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April 9, 2014

Listen Up!: SZA ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Babylon”


TDE is best known for bringing up Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q and Ab-Soul, but that all will change this week when their first female signee, SZA, releases her debut album, Z. “Babylon” was the first single from the album (she’s since released another excellent single with Chance the Rapper called “Child’s Play“), but now we’ve received the final album version, which comes with a typically great verse from Kendrick Lamar.

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March 28, 2014

Listen Up!: Jamie xx – Sleep Sound


London producer Jamie xx has announced details of a new AA-sided single, his first solo release since debut single “Far Nearer” back in 2011. You can hear the brilliant 6 and a half minutes of “Sleep Sound” below.

Jamie is currently with his band The xx playing a run of 25 intimate shows in New York. “G.I.R.L / Sleep Sound” will be released with Young Turks on the 5th of May on 12” vinyl and download.

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March 18, 2014

Listen Up! RAC Remix Porter Robinson’s “Sea Of Voices”


When Porter Robinson revealed “Sea Of Voices” – the first track from his forthcoming debut album Worlds - during the Oscars via Twitter earlier this month, fans took note: “Sea Of Voices” trended #1 on Facebook as the awards show aired live that evening. The song – a gauzy and atmospheric offering that represents a major sonic departure for Robinson’s previous work – saw more than half-a-million Soundcloud streams in a single day.

Today Porter releases “Sea Of Voices” (RAC Mix), a poppier, synth-inflected take on the track from the highly-respected international Remix Artist Collective. The remix, features playful synthesizers, precise electronics and the vocal hook placed front-and-center, with RAC’s signature brand of intelligent synth-pop adding new dimension to the stunning setup single.

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March 5, 2014

Video: Arctic Monkeys – Arabella

Arctic Monkeys have just released this slick new video for AM standout “Arabella.” The stylish black & white promo is directed by Jake Nava, who’s video for Beyoncé’s “Partition” was made available last week. This is a far less raunchy affair than Beyoncé’s, but highlights Alex Turner and co’s rock direction with them performing in biker bar. The bands fourth album recently shot back up the charts following their wins at the BRIT Awards and of course, Alex Turner’s controversial speech.

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February 26, 2014

HAIM Debuts New Video & Prepares for North American Tour

HAIM debuts a new music video for ‘If I Could Change Your Mind,’ the third single to come from their album Days Are Gone. Directed by Warren Fu (Daft Punk) and choreographed by the acclaimed Fatima Robinson, the clip features Danielle, Este, and Alana in full dance routine.

After performances on Saturday Night Live and Jimmy Kimmel Live, the band went overseas for performances in Japan, New Zealand and Australia. They continued their tour in Europe, and attended the BRIT Awards, where they were nominated for ‘Best International Group.’ They will begin their North America headlining tour that kicks off April 9 in San Francisco. The band will be making stops in major cities including New York, Boston and Chicago (see below for full North American tour dates) and making their Coachella debut.

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February 23, 2014

Album Stream: ScHoolboy Q’s Debut Album “OxyMoron”


On an absolutely stacked music week (St. Vincent! Beck! Wild Beasts! Neneh Cherry!), TDE and Black Hippy ScHoolboy Q asks for some of your time with his major label debut, Oxymoron.

Great guest artists abound, naturally, with Kendrick Lamar handily taking the cake on “Collard Greens.” Favorite track honors, however, go to “Man of the Year.” That Chromatics sample is so astoundingly good, we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that their entire catalog is currently being mined by every rapper on earth.

The LP hits stores and services this Tuesday, Feb. 25, but you can stream the whole thing right now via iTunes Radio.

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February 18, 2014

Listen Up!: Briar Rabbit (B.B. King’s nephew) – “So Long”


Growing up under the watchful eye of his uncle, B.B. King, it seems only fitting that singer/songwriter, Briar Rabbit has grown up to become quite the gentleman, and one that is musically inclined. With romantic melodies and colorfully layered narrative that evoke painfully beautiful imagery through honest lyricism, Briar Rabbit makes his triumphant return with his recent LP, From Your Bones.

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Listen Up!: Prides – “The Seeds You Sow”


Innovative and infectious synthpop trio, Prides, will release “The Seeds You Sow” 7″ and digital single on March 18 in the U.S. The band just released a new video for “The Seeds You Sow” which you can watch below. Prides just announced a spring tour which will include performances at the SXSW Music Festival as well as major U.S. cities including New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C. All shows are listed below.

The Glasgow based band of three, Prides, formed in 2013 out of the ashes of several local bands. They premiered on the internet last summer with their track “Out of the Blue” which lived on the top five of the Hype Machine. Stewart Brock sings and plays keyboards, Callum Wiseman is lead guitarist, plays keys and sings and Lewis Gardiner plays drums and is the bands producer.

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February 13, 2014

Album Stream: Phantogram – Voices


Phantogram were very generous in sharing singles from Voices, their first LP for Capitol, but now that you can stream the whole thing via NPR a week in advance of its physical release date, you’ll see that the Saratoga Springs duo have still got a ton of tricks up their sleeve. Album opener “Nothing But Trouble” shows off the band’s effortless skill for dark, sneaky synthpop with an eerie edge; Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter keep it coming from there with unrelenting jams that’ll make you want to dance and cry, probably simultaneously. Check it out – you can grab a physical copy starting February 18. Listen to Phantogram “Voices” here.

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Listen Up!: Major Lazer – “Lose Yourself (f. RDX and Moska)”


Nope, unfortunately not an interpolation of Eminem’s 8 Mile soundtrack, but still – here’s new music from Major Lazer, “Lose Yourself,” our next sample from Diplo and company’s upcoming Apocalypse Soon EP. Featuring help from the Colombian producer Moska and the braggy, fun dance hall duo RDX, it’s basically like a track engineered in a laboratory to get partygoers twerking – so if that’s the kind of thing you’re interested in at your Valentines’ party, by all means, add this to your playlist. The EP’s out February 25; you’ll have no trouble cranking this up in the meantime.

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