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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


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 the best of their sonic evolutions. Prima Lux is set for a 15 March release, via BMG.
Tags: Music, Design, Rock, Karen O, Culture, Alternative, Bmg, Listenup, New Music, Danger Mouse, Drums, Prima Lux, Prima Lux Karen O


Daste: Sober

Fusing lo-fi funk with wavy alternative, Daste’s “Sober” is an ode to giving someone your undivided attention. The Australian trio (signed to Mammal Sounds) may not be referencing drugs or alcohol, but rather the millions of other distractions that invade intimate situations. “I know you’re feeling like I’m in my head all the time / Cause when you tell me about your day-to-day I don’t …
Tags: Music, Design, Culture, Alternative, Australian, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Lo-fi, Mammal Sounds, Daste


Loyle Carner feat. Rebel Kleff + Kiko Bun: You Don’t Know

Loyle Carner (aka Benjamin Coyle-Larner) moonlights as an observant server, bartender, security guard and cab driver in the video for “You Don’t Know.” Watching over his mother (played by his real-life mom) as she goes on a few dates—some good and some not so. Throughout, Carner raps about his own dating fears—particularly losing trust and love as time goes on. It’s a clever and sweet …
Tags: Design, London, Culture, Hip-hop, British, Listenup, Loyle Carner, Carner, Kleff Kiko Bun, Benjamin Coyle Larner


Lenovo’s ultraportable speaker is as slim and small as your phone

The Lenovo 700 Ultraportable Bluetooth Speaker is quite literally the most portable one ever. Most portable Bluetooth speakers are portable alright, but they aren’t slip-into-your-pocket portable. Audio drivers tend to have depth/thickness to them, resulting in speakers that may be small and lightweight, but are almost always chunky too, making them ideal for laptop bags, but not pant pockets.Lenovo’s latest offering wants to be the kind of Bluetooth speaker you carry around with you, the way ...
Tags: Music, Design, Audio, Speakers, Ces, Bluetooth Speaker, Nfc, Lenovo, Portable Audio, Ultraportable, 700, Ces2019


Panda Bear: Token

The last few years have seen the 10th anniversary celebrations of two milestone Panda Bear (aka Noah Lennox) albums—first, his acclaimed solo work Person Pitch (2007) and then the Animal Collective commercial darling Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009). Now Lennox is gearing up for a new solo release, Buoys, and both the debut single and the latest release “Token” continue to stoke excitement. Directed by, and featuring …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Panda Bear, Animal Collective, Lennox, Noah Lennox


Amaal: Not What I Thought

Setting a break-up ballad against the bleak, beautiful landscapes of Iceland always seems to yield success. Toronto-based Amaal does so in “Not What I Thought,” to striking result. Director Sean Brown casts intimate close-ups against shots of sheer alienation. A mood is built through the visuals that complements Amaal’s vocal grace. The track is the recording artist’s first from a forthcoming EP.
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Toronto, Culture, Iceland, Listenup, New Music, Sean Brown, Amaal


Guess what Sony’s latest bluetooth speaker looks like…

You may constantly need to explain yourself to your parents or conservative family members when they first take a look at the Sony LSPX-S2 Glass Sound Speaker, because trust me, it looks uncannily similar to something you’d find in a college-going teenager’s room.Mary Jane reference aside, this product, weird as it may look, is classic Sony. Sony as a company is famed for creating products that are state of the art, but also weird (Verge has chronicled most of them down)… and the LSPX-S2 or th...
Tags: Music, Design, Audio, Speakers, Sony, Wireless, Bluetooth Speaker, Product Design, Candle, Mary Jane, Sony Sony, Sony LSPX, Glass Sound Speaker, LSPX-S2


Nick Waterhouse: Song For Winners

With the same energy and growl he’s become known for, Nick Waterhouse returns with “Song For Winners.” Accompanying the track is the announcement of a self-titled LP coming 8 March on Innovative Leisure and a US tour. This tune in particular—with crackling drums and frustrated vocals—is accentuated by its ending: almost a full minute breakdown featuring drums, saxophone and electric guitar.
Tags: Music, Design, US, Rock, Soul, Culture, NICK, Horns, Listenup, New Music, Nick Waterhouse


