Listen to glaive’s new song “bastard”

Listen to glaive’s new song “bastard”
His new EP all dogs go to heaven is out next Friday.

By Jordan Darville

July 29, 2021

glaive, at once a sage and enfant terrible of hyperpop, has been on a hot streak in 2021. His songs “cloak n dagger” featuring ericdoa, “what was the last thing u said” with aldn, and “detest me” all dropped this year and made it to our weekly Songs You Need playlist, and it seems like he’s just getting started.

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His latest track “bastard” embraces the maximalism that’s become a hallmark and Achilles’ heel of the subgenre — where else are you going to hear ping-ponging xylophone improvisation next to a swelling, several dozen-strong orchestra? As ever, glaive’s presence, here sounding wounded and desperate for connection, is what keeps everything from falling over on itself. “I made this song a year ago when I was 15,” glaive said in a statement. “I’ve had it for a while but I think it stands the test of time.”

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glaive’s new EP all dogs go to heaven is out Friday, August 6.

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Mount Kimbie share new songs “Black Stone / Blue Liquid”

Mount Kimbie share new songs “Black Stone / Blue Liquid”
The tracks, recorded for their 2017 album Love What Survives, are available to download for free.

By Jordan Darville

July 28, 2021

It’s been nearly four years since Mount Kimbie graced the world of electronic dance with their great album Love What Remains. If you missed that project when it dropped back in 2017, the duo are revisiting it today with two previously unreleased songs from the Love What Remains sessions, “Black Stone” and “Blue Liquid.” They’re not available on streaming platforms just yet, but you can get them for free at Mount Kimbie’s website in exchange for an email.

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The photo above of Mount Kimbie was taken during a recent reunion in Yucca Valley, the first time they’d been together in person in over a year. “Kai flew over & we spent some time together writing new music in the desert,” the band wrote in a press release. “Both very hyped about what we put down – Just got to piece it all together now to release it.” Please do!

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Caroline Polachek announces tour, shares “Bunny Is A Rider” music video

Caroline Polachek announces tour, shares “Bunny Is A Rider” music video
The singer will tour North America this winter.

By Jordan Darville

July 26, 2021

Last week, Caroline Polachek shared her latest avant-pop single “Bunny Is A Rider.” Gently groovy and full of the vocal wizardry Polachek does so well, we stuck the song straight on our weekly Songs You Need playlist. The music video drops today, and it’s streaming exclusively on Facebook.

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Co-directed by Polachek with Matt Copson, the singer navigates a labyrinth of cardboard boxes containing what appear to be memories as she dances and occasionally disappears. “‘Bunny Is A Rider’ takes place in the storage facility of my mind,” Polachek said ina. press statement. “In this labyrinth, the camera is the Minotaur, but I’m the Matador so it’s game on. But like I said before, I can teleport.”

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The music video comes with a bunch of new tour dates from Caroline Polachek with opener Oklou. After a run of festival dates and a show in London, Polachek will play venues across the United States this winter. See all the dates below and buy tickets here.

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Caroline Polachek 2021 tour dates

8/5/21 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
9/9-11/21 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
9/12/21 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival
9/26/21 – New York, NY – Governors Ball Music Festival
10/28/21 – London, UK – Roundhouse SOLD OUT
10/31/21 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands
11/16/21 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
11/18/21 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
11/19/21 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
11/20/21 – Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
11/22/21 – New Orleans, LA – The Republic NOLA
11/23/21 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
11/24/21 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
11/27/21 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
11/29/21 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
11/30/21 – Boston, MA – Royale
12/2/21 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 SOLD OUT
12/3/21 – Washington D.C. – Lincoln Theatre
12/4/21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
12/7/21 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
12/8/21 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
12/10/21 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre
12/11/21 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
12/13/21 – Vancouver, BC – Hollywood Theatre
12/14/21 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
12/15/21 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
12/17/21 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
12/18/21 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst

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Listen to Yves Tumor’s surprise EP The Asymptotical World

Listen to Yves Tumor’s surprise EP The Asymptotical World
The project includes recent single “Jackie.”

By David Renshaw

July 15, 2021

Yves Tumor has dropped a new six-song EP called The Asymptotical World. The EP is available via Warpand was not announced prior to its arrival overnight. It features Tumor’s new single “Jackie” and marks the artist’s first major release since 2020 album Heaven to a Tortured Mind. Other tracks include “Crushed Velvet,” “Tuck,” and “Secrecy Is Incredibly Important to the Both of Them.” In adition to its digital release, the EP is also available to purchase on vinyl as either a 12″ or a 3×7″ box set. Physical copies are set to be shipped from October 15.

