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Premiere: Vitamin String Quartet’s Rendition of Björk’s “Wanderlust”

A live album and entrancing visuals in homage to the beloved Icelandic artist Culminating in a special release for Record Store Day and a digital debut on 19 April, Vitamin String Quartet (known for 20 years worth of classical covers of popular songs) pays homage to Björk with a full-length offering entitled Vitamin String Quartet Performs Björk. The 13-track release spans Björk‘s discography—with obvious fan …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Visuals, Colors, Bjork, Premiere, Classical, Wanderlust, Arrangements, Animated, Vitamin String Quartet

Flying Lotus feat. David Lynch: Fire is Coming

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the collaboration between experimental magicians Flying Lotus and David Lynch is gloriously dark, demented and enthralling. The spoken-word track revolves around an ominous story, told by Lynch, over a soundscape that includes far-away thunder, rumbling, garbled hums, haunting strings and tinkling piano. The video—directed by Steven Ellison and David Firth—depicts a distorted Lynch telling the tale to a mesmerized group of wolf-children. The track …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Experimental, Culture, David Lynch, Spoken word, Listenup, Collaborations, Lynch, Flying Lotus, Soundscapes, Short Films, Steven Ellison, David Firth

Premiere: “Lessons” by The Cinematic Orchestra

Binaural chemistry with imagery to match On 15 March, symphonic electronic group The Cinematic Orchestra released To Believe, their first album in 12 years. This welcome news followed that of two track launches—and a US performance announcement (their first in a decade). For those already transfixed by the vision of Jason Swinscoe and Dominic Smith, the guiding forces behind The Cinematic Orchestra, the releases of …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, US, Culture, Electronic Music, New Music, Premieres, Dominic Smith, The Cinematic Orchestra, Cinematic Orchestra, Jason Swinscoe

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Sad bangers, bedroom-pop, house-inflected bops and more this week Kaytranada feat. VanJess: Dysfunctional From CH-favorite Kaytranada, a new track featuring Nigerian-American duo VanJess. “Dysfunctional” features house influences, a precise combination of live and digital percussion, excellent vocal accompaniment and Kaytranada’s trademark bouncy, danceable energy. It’s the producer’s first release of 2019 and could be a teaser for an upcoming album—which would be his first since …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Pop, House, Indie, Island, Listenup, Collaborations, Funk, New Music, Kaytranada, Listen Up, Bedroom Pop

Mini Mansions feat. Alison Mosshart: Hey Lover

Mini Mansions and Alison Mosshart’s “Hey Lover” is a sarcastic love song from the LA-based trio’s forthcoming album Guy Walks Into A Bar… The Kills’ Mosshart and Mansions’ Michael Shuman give and take for some six minutes backed by guitars, drums and sprawling, atmospheric synths. It’s slow-burning and growling, and undeniably enjoyable. The lo-fi music video depicts their duet materializing over corded phones—emphasizing a great …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Rock, Culture, Indie, Listenup, Collaborations, Mini Mansions, New Music, Alison Mosshart, Michael Shuman, Kills Mosshart

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From scorching guitar solos to jazzy hip-hop and indie-electro, plenty of new music this week Kishi Bashi: F Delano Upbeat instrumentation envelops the complex subject matter of Kishi Bashi‘s new track “F Delano.” As one may assume, the lyrics address the reputation of Franklin Delano Roosevelt—specifically his perception as a hero in contrast to his use of internment camps for Japanese-Americans. From the singer/songwriter/violinist’s forthcoming …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Hip-hop, House, Indie, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Hot Chip, Folk, Listenup, Electronic, New Music, Dream Pop, Holy Ghost, Kishi Bashi, Listen Up

CHAI: Curly Adventure

A jubilant and uplifting tune by Japanese four-piece CHAI, “Curly Adventure” was released a couple of weeks ago and now has a delightful animated video to match. Directed by Sean Solomon, the video is just as pleasant and playful as the song itself—a glorious track in which J-pop meets indie and rock. The song is about freedom and changing mindsets, with a lyric loosely translating …
Tags: Music, J-pop, Design, Music Videos, Pop, Culture, Indie, Japanese, Listenup, Chai, Synthpop, Sean Solomon

