Download Battles’ latest song ‘Fort Greene Park’

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This week’s download comes from the duo Battles and their latest album “Juice B Crypts.” You have seven days to download their song “Fort Greene Park.”

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Battles redefined line-up puts Ian Williams (Keys, Guitar, Electronics) and John Stanier (Drums) at the core of the covertly named “Juice B Crypts,” which was produced and mixed by Chris Tabron (Trash Talk, Beyonce, Mobb Deep, Ratking). Marrying synthesizer loops, cut-throat drum patterns and cyclical riffs, the album flirts with new technology, questions of authenticity and the technicalities of reinventing the wheel at the eleventh hour.

Starting its life as a venerated weight of information and data, “Juice B Crypts” is the refined and repeated ingestion of human inflections into machine learning. As Battles explore new territory for the first time as a duo, their approach to composition and live performance intends to dismantle the traditional band format. On this album they’ve become featherweight ghosts within the machine, changing direction with ease they leave the listener at the mercy of their instincts. “Juice B Crypts” is Battles untethered, Ian expands: “It’s about chord progressions, resolutions, returning home. Take that and throw it into a blender of modern electronic tools like glitching devices, or use melodic lines and take them and regurgitate them and pulverize the traditional stuff but at the same time try and retain harmonic relationships while completely smashing them up”.

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Download Elliot Moss’ latest song ‘Silver + Gold’

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This week’s download comes from Elliot Moss and his new album “A Change In Diet.” You have seven days to download his song “Silver + Gold.”

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Elliot Moss’ new album “A Change In Diet” represents a shift, a dividing line separating nearly everything he once knew from his future. The album captures a period of upheaval that altered Moss’ habits, relationships, and even his songwriting. Across the 11 songs, he methodically details the nature of change and the ways it can be liberating, discomforting, and often essential.

“A change in diet is one of the first things that any self-help resource or therapist will recommend to you,” he explains. “The title is almost a joke because it feels like a crazy oversimplification of your problem. But at the same time it’s not wrong. It’s rarely one singular change that needs to be made, it is many incremental changes. And everything contributes.”

The New York-bred multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer first captured interest with his brand of dense, thoughtful electronic music on 2015’s “Highspeeds” and 2017’s “Boomerang.” The albums were icy at times, often shrouded in abstraction, but the path to “A Change In Diet” led Moss’ art into compellingly vulnerable new territory.

Following the end of a decade-long romantic relationship and a long struggle with depression, he turned to songwriting to find catharsis. “It can be easy to fall into old comfort zones. I wanted to write music that was more real. Music that made me nervous to play. If you’re scared of what you’re doing, it’s a good thing… you’re growing,” Moss says.

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Reggie Watts and John Tejada team up as Wajatta, download new song

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This week’s download comes from the duo of Reggie Watts and John Tejada aka Wajatta. You have seven days to download their song “Don’t Let Get You Down.”

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Wajatta — the musical duo of Reggie Watts and John Tejada — return with their second album, “Don’t Let Get You Down,” to be released by Brainfeeder on 28 February 2020. Coming from different worlds, but sharing a passion for the rich history of electronic music, beat-boxer/comedian/musician Watts and electronic music artist/DJ/producer Tejada bring out the best in each other’s formidable skill sets. Where the duo’s debut album “Casual High Technology” hinted at the broad stylistic possibilities inherent in the marriage of Watts’ elastic, soul-stirring vocals and Tejada’s layered, melodically inventive productions, “Don’t Let Get You Down” makes good on that promise.

The first single from new 11-song LP, released today, is the infectious title track. With its brightly pulsing synths and whistling hook, ‘Don’t Let Get You Down’ is, in the words of Reggie Watts, “the poppiest song we’ve ever done.”

Wajatta (pronounced wa-HA-ta) is a mash-up of the artists’ last names. Having grown up with similar musical influences, Austrian-born Tejada and German-born Watts draw from their love of electronic music. Exploring the intersection between influences and innovation, the two describe Wajatta’s music as “electronic dance music with its roots in Detroit techno, Chicago house, ’70s funk and New York hip hop.”

It’s a sound that is both familiar and wholly original — and, like all great dance music, ultimately life-affirming, as Watts vocalizes, sometimes without words, the joyful energy of his and Tejada’s funky, shape-shifting productions. “That’s the great thing about working with John,” Watts says with an infectious grin. “He’s so steeped in the history of this music. I just pick up on that and run with it.”

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Download The Midnight Hour’s ‘Harmony’

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This week’s download comes from Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) aka The Midnight Hour. You have seven days to download their latest song “Harmony.”

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The Midnight Hour | Photo courtesy Linear Labs

Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) and Adrian Younge have been on an extensive North American fall tour with their acclaimed 10-piece ensemble, The Midnight Hour. The Midnight Hour is Black Excellence: an ode to the cultural sophistication that the Harlem Renaissance established for its people.

Performing with their jazz rhythm section and an orchestral section reminiscent of maestros such as David Axelrod and Quincy Jones, The Midnight Hour is sophisticated hip hop. The pair behind the unforgettable score for the Netflix series Marvel’s Luke Cage share their first new single off their upcoming second album, set for release in early 2020. “Harmony” features frequent collaborator Loren Oden and, notes Ali and Adrian, is “a song for those that have felt a special spark of love, in the moment.”