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Tyler, The Creator has the No.1 album in the country

Tyler, The Creator has the No.1 album in the country
Call Me If You Get Lost is Tyler’s second chart-topping album.

By David Renshaw

July 05, 2021

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Tyler, the Creator has hit No. 1with Call Me If You Get Lost, Billboard has confirmed. The album, released June 25, debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 for the week ending July 1. It marks Tyler’s second chart-topping album of his career and saw him dislodge Olivia Rodrigo’s SOUR from the top position, which it had occupied for two weeks.

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Call Me If You Get Lost earned 169,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in its first week on sale. The album sold about 5,000 units more than nearest competitor Doja Cat and her new studio album, Planet Her. That album, released on the same day as Call Me If You Get Lost, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 109,000 equivalent album units earned.

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Shortly after the release of Call Me If You Get Lost, Tyler played a live show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg to celebrate. The full concert was recorded and is now streaming on YouTube. Check it out below.

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J Balvin and Skrillex share new song “In Da Getto”

J Balvin and Skrillex share new song “In Da Getto”
Featuring a video with guest star Khaby Lame.

By David Renshaw

July 02, 2021

J Balvin and Skrillex have joined forces on new song “In Da Getto.” The track, produced by Skrillex alongside Tainy and featuring a sample of “In De Ghetto” by David Morales and The Bad Yard Club, is accompanied by a video in which both artists hit a number of parties across one wild night. The video also features cameo appearances from TikTok stars Khaby Lame and dancer Mustafa. Check it out above.

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Skrillex recently began dropping solo music again, sharing Four Tet collaboration “Butterflies” and teaming up with Swae Lee on “Too Bizarre.” J Balvin, one of reggaeton’s most prolific artists, has continued to flood the market in 2021, sharing “Otra Noche Sin Ti,” “¿Qué Más Pues?,” and more.

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Wesley Joseph and Jorja Smith take a drive like no other for the “Patience” music video

Wesley Joseph and Jorja Smith take a drive like no other for the “Patience” music video
Joseph’s debut album ULTRAMARINE is out tomorrow.

By Jordan Darville

June 17, 2021

Walsall rapper, director, and all-around multihyphenate Wesley Joseph will share his debut project ULTRAMARINE tomorrow after spending 2020 building a reputation for iridescent, effortlessly cool music. Today sees the release of “Patience,” a collaboration with Jorja Smith, who is a member of the OG Horse collective along with Joseph. Their creative chemistry is all over their collaboration, a song of deeply textured and futuristic soul music.

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Joseph gets equally ambitious for the track’s self-directed music video, streaming above. Co-starring Smith, the “Patience” video is a collage of emotional and often heartbreaking images based around a leisurely drive. “When coming up with the video,” Joseph said in an email, “I knew I wanted there to be a distinctive storyline that provides a metaphoric ‘crash’ of dramatic incidents from different perspectives in life that were all unrelated. I wanted to showcase raw emotions in a way that doesn’t make you too attached to one individual experience, but lets you appreciate it. Life is complex but can be simple at the same time and I wanted the video to reflect that.”

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Willow Smith shares video for “Transparent Soul”

Willow Smith shares video for “Transparent Soul”
The track also features Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker.

By Sajae Elder

May 28, 2021

After dropping the single back in April, Willow Smith shared the official video for her single “Transparent Soul” on Friday, also featuring Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. The visuals see Smith making her way through a dingy club, getting into small altercations along the way before a strange figure continues to follow her around. The video’s perspective grows more and more disorienting as Smith tries to get away from—but eventually comes face to face with—the silver figure.

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“I’m so happy that I got to bring these two parts of myself together, this spiritual part of myself into this pop-punk angsty world that I wanted to create for the video,” Smith said in a statement shared with SPIN about the video. “I’m so honored and excited for you guys to see it.”

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Earlier this month, Smith performed the track alongside Barker and a full band on Fallon.

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Watch “Transparent Soul” above.

KAM-BU rides the wave in his “Dumpling” video

KAM-BU rides the wave in his “Dumpling” video
Check out the latest visuals from the London rapper.

