Bbymutha shares new EP Muthaleficent 2

Bbymutha shares new EP Muthaleficent 2
The 7-track EP serves as the follow-up to her 2020 project Muthaleficent.

By Sajae Elder

March 01, 2021

After hinting at the release of a new project last week, Chattanooga rapper Bbymutha shared her new EP Muthaleficent 2 on Monday.

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Currently only available on Bandcamp, the 7-track follow-up to her 2020 EP features appearances from Fly Anakin and Zelooperz, and production from long-time collaborators including Paris Aden, Rock Floyd, Winslow Donovan, and more. “Thank you for your patience,” the rapper said in a tweet early Monday along with a link to the album’s Bandcamp page.

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The album also serves as the rapper’s first release since her debut studio album Muthaland, which dropped last summer and landed on our list of the 50 Best Albums of 2020.

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Stream and buy Muthaleficent 2 below.

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Read The FADER’s BbyMutha profile from 2018 here.

Black Music’s Early Canadian Struggle

Black Music’s Early Canadian Struggle
Despite a storied, pre-Drake history, Black music in Canada has historically had a hard time gaining widespread support.

By The FADER

March 01, 2021

While it’s hard to deny the dominance of Black music across airwaves and streaming services around the world, it wasn’t long ago that many genres had a tough time gaining a foothold in Canada. With storied histories across the country in genres like soul, reggae, and hip-hop, putting them on the deserved stages proved difficult beyond niche platforms.

In the 1960s, artists like the late Jackie Shane, Eddie Spencer, and Johnnie Osborne made their way to Canada to invigorate burgeoning soul scenes in Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax. By the 1970s, Toronto’s Little Jamaica became a meeting ground for an international reggae scene, boasting Jamaican and Canadian-born artists like Frankie Paul and Jay Douglas, thanks to the city’s then-growing Caribbean population. Artists like late jazz and blues icon Salome Bey and Detroit-born Liberty Silver, who became the first Black woman to win a Juno Award, would see local success in the 70s and 80s.

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To hear Black music on Canadian airwaves, dedicated platforms were few and far between except for college radio shows like Power Moves on Ryerson University’s CKLN and a few others on air in the 1990s. It would take a decade-long battle to license Canada’s first Black music radio station before Toronto’s Flow 93.5 finally hit the airwaves in 2000, the idea often passed over in favor of country and adult contemporary music stations instead. For years, the city actually relied mainly on a radio station in nearby Buffalo, 93.7 WBLK, for its Black music fix; serving as an unofficial home for up-and-coming Toronto talent. Their presence was so ubiquitous that in a full circle moment, audio from the station’s beloved late-night Quiet Storm show made its way onto Drake’s Scorpion track “After Dark”. “This station raised us,” the rapper captioned an Instagram story featuring a letter from the station shortly after the album’s release. Today, platforms like The Block—CBC’s new show dedicated to celebrating Black music—offer Black artists of the past and present the perfect place to revisit the hits and history of Black music in Canada.

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The arrival of Black radio wasn’t a magic fix either, as many of the city’s rap artists found it tricky to move both within and beyond Canada’s borders. “We went through so much behind closed doors, as a community, that people have no idea how difficult it was for a lot of us to even be taken seriously,” Kardinal Offishall told FADER back in 2018. Himself a pioneer with decades of staying power, he described an industry not yet prepared to give Black music and Black artists their proper due; something that would push Canadian artists south of the border time and time again.

In the 1980s, rappers like Maestro Fresh Wes and Michie Mee were among the first Canadian hip hop artists to snag American record label deals and the 1990s saw singers like Deborah Cox and Tamia making career headway in the U.S., likely in search of a more lucrative market in the absence of real music urban infrastructure in Canada. The 2000s and 2010s saw artists like Glenn Lewis, Junia-T, Melanie Fiona, BACKXWASH, Drake, DijahSB, The Weeknd, OBUXUM, Daniel Caesar, and more coming into the fold, on their own digital terms. On The Block, listeners can dive into Canada’s rich Black music history, from throwbacks to deep cuts to today’s hits.

Be sure to tune into The Block, Monday to Friday nights at 7 p.m. across Canada / 7:30 p.m. in Newfoundland on CBC Music. Episodes can also be streamed anytime on CBC Listen.

The Criterion Channel has added Solange’s When I Get Home to its catalog

The Criterion Channel has added Solange’s When I Get Home to its catalog
A surprise streaming premiere in celebration of the film’s second anniversary.

By Salvatore Maicki

March 01, 2021

Sabla Stays

Real Letterboxd heads know that when it comes to movie streaming platforms, the Criterion Channel is the crème de la crème, with an outstanding catalog spanning decades, genres and origins. The month of March brings an entirely new slate of films to the website, including the surprise streaming debut of the remastered director’s cut of Solange’s film When I Get Home, which initially premiered in 2019.

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“In celebration of the second anniversary of Solange’s WHEN I GET HOME (2019), the Criterion Channel is proud to present Knowles’s newly remastered director’s cut of this dazzling immersion into the imagination of an artist whose vision knows no bounds,” Criterion wrote in an Instagram post announcing the film’s arrival.

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The anniversary celebration carries over to Solange’s Blackplanet site this week, which promises “special screenings of various performances and art installations that have taken place since When I Get Home’s release, and a digital quilt personally collaged by Solange featuring images and stories submitted by fans about the album’s transformative impact on their life.”

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Solange’s Criterion debut arrives just ahead of a smattering of Black Westerns that will debut on the platform next week, including Sergeant Rutledge (1960), Duel at Diablo (1966), The Learning Tree (1969), El Condor (1970), Skin Game (1971), Black Rodeo (1972), Buck and the Preacher (1972), The Legend of Black Charley (1972), Thomasine and Bushrod (1974), Posse (1993), Buffalo Soldiers (1997), and Rosewood (1997). The collection will include an introduction from Vassar film scholar Mia Mask. Peep Criterion’s full March 2021 lineup here.

