Mitski, "Two Slow Dancers"


Mitski "Two Slow Dancers" Be The Cowboy (out 08.17 on Matador) Every slow dance with someone you care about feels like a moment suspended in time. I mean, that's the point, right? Your hands are tied, your bodies are connected, and even your gaze is limited. Mitski, the fantastic New York songwriter, Read more

Future, "Hate the Real Me"


Future "Hate the Real Me" Beastmode 2 (out now on Epic) The peak of a quietly excellent year, Future goes super deep on his worthy follow-up to 2015's legendary "Beast Mode" tape. Of all its stirring moments, nothing emotionally hits harder than its last track, as Future pours his heart out over Read more

The Round-Up: The Best Songs of 2018 (So Far...)


Somehow, some fucking way, 2018 is more than half over. And though it might feel like I always say this, I think this was the toughest list I've had to make yet. There's been an overwhelming number of exciting, vital new voices popping up and plenty of fantastic follow-ups Read more

Images & Words: The 1975, "Give Yourself A Try"


The 1975 "Give Yourself A Try" A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships (out in October on Dirty Hit) Though it's been out for about two weeks, I've listened to the Manchester quartet's new single roughly two million times. Compositionally, it's totally unremarkable. Built around a repetitive, simplistic guitar riff and three chords, Read more

Images & Words: The Rhythm Method, "Chin Up"


The Rhythm Method "Chin Up" Digital Single Every two years*, I get afflicted with the same illness. It usually starts up a few weeks before every major international football tournament and lasts until somewhere around the quarterfinals. Who knows how long my believesthatEnglandcanwinthewholething-itis will last for this year, but I'm hoping that Read more

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Stream This Shit: Grizzle, “Consort”

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“Consort”

Liminal Sounds
Put down “Super Slimey” for a second, and spend some time with the criminally underrated Mancunian’s long-awaited, Liminal Sounds debut. The grime futurist has been a long-time TP fave, and Consort is exactly the project I’ve been hoping he’d make. Each of the disc’s four tracks is a meticulously crafted, hyper-melodic banger. Though there’s an obvious MssingNo influence on this disc, there’s a ton of new ideas on here as well, and it’s a massive step forward for one of the most promising young producers in music today.

Stream This Shit: Kara-Lis Coverdale, Grafts

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Grafts
Boomkat
Rejoice! The ever-reliable Montreal musician dropped a characteristically contemplative surprise album yesterday. Across three aqueous tracks, Coverdale blends soothing synth drones with splotches of piano, which forms a masterful mood that ebbs and swells for 22 gorgeous minutes.

Stream This Shit: MANIK, Sade – Operation Smooth

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Sade – Operation Smooth
Digital EP
Valentine’s Day may be over, but MANIK wants to keep that lovin’ feeling going all winter long. Over the weekend, the NYC producer dropped four delicious, deep house edits of Ms. Adu (aka The Queen of ThunderPenguin), and goddamn, they are good. To my ears, they are as strong as many of the classic Sade remixes that appeared on the official versions of many of her singles. Summon all the fire emojis.

Stream This Shit: MssingNo, M1 Personal Trainer Mixtape

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M1 Personal Trainer (Mixtape)
It wasn’t quite Lemonade, but the progressive grime maestro had me shook this afternoon when he surprise released his first mixtape on my unsuspecting head. The hyper-melodic, 24-minute track is made of all original material. And in the way only he can, the Londoner flips a-listers like Ariana Grande, Zara Larsson, and the Biebz to absolute perfection. Mssingno’s work almost always flawlessly balances radio-ready melodies with dancefloor heft for a sound that is often imitated but remains all his own.

Stream This Shit: Dawn Richard, Redemption

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Redemption
Out 11.18 on Our Dawn

T**mp won. Everything is shit. Fuck.

Listen to the great Dawn Richard’s incredible, gorgeous new album to make everything suck just a tiny bit less.

