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Robyn sings on a 10-minute track, new music by the Pixies, a creepy Bonobo video and more in our musical bonanza

Mr Tophat feat. Robyn: Trust Me Robyn’s latest collaboration with fellow Swede Mr Tophat is a whopping 10 minutes long, but doesn’t feel like it—instead the track ebbs and flows in a manner that’s entirely engaging. Mr Tophat previously remixed Robyn’s 1999 song “Main Thing” and now the dream team releases “Trust Me.” With Robyn’s tender vocals contrasting moments of jittery screeches, this synth-heavy single …

This is Head: “0001”

Swedish sounds perfect for your next rooftop party, road trip or canoe ride

For summer bike rides, picnics and general fun in the sun, dreamy, burned-out music makes the perfect warm weather soundtrack. The electro-pop sounds of Swedish band “This is Head” have been making my ears happy as of late, so I asked band member Henric Claesson a few questions about their latest album, matter-of-factly titled “0001.” You’ve named the tracks as numbers in chronological order. Are …

For Nihon

Ambient musicians across the globe unite to support Japan relief efforts

As the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis begin to fade from the headlines, heartfelt efforts to help the nation recover continue. One that recently stood out brings together a group of ambient recording artists who are stepping up with their talents to support the cause. The compilation album, called For Nihon, is the work of husband-and-wife musician team Keith Kenniff and his wife Hollie …