenne of London-based Eglo Records, Swedish songstress Fatima offers up the B-side to her forthcoming single "Family/La Neta" with the Bandcamp teaser "Black Dough." Produced by burgeoning beatmaker fLako—a self-described "soul-documentarian"—the song reflects not only their seemingly instinctual harmony together, but their common ground as artists who are able to meld playful compositions with velvety smooth, confident deliveries. Hopefully there's a full-length album on the horizon, but for now enjoy "Black Dough" online and pick up the single on 12-inch vinyl from Eglo on 18 November 2013.

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Boston Bun: Flasher

Boston Bun is French artist Thibaud Noyer, who wooed Busy P with his gritty Chicago house-influenced demo "Housecall"—making Boston Bun the newest addition to the tight-knit Ed Banger family, and the two now share a studio together in Paris. Boston Bun's new single "Flasher" has a similarly underground club feel with minimal synth bass lines, punctuated by women speaking with indignant rage and a voyeuristic music video starring a Peeping Tom with a camera and ladies jumping in slow motion in front of psychedelic graphics. The rest of his just-released EP, also titled Flasher, is rife with NSFW words and noises over stripped-down rhythms and bass lines.

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Aphex Twin: Alberto Balsalm

Niki Roberton, founder of LA-based record label IAMSOUND, is typically busy discovering cutting-edge artists like Charli XCX and Taken By Trees or working on forward-thinking museum gigs at MOCA Los Angeles. But for her #PrivateJam, the industrious young woman chose a classic with Aphex Twin's "Alberto Balsalm." She tells us, "I love Aphex Twin; Richard D. James is a genius. I've learned a lot about visuals and music from his records. I find his music strangely comforting and always tend to go back and listen when I'm in need of inspiration."

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Kishi Bashi: I Am the Anti-Christ to You

After cutting his teeth in the indie rock scene with the likes of Regina Spektor and Of Montreal, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and general creative virtuoso Kishi Bashi has been a critic favorite since his first solo release in 2011. Along with an insightful interview, the self-directed video for 2012's "I Am the Anti-Christ to You" reveals a more wistful side of the artist. DIY paper-cut animation contrasted with Bashi's lush, sprawling soundscape create a living environment that is at once blissful and tragic. Bashi's music calls to mind the late Arthur Russell—also a trained violinist and electronic composer—with its melange of classical strings, pop structure and electronic elements.

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David Bowie: Love is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for The DFA)

James Murphy's Hello Steve Reich Mix of David Bowie's 2013 track "Love is Lost" has a lot going on. There's the busy Steve Reich "Clapping Music" beginning and bouncy synths reminiscent of Kraftwerk's "Pocket Calculator" underscoring Bowie's tumultuous vocals from the original, and a few piano references to "Ashes to Ashes"—a Ziggy Stardust classic. But as you would expect from two respective legends, the 10-minute rework is perfectly mixed and swells into a beautiful, futuristic dance tune. Originally premiered on BBC Radio 6, the song will feature on the three-disc deluxe album The Next Day Extra dropping 5 November 2013.

Published every Sunday, ListenUp takes a deeper look at the music we tweeted about that week. Often we'll include a musician or notable fan's surprising personal interests—#PrivateJam exposes their musical guilty pleasure.

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