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May 7, 2014

Album Stream: The Black Keys “Turn Blue”


We’ve had new tidbits of Black Keys‘ music to tide us over for the past few weeks as we’ve patiently awaited their upcoming 8th LP, Turn Blue, the follow-up to 2011′s El Camino. Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach have done a heck of a job promoting this record, which drops next week on May 13th. For those of you who can’t wait to obtain the physical release, Turn Blue is currently streaming via iTunes, including first single “Fever,” (check out the video below) the album-titled “Turn Blue”, “Bullet in the Brain”, and more.

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Preview A Song from The Wu-Tang Clan – Once Upon A Time in Shaolin


RZA did more than just turn heads when he announced that the Wu-Tang Clan would be putting out a rare, one-of-a-kind record called The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. As previously reported, there will only be one physical version of the LP created, which will ideally be put on display at museums around the world before being sold to the highest bidder. Forbes reports that the clan has been secretly working on the album for the past 20 years, while RZA claims that they’ve already received a $5 million offer for the album. (If you’re opposed to a rich businessman owning this super-rare piece of Wu Tang art, you can even help fans raise funds to claim the record via Kickstarter.)

Because something as ambitious as this has yet to be attempted in popular music, it’s been hard to speculate on whether or not the masses will actually be able to hear this thing. But now, thanks to Forbes, we can at least settle for 51 seconds of Ghostface Killah. According to Forbes‘ Zack O’Malley Greenburg, who traveled all the way to Marrakesh, Morocco, to sample the album, the song may even feature vocals from Cher.

Check out Greenburg’s interview with producer Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh below, and hear the snippet from The Wu – Once Upon A Time in Shaolin.

Regarding regular everyday Wu-Tang news, their 20th anniversary record, A Better Tomorrow, is set to see the light of day during the summer.

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April 28, 2014

Listen Up: Beyoncé – Standing On The Sun


Beyoncé isn’t the only who’s sick and tired of this winter and ready for the warmer days to embrace us. Last April, Beyoncé premiered a snippet of a song called “Standing On The Sun” through an H&M commercial. Over a year later we can finally listen to the song in full.

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April 23, 2014

Pharrell’s “Marilyn Monroe” Music Video

The latest track off Pharrell‘s G I R L LP to receive a video treatment is the album’s feel-good opener – “Marilyn Monroe.” Singing about the newfound love of his life, Pharrell dips in and out of a fantasy world filled with women of all shades, none of which however grab his attention like the one indescribable girl of his dreams.

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April 15, 2014

Jamie xx’s Music Video Inspires The Deaf And The Hearing Alike


Artist and poet Sofia Mattioli‘s latest project is a self-directed music video for Grammy-winning English music producer Jamie xx’s new track, “Sleep Sound.” Instead of hiring experience background dancers or actors, Mattioli cast deaf members of the Manchester Deaf Centre to dance along with her.

A piece of art in itself, the video is beautifully filmed and portrays how the dancers are able to respond to Mattioli’s movements and to the track’s vibrations in the air, even though they’re unable to hear any of the notes. Captured in slow motion, their improvised routines and movements are angelic and make the scenes breathtaking to watch.

“I was on a train listening to music, getting deep into it, and this girl started staring at me,” Mattioli explains to Nowness. “After a while I took my headphones off and she came up to me, started signing and then wrote me a note to say that she was deaf but could almost feel the music by my movement.” This was the deciding point when Mattioli felt an artistic need to capture and extend this once in a lifetime moment. She hopes to develop the project further, but for now, check out the breathtaking video below.

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April 9, 2014

Listen Up!: PHOX Release New Single “Slow Motion”


The breathy-yet-powerful intensity of lead-singer Monica Martin’s voice sits somewhere between the evocative agelessness of Christine McVie or Nina Simone with more modern echoes of Chairlift’s Caroline Polacheck. Beneath this, an elegant Lee Hazlewood-meets-Regina Spector arrangement and compressed drums that would sit on the edge of a St Vincent record. PHOX straddle the normally shaky boundary between sounding modern and classic.

Produced by Brian Joseph at April Base Studio in Eau Claire, WI and mixed by Michael Brauer, the album is a school of simple folk-pop songs swimming amidst a chaotic eddy of rock, psychedelia, and soul.  IPHOX recently announced their  June 24 release of their self-titled debut – have released the first single from that album, “Slow Motion,” available for streaming today via SoundCloud.

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


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

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March 28, 2014

Listen Up!: Jamie xx – Sleep Sound


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

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

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March 18, 2014

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


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

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

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March 5, 2014

Video: Arctic Monkeys – Arabella

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

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