Winter playlists, a bizarre Outkast mix, Prince's female protégés and more in the music we featured this week


Panda Bear: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

Citing ’90s hip-hop and R&B as influences, and sampling material from Debussy and even Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker suite (heard in “Tropic of Cancer”), Panda Bear‘s new album is all about rhythmic swings.

Matthewdavid: “Even The Sun Goes Down” OUTKAST MIX

Inventive, high energy and wholly cosmic and bizarre, adventurous lovers of electronic and southern hip-hop alike will find common ground in Matthewdavid‘s journey of Outkast’s finest tracks.

Who’s That Girl (Prince’s Female Protégés)

NTS Radio host Leyla Pillai dedicated her monthly show—”Who’s That Girl”—to Prince’s female protégés. Be prepared for an “overdose of sensual saxophones,” with songs by Sheila E, Wendy & Lisa, Vanity 6, Loïs Lane, Monie Love and many more.

RATKING: Snow Beach

NYC hip-hop trio RATKING represents the next generation of gritty rap that is quintessentially New York. For “Snow Beach” they teamed up with Ari Marcopolous, who brings their sound to life with an austere black-and-white video shot on a wintry day at Coney Island.

HUH: January Playlist

Music editor Joe Reeve kicked off HUH Magazine’s January Playlist with London art rocker unit Django Django’s mellow yet sun-filled single “First Light,” an apt opening for a mostly indie electronica mix this month. Reeve drops in a few surprises, namely a post-punk track from Calgary’s Viet Cong that sounds like a Joy Division B-side.

ListenUp is a Cool Hunting series published every Sunday that rounds up the music we tweeted throughout the week, also found in Listen. Hear the year so far via Cool Hunting Spotify.