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Patrick Paige II announces solo album, shares songs with Syd and Steve Lacy

Patrick Paige II announces solo album, shares songs with Syd and Steve Lacy
The Internet’s Patrick Paige II has released a new video for “Whisper (Want My Luv)” featuring Steve Lacy, Allen Love, and Durand Bernarr, which also features a bonus track with Syd.

By Shaad D'Souza

March 01, 2021

The Internet’s Patrick Paige II has announced that his new solo record, If I Fail Are We Still Cool, will be out May 21 via Fat Possum Records. The record features 17 tracks and includes collaborations with Paco, Westside McFly, Ohana Bam, Allen Love, Durand Bernarr, Westside McFly, Saba, and Bowie, as well as his Internet bandmates Syd and Steve Lacy. Along with the announcement, Paige has released a video for “Whisper (Want My Luv)”, a new track featuring Steve Lacy, Allen Love, and Durand Bernarr, directed by Ethan Nelson.

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While the streaming version of the track runs 3:50, the music video version runs closer to 6 minutes, and includes a second song, “Ain’t Talking Bout Much”, featuring Syd. While the first track is a funky, 70s-style R&B track, the second is gleaming and gelatinous, featuring Paige and Syd rapping over a hypnotic, pinging beat. Watch “Whisper (Want My Luv)” above.

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In 2018, Paige released his solo debut, Letters of Irrelevance, which featured collaborations with Syd, Kari Faux, DAISY, ForteBowie, Sareal, and G Perico. The Internet’s last album was 2018’s Hive Mind, which featured the singles “Roll (Burbank Funk)”, “Hold On”, and “Come Over”.

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Erika de Casier leans into the drama on her new single

Erika de Casier leans into the drama on her new single
Erika de Casier is at work on the follow-up to 2019’s Essentials, but in the mean time, watch the self-directed video for her new single “Drama”.

By Shaad D'Souza

March 02, 2021

On her superlative debut album Essentials, Denmark’s Erika de Casier established herself as one of dance music’s most chill denizens: she just wants to fly with you, to have a good time with you, to do her thing, to take a photo of you because, after all, you just look so damn good. Not so anymore: on “Drama”, her second single for renowned stalwart indie label 4AD, something’s upset the vibes, and it’s wreaking havoc on her life. “I didn’t mean to cause any drama”, she sings in a trademark whisper over the song’s two-step-y chorus, before flipping it: “You want drama? I’ll give you a reality show.” With its delicate guitar and whispers of “drama, drama, drama”, it’s de Casier’s second moderately anguished single, after 2020’s “No Butterflies, No Nothing”, which made our list of the top songs of the year. (Tonally and conceptually, it also feels of a pair with HTRK’s “Into The Drama”, another heady electronic track about somehow always falling into drama.)

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“Drama” arrives alongside a video directed by, and starring, de Casier herself. “I wanted to create a sort of evil twin or alter ego of myself,” de Casier says of the video, “Because you’re not entirely yourself when you’re in the violence of your own emotions.” A press release states that de Casier is currently at work on her second album; in the mean time, watch “Drama” above.

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Japanese Breakfast returns with new song “Be Sweet” and third album details

Japanese Breakfast returns with new song “Be Sweet” and third album details
Michelle Zauner will release Jubilee in June.

By David Renshaw

March 02, 2021

Peter Ash

Japanese Breakfast, a.k.a. Michelle Zauner, pays tribute to cult sci-fi show The X-Files in the video for new song “Be Sweet.” The track is the first to be taken from Japanese Breakfast’s forthcoming album Jubilee, due June 4 via Dead Oceans. Check out the video below.

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Speaking about “Be Sweet” in a press release, former FADER cover star Zauner said: “After spending the last five years writing about grief, I wanted our follow up to be about joy. For me, a third record should feel bombastic and so I wanted to pull out all the stops for this one. I wrote ‘Be Sweet’ with Jack Tatum from Wild Nothing a few years ago. I’ve been holding onto it for so long and am so excited to finally put it out there.”

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Jubilee will be the third Japanese Breakfast album and the first since 2017’s Soft Sounds From Another Planet. Zauner’s debut album Psychopomp was released in 2016. Last year Zauner formed Bumper with Ryan Galloway and released the pop songs 2020 EP.

Jubilee tracklist:

“Paprika”
“Be Sweet”
“Kokomo, IN”
“Slide Tackle”
“Posing in Bondage”
“Sit”
“Savage Good Boy”
“In Hell”
“Tactics”
“Posing for Cars”

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In addition to releasing Jubilee in June, Zauner will also publish her first book this year. Crying In H Mart, a memoir based on Zauner’s 2018 New Yorker essay of the same name, arrives in April.

Watch Arlo Parks perform “Black Dog” on Fallon

Watch Arlo Parks perform “Black Dog” on Fallon
The track appears on her debut album Collapsed in Sunbeams.

By Jordan Darville

March 02, 2021

“Black Dog” by Arlo Parks is a tender song about a loyal friend attempting to pull someone from the depths of a deep depression. “It’s so cruel / What your mind can do for no reason” Parks coos on the soulful single from her debut album Collapsed in Sunbeams. On Monday evening, she performed the song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and you can watch her rendition above. She starts off alone in a dimly lit void, an appropriate setting given the themes of “Black Dog,” but her surroundings eventually (and literally) blossom into something more hopeful. Watch above, and check out Parks’s appearance at FADER’s Digital FORT here.

