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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 of Swedish electropop outfit Little Dragon's...
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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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Earl Sweatshirt: Burgundy (prod. Pharrell)
Ubiquitous producer, art collector and veritable renaissance man Pharrell linked up with Odd Future founding member Earl Sweatshirt on his new single "Burgundy." Pharrell sets up a dense, dark yet funk-inspired beat, complete with an obscure vocal...
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Superhumanoids: Exhibitionists
With a few EPs already under their belt, LA-based dream-pop group Superhumanoids have finally released their self-produced debut LP, Exhibitionists. The album exudes a sense of yearning while offering space to think between breaths. The band easily...
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Bill Callahan: Expanding Dub
Texas-based, 47-year-old Drag City artist Bill Callahan has entered the world of dub, finally fulfilling a musical desire he carried with him over the years while making numerous records as his alias Smog, and the four LPs released under his own name...
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Anna Rose: Los Angeles
Anna Rose doesn't want her name to fool you. She's no girl-and-a-guitar singer/songwriter. "Los Angeles," a track from her just-released album Behold a Pale Horse, packs a strong punch. A diatribe against the City of Angels' shallow side, the song...
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Future Islands: Walking Through That Door
Artist Kymia Nawabi explores the confidence that deep love provides in a new stop-motion short film for Future Islands' 2010 synth-pop song, "Walking Through That Door." The animation, which features a bear and a Max-like character from "Where The...
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Future Islands: Walking Through That Door Artist Kymia Nawabi explores the confidence that deep love provides in a new stop-motion short film for Future Islands' 2010 synth-pop song, "Walking Through That Door." The animation, which features a bear...
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