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 »

Bully – “Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying” (Belle & Sebastian Cover)

By Peter Helman / June 30, 2015 - 9:15 pm

Belle & Sebastian’s “Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying” is one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite albums of all time (If You’re Feeling Sinister), and Bully’s supremely badass Feels Like is one of my favorite recent releases. I wouldn’t necessarily think to put the two artists together — B&S actually… 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 »

Disclosure – “Holding On” (Feat. Gregory Porter) Video

By Peter Helman / June 30, 2015 - 7:54 pm

Last week, Disclosure dropped a trailer for what seemed to be an elaborate short film or music video from their upcoming sophomore album Caracal. Now, in a series of tweets, the brothers Lawrence just confirmed that it’s actually a sequence of four music videos that will make up one complete short film:… More »

You’ll Never Guess What Fox News Thinks Of Kendrick Lamar

By Peter Helman / June 30, 2015 - 7:21 pm

Kendrick Lamar opened Sunday night’s BET Awards with an explosive, politically charged, and all-around awesome performance of “Alright,” rapping “We hate po-po/ Wanna kill us dead in the street fo sho” from atop a vandalized police car while a giant American flag waved in the background. Surprisingly, Fox News didn’t love it. On the panel… More »

Stream Darkside’s Psychic Live Concert Film

By Peter Helman / June 30, 2015 - 6:40 pm

Darkside, the collaborative duo of electronic producer Nicolas Jaar and guitarist Dave Harrington, released one great album before announcing a hiatus and playing a few final shows last year. But in case you weren’t able to catch them, the band have just released a new concert film called Psychic Live, filmed at their show at… More »

Spotify Hater Thom Yorke Is Streaming His Albums On Apple Music

By Michael Nelson / June 30, 2015 - 6:00 pm

In July 2013, Thom Yorke pulled his solo album The Eraser and the Atoms For Peace album AMOK off the streaming services Spotify, Rdio, and Deezer. Discussing the decision, Yorke’s producer/collaborator Nigel Godrich said in a statement:… More »

Preview Eminem’s “Phenomenal” Action Movie Music Video

By James Rettig / June 30, 2015 - 5:33 pm

Eminem’s latest single “Phenomenal” is already part of one movie and got featured in a Beats commercial, and now it’s getting an Apple Music-exclusive music video as well. The just-launched streaming service has already touted that the aging rapper will be their first exclusive Zane Lowe interview, and that interview seems as though it will… More »

Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” Video

By Tom Breihan / June 30, 2015 - 5:27 pm

Kendrick Lamar’s stunning new video for his To Pimp A Butterfly highlight “Alright” has a scene where a little kid throws money out a muscle car window while Kendrick does donuts and more little kids dance on top of a cop car. It has scenes where Kendrick levitates along city streets. It has a scene… More »

First Impressions Of Apple Music

By Marc Hogan / June 30, 2015 - 5:05 pm

Less than 90 minutes after I began downloading Apple’s new mobile-phone operating system, the voice of London grime rapper Skepta was yawping in my headphones: “This ain’t a culture/ It’s my religion.” Those lines could almost describe how, for most of the past decade, many devotees have approached the company that Steve Jobs built; the… More »

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