"Kendrick" was trending on Twitter last night not because of an abiding interest in the doings of redheaded actress Anna Kendrick but because rapper Kendrick Lamar started a feud. With the entire rap industry.
"FKA twigs," apparently no longer known as "twigs," follows up her fantastic 2012 debut EP with an incredible Weird Sadé single, produced by Arca.
The closest thing we'll ever get to vintage Peter Gabriel, in the best way possible, from Canadian bus-trip producer Mike Silver.
Sister trio Haim with a little more of that golden perfect Pretenders-produced-by-Fleetwood-Mac sound. The only bad thing about this song is that it wasn't released early enough to be a true "summer jam."
This is so perfectly '93 — the crashing, jacking house track meets a vocal straining to be more soulful than it is that sounds like it was recorded in a closet — with a palpable maturity coming from DefMix vet David Morales. Back in the day, the organ would have blared — now it lurks. Every time I go out, I hear stuff…
Weirdest fucking vibe for a throwback dance track. Is it house? Is it disco like the subdued laser effects suggest? Is it retro-proto-house? Is that vocal supposed to mimic Nico?
Sébastien Tellier, erstwhile Eurovision competitor and composer of what may be the chillest song of all time, has a gorgeous collaboration with Chairlift's Caroline Polachek. [h/t Mark]
This morning, Mariah Carey released what is expected to be the lead single from her as-yet-untitled 14th studio album. Its title—"#Beautiful"—is a hashtag, and an indistinct one at that, but I guess #ReasonsWhyMariahIsAPrettyPrincess doesn't have the right pop ring.
One of my favorite things that has happened all year in music occurs during Ciara's "Body Party" video. Her gyrations are interrupted for an extremely stilted (even in the highly stilted medium of music-video acting) scene in which she and her real-life boyfriend Future meet and exchange awkwardly flirtatious…
This > The entirety of The 20/20 Experience.
Gorgeous, perfectly-realized melancholy disco inna Sarah Cracknell stylee. (h/t Grady)
Everyone's favorite privilege-acknowledging electro Swedes the Knife kicked off their tour in support of their Shaking the Habitual album this weekend in Bremen, Germany. The show opened with what the band called an "Absurdist Aerobics class taught by a master-teacher-guru-shaman-dictator-aerobics instructor-new age…
Bass line is nasty as hell.