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Tkay Maidza: M.O.B.
Last year, we fell for the Australian rapper, singer and producer Tkay Maidza—courtesy of her track "U-Huh." Now the 19-year-old has returned with "M.O.B." (aka Money Over Bitches) and a sweet animated music video made in collaboration with Adult Swim...
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Angel Haze: Impossible
Following heartbreaking and emotional tracks from her upcoming EP In The Winter Of Wet Years, Angel Haze just released "Impossible." From self-empowerment to politics, the fiery track features a clattering beat reminiscent of a machine gun and Angel...
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Lianne La Havas: Unstoppable
Ahead of her forthcoming album release—Blood out this Friday—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 magnificence of her...
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Jamie Lidell: Pink Light
The ever-charming Jamie Lidell has just unveiled "Pink Light"—a soulful and synth-heavy stand-alone track. While Lidell hasn't announced a follow-up record to his self-titled LP from 2013, we can only hope this appears on an album full of equally lush...
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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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Jaala: Hard Hold
If you're craving more of the future soul goodness that is Hiatus Kaiyote, then Jaala—another jamming foursome from Melbourne, three of whom are women—will appease some of the appetite. Their single "Hard Hold" (from their upcoming debut LP of the...
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Gwilym Gold: Flex
In this simple yet spellbinding 3D-rendered video (directed by visual artist and regular collaborator Eddie Peake) for Gwilym Gold's track "Flex," two characters have an intimate encounter that many are familiar with. But the ambiguity, paired with...
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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 blends an effortless groove with...
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City and Colour: Woman
Canada's Dallas Green, the former Alexisonfire band member who now records under the moniker City and Colour, has released the lead single off of his upcoming album, If I Should Go Before You. "Woman" is a nine-minute love song set to dark, brooding...
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Gemma: As Ever
Gemma—aka producer Erik Gundel and vocalist Felicia Douglass (best known as a member of Ava Luna)—has released a track called "As Ever," from the duo's upcoming debut LP of the same name. It's a cruise-y, summery R&B-meets-electro-pop tune—with Douglass...
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Wilco: Star Wars
Wilco unexpectedly released a new album Star Wars on Thursday night, surprising many by offering the 11 original tracks for free download—with vinyl and CD versions available later this year. More rock-influenced and less concerned with being polished...
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Toro Y Moi (feat. Rome Fortune): Pitch Black
Toro y Moi has shown his flair for upbeat disco, funk and synth-pop, but turns a little darker for his latest release, "Pitch Black." With synth lines passing over one another like a busy pedestrian crossing, the tune is carefree yet hints at building...
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Mabel: Know Me Better
London-based Mabel released her debut single "Know Me Better" as its own statement: discover more about her through her music, beyond the description of being daughter to Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey. The trip hop-influenced...
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Youth Lagoon: The Knower
Trevor Powers, aka Youth Lagoon, returns with his trademark brand of dreamy psychedelic-pop with "The Knower" from the upcoming album Savage Hills Ballroom—his first LP since 2013's Wondrous Bughouse. The track opens with minimal keyboard and Trevor...
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Despot: House of Bricks
Queens rapper Despot—who's collaborated with Vampire Weekend, Das Racist and Run the Jewels and is co-owner of Santos Party House—has been teasing at a debut album with Ratatat for years, and he finally offers a polished version of "House of Bricks...
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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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Nicolas Godin: Widerstehe Doch Der Sünde
For his first-ever solo album Contrepoint, Nicolas Godin (one half of veteran electronic music duo Air) takes inspiration from the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. The track "Widerstehe Doch Der Sünde" (translating to "stand steadfast against sin...
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Palace: Head Above the Water
London alt-rock band Palace—made up of four friends from school—have been gaining ground with their sexy, unhurried tracks that worm their way deep inside the body. Their single "Head Above the Water," off of their latest EP Chase the Light builds...
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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 Best Light stays simple like...
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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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Chicago: Saturday in the Park (Live in 1973)
Released in 1972, Chicago's hit "Saturday in the Park" still warms the cockles of our collective hearts to this day. Robert Lamm wrote the song after a stroll through Manhattan's Central Park on the 4th of July, inspired by the vibrant celebrations...
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Beach House: Sparks
Beach House have kept fans patiently waiting since their 2012 album Bloom, and today the dreamy Baltimore alt-rock duo released their first single off of Depression Cherry, out next month. "Sparks" is a chaotic synergy of vocal loops and unexpected...
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Remi Miles: Under Light Symphonies
Nigerian-born, US-raised and now Brighton-based singer/songwriter Remi Miles performed his track " Under Light Symphonies" at London venue KOKO, and his sharp suit and bouncy moves perfectly reflect the breezy touches of reggae and swing that his...
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Klyne: Paralyzed
Netherlands duo Klyne isn't so, so new—they debuted as Nick Klein (who's on vocals, and Ferdous Dehzad produces) but did a quick name change after they spotted another Nick Klein also gaining traction within the music blogosphere. "Paralyzed" marks...
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Todd Terje: Inspector Norse
Glastonbury 2015 came and went this past weekend, with performances from Jamie xx, Hot Chip, Mark Ronson, Caribou, Jessie Ware, Mary J. Blige to Kanye West—and even a cameo from the Dalai Lama—to save in the archives for a long time. One of the more...
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