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James Holden + the Animal Spirits: Pass Through the Fire
An epic six-and-a-half minutes of sonic exploration, "Pass Through the Fire" marks a return for electronic artist James Holden. Here, he melds digital merriment with folk sensibilities in a psychedelic jam band swirl. Holden actually worked with a...
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RHA Festival, Punta Mita
by Nicolas Stecher With boutique music festivals now a booming business, Mexico's four-day RHA Festival organizers knew there had to be something more. Of course, the musical talent was carefully selected for the stunning location, but RHA...
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Premiere: Kai Landre's "The 1st Kiss"
Social media plays a role in so many real-life love stories—sometimes to the detriment of those in the relationship. Some individuals document every moment, building a digital trail of emotion-saturated moments, some of which must be purged upon...
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DNKL: Draft
An electro-pop punch, "Draft" is the second new single from Sweden's DNKL. The highly textured tune propels forward, casting out an uptempo atmosphere. There's an underlying emotional edginess but on the surface this is a dance track that's quite fun...
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Premiere: Jacques Greene "Afterglow"
From his just-released debut LP, Montreal-based Jacques Greene's "Afterglow" video is premiering exclusively on Cool Hunting. DJ/producer Greene has been making vibey, R&B-influenced, synth-heavy music for years—releasing his first EP in 2012—and...
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The Shins: Painting a Hole The fourth preview release from their forthcoming album Heartworms, "Painting a Hole" is a refreshing burst of psychedelic energy from The Shins. With kooky catchiness, pounding drums and a divinely palatable eccentricity...
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Daft Punk Mood Candle
As mysterious as the French electronic music duo themselves, Daft Punk's unscented "Mood" candle is hand-poured in Los Angeles by "very nice people." Each candle is housed in a 30% recycled glass container, burns for a minimum of 100 hours and comes...
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Prince: Moonbeam Levels Recorded in 1982 (during the time he was making 1999), Prince's "Moonbeam Levels" was live-streamed today for the first time ever. The track is classic '80s Prince—buoyant guitars, glitzy drum machines and the beloved musician...
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Sylvan Esso: Kick Jump Twist
Sylvan Esso (aka Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn) keep experimenting with each new release, the most recent being "Kick Jump Twist," the B-side to "Radio." The track begins gently enough, but becomes frenetic at times, a facet that's offset by Meath...
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Brad Walsh's "Six Infinite" Album
How often does one press play on a new album and feel as if they're hearing something that defies the genres they've known thus far? It's an uncommon experience—and one that very well might happen upon first listen of Brad Walsh's Six Infinite...
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M83: Go! (Animal Collective / Deakin Remix) "Go!" from M83's 2016 album Junk has just been remixed by Deakin from Animal Collective and it takes the already slightly oddball track featuring Mai Lan and creates an atmospheric, spacey soundscape. A...
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Innanet James feat. The Kount: Frequency Rapper Innanet James has just released his funky, breezy Quebec Place and it's just in time for the end of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. While the entire mixtape is all kinds of fun, one standout is the...
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AG Cook: Superstar PC Music fans have been waiting for the official version of "Superstar" to release since RBMA Festival New York last May, when subversive pop producer AG Cook performed it live—on a grand piano. Originally written as a top-line...
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Premiere: "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five" (Paul Woolford Rework)
"Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five" is the perfect curtain-call track to Band on the Run, Paul McCartney and Wings' third studio album—it's as funky as it is climactic, with that requisite hue of psychedelia. Jump to 2016: German DJ Timo Maas and...
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Blonde Redhead: Dripping Veteran NYC avant-rock trio Blonde Redhead (made up of Kazu Makino and twin brothers Simon and Amedeo Pace) released their ninth studio album Barragán back in September 2014. From it, the hushed and hazy lead single "Dripping...
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Isao Tomita: Arabesque No. 1
84-year-old composer and synth soothsayer Isao Tomita passed away this weekend in Tokyo. He introduced the near-infinite possibilities of a relatively new invention, the Moog modular synthesizer to Japan—approaching the instrument like an orchestra...
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Interview: Zach Tetreault of FORM Arcosanti
These days, dusty dirt roads lead you to plenty of music festivals but there's something about FORM Arcosanti that strikes you dumb with wonder. First, it's the bewitching architecture of the desert town where it takes place. An hour north of Phoneix...
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Premiere: "Shikoku" by Kate Simko + London Electronic Orchestra
Producers love a good, lush swell of strings—but in electronic and even pop music, they're for the most part software simulations. Chicago-raised, now London-based composer Kate Simko has a miniature orchestra available at hand (two violinists...
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Carly Rae Jepsen: Boy Problems Every track on Carly Rae Jepsen's powerhouse 2015 album E•MO•TION (it only gets better with time) has its own unique personality, and "Boy Problems" has been an especially addictive standout with CRJ's voice gliding...
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Cassius feat. Cat Power + Mike D: ACTION Cassius' 2010 EP The Rawkers was a goldmine: every one of those six tracks—from "I Love U So" to "Arcadine" and "Shark Simple"—showed off a different aspect of Philippe Zdar and Boom Bass' personality and...
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Teenage Engineering's New Pocket Operators
Miniature, inexpensive and incredibly addictive: the Pocket Operator series has electronic music producers and fans furiously making music on the go with dexterous thumbs. The Swedish collaboration between audio tech nerds Teenage Engineering and...
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Pussy Riot: CHAIKA If you don't know who Yuri Chaika is, Pussy Riot's song "CHAIKA" can help fill in the blanks. The punk-rock protest collective, whose performances have gotten a few members jailed, bravely ridicules the Russian General Prosecutor...
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Moderat: Reminder
Originating in Berlin, German electronic music explorers Modeselektor and Apparat are back with their third album as power trio Moderat. From III, they release the single, "Reminder," which opens with Apparat (Sascha Ring) revealing something intimate...
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Ultramajic Mix Vol. IV SFIRE
Sfire is an Italo disco-loving duo consisting of Jeffrey Sfire and a He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (the Detroit DJ will only reveal that it's a "friend from London"). Their all-vinyl mix for the young record label Ultramajic (founded by Jimmy Edgar)—which...
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DISCWOMAN at Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
Crushing gender stereotypes by actively playing choice techno music, NYC-based DJ collective Discwoman book and showcase people who identify as women at the decks—and prove that the audience wants it. In September, they celebrated their anniversary...
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