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Mdou Moctar shares “Tala Tannam,” announces new album

Mdou Moctar shares “Tala Tannam,” announces new album
Afrique Victime is out May 21 via Matador.

By Jordan Darville

March 02, 2021

Mdou Moctar. Photo by WH Moustapha

 

Mdou Moctar is a musician from Niger offering his own unique recalibration of the Tuareg guitar style. His output is psychedelic and enchanting and has appeared twice on our weekly Songs You Need playlist, which should tell you that we’re always happy to hear new music from him. Today, Mdou Moctar returns with a new song called “Tala Tannam,” and announces his anticipated new project Afrique Victime, out May 21 via Matador.

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The title of the song means “your tears” in the Tuareg language of Tamasheq, Moctar said in a press statement. “It is another love song of which I’m very fond.” The video, streaming below, follows bassist Mikey Coltun traveling to meet his bandmates in Niger. “While the song talks about love,” Coltun said in the statement, “we wanted to show the love between friendships and the love of Niger. The video includes friends and family — in the Tuareg community, in villages around Niamey, as well as Hausa people from villages in the Dosso region.”

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SoundCloud announces “fan-powered” royalty plan

SoundCloud announces “fan-powered” royalty plan
The streaming service will be the first to offer a user-centric payout model for independent artists.

By Sajae Elder

March 02, 2021

Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images.

 

SoundCloud announced its new royalty distribution system on Wednesday, an approach that will see independent artists receive revenue directly from their fans as opposed to the current system that “pools” their total listens. The streaming platform described the move as “a more equitable and transparent way for emerging and independent artists to earn money on SoundCloud.”

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Currently, listener subscription and advertising revenue are pooled and split across the entire service, with artists receiving income based on their share of plays. This model mainly benefits popular acts signed by major labels. Under SoundCloud’s new system, this revenue would go directly from fans to the artists they listen to most. SoundCloud will be the first streaming platform to use this artist payout method.

“Many in the industry have wanted this for years,” SoundCloud’s CEO Michael Weissman said in a statement. “We are excited to be the ones to bring this to market to better support independent artists. SoundCloud is uniquely positioned to offer this transformative new model due to the powerful connection between artists and fans that takes place on our platform.”

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Last fall, the UK Government launched an inquiry into whether the music streaming model was paying artists, particularly emerging talent, fairly. In the weeks that followed, the Union of Musicians and Allied Workers demanded changes at Spotify including a similar user-centric payment model, increased royalty rates to at least one cent per stream, and the end of paid playlist placements.

SoundCloud launched its own microsite to offer more information about the new system; it kicks off on April 1.

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India Jordan shares “And Groove,” announces new EP

India Jordan shares “And Groove,” announces new EP
Watch Out! drops May 7 via Ninja Tune.

By Jordan Darville

March 02, 2021

India Jordan delivered one of 2020’s biggest and much-needed bursts of unbridled joy with their EP For You, a six-track rave delight (its title track clocked in at No. 27 on our Best Songs of 2020). Today, Jordan returns with their new song “And Groove,” and has announced the upcoming EP Watch Out!, dropping May 7 via Ninja Tune.

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Watch Out! is “a homage to both physical and conceptual movement,” Jordan said in a press statement. They added: “‘And Groove’ was made in peak Lockdown #1 and is reminiscent of a train journey – repetitive and rhythmic movement that goes on and on (and groove!)” True enough, the serene yet propulsive pace of “And Groove” makes it easy to imagine gently resting your head against a train window and imagining that the passing scenery is triggering the music, “Star Guitar” style. Take a listen above.

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Reggae icon Bunny Wailer has died

Reggae icon Bunny Wailer has died
The Wailers founding member was 73.

By Sajae Elder

March 02, 2021

Jim Rankin/Toronto Star via Getty Images.

 

Bunny Wailer—reggae icon and founding member of pivotal group The Wailers—has died at the age of 73. His manager Maxine Stowe confirmed the news to the Jamaica Observer. While no cause of death has yet been reported, Wailer has reportedly been in and out of the hospital since suffering his second stroke last summer.

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Born Nevile Livingston in St. Ann’s Parish, Jamaica, Wailer grew up alongside step-brother Bob Marley in Trenchtown. In 1963, he founded The Wailers alongside Marley and friend Peter Tosh, who they met as mentees of “Godfather of Reggae” Joe Higgs. The trio would go on to release early hits like “Simmer Down,” and by 1972, they signed with Island Records and released singles like “Get Up, Stand Up,” and “Stir It Up.” Their 1973 major-label debut Catch A Fire, and its follow-up Burnin from the same year, launched them to international fame, but as the group’s then-manager Chris Blackwell sought to re-brand The Wailers as a backing group to Marley, both Wailer and Tosh left in 1974.

Wailer would go on to release solo hits like “Dreamland,” “Crucial,” and “Cool Runnings,” releasing nearly 40 albums over his seven decade-spanning career. Wailer’s last album, Dub Fi Dub, was released back in 2018. Over the years, he would take home the Best Reggae Album Grammy three times: Time Will Tell: A Tribute to Bob Marley in 1991, Crucial! Roots Classics in 1995, and Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley’s 50th Anniversary in 1997.

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Wailer has been recognized multiple times by the Jamaican Government for his contributions to the nation’s music history, receiving an Order of Merit in 2017 and the Reggae Gold Award in 2019.

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Rostam shares new song “4Runner,” announces new album

Rostam shares new song “4Runner,” announces new album
Changephobia is out June 4.

By Jordan Darville

March 02, 2021

Rostam. Photo by Jason Stone.

