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Ja Ja Ja Festival 2014 Preview
Gearing up for its second iteration in London, Nordic music showcase Ja Ja Ja Festival prepared a 15-track Spotify playlist of their featured acts. The array of international music kicks off with headliner Emiliana Torrini (of Iceland) and her spacious...
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Alec Lomami: Kinshasa (CHLLNGR Remix)
Design Indaba's track of the week is Danish producer CHLLNGR's remix of Congolese artist Alec Lomami's 2011 tune "Kinshasa." While the song and remix were both cut several years ago, the resurface is apt: Lomami is currently gearing up for the debut...
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Cypress Hill: Throw Your Hands In The Air
After showing us the future of fashion during last month's NYFW, this week MADE—the Milk Studios offshoot—took us back in time for the launch of their new music initiative. With blunt smoke filling the air at Brooklyn venue Baby's All Right, Cypress...
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Buscabulla: Temporal
The winner of last year's Get Out of the Garage! contest—a call for emerging artists put on by Converse and the Guitar Center—Brooklyn-based, Puerto Rican duo Buscabulla is clearly turning heads with their whimsically mellow musical stylings. Their...
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Sylas: Shore If you've never heard of Sylas, take note. The London-based duo's debut EP features none other than the legendary Brian Eno, who they collaborated with after a chance encounter. It's no wonder Eno got involved—we haven't stopped listening...
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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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Blood Orange: Piano Improvisation 1
Blood Orange—aka Devonté Hynes—spent a late night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music preparing for his upcoming TEDxMartha'sVineyard talk, and took a break to "have a laff" and ended up creating this calming piano improvisation. The NYC-based musical...
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Leikeli47: Two Times a Charm
Rapper Leikeli47 is masked in mystery—literally. The artist who crosses genres from soul to Caribbean step has only been photographed wearing a mask and her videos usually feature her friends instead of the artist herself. Her recent single "Two Times...
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Secret Machines: Nowhere Again
Milo Greene band member Graham Fink is behind this week's #PrivateJam, and the LA-based musician tells us of his selection: "In 2004, I graduated from high school and the Secret Machines were the soundtrack. I thought their album, Now Here is Nowhere...
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Ty Segall: Susie Thumb
When the old guard says there's no good old fashioned rock'n'roll artists today, simply point them in the direction of Ty Segall. The prolific LA-based artist dropped two records last year each to its own acclaim and sounding like it was recorded in...
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Kindness: World Restart feat. Kelela & Ade
British musician Adam Bainbridge, aka Kindness, mixes pop's lightness and accessibility with some experimental fringes. The first single off of his upcoming sophomore album Otherness, "World Restart," is a great example of such. Impeccably recorded...
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Kindness: World Restart feat. Kelela & Ade British musician Adam Bainbridge, aka Kindness, mixes pop's lightness and accessibility with some experimental fringes. The first single off of his upcoming sophomore album Otherness, "World Restart," is...
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Kitty Cash: Love The Free Vol. II (mixtape)
Channeling the days when artists would put out mixtapes with previously unreleased tracks, DJ Kitty Cash has meticulously assembled Love The Free Vol. II, an exciting followup to her mixtape debut from 2013. The eagerly anticipated compilation features...
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Simian Mobile Disco: Dervish
English rock band-turned-electronic music duo Simian Mobile Disco are well-loved for their dark, addictive dance beats and passion for analog gear. They up the ante, however, with "Dervish," the second single from their upcoming album Whorl. The album...
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Great Good Fine Ok: Not Going Home
The guest selector for this week's #PrivateJam is Eric Weiner, founder of the online indie music publication (and events collective) The Wild Honey Pie. Weiner picked "Not Going Home" by Brooklyn duo Great Good Fine Ok, who feature in the second season...
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Karen O: Rapt
Karen O's career spans her role as lead singer of the formative indie band Yeah Yeah Yeah's to collaborating with Spike Jonze for Adidas to composing the soundtrack for "Where the Wild Things Are." With her latest release, "Rapt," the celebrated artist...
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Tensnake and Jacques Lu Cont: Feel Of Love (feat. Jamie Lidell)
Sex sells for the obvious reasons, but it can also be funny. Tensnake and Jacques Lu Cont's hilarious new video for "Feel Of Love"—a standout track from the German producer's latest album Glow, featuring Jamie Lidell—playfully juxtaposes human fetish...
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Tensnake and Jacques Lu Cont: Feel Of Love (feat. Jamie Lidell) Sex sells for the obvious reasons, but it can also be funny. Tensnake and Jacques Lu Cont's hilarious new video for "Feel Of Love"—a standout track from the German producer's latest...
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Schoolhouse Rock!: The Shot Heard 'Round The World
Airing 200 years after America signed the Declaration of Independence, on educational television program Schoolhouse Rock!, "The Shot Heard 'Round The World" taught young ones—and likely a fair amount of adults—about how the United States gained its...
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