Flume: Hi This Is Flume (Mixtape Visualizer)

For his first release since 2017, electronic artist Flume taps fellow Aussie Jonathan Zawada for a 42+ minute visual for Hi This Is Flume. Though the release is available to stream on all platforms, it’s most powerful when experienced alongside the Zawada-directed video. Complete with lucid digital renderings and eclectic live-action scenes, the cuts accentuate the insanity of Flume’s music—it’s frantic and enveloping, but when the …
Tags: Video, Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Electronic Music, Australian, Listenup, Electronic, Flume, Jonathan Zawada, Zawada, Mixtape Visualizer

Louis Cole: Doing The Things (Short Song)

Instantly recognizable as a Louis Cole bop, the delightful “Doing The Things (Short Song)” has just been released—and is also a teaser for the upcoming Live Sesh and Xtra Songs EP, which is due out on 5 April. Melting together funk, pop and so much more, the track is off-kilter in the best possible way. The LA-based singer/songwriter/producer and multi-instrumentalist is also heading out on tour—from …
Tags: Music, Design, La, Music Videos, Pop, Culture, Listenup, Funk, New Music, XTRA, Louis Cole

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From melancholy to ethereal, defiant to sultry, our favorite new music Anderson .Paak: King James Anderson .Paak‘s third album Oxnard was just released in November and he’s already sharing new music from his fourth record Ventura. The first song from the LP, “King James” is an ode to LeBron James and his dedication to giving back to underserved communities. It also mentions Colin Kaepernick kneeling, …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Colin Kaepernick, Soul, Hip-hop, Lebron James, Rb, James, Listenup, New Music, Anderson Paak, Oxnard, Synthpop, Neo-soul, Listen Up

Dijon: Bad Luck

Slow-burning and ethereal, Dijon‘s “Bad Luck” changes form several times over its brief runtime. From the LA-based artist’s just-released debut EP Sci Fi 1, the song is minimal and melancholy—making way for handclaps and then an equally otherworldly outro. Sweet, tender and a bit of an enigma, this is precisely what we enjoy about Dijon.
Tags: Music, Design, La, Music Videos, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Neo-soul


Shura (aka Alexandra Lilah Denton) follows up her 2016 LP Nothing’s Real with “BKLYNLDN,” a warm but melancholy tune of yearning. A little more R&B-inflected than her previous offerings, the song is rich, slow-burning and a tad sultry. The British singer/songwriter/producer also announced two shows—in Brooklyn and London, of course—for later in the year.
Tags: Music, Design, London, Music Videos, Culture, Brooklyn, Listenup, New Music, Shura, Synthpop, BKLYNLDN, Alexandra Lilah Denton

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Farewell to Keith Flint, a lost track from Röyksopp, a moving song by Amanda Palmer and more music this week Amanda Palmer: Voicemail For Jill Through her latest track and music video, the unflinching Amanda Palmer directly addresses the fact that abortion is oft-hidden and not easily discussed. She does so with a beautiful piano-driven piece and lyrics that begin with specificity and develop—through impassioned …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Rock, Pop, Indie, Amanda Palmer, Piano, Ambient, Listenup, Electronic, The Prodigy, Robyn, Rave, Keith Flint, Psychedelic

Amanda Palmer: Voicemail For Jill

Through her latest track and music video, the unflinching Amanda Palmer directly addresses the fact that abortion is oft-hidden and not easily discussed. She does so with a beautiful piano-driven piece and lyrics that begin with specificity and develop—through impassioned storytelling—into a tale of love and support. “Making a song about abortion is hard, and making a video for that song was even harder,” Palmer …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Amanda Palmer, Listenup, New Music, Jill

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Solange's new record, a hopeful and political anthem, a tribute to Talk Talk's Mark Hollis and more Solange: Sound of Rain Released at midnight, Solange’s superb fourth full-length album When I Get Home is a lush sonic exploration. Sprawling across 19 tracks (some of which are just brief interludes) the record is all written, performed and executive produced by Solange, but includes contributions from Dev …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Pop, Indie, Jazz, Solange, Talk Talk, Listenup, New Music, Afrobeat, Mark Hollis, Synth pop, Neo-soul, Post-rock, Listen Up

