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Ryan Hemsworth: 3AM O4W Mixtape
Canadian DJ/producer Ryan Hemsworth has just released his "3AM O4W" mixtape, and it's full of unreleased remixes and reworks of tracks by the likes of Kornél Kovács, Lucas, Kodak Black and more. (His take on Jazz Cartier's "Red Alert" is especially...
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Azealia Banks: Along the Coast
Zero-fucks-giving Azealia Banks fires her sound engineer, and when he threatens to leak her mixtape, she promptly uploads it instead. Slay-Z features Rick Ross and Nina Sky, plus Kaytranada has produced the R&B lullaby-like "Along the Coast," with...
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Lil Yachty + Quavo: No Hook
"We made a song with no chorus," half-sings red-haired rapper on the rise Lil Yachty, trading verses back and forth with Quavo (member of Atlanta-based hip hop trio Migos) in the simple, unhurried track "No Hook." Though the Autotuning can be excessive...
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Yeasayer: I Am Chemistry Having teased their new album Amen and Goodbye in bite-sized morsels over the holidays, three-member band Yeasayer released the track "I Am Chemistry" with a music video that hands-down wins weirdest of 2016—regardless of...
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Busta Rhymes feat. MF Doom and BJ The Chicago Kid: In The Streets
Busta Rhymes returned with a new mixtape The Return of the Dragon: The Abstract Went on Vacation over the holidays and it features new tracks, remixes and plenty of impressive guests like Mary J Blige, Gucci Mane, Wiz Khalifa, Waka Flocka, Fabolous...
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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: Valentine's Slowjams Chapter VIII. The playlist begins with a live cover version of Earth...
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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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The Kinks: Waterloo Sunset
"A chair is still a chair, even when there's no one sitting there..." This 1964 ballad, written for Dionne Warwick and sung live in a duet by singer-songwriter Burt Bacharach and Dusty Springfield, is the perfect classic song befitting the classy items...
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Max Normal: Good Old Fashion Loving
Design studio Industrial Facility, who works closely with brands like Muji and Herman Miller, prefer old school simplicity and anonymity to designer stardom. For their mixtape, founders Sam Hecht and Kim Colin selected a disc's worth of songs from...
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ListenUp: The Mixtape Project
For this year's London Design Festival, the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch played host to four different designer installations for "Super Stimuli," a show curated by biannual magazine Modern Design Review (check out our Instagram of Michael Marriot's lamp...
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Egyptian Lover: Freak-A-Holic
For this year's London Design Festival, the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch played host to four different designer installations for "Super Stimuli," a show curated by biannual magazine Modern Design Review (check out our Instagram of Michael Marriot's lamp...
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Dusty Springfield & Burt Bacharach: A House Is Not A Home
Many people don't know that before Die Antwoord, there was Max Normal. "Good Old Fashion Loving" is one of the more toned-down tracks from the experimental hip-hop South African four-piece, giving off some Nujabes vibes. This tune was selected by furniture...
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Destroy All Monsters: Child of the Night
Set designer Gary Card opted for what is a certifiable deep cut with Egyptian Lover's 1986 electro-dance jam "Freak-A-Holic." (The song was originally intended for the soundtrack to Prince's "Purple Rain.") The LA-based Egyptian Lover (born Greg Broussard...
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Interview: George Awwad of Odd Castles
For anyone interested in emerging artists and musicians working outside the mainstream, the internet is a goldmine. While the underground music scenes of past generations required word-of-mouth knowledge, today we can all, in theory, find exactly...
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Zeid Hamdan: Balekeh (Acoustic)
Hailing from Mauritania, Noura Mint Seymali's "Tzenni" (the Hassaniya Arabic word meaning "to turn" or "to spin") is immediately intriguing and alluring. The song quickly morphs into fusion of traditional Moorish griot music, Western pop, blues, even...
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Souad Abdullah: Yumma, al Hilou
Full of nostalgia, handclaps (and hand drums) and a decidedly warm feeling permeating the entire track, "Habibi Taal" (off the debut album Silt) is the perfect introduction to Brooklyn-based, Sudanese-born singer Alsarah and her band the Nubatones...
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Noura Mint Seymali: Tzenni
Discovered by Sublime Frequencies and then released o"n the label's compilation Choubi Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds from Iraq, Yumma, al Hilou" is a track that we don't know much about, other than the fact that it might translate to "Mother, Here's...
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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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L'Orchestre National de Mauritanie: Senam-Mosso
Lebanese composer and music producer Zeid Hamdan is behind some of the country's biggest regional and alternative bands. "Balekeh" is a song from 2011 performed by his band, Zeid and the Wings, from their album Aasfeh. Here, he takes the already soothing...
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Alsarah & The Nubatones: Habibi Taal
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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SQÜRL: Funnel Of Love feat. Madeline Follin
"Only Lovers Left Alive" promises to be a very different kind of vampire film—Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston are centuries-old, long-distance lovers who buy, rather than suck, blood in a civilized manner. Director Jim Jarmusch happens to be in the...
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Kishi Bashi: Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It! The imitable Kishi Bashi (aka K Ishibashi) has created yet another delightful pop song with "Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!" Set to appear on his upcoming album Lighght (out 13 May...
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Kishi Bashi: Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!
The imitable Kishi Bashi (aka K Ishibashi) has created yet another delightful pop song with "Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!" Set to appear on his upcoming album Lighght (out 13 May 2014), the song is bubbly, sweet and joyous, while the gentle...
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Hot Chip: Atomic Bomb (William Onyeabor cover)
The mysterious Nigerian funk musician William Onyeabor—who all but disappeared from music after releasing eight highly influential, if not obscure, albums in the '70s and '80s—has amassed quite a talented following. London's electro-pop outfit Hot...
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De La Soul: Smell the Da.I.S.Y. Mixtape
After releasing snippets all month, NYC hip-hop trio De La Soul dropped their entire "Smell the Da.I.S.Y." mixtape, featuring never-before-heard beats from the late great producer J Dilla considered by many to be the most influential beatmaker of his...
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