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DJDS and Khalid’s new song, ‘No Pain,’ hurts so good

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“No Pain” is a sentimental, yearning song about trying to prove to someone that you won’t hurt them the way their last lover did. Unlike a lot of DJDS tracks, this one doesn’t beg to be played at a raucous party; it’s slow and solemn, with an accompanying video that fits the mood. It’s slow trap meets gospel and it hurts so good.

Get a free mp3 download of the powerful song and see the equally powerful video below.

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Chrome Sparks created the perfect soundtrack for your daydreaming

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Chrome Sparks (aka Jeremy Malvin) knows how to make his tracks shine. His forthcoming eponymous debut album via Counter Records (a Ninja Tune imprint), boasts a sparkling sound: a euphony of hip-hop, house and bright-beaming synth work. On his new single, “Still Think,” the vocoder vocals and saccharine melodies show a predilection for straight-for-the-jugular songwriting. But there’s also a lush texture and intricacy to the synths and arpeggios which underpin the track, hinting at the studio gear – in particular, a trusty Moog synth – which was a vital part of how he made the record.

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The album is the product of an obsessive approach to production as much it is about a restless hunt for new ideas over several years spent between Malvin’s Navy Yard, Brooklyn studio and a secluded cabin in upstate New York. He spent a month there to escape the distractions of the city and to distill his process during what became an intensive period of creativity.

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Young Fathers’ new song, ‘In My View’ is the Afrofuturistic-pop you deserve, download now

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Cocoa Sugar sees Young Fathers – Alloysious Massaquoi, Graham ‘G’ Hastings and Kayus Bankole – operating with a newfound clarity and direction. Written and recorded throughout 2017 in the band’s basement studio and HQ, the album is, without doubt, their most confident and complete statement to date and is set to build on the success of the group’s previous albums: 2014’s Mercury Prize-winning “DEAD” and 2015’s “White Men Are Black Men Too.”

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The record has already been met with widespread acclaim; described by Mojo as “an avant-pop masterclass” and Uncut as “a heady joy”. This album finds the band playfully molding disparate sonic motifs, before breathlessly colliding them in a disorientating and confrontational fashion. The group’s aim on this album is to explore the very essence of their own art.

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Download Wye Oak’s pop anthem, ‘The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs’

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The title track of “The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs”—the triumphant fifth album by Wye Oak—is a coil of anxiety and exuberance, its verses and chorus sweeping into cascades of magnetic harmony. By the time the song ends, it has bloomed into an undeniable pop anthem, a spell to be shouted against the ills of our world.

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For Louder, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack flew to one another’s cities—she in Durham, North Carolina, he in Marfa, Texas—for a week or so at a time, hunkering in home studios to sort through and combine their separate song sketches. These shorter stints together produced less second-guessing and hesitation in their process, yielding an unabashed and unapologetic Wye Oak. They discarded past rules about how to write a record, instead funneling all those experiences and experiments into perfectly unified statements.

The result is the biggest, broadest, boldest music Wye Oak has ever made. “Louder” pursues a litany of modern malaise, each of its dozen tracks diligently addressing a new conflict and pinning it against walls of sound, with the song’s subject and shape inextricably and ingeniously linked. It arrives at a time of immense doubt, when our personal problems are infinitely compounded by a world that seems in existential peril. But these songs answer the challenge by radiating self-reflection and resolve, wielding hooks and musical intricacy as a shield against the madness of the moment.

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Find yourself in Hop Along’s latest song, ‘How Simple’

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On the Hop Along album opener, “How Simple,” Frances Quinlan wrangles with what it’s like to learn about yourself—which can get ugly. Quinlan explains, “People romanticize the idea of finding themselves, but when they do, at least in my experience, it can be really difficult. You see how you fail others and how others fail you.”

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Amber Mark’s ‘Love Me Right’ is a nod to R&B slow jams of the 80’s and 90’s

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Raised across Europe and Asia, and based in New York City, Amber Mark weaves her deep knowledge of international styles into a stunning musical tapestry. Growing up on a diet of soul, R&B, bossa nova and electronica, Amber’s rich songwriting and production talents were distilled into her 2016 release – “the 3.33am” EP. The release was a dedication to her late mother and an exploration of how grief can birth incredible creativity. Now on Conexão, Amber is turning her sights to the future. “It’s about my process of finding love again,” she explains of the project. “It’s like you’re reading a book about my life and this is the next chapter.” On stunning lead single “Love Me Right,” Amber lays out the terms of a relationship over pared-down, purposeful R&B rhythms. Like all her music, the song is an honest reflection of real-life emotion.

