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From mind-bending Aphex Twin to a sublime song by Diana Gordon, plenty of new music this week

Aphex Twin: T69 Collapse

From digitally-dressed Cornish architecture to throbbing manipulations of space and time, the Weirdcore-directed music video for Aphex Twin’s brilliant “T69 Collapse” swirls together various realities. As a visual accompaniment to the new track, it’s a true rhythmic partner. As a stand-alone work of art, it leaves a trail through layer after layer of allusion and reference. Both the video and underlying track offer a wild ride through the imagination of Aphex Twin (aka Richard D James) and it’s one that audiences, inside and out of his devout fan group, will have fun trying to decipher.

Diana Gordon: Thank You

Diana Gordon is back. A self-described “breakdown” in 2016 sparked change, Gordon was largely reclusive for the following year. No, she never “left”–she penned a few of the most famous lines on Beyonce’s Lemonade–but after experiencing largely commercial success under a different moniker, Wynter Gordon, she felt it was time to be truer to her roots. Though not a single from her new EP, “Thank You” is a vulnerable anthem about finding inner strength. Gordon’s roots are in R&B–penning hits for Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Lopez–and she feels, and sounds, at home in the genre’s soundscape. Her self-released EP, Pure, is out now.

Matthew Dear: Bunny’s Dream

Matthew Dear has been releasing new tracks from his upcoming Bunny LP (out 12 October) for over a year, and today two more: “Echo” and “Bunny’s Dream.” The genre-spanning DJ/producer/vocalist once again blends pop and minimal electronic in the deliciously slow-burning seven-minute “Bunny’s Dream.” The song ebbs and flows effortlessly, punctuated by Dear’s echoing baritone and glitchy effects—the result being a sultry, synth-heavy, ultimately uplifting tune. Available for pre-order at Ghostly now, Bunny will  be offered in a rainbow-splattered vinyl option.

A-Trak + Todd Terry: DJs Gotta Dance More

Two famous figures in DJing and productionA-Trak and Todd Terrycombine forces on “DJs Gotta Dance More.” In an ode to “the good old times” when DJs struggled to break onto the scene, Todd Terry tells tales of annoying his mother with his music, crate-digging, and finding one’s own style. The result is a funky spoken-word house hit. It’s out now on A-Trak’s label Fool’s Gold Records.

Tyler, The Creator + Kali Uchis: See You Again

Tyler, The Creator has just released the self-directed (under moniker Wolf Haley) video accompaniment to Scum Fuck Flower Boy standout “See You Again,” featuring Kali Uchis.  The video is a jubilant, cinematic portrayal of the song’s duality—loud but carefully orchestrated. Though the song isn’t new, the video breathes new life into the tune that dropped just over a year ago; and, as the first minute of another of Tyler’s tracks “Where This Flower Blooms” closes out the video, his artistic vision comes full-circle as a swarm of bees—the focal point of the album’s cover—fades the screen to black.

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Tyler, The Creator + Kali Uchis: See You Again

Tyler, The Creator has just released the self-directed (under moniker Wolf Haley) video accompaniment to Scum Fuck Flower Boy standout “See You Again,” featuring Kali Uchis.  The video is a jubilant, cinematic portrayal of the song’s duality—loud but carefully orchestrated. Though the song isn’t new, the video breathes new life into the tune that dropped just over a year ago; and, as the first minute of …

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Remixes by Moodymann and King Princess, new tunes by Gorillaz, Kanye, and more in our musical round-up

The Internet: Come Over The Internet (aka Syd, Patrick Paige II, Matt Martians, Christopher Smith and Steve Lacy) has been teasing new music from their upcoming Hive Mind—out 20 July—for a little while now, and the LA-based outfit just released the expectedly sublime “Come Over.” Their first release since 2015’s Ego Death (though members have been busy with solo work), it’s smooth and slinky with …

Kanye West: Ghost Town

Whether you love him, hate him, think he’s a maniac or a traitor, there’s no denying Kanye West’s talents as a record producer—and he’s proven it again with today’s release of Ye, his eighth studio album. Touching on topics from his mental health to Stormy Daniels and everything between, it’s a record of lyrics that will polarize, but with beats of undeniable power. Our pick …

Anderson Paak: Bubblin

With a little extra drama than his usual offerings, Anderson Paak’s new track “Bubblin” features some sweeping violins over a trap beat—creating a little contrast and cinematic flair. The rapper/singer/songwriter/producer’s raspy and playful vocals bounce over the booming bass, while the accompanying video stars Paak—and a cash machine.