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Twin Shadow: Turn Me Up "Turn Me Up" is Twin Shadow's first track in months after a brief hiatus. Continuing in the same synth-tinged vein, the new release feels somehow grander than previous efforts—more stadium anthem than basement bar. Taxie...
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Asante Phenix: Nameless
Courtship Ritual can be spotted performing their restrained tunes with an equally minimal setup in Brooklyn venues like Baby's All Right—regularly joined on stage by hired belly dancers whose hypnotic choreography enhance the otherworldly mood. "Kingdom...
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Courtship Ritual: Kingdom of Beauty
Zimbabwe-born Aussie teen songwriter and rapper Tkay Maidza graced the East Coast with her presence at multiple CMJ showcases this past week at Pianos, Santos Party House and more. Her confidence-boosting single "U-Huh" fuses pop, rap and electronic...
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This week marked the annual CMJ Music Marathon in NYC—where seemingly every venue in the city is booked with bands from around the US and the world. Though the number of participants are in the thousands, we highlighted a few promising acts (who performed...
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Resident Advisor Sessions: Machinedrum
When Travis Stewart—the musician best known as Machinedrum—released his concept album Vapor City on Ninja Tune last year, listeners reveled in his versatile music landscape, which is built upon layers of loops and sounds and beautifully punctuated...
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2 Unlimited: No Limit
When we asked the eccentric French singer Sébastien Tellier for his guilty pleasure song, we weren't sure what to expect—as his conceptual discography shows, he shifts from orchestral to electronic pop to space-disco with ease. Revealing his #PrivateJam...
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DJ Jackmaster and DJ Oneman: Can U Dance
DJs Jackmaster and Oneman are challenging gig-goers around Europe this summer with what is clearly a rhetorically named performance, "Can U Dance." As their four-deck set-up at Glastonbury (which was recorded exclusively by BBC Radio 1) proved, these...
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Majid Jordan: A Place Like This
With prominent vocals and production credits on Drake's heavily rotated (and critically acclaimed) single "Hold On, We're Going Home," Toronto duo Majid Jordan had listeners intrigued. Composed of Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman, the PR-shy group...
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Majid Jordan: A Place Like This With prominent vocals and production credits on Drake's heavily rotated (and critically acclaimed) single "Hold On, We're Going Home," Toronto duo Majid Jordan had listeners intrigued. Composed of Majid Al Maskati...
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Shit Robot: Do That Dance
After lending her voice (and synth skills) to tracks for The Juan MacLean and LCD Soundsystem, Nancy Whang sings a matter-of-fact disco hook on Shit Robot's single "Do That Dance." The track sees classic disco elements remain through a contemporary...
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How To Dress Well: Words I Don't Remember
It's been a year and a half since Tom Krell released Total Loss, his second studio album under the moniker How To Dress Well. With his sensual, falsetto-style vocals set to simple beats, Krell lures listeners in track after track, and anyone who caught...
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Marvin Sease: Candy Licker
Filmmaker, digital strategist and founder of Soul Aquatics (a freestyle jam session and participatory music experience), Philadelphia-based musician and creative extraordinaire Rashid Zakat brings us this week's #PrivateJam. Picking an ever-so-slightly...
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Bok Bok feat. Kelela: Melba's Call
Joining forces with British producer—and founder of the record label Night Slugs—Bok Bok, Los Angeles-based singer Kelela again mesmerizes with her stunning vocals (which are reminiscent of a young Janet Jackson) on "Melba's Call." The song plays off...
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Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z: Drunk In Love
Just when you thought a song featuring Beyoncé and her man Jay-Z couldn't get any better, Austin-based filmmaker Jesse Hill proved the world wrong by creating an unofficial Emoji video for the power couple's hit song "Drunk In Love." Rife with everyone...
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Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z: Drunk In Love Just when you thought a song featuring Beyoncé and her man Jay-Z couldn't get any better, Austin-based filmmaker Jesse Hill proved the world wrong by creating an unofficial Emoji video for the power couple's hit...
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Shy Girls: Still Not Falling
Don't let the name fool you—Shy Girls is actually an R&B project led by Portland-based producer Dan Vidmar, whose sultry vocals in his new slow-jam "Still Not Falling" make it impossible not to make a Frank Ocean or The Weeknd comparison. "I'm not...
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Ryan Hemsworth: Opening Ceremony SS14
In case you didn't get enough of New York Fashion Week and want to keep the party going—or if you just love a good mixtape—the soundtrack to Opening Ceremony's high-profile runway show by electronic producer Ryan Hemsworth is a must. The soundtrack...
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Justin Timberlake: Justified
Likely influenced by Timberlake's 15-minute solo medley performance at the VMAs, Boiler Room's music director Thristian Richards chose Timberlake's first album Justified for this week's #PrivateJam. As—what appears to be—a longtime JT fan, Richards...
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Hunters & Collectors: Talking to a Stranger (Avalanches Rework)
The aloof Avalanches reared their heads for a moment this week. The Australian band hasn't released an album since their first and only Since I Left You came out 13 years ago. The brilliant record was praised by critics and listeners and was heavy...
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Active Child: Subtle (Feat. Mikky Ekko)
Video-game textures and delayed synths meet choir music in "Subtle," the first official single from Active Child's upcoming EP. It's an unusual departure for Active Child's Pat Grossi, an LA-based electronic music artist and classical harpist, whose...
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Active Child: Subtle (Feat. Mikky Ekko) Video-game textures and delayed synths meet choir music in "Subtle," the first official single from Active Child's upcoming EP. It's an unusual departure for Active Child's Pat Grossi, an LA-based electronic...
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Cool Hunting's Harvest Playlist
Fall is all about motivation, preparing for the season ahead by taking stock of summer's bounty. While melancholy at times—Bon Iver's childhood memory "Michicant," "Harvest Breed by Nick Drake—there's plenty here to get you going too...
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John Legend: Get Lifted
John Legend. As cliché as it may sound, a true legend was born with the release of Legend’s debut, “Get Lifted.” His sultry lyrics and somewhat gruff vocals combined with jazz piano, hip-hop beats, Latin-flavored horns and real...