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The Horrors: Water Drop

Drawn from the recording sessions that would ultimately lead to last year’s V, “Water Drop” is one of two powerful, throbbing deep cuts just released by The Horrors. The track was originally the latter half of one lengthy song and now makes for the…

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Melody’s Echo Chamber: Breathe In, Breathe Out

French musician Melody Prochet (aka Melody’s Echo Chamber) will release her second album—her first new music in six years—this summer, and “Breathe In, Breathe Out” is the third track she’s shared from it. Prochet’s pretty vocals trace over the scuzzy…

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Beach House: Dark Spring

The opening track (and third release from) Beach House’s forthcoming album 7, “Dark Spring” arrives with a stark black-and-white video directed by Zia Anger, who refers to the work as “an anomaly in process.” The band also says the track deals with…

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Thomas Bartlett + Nico Muhly: Festina

Beyond the beauty and imagination of their solo work, Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) and Nico Muhly have each built an almost unfathomable repertoire of music in collaboration with some of the best musicians, vocalists and bands recording and performing…

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The Sorority: On Me

A testament to sisterhood and solidarity, the four members of The Sorority (pHoenix Pagliacci, Keysha Freshh, Lex Leosis and Haviah Mighty) found themselves competing in a cypher for International Women’s Day two years ago. Now a progressive four-piece…

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Seinabo Sey feat. Jacob Banks: Remember

Swedish-Gambian singer/songwriter Seinabo Sey’s new track “Remember” is just as powerful and moving as her previous music. The song, which features equally striking vocals by Jacob Banks, is Sey’s first new release in two years and she seems even more…

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Natalie Prass: Sisters

From her upcoming second album The Future and The Past (set for release 1 June), Natalie Prass’ new track is a funky neo-soul tune that’s all about fostering the sisterhood. Her jazz-inflected vocals on “Sisters” are half-spoken yet melodic. Name-checking…

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Everyone Acts Crazy Nowadays

A third glimpse at the forthcoming Unknown Mortal Orchestra album Sex & Food, “Everyone Acts Crazy Nowadays” finds funky disco components punctuating a warm pop tune. It’s a dance-worthy number that delivers on what the New Zealand band’s become famous…

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CHVRCHES: XO (Beyonce Cover)

After wanting to cover Beyonce’s “XO” (from her 2013 self-titled album) for some time, Scottish synth-pop band CHVRCHES finally found an approach they felt comfortable with. Still intimidated to cover Beyonce, the three-piece crafted a pared-back…

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Matt and Kim: Happy If You’re Happy

Built upon arpeggiated vocals, Matt and Kim’s brand new “Happy If You’re Happy” layers voice, finger-snaps and nothing more for an acapella delight. Lyrically, it’s a straightforward love song but certainly greater than the sum of its parts. The track…

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Superorganism: Havana (Camila Cabello Cover)

The very multi-cultural eight-piece band Superorganism has members from England, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, and have just taken on a track named for Cuba’s capital city. The cover version of Camila Cabello’s hit “Havana” featuring…

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