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Shy Girls: 4WZ Dan Vidmar's R&B project Shy Girls has returned with a moody mixtape, 4WZ, featuring guest spots from Junglepussy, Rome Fortune and Tei Shi—and a tiny cover of Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Wonderful." The mixtape is unashamedly melancholy...
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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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Panda Bear: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper Citing '90s hip-hop and R&B as influences, and sampling material from Debussy and even Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker suite (heard in "Tropic of Cancer"), Panda Bear's new album is all about rhythmic swings...
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HUH: January Playlist
There's no better time to discover new music than the start of the year and London-based HUH Magazine's January 2015 playlist is chocked full of new music from new and familiar names alike. Music editor Joe Reeve kicks things off with hometown art...
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Travi$ Scott: Skyfall (feat. Young Thug)
Kiel Mead of AmDC: "We put on 'The Breaks' by Kurtis Blow in the afternoon when we all need a good vibes pick-me-up. Some break for a coffee, we at the AmDC break for a two-step!" (Listen)
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Kurtis Blow: The Breaks
Tina Roth Eisenberg of swissmiss: "This song never fails to get me off my chair. I cannot not dance to this song. When I am in need of inspiration, all I need to do is trick myself into shifting focus, get up, get my blood flowing. 'September’ does...
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Earth, Wind & Fire: September
Theo Richardson of Rich Brilliant Willing: "A very moody song, but upbeat song. I'm not even sure what it really means, or why I like. I just get the feeling that something is about to happen when I listen to it." (Listen)
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Teen: Better
James Victore: "'In The Name of Love' and other loud power ballads; I can sing it REEAALLL loud." (Listen)
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U2: Pride
Drew Seskunas of The Principals: "I found myself in a very similar situation once, this takes me back to that special place." (Listen)
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Ween: Bananas and Blow
Terri Chiao and Adam Frezza of CHIAOZZA: "We are constantly shifting gears and trying to move forward with our work. After a big project, this song feels like a nice reset. The simple message reminds us not to rely on the things we've already done...
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Orange Juice: Rip It Up
Shanan Campanaro of Eskayel: "I love the sound of the song and in the lyrics it actually says, 'So don't be stressed out.' (Listen)
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Blood Orange: It Is What It Is
Stefan Sagmeister of Sagmeister & Walsh: "Because I listened to it 120 times and it still does not get on my nerves. It is the only earworm I know that does not worm itself into my ear." (Listen)
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Siskiyou: Pull It Away
Emily Sugihara of Baggu: "Makes me feel like I'm in the car driving to the beach, good vibes to channel while designing bags." (Listen)
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Connan Mockasin: I'm The Man, That Will Find You
Lindsey Adelman: "My favorite song changes every day. Right this second it's 'Everything She Wants' by Wham! Because I always want to be in a George Michael mood." (Listen)
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Wham!: Everything She Wants
New York is a city steeped in music history—from salsa to hip-hop to punk, several genres were born here from bands that found artistic inspiration in the mix of disparate cultures and intense urban landscape. In turn, music itself prompts creative...
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ListenUp: The New York Designer's Playlist
New York is a city steeped in music history—from salsa to hip-hop to punk, several genres were born here from bands that found artistic inspiration in the mix of disparate cultures and intense urban landscape. In turn, music itself prompts creative...
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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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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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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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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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Pairing Food and Music with Supper.mx
Centuries of study have been dedicated to pairing food and wine, but music has long been an important part of the cooking process, as well as the dining environment. The passionate, music-loving app developers at Artisan Council recognized the...
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