Stream This Shit: DJDS, Live in Tijuana

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DJDS
Live in Tijuana
I don’t usually post mixes on here — mostly because there are just so many of them — but I had to make an exception for this incredible live set from Samo Sound Boy and Jerome LOL. If you like dance music with heavy vocal samples, this is the collection for you, as the LA duo lace a stunning set that combines much of their best original work with a couple of choice surprises. It is beautifully paced and perfect mixed, cementing them as one of the must-see live acts in the country right now.

Stream This Shit: Karun (aka Runka), Indigo

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Karun (aka Runka)
Indigo
East African Wave
The Kenyan singer/songwriter’s gorgeous, 7-song project is the latest release from the excellent, Nairobi-based collective East African Wave. The arrangements are generally sparse and down-tempo, as the disc’s most prominent producers — Jinku and Nu Fvnk — mostly favor resonant, deep keys and use percussion as an accent, rather than a driving force. The restrained arrangements leave plenty of space for the singer (né Karun Mungai-Runkah) to dig into emotional, intimate spaces. My early favorites are “A Million Emotions” and “Need U The Most,” a pair of duets with her partner Joseph Kiwango. The former deals beautifully with the trepidation of falling in love, while the latter delves into being apart from home and the person you love. They are the kind of topics that just about everyone can relate to, but few can express with this much clarity and grace.

Download This Shit: Tommy Kruise, Memphis Confidential Vol. 2

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Tommy Kruise
Memphis Confidential Vol. 2 (self-released)

The merry Montreal producer’s successor to 2012’s Memphis Confidential is a delicious, Third coast beat tape inspired by the city’s legendary rap scene. Kruise nails the spirit of the Memphis sound — one where beauty and darkness live together in harmony.

For example, “HEAD SPIN” is built around a synth line that is both foreboding and enticing, and “BIG 9” opens with soft, atmospheric synths before graduating into a pounding slab of midwestern house. Interestingly, its two interludes — “MY GROOVE” and “SQUEAKY TEXAS CALLS” — are real highlights, and the former features two very different vocal samples, knitted together to create some real magic. At just six tracks, MC2 is easy to sink your teeth into and bursting with flavor.

Stream This Shit: Brumes, Soundings in Fathoms

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Brumes
Soundings in Fathoms

I completely missed the Portland trio’s debut LP when it dropped last May. But I just found it, and holy hell, I’m glad I did. Their sound mixes ambient, Grouper-vibes with touches of folk, drone, and dream-pop (dreamwave? dreamgaze?). Whatever the genre, Soundings in Fathoms is a subtle, gorgeous collection, built around Desireé Rousseau’s faraway vocals and layers of delicate instrumentation.

Rousseau’s vocals are framed by beautifully fingerpicked nylon-string guitars (“oh, zia), stirring violins (“the color of light and shadow”), and spare synths (“I heard you”). Its evocative mood reminds me of driving from Portland to the impossibly gorgeous Oregon coast and getting absolutely soaked by that ridiculous sideways rain that they really only have in the Pacific Northwest. It hasn’t received anything near to the acclaim it deserves, but I guarantee you it will be worth your time.

Stream This Shit: Majical Cloudz, “Wait & See”

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Majical Cloudz
Wait & See EP (Matador)

“I never show it, but I am always laughing” sings Magical Cloudz frontman Devon Welsh on “Silver Car Crash” — one of the real high points of the Montreal duo’s towering second album, Are You Alone? It was a surprising admission, as Welsh’s lyrics tend to be obsessively, occasionally suffocatingly serious . But on further reflection, there’s a deep-seeded black humor there, a little like a Samuel Beckett novel or a late-stage Goya painting. The chuckles continue on this new collection of material that didn’t quite make last year’s LP. And by “chuckles,” I mean disarming, heartrending ballads, dripping with LOLzy moments like “when I’m dead, I’ll never feel this strange again.” Har dee har har.