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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Colleagues: Tears
Take synth-driven electro-pop charm, bolster it with a riotous bass line and a healthy dose of danceability and the result is Swedish quintet Colleagues' "Tears." With synths fit for a stadium, hypnotic vocals and a radio-ready chorus, the track is...
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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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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 2014), the song is bubbly, sweet and joyous, while the gentle...
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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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Dizzee Rascal: I Don't Need a Reason
East London rapper Dizzee Rascal is going full force with his new effects-laden video for "I Don't Need a Reason." In an 18th century Versailles-like setting, the video's political subtext of British colonial rule by an all black court may get lost...
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Prosumer: Dimensions 2013 Mix
CH is on-site at Croatia's Fort Punta Christa for this year's second annual Dimensions festival, where 5,000 fans converge to hear today's top DJs and musicians push the limits of several impressive sound-system setups spreading from the clear-blue...
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Shawn Brown: Rappin' Duke
Kool Keith, the self-proclaimed inventor of horrorcore, offered up this week's #Private Jam and the legendary and slightly insane hip-hop artist did not disappoint, choosing the obscure 1983 track "Rappin' Duke" (a cultural parody of the times hinting...
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The Weeknd: Kiss Land
NPR gave the internet a first crack at The Weeknd's upcoming album Kiss Land this week, which they describe as Abel Tesfaye's "manifesto against seeking fame and living your dreams." Since dropping the mixtape House of Balloons in 2010, the unique...
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Pixies: Indie Cindy
Perhaps a nod to the years during their reign, the video for Pixies' "Indie Cindy"—a preview track from their surprising forthcoming EP—is bound by a VHS aesthetic. While the legendary Boston-based band is now sadly operating sans bassist and vocalist...
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Pixies: Indie Cindy Perhaps a nod to the years during their reign, the video for Pixies' "Indie Cindy"—a preview track from their surprising forthcoming EP—is bound by a VHS aesthetic. While the legendary Boston-based band is now sadly operating...
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