By David Renshaw

May 21, 2021

KAM-BU enjoys a wild ride through his side of London in the flashy and surreal video for new song “Dumpling.” The video, which catches Kam spitting verses in the cereal aisle of his local Costcutter store before hitting the west end for a hectic club scene, is premiering above.

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Riding a bass-heavy beat courtesy of producer Pablo Pullen, KAM-BU uses “Dumpling” as a canvas on which to flex about his good looks, money-making abilities, quick fists, and the fire that erupts when he steps in the booth. “I’m an alien, used to be a broke kid” he says at one point. “Now I’ve got the rave all jumping.” The song represents a different side to the versatile rapper, who was last heard paying tribute to the Windrush generation on previous single “Black On Black.”

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The hard-hitting “Dumpling” boasts a similarly flashy video courtesy of director Sekeu Abineri. Switching the action between the street and the club, trippy effects and wild lighting combine to create a feeling akin to time and space melting in real time.

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This effect was deliberate, as KAM-BU explained in an email to The FADER: “This song is like having a trip that was probably fucked up, but coming out the other side still feeling on top of the world. The video takes you on that journey, a stroll round the Wild West with Killy tripping balls and spilling juice. Every time me and Pullen get in the kitchen we whip up something different, this was a wavy Friday night. I state I’m an alien because I feel different, out of this world.”

Check out the “Dumpling” video above.

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Watch the video for Mdou Moctar’s new song “Taliat”

Watch the video for Mdou Moctar’s new song “Taliat”
The guitarist’s new album Afrique Victime is out this Friday.

By Jordan Darville

May 18, 2021

One of our most eagerly anticipated releases this week is the new album from Touareg guitarist Mdou Moctar. Afrique Victime is out on Friday, and its singles “Chismiten” and “Tala Tannam” have both appeared on our weekly Songs You Need playlist over the months. The latest track from the album “Taliat” arrives today; the sounds of its freewheeling psychedelic guitar shredding and tales of romantic woe soundtrack a front seat-facing lyric video.

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“’Taliat’ means woman,” Moctar said in a press statement. “In our community, women are queens, they have a lot of power, that why I use the term ‘taliat’ to talk about them. A woman in the Tuareg community has to be protected, but she also has to be treated as equal.”

Listen to “Taliat” above. In September, Mdou Mocatr will begin a tour of the United States, and you can find those dates below.

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Mdou Moctar tour dates

9/3 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
9/5 – Durham, NC ­- Motorco Music Hall
9/7 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
9/8 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
9/10 ­– Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
9/11 – Holyoke, MA – Gateway City Arts
9/12 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
9/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird Café & Music Hall
9/15 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
9/17 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
9/18 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
9/20 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall
9/21 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall
9/22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
9/23 – Boise, ID – Treefort Music Festival
9/24 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
9/25 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
9/26 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
9/28 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
9/29 – Oakland, CA – Starline
10/01 – Pioneertown, CA – Desert Daze Pre-Party
10/02 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room

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YoungBoy Never Broke Again shares new video “White Teeth”

YoungBoy Never Broke Again shares new video “White Teeth”
The track follows a number of loose singles released after his 2020 mixtape Until I Return.

By Sajae Elder

May 14, 2021

After teasing the song earlier this year on social media, YoungBoy Never Broke Again shared the visuals to his latest single “White Teeth” on Friday. Although a new album, Sincerely, Kentrell, was announced last year and originally set to drop earlier this month, the track serves as a follow-up to a number of loose singles from the rapper, including “Territorial,” “Toxic,” and “I Ain’t Scared.”

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The dark clip finds YoungBoy making his way through the streets, surrounded by cash, cars, and a bevy of beautiful women. Most recently, the rapper shared his mixtape Until I Return back in 2020.

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Young Nudy announces new album, shares “2Face” featuring G Herbo

Young Nudy announces new album, shares “2Face” featuring G Herbo
DR EV4L drops on May 18.

By Sajae Elder

May 11, 2021

Rapper Young Nudy announced the release of his upcoming project, DR EV4L on Tuesday, also sharing the project’s lead single, “2Face,” featuring G Herbo. The bass-heavy track plays like a classic Atlanta anthem, with its video featuring both rappers making their way through trap houses and local gas stations.

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Due on May 18, the 13-track album also boasts features from Lil Uzi Vert, and 21 Savage. The album will serve as the official follow-up to his 2020 debut album Anyways. Most recently, Nudy nabbed a Best Rap Performance Grammy nomination for his feature on Dreamville’s “Down Bad.”

