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The legendary Todd Rundgren teams up with Robyn, Mr Jukes calls on BJ The Chicago Kid, new Gorillaz and more in our week in music

Todd Rundgren feat. Robyn: That Could Have Been Me Premiering exclusively on Pitchfork, the legendary Todd Rundgren’s newest track, “That Could Have Been Me” features none other than Swedish pop star Robyn. Rundgren (who initially garnered attention in the ’70s) is an adept and highly influential singer/songwriter and producer, and in this track his familiar knack for making an earnest love song without corniness is …

Slabofmisuse: Loveinthiscup

This week focuses on artists we discovered while in South Africa during Design Indaba 2014

This anonymous Cape Town-based producer and DJ performed his glitchy trip-hop/hip-hop beats at Cape Town’s The Waiting Room this past Wednesday as part of the Design Indaba Music Circuit, which showcased local talent. A member of *gravy, the South African electronic music collective, Slabofmisuse gets the crowd head-banging without a second thought, like in his hypnotic track “Loveinthiscup.” The gritty flute sample that leads the …

Larry Heard Presents Mr. White: The Sun Can’t Compare

This week focuses on artists we discovered while in South Africa during Design Indaba 2014

For this week’s #PrivateJam, Swiss-Guinean anthropologist and photographer Namsa Leuba—currently in an artist exchange program at Johannesburg’s 12 Decades Art Hotel—selected “The Sun Can’t Compare” by a master of Chicago-style acid house, Larry Heard. Released in 2006, the song’s stripped-down vocals and rhythms (created from scratch, not samples) channels something pure and raw, back to the origins of house. Leuba explains: “From the first note, …