The Alchemist – “Voodoo” (Feat. Action Bronson)

By Tom Breihan / July 2, 2015 - 10:53 am

Always-busy stoner-rap producer the Alchemist is about to release a new mostly-instrumental album called — swear to God — Retarded Alligator Beats. The album only features one guest, and that guest is Alc’s frequent collaborator Action Bronson. On the single “Voodoo,” Bronson attacks Alc’s tumbling breakbeats and oblique string-stabs, talking about stashing the acid i… More »

Marina & The Diamonds – “Blue (Holychild Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / July 2, 2015 - 10:38 am

Marina & The Diamonds aka Marina Diamandis is one of the UK’s most excellent, reliably off-kilter alt-pop stars. She put out a new album called Froot via Neon Gold this spring and is currently touring internationally in support of it. On the US side of things, brat-pop duo Holychild just released their debut album a… More »

Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi – “The Sun Today”

By Caitlin White / July 2, 2015 - 10:24 am

Alela Diane is a woman who understands uncertainty. In the past four years, she’s grappled with the kind of devastating, tumultuous circumstances that would bench most people, yet she’s emerged with three albums during these shifts. I first came to her music in 2011 because of my unmitigated obsession with Fleet Foxes in college, whe… More »

The Phoenix Foundation – “Give Up Your Dreams” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Caitlin White / July 2, 2015 - 10:00 am

“How does one transition to a mortal from a God?” wonders Sam Flynn Scott, frontman for The Phoenix Foundation, on their latest track “Give Up Your Dreams.” The Wellington, New Zealand six-piece hit that sweet spot between bubblegum psych-pop, prog-rock, and deeper, existential quandaries like the one quoted above. We premiered their single “Mountain,” along… More »

Blood Orange – “Do You See My Skin Through The Flames?”

By James Rettig / July 1, 2015 - 5:17 pm

Dev Hynes has shared a new one-off Blood Orange track called “Do You See My Skin Through The Flames?,” which he says is not part of his upcoming album and is “just some things on [his] mind.” It’s a 11-minute suite of stitched together ideas: freeform jazz, voicemails, field recordings, a long musing from Hyne… More »

Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique – “Love Is Free” (Todd Terry Remix)

By Lisa Brown / July 1, 2015 - 4:53 pm

Last month, Robyn debuted “Love Is Free,” the first single from her new project La Bagatelle Magique — which features her touring keyboardist Markus Jägerstedt and her late collaborator Christian Falk, who passed away last year. Now the dance track has one serious house remix from the legendary DJ and producer Todd Terry. The nearly… More »

Statik Selektah – “All You Need” (Feat. Action Bronson, Ab-Soul & Elle Varner)

By Tom Breihan / July 1, 2015 - 2:08 pm

The New York DJ and producer Statik Selektah has been working for years to revive the sound of mid-’90s boom-bap, so it’s fun to hear him get loose. Statik’s forthcoming album Lucky 7, which includes the Action Bronson/Joey Bada$$ collab “Beautiful Life,” also has a mellow, languid love song called “All I Need.” It’s got… More »

Gunplay – “Wuzhanindoe” (Feat. YG) Video

By Tom Breihan / July 1, 2015 - 1:48 pm

If all goes according to plan, we will soon live in a world where the ferocious Florida rapper Gunplay has a major-label album to his name. Gunplay’s anticipated-for-years debut Living Legend appears to have a firm release date later this week, and today we get the hard, cheap video for “Wuzhanindoe,” the YG/DJ Mustard colla… More »

La Luz – “Don’t Wanna Be Anywhere”

By Grace Birnstengel / July 1, 2015 - 1:18 pm

“Don’t Wanna Be Anywhere” is the second single from Weirdo Shrine, a Ty Segall-produced effort from the four ladies who make up Seattle’s La Luz. You would never guess from the song’s free-flowing twang and ’60s doo-wop sound that “Don’t Wanna Be Anywhere” is about the death of singer and guitarist Shana Cleveland’s friend, a… More »

Beach House – “Sparks”

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 1, 2015 - 12:48 pm

At the end of August, Beach House will release their fifth full-length, the highly-anticipated follow-up to 2012’s Bloom. Up until this point, the band has been laying low. We saw them perform a new song live in Montreal in 2014, before the record was announced, and in the same year they dropped “Saturn Song” o… More »

