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The Three Degrees: 天使の囁き (When Will I See You Again)
This week Japanese hip-hop scholar Dexter Thomas penned a second installment of his look into Japan's connection to Soul Train, highlighting the band Yellow Magic Orchestra—the only Japanese band to ever perform on the show, and an Afrika Bambaataa...
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Music from "Transparent"
November 20th marked Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), which honors those who have lost their lives because of anti-transgender prejudice. (Reportedly, a person is killed somewhere in the world every two days for expressing gender nonconformity...
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Tinashe (feat. SchoolBoy Q): 2 On
After listening to LA-based singer-songwriter Henry Wolfe's recently released EP Encino, which features two original tracks and two covers (Arthur Russell and Harry Nilsson), you might be surprised to hear his current guilty pleasure song is the club...
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Pusha T: Lunch Money
This week Funk Master Flex premiered a new original track from Virginia's Pusha T, his first solo drop since 2013's My Name is My Name. "Lunch Money" sees King Push spitting as aggressively as ever—albeit over a more abstract than usual beat from none...
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Son Lux: Tundra Visitation Rentals A music festival with a dedicated couch-surfing program may seemingly be pointed at young indie hipsters, but the Le Guess Who? festival in Utrecht—a quaint town about an hour south of Amsterdam—is a serious music...
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Julie London: Nice Girls Don't Stay For Breakfast
Hôtel Bourg Tibourg in Paris' Marais district is letting guests take the hotel's lobby "soundtrack" home with a mix compiled by Guillaume Sorge. The artistic director at Red Bull Studios Paris has selected 12 songs to take listeners through different...
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The Sugarhill Gang: Apache (Jump On It)
Henry Jackson, better known as Big Bank Hank from the early '80s rap trio The Sugarhill Gang, passed away this week at just 58 years old after a battle with cancer. The industry pioneer's career began with him as a music manager for hip-hop artists...
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Frank Sinatra: I've Got You Under My Skin
We recently had the pleasure of meeting iconic rocker Iggy Pop, who told us a range of contemporary acts he enjoys listening to—a rowdy group that includes G.O.A.T., Ice Age, Black Lips and Sleigh Bells. But, he tell us, a song that he listens to in...
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Campos Neto: Dia Benga (Nomads VIP Edit)
ListenUp is a Cool Hunting series published every Sunday that takes a deeper look at the music we tweeted throughout the week. Often we'll include a musician or notable fan's personal favorite in a song or album dubbed #PrivateJam. Hear them all in...
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Redlight: 9TS (90s Baby)
As one half of Berlin duo Africaine 808, Nomad has become famous for his Vulkandance parties in the German capital. The DJ (and painter) ventured to NYC this week to treat audiences to his crate-digging style of deep house that draws on rare and obscure...
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The Juan Maclean: Love Stops Here
"We love songs that build, measure after measure—beat after beat. The type of songs you listen to a dozen times in a row to pinpoint the exact turning point from slow burn into a jam. This comes a lot from our years spent as Finger On The Pulse DJs...
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Swim Team: Clairvoyant
LA label Hit City USA released the first singles for San Diego newcomer Swim Team this week, both of which are the upshot of a broken synthesizer. Accustomed to playing guitar or keyboards in bands, when Swim Team's Caleb Chial happened upon the synth...
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Gabriel Garzón-Montano: 6 8 (Lord RAJA Remix)
On his EP Bishouné: Alma del Huila (off NYC imprint Styles Upon Styles), Gabriel Garzón-Montano reminds listeners what instruments, not computers, are capable of doing. The SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music grad sings and plays every single note...
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Gabriel Garzón-Montano: 6 8 (Lord RAJA Remix) On his EP Bishouné: Alma del Huila (off NYC imprint Styles Upon Styles), Gabriel Garzón-Montano reminds listeners what instruments, not computers, are capable of doing. The SUNY Purchase Conservatory...
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Dntel: Ashby
Jimmy Tamborello—also known as Dntel—has remained relatively quiet since the runaway success of his side project The Postal Service with Death Cab's Ben Gibbard in 2003. This week, the LA-based minimalist electronic artist released a new single from...
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SBTRKT: Higher (ft. Raury)
The generous SBTRKT has been dropping tracks here and there over the past year—from "Runaway" with Jessie Ware to the instrumental EP series Transitions. Known for his tight production, the masked UK electronic musician teases us yet again with the...
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Drake: 0 to 100
This week's #PrivateJam comes from Courtney Lowery, Senior Director of Publicity at Sony—whose clients include Future, Yo Gotti, Travis Scott, Bobby Shmurda and Kat Dahlia, to name a few. A bonafide music enthusiast as well as an industry professional...
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Metronomy: Month of Sundays
British artist and filmmaker Callum Cooper applied his experimental, MC Escher-like approach to Metronomy's new song "Month of Sundays" (from their fourth album Love Letters). The result is a dizzying look at the band, as well as London's iconic Barbican...
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Lo Fang: When We're Fire (Cello Version)
After garnering much acclaim while supporting Lorde on her most recent tour, Lo Fang has just announced a new mixtape and a listen reveals the work to be as impressive as his live act. This EP, Every Night, is available on 30 September 2014 and features...
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Lo Fang: When We're Fire (Cello Version) After garnering much acclaim while supporting Lorde on her most recent tour, Lo Fang has just announced a new mixtape and a listen reveals the work to be as impressive as his live act. This EP, Every Night...
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Vic Mensa: Down On My Luck
With endless opportunities to boogie during NY Fashion Week, we asked MICK—prominent DJ to the style setters—what he plays to kick the party into full gear. His #PrivateJam is Vic Mensa's "Down On My Luck," which he tells us: "As a DJ, I love great...
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Dummy Mix 224: Rub ‘N’ Tug
London-based Thomas Bullock most recently made waves at Cool Hunting with his mezcal obsession, but to most he's known as one-half of the celebrated DJ duo Rub 'N' Tug, along with Eric "Dunks" Duncan. Typically splitting their time between parties...
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Julian Casablancas + The Voidz: Human Sadness
Almost five years after his debut solo album, and a year after the Strokes' last record, Julian Casablancas is set to release his second solo effort Tyranny on 23 September 2014 (in vinyl, CD, tape and even USB-disguised-as-lighter form). The album...
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Joey Anderson's '90s Dance Tunes
New Jersey's own Joey Anderson caught the critical acclaim of the global house community this year with his full-length debut After Forever. Anderson is set to perform this September at small-scale experimental music festival Sustain-Release. In anticipation...
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