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Kid Cudi's new record, darkness and romance from Shy Girls, and making out at the gay club with NVDES

Shy Girls: Why I Love From the new Shy Girls (aka Dan Vidmar) album comes the track “Why I Love”—a minimal, dark tune that’s balanced out with Vimar’s tender vocals. This album version is very different than the acoustic version he performed at downtown LA’s The Gift Shop. Both are heady and delicate. That said, both include plenty of pathos (with vocals like “I need …

Sondre Lerche: I’m Always Watching You Too

With a dreamlike soundscape and curiously voyeuristic overtones, “I’m Always Watching You Too” by Brooklyn-based Norwegian singer and multi-instrumentalist Sondre Lerche makes for something special. Inspiration for the song came by way of a dream Lerche had the night before recording the original version of the song, known as “I’m Always Watching You.” Here, the musician ditches the upbeat ’80s synths for something for more …

Sondre Lerche: Hotline Bling (Drake Cover)

It’s hard to deny the continued ear-worm presence of Drake’s ubiquitous hit “Hotline Bling.” But when placed in the hands of Norwegian singer and multi-instrumentalist Sondre Lerche a cover track has been born that’s different than the slew of other reworks out there. The song immediately takes on a synth-driven Euro-dance club vibe, chirping and chopping new life into the music with a little bit …