ListenUp

The quirky Kelley Stoltz, a stunning 3D alternate universe by Sevdaliza and more in this week's musical round-up

Synkro: Midnight Sun Manchester, UK-based electronic music producer Synkro searches for the emotion within his instrumental tracks, regardless of what genre he’s experimenting with. The track “Midnight Sun,” off of Synkro’s debut album Changes, set to release this September, shows the influence of both Boards of Canada and early electronica and propels the listener forward with beautifully layered beats and beckoning warm synths. The accompanying …

ListenUp

New music from Here We Go Magic and Petite Noir, a mixtape by poet Sampa the Great and more in this week's musical round-up

Sampa the Great: The Great Mixtape For “The Great Mixtape,” poet and vocalist Sampa the Great sings and rhymes with a political conscience, dragging words out slowly or stuttering them out rapid fire over producer Godriguez’s jazzy beats. Exploring hip-hop, R&B and spoken word with experimental flourishes, the mixtape shows off music as a “soul language,” as Sampa puts it. Mos Def and Lauryn Hill’s …

ListenUp

Love Ssega's debut, a protest anthem by Janelle Monae, Alabama Shakes' most soulful jam yet and more in this week's musical round-up

Hot Chip: Started Right “Started Right“—the endearing single from Hot Chip’s recently released sixth full-length album, Why Make Sense?—has been given video treatment in the form of a beautiful woman singing solo karaoke in a dimly lit bar. It’s much more low key than Hot Chip’s alternate universe post-breakup music video for “Need You Now,” but its subtle enough to let the reliable British electronic …