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Tycho: Easy

The multi-talented Tycho (aka Scott Hansen) has just released the first track from his upcoming fifth album—his first since 2016’s Epoch. The dreamy song, called “Easy,” is filled with pulsing and groovy bass lines, airy synths, and hazy vocals by Saint Sinner. Hansen says of the tune, “‘Easy’ is about coming to terms with my past and defining a clear vision moving forward. It’s a …
Tags: Culture, Ambient, Chillwave, Electronic, ListenUp, Music, New Music, Tycho


Four Tet: Teenage Birdsong

Four Tet (aka Kieran Hebden) has just released a new track and it’s a sweet, flute-and-synth-led tune called “Teenage Birdsong.” Minimal to begin with, the song becomes more and more layered, shimmery and beguiling. While it’s meditative and ambient, the song’s flawless production makes it deeply engaging. Hebden announced on Twitter that he’s been working on new music, but it’s not clear if this song …
Tags: Music, Design, Experimental, Culture, Ambient, Listenup, Four Tet, Electronic, New Music, Kieran Hebden, Birdsong, Hebden, Teenage Birdsong Minimal


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


fold: Teacher

Over fold’s jazzy new instrumental, a recording of James Baldwin’s moving 1963 speech given at Oakland, CA’s Castlemont High School plays. The speech, for predominantly black students, is about education and self-worth, and begins, “If I were your teacher, I’d beg you to fight me and not let me get away with anything.” The psych- and funk-infused “Teacher” layers several organic movements—and works seamlessly with …
Tags: Music, Design, Culture, Blues, Jazz, Leeds, Spoken word, Listenup, New Music, James Baldwin, Oakland CA, Instrumental, Fold, Castlemont High School


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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


Mark Ronson feat. Lykke Li: Late Night Feelings

British musician/producer Mark Ronson has tapped Swedish singer/songwriter Lykke Li for the latest of his self-proclaimed “sad bangers.” With island, funk and disco influences, “Late Night Feelings” offers up a lush and rich instrumental for Li to sing atop. With steel drums, forlorn vocals and a pared-back breakdown, the song is also the title track of Ronson’s upcoming album (set for release 21 June), which …
Tags: Music, Design, Disco, Pop, Culture, Mark Ronson, Island, Lykke Li, Listenup, Funk, New Music


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 his 2016 debut.
Tags: Music, Design, Culture, House, Listenup, Electronic, Funk, New Music, Kaytranada


Roberto: With A Song

With a bass line and percussion that encourages head-nodding, LA-based singer/songwriter Roberto’s “With A Song” is a lovely bedroom-pop song with a perfectly unfinished tinge. “Unreleased demo” is all the song’s bio reads, but the track gleams with promise. Roberto shows writing prowess and an uncanny ability to weave in and out of the melody. There’s autotune, a distortion and playfulness—and it all works.
Tags: Music, Design, La, Los Angeles, Pop, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Roberto, Bedroom Pop


Tairey feat. Badboxes: Lowlands

Pittsburgh artists Tairey and Badboxes collaborate on a genre-blending burner titled “Lowlands.” Badboxes, aka Harrison Wargo, provides the initial vocals—he sings of full moons, slow dances and the lowlands overtop drums and guitars. Tairey raps a well-written minute-long verse with impressive cadence—initially self-reflective, it slowly turns wiser.
Tags: Music, Design, Culture, Hip-hop, Indie, Pittsburgh, Listenup, Collaborations, New Music, Tairey, Badboxes, Harrison Wargo


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


Kris Kelly: Birthplace

From Brooklyn-based indie-folk artist Kris Kelly comes “Birthplace,” an elegant, poetic track with delicate strings and a steady guitar. Accompanied by an Adi Halfin-directed video, the song unfolds as characters come and go—all of which do so solemnly and suddenly. “He grew tired of carrying / a past so weighted / then forgot to remember / and I thought that he might be a runaway …
Tags: Music, Design, Culture, Brooklyn, Indie, Music Video, Folk, Listenup, Adi Halfin, Kris Kelly


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 album Omoiyari, this song falls among many others tackling the geopolitical strife from the past and its parallels to …
Tags: Music, Design, Culture, Indie, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Listenup, New Music, Delano, Kishi Bashi


Hot Chip: Hungry Child

Fresh from their upcoming record, the gloriously named A Bath Full Of Ecstasy, Hot Chip‘s first new track since 2015 is “Hungry Child”—a song that straddles high-energy and low-key in a seamless manner. Undeniably Hot Chip, the tune is layered and infectious with a deep house influence and glittery glaze. The release comes ahead of a tour across Northern America and Europe that will last …
Tags: Europe, Music, Design, Culture, Hot Chip, Listenup, New Music, Electro, Northern America, Indie-electro