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Watch “2Face” above.

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Rochelle Jordan shares the soulful electro jam “Already”

Rochelle Jordan shares the soulful electro jam “Already”
The track appears on the singer’s first album in seven years, Play With The Changes.

By Sajae Elder

April 30, 2021

Singer Rochelle Jordan has returned with her first album in seven years, Play With The Changes, also dropping the visuals for its latest single “Already” on Friday. The Los Angeles-based singer has long blurred the lines between alt-R&B, dance, and electronica, and her latest single finds her slick vocals bounding over bass-heavy claps and synths for an undeniably dancefloor-ready jam.

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“‘Already’ represents that crucial and courageous moment you decide to end a toxic relationship or situation,” Jordan says of the track in a statement. “This song is the moment it becomes so clear to you and you feel this sense of freedom because you know it’s actually over in your mind and heart. It takes a lot to get to this point because it’s scary to separate from what can seem strangely comfortable even if it’s literally killing your spirit.”

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On the rest of the project, which also boasts previously released singles like “All Along” and “Got Em,” Jordan’s vocals glide over up-tempo production helmed by longtime collaborator KLSH as well as Machinedrum and Jimmy Edgar. “Play With the Changes represents all the things I love about creating music,” explains Jordan. “Freedom, imagination, colors, blending sounds, frequency, and feeling.”

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Watch the video above and stream Play With The Changes below.

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Squirrel Flower shares new song “I’ll Go Running,” announces tour

Squirrel Flower shares new song “I’ll Go Running,” announces tour
The singer-songwriter will play dates in North America this fall with Soccer Mommy.

By Jordan Darville

April 29, 2021

On June 25, Iowa-based singer-songwriter Squirrel Flower will share her new album Planet (i), the follow-up to her excellent 2020 album I Was Born Swimming. Today we get the project’s second single “I’ll Go Running,” right after the Songs You Need-playlisted lead track “Hurt A Fly.” Beneath its gothic, funereal tone, “I’ll Go Running” is a liberated song full of rich imagery that lingers long after its drawn pictures in your mind’s eye. See for yourself in the track’s lyric video, streaming above.

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Squirrel Flower shared her thoughts on the song in a press statement:

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’I’ll Go Running’ is about the darker side of being an artist – the pressure to make things brand new, shocking, to give everything away and open yourself completely without always getting intentional listening and consumption in return. To be vulnerable to a knife. To be fresh, new, to give it all away. But it’s powerful to offer yourself and your art without fear, which is what I try to do with this album. That’s why this is the opening track.

This September, Squirrel Flower will embark on a tour with Soccer Mommy. Find those dates below:

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Squirrel Flower Tour Dates w/ Soccer Mommy

9/15 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
9/16 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
9/17 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
9/18 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
9/19 – DC – 9:30 Club
9/21 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
9/22 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
9/23 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
9/25 – Montreal, QC – Fairmount Theatre
9/26 – Toronto, ONT – Phoenix Concert Theatre
9/28 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
9/29 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
10/1 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom

Jessie Ware announces What’s Your Pleasure deluxe album, shares “Please”

Jessie Ware announces What’s Your Pleasure deluxe album, shares “Please”
The track is one of six new songs set to appear on What’s Your Pleasure? – The Platinum Pleasure Edition.

By Sajae Elder

April 28, 2021

Singer Jessie Ware has announced an upcoming deluxe edition of her fourth studio album What’s Your Pleasure, alongside the release of a new single “Please,” one of the project’s six brand new tracks.

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A sonic throwback to 70s and 80s dance music, its pulsing bassline and synths set the ideal backdrop for Ware’s syrupy vocals. “I had such an amazing response to the What’s Your Pleasure? record that I didn’t want the lights to go up and the party to be over just yet,” Ware said of the forthcoming deluxe album and the new single. “‘Please’ is full of optimism and ready to be played in a place where we can all be together and flirt, dance, touch, and kiss. A wonderful excuse not to stop the party from ending.”

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Most recently, Ware recently nabbed two 2021 BRIT Award nominations: Female Solo Artist and Mastercard Album of the Year. Winners will be announced on May 11.

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What’s Your Pleasure? – The Platinum Pleasure Edition drops June 11.