Octopus Music Mobile

Playing Johannes Brahms’ “Wiegenlied” (better known as Brahms’ Lullaby or “The Cradle Song”) this strange and sweet octopus has been made to help babies get to sleep. Produced with 100% cotton chambray, it’s easily wiped clean. The 11.8-inch tall creature is also soft—in case a young one gets a hold of it.
Tags: Toys, Music, Design, Kids, Babies, Mobiles, Infants, Ferm Living, Johannes Brahms Wiegenlied, Brahms Lullaby


Cochemea: All My Relations

Born from collective writing sessions and improvisation, Cochemea Gastelum’s “All My Relations” delivers nothing short of a transcendent jazz experience. Blended with indigenous-influenced rhythms, the track acts as a beautiful meditation on Gastelum’s Yaqui and Mescalero Apache Indian ancestry. A saxophonist with the Dap Kings, Gastelum crafted the track—and others on the album—during the last year of the iconic band’s tour with Sharon Jones. This album, also called All My …
Tags: Music, Design, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Sharon Jones, Gastelum, Daptone Records, Yaqui, The Dap-Kings, Cochemea, Cochemea Gastelum


Lizzo: Juice

Once again Lizzo has blended various genres for an effortlessly perfect pop song that celebrates self-love. With elements of funk and soul, the track has a distinctly retro vibe—spurred on by its ’80s-inflected music video. Directed by Quinn Wilson, the clip pays homage to everything from the Soul Glo commercials in Coming to America to workout tapes, talk shows and infomercials.
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, America, Pop, Culture, Hip-hop, Listenup, New Music, Lizzo, Listen Up, Quinn Wilson


The Modern Day Discman

Things have come a long way from the Sony Diskman from the ’80s! No larger than a watch face, the Skinny Player is exactly as it sounds. Designed for those moments you want to take your music on the run but don’t want headphones and don’t want to lug around a large Bluetooth speaker, it can attach anywhere from your shirt collar to your backpack for quick, light, and easy listening that won’t weigh you down. Synced with your phone’s library, it packs a powerful punch in a pint-sized package that...
Tags: Music, Design, Audio, Product Design, Portable Audio, Ju-Huai Lin, Skinny Player


10 Best Earphones for Music Lovers in 2019

The right earphones can make all of your music sound its absolute best and with the advancements in technology, they can do so much more. But choosing the best headphones for your needs can be a bit challenging with all the options out there, in all different price ranges. So we’ve taken a closer look at what you should look for when searching out the best earphones in 2019 and also provide you with what our top choices are, so you can have a better idea when you go shopping. We look at the best...
Tags: Apple, Music, Design, Miscellaneous, Earphones, Sennheiser, Jabra, Focal Sphear, Focal, Optoma, Apple Wireless AirPods Apple, Triple Driver Headphones, Sport4, Elite 65t True Wireless


Best of CH 2018: Listen Up

From synthpop to indie, disco-inflected bops and more, our favorite songs of the year Each day, our editorial team listens to new music and shares favorites in the Listen Up section. Be it synth-pop, indie, experimental or beyond, the discoveries are always powerful. This year provided plenty of ammo—from the ferocious to the poetic, political and personal, delicate tunes, bops and more. While some artists represented …
Tags: Music, Design, Experimental, Pop, Indie, St Vincent, Andre 3000, Janelle Monae, Listenup, Frank Ocean, Robyn, Empress Of, Dreampop, Synthpop, Serpentwithfeet, Lonnie Holley


Breadway Bakery, la boulangerie café conviviale et mémorable d’Odessa

Artem Trigubchak et Lera Brumina, architecte et architecte d’intérieur basé à Kiev, en Ukraine, présentent Breadway Bakery, un projet de boulangerie / café situé dans le centre de la ville d’Odessa et à l’empreinte tant conviviale que mémorable. En effet, Breadway Bakery est un lieu réunissant boulangerie et ses atouts (vente à emporter) et un café servant des petits-déjeuners et des déjeuners. Les jeunes architectes de ce projet, Lera Brumina et Artem Trigubchak ont eu pour objectif de créer...
Tags: Books, Design, Ukraine, Pop, Architecture, Restaurant, Retail, Decoration, Vintage, Concept, Kiev, Odessa, Deco, Mobilier, Minimaliste, Urbaine


