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Son Lux: Tundra Visitation Rentals A music festival with a dedicated couch-surfing program may seemingly be pointed at young indie hipsters, but the Le Guess Who? festival in Utrecht—a quaint town about an hour south of Amsterdam—is a serious music...
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Jon Hopkins: Form By Firelight (with Raphaelle Standell) English musician Jon Hopkins fine-tuned his ambient electro production skills under the masterful ear of none other than Brian Eno and the conceptual brevity of this mentorship has paid off...
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Gabriel Garzón-Montano: 6 8 (Lord RAJA Remix) On his EP Bishouné: Alma del Huila (off NYC imprint Styles Upon Styles), Gabriel Garzón-Montano reminds listeners what instruments, not computers, are capable of doing. The SUNY Purchase Conservatory...
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The Golden Filter: Kill Me (John Talabot Remix) NYC electronic music duo The Golden Filter's song "Kill Me" causes shivers with vocals veiled in reverb and eerie, bare synths (with an even more disturbing music video depicting a mother's overboard...
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Sage Caswell: Buyerside (Archie Pelago Overdub) Archie Pelago, a Brooklyn-based trio that merges improvisational jazz with experimental electronic music, play their instruments (cello, sax and trumpet) as well as they do mixer knobs and effects...
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Sylas: Shore If you've never heard of Sylas, take note. The London-based duo's debut EP features none other than the legendary Brian Eno, who they collaborated with after a chance encounter. It's no wonder Eno got involved—we haven't stopped listening...
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ListenUp: The New York Designer's Playlist
New York is a city steeped in music history—from salsa to hip-hop to punk, several genres were born here from bands that found artistic inspiration in the mix of disparate cultures and intense urban landscape. In turn, music itself prompts creative...
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Aphex Twin: Syro 13 years since his last album Drukqs, contemporary electronic music pioneer Aphex Twin officially released the new full-length Syro to the world this week. While the electronic music scene has significantly changed (making its way...
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Lo Fang: When We're Fire (Cello Version) After garnering much acclaim while supporting Lorde on her most recent tour, Lo Fang has just announced a new mixtape and a listen reveals the work to be as impressive as his live act. This EP, Every Night...
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Plastic Mermaids: Drømtorp While the title of their new EP Drømtorp may channel a Nordic vibe, Isle of Wight five-piece—the Plastic Mermaids—is actually made up of Anglo avid surfers laying down ethereal folk melodies with atmospheric beats. This...
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Kilo Kish: Locket The imitable and charming Kilo Kish has returned with "Locket," off her Kitsuné-released Across EP. In her trademark dreamy style, Kish offers a chilled out track—her vocals floating atop the slowed-down beat. To match the song...
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Gorgeous Children: How We Do It Starting out with playful tooting and honking that sounds like it belongs in an old-fashioned animation, Gorgeous Children's "How We Do It" quickly morphs into a breezy, but ultimately sex-driven song. Made up of...
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Holly Cole Trio: Losing My Mind (Virgin Magnetic Material Feel The Wind Edit) Virgin Magnetic Material remixes—or perhaps more accurately "reinterprets"—works from classic artists such as Led Zeppelin and David Bowie into completely new experiences...
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Tensnake and Jacques Lu Cont: Feel Of Love (feat. Jamie Lidell) Sex sells for the obvious reasons, but it can also be funny. Tensnake and Jacques Lu Cont's hilarious new video for "Feel Of Love"—a standout track from the German producer's latest...
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Shabazz Palaces: Lese Majesty Ishmael Butler—whose notoriety peaked in the mid '90s when he became known as Butterfly, one-third of experimental trio Digable Planets—is a music veteran with impeccable taste and tenacity. His consistently fresh take...
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Polygrains: Now I Know Armed with a staunch endorsement from Larry Gus (a part of the DFA family) is fellow Greek singer and producer Polygrains. His single "Now I Know" is a fresh downtempo electronic tune; his jazz training shows through his choice...
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Majid Jordan: A Place Like This With prominent vocals and production credits on Drake's heavily rotated (and critically acclaimed) single "Hold On, We're Going Home," Toronto duo Majid Jordan had listeners intrigued. Composed of Majid Al Maskati...
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Bobby Womack: That's The Way I Feel About 'Cha Born in Cleveland in 1944, soul singer Bobby Womack got his start like many from his generation: singing gospel with his family in the church choir. With his exceptional voice and talent on the guitar...
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Noa vs AK Paul: So Good Fans of the mysterious Jai Paul and his seldom but exceptional singles will delight in knowing there's another way to hear more. Turns out, Jai has a brother named Anup (who goes by AK) and his talents are equally outstanding...
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Jessie Ware: Tough Love London's beloved songstress Jessie Ware released her new single, "Tough Love," and—as expected—it's one for the repeat button. Produced by duo BenZel (who were also behind her saucy Brownstone cover), the song was recorded...
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Air: All I Need We celebrated the news of Air's forthcoming vinyl-only release, Music For Museum, with a look back at one of their classic tracks, "All I Need" and its Mike Mills-directed video. It's been two years since Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Nicolas...
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Sonzeira: Aquarela do Brasil (Mark E Remix) Recognized by the BBC as the "Best Singer of the Millennium," legendary Brazilian chanteuse Elza Soares is an essential contributor to Gilles Peterson's new concept album Brasil Bam Bam Bam. Peterson tapped...
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Neil Young: A Letter Home As the Guardian's Alexis Petridis points out, it's odd that Neil Young—creator of the ultra-high resolution music player Pono—would release an album like A Letter Home—a crackling, distorted, "retro-tech" LP recorded in...
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ListenUp: Brownbook Magazine
This week, we check in with Dubai-based Brownbook magazine in celebration of the mix of "legends and underground heroes" included in their current music issue. In addition to a pull-out songbook featuring sheet music from classic Egyptian songstress...
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