Listen to the track above,

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Mannequin Pussy share new song/video “Perfect”

Mannequin Pussy share new song/video “Perfect”
The band’s Perfect EP is out May 21.

By Jordan Darville

April 26, 2021

Philadelphia punks Mannequin Pussy are back with the title track from their upcoming EP Perfect. The song is a bloody-gummed death roll from start to finish, an intense contrast to the grunge-y and morose sound of their comeback single “Control” (which made it to our Songs You Need playlist). The band’s frontperson Missy directs the music video, a tribute to the ’90s cult classic comedy Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion starring Onyx Ondyx and Omyra Lynn.

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In a press statement, Missy described how the black hole of smartphone scrolling influenced the song:

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“Last year, I found myself spending more time on my phone than I ever had in my life. Physically separate from other people, I spent hours of time watching other humans perform on my rectangle. I realized that through years of social media training, many of us have grown this deep desire to manicure our lives to look as perfect, as aspirational as possible. We want to put ourselves out there, share our lives, our stories, our day-to-day – and these images and videos all shout the same thing: ‘Please look at me, please tell me I’m so perfect.’ It’s simultaneously a declaration of our confidence but edged with the desperation that seeks validation from others.”

The Perfect EP is out May 21 via Epitaph.

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Kero Kero Bonito share “21/04/20” video

Kero Kero Bonito share “21/04/20” video
The band’s Civilisation II EP is out today.

By Jordan Darville

April 21, 2021

Kero Kero Bonito‘s three-track EP Civilisation II is out today. It’s a cheerful listen made compelling by the London group’s seamless experimentation with J-pop, video game music, and underground electronica. To celebrate the EP’s release, the band have come through with a music video for its second track “21/4/20.” Hey, that’s today! Dan W. Jacobs’s clip visualizes the mythical lyrics with a tapestry adorned with the story. And who said comic strips couldn’t be art?

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In a press statement, KKB wrote that Civilisation II dives into “lost world art-pop, made entirely with old synthesizers and assorted junk in our quest to realize a fantastical parallel timeline for pop music, with lyrics encompassing religion, our society, and the environment.” We previously heard “The Princess and the Clock,” a song we really liked, and I’m currently stuck on the supremely weird acid house freakout “Well Rested.” Listen to all the tracks below.

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Little Simz announces Sometimes I Might Be Introvert album, shares new song

Little Simz announces Sometimes I Might Be Introvert album, shares new song
Watch the U.K. rapper’s “Introvert” video now.

By David Renshaw

April 21, 2021

Little Simz has shared new song “Introvert” alongside a video shot at London’s Natural History Museum. The song will appear on Simz’s forthcoming new album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert due September 3 via her own Age 101 label.

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Guests on the 19-track Sometimes I Might Be Introvert include soul singer Cleo Sol, Obongjayar, and The Crown actress Emma Corrin. The album is Simz’first since 2019’s Grey Area and her fourth studio effort in total. A qurantine project, Drop 6, arrived last year amid Covid-related lockdown conditions across the globe.

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In 2019 Simz joined the cast of Netflix’s Top Boy, playing the character Shelley. The show is set to return with new episodes later this year.

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Sometimes I Might Be Introvert tracklist:

“Introvert”
“Woman” ft. Cleo Sol
“Two Worlds Apart”
“I Love You, I Hate You”
“Little Q Pt 1 (Interlude)”
“Little Q Pt 2”
“Gems (Interlude)”
“Speed”
“Standing Ovation”
“I See You”
“The Rapper That Came to Tea” (Interlude)
“Rollin Stone”
“Protect My Energy”
“Never Make Promises” (Interlude)
“Point and Kill” ft. Obongjayar
“Fear No Man”
“The Garden (Interlude)”
“How Did You Get Here”
“Miss Understood”

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Watch Pooh Shiesty and Lil Durk perform “Back In Blood” on Fallon

Watch Pooh Shiesty and Lil Durk perform “Back In Blood” on Fallon
Shiesty Season is out now.

By Jordan Darville

April 15, 2021

Pooh Shiesty‘s “Back In Blood” is everywhere. After dropping in November, the Lil Durk-featuring cut steadily grew in popularity until Durk’s adlib “Pooh Shiesty that’s my dog, but Pooh you know I’m really Sheisty” could be heard in pandemic-premature spring break parties across the country.

