COOL HUNTING /
NEW MUSIC

New Music

CULTURE
Mavis Staples: If All I Was Was Black
The title track from Mavis Staples' forthcoming album (out 17 November), "If All I Was Was Black" confronts not only racism the singer faced in her eight decades of performing, but also the violence she witnesses today in racial conflict. Written in...
CULTURE
Sure Sure: Hands Up Head Down
LA-based band Sure Sure (aka Chris Beachy, Kevin Farzad, Charlie Glick and Michael Coleman) return with a super-catchy tune "Hands Up Head Down." A falsetto, staccato hook and an undeniable bop unite for electro-pop perfection. The lyrics explain a...
CULTURE
Lizzo: Truth Hurts
Minneapolis-based Lizzo's newest track "Truth Hurts" just dropped, and as expected it's a banger chock-full of attitude. Opening with the line, "I just took a DNA test turns out I’m 100 percent that bitch," this song is badass. The music industry is...
CULTURE
Blu & Exile: Constellations
A decade after the release of their acclaimed boom-bap debut album Below the Heavens, the glorious duo Blu & Exile have dropped a new tune. The boppy "Constellations" will appear on their new record (a prequel for their debut) In the Beginning: Before...
CULTURE
Ásgeir: I Know You Know
With delicately triumphant electronica fortifying vocals rooted in folk, Ásgeir's "I Know You Know" invokes ethereal images of the natural world, from light to the ocean and rivers flowing. Its brand new music video, directed by Baldvin Albertsson...
LISTEN_UP
ListenUp
The xx: On Hold (Jamie xx Remix) The incredibly talented Jamie xx has taken the lead single from The xx’s latest album I See You and reworked it into a six-minute techno jam that's made for the dance floor. With minimal vocals included, the "On Hold...
CULTURE
Björk: the gate
Unsurprisingly, Björk's new track "the gate" is stunning. The song will appear on her upcoming LP, which she has been calling "a Tinder album." Across more than six minutes, the song builds dramatically and luminously.
CULTURE
Premiere: "June" by Banfi
"You need to breathe, honey," Joe Banfi, frontman of London three-piece band Banfi, urges in their latest music video. A flaming rose and scenes of a dancing heroine splice up moments of straightforward band performance visuals—all of which end...
CULTURE
Burial: Rodent
Super-talented British producer Burial (aka William Emmanuel Bevan) just released a new track "Rodent" which is a little more uptempo than his usual offerings. Unlike some of his more atmospheric creations, this tune is a slow but steady burn, complete...
CULTURE
The xx: On Hold (Jamie xx Remix)
The incredibly talented Jamie xx has taken the lead single from The xx’s latest album I See You and reworked it into a six-minute techno jam that's made for the dance floor. With minimal vocals included, the "On Hold" remix seems to sample Bronski...
CULTURE
Gavin Turek: Birdie Bees
Multi-talented Gavin Turek recently released the super-delightful song "Birdie Bees." Her sweet vocals float across the groovy bass-line, and the track's blend of funk, soul, R&B and pop charms. Produced by Chris Hartz, it ultimately uplifts the listener...
CULTURE
Carly Rae Jepsen: Runaways
Master of pop music Carly Rae Jepsen has released what appears to be a track she wrote for the animated film "Leap!" (for which she also offered the excellent "Cut to the Feeling"). "Runaways" isn't like most of her previous tunes. Rather than embracing...
LISTEN_UP
ListenUp
Steely Dan: Peg Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker sadly passed away this weekend, leaving behind an incredible legacy of masterful songs blending rock, pop, jazz and R&B. The guitarist and songwriter worked closely with Donald Fagen on Steely Dan...
CULTURE
Oddisee: Never Lived
The latest song to be featured in Adult Swim's Singles Program is by hip-hop artist Oddisee (aka Amir Mohamed el Khalifa), whose The Iceberg was released in February this year. His knack for impeccably crafted tunes that blend elements—from hip-hop...
CULTURE
dvsn: mood
From dvsn (aka singer Daniel Daley and producer Nineteen85) comes a track off Morning After, called "mood." The piano-led, sultry down-tempo melody and Daley's sublime vocals make for some steamy late-night vibes. The new record is the follow-up to...
CULTURE
Ibeyi feat. Kamasi Washington: Deathless
Nothing short of a victory ballad, "Deathless" marks an empowered and empowering return from Ibeyi. The French-Cuban twins who compose Ibeyi, Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz, enlist Kamasi Washington on the stunning track. Washington lends detailed saxophone...
CULTURE
Cool Hunting's End of Summer Playlist
This weekend may have marked the mental and emotional end of summer in the United States (with fall actually commencing on 22 September), but it's not all doom and gloom. Part farewell to the warmest season, part welcome for the changing seasons, this...
LISTEN_UP
ListenUp
Matthew Dear feat. Tegan and Sara: Bad Ones The seamless creative process behind "Bad Ones"—wherein Matthew Dear discovered a loop that he thought would be a great fit for Tegan and Sara, and they returned a verse and chorus within a day—beams brightly...
CULTURE
Charli XCX: Boys (Acoustic Version)
Charli XCX's hit "Boys" has been given an acoustic remix which borders on chill-wave. Softer and sweeter than the original—thanks in part to that video game "ca-ching" being left out—this version works perfectly with all that cute boy-crazy innocence...
CULTURE
St Vincent: New York
With a whimsical color palette and crisp, shapely structures, the music video for St Vincent's latest single "New York" delights. It's a visual feast from director Alex Da Corte, starring Annie Clark who delivers a break-up love letter in the context...
CULTURE
Andrew Applepie: Fantasy Prison
German songwriter, musician and producer Andrew Applepie's new song "Fantasy Prison" includes tinges of countless genres—from jazz to electronic and beyond—resulting in a slow-burning and beautiful work. Experimental and charming, the track also has...
CULTURE
Wolf Parade: You're Dreaming
From their first record in seven years, Cry Cry Cry (out 6 October), Canadian band Wolf Parade has released "You're Dreaming"—sung by co-lead Dan Boeckner. His almost staccato vocals, atop an organ-led hook, are perfectly off-center. The song, and...
CULTURE
Matthew Dear feat. Tegan and Sara: Bad Ones
The seamless creative process behind "Bad Ones"—wherein Matthew Dear discovered a loop that he thought would be a great fit for Tegan and Sara, and they returned a verse and chorus within a day—beams brightly through the track. There's a beautiful...
CULTURE
PNAU: Into The Sky
Premiering on Australia's Triple J a few days ago, PNAU's "Into The Sky" is one of three new tracks the dance outfit debuted. From the band's upcoming LP Changa (their first since 2012's Elton John remix album), the tune takes some tips from late...
LISTEN_UP
ListenUp
Phantogram: Funeral Pyre With their eerie, emotional (and NSFW) video for "Funeral Pyre"—found on last year's album Three—Phantogram have unleashed an experience that's set just outside the passenger window of a moving automobile. Traveling in slow...
Loading More...