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Images & Words: Hayden Thorpe, “Love Crimes”

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Hayden Thorpe“Love Crimes”Diviner (out 05.24 on Domino)The second taste of the former Wild Beasts front-person’s debut solo LP is even better than the first. Backed by driving pianos and rising strings, the Lake District native pushes his unique falsetto hard and digs into why we often do such shitty things to the people we love the most. It’s not terribly novel subject material, but the delivery is sublime and singular, which is what separated Wild Beasts from the rest of …

The Round-Up: The Best Songs of 2019 (1st Quarter)

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Even though we’re a solid week into the second quarter, better late than never right? Here’s a quick round-up of some of my favorite songs of the last three months. To keep numbers manageable, I didn’t include anything from any of my favorite albums list and prioritized songs I haven’t yet written about. For all of our sakes, I tried (and mostly failed) to keep write-ups Tweet length. Songs are in no particular order. Duggie x Odunsi (The Engine)“Nightshift” (f/ …

Holy Ghost!: “Escape from Los Angeles”

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Holy Ghost! “Escape from Los Angeles” Work (out 6.21 on West End) After six years away, the former DFA disco dudes of yester-decade are returning with another collection peak-era Williamsburg analog vibes. “Escape from Los Angeles” is the third (and tastiest) new single from their forthcoming third LP, featuring lush beds of synth pads, tasteful percussion, and nostalgic, faraway vocals. 

The Round-Up: The Best Albums of 2019 (First Quarter)

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Gah, I can’t believe we’re already 25% through 2019. That said, Spring is in the air, and we’ve enjoyed an excellent, diverse crop of music during these first three months. Have a look at some of my favorite LPs of the year so far in no particular order. Dawn Richard
 “New Breed”
 Our Dawn Probably my favorite project from my favorite R&B artist of the last ten years, “New Breed” is the New Orleans native’s most personal statement to date. …

Images & Words: Bedouine, “Bird”

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Bedouine “Bird” Bird Songs Of A Killjoy (out 5.31 on Spacebomb) The LA-based folk singer (né Azniv Korkejian) is prepping the follow-up to her excellent 2017, self-titled debut, and this swooning stunner is our second taste of it. “Bird” adds the light touch of strings to her normally stark, acoustic guitar-driven arrangements. The fuller sound adds an extra helping of drama to the song, matching her heartsick lyrics that beautifully deal with the struggle to move on from somebody you love(d).

Sky Ferreira, “Downhill Lullaby”

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Sky Ferreira “Downhill Lullaby” Masochism (out soon? on Capitol) It’s been almost six years since we’ve heard from Sky Ferreira — the person behind one of my favorite songs of the last 10 years — but the talented 26 year-old has kept busy, appearing in a ton of movies, modeling, and, of course, tinkering with her oft-delayed second LP. Its first single is a gothic, foreboding funeral jam that pairs her doleful voice alongside a creeping Type O Negative baseline and …

Images & Words: Santi, “Sparky”

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Santi “Sparky” Digital Single The man behind one of my favorite songs of 2018 returns with his first new music of 2019, and unsurprisingly, it’s a banger. One of the leaders of Nigeria’s exciting alté movement, Santi pairs beachy, airy keyboards with his evocative voice for a sound that recalls Afrobeats, dancehall, and American R&B. Though his voice is soothing and the vibe is soft, there’s a still that little hint of edge that guarantees that his music could never …

Images & Words: NoCap, “Ghetto Angels”

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NoCap “Ghetto Angels” Digital Single As YNW Melly’s chilling, “Murder on My Mind,” finally finished its ascent to #1 last week, the rising Mobile, AL rapper quietly released a new song that deserves just as much attention. NoCap is yet another example of the rising tide of young, independent artists, whose sound has just as much in common with R&B and gospel as street rap. More than anything, “Ghetto Angels” — much like “Murder on My Mind” — feels like …

Foxes in Fiction, “Ontario Sunshine pt. 3” (feat. Emily Yacina)

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Foxes in Fiction “Ontario Sunshine pt. 3” (feat. Emily Yacina) Digital Single It’s a rainy Friday morning in New York, which is just about the perfect backdrop for the dreamy, long-awaited new single from Warren Hildebrand. Short of a few one-off tracks, the Queens-based artist has been pretty quiet since his lovely 2014 project, “Ontario Gothic,” but he’s returning sometime soon with a new full-length. Though this track isn’t slated to appear on it, hopefully it’s a sign of things …

Matt Kivel, “l.a. coliseum”

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Matt Kivel “l.a. coliseum” last night in america (out 05.10 on Cascine) Our first taste of the LA singer’s debut LP for Cascine is a dreamy, low-light rumination on the early days of a relationship. Kivel’s voice is soft but affecting, and it gently bobs along the layers of soft synths and meandering electric guitar. It’s a track that really feels like falling in love in LA,  and it leaves me seriously jonesing for those technicolor sunsets and warm, evening …