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RichGains feat. Freddie Gibbs, ZZ Ward + Nico Segal: 7 Digits
From LA/Chicago-based producer RichGains' debut album, appropriately titled Gains, comes "7 Digits," a rap track bursting with soul. For the song, Gains partners with Freddie Gibbs and ZZ Ward—and incorporates riotous trumpet work from Nico Segal...
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MC Bin Laden: É Grau Olha pra Traz e da Tchau An incredibly catchy vocal sample sets up the simple rhythmic structure in "É Grau Olha pra Traz e da Tchau," a vrooming track from Sao Paolo sensation MC Bin Laden, and it's a great introduction to the...
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Shabazz Palaces feat. Thaddillac: Shine a Light
From their upcoming record Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star (out 14 July), Shabazz Palaces has released "Shine a Light" featuring Thaddillac and it's buzzing with energy, darkness and fire. With an almost muttered intro ("It's heaven / It's heavy...
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DJ Shadow Feat. Nas: Systematic
Two very big names in music have just released their first-ever collaboration. DJ Shadow and Nas joined forces for "Systematic," which embraces funky boom-bap, squelchy sounds and an old-school vibe but still sounds decidedly new. Nas, as always, delivers...
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We Got it From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
A Tribe Called Quest's first album in 18 years We Got it From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service was released late 2016 but still feels (like all of their records) super-fresh after countless listens. Featuring the likes of André 3000, Kendrick Lamar...
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Todd Rundgren feat. Robyn: That Could Have Been Me Premiering exclusively on Pitchfork, the legendary Todd Rundgren's newest track, "That Could Have Been Me" features none other than Swedish pop star Robyn. Rundgren (who initially garnered attention...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. The Principals' Sound Journeys Using field recordings documented by Chris Watson (the guy behind all of David Attenborough's intoxicating wildlife documentaries), Brooklyn-based design studio The Principals recently created an interactive journey...
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A Tribe Called Quest: We Got it From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service​
It's not often that we post an entire album in our Listen section, but the new A Tribe Called Quest record We Got it From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service​ is too wonderful to choose just one track from. The group's sixth studio album features the entire...
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Bat for Lashes: Joe's Dream For anyone who has yet to give Bat for Lashes' recently released wedding-themed album The Bride a listen, the official video for "Joe's Dream" offers lovely, haunting insight. In the video, Natasha Khan sings and slowly...
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PM Dawn: Set Adrift On Memory Bliss
Perhaps best known for their stunning Spandau Ballet-sampling, Christina Appelgate-mentioning "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss," seminal hip-hop act PM Dawn lost founding member Prince Be (aka Attrell Cordes) who passed away at 46 years old. PM Dawn sparkled...
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Interview: Warren G at Coachella
For anyone who has attended, or dreams of attending, Coachella's greatest allure might be the diversity of acts present spanning decades of cultural importance. One such act, hip-hop legend Warren G (who took the world by storm with his iconic...
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Rap Lyric Fortune Cookies
Instead of the go-to generic, vague messages ("A dream you have will come true"), Fortune Cookie Flows are spelling out your future with rap lyrics. Quoting the likes of Nas, Missy Elliott, Kanye West, Ol’ Dirty Bastard and others, the messages aren...
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D.R.A.M.: Don't Let D.R.A.M. Be A Hot Boy (Missy Elliott Remix)
Proving once again Missy Elliott's brand of music has literally no sell-by date, Virginia artist D.R.A.M. (aka Shelley Massenburg-Smith) has remixed her sublimely perfect Timbaland-produced "Hot Boyz" (from her 1998 album Da Real World) and taken the...
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RJD2: Peace Of What
Veteran "beat-making nerd" RJD2 has wrapped up his sixth album, Dame Fortune, recorded while the Columbus, Ohio-based hip-hop instrumental producer was living in Philadelphia. Despite the upbeat, jazzy vibe in the album's debut single "Peace of What...
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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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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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Courtney Barnett: Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go to the Party Summing up the weekend vibe (or maybe even adult life) is Courtney Barnett's "Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go to the Party," and the Melbourne singer-songwriter shared the...
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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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Major Lazer feat. Wild Belle: Be Together Since debuting their album Peace is the Mission at the Grammys this February, Major Lazer (created by record producer Diplo) has had a big 2015. While their album is already widely known for the single...
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Slum Village: Yes
Detroit-based collective Slum Village made their 12-track album Yes available to stream in its entirety this week. Featuring artists like Bilal, Black Milk, BJ the Chicago Kid and hip-hop royalty De La Soul, the record credits the late, great Jay Dee...
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Common feat. Mary J Blige: Come Close Our #TBT this week, taking us back to 2002, is "Come Close," Common's gentle serenade for true love featuring R&B queen Mary J. Blige. Both artists—along with No Doubt, Usher, Fall Out Boy, and even a couple...
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Shit Robot feat. Reggie Watts: Where It's At Irish DJ and DFA Records regular Shit Robot (aka Marcus Lambkin) collaborates once again with the talented Reggie Watts for the single "Where It's At." Watts pokes fun at the historic Chicago dance genre...
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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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