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The Avalanches: Frankie Sinatra A casual 16 years since their wondrous debut record Since I Left You, Australian electronic outfit The Avalanches have released their first single from the highly anticipated second album—called Wildflower—which finally...
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Braids: Joni Montreal-based three-piece Braids is making some of the most intricate electronic pop we've heard: take "Joni" where Raphaelle Standell-Preston's voice snaps and stretches, yelps and exhales—setting the pace for the ricochets of synth...
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La Femme: Sphynx
After their debut 2013 album Psycho Tropical Berlin, the trippy beach town rock band La Femme (hailing from Biarritz, France) is back to soundtrack our spring—or at least tonight's post-dusk adventures. "Sphynx" has the distinct pulling, hypnotic tone...
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Feelings: Soft Art
With contributions from the likes of Tracey Emin, John Baldessari, Ryan McGinley and more, experimental book "Feelings: Soft Art" explores contemporary art with a focus on emotions and sensual, gut reactions. Via interviews, short essays and (of course...
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Loyle Carner: Ain't Nothing Changed The genuine, poignant way in which Loyle Carner executes his dynamic rhymes—which don't shy away from being personal and direct ("Of course I'm fucking sad / I miss my fucking dad")—has completely taken ahold...
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Björk: Lionsong (Vulnicura Strings Version) Though Björk just released the final installment of remixes for her heartbreak album Vulnicura, she's not done yet reworking the dense layers of material. The Icelandic heroine will be releasing an...
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High Water: Moonlight Mind High Water (aka NYC-based musician Will Epstein) has been mostly mum since releasing his debut EP The Beautiful Moon in 2013. With the celestial bodies in perfect alignment, he finally releases a new track, "Moonlight...
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Panoramical
Argentine game designer Fernando Ramallo and composer David Kanaga have teamed up to create Panoramical: an immersive videogame-like experience for Mac or PC where there are no rules. You're manipulating "abstract musical landscapes" via mouse, keyboard...
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Boulevards: Sanity Boulevards (aka Jamil Rashad) brings the '70s back in a big and catchy way with "Sanity," a full-energy track that celebrates the best clichés of the era—like hand claps, glittery riffs, groovy bass lines and smoother-than-caramel...
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Life Sim: IDL PC Music has stayed mostly quiet this summer but finally rewarded those patiently waiting with a new track, "IDL," from the mysterious artist Life Sim (whose IRL identity has yet to be disclosed). The simple electronic instrumental...
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Synkro: Midnight Sun Manchester, UK-based electronic music producer Synkro searches for the emotion within his instrumental tracks, regardless of what genre he's experimenting with. The track "Midnight Sun," off of Synkro's debut album Changes...
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Sampa the Great: The Great Mixtape For "The Great Mixtape," poet and vocalist Sampa the Great sings and rhymes with a political conscience, dragging words out slowly or stuttering them out rapid fire over producer Godriguez's jazzy beats. Exploring...
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New Order: Restless It's safe to say that much of the dance music we listen to today wouldn't exist without the '80s influence of New Order. The group took a genre to soaring heights with bold, charged music. New Order has released a new single...
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Lianne La Havas: Unstoppable Ahead of her forthcoming album release Blood, soulful crooner Lianne La Havas stripped down her new track "Unstoppable" for The Daily Beast. The result teeters between haunting and epic—all the while showcasing the...
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Thundercat: Them Changes From Thundercat's mini-album The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam (his first solo album since 2013's Apocalypse, though he's kept busy working on Kendrick Lamar's last release and more) comes "Them Changes"—a track that...
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Shura: White Light With much-adored heartache confessionals like "Indecision," "Touch" and "2Shy" under her belt, UK-based singer-songwriter Shura switches things up a bit with her latest. "White Light" is a seven-minute jam that boosts the '80s...
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Son Of Sun: Whispers (Soul Clap Remix) Boston-based DJs Soul Clap have been making feet move and hips grind with their ever-evolving explorations of funk, disco and house, and their strength lies in teasing out the dance potential lying dormant in...
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Le Le: Le Mikro Collection The zany Amsterdam-based artist Parra, known for his bold blue-and-red works, also siphons some of his overflowing humor and energy as a member of the electronic music trio Le Le. The "new new wave" group finds inspiration...
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Shuh Lee's Kaleidoscopic World
Shuh Lee creates with the boldness of Keith Haring mixed with the pure whimsy of a kid's collage art project. Using unrefined patterns and a prism of bright pastels, Shuh has developed a multidisciplinary style that should overwhelm; instead, her...
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Leave Earth Behind: "The Universe is a Small Hat"
It's not extraordinarily uncommon to dream of packing your belongings, jumping on a spaceship and leaving Earth far, far behind. Motives may differ, from a hope to escape a planet polluted by unpleasantries, to an insatiable desire for adventure...
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Black Mountain College
A definitive written account of the fabled experimental institution where Buckminster Fuller created his first dome and Merce Cunningham founded his dance company, as well as countless other artists who defined the 60's avant-garde in America.
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ReFashioned: Cutting-Edge Clothing from Upcycled Materials
Fashion expert Sass Brown's book shows the future of sustainable fashion—ethical and experimental, without losing its focus on aesthetics. ReFashioned features 46 international designers which demonstrate a solid reality that is shaping creativity...
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Spirit Bear Mezcal Ensemble
Back in March 2013, musicians and non-musicians alike gathered at London retail concept space LN-CC for a multi-sensory experience like no other. Thomas Bullock—a DJ and record producer with decades of street cred who fell in love with mezcal later...
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Interview: Will Epstein of High Water
Since graduating from college last year, musician Will Epstein has kept a low profile despite assembling an impressive resume. Born and raised in NYC's TriBeCa neighborhood, Epstein went on to study electronic music at Brown University, the same...
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