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D'Angelo and The Vanguard: Black Messiah D'Angelo released an incredible new album, Black Messiah, and not only is it a beautiful, thoughtful and soulful, it's also poignantly timely. Dent May: I'll Be Stoned For Christmas Mississippi-based Dent...
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Mr Twin Sister: Lonely Disco Dancer Mix
Five-piece New York band Mr Twin Sister had a pretty crazy 2014: a name change, an album release, and opening for Julian Casablancas. As an end-of-year gift, they've put together an uplifting hour-long mix that shows off their music tastes (which involve...
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Lobster Theremin with Imre Kiss & Snowbone
Freshly founded London imprint Lobster Theremin, born in 2013, struck gold with its first release: Berlin-based producer Palms Trax and his Chicago-style house beats. They've since offered up EP after EP of exciting electronic music and become a dependable...
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The Three Degrees: 天使の囁き (When Will I See You Again)
This week Japanese hip-hop scholar Dexter Thomas penned a second installment of his look into Japan's connection to Soul Train, highlighting the band Yellow Magic Orchestra—the only Japanese band to ever perform on the show, and an Afrika Bambaataa...
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Tinashe (feat. SchoolBoy Q): 2 On
After listening to LA-based singer-songwriter Henry Wolfe's recently released EP Encino, which features two original tracks and two covers (Arthur Russell and Harry Nilsson), you might be surprised to hear his current guilty pleasure song is the club...
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Pusha T: Lunch Money
This week Funk Master Flex premiered a new original track from Virginia's Pusha T, his first solo drop since 2013's My Name is My Name. "Lunch Money" sees King Push spitting as aggressively as ever—albeit over a more abstract than usual beat from none...
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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 fan's affair. Founded in 2007, the...
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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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Glass Candy: Halloween
While decidedly holiday appropriate, "Halloween" is a tune you could throw on any time of year. Released in 2011 by Glass Candy, which is comprised of Portland-based vocalist Ida No and guitarist Johnny Jewel (who founded the record label Italians...
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BenZel: Four (feat. Juicy J + Cashmere Cat)
When BenZel jumped on the scene in 2012 with their production for Jessie Ware's Brownstone cover (and ultimately her last album), fans were surprised to see she'd tapped a previously unheard of talent, but even more stunned to read they were teenagers...
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Clash DJ Mix: Wolf + Lamb
In their recent one-hour mix for London's Clash Music, Brooklyn-based duo Wolf + Lamb (producers Zev Le Wolfe and Gadi Mizrahi) delivers an enticing bite-sized sample of the sound that has made them famous over the years. Their seemingly innate talent...
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NPR Tiny Desk Concert: T-Pain
With hits like "Bartender" and "Buy You a Drank," T-Pain has wooed fans with his trademark Auto-Tune crooning. But at a recent Tiny Desk Concert at NPR (a series that hosts intimate, often stripped down, performances at Bob Boilen's desk), the Grammy...
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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 obsession with her son—a metaphor for unhealthy...
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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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Vic Mensa: Down On My Luck
With endless opportunities to boogie during NY Fashion Week, we asked MICK—prominent DJ to the style setters—what he plays to kick the party into full gear. His #PrivateJam is Vic Mensa's "Down On My Luck," which he tells us: "As a DJ, I love great...
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Dummy Mix 224: Rub ‘N’ Tug
London-based Thomas Bullock most recently made waves at Cool Hunting with his mezcal obsession, but to most he's known as one-half of the celebrated DJ duo Rub 'N' Tug, along with Eric "Dunks" Duncan. Typically splitting their time between parties...
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Julian Casablancas + The Voidz: Human Sadness
Almost five years after his debut solo album, and a year after the Strokes' last record, Julian Casablancas is set to release his second solo effort Tyranny on 23 September 2014 (in vinyl, CD, tape and even USB-disguised-as-lighter form). The album...
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Joey Anderson's '90s Dance Tunes
New Jersey's own Joey Anderson caught the critical acclaim of the global house community this year with his full-length debut After Forever. Anderson is set to perform this September at small-scale experimental music festival Sustain-Release. In anticipation...
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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 weekend, the band played their...
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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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Burgerac's Bangin' 4th of July Barbecue Mix
As the United States celebrates its independence from the United Kingdom 238 years ago we find it only appropriate to share in the joy that, while no longer part of Great Britain, America thrives in an ongoing friendship with our English-speaking...
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Cascine: So Goddamn Guilty Summer Mix
ListenUp is a Cool Hunting series published every Sunday that takes a deeper look at the music we tweeted throughout the week. Often we'll include a musician or notable fan's personal favorite in a song or album dubbed #PrivateJam.
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School of Seven Bells: I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)
For this week's rendition of Impose Magazine's Friday Night mixtapes, Jeff Bratton—founder of NYC and London-based independent record label Cascine—crafted together an hour's worth of his current alternative pop music favorites. A genre that doesn...
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Simply Red: Stars
School of Seven Bells' cover of the Joey Ramone song "I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)" is beyond bittersweet. As a listener, it would be hard enough not to be taken by the lyrics, which describe Ramone's seven-year battle with lymphoma toward...
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