 

Soon after leaving Vampire Weekend, Rostam Batmanglij became an in-demand pop producer for artists like HAIM and Clairo, and plugged away at a solo career that included 2017’s Half-Light LP. On June 4, Rostam will release his sophomore album Changephobia, and the latest track “4Runner” is out today. Joining “4Runner” on the new project are Rostam’s two recent singles “Unfold You” and “These Kids We Knew.” Stream the visualizer for “4Runner” below:

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In a press statement, Rostam described how he set aside familiar musical touchstones for new ones in the writing for the new album. “The harpsichord and the cello are these iconic instruments of baroque music — my love affair with them is obvious from a decade of referencing Bach and using those instruments in songs. But in the last few years, and throughout this album, I became obsessed with the Baritone sax, inspired by jazz on a deeper level than ever before, and wanting to bring those things into my musical world.”

Phil Elverum announces new album of “100% background noise” that “contains no music”

Phil Elverum announces new album of “100% background noise” that “contains no music”
Phil Elverum’s new album as The Microphones is vinyl only, and it’s not even music.

By Shaad D'Souza

March 02, 2021

Phil Elverum has announced his second release as The Microphones in as many years, and, like 2020’s Microphones In 2020, an epic, 45-minute poem unlike anything else in Elverum’s dense and beautiful catalog, 2021’s Foghorn Tape breaks significant new ground… in that it’s not really ‘music’.

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Described by Elverum, who also records as Mount Eerie, as a record of “100% background noise” that “contains no music”, Foghorn Tape, as Pitchfork notes, is a vinyl-only release that’s “literally just the noisy fuzzed out tape loop of a ‘fog horn’ (actually a distant pitch-bent bass) that plays through-out the background of ‘the Glow pt. 2’ and other Microphones musics.” Limited to 999 pressings on clear vinyl, available on Elverum’s P.W. Elverum & Sun webstore, Foghorn Tape has no digital or streaming option, and is released this Friday.

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The FADER named “Microphones in 2020” one of the year’s top 100 tracks; view the full list here. Prior to “Microphones in 2020”, Elverum’s most recent release was a collaborative album with Julie Doiron titled Lost Wisdom Pt. 2, a sequel to the duo’s first collaborative record.

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New release now available: "Foghorn Tape" by the Microphones
clear vinyl LP of background noise, no songs, no music
limited edition, no digital optionhttps://t.co/fiUf7S0lIx pic.twitter.com/saoLU3ycsU

— Phil Elverum (@PWElverum) March 2, 2021

Mette embraces her future with the elastic and joyful “Petrified”

Mette embraces her future with the elastic and joyful “Petrified”
Check out the debut single from the dancer-turned-popstar.

By David Renshaw

March 03, 2021

Chad McLean

For the past few years Mette has been the person who stood out in the background. Whether she was playing a small role in iconic scam movie Hustlers or dancing with Pharrell for four years, Mette made her moment in the spotlight matter (You’ll most likely remember her being the woman whose head Rihanna shaved in N.E.R.D.’s “Lemon” video). Now she’s ready to step into the foreground as she launches her debut single.

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“Petrified” is a bouyant house-pop banger, lit-up by Mette’s floating vocals and heavy kick drums. “I’m petrified and I can’t lie,” Mette sings over a choppy rave piano beat, “I’m nothing without you.” The self-directed video opens with a clip of Mette grasping a dirt bike rider as she zips toward a getaway, a metaphor for clinging onto her destiny and letting fate lead the way.

Speaking about “Petrified” and her solo career, Mette said: “I remember I heard a lot of “no”s when I was younger and I internalised a lot of that. I now realise I’ve been hiding this dream for so long that it’s like, okay, we need to move forward in authenticity. Music is my first love – period.”

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Check out the “Petrified” video below.

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Life Without Buildings to reissue Any Other City on vinyl

Life Without Buildings to reissue Any Other City on vinyl
The cult Scottish band, whose music has enjoyed a recent viral revival, will re-release their only album next month.

By David Renshaw

March 03, 2021

It’s amusing to think of the endless major label board room meetings in which teams of people got together to come up with a marketing campaign that would result in a song blowing up on TikTok. Justin Bieber isn’t the only one guilty of this, but “Yummy” was perhaps the most gratuitous example of the trend. Then, contrast that with Life Without Buildings, whose music has enjoyed a second life online in recent months after Gen Z indie kids picked up on the Scottish band’s song “The Leanover” and began using it on the platform. It’s safe to say a cult DIY group who split in 2002 didn’t brainstorm a thing.

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“The Leanover” is typical of Life Without Buildings’ unique style, dominated by vocalist Sue Tompkins and her free-associative language. The renewed interest in Life Without Buildings has led to news today that Rough Trade Records will reissue the band’s first and only album on vinyl next month.

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Any Other City, which recently turned 20, will be released on April 23. The album was originally released on Tugboat Records (a Rough Trade affiliated label) in February 2001 and has been out of print since 2014.

Check out the vinyl re-issue tracklist below.

“PS Exclusive”
“Let’s Get Out”
“Juno”
“The Leanover”
“Young Offenders”
“Philip”
“Envoys”
“14 Days”
“New Town”
“Sorrow”

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Hear Helena Deland and Ouri’s hypnotic first single as Hildegard, ”Jour 2”

Hear Helena Deland and Ouri’s hypnotic first single as Hildegard, ”Jour 2”
The first offering from new Partisan label off-shoot, section1.

By Salvatore Maicki

March 03, 2021

Jules Moskovtchenko

Helena Deland and Ouri are now Hildegard. Named after German Benedictine abbess and composer Hildegard of Bingen, the Montreal experimentalists describe the project as “a testament to the intense and often mystical collaborative process; to losing yourself in one another only to emerge as something new.”