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Hip-hop, blues, electronic and more in this week's new music Saba feat. theMIND: SIRENS “SIRENS,” the second half of the track “BUSY/SIRENS” from Saba’s album Care for Me, is a poignant portrayal of misaccused black men. “Riding through the city / I’m young, I’m black, I’m guilty / I know one time wanna kill / They don’t know me but they fear me,” he begins his first …
Tags: Design, Hip-hop, Indie, Blues, Listenup, SABA, Tender, Slenderbodies, Listen Up, The Raconteurs


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Manhattan's "Phallus Palace," Oslo's move become car-free, snow season apps and more in our journey through the internet Oslo Moves to Become a Car-Free City In an effort to make its downtown more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly, Oslo will remove the couple hundred remaining parking spots left in its city center. The development aims to turn the most heavily trafficked areas into to car free zones to …
Tags: Art, Apps, Wearables, Music, Design, Environment, Beer, Wearable Tech, Cycling, Skiing, Nsfw, Manhattan, Lgbtq, Solar System, Snowsports, Oslo


Turn your Google Home Mini into a Mickey!

Partnering with Disney to make a mount for the Google Home Mini, the Otterbox Den series comes in a shape that’s all too familiar. Designed with the silhouette and colors of the world’s most famous rodent, the mount lets you place a black Google Home Mini into it, turning the smart speaker into Mickey Mouse! The mount reroutes the wire from the back, making it look like the tail, and even comes with tiny cutouts at the base where the speaker’s buttons are. The mount makes the Google Home Mini mu...
Tags: Google, Deals, Gadgets, Music, Design, Audio, Speakers, Disney, Mouse, Speaker, Product Design, Mickey, Otterbox, Smart Speaker, Google Home Mini, Home Mini


Turn your Google Home Mini into Mickey!

Partnering with Disney to make a mount for the Google Home Mini, the Otterbox Den series comes in a shape that’s all too familiar. Designed with the silhouette and colors of the world’s most famous rodent, the mount lets you place a black Google Home Mini into it, turning the smart speaker into Mickey Mouse! The mount reroutes the wire from the back, making it look like the tail, and even comes with tiny cutouts at the base where the speaker’s buttons are. The mount makes the Google Home Mini mu...
Tags: Google, Deals, Gadgets, Music, Design, Audio, Speakers, Disney, Mouse, Speaker, Product Design, Mickey, Otterbox, Smart Speaker, Google Home Mini, Home Mini


Naomi Banks’ Farewell to 2018 Playlist For COOL HUNTING

The London-based singer selects songs by SAFIA, Kehlani, Blossom and more Fusing genres, London-based Naomi Banks released her debut EP Deja Vu last month and it’s a lush, immersive soundscape blending jazz, electronic, neo-soul and more. Emotive and tender, powerful and soaring, Banks’ songs strike a heartstring. “I think people listen to music and lyrics so differently, which makes it difficult to create something that will be …
Tags: Spotify, Music, Design, London, Culture, Playlists, Kehlani, Singers, New Music, Safia, Naomi Banks, SAFIA Kehlani Blossom


Ditch the iPod and put an electronic synth in your pocket

Nobody carries an iPod around with them nowadays. The iPod in the title is symbolic for the ability to have thousands and thousands of songs stored in your pocket… so when I tell you to ditch the iPod for a synth, I actually mean, leave the thousands of tracks on a hard drive for a synthesizer you can play millions of songs on. The Stylophone is a tiny, pocketable electronic synth you can play anywhere you go. Originally invented in 1967 by Brian Jarvis and manufactured by Dubreq, the Stylopho...
Tags: Gadgets, Music, Design, Audio, David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Popular, Product Design, Electronic, Synthesizer, Jarvis, Stylophone, Brian Jarvis, Dubreq Ltd, Dubreq, Ben Jarvis


Stanmore II Voice Speaker

The legendary Marshall Stanmore II speaker gets a 21st-century addition: Amazon Alexa-controlled operations. This incredibly versatile speaker, from the brand’s classic roster, is renowned for crisp audio—thanks to its two 15 Watt class D amplifiers—and its heritage-inspired look (fit with an “EST. 1962” etched into its front). Listeners can now ask Alexa to change the song, adjust the volume or even provide information for upcoming shows …
Tags: Amazon, Music, Design, Speakers, Alexa, Marshall, Amazon Alexa, Soundsystems, Sound Systems, Stanmore, Marshall Stanmore II