Titus Andronicus – “The Magic Morning” Short Film & “Fired Up”

By Tom Breihan / July 1, 2015 - 12:37 pm

At the end of the month, Titus Andronicus will release The Most Lamentable Tragedy, their massive and sprawling rock opera about manic depression. We’ve already heard a ton from the band: “Dimed Out,” “Fatal Flaw,” the entire Sorry About The Delay mixtape. And now the band has dropped a whole new motherlode on us. They’re… More »

St. Vincent Made A Mixtape For An 11-Year-Old On Her First Beats 1 Show

By James Rettig / July 1, 2015 - 11:06 am

Annie Clark hosted her first Beats 1 radio show on Apple Music last night. The show is called St. Vincent’s Mixtape Delivery Service, and each week she’ll pick a lucky individual to get a mixtape personally curated by her “to serve as a soundtrack for whatever is going on in their lives,” as she explai… More »

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – “The Right Stuff (3D Remix – Version 1)”

By Tom Breihan / July 1, 2015 - 11:04 am

It’s always nice to see ’90s icons get together. Robert “3D” Del Naja is the sole remaining original member of Massive Attack, and he’s recently recorded a couple of remixes of “The Right Stuff,” a track from the recent Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds album Chasing Yesterday. Both versions of the song will be o… More »

Trust Fund – “Dreams” (Feat. Alanna McArdle)

By James Rettig / July 1, 2015 - 9:33 am

We were big fans of Trust Fund’s debut album, No One’s Coming For Us, and the Bristol band has just put out a new single called “Dreams” that builds on the same poppy heartbreak of that record. It features vocals from Alanna McArdle in her first appearance since she left Joanna Gruesome earlier this month,… More »


By James Rettig / July 1, 2015 - 8:25 am

Prince has released another one-off track in the same vein as “WHAT IF” and “Baltimore” from earlier this year. This one’s called “HARDROCKLOVER,” and sees the star throwing down the gauntlet along genre lines: “Ain’t no rapper trying to be a singer/ Come on, make a move,” and right after shouting out Babyface: “R&B ain’t… More »

Helado Negro – “Young, Latin And Proud”

By Peter Helman / June 30, 2015 - 10:19 pm

Ecuadorian-American producer Roberto Carlos Lange makes woozy, bewitching electronic pop as Helado Negro. Following last year’s excellent Double Youth, he’s just shared a new single, “Young, Latin and Proud.” That title makes it sound like a grandly celebratory anthem, but it’s something softer and dreamier than that, as Lange seductively purrs his identity-affirming lyrics over… More »

Pharrell – “Freedom”

By Peter Helman / June 30, 2015 - 8:30 pm

Pop mastermind Pharrell debuted the studio version of his new song “Freedom” — which he’s already been playing live — as a part of today’s long-awaited Apple Music launch. Zane Lowe played the track on Beats 1, one of Apple Music’s new radio stations, and it also has an accompanying music video available for purchase… More »

Stream Scott Bartenhagen Black Dane EP

By Caitlin White / June 30, 2015 - 1:46 pm

The first song I heard from Central California songwriter Scott Bartenhagen was “Beacons,” which we premiered a few weeks ago. It’s a peaceful, pastoral track that turns dissonant toward the end in a burst of glowering chords, and the perfect introduction to Bartenhagen’s eclectic folk-jazz style. Today he’s shared the entirety of the Black DaneMore »

Mark Ronson – “I Can’t Lose (Lindstrøm Remix)” (Feat. Keyone Starr)

By Tom Breihan / June 30, 2015 - 1:26 pm

“Uptown Funk!” is great and all, but there’s a lot more than that to Mark Ronson’s laser-focused studio-pop album Uptown Special. One standout is “I Can’t Lose,” an expert piece of roller-rink pop that features the undiscovered R&B singer Keyone Starr. Ronson has now solicited a remix from Hans-Peter Lindstrøm, the Norwegian master of way-out… More »

Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) & Steve Reid – “Strings Of Life” (Derrick May Cover)

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 30, 2015 - 1:22 pm

Before the legendary New York jazz drummer Steve Reid passed away in 2010, Kieran Hebden (bka Four Tet) collaborated with him on a variety of projects. They released three albums — Tongues (2007), NYC (2008), and the posthumous Live At The South Bank (2011) — and at one point covered the Detroit-based producer Derrick May’… More »

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