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Download Zero 7’s latest song ‘Swimmers’ featuring Jem Cooke

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This week’s download comes from Zero 7. You have seven days to download their song “Swimmers” featuring Jem Cooke.

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Zero 7 returns with their glittering new single Swimmers, available digitally today on Make Records/Platoon. Ethereal, blissful and ever so beautiful, Swimmers is a sublime wonder that we’re excited to share with you all.

Additional vocals on the track are courtesy of UK based singer, Jem Cooke, who recently wrote and appeared on the Camelphat song “Breathe.”

“We’re excited to have collaborated on this latest track with our new friend Jem Cooke on vocals.” – Sam Hardaker

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Download Little Scream’s ‘Still Life’

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This week’s download comes from Little Scream and her latest album “Speed Queen.” You have seven days to download her song “Still Life.”

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Little Scream | photo by Zach Hertzman

On her third album, Little Scream offers us a reflection on class and poverty in America. Speed Queen began as bits of prose written while touring Cult Following across North America—observing the slow entropy of the US, ruminating on her own low-income upbringing in a flyover state, and, as she says, “taking it all in from the privileged position of being a new Canadian.”

The title, which alludes to the opiate crisis, actually refers to a washing machine. Little Scream says, “When you’re struggling, nothing says you’ve made it more than getting your own washing machine. Speed Queen is about the dream of making it and feeling desperately close but missing it.”

Little Scream on “Still Life” and finding personal catharsis:

Much of my new record Speed Queen touches on class, poverty, and politics. But there are a few exceptions, and all of these exceptions have one thing in common—they all reference painting. I guess painting is my “happy place,” and the thing that gave me a break from the other heavy subject matter. “Still Life” is a song that grew out of a fragment Mike Feuerstack had started and shared with me. I had just been discussing that Manet painting Un bar aux Folies Bergère, and I finished writing the song with the unrequited longing that painting has always inspired in me.

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Download Allen Stone’s ‘Brown Eyed Lover’

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This week’s download comes from Allen Stone and his forthcoming album “Building Balance.” You have seven days to download the song “Brown Eyed Lover.”

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Allen described the inspiration behind the single “Brown Eyed Lover.” “I am a slave to the road, constantly in a different city, always on the other side of town, never in the same bed for more than a night. It seemed as though I chose a lifestyle that wasn’t lending itself to be shared with a partner.

That was until I met my soon to be wife. “Brown Eyed Lover” depicts the internal struggle of being in a relationship while also being on the road. The struggle of having to leave constantly for my career but wanting the relationship to move forward. I don’t want to keep her waiting.”

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Download SebastiAn’s ‘Run For Me’ featuring Gallant

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This week’s download comes from SebastiAn and his new album “Thirst.” You have seven days to download his song “Run For Me” featuring Gallant.

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Thirst is SebastiAn’s sophomore album, and comes eight years after SebastiAn’s 2011 debut, Total. Bringing different styles together as one on the new record – from European techno and electro to classic pop and R&B, hip-hop and American gospel – SebastiAn called upon an impressive list of artists to feature on the 14-track album including acclaimed singer and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg (SebastiAn primarily produced her 2017 album ‘Rest’), cult pop duo Sparks, American singer/songwriter Syd from The Internet and experimental Iranian/Dutch artist Sevdaliza.

The first singles rom the album include “Thirst”, “Run for Me” featuring acclaimed US R&B singer Gallant, “Better Now” featuring American singer Mayer Hawthorne, “Beograd” and the most recent single ‘Sober’ which features vocals from rising London artist Bakar.

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Download Polica’s new song ‘Driving’

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This week’s download comes from Poliça and their forthcoming album “When We Stay Alive.” You have seven days to download the song “Driving.”

When Poliça’s Channy Leaneagh fell off her roof while clearing ice in early 2018, she smashed her L1 vertebrae and battered her spine, leaving her in a brace with limited mobility for months. Yet Poliça’s fourth album, “When We Stay Alive,” is not about one debilitating accident. It’s about the redemptive power of rewriting your story in order to heal and reclaiming your identity as a result.

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While recovering, Leaneagh’s doctor told her to focus not only on physical healing, but to meditate on the mental act of healing as well – working to erase the anger, regrets, and fear she felt about her fall. To do so, he suggested she rewrite the story she told herself about what happened on February 28th.

Left alone with her thoughts and her back fully braced, Leaneagh would visualize herself slipping and falling not onto cement, but instead onto a cloud, landing safely before breaking into a sprint over snow melting to reveal tall blades of green grass. As she felt the positive effects of this mental exercise, she set about doing the same for other injuries and pains that she gripped onto from her past.

On brooding opener and first single “Driving,” one of the songs written post-accident, Ryan Olson’s beats run like white lines over asphalt. Here’s Channy describing “Driving”‘s origins:

“Laying in bed, as I healed, I would dream of running in green grass and tears would pour from my eyes. Running in the tall green grass; imagine wanting life and the want remains. That is a feeling to hold onto, that life is worth living even when all signs point no.’”

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Little Dragon gets frisky on ‘Tongue Kissing’

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This week’s download comes from Sweden’s Little Dragon. You have seven days to download their new song “Tongue Kissing,” starting today.

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Little Dragon. Photo courtesy of the band.

Little Dragon returns with new single “Tongue Kissing” and the announcement of a massive 2020 European and North American tour. The new track is packed with glittering, off-kilter pop, which sees front-woman Yukimi Nagano muse on embracing life’s challenges head-on.

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