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The British producer Lil Silva makes elegant, architectural bass music, and he turns out to be a perfect match for BANKS, the American singer who’s built up an audience in the UK by existing in that sparse soul-pop strata that’s thriving in London right now. Lil Silva produced the BANKS song “Goddess,” and now she’s returned the favor by showing up on “Don’t You Love,” a new song from Silva’s forthcoming Mabel EP. We’ve already posted that EP’s title track, and Silva sings on “Don’t You Love,” just as he did on that song. Both Silva and BANKS let their voices float overt the finely calibrated electro-haze track, and the whole thing just glitters. Listen to it below.

Hey, remember Self? No. No, you probably don’t. You’re probably too young. It’s OK; I’ll fill you in. Self was the project of the Tennessee-based Matt Mahaffey, and he built himself up a serious cult following with his 1995 debut album Subliminal Plastic Motives, a piece of jagged, Beck-esque, bedroom-recorded cut-and-paste power pop. Self eventually became a real band and released a few more albums, staying quietly active all these years but not releasing any new studio music in the last 14 years. Mahaffey stayed busy by doing music for cartoons and by writing the jingle. But on Tuesday, Self suddenly released an out-of-nowhere new EP called Super Fake Nice, a project first announced in 2007. Last night, they also served as musical guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where they played the EP song “Runaway” and, as an online exclusive, the Subliminal Plastic Motives song “Lucid Anne.” Watch both performances and stream the EP below.

Beastie Boy Mike D recently sat for a series of short but packed-full-of-stuff video interviews with Vanity Fair, all of them about the pop culture of the ’90s, a time when Mike and his group were absolute kings. He doesn’t exactly say anything new in these videos, but the way he leaves all this stuff out there is undeniably engaging. In the first video, he talks about Tupac and Biggie, and the weirdness that came with being a rapper who wasn’t particularly interested in the East Coast/West Coast rivalry during that time. In the second, he hits a grab-bag of topics: The Arsenio Hall Show, grunge fashion, zines. And in the third, he talks about the making of the Beasties’ “Sabotage” video, and how the ’90s were the time when people were finally ready to engage with the culture of the ’70s. Watch all three videos below.


 -2Posted at 10:48am | re: Tom Petty's Lackluster New Album Will Be His First #1 (10 comments)

Man I’m just fucking with you. Lese Majesty is a fine piece of arty rap splurge, but I don’t love it the way so many of y’all do. And I can’t get my mind around the idea that it’s better than a sparkling, insightful, gorgeously recorded Jenny Lewis album.

 +4Posted on Jul 28th | re: Premature Evaluation: Spoon They Want My Soul (92 comments)

Thanks guys. Fixed.

 +1Posted on Jul 24th | re: Chance The Rapper Teases New Music In Video (3 comments)

You are exactly right. My brain is breaking.

 +14Posted on Jul 18th | re: Portrait Of An American Family Turns 20 (32 comments)

Oh shit, I missed the Punk in Drublic anniversary?!?

 +4Posted on Jul 7th | re: Death From Above 1979 - "Trainwreck 1979" (30 comments)

Yes and yes, thanks.

Yes and yes, and also shout out to Jessica Szor from Gossip Girl.

This is true. Fixed.

 +2Posted on Jun 19th | re: Mixtape Of The Week: Young L MVP (6 comments)

I had high hopes, but it’s pretty bad.

 +3Posted on Jun 17th | re: The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 So Far (253 comments)


Pharrell – G I R L
Wovenhand – Refractory Obdurate
Vince Staples – Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2
Lil Herb – Welcome To Fazoland
Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso

 +3Posted on Jun 11th | re: Mixtape Of The Week: Tim Vocals Timtations (8 comments)

I will oblige. Here are my thoughts on the Death Grips thing: I hate it. I tried again, and I continue to hate pretty much everything they do. That’s about as far as my thoughts go.