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First up to bat is “Jour 2,” a hypnotic composition that ebbs in and out of darkness, mining strength in synchronicity. A statement from the artists describes the track as “a psychedelic mantra that labours to reconcile the dissociated self by contrasting eeriness and softness.” “Jour 2” also marks the first offering from section1, a new label in partnership with Partisan headed by Brontë Jane, Chris Robbins, and Tom Wironen.

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Watch Hildegard’s Melissa Matos-directed video for “Jour 2” below, and then head this way to read our 2020 interview with Deland regarding her staggering debut LP, Someone New.

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Flo Milli samples Dora the Explorer in new song “Backpack”

Flo Milli samples Dora the Explorer in new song “Backpack”
It’s time for Flora The Explorer.

By Jordan Darville

March 03, 2021

Flo Milli knows to have fun. Hell, we did a whole interview with the Mobile rapper on how she rode viral fame to an acclaimed, blossoming rap career (her 2020 project Ho, why is you here? was one of our favorite full-lengths of the year). So, when I tell you that her new song “Backpack” samples a song from the kid’s show Dora The Explorer, you should press play rather than roll your eyes. The wave it rides is undoubtedly a silly one, but the song crests into something genuinely catchy. In the video, streaming above, Flo dresses up like Dora and goes on an expedition around L.A. with an animated animal. Watch above, and for more ridiculous Flo Milli sample-flipping, check out her song “Roaring ’20s,” which interpolates “If I Were A Rich Man” from the musical Fiddler on the Roof.

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Listen to Maroon 5 and Megan Thee Stallion’s new song “Beautiful Mistakes”

Listen to Maroon 5 and Megan Thee Stallion’s new song “Beautiful Mistakes”
From Maroon 5’s upcoming album.

By Jordan Darville

March 03, 2021

It’s practically a rite of passage for hot rappers to jump on a song with Maroon 5, the Adam Levine-fronted pop band. With a massive 2020 behind her, Megan Thee Stallion is next up on the docket, joining Maroon 5 on their new single “Beautiful Mistakes.” It’s trap-inspired pop music, and I can very easily imagine hearing this while buying Cheetos in a Walgreens. Listen above.

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Speaking with Zane Lowe on Apple Music, Levine sang Megan’s praises for her contributions to the song. “The way she built her part was just, it couldn’t have been a more epic kind of climax for the song. I mean, it really is absolutely perfect. So, I mean, what she did was just miraculous, and it brought the song to a whole new level.”

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In the same interview, Levine said that Maroon 5 have completed an album. A release date hasn’t been announced.

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Perfume Genius shares A.G. Cook remix of “Describe”

Perfume Genius shares A.G. Cook remix of “Describe”
IMMEDIATELY Remixes is out June 12.

By Jordan Darville

March 03, 2021

On June 12, Perfume Genius will share IMMEDIATELY Remixes, a full-length collection of remixes based on songs from his excellent 2020 album Set My Heart On Fire Immediately. Some of the artists enlisted include Actress, Danny L Harle, Katie Dey, Jenny Hval, Jim-E Stack — today, the A.G. Cook version of “Describe” drops.

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Cook may have been unusually prolific last year, dropping the 49-track 7G as well as the more conservatively-tracklisted Apple, but the “Describe” shows that he’s got plenty of fuel left in his tank. It’s a thoroughly weird cyber-jungle track streaked with sweeping synth-pop emotions. Jack Wedge directs the animated music video matching the song’s vibe with a lo-res heist in a Blade Runner-meets-Looney Tunes world. Check it out above.

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Listen to Porter Robinson’s new single “Musician”

Listen to Porter Robinson’s new single “Musician”
The final single from Nurture, out April 23.

By Jordan Darville

March 03, 2021

Porter Robinson. Photo by Dan Regan.

 

The road to Porter Robinson‘s Nuture, the electronic singer-songwriter’s first new album under his own name in seven years, has been adorned with very strong singles. “Something Comforting” debuted his new sound and “Mirror” made it to on our best of the year list, but they were both bested by “Look At The Sky,” which dropped in January and is already a 2021 highlight. Robinson’s latest single “Musician,” out today, is the final single from Nurture before it drops on April 23, and I’m happy to report that the single streak remains unbroken.

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“Musician” fits comfortably in the Nuture vibe while delivering something familar. Golden-hued Vocaloid-melodies link with Robinson’s processed vocals in seamless, deeply emotional ways that nod to the artist’s previous work — fans of his debut Worlds may see this track as a closer extension of that era than previous Nurture singles. Plus, it’s got those iconic yells from Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock’s “It Takes Two,” so what’s not to like? Listen for yourself below.

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Kodak Black Gets Another Legal L As Judge Paves Way For Touring

Kodak Black has been given the green light by a judge to travel for work purposes as he gets into top gear to resume his career. The rapper who was recently released from jail is still under probation conditions that prohibit traveling.

However, the Pompano Beach rapper is only allowed to travel strictly for work purposes. According to the order granted by a federal judge, Kodak Black will need to inform his probation officer about where he plans to go, and he can only travel for work activities. He needs to submit a full itinerary to the probation officer, which includes the places he visits as well as where he plans to stay such as hotels etc.

His probation conditions also prohibit the use of substance as he resumes his life as an artist, which involves appearances at parties and live performances. However, it seems that the rapper has made a turnaround with his life after being pardoned by former President Donald Trump.

He has since undertaken a number of charitable works as he had promised prior to being pardoned. His latest gesture was visiting the families of the Parkland, Florida shooting and also providing a scholarship in the name of one of the victims, who was a beloved fan. The scholarship will assist any student interested in criminal justice reform.

His Attorney Bradford Cohen says the rapper intends to continue to do charitable work, TMZ reported. Cohen also says the rapper intends to focus on work- booking concerts and attending meetings with his record label.