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In another sign of the song’s ubiquity, “Back In Blood” got a performance last night on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Both Durk and Shiesty are on board for the gig, which takes place in a foggy abandoned lot. It’s safe to say that the chemistry between the two rappers is still there, and our hopes for more music together continue unabated. Another note: seeing Lil Durk on the top of the rap world after so many years making great, underappreciated music is just wonderful. Check it out above, and listen to Shiesty Season here.

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Jamila Woods teams up with oddCouple on “Reflections”

Jamila Woods teams up with oddCouple on “Reflections”
The track is set to appear on oddCouple’s upcoming album of the same name.

By Sajae Elder

April 02, 2021

Singer Jamila Woods and producer oddCouple shared their soulful collaboration, “Reflections,” on Friday along with its kaleidoscopic video. The track is set to appear on oddCouple’s upcoming album Reflections, set to drop later this year.

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The New Trash Crew-directed visual is an animated ride of light, color, and perspective, its scenes enclosed within a round frame much like looking through a telescope to another world. “From the lyrics to the visuals, “‘Reflections’ serves as both a personal thesis statement, and a return to the forefront for me,” oddCouple explained in a press release. “It’s only right that after working on this record for years, and growing so much as a person, that I’m able to create this with my most trusted collaborator, Jamila.”

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Watch the video for “Reflections” above.

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Stream serpentwithfeet’s new album DEACON

Stream serpentwithfeet’s new album DEACON
The singer’s sophomore album is here.

By Sajae Elder

March 26, 2021

Image via Secretly Canadian.

 

Los Angeles-based artist serpentwithfeet shared his sophomore album DEACON on Friday. The album features previously released singles including “Fellowship,” “Same Size Shoe,” and the Nao-assisted “Heart Storm,” which dropped last week. The album tracks like an exploration of Black love, both romantic and platonic, through the artist’s soft but straightforward delivery.

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“I originally approached this project wanting to make something that felt very sensuous. Something a lot softer, a lot more gentle than my previous work,” he said of the album in a statement. “I wanted to create something that felt calm and restrained. This was my way of tapping into the energy many deacons possess.”

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The album serves as a follow up to his 2018 debut soil.

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Revisit serpentwithfeet’s 2018 FADER cover story and listen to the project below.

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Listen to Rod Wave’s new album SoulFly

Listen to Rod Wave’s new album SoulFly
Hear the new album from the Florida artist.

By Jordan Darville

March 26, 2021

Rod Wave. Photo by Rahim Fortune.

 

Rod Wave is one of the rappers who rode the new wave of social media trends to huge success. His viral 2019 song “Heart on Ice” hit the Billboard Hot 100, with fans responding to his classically soulful voice singing tales of despair. After sharing the full-length projects Ghetto Gospel and Pray For Love, Rod Wave is dropping his latest album SoulFly today.

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Listening to a Rod Wave project like SoulFly is something like an intense conversation, with Wave’s passion and ear for beats makes the listener connect their own life with what Wave is sharing. Whether that’s turmoil or flexing, Wave makes his heart’s concerns sound universal. SoulFly is 19 tracks long and features Chicago rapper Polo G for the project’s soul feature. “Soul Runner,” a single released in early March, made it our Songs You Need playlist this week.

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Ric Wilson hurdles over judgement on new single “Woo Woo Woo”

Ric Wilson hurdles over judgement on new single “Woo Woo Woo”
A new double-single from the Chicago artist.

By Salvatore Maicki

March 25, 2021

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Ric Wilson is back with a new one. After teaming up with CHAI on their newest WINK confection “Maybe Chocolate Chips,” Wilson’s sharing his newest solo track “Woo Woo Woo.” As the onomatopoeic title might suggest, it’s a rallying bolt of cardinal energy. Coupled with reflective miniature B-side “Everybody Red In The Face,” it does a nice job of highlighting the Chicago artist’s ability to toggle between silly and serious.

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“’Woo Woo Woo’ is just about me wanting to talk my shit sometimes and thinking less about how everyone receives and more about me expressing myself freely,” Wilson writes in a press release. “Sometimes you have to smile at yourself & frown at the world to keep from your own madness.”

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Watch the A Solo Vision-directed video for “Woo Woo Woo,” and hear its B-side “Everybody Red In The Face,” below.

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serpentwithfeet connects with NAO on “Heart Storm”

serpentwithfeet connects with NAO on “Heart Storm”
His album DEACON is out on March 26.

