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So Fresh, So Clean: New Music from Radiohead, Jean Grae and Washed Out

21 Jun

I don’t know what it is — maybe it’s the summer solstice, maybe it was just a good week in music — but I was feeling a lot of new tracks this past week. As a matter of fact, there was so much new stuff out there that I liked that I had a hard time narrowing down my list for today’s post. But I did, and I now present to you this week’s roundup of musical hotness.

Radiohead, “Staircase” (Live From the Basement)

Yesterday evening Radiohead released a video of a live performance of the brand new song “Staircase” on YouTube. The performance is an excerpt from the band’s live session for the British TV program From the Basement, which is the creation of “sixth Radiohead member” Nigel Godrich. This tribal, trance-inducing track features drummer Clive Deamer playing alongside Radiohead percussionist Phil Selway (yep, double drummers). The session will air July 1.

Jean Grae, “Casebasket”

Here’s why lady MC Jean Grae deserves the utmost respect: on this new joint she shouts out Tampax, marzipan, scrabble and the “Rudy Huxtuble dance” all while spittin’ the hot fiya over relentless snare and bass. Basically, she’s the truth. You can download the track (from the forthcoming mixtape Cookies or Comas, out Thursday) via RCRD LBL.

P.S. 50 points to those who know which Cosby Show episode inspired the Rudy Huxtable dance