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A bedtime mix by Thom Yorke, HTDW goes NSFW, Nas and Erykah Badu duet and more music this week

Alexis Taylor: I Never Lock That Door Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor has just released the video for his track “I Never Lock That Door” from his third solo album Piano. Directed by Simon Owens, the video is made up of many stills of Taylor mid-air, captured by 170 pinhole cameras. It’s a beautifully minimal love song—opening with just Taylor’s vocals and a piano and building …

Nas + Erykah Badu: This Bitter Land

From the soundtrack for “The Land” (out 29 July) comes a hauntingly minimal and stunning song by Nas and Erykah Badu. The track, called “This Bitter Land” is gentle but painful—Badu’s vocals are incredibly emotive—and yet there is, among the struggle, a sense of hope. It’s very different than anything either Nas or Badu has released recently, but they’re immediately recognizable and it shows them …

Prince: Controversy

A taxman tribute, our 420 playlist, DJ Spooky's #PrivateJam and more in the music we tweeted this week

For this week’s #PrivateJam, DJ Spooky—the man who exemplifies the idea of the disc jockey as artist and creator of new music—cited Prince’s epic seven-minute jam “Controversy” as the song he’d be “really embarrassed to be caught doing air guitar to.” He says, “I remember when Purple Rain and stuff like that came through. I always felt it was reaalllly slick and pop. When I …