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Miles Davis, Robert Glasper feat. Erykah Badu: Maiysha (So Long)
Robert Glasper—longtime crusader of liberating jazz and its players from rigid definitions—took samples from Miles Davis' archive (predominately his later electric years) and collaborated with the likes of Laura Mvula, Hiatus Kaiyote, Stevie Wonder...
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Portishead: SOS (ABBA Cover)
In an exhilaratingly dark version of ABBA's "SOS," Portishead's Beth Gibbons brings an immense heartbreak to the Swedish group's 1975 pop song. The cover is a tribute to Jo Cox (a Batley and Spen MP who fought for refugees' rights) who was murdered...
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Thundercat: Song For The Dead
It's been exactly one year since Thundercat's six-track album The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam (featuring the poignant, sad-funk song "Them Changes") was released, and with the anniversary comes a new music video. "Song For The Dead" was drawn by...
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Aphex Twin: CIRKLON3 [ Колхозная mix ]
For the first time in 17 years, Aphex Twin (aka enigmatic producer Richard D James) has released an official music video for CIRKLON3 [ Колхозная mix ], filled with kids dancing in band merch and Richard D James' creepy smile masks. It's directed...
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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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Peter Gabriel: I'm Amazing
Peter Gabriel's new song "I'm Amazing" doesn't take cues from Kanye West, but the legendary boxer and political activist Muhammad Ali, who recently passed away at the age of 74. Gabriel writes in a Facebook post that it was "inspired by Muhammad Ali...
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El Perro Del Mar: Breadandbutter (Karaoke Version)
Despite her Spanish-named moniker El Perro del Mar ("Dog of the Sea"), Sarah Assbring in fact hails from Sweden—though her experimental pop music of late is more globally influenced than ever. Her upcoming album KoKoro, set for release in September...
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Shock Machine: Something More
In March of this year, former Klaxons frontman James Righton began releasing music under the moniker Shock Machine. His brand new track "Something More," not released on his April EP Open Up The Sky, represents a departure from expectation. The accompanying...
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Kero Kero Bonito: Break
Light-hearted London-based trio Kero Kero Bonito have composed this summer's go-to lounging anthem. "Break" finds Sarah Midori Perry dexterously switching between English and Japanese lyrics at her own whim, at a soothing, lazy tempo. "Just move very...
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D∆WN: Wake Up
Former Danity Kane member D∆WN has been busy this week, dropping her Adult Swim Single "Serpentine Fire," her collaboration "Lemonade Lakes" with Oshi, and now a music video for her climatic chant "Wake Up." The high energy dance track—featuring Machinedrum...
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DJ Shadow feat. Nils Frahm: Bergschrund
DJ Shadow's latest track "Bergschrund," made with Berlin-based pianist and experimental composer Nils Frahm, will have your heart pumping along to the beat. The gated synth line seems simple at first before the instrumental enlarges and blooms and...
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Dave Okumu feat. Jamie Woon: Oceans of Purple
Dave Okumu (of acclaimed band The Invisible) just released a lush and fitting Prince tribute song, "Oceans of Purple," that tingles the senses. Featuring British singer/songwriter/producer Jamie Woon on vocals, the sexy, sexy song—with a beautifully...
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Blonde Redhead: Dripping
Veteran NYC avant-rock trio Blonde Redhead (made up of Kazu Makino and twin brothers Simon and Amedeo Pace) released their ninth studio album Barragán back in September 2014. From it, the hushed and hazy lead single "Dripping" ("I saw you dripping...
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MOTHXR: She Can't Tell
Brooklyn-based four piece MOTHXR (not to be confused with Athens, GA-based band Mothers) released their debut album Centerfold this past February. Each of the slow jam pop tracks is getting its own shot-in-one-take video of singer Penn Badgley, filmed...
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Beck: Wow
Coming 20 years after his album Odelay, Beck's new song "Wow" takes you by surprise (did anyone else flashback to Leslie Carter's manufactured one hit wonder "Like Wow"). Whether he's writing folk rock or Rick and Morty-influenced dance tunes like...
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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 has a confirmed release date...
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Rihanna: Kiss It Better (Four Tet Remix)
We've been waiting for the official "Kiss It Better" remixes since hearing Four Tet release his into the desert air at FORM Arcosanti last month, during his DJ set in the amphitheater. It's now available, along with Kaytranada, R3hab (whose take on...
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ETHEL + Robert Mirabal: Tuvan Ride
Genre-crossing string quartet ETHEL's latest endeavor is a new studio album with their regular collaborator, native American musician Robert Mirabal. Merging classical with the sacred and spiritual, The River releases 24 June via Innova Recordings...
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The Strokes: Drag Queen
In a surprise move last week, NYC indie-rockers The Strokes dropped not one but all three songs off their brand new Future Present Past EP—at roughly the same time via three different radio shows. Each track pushes the band's signature sound in new...
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra: First World Problem
After the wild success of their third album Multi-Love, New Zealand/American Unknown Mortal Orchestra has released a new track: "First World Problem." The song (whose cover art is by Henrietta Harris) is everything we've come to expect from UMO—boppy...
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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 and drum hits...
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High Water: Changed The Locks (Lucinda Williams Cover)
Folk rocker Lucinda Williams' bridge-free 1988 song "Changed the Locks" is so bad-ass and to the point that there's not much room for other artists to cover it with justice (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers once tried). High Water (aka Will Epstein...
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Garbage: Empty
That feeling when a song and its music video is everything you hoped from a band you've long loved. In the new video for their single "Empty," Garbage reunites with Sam Bayer who directed the band's first three videos, including "Only Happy When It...
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Speedy Ortiz: Emma O
Speedy Ortiz's four-track EP Foiled Again—considered a postscript to last year's album Foil Deer—is set for release next Friday (3 June). They released the grainy, anime-referencing "Death Note" earlier this month and now share another, the much more...
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Danny L Harle (feat. Caroline Polachek): Ashes of Love
PC Music ambassador Danny L Harle's collaboration with Caroline Polachek of Chairlift, "Ashes of Love," brings out both of their unique strengths: melodies that unfold like a labyrinth, reinforced by Eurovision-level HD production and Dance Dance Revolution...
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