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Mazzy Star, “Quiet, The Winter Harbor”

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Mazzy Star “Quiet, The Winter Harbor” Still (out 06.01 on Rhymes of an Hour) Though I was a little young for their heyday, like so many others, I fell in love with the Santa Monica group’s seminal, swooning “Fade Into You.” And though this new track will likely not hit the same dizzying heights, it packs much of the same hazy, mysterious beauty that the 1994 single did. Its simple step-wise piano melody and emotive slide guitars form the perfect …

Images & Words: Yxng Bane, “Vroom”

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Yxng Bane “Vroom” Digital Single When I first wrote about the East Londoner back in July 2016, he didn’t even have CDQ versions of his tracks on SoundCloud. In less than two years, Bane’s career has grown like wildfire with multiple videos doing crazy numbers. The hot streak looks set to continue with this hyper-catchy, wobbly heater. “Vroom” is a microcosm of how Bane’s sound has developed from the retro, Craig David-ish two-step of “Honest” to the essential Afro-swing/Afrobeats sound …

Images & Words: slowthai, “North Nights”

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slowthai “North Nights” The Bottom / North Nights (out now on TOYITOYI) Though this video’s been out for a while, I wanted to write it up anyway because I’m realizing that I’ve barely written about one of my favorite artists of the year so far. The Northampton rapper (né Tyrone Williams) is a thrilling, relentless grime MC who harkens back to the roots of the sound — where busy, unexpected flows trumped sticky vocal melodies. “North Nights” is a perfect …

Images & Words: Drake, “Nice For What”

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Drake “Nice For What” Digital Single At his heart, Drake is an actor. In recent years, he’s played convincing roles as artists from London, Kingston, The Bay, Santo Domingo, and of course, Houstalantavegas. For his next gig, Drizzy returns to the Big Easy to soak up the New Orleans sound we already know he loves. Just like many of his past blockbusters, the performance is electric, and he sounds incredibly comfortable over a bounce beat that is actually pretty faithful …

The Round-Up: The Best Albums of The First Quarter

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To be totally honest, I’m not sure it’s been a vintage first quarter for music, as I had fewer albums that I wanted to write about than usual. That said, there are some truly excellent albums on this list, and there’s a lot to look forward coming up soon. Kacey Musgraves “Golden Hour” UMG Recordings What: The country rising star’s transcendent, all-conquering third studio album Where: Nashville, TN via Golden, TX In a Tweet: A balanced, stunning collection of well-sung, beautifully written modern …

Grouper, “Driving”

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Grouper “Driving” Grid of Points (out 04.27 on yellow electric) We’re only a few weeks away from hearing the legendary Liz Harris’ eleventh solo LP, and it’s shaping up to be one of her best projects. Following the haunting, “Parking Lot,” “Driving” is also a piano-led affair that sees Harris’ doleful vocals way up in the mix. And though it’s impossible to make out what she’s saying, her voice is transportive. I’m not sure where it’ll take you, but this …

Images & Words: Jamie Issac, “Wings”

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Jamie Isaac “Wings” (04:30) IDLER (out 04.30 on Marathon Artists) It’s nice to see the talented South Londoner start to get the press he deserves in the build-up to his second LP. Judging by its first two singles, the disc is set to follow in the footsteps of his wonderful debut, “Couch Baby.” In many ways, “Wings” is a classic Issac tune — pairing his sleepy, restless vocals with inch-perfect, jazzy instrumentation. Best of all, he’s never been a singles …

Kacey Musgraves, “Golden Hour”

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Kacey Musgraves “Golden Hour” Golden Hour (out now on UMG) At this point, you probably already know that the 29 year-old Texan’s new album is something special. The disc is a stunning collection of impeccably sung and written modern country tunes, all of which deserve your time. However, I wanted to give one of its most low-key moments a little extra shine: this gorgeous ode to the simple pleasures of spending time with the person you love. Kacey’s always been …

Westerman: “I Turned Away”

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Westerman “I Turned Away” Confirmation Single (out now on Blue Flowers) I’ve been curious about the young London songwriter (and Tottenham fan) for most of this year, but his low-key, experimental pop hadn’t quite grabbed me fully until I heard this beautiful, wistful track. Though it’s drawn Arthur Russell comparisons, it oddly reminds me of some of Springsteen’s quieter moments on “Nebraska” and “Tunnel of Love.” Maybe it’s the consistent backbeat or the way the reverb-soaked guitar resonates, but “I Turned …

Images & Words: Future, “Absolutely Going Brazy”

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Future “Absolutely Going Brazy” Digital Single The first rapper of ThungerPenguin is quietly having an impressive year, and this atmospheric new single is the best of the bunch. Low-BPM Future tends to be the best Future, and he’s on top form here, smearing his melodic, pained vocals over late-night keys and skittering percussion. The track beautifully walks the line between glory and anguish, simultaneously celebrating getting fucked up in fancy foreign countries and admitting that “xans (are) taking over all …