Sinkane: Everybody

Musician/vocalist (and band director of the Atomic Bomb! Band) Sinkane (aka Ahmed Gallab) has just released “Everybody,” an upbeat, powerful and political anthem brimming with words of encouragement and hope. Jubilant drums back layered vocals, and the song blends krautrock, Sudanese pop, afrobeat and more for an incredibly lively tune. The Bruno Ferreira-directed video features scenes from Escola de Samba Paraíso do Tuiuti in Rio …
Tags: Music, Politics, Design, Music Videos, Rock, Pop, Culture, Listenup, Krautrock, Afrobeat, Sinkane, Ahmed Gallab, Bruno Ferreira

Kate Bush: Rocket Man (Elton John Cover)

From her upcoming album of B-sides, remixes, rarities and cover versions, The Other Sides & Rocket Man, Kate Bush’s cover of Elton John’s “Rocket Man” is predictably unpredictable. Recorded back in 1991, Bush just released her self-directed video for the song—which is equally charming. The video sees Bush playing the ukulele in space, and conducting meteors as if they were her own orchestra. Unequivocally Kate …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Elton John, Kate Bush, Bush, Elton John Cover, Cover Versions, ROCKET MAN

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From classic hip-hop to a reissue and a remix in our musical round-up this week Tertia May: In My Head Premiering on Wonderland, Tertia May’s “In My Head” is a dreamy, dusky approach to jazz—complete with polished, hip-hop-influenced production from Subculture. Soulful and rich, the song sees May maneuver between almost spoken-word to stirring, soaring vocals. Combining elements of soul, hip-hop, house and beyond, May …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Pop, Hip-hop, Indie, Jazz, Folk, Listenup, New Music, Stereolab, Remixes, Psychedelic, Psych, Listen Up, Tertia May

Madlib + OHNO: Big Whips

The third single released from a compilation created by Gangster Doodles (aka Marlon Sassy), Madlib and OHNO’s “Big Whips” is a perfectly produced, head-nodding tune with a David James-directed music video. Both the track and visuals will hit a nostalgic nerve for many. Each song on the album Gangster Music Vol. 1 has an original illustration by Sassy, and the entire record is made up of tracks …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Hip-hop, David James, Listenup, New Music, Ohno, Madlib, Sassy, Compilations, Marlon Sassy Madlib

Lolo Zouaï: Lose Myself

On her new hip-hop-inflected tune “Lose Myself,” Lolo Zouaï details how she got to where she is—referencing her first car, stories of adolescence and the music that inspired her. But the singer also explores a deep fear of losing the people and things that made her who she is. “I don’t want to lose myself to this,” she sings. On the self-produced track, Zouaï showcases her talent and her …
Tags: Music, New York, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Hip-hop, Listenup, Lolo Zouaï

Czarface + Ghostface Killah: Mongolian Beef

Back in 2013, Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck joined forces with 7L and Esoteric to form Czarface, a supergroup of undeniable ferociousness. Czarface has just dropped “Mongolian Beef,” from their forthcoming album Czarface Meets Ghostface—the trio’s collaboration with Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah. With those details out of the way, listeners are left with a rowdy track that puts everyone’s talents to rapid-fire use. Paired with Shawn Johnson’s collage-like video, it’s …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Wu Tang, Wu-tang Clan, New Music, Ghostface Killah, Shawn Johnson, Czarface

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Atmospheric soundscapes, folk-inflected tunes and more in our musical wrap-up this week Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah feat. Saul Williams: Ancestral Recall One listen to jazz artist Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah’s “Ancestral Recall,” which features poet and songwriter Saul Williams, reveals a mission beyond music. The track, and forthcoming album of the same name, were “built as a map to decolonize sound; to challenge previously held misconceptions …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Experimental, Jazz, Spoken word, Folk, Listenup, Electronic, New Music, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Saul Williams, Christian Scott, Atmospheric, Listen Up