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This Spring, Amber kicks off her just announced US tour on May 6th in Washington D.C. running through May 30th. The Conexão EP confirms Amber Mark as one of 2018’s most inventive artists, both as a songwriter and a producer. In amongst worldwide tour dates and further releases, Amber’s first 2018 release is a mission statement for the year ahead.

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Black Milk enlists Dwele for the soulful and jazzy song, ‘2 Would Try’

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A virtuoso, known for boundary-pushing production (often fusing traditional hip-hop drum programming with sampling and live music) and thoughtful lyrics, Black Milk is respected across the industry for his unique sound, consistency and innovation. Returning to the scene amidst a turbulent political climate, the Detroit-born rapper/producer announces “FEVER,” his upcoming studio album.

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Black Milk’s sixth solo rap album, and his first since 2014’s “If There’s a Hell Below,” “FEVER” combines pointed and topical lyrics and brilliant musicianship, including percussion from all-star musicians Chris “Daddy” Dave (D’Angelo) and Daru Jones (Jack White), bass by long-time collaborator Malik Hunter and keys and guitar from newcomers Ian Fink and Sasha Kashperko, respectively. Black Milk evolves his production style of fusing electronic, soul, rock and other soundscapes with electronic programming and live music, a method he began experimenting with on his 2010 release, “Album of the Year.”

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Download Peggy Gou’s amazing new electro-jam, “Han Jan”

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Describing the 3-track 12” entitled “Once”, Peggy Gou says: “I really wanted to represent different styles and moods on this EP, from open air warm-up vibes to proper party. I tried to draw on all my influences of the last few years, from electro, African music, early 90s house music and also techno, especially Maurice Fulton and DMX Krew.”

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Korean born and residing in Berlin, Peggy Gou has built a sterling reputation for herself via a handful of standout 12”s on Rekids, Phonica White and 2016’s “Seek For Maktoop” EP on Ninja Tune’s Technicolour imprint. The combination of her own profoundly groove-led musical output partnered with her passion and flair in the DJ booth playing week in, week out across the globe – from Glastonbury Festival to Panorama bar, De School, DC-10 and Dekmantel Festival – has won her fans in rapidly increasing numbers.

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Download some amazing Australian soul music from Jordan Rakei

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“Wallflower” could roughly be described as a left-field soul album, but it’s woven from so many threads that such a broad portrayal hardly does it justice. The New Zealand born, Australian soul music artist, Jordan Rakei, crams a kaleidoscopic array of influences— Jazz, Funk, Hip-Hop, Troubadour material, Pop, R&B and much more into the mix, with an elegant, eloquent melodic sense that provides the bed for introspective lyrics, often expressing feelings of yearning and uncertainty.

 

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Despite that, there’s an assuredness that runs throughout—the instrumentation, performed with skillful subtlety by Jordan Rakei and a coterie of players, is embedded with enough electronic touches which give the work an added dimension without overwhelming the songs. Not bad for a guy who just a few years back was sitting in his bedroom, banging away on his MPC.

 

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Jorja Smith’s ‘Let Me Down’ should be the next James Bond theme song

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Since then, Jorja Smith has gone on to create a name for herself as Britain’s most exciting R&B songwriter, with a masterful knack for crafting melodies that make you feel like you could be anywhere from a smoky Parisian jazz club to a North London warehouse party. Her two most recent singles, “On My Mind” (feat Preditah) and “Let Me Down” have been testament to her versatility. The former is a garage-inflected club number that comes with a video featuring cult UK comedy crew Kurupt FM. But, “Let Me Down” (which premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show) is a slice of effervescent vocal beauty with a feature from the man of the moment, Stormzy.

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In 2018, Jorja will set out on her first full US headline tour, which will include a stop at Coachella and a special song teaser embedded in the HBO hit show, “Insecure” (the show has already featured three of Smith’s songs in the last year). More importantly, the highly anticipated debut album is ready. Featuring songs mostly written between the ages of 16-19, it’s a youthful exploration of love and anger, but also an album about self-discovery. “I like 2018,” says Jorja. Why? “Because what does 2 plus 0 plus 1 plus 8 equal? Eleven. Which is my favorite number in the world. So, I think it’s meant to be.”

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