Mdou Moctar: Tarhatazed

Mdou Moctar, a Tuareg guitarist raised in northern Niger, debuted his first studio band album, Ilana (The Creator) last week. From it comes “Tarhatazed,” a blazing, seven-minute-long track laden with Hendrix-rivaling solos—especially from the four-minute mark on. Moctar boasts an odd origin story: he was raised in a family that forbade music and built his first guitar out of spare wood and brake wires.
Tags: Design, Culture, Guitars, Niger, Listenup, Solos, Tuareg, Hendrix, Mdou Moctar, Moctar


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Playful J-pop, a disco-driven track about anxiety and more new music this week Spencer Tweedy: Everyday Apostle Three years after his debut EP, Chicago’s Spencer Tweedy has released Sleep Is My God. This new four-track EP segues from one pithy folk-rock track to another. It’s cohesive, artful and begins with “Everyday Apostle,” our pick from the release. There are traces of Elliott Smith here but altogether …
Tags: J-pop, Design, Disco, Beck, Rock, Chicago, Listenup, Collaborations, Funk, Spencer Tweedy, Elliott Smith, Lee Fields, Groovy, Love Song, Listen Up, Reggae Dub


Spencer Tweedy: Everyday Apostle

Three years after his debut EP, Chicago’s Spencer Tweedy has released Sleep Is My God. This new four-track EP segues from one pithy folk-rock track to another. It’s cohesive, artful and begins with “Everyday Apostle,” our pick from the release. There are traces of Elliott Smith here but altogether it’s refreshingly Tweedy.
Tags: Music, Design, Rock, Chicago, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Spencer Tweedy, Elliott Smith, Folk Rock


Cage the Elephant + Beck: Night Running

Ahead of Beck and Cage the Elephant’s co-headlining tour—and the latter’s upcoming album Social Cues (out 19 April)—”Night Running” offers up groovy afterparty moves. The incredibly prolific Beck co-wrote the dub-reggae tune with the band’s Matt and Brad Shultz—who’d been toying with it for years. Beck sent over his verses in 24 hours. It’s an inspired collaboration and hints at the fun the tour will …
Tags: Music, Design, Beck, Culture, Listenup, Collaborations, New Music, Cage The Elephant, Matt, Brad Shultz


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


Lee Fields & The Expressions: You’re What’s Needed In My Life

With a discography dating back to 1969, Lee Fields—now of Lee Fields & The Expressions—hasn’t slowed at all. Their newest tune, “You’re What’s Needed In My Life,” is a classic love song with horns, a bluesy guitar and soulful back-up singers. Chivalrous, jubilant and gushing, Fields croons about his love’s endless list of qualities—it’s delightful listening for all ears. The release will appear on the …
Tags: Music, Design, Soul, Culture, Listenup, New Music, Lee, Lee Fields, Love Songs


Phum Viphurit: Hello, Anxiety

Packed with funk- and disco-powered riffs and breakdowns, “Hello, Anxiety” is the newest single from Bangkok-based Phum Viphurit. The 23-year-old made noise with last year’s “Lover Boy,” and this new release is an encouraging and understanding tune about coping (and sometimes not coping) with anxiety. With a video by Khamkwan Duangmanee, that ends in a cheerful dance party, the song is ultimately hopeful and supportive—and …
Tags: Design, Culture, Thailand, Bangkok, Guitar, Listenup, Funk, Indie Pop, Phum Viphurit, Rats Records, Khamkwan Duangmanee


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Mitski covers Bleachers, Lizzo and Missy collaborate on a banger, Tame Impala returns and more Lizzo + Missy Elliott: Tempo Lizzo and Missy Elliott have teamed up for an absolute banger with “Tempo.” With a beat that’s reminiscent of an early 2000s hip-hop club anthem, it’s a celebration of thick women: “Slow songs, they for skinny hoes / Can’t move all of this here to …
Tags: Design, Disco, Tame Impala, Hip-hop, Listenup, Electronic, Lizzo, Mitski, Missy Elliott, Missy, Flume, Louis Cole, Listen Up, Lizzo Missy Elliott, Bleachers Lizzo


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


Emily Wells: Come on Doom, Let’s Party

Backed by clips of climate crisis, protest and dance, Emily Wells appears front and center in the video for her newest single, “Come on Doom, Let’s Party.” Surrounded by strings, echoed synths and drums, Wells sings with forlorn longing. “My movements are actions of love, mimicry, isolated protest. My movements illustrate willful blindness. My movements illustrate a willingness to see. My movements illustrate a fury …
Tags: Music, Design, Climate Change, Culture, Music Video, Party, Listenup, New Music, Emily Wells, Wells, Strings, Singer Songwriter


Lizzo + Missy Elliott: Tempo

Lizzo and Missy Elliott have teamed up for an absolute banger with “Tempo.” With a beat that’s reminiscent of an early 2000s hip-hop club anthem, it’s a celebration of thick women: “Slow songs, they for skinny hoes / Can’t move all of this here to one of those / I’m a thick bitch, I need tempo.” The third track from Lizzo‘s Cuz I Love You, …
Tags: Music, Design, Culture, Hip-hop, Listenup, New Music, Lizzo, Missy Elliott, Lizzo Missy Elliott


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: BKLYNLDN

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



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