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Not Your Father's Ginger Ale
With Superbowl Sunday taking place this weekend, you might already be thinking about what snacks and drinks to serve. Between the ice bucket of canned light stuff and six-packs of choice craft beer brewed in North Carolina or Colorado, there's...
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High Water: Moonlight Mind High Water (aka NYC-based musician Will Epstein) has been mostly mum since releasing his debut EP The Beautiful Moon in 2013. With the celestial bodies in perfect alignment, he finally releases a new track, "Moonlight...
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Boulevards: Sanity Boulevards (aka Jamil Rashad) brings the '70s back in a big and catchy way with "Sanity," a full-energy track that celebrates the best clichés of the era—like hand claps, glittery riffs, groovy bass lines and smoother-than-caramel...
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Life Sim: IDL PC Music has stayed mostly quiet this summer but finally rewarded those patiently waiting with a new track, "IDL," from the mysterious artist Life Sim (whose IRL identity has yet to be disclosed). The simple electronic instrumental...
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Love Ssega: Minds
One of the founders of the electronic-meets-classical outfit Clean Bandit—who left to pursue his PhD in laser sensing—British-Ugandan singer Love Ssega returns to the music scene with the single "Minds." From an upcoming EP (due to release in October...
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PC Music Volume 1
Hovering somewhere between the imagination and reality, "London-based" (but more likely existing in the deep web) collective PC Music has been electroshocking the world of pop with their hyper-manufactured hits. PC Music has just released the compilation...
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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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Cool Hunting Video: Christopher O'Riley
In a private residence on NYC's Upper West Side, we recently had the pleasure of attending a thrilling performance organized by Culture Shock featuring pianist Christopher O'Riley. Renowned for his flawless renderings of classical masterpieces...
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Myth Syzer: Clean Shoes (feat. Prince Waly)
Aussie three-piece garage outfit Bloods comes in swinging on their latest single "No Fun." With an upbeat and in-your-face attitude, the band evokes a carefree, "windows down in the summertime" feeling while keeping things just edgy enough—calling...
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For this week's bout of exciting new music we turned to the team behind MTV Iggy, who used their distinct global focus to highlight five international acts making noise around the world. See their picks below, and follow Iggy on Twitter for even more...
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Keep Shelly In Athens: Oostende
For this week's bout of exciting new music we turned to the team behind MTV Iggy, who used their distinct global focus to highlight five international acts making noise around the world. See their picks below, and follow Iggy on Twitter for even more...
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Bryte: Nadia Number
Paris-based producer Myth Syzer has created beats for his fellow French artists Joke and Yann Ichon as well as Harlem-based rapper Perrion. If his remix of Wiz Khalifa's "Work" didn't get your head bobbing, "Clean Shoes," featuring epic rhymes from...
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Bloods: No Fun
2NE1 made waves throughout South Korea by differing themselves from their fellow cookie-cutter all-girl pop groups, who seemed to take stage as eye candy rather than as performers. Influenced by hip-hop, R&B and a good dose of electronic dance, 2NE1...
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2NE1: Missing You
A dreamy mix of Balearic beats, Scandinavian pop, Greek nonchalance and a touch of Sade make the aptly named duo Keep Shelly in Athens a melodic wonder. "Oostende" brings their yearning to life in a video teeming with shooting stars and missed connections...
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She Keeps Bees: Retrograde
Brooklyn-based duo Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant—better known as the musical act She Keeps Bees—debuted "Retrograde" this week, a new track from a forthcoming full-length album produced by Nicolas Vernhes (who also worked on Deerhunter's recent...
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Lianne La Havas: Twice (Little Dragon cover) South London songstress Lianne La Havas is known for heartfelt songwriting as much as her soulful voice, but it turns out she can breathe new life into other artists' work too—as evidenced by her cover...
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Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam: I Wonder If I Take You Home
With a throwback to some seriously funky '80s R&B, "I Wonder If I Take You Home" is this week's #PrivateJam from Meyhem Lauren. "I chose this song because it's one of the best songs ever, you just wouldn't expect me to listen to it regularly," explains...
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Lianne La Havas: Twice (Little Dragon cover)
South London songstress Lianne La Havas is known for heartfelt songwriting as much as her soulful voice, but it turns out she can breathe new life into other artists' work too—as evidenced by her cover of Swedish electropop outfit Little Dragon's...
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Hotel War: Get Up
Sometimes, the best music comes in the purest form. In this case it's Nashville's latest band to watch—Dayton, Ohio natives Hotel War—who are pure, dyed in the wool, no nonsense rockers. Opting for bluesy guitar riffs, hard-hitting drum solos, distorted...
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Angel Olsen: Forgiven/Forgotten
Missouri native and Chicago adoptee Angel Olsen has been on our radar since performing at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival. "Forgiven/Forgotten," her first single off her upcoming album Burn Your Fire For No Witness (slated for February 2014 release...
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