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Country-inflected pop, chopped-up Beyonce samples, carnivalesque chaos and more music from this week King Princess: Ohio After performing “Ohio” live with consistency since her first tour, King Princess (aka Mikaela Straus) finally releases an official recording and music video for the fan-favorite track. Both the song and visuals begin with quiet intimacy, and the latter introduces Straus wearing her theatrical Cheap Queen look. As with …
Tags: Music, Design, Beyonce, Disco, Music Videos, Garage Rock, Country, Pop, The Strokes, Ohio, Grimes, Synths, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Julian Casablancas

Tame Impala: Is It True

From Tame Impala’s newest album, The Slow Rush, “Is It True” spotlights the band’s affection for funk-inspired bass lines and percussion. Strutting and sultry, the track’s instrumental sets the scene for frontman Kevin Parker’s love song: “We started talkin’ ’bout devotion / The kind that goes on eternally / And I tell her I’m in love with her / But, how can I know that I’ll …
Tags: Music, Design, Tame Impala, Dance, Culture, Bass, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Kevin Parker, Psych, Psych-Pop, Psychedelic Funk

Kelis: Kaleidoscope 20th Anniversary Edition

20 years ago, Kelis released her game-changing debut record Kaleidoscope—an album that synthesized countless genres and dismissed all rules of R&B and pop music. With cosmic sound effects and Middle Eastern influences (among others), the production was done by The Neptunes, while Kelis bounced from rich, smoky jazzy vocals on one track, to whispering on another, and wailing and screaming on the next. This limited …
Tags: Music, Design, Pop, Records, Vinyl, Jazz, Limited Edition, Rb, Kelis, Funk, Neptunes

Ras: Boogie

Sparse at first but ever-growing, Berlin-based disco trio Ras’ newest single, “Boogie,” is a bop that references Mediterranean club music, poolside pop, disco and funk. Members Dekel Adin, Eden Leshem and Guy Gefen hail from rural Israel, but after recording their self-titled debut album in Berlin, the trio stuck around and worked to contrast the city’s energetic, industrial house music with laidback beats and vintage-sounding …
Tags: Music, Design, Disco, Berlin, Israel, Pop, Culture, Dance music, Mediterranean, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Ras, Boogie, Rhythmic, Dekel Adin Eden Leshem

Delfeayo Marsalis Makes a Joyful Noise on 'Jazz Party'

"Mboya's Midnight Cocktail" is a tribute to Delfeayo's younger brother. On the spectrum, Marsalis shares, Mboya is non-verbal but likes to get "suited up" and go out on the town. The song told from the viewpoint of a bartender (played by Karen Livers) who has eyes for the song's attractive subject, is a fun and sultry stopgap during all the festivities. It's like we're eavesdropping on her one-way conversation before we head off in another direction, where we encounter "Dr. Hardgroove" - a tri...
Tags: Music, Swing, New Orleans, Jazz, Music Review, Funk, Marsalis, Delfeayo, Delfeayo Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Jazz Party, Mboya, Jazz funk, Uptown jazz orchestra, Jump blues, Troubador jass

Stream: Trapdoor Social, ‘Whispers’

In their music and their activism, L.A.’s Trapdoor Social have always been about more than just love songs and rock anthems. The band, originally formed by Skylar Funk and Merritt Graves while they were studying environmental sciences at Pomona College, take on big issues — not that their horn-infused indie-rock hasn’t had a penchant for making it all sound fun. “Whispers,” out today, is the latest single from the band who last released a full-length in 2016. Since then, they’ve released a slew ...
Tags: Music, Featured, Los Angeles Bands, Latest Music, Funk, Merritt, Moody, KROQ, Skylar Funk, Pomona College, Trapdoor Social, Merritt Graves

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Pop perfection, danceable disco, cinematic soundscapes and so much more music this week Too Free: No Fun “No Fun,” the second single from trio Too Free’s forthcoming debut, Love In High Demand, features an intergalactic instrumental full of synths and encouraging lyrics from vocalist Awad Bilal. “‘No Fun’ is a series of affirmations that I wanted to speak into existence. Reclaiming agency over your mind …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Western, Pop, Yacht, Freestyle, Rb, Scores, Classical, Synths, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Electro, Remixes

D'Angelo's Anti-Producer Project, 'Voodoo'

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Tags: Music, Soul, R&B, D'angelo, Funk, Angelo, Neo Soul, Voodo

PREP: Love Breaks Down

A blend of pop, yacht, disco and funk, PREP’s “Love Breaks Down” is an infectious arrangement of synths and computer claps. It’s altogether enjoyable and easy to dance along to, especially when the bass and electric organ kick in toward the end of the track. “It came to life after we decided to write a party track—something that would work well in our live show …
Tags: Music, Design, Disco, Pop, Culture, Yacht, Synths, Listenup, Funk, Prep, Synthpop, Love Breaks Down, Synth Pops

