Lil Uzi Vert, "New Patek"


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 Read more

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


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 Read more

Wild Pink, "Mount Erie"


Wild Pink “Lake Erie” Yolk in the Fur (out now on Tiny Engines) Though I’m about six months late to the NYC trio’s outstanding second LP, I’m extremely glad that I finally found it. While their AM Radio sound has been relentlessly compared to War on Drugs, frontman John Ross is such Read more

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

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Images & Words: Majical Cloudz, “This is Magic” (Live Pitchfork Session)

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Majical Cloudz
“This is Magic” (Live Pitchfork Session)

Original appears on Impersonator (out now on Matador)

There really hasn’t been an artist I’ve felt more unsure about this year than Montreal’s Majical Cloudz. My old roommate (whose opinions I value incredibly highly) has been singing Impersonator‘s praises since it came out, but I just could never quite get into it. I decided to go see them live last Friday, as a last chance for me to really understand the album.

In short, I was shattered by their sheer presence and passion. Vocalist Devon Welsh is an imposing, unsettling performer who writes starkly honest, intimate stories and sings through clenched teeth and a vulnerable spirit. He is flanked by the calming, meditative synths of Matthew Otto, the perfect foil to the wound-up Welsh. Together, they form a devastating pair, crafting music that is so different to the pop music out today. I was a little late to the party, but I’m sure glad they still let me in.

Images & Words: Kingdom, “Bank Head” (f/ Kelela)

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Kingdom
“Bank Head” (f/ Kelela)
Vertical XL (Fade to Mind)

One of the sexiest tracks of the year gets a fitting video. Kelela, the LA-based vocalist looks incredible over a shadowy, evocative backdrop. If you missed this track (and the excellent, Vertical XL), it’s not too late to hop on the bandwagon.

Images & Words: Mutya Keisha Siobhan, “Flatline”

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Mutya Keisha Siobhan
“Flatline”
From Upcoming 2014 LP

The founding members of the Sugababes’ undeniable, Dev Hynes-assisted summer jam finally gets a visual treatment. Though it looks like it was shot on Instagram, the video captures the carefree, breezy feel of the cut, which is undoubtedly one of the songs of the summer.

Images & Words: Jacques Greene, “On Your Side” (f/ How to Dress Well)

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Jacques Greene
“On Your Side” (f/ How to Dress Well)
On Your Side (out 07/01 on LuckyMe)

Check out the fascinating interactive video from Canadian production whiz, Jacques Greene, and fractured, R&B crooner, Tom Krell (aka How to Dress Well). The track itself is fire, melding Greene’s moody, celestial production with Krell’s emotive falsetto, but the video is very cool as well. Watch it out on Greene’s website and stream the track below.

Images & Words (NSFW): Action Bronson, “Strictly 4 My Jeeps” // ASAP Ferg, “Work” (f/ A$AP Rocky, Trinidad James, Schoolboy Q, French Montana)

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A couple of NYC’s best dropped videos this week. The first is your typical Action being Action clip, and the second is your classic NYC crew cut. The AB one is probably NSFW.

Action Bronson
“Strictly 4 My Jeeps”
Saaab Stories (out in June)

A$AP Ferg
“Work” (f/ A$AP Rocky, Trinidad James, Schoolboy Q, French Montana) (Remix)
Original Appears on Lord$ Never Worry (out now on Polo Grounds)

Images & Words: Sohn, “Bloodflow”

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Sohn
“Bloodflow”
Bloodflow 12″ (out in June on 4AD)

Thunder Penguin has been crushing on the sensually mournful sounds of this British/Austrian future R&B troubadour, since he dropped his carefully crafted debut EP late last year. His dreamlike debut video highlights the isolation and beauty of his work, pairing vignettes of a lone, still woman standing in front of beautiful, living landscapes.

Also, check out Sohn’s beautiful remix of Rhye’s similarly beautiful, “Open.”

Images & Words: MO, “Pilgrim” (Yours Truly Session)

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“Pilgrim” (Live in New York)

We finally get a glimpse of the mercurial Danish vocalist at work in this new Yours Truly clip. The Grimes comparisons may be lazy, but they are also quite substantive. If/when she finally delivers her debut, it’ll be a huge one.

MØ “Pilgrim” from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

Images & Words: Inc., “The Place” (Live in LA)

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Inc.
“The Place” (Yours Truly Session)
From No World (out now on 4AD)

Our friends at Yours Truly are at it again. This time they’ve treated us to a delicious live performance from moody, minimalist brothers in groove, inc. The LA duo might be a couple of the weirdest looking dudes in music, but their downtempo R&B is all kinds of sexy. If you haven’t gotten into No World, get on it.

 

Images & Words: Disclosure x AlunaGeorge, “White Noise”

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Disclosure x AlunaGeorge: “White Noise”

Rising Brits, Disclosure & AlunaGeorge, treat us to some of the fiercest dude-dancing-by-himself action since Kevin Bacon tore up that factory.

Images & Words: Weekly Video Round-Up, 11.18

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When MTV stopped playing music videos, many prognosticators claimed that the music video would go the way of the dodo. How wrong they were. Nowadays, music videos are better than they’ve ever been, and every weekend, I’m going to round up the best music videos released that week.

Note: Please read all of the blurbs in a sultry, Daisy Fuentes accent.

5. Miguel, “The Thrill” (Live For Yours Truly)
I know it’s not a real music video, but when a new clip is released of Miguel doing Miguel things, I make an exception. A truly seismic performer at the peak of his powers. Perfect.

4. Flight Facilities (f/ Christine Hoberg): “Claire De Lune”
After cooing everyone’s clothes off with their unfuckwitable 2011 single “Crave You,” the randy Australians’ are back with a single that’s a little less dancy but no less sultry. The etherial cut gets a beautifully shot video, courtesy of Dave Ma, who has worked with the Horrors, Foals, and many others.

3. Purity Ring, “Lofticries”
I have no clue what’s happening, but it’s pretty dope. I’m talking about the video, but the exact same can be said about the Canadian duo’s mercurial, excellent debut, released earlier this year.

2. Foals, “Inhaler”

Truth be told, the video is basically stock rock video fare, but it’s still awesome to hear a new track from the Oxford quintet. Holy Fire — the follow-up to their brilliant sophomore LP, Total Life Forever — is out in early 2013, and based on this, it sounds like it’s going to be an explosive affair. Color me stoked.

1. King Krule, “Rock Bottom”
A year on from releasing the near-perfect, “The Noose of Jah City” (my third favorite track of 2011), the teenaged South Londoner returned with the devastating “Rock Bottom.” While it might not hit the top 3, it’s definitely one of my ten favorite tracks of the 2012, and Archy “King Krule” Marshall is rapidly becoming one of the most fascinating artists on the planet right now. Its video sums up everything that I love about his music; it is brooding, disorienting, and dark, while maintaining a exploratory, youthful spirit and a twisted sense of humor. Brilliant.