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Images & Words: Jon Hopkins, “Feel First Life”

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Jon Hopkins “Feel First Life” Singularity (out now on Domino) If you are the owner of a working heart, prepare to have it crushed by this beautiful new clip from the veteran English producer. Pairing delicate, star-gazing pianos with engulfing synths, Hopkins crafts the kind of life-affirming song will stop you in your tracks and sweep you away.

Since U Been Gone: The Best Of What I Missed Last Week

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Welp, this is embarrassing. The week I roll out a new round-up column, I respond by posting exactly zero times. My editorial staff (of one) was pretty slammed this week, but that’s no excuse. Hopefully this piece can make up for it, dear readers. I’ll do better this week, because, let’s be honest, I can’t do any worse. Jessie Ware “Overtime” Digital Single Deep house Jessie is the best Jessie, and holy shit does the Londoner deliver with this late-night …

Since U Been Gone: The Best Of What I Missed Last Week

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I was on vacay in England last week, and as I sat back down at my desk this morning, I realized that a massive amount of new music came out while I was gone. I’m going to try something new with quick one to two sentence recaps of some songs I loved. And we’ll see, maybe I’ll start doing this every week. Mariah Carey “GTFO” Digital Single It’s been out for a few weeks, but I keep coming back to …

Lil Uzi Vert, “New Patek”

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Lil Uzi Vert “New Patek” Digital Single Easily one of most joyful songs of the year, the hyperactive, hypertalented Philadelphian returns with six (6!) electric minutes of swirling, tuneful hip-hop. Over Dolan Beats’ glorious crystallized piano keys and tiptoeing hi-hats, Uzi goes the fuck in as only he can, slaloming through the beat with ease. What’s most impressive is the way that he commands your attention for all six minutes, and if anything, it feels like “New Patek” could have been …

Images & Words: Miya Folick, “Stock Image”

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Miya Folick “Stock Image” Premonitions (out 10.26 on Terrible) I’m late to the LA native’s quirky sound, but “Stock Image” is simply too strong of a pop song to pass up. Folick’s elastic vocal is the obvious star of the show, but the taut, sharp arrangement catapults that voice into captivating new heights. One to watch.

Tom Demac & Real Lies, “White Flowers”

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Tom Demac & Real Lies “White Flowers” White Flowers EP (out now on Kompakt) The likely London trio link up with techno producer Tom Demac for a magical new track. Vocalist Kev Kharas’ deadpan delivery is warmed by vast layers of synth blankets and a sweltering backbeat. Though it recalls the emotional dance music of groups like Underworld, this is far from a mere exercise in nostalgia. In fact, it feels timely, urgent, and totally alive. 

The 1975, “Sincerity is Scary”

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The 1975 “Sincerity is Scary” A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships (out 11.30 on Dirty Hit) Aka “Jazz is Jazzy,” the fourth single from Matty & the boys’ forthcoming third LP is another example of the inherent unpredictability that makes following The 1975 so exciting. At its heart, the song is a simple down-tempo ballad about breaking up in 2018, But they inject this wobbly, off-beat drum part, which sounds woefully out of place at first but slowly grows into …

Images & Words: Lana Del Rey, “Venice Bitch”

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Lana Del Rey “Venice Bitch” Norman Fucking Rockwell (out this year) Lana’s best new single in years, the freewheeling breeze of “Venice Bitch” is a welcome antidote to much of her dense, overcooked recent work. Paired with dusky, Laurel Canyon guitars, the 33 year-old delivers a low-key, yet stunning performance, dripping with all the old Hollywood nostalgia of her unassailable early material. At her best, she has this odd quality which makes clichés like “fresh out of fucks forever” and …

Images & Words: How To Dress Well, “Nonkilling 6 | Hunger”

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How to Dress Well “Nonkilling 6 | Hunger” The Anteroom (out 10.19 on Domino) Though it was a little bit buried on my “Favorite Songs of 2018, So Far..” list, I’m extremely excited about the experimental direction Tom Krell seems to be going in on his fifth LP. This stunning two-parter pairs his evocative falsetto with a rave-y backbeat and opaque, occasionally harsh instrumentation. If you follow his social media, you’ll know that he is deep into uncompromising, blistering techno, …

Lucinda Chua, “Somebody Who”

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Lucinda Chua “Somebody Who” Digital Single Do yourself a favor; stop what you’re doing, and let the gentle, soothing sounds of the London-based composer’s debut single wash over you. Over vast beds of ambient keyboards and touches of her aching cello, Chua laments the simplicity of our condition as mere random bodies who are all reaching out for something. As beautiful as this track is, it feels very much like a small piece of a substantial pie, and I can’t …