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From a two-sided trip-hop tune to an electro oddity, a few of our favorite tracks from this week U.S. Girls: Overtime Technically a rework of a 2013 release, “Overtime,” as it appears now, is a single from U.S. Girls’ forthcoming seventh album, Heavy Light, out 6 March via 4AD. The soulful experiment by the band (led by multi-disciplinary artist Meg Remy) employs choral vocals as …
Tags: Design, Drama, Music Videos, Pop, Soul, Albums, Hip-hop, Indie, Rb, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Dan Deacon, Meg Remy, Soko, Dvsn

Thundercat, Steve Lacy + Steve Arrington: Black Qualls

By Thundercat (aka Stephen Lee Bruner), Steve Lacy (of The Internet) and the legendary Steve Arrington, “Black Qualls,” is smothered in funk. With familiar but contrasting vocals from Bruner and Arrington atop the rich, layered track, this song warrants repeat listens. The lyrics explore the mindset of many young black Americans at the moment, as Bruner explains, “What it feels like to be in this …
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From a rhythmic collaboration to a charitable cover of Silent Night, a few of our favorite tracks from this week Phoebe Bridgers feat. Fiona Apple and Matt Berninger: 7 O’Clock News / Silent Night With 100% of the profits from this recording donated to Planned Parenthood, Phoebe Bridgers’ collaborative cover of “7 O’Clock News / Silent Night” arrives with meaning and purpose. Fiona Apple harmonizes …
Tags: Design, Music Videos, Dance, Hip-hop, Jazz, Christmas Music, Listenup, Electronic, Collaborations, Funk, New Music, Matt Berninger, Phoebe Bridgers, House Music, Fiona Apple, Kaytranada

Black Pumas: Colors

Pulled from Black Pumas’ self-titled debut album, the retro-tinged “Colors” describes the lovely details of everyday life, while focusing on celebrating all the hues within. “I woke up to the morning sky, first / Baby blue, just like we rehearsed,” frontman Eric Burton sings, as the Kristian Mercado-directed video rolls along. The video, shot in the Bronx, aims to “explore the idea of the Bronx …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Soul, Culture, Indie, Colors, Bronx, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Eric Burton, Kristian Mercado

Sister Sledge Before "We Are Family"

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From funk by the late Fela Kuti to a jubilant pop track and a haunting hip-hop song, a few of our favorite tracks from the week Fela Kuti + Roy Ayers: 2000 Blacks Got To Be Free (Edit) Originally released in 1980 but taken out of print in 1989, “2000 Blacks Got To Be Free” first appeared on Music of Many Colors, a collaborative record …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Pop, Hip-hop, Indie, Little Dragon, Rufus Wainwright, Listenup, Funk, Fela Kuti, Nigerian, Rex Orange County, Listen Up, Fela Kuti Roy Ayers, Horrorcore

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Our favorite tunes this week bounce from psychedelic and groovy to hypnotic and experimental Steve Lacy: Playground Psychedelic and groovy, Steve Lacy’s “Playground” pays, both visually and sonically, homage to Prince—via merch, a ruffled shirt, and sparkling purple hues throughout. The track appears on Lacy’s debut solo album, Apollo XXI, and while previously best known as The Internet’s guitarist, he has certainly proved himself as …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Experimental, Soul, Hip-hop, Rb, Prince, Tyler The Creator, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Indie Pop, Perfume Genius, Steve Lacy, Synthpop

Steve Lacy: Playground

Psychedelic and groovy, Steve Lacy’s “Playground” pays, both visually and sonically, homage to Prince—via merch, a ruffled shirt, and sparkling purple hues throughout. The track appears on Lacy’s debut solo album, Apollo XXI, and while previously best known as The Internet’s guitarist, he has certainly proved himself as a formidable solo artist. Produced by Kathleen Heffernan and Leah Younesi and directed by Alexis Zabe, this …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, The Internet, Prince, Listenup, Funk, Steve Lacy, Alexis Zabe, Kathleen Heffernan, Leah Younesi

Morris Day shares memories of Prince (and some imagined conversations) in new memoir ‘On Time’

Morris Day never intended to write a memoir about his life as a close friend and collaborator of Prince, and if the Purple One had not tragically died in 2016 of an accidental drug overdose Day is quick to say he’d have no book to talk about. “Not now,” Day says, laughing at the thought of what Prince — famously private, notoriously controlling — would have thought it if he were still here. “Maybe later, maybe 10 years from now, but not now.” That the book arrived at all is a feat. Day’s manager...
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Electric Guest: More (Franc Moody Remix)

With the original version to appear on the forthcoming album KIN by Electric Guest (aka Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton), this version of “More” is remixed by music collective Franc Moody (London-based Ned Franc and Jon Moody). The original is softer, more R&B- and pop-inflected, while this iteration boasts a disco beat, and crescendoes with a funky breakdown. Taccone’s vocals are afforded new energy in …
Tags: Music, Design, London, Remix, Disco, Pop, Culture, Listenup, Funk, Remixes, Taccone, Electric Guest, Asa Taccone, Matthew Compton, Jon Moody, Franc Moody

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