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The Living Statues: Blackout
Milwaukee garage rock band The Living Statues have opened for the likes of Best Coast, Mayer Hawthorne and Banks, but they'll soon become a headliner in their own right. Their newest single "Blackout" is an energetic, polished jam that will get your...
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A$AP Ferg: DOPE WALK
Shot entirely on an iPhone camera, though directed and edited by fine artist Matt Starr, A$AP Ferg's latest video "DOPE WALK" offers an amped up, insider angle on New York Fashion Week—with model Cara Delevingne in a tiny FaceTime box for the entirety...
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Ghostwise: Golden Calves
After years performing alongside a number of notable musicians like Angela McCluskey and Cyndi Lauper, Kerry Kennedy has finally broken off for her first solo project, Ghostwise. Three years in the making, Ghostwise’s aptly-titled debut Storm Winds...
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The Tallest Man on Earth: Sagres
We've grown accustomed to the stripped down folk sound of Sweden's Kristian Matsson, better known as The Tallest Man on Earth. Reminiscent of the early American folk of Bob Dylan and Woodie Guthrie, Matsson's previous records featured analog recordings...
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love
Portland-based indie band Unknown Mortal Orchestra shared the opener off of their upcoming new album, and it's just a taste into how their sound has gone through an exciting, serious transformation since 2013's II. "Multi-Love" is a modern-day psychedelic...
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Romare: Motherless Child
London-based producer Archie Fairhurst aka Romare (who takes his name from the cut'n'paste artist Romare Bearden) expertly manipulates samples to create new songs—or rather, musical essays—that move the body as much as they do the mind. Keep an ear...
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Lesley Gore: You Don't Own Me
To pay tribute to Lesley Gore—who sadly died this week at just 68 years old—we have chosen to play one of her most popular songs on repeat. "You Don't Own Me" is one of the earliest pop versions of girl power and "embraced feminism way ahead of its...
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Róisín Murphy: Gone Fishing
Róisín Murphy has returned (eight years after her last album) and not a moment too soon. The Irish singer/songwriter announced her record Hairless Toys and dropped the first song from it, the excellent "Gone Fishing," which Murphy was inspired to write...
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Hudson Mohawke: Valentine's Slowjams Chapter VIII
While Valentine's Day might be over, Hudson Mohawke released the latest in his annual slowjams mixtape series yesterday: Valentine's Slowjams Chapter VIII. The playlist begins with a live cover version of Earth, Wind & Fire's "You Can't Hide Love...
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Shy Girls: 4WZ Dan Vidmar's R&B project Shy Girls has returned with a moody mixtape, 4WZ, featuring guest spots from Junglepussy, Rome Fortune and Tei Shi—and a tiny cover of Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Wonderful." The mixtape is unashamedly melancholy...
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Love Is A Battlefield: The Bittersweet Valentine’s Party Playlist
After years of hosting a pro-inclusivity annual Valentine's Day dance party for her friends, writer Jennifer Boeder has come to the conclusion that love is a battlefield, no matter your status. Obviously some musicians have known this for much longer...
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Kali Uchis: Ridin Round
Don't be fooled by the way Colombian native Kali Uchis sweetly sings her rhymes. "Baby understand—I don't need a man. Fuck me over, I'll fuck you worse and take off to Japan," the LA-based songwriter coos in the track "Ridin Round." While comparisons...
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Shlohmo: Buried
The video for Shlohmo's just-released "Buried" (off his upcoming album DarkRed) isn't for the faint-hearted. The slow-burning track's creepy video—directed by Lance Drake—follows a pregnant woman through dark, deserted streets; on a visual journey...
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Spice Girls: Right Back At Ya
Children of the '90s rejoice: the Spice Girls have just dropped four previously unreleased songs that didn't make it onto their final album Forever (2000) and while the tracks don't include vocals from Geri—who left the band in '98—they are classic...
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Late Night Alumni: This This This
While Late Night Alumni may have started out as a side project more than a decade ago, it's solidified into an underground house music staple that unusually plays instruments in their live shows. They kick off 2015 with a new single, This This This...
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Shy Girls: 4WZ Mixtape
Dan Vidmar's R&B project Shy Girls has returned with a moody mixtape 4WZ (following his 2013 EP Timeshare), and it's everything we've grown to expect from the Portland-based musician. Featuring guest spots from Junglepussy, Rome Fortune and Tei Shi...
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D'Angelo: Live on SNL D'Angelo sent an important, visual message in his recent SNL performance: while he sang "Really Love" dressed in high-fashion, the singer stood atop a chalk outline and donned a hoodie, and his band wore "Black Lives Matter...
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John Wizards: Cape Town in Your Earbuds mix
This weekend, the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival will see international acts and local artists drawing a crowd at the centrally located City Hall. As a lead up to the three-day festival, Okayafrica called on five local artists to participate in...
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Alex Burey: Inside World
If you needed yet another reason to feel old and unproductive, stream 19-year-old Alex Burey's debut EP Inside World, which the songwriter and producer from London is self-releasing on 9 February 2015 through his label, Pling recordings. Burey's emotive...
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ALA.NI: Cherry Blossom
Once offering backing vocals for Mary J. Blige, Damon Albarn and even opera singer Andrea Bocelli, London-based ALA.NI is making her own soulful debut. After releasing her beautifully simple song "Suddenly" in December, ALA.NI offers a worthy follow...
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D'Angelo: Live on SNL
Not only sounding every bit the soulful, thoughtful artist that he is, D'Angelo offered an important visual message to his performance on SNL this past weekend. While he performed the stunningly gentle "Really Love" dressed in high-fashion, the singer...
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Spacek + Kutmah: Solid Steel Radio Show Mix
Discovering new music is as much about digging through the archives as it is listening to the latest releases. Unfortunately, we don't all have the access to rare vinyls or the time to comb through them. Luckily UK-based DJ and producer Kutmah is the...
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Kanye West feat. Paul McCartney: Only One
The imitable Kanye West has just released the full version of the video for his song (featuring Sir Paul McCartney on keys) "Only One." Directed by Spike Jonze, the video sees Yeezy on a rain-soaked road in the middle of seemingly nowhere, but it perfectly...
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How To Dress Well + TĀLĀ: The One
The Songs from Scratch series by Adidas Originals and Yours Truly inspires on-the-fly creativity from musicians. The latest installment sees Chicago native (and CH favorite) Tom Krell aka How To Dress Well paired up with eclectic UK garage-electro...
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