Bob Mould's catchy new music video about surveillance and paranoia

Punk legend and Boing Boing pal Bob Mould's new album Sunshine Rock is out this Friday, February 8. To tide you over, enjoy Bob's funny-'cause-it's-true music video for the track "Lost Faith." "There's a hint of migration, a dash of border security and a whisper of government surveillance, climaxing across the multicolored canvas of an abandoned NSA listening station perched atop the highest hill in Berlin," Bob told NPR. "But at the end of the day, it's a high-end music video for a catchy, i...
Tags: Art, Video, Music, News, Nsa, Music Videos, Berlin, Surveillance, Npr, Bob, Bob Mould, Philipp Virus, Mario Bergmann

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Duets and covers define our week in music Perfume Genius + Empress Of: When I’m With Him Reworking her original version of “When I’m With Him,” Empress Of (aka Lorely Rodriguez) has teamed up with Perfume Genius (aka Mike Hadreas) for this dreamy and dramatic version, where Hadreas takes lead vocals. While it’s technically billed as a cover by Perfume Genius, it’s a duet—aided by production from Jim-E Stack, …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Covers, Indie, Listenup, New Music, Mike Hadreas, Hadreas, Lorely Rodriguez, Synthpop, Ballads, Cover Versions, Listen Up

Premiere: “Ngwa” by Blick Bassy

Bassa vocals and a stunning, narrative-driven music video dedicated to anti-colonial leader Ruben Um Nyobé An ode to Ruben Um Nyobé, the anti-colonialist leader of the Popular Union of Cameroon, Blick Bassy’s latest track grapples with the telling of a historic tale. Sung in Bassa, Bassy’s ancestral language, “Ngwa” reclaims an important moment for Cameroon and does so with the utmost beauty and honesty. As the narrative (usually …
Tags: Music, Politics, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Cameroon, New Music, Premieres, Blick Bassy, Bassa, Ruben Um Nyobé An, Ruben Um Nyobé, Popular Union of Cameroon Blick Bassy, Bassa Bassy, Ngwa

Better Oblivion Community Center: Dylan Thomas

After the critical success of supergroup boygenius, musician Phoebe Bridgers has embarked upon another collaborative project worth all the chatter. Better Oblivion Community Center, formed with longtime indie darling Conor Oberst, released their debut self-titled album on 24 January—and now a music video for the standout track, “Dylan Thomas.” Directed by Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner, the video blends blindfolded activities with live performance and virtual reality, …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Indie, Dylan Thomas, Conor Oberst, New Music, Phoebe Bridgers, Michelle Zauner, Boygenius, Better Oblivion Community Center

Blu DeTiger: In My Head

20-year-old Blu DeTiger drives a message home with the cyclical lyrics and bass-propulsion of her debut single “In My Head.” Coupled with a color-blocked video, DeTiger addresses the power of music in youth culture for native New Yorkers and the fine line between imagination, loss of innocence and the allure of the city’s party scene. DeTiger is set for a North American tour early this …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Blu Detiger

Foals: Exits

Drawn from Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost—Part 1, the first of two albums Foals will release this year, “Exits” delivers a blistering blend of guitar, drum and electronic. A musical play between power and allure, the track comes with an otherworldly Albert Moya-directed music video. From fencing and blindfolds to a man on fire and a child rowing off in a lake, surrealist imagery collides with some …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Foals, Game Of Thrones, Fencing, Listenup, New Music, Rock Music, Albert Moya

Ambar Lucid: Eyes

Ambar Lucid’s “Eyes” is a hazy, dreamy piece of bedroom pop first released  on dreaming lucid, and now accompanied by a lo-fi video. With vocals that seem beyond her 18 years, the song—like all good love songs—evokes both melancholy and euphoria. 
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Indie, Listenup, Ambar Lucid, Bedroom Pop

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Karen O teams up with Danger Mouse, new Panda Bear, a different direction for The Drums and more Karen O + Danger Mouse: Woman In conjunction with news of forthcoming joint album Prima Lux, Karen O and Danger Mouse share a raucous track titled “Woman.” An infectious, drum-driven pulse anchors the tune. Karen O shines, as always, but it’s a delightful blend of both artists—bringing out …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Karen O, Hip-hop, Electronic Music, Listenup, Funk, Danger Mouse, Panda Bear, The Drums, Listen Up, Prima Lux Karen O

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