By Sajae Elder

March 22, 2021

serpentwithfeet shared the third single from his upcoming album, the NAO-assisted “Heart Storm,” an ode to otherworldly love that finds both singers’ soft harmonies blend with a synth-laden bassline.

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Following the releases of “Fellowship” and “Same Size Shoe,” all three singles are set to appear on his sophomore album DEACON, due on March 26. The new album follows the release of his Apparition EP, which dropped last April. Recently, the Los Angeles-based artist tweeted that he would return the feature favor by appearing on Nao’s next album. Nao’s last album, Saturn, dropped back in 2018.

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Revisit serpentwithfeet’s FADER cover story here and listen to the track above.

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M Field teams with Bullion for new single “Gargoyle”

M Field teams with Bullion for new single “Gargoyle”
A dreamy slice of analog pop to start your weekend right.

By Salvatore Maicki

March 19, 2021

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When he’s not performing with his band Beatenberg, singer-songwriter Matthew Field commits himself to such productive measures as dragging blocks of ice through Cape Town — or so I’m inclined to believe based on the video for his debut solo single as M Field, a dreamy slice of analog pop titled “Gargoyle.” “Since I was a child I’ve had a bit of a thing for gargoyles,” Field says, “I like water and I like statues, so I suppose it makes sense. What is it about a statue? I’m often tempted to identify with a statue. Maybe I just want to last a long time, which is maybe also why I make songs.”

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The song was produced by Bullion, coming off of a staggering year of his own with production for the likes of Westerman, Avalon Emerson and Liss as well as two stellar EPs (one of which gave us our eleventh favorite song of 2020). It’s the first of a string of collaborations the two have been working on. Watch the music video below, and stay tuned for more from M Field.

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Show Me the Body share new EP Survive

Show Me the Body share new EP Survive
A three-pack from the N.Y.C. hardcore group.

By Jordan Darville

March 19, 2021

Show Me the Body. Photo by Yulissa Benitez.

 

Show Me the Body are back with a short burst of new music in the form of Survive, a three-song EP aptly titled for the present moment.

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The release follows the New York City experimental hardcore band’s album Dog Whistle, and they’re not striking any more of an optimistic or conciliatory tone than they did on that project. Opening track “Rubberband” is a spoken-word four-on-the-floor techno dirge, and “People On TV” captures the burnout and rage from logging on and seeing so many videos of so much death. The EP’s title track, which features the refrain “I never cry watching pigs die,” made it to our Songs You Need list back in February.

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Below is a statement from Show Me the Body on the recording process of Survive and their other activities around recording the music for the project. If you’re kind of person who feels guilty about not doing anything productive during the pandemic, maybe skip over the band’s message and dive straight into the music.

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“During this isolation we had to recalibrate. Recalibrate both how we exist as a band and how we cultivate power within our community. Our live performance is not just a moment for us, it’s our weapon, our language, and our ceremony. Without it, we had to reconfigure how we interact with our community. We established CORPUS headquarters. With our team, we started CORPUS Family, a branch of CORPUS focused on community initiatives; Burning World Book Club, a clothing drive, and a studio residency. We are preparing CORPUS Self-Defense initiatives as well as open jam sessions as soon as safety will allow for it. We built a studio in our headquarters. Survive is the first project to be written and recorded top to bottom in the CORPUS studio. The songs deal with spiritual and physical isolation, as well as staying ready and preparing for the next time we come together.”

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Konshens tackles his vices on “Can’t Stay Sober”

Konshens tackles his vices on “Can’t Stay Sober”
The dancehall star also announced the release of his upcoming album Red Reign.

By Sajae Elder

March 18, 2021

Dancehall star Konshens shared his latest single “Can’t Stay Sober” on Thursday, a track that sees the artist confront the pros and cons of self-medicating.

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“The current climate of the world is forcing you into a state where it’s almost like you can’t stay sober,” Konshens said of the track in a press release, adding that it was partially inspired by taking stock of his own drinking habits. “I’m not encouraging it, I’m just acknowledging the reality. This is a stressful time, and people are searching for an escape.”

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The track serves as the first single from his upcoming album Red Reign. Set to drop later this year, the album boasts appearances from Rvssian, Spice, and more.

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Listen to “Can’t Stay Sober” above.

Thumbnail image via Ineffable Records.

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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.

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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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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(L) thumbnail photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images (R) thumbnail by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

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