‘Power’ Star Michael Rainey Jr. Gets Threats From Alkaline Fans Over Vybz Kartek Support

Michael Rainer Jr., aka Tariq St. Patrick, found himself in the middle of a dancehall feud.

Jamaican-born TV star Michael Rainey Jr. has reportedly received death threats from fans of Alkaline following his decision to compare Vybz Kartel to Alkaline. The young actor used his Instagram Story to put forth the contentious comparison. Vendetta fans were left feeling disgusted when Rainey shared a picture of Alkaline from his days at Ardenne High School.

“Kartel Was Running Road When This Pic Was Taken N This N***a Think Him And Kartel A Size,” came the supporting caption. He added a few laughing emojis to the already biting line.

Rainey Jr. is best known for his role as Tariq St Patrick on the 50 Cent produced hit franchise, Power. He has been quite vocal over the years about his support of the Vybz Kartel-led Gaza nation. He cites Vybz Kartel, Tommy Lee Sparta, and Popcaan as some of his favorite dancehall artists.

His recent comparison did not rest well with Alkaline’s fans, and quite a few of them took to social media to thrash the actor. The comment areas below his recent posts and direct message inbox were supposedly overrun with hate mail. He again took to social media to share a few of what he was receiving. He doubled down on his stance as he shared the threatening messages and comments via screenshots he had taken.

“Nah All Jokes Aside Tho Y’all Really Can’t Deny That Kartel Was Running Road When Alkaline Was In School. Kartel Been Making Music Forever. Literally Forever,” he wrote.

Things got even more interesting when Vybz Kartel got wind of the firestorm that was brewing online. He threw his support behind the actor and posted: “Those are fake threats don’t pay dem no mind….just a bunch of wanna be angry fans, dem gaza imitation dem GCity #power ful @michaelraineyjr.” Rainey reposted the comments on his official Instagram page.

Vybz Kartel and Rainey seem to have a fairly good online relationship as this is not the first time the incarcerated DJ has reached out to him. He wished him a happy birthday via his Instagram page last year. Rainey is also no stranger to Jamaica, and last year Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett even supported him being a perfect candidate as the country’s official youth ambassador.

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Tekashi 6ix9ine Sued By Security Company For Unpaid Fees, His Opps Predicted It

Tekashi 6ix9ine is being sued by a security company that formerly provided personal protection to the controversial rapper.

A lawsuit filed on Mondays revealed details that the security company that duly protected 69 in 2018, prior to getting arrested, have not been paid services owed by the rapper. Tekashi is best known for rap and also for his recent court case in which he is accused of famously snitching on various other rappers in the industry, squealing on others as part of a plea deal for lesser time.

The Company Metropolitan Patrol says they are owed monies for 11 days of service in 2018. According to TMZ, the timeline by the company coincide with paparazzi photos taken of 6ix9ine in Los Angeles surrounded by bodyguards who are almost twice the size of the bite-sized rapper.

The contract, according to the security company, is for 24-hour armed security and has a roster of detailed activities they worked at a day rate of $85 per hour and a nightly rate of $127.50 per hour. Among the package of services offered at armored vehicles- fully equipped Yukon with ballistic panels and police-style vehicles that included sirens and other equipment prepared for pretty much any scenario which can arise due to the rapper’s continuous beef and contentious personality.

The total owed to the company is $75,165, which Tekashi 6ix9ine has refused to pay. The company is seeking the amount in damages as well as interest and legal fees, which rounds off to $88,000.

Meanwhile, Tekashi’s Attorney-at-law Lance Lazzaro says that the rapper has nothing to do with the security company. In fact that his booking agency at the time is the one responsible for the outstanding payments, and that Metropolitan’s beef is actually with MTA Bookings, not 69.

Since coming out of jail, the rapper has been mired in controversy, including his latest gimmick, which included an alleged attempt, according to Meek Mill, to bait him into a fight in order to cause Mill to be sent to jail. Meek has said Tekashi 6ix9ine is working for federal authorities and that he was trying to get him into a fight so that he could be arrested and sent to jail. Meek Mill is no longer under probation but having spent a good chunk of his adulthood under court supervision, he intends to remain off the radar and vows never to go back to jail. His last case last 12 years.

Post Malone – Alone Again

ft. Jaden Smith

All of this time you tried to heal me
I tried to find myself this time
All of these things, they are not easy
But I feel like it’s worth the climb.

I told you if you wanna go, that is fine
But I’ll be alone, be alone
I’m never really the same guy that I was
When I was at home, was at home
Ooh, in my mind I’m still unknown
Please, oh, please just call my phone
I told you if you wanna go, that is fine
But I’ll be alone, be alone

One bad girl is all it takes
To make your mind just go insane
And I don’t think I’ll play those games no more, no more

Looking back at the times that we had
Got me stuck in my place,
Tryina move on, but I cannot get the pace
Got the smoke, but that’s just something into my face
Covering all the pain, are you leaving the train?
I’m So caught up, right up in the middle of
I’m so, so lost, and I’m never really winning
I’ve just never won, that’s so alone
No no no no
So, I [??] stay alone, lone lone

(I told you if you wanna go, that is fine
I’m never really the same guy)
I told you if you wanna go, that is fine
But I’ll be alone, be alone
I’m never really the same guy that I was
When I was at home, was at home
Ooh, in my mind I’m still unknown
Please, oh, please just call my phone
I told you if you wanna go, that is fine
But I’ll be alone, be alone.

Andreea Banica X Dorian Popa – Dragoste incercata

[Andreea Banica feat. Dorian Popa versuri]

M-ai lasat in delir cu o gura atat de insetata
Imi simt inima-n piept cum se zbate,
E foarte mirata
Esti tot in venele mele, simt cum m-alergi printer ele
Gusta-ma toata de parca ar fi ultima data
Te rog, hai spune-mi tu
Te-ai gandit vreodata ce faci cand inima refuza sa mai bata?