The Raconteurs: Now That You’re Gone

Back with their first transmission in 10 years, The Raconteurs—a band comprised of Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler—have released a pair of singles that will appear on their currently untitled 2019 album. Their reunion was announced earlier this year, but the singles—”Sunday Driver” and “Now That You’re Gone”—are proof the plan is still in motion. The latter of the two—both of which …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Rock, Culture, Jack White, Listenup, New Music, Third Man Records, Raconteurs, Brendan Benson, Patrick Keeler, The Raconteurs, Jack White Brendan Benson Jack Lawrence


2018 Welcomed a New Fleet of Internet Pop Stars

Forget the pop stars of years past, because 2018’s class of chart-toppers is more diverse, based in subculture and digitally inclined than ever before. Partly because of the new rules on streams counting in chart calculations, many newer musical artists are being born from internet followings and Soundcloud pages. Not only that, but the sound of pop is changing—using more and more elements from various …
Tags: Music, Design, Pop, Culture, Streaming, Linkaboutit, Pop Music, Music Charts


Saba feat. theMIND: SIRENS

“SIRENS,” the second half of the track “BUSY/SIRENS” from Saba’s album Care for Me, is a poignant portrayal of misaccused black men. “Riding through the city / I’m young, I’m black, I’m guilty / I know one time wanna kill / They don’t know me but they fear me,” he begins his first verse. With cutting cadence, Saba tackles topics ranging from police brutality to racial profiling …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Hip-hop, Police Brutality, Racial Profiling, New Music, SABA, Sirens


Charlotte Gainsbourg: Bombs Away

From Take 2, Charlotte Gainsbourg’s sundry five-track EP, “Bombs Away” rides on dance floor-ready synth waves. Gainsbourg’s vocals—and the narrative lyrics—set a tone of curious immediacy. The track, which was produced by SebastiAn, joins a cover of Kanye West’s “Runaway,” a live version of Gainsbourg’s hit “Deadly Valentine,” and two other new songs on the EP—one that demonstrate the depth of the singer’s vision and (bilingual) capabilities.
Tags: Music, Design, Culture, Valentine, Listenup, New Music, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gainsbourg, Synth pop


The Acoustic Guitar gets its first significant design mod in 180 years!

Picture an acoustic guitar and what do you see? The classical guitar with its wooden body and circular sound-hole, right? Yep. That guitar was designed sometime in the 1850s by Antonio de Torres, and has pretty much been the same for nearly two centuries, with the exception of the invention of the electric guitar. Maxwell Custom’s custom-made Infinitum guitar takes that age-old form and applies design-thinking to it… the design brief? How do you make the Acoustic Guitar with a harmonically rich ...
Tags: Music, Design, Audio, New Zealand, Maxwell, Guitar, Product Design, CNC, Infinitum, Maxwell Custom, Antonio de Torres


Woman’s Hour: Don’t Speak

Both a return and a break-up announcement, “Don’t Speak” marks two milestones for UK band Woman’s Hour. Drawn from their forthcoming second (and final) album Ephyra, the track’s beauty lies in delicate melodies and dream-pop hypnotism. With choreography and performances by Anders Hayward and Ellis Saul in the music video, it’s a stunning reintroduction to a band that will leave listeners with much to love.
Tags: Music, UK, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Don, Woman's Hour, Anders Hayward, Ellis Saul


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Psychedelic indie, deep house, a pared-back cover version and more in our musical wrap-up Feng Suave: Venus Flytrap From Amsterdam-based Feng Suave, “Venus Flytrap” is a beautifully slow-moving track. With psychedelic and indie influences, the intricacies of the song are the high points; be it subtle chirping of birds or lyrics detailing a love story told through the eyes of a bug trapped in the …
Tags: Music, Design, Dance, Covers, Amsterdam, Indie, The Cure, Cover, Listenup, Phoebe Bridgers, Psychedelic, Instrumentalist, Listen Up, Psych Rock, Feng Suave Venus Flytrap



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