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Junior Boys: What You Won't Do For Love
Junior Boys are back from their "hibernation," as they've Tweeted, with an electronic music-driven cover of Bobby Caldwell's "What You Won't Do For Love." It's very fitting—as the opening lyrics are "I guess you wonder where I've been." Arpeggiated...
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Elliot Moss: Best Light Though just 21 years old, Elliot Moss made a strong debut with his self-produced album Highspeeds—even Zane Lowe is a fan, playing Moss' dark, minimalist pop songs on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio. Moss' new music video for...
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Alessia Cara: Bad Blood (Taylor Swift Cover)
Alessia Cara's anti-social anthem "Here" has been on heavy rotation at HQ for a while, and now she's delighted listeners with a cover of Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood." In this pared-down version (featuring just an accompanying pianist, Cara on guitar...
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Alice Smith: I Put a Spell on You (Nina Simone cover)
Originally written by Jay Hawkins, "I Put a Spell on You" made waves when the legendary Nina Simone released her bluesy, arresting version in 1965. Now, for Nina Revisited... A Tribute To Nina Simone—featuring covers by Lauryn Hill, Mary J Blige, Common...
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B.B. King: Guess Who (Live at Sing Sing Prison 1972) The legendary B.B. King passed away yesterday and his heart-rending blues will be truly missed. Regarded as one of the world's most significant guitarists, King leaves a career that spanned decades...
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Jessie Ware: Jealous (Nick Jonas Cover)
As part of her performance for BBC Radio 1's Academy in Norwich, English singer and songwriter Jessie Ware covered Nick Jonas' "Jealous" in a sultry, smooth and slightly pared-down manner. Ware makes the song very much her own, but maintains the groove...
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Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp A Butterfly Kendrick Lamar’s new album has been hotly anticipated ever since he closed out the final episode of the Colbert Report with the anthemic line, “We don’t die, we multiply.” The wait is over a week earlier than...
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Jill Scott: You Don't Know
Jill Scott's newest song "You Don't Know" is a heartbreaking, bluesy ballad that's entirely full of feels. Originally recorded by Carl Hall in 1967, Scott's version sees Questlove on drums and Adam Blackstone (who has worked with everybody from Kanye...
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Joe Cocker: With A Little Help From My Friends (Live at Woodstock)
The world lost one its most distinct voices today with the passing of Joe Cocker. The 70-year-old Sheffield, England native was known for his raspy, bluesy style. His breakthrough came with a cover of The Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends...
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Re/ly: Hold On, We're Going Home (Drake cover)
The debut album Bilateral from modern jazz duo Re/ly demonstrates not only the technical skills of keyboardist and vocalist Bryn Bliska and drummer Jamie Fried, but their ear for original composition. The two met while playing in various jazz combos...
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Daylight Deluxe Noserider Surfboard Bag
For a beautifully crafted surfboard, you'll want to keep it in pristine shape while in transit. After putting Dakine's Noserider Deluxe bag through a disproportionate amount of use (NYC subways in rush hour and a 5-storey walk-up apartment), it's a...
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The Pool: Jamaica Running (Poolside Edit)
LA-based duo Poolside—who got their name from the fact they used to record in a pool house—resurrect an obscure '80s track and spin it into summer dance party heaven with their edit of "Jamaica Running." Originally created by Austin-based drummer Patrick...
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Sinkane: How We Be
DFA artist Sinkane may now be best known as the William Onyeabor stand-in for the Atomic Bomb Band—the group performing the reclusive Nigerian singer's tunes—but Sudanese-born Sinkane, whose real name is Ahmed Gallab, has contributed to bands spanning...
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Polygrains: Now I Know
Armed with a staunch endorsement from Larry Gus (a part of the DFA family) is fellow Greek singer and producer Polygrains. His single "Now I Know" is a fresh downtempo electronic tune; his jazz training shows through his choice of unusual harmonies...
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MØ: Walk This Way (Lido remix)
Oslo-based beat-maker Lido is known for his remixes of the likes of Justin Timberlake and an infamous rework of Disclosure's "Latch" that was removed from Soundcloud after a complaint from Universal Music Group. He transforms Danish singer MØ's track...
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Polygrains: Now I Know Armed with a staunch endorsement from Larry Gus (a part of the DFA family) is fellow Greek singer and producer Polygrains. His single "Now I Know" is a fresh downtempo electronic tune; his jazz training shows through his choice...
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Anna Calvi + David Byrne: I'm The Man, That Will Find You (Connan Mockasin cover)
BRIT award-nominated singer Anna Calvi has teamed up with the superlative David Byrne for a cover of Connan Mockasin's "I'm The Man, That Will Find You"—one of five renditions found on her new covers EP, Strange Weather (now streaming on Spotify...
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William Onyeabor: Body and Soul (Justin Strauss and Bryan Mette remix)
Our knowledge of William Onyeabor is due to a chance suggestion from Rough Trade director Nigel House at the opening of the Brooklyn location. We heeded his advice and have been hooked on Onyeabor's distinct vibe ever since. The Nigerian musician's...
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Pacman and Peso: Escape to North Korea
Every now and again a story comes along that is truly stranger than fiction. This week DC's aspiring rappers, Pacman and Peso, released their music video for "Escape to North Korea" which was shot on location in the heavily guarded totalitarian state...
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Clyde Lawrence Band: Say My Name feat. Gracie Lawrence NYC native Clyde Lawrence had written music for soundtracks like "Miss Congeniality" and "Music & Lyrics" before even turning 15, but more recently, the multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter...
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Leonard Cohen: Songs of Leonard Cohen
This week's PrivateJam comes from Red Bull Music Academy's resident DJ, record collector and go-to music historian Jefferson Mao—aka Chairman Mao. With Mao's encyclopedic knowledge of hip-hop and impressive interviewing skills with the likes of Dåm...
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Freddie Gibbs & Madlib: Shame
This week the internet was blessed with a rare and insightful interview by Dazed Digital with reclusive master producer Madlib. Towards the end—after we learn about everything from Madlib's personal endeavor to consume and collect the world's music...
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Clyde Lawrence Band: Say My Name feat. Gracie Lawrence
NYC native Clyde Lawrence had written music for soundtracks like "Miss Congeniality" and "Music & Lyrics" before even turning 15, but more recently, the multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter took on Destiny's Child's 2000 classic "Say My Name...
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Cork Laptop Sleeve
Lightweight, durable and easily recyclable, cork goes well beyond simply stopping up bottles of wine to also serve as an eco-friendly way to protect electronic devices. Barcelona- and London-based Tapegear—known for their innovative use of alternative...
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The New Yorker NOOK HD Cover
Dress your Nook HD up in a classic cover from The New Yorker. Each of the images, exclusive to B&N, is printed on durable cotton canvas and features a suede interior lining.
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