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Jessie Ware: Midnight
From her upcoming third album, Jessie Ware's "Midnight" is a beautifully crafted song. Ware's vocals are (as usual) powerful yet vulnerable, and the track builds with just the right amount of drama. Similarly to her 2012 song "Wildest Moments," the...
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Goldlink: Roses (Outkast Cover)
In a very brave move, Goldlink (aka D'Anthony Carlos) has covered OutKast's brilliant "Roses" from 2003's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Accompanied by just a pianist, saxophonist and Hare Squead & Masego with back-up vocals and a theatrical verse, the...
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Interview: Songwriter, Producer + Multi-Instrumentalist Dan Wilson
It's impossible to weave the accomplishments of Dan Wilson into a simple introduction. But his forthcoming album Re-Covered offers a nice snapshot of the sonic landscape. Wilson might not be a household name, but the works he's delivered as a singer...
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Samantha Urbani: Hints And Implications From her highly anticipated debut solo EP Policies Of Power, Samantha Urbani's '80s-inspired jam "Hints And Implications" is utterly addictive. With plenty of retro touches (including power riffs and that drum...
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RHA Festival, Punta Mita
by Nicolas Stecher With boutique music festivals now a booming business, Mexico's four-day RHA Festival organizers knew there had to be something more. Of course, the musical talent was carefully selected for the stunning location, but RHA...
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Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan
Written by Elaine M Hayes, "Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan" explores the jazz musician and human/women's rights activist's incredible—yet often looked over—existence and legacy. From her early life in Jersey, to the ways in which...
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Vale, Chester Bennington
Linkin Park vocalist and clearly beloved human, Chester Bennington has died, leaving behind a legacy. The band's take on nü-metal-influenced rock, in their debut Hybrid Theory was grand and dynamic—with excellent, crisp production. (That record garnered...
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Samantha Urbani: Hints And Implications
From her highly anticipated debut solo EP Policies Of Power, Samantha Urbani's '80s-inspired jam "Hints And Implications" is utterly addictive. With plenty of retro touches (including power riffs and that drum machine), it's a punchy track that manages...
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Melina Mae: Time Off Work
Before heading out on her tour, Jay Som (aka Melina Duterte) released a bunch of "impulsive songs" under the moniker Melina Mae, one being "Time Off Work." The hazy, psychedelic tune is perfectly frowzy—aptly matching the song's title. The lyrics are...
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Mahalia: Sober Produced by Maths Time Joy, "Sober" is Leicester-born, Birmingham-based singer/songwriter Mahalia's most recent release and it's beautifully sleek and fluid. A little more R&B and boom-bap than her previous releases, it's a smooth and...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. An Elevator That Goes Every Which Way ThyssenKrupp's Multi won't be your average elevator beholden to a life of ups and downs. To debut soon in a Berlin residential tower, the Multi forgoes cables for strong magnetic levitation (the same technology...
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Mr Jukes feat. Charles Bradley: Grant Green
Featuring the sensationally soulful Charles Bradley, Mr Jukes' "Grant Green" is our pick from his album God First, which officially released today, 14 July. Aptly named after the jazz musician the track samples, the song is spirited and uplifting...
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Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds: Mama D/Leimert Park
From the lush record Sounds of Crenshaw Vol. 1, by Terrace Martin's supergroup The Pollyseeds, comes "Mama D/Leimert Park"—on which Martin (who produced Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly) plays all the instruments, as well as the vocoder-aided vocals...
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2 Live Crew: Banned in the USA
Fresh Kid Ice aka Chris Wong Won of hardcore rap outfit 2 Live Crew has passed away. The Miami-based group drew plenty of controversy for their wild, sexually explicit lyrics—many of which were remarkably misogynistic—but this also made them poster...
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Mount Kimbie feat. King Krule: Blue Train Lines
From their third studio album Love What Survives (set for release 8 September via Warp Records), Mount Kimbie's "Blue Train Lines" is a minimal, Kraurock-tinged tune with support from King Krule. Spacious but distorted, the dynamic musical layering...
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Mahalia: Sober
Produced by Maths Time Joy, "Sober" is Leicester-born, Birmingham-based singer/songwriter Mahalia's most recent release and it's beautifully sleek and fluid. A little more R&B and boom-bap than her previous releases, it's a smooth and sultry track...
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UPSAHL: Can You Hear Me Now
Phoenix-based Taylor Upsahl—aka UPSAHL—crafts indie-pop-meets-folk (along with her band members) that's sweet without the syrup. The teenage singer/songwriter's most recent single, "Can You Hear Me Now" is about getting out of a failing relationship...
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Kesha: Praying Her first single in nearly five years, "Praying" marks a glorious return for Kesha. The ballad highlights, first and foremost, the singer's dynamic, powerful vocals (sometimes only with light piano accompaniment). This is a beautiful...
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Johan feat. Vic Mensa: High in the Woods
A new take on his 2016 track, Boston-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Johan's "High in the Woods" now features Vic Mensa. Co-produced by RHYE's Robin Hannibal, the dark and sultry song employs some whispery vocals, shiny falsetto, and a very...
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Four Tet: Two Thousand And Seventeen
Talented musician/producer Four Tet (aka Kieran Hebden) has debuted a new single, "Two Thousand and Seventeen," on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show—the first new tune we've heard since 2015's Morning/Evening. The beautifully moody and rolling song is clearly...
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Fender Play
by Sun Bak Guitar, bass and amp manufacturer Fender wants to build lifelong relationships with their customers—and they're working toward this by providing useful services to make sure new guitar owners don't become "it's-somewhere-in-the-closet...
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Princess Nokia: G.O.A.T. Princess Nokia's brand new video for the Wally West-produced "G.O.A.T." sees her rolling around the city in a bright red Polaris Slingshot three-wheeler. The NYC-based artist references her individuality and self-assurance...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Animals That Love Touchscreens "Orangutans at the Miami Zoo are already using tablets to give their keepers dinner suggestions," explains a new report by Atlas Obscura. We've long observed or heard about cats' reactions to iPad games or penguins...
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