Sunt bolnava de dor fara dragostea ta,
Dragostea ta, fara dragostea ta
Sunt bolnava de dor, vreau atingerea ta
Atingerea ta, vreau atingerea ta
Nu ma judeca, sunt nevinovata
Ca noi doi impartim o dragoste incercata

Si n-am de ales, si n-am de ales
De tine-s legata
Si n-am de ales, si n-am de ales
Dragoste incercata

[Dorian Popa:]
Regasesc in veninul tau dulce o alta nuanta
Ca un joc, du-te vino, tu iarasi ma tii la distanta
Absenta ta ma omoara, imi pune sare pe rana
Eu fara tine sunt un cantec in disonanta

Te rog, hai spune-mi tu
Te-ai gandit vreodata ce faci cand inima refuza sa mai bata?

[Refren:]
Sunt bolnava de dor fara dragostea ta,
Dragostea ta, fara dragostea ta
Sunt bolnava de dor, vreau atingerea ta
Atingerea ta, vreau atingerea ta
Nu ma judeca, sunt nevinovata
Ca noi doi impartim o dragoste incercata

Si n-am de ales, si n-am de ales
De tine-s legata
Si n-am de ales, si n-am de ales
Dragoste incercata
Si n-am de ales, si n-am de ales
De tine-s legata
Si n-am de ales, si n-am de ales
Ca noi doi impartim o Dragoste incercata

La Bestia – Decilo Lyrics

No pude regalarte una flor
Se volvió a marchitar
No pude olvidarme de vos
Cuantas veces ya
No pude descubrir en mi
Esa voluntad
No voy a despejar el don
De la felicidad

Porque tantas veces no he podido escuchar
Porque tantas veces he perdido ya
Porque tantas veces he olvidado la razón
Solo te pido una oportunidad

No pude regalarte una flor
Me volví a marchitar
No pude olvidarme de vos
Cuantas veces ya

Y es que no pudiste resistir el sol

Y no me dejaste impregnarme en vos
Ese viento arrastra y todo lo llevo
Esa chispa un incendio provoco

Porque tantas veces no he podido escuchar
Porque tantas veces he perdió ya
Porque tantas veces he olvidado la razón
Solo te pido una oportunidad

Porque tantas veces no he podido escuchar
Porque tantas veces he perdió ya
Porque tantas veces he olvidado la razón
Solo te pido una oportunidad

Unlike Pluto – Death In Paradise Lyrics

Here we are
Where Mirages are all man made
Where Dreams can kill
Love is always too late

She’s a runaway
Looking for better days
But no one told her
The truth about this place

Sand turns to liquor
Water turns to whine
You thought different but
For you, this isn’t paradise

Tear drops that disappear into
An ocean that doesn’t really care… about you
Everyone wants to be a flower in the desert
But there’s only water (out there) for a few

Here we are
Where Mirages are all man made
Where Dreams can kill and
Love is always too late

So here we are, where mirages are all man made
Some will be able to pay in spades

But For you this isn’t paradise

A girl gone rouge with
A face designed for vogue
But beauty’s just a bandage
She’s all alone

And if she feels the spotlight
She’ll find that some can burn
The game is neverending
Once you get your turn.

The glitter and fame
If you turn around it fades away
But you can have it all depending
On if, you can, pay a, high price

So here we are
Where Mirages are all man made
Where Dreams can kill and
Love is always too late

So here we are, where mirages are all man made
Some will be able to pay in spades
But For you this isn’t paradise

Timbaland – You Lied, You Cheated Lyrics

Play this song

[Intro: Timbaland]
Yo yo yo
This is Timbaland thursday
Timbaland dot com

[Verse 1: Timbaland]
My baby girl is waiting in my bedroom at home for me
Another girl is waiting in the hotel alone for me
What’s going on i’m dead wrong maybe I ain’t right for her
And when I get home the only thing i’ma hear all night from her is

[Chorus: Keri Hilson & Timbaland]
You lied (you cray)
You cheated (you cray)
And you ain’t got one good reason (you cray)
Be glad you breathing (you cray)
You ain’t gon’ cheat on me no more (ahh)
You lied (you cray)
You cheated (you cray)
And you ain’t got one good reason (you cray)
Watch your back and I mean it (you cray)
You ain’t gon’ cheat on me no more

[Verse 2: Timbaland]
You crazy girl
Why you talking all bad about me baby
I’m pretty sure that you can’t live life without me baby

You wanna call me names
When I try to leave then you come after me
You’re saying crazy things
Why you throwing stuff baby you’re scratching me

[Chorus: Keri Hilson & Timbaland]
You lied (you cray)
You cheated (you cray)
And you ain’t got one good reason (you cray)
Be glad you breathing (you cray)
You ain’t gon’ cheat on me no more (ahh)
You lied (you cray)
You cheated (you cray)
And you ain’t got one good reason (you cray)
Watch your back and I mean it (you cray)
You ain’t gon’ cheat on me no more

[Bridge: Keri Hilson]
Think i’m crazy now
You really don’t wanna see me explode
I’m like a time bomb
Watching every move and i’m waiting to blow
Remember the last time
You begged me to stay when I wanted to go
Now do it again
It’s going down like you never seen before cuz
I know i’m convinced you’ve been on the prowl
Remember payback’s a bitch
You know three’s a crowd

[Chorus: Keri Hilson & Timbaland]
You lied (you cray)
You cheated (you cray)
And you ain’t got one good reason (you cray)
Be glad you breathing (you cray)
You ain’t gon’ cheat on me no more (ahh)
You lied (you cray)
You cheated (you cray)
And you ain’t got one good reason (you cray)
Watch your back and I mean it (you cray)
You ain’t gon’ cheat on me no more
You lied (you cray)
You cheated (you cray)
And you ain’t got one good reason (you cray)
Be glad you breathing (you cray)
You ain’t gon’ cheat on me no more (ahh)
You lied (you cray)
You cheated (you cray)
And you ain’t got one good reason (you cray)
Watch your back and I mean it (you cray)
You ain’t gon’ cheat on me no more

Remi Wolf & Dominic Fike – Photo ID Lyrics

Play this song

[Intro: Dominic Fike]
Ahaha, hahaha, shit, no
Oh, fuck
Aw, man, tell the label
Tell the label

[Verse 1: Remi Wolf]
New week, no sleep, no key, I lost ’em in the street
And no, I can’t see without you
Billy and Badu, I’ll follow you into any room
‘Cause I can’t hear without you
(Shit gets weird when you talk about it)

[Chorus: Remi Wolf]
Lit in line, smile for the photo ID
Inside, that’s where we can be free
Your highness, caught you sippin’ on lean
Reminds me that’s how it’s ‘posed to be

[Verse 2: Remi Wolf]
Bitch, you fell asleep too fast
I want my money back
But I can’t deal without you
Stuck behind your beat, I kick my feet up
You’re so mean
But I can’t dream without you
(Shit gets weird when you talk about it)

[Chorus: Remi Wolf & Dominic Fike]
Lit in line, smile for the photo ID
Inside, that’s where we can be free
Your highness (Yeah, ahaha), caught you sippin’ on lean (Aight, pictures of my)
Reminds me that’s how it’s ‘posed to be (Yeah-yeah-yeah, okay, okay)

[Verse 3: Dominic Fike]
Aight, pictures of my friends on my Instagram
And photos of my toes on my OnlyFans
And visuals in these frames look better
Than the ones that she posted on Facebook
I’m ready when you wanna point that, shoot that, pop that
Polaroid that, screw that, chop that lean
The shit that only happened in my wildest dreams
The shit we talk about and listen to behind the screens
And now we tryna stream consciousness (Ayy)
Baby, you be tryna stream songs like this
I told you I just want to remember this
I told you I be tryna create memories
But everybody ’round me want a check
Only thing that keep me out of that bag full of that white
Or that bottle full of that red is photos on my desk
Only thing that keep me out of my head when I’m in bed
Is the photos on the wall back when we had it all
So I be tryna keep track of it (Ayy)
Catch and then it vanish like a magic trick (Ayy)
‘Specially when you was on Xans and shit (Ayy)
Truthfully, I don’t even understand that shit, another stanza
My bitch an actor, my homie managin’, makin’ sure that they payin’ us
I’m just a natural when it come to pickin’ the brands up
And I’m only twenty-five, G
Tell that bitch to take a picture for the photo ID (Fuck)

[Chorus: Remi Wolf]
Lit in line, smile for the photo ID
Inside, that’s where we can be free
Your highness, caught you sippin’ on lean
Reminds me that’s how it’s ‘posed to be

[Bridge: Remi Wolf]
Ooh, baby, turn off the light
You’re gonna make my body fry
Ooh, baby, don’t you cry
Shit gets weird when you talk about it
Ooh, baby, turn off the light
You’re gonna make my body fry
Ooh, baby, don’t you cry
Shit gets weird when you talk about it

[Chorus: Remi Wolf]
Lit in line, smile for the photo ID
Inside, that’s where we can be free
Your highness, caught you sippin’ on lean
Reminds me that’s how it’s ‘posed to be

Flo Milli – Back Pack (Flora The Explorer) Lyrics

Play this song

[Intro: Flo Milli & Sasha Toro]
Backpack, backpack
Backpack, backpack
I’m the backpack loaded up with things and knickknacks too
Anything that you might need I’ve got inside for you
Flo Milli shit

[Verse 1: Flo Milli]
Keep talkin’ shit, it can get lit
You know I’m petty don’t try me lil’ bitch
I’m bougie and rich, tell her get off my clit
This ho think I’m playin’—do I look like a kid?
P-pull out that chopper bitch, let’s make a hit
I’m peepin’ her out, number one on my list
Red beam in the door, when I aim I don’t miss
Don’t open yo’ lip
‘Cause I just might reach in my

[Chorus: Flo Milli & Sasha Toro]
Backpack
I snowed out my wrist
I got some new drip
Plenty racks in my new Gucci backpack
Ain’t no tellin’ what’s up in my backpack, backpack
Said he wanna tap that, tap that
Gave him my Snapchat, Snapchat
You bitches mad, mad, too bad
I be like “aha, aha”

[Post Chorus: Flo Milli & Sasha Toro]
Flo Milli shit
They mad ’cause I’m really rich
Backpack, backpack
Backpack, backpack
I’m the backpack loaded up with things and knickknacks too
Anything that you might need I’ve got insidе for you

[Verse 2: Flo Milli]
Lil’ hoe, just bought a car off the lot, and it’s two-door
Girl you can look, but you bet’ not gеt too close
I like my niggas when they drippin’ too long
I stay with a Glock, you can’t play me like uno
I ride for my bitches like Boots
I fucked on her nigga like oops (Oops)
That boy sticking to me like some glue
Caught a vibe and didn’t know what to do (Ooh)

[Chorus: Flo Milli & Sasha Toro]
Backpack
I snowed out my wrist
I got some new drip
Plenty racks in my new Gucci backpack
Ain’t no tellin’ what’s up in my backpack, backpack
Said he wanna tap that, tap that
Gave him my Snapchat, Snapchat
You bitches mad, mad, too bad
I be like “aha, aha”

[Outro: Flo Milli & Sasha Toro]
Backpack, backpack
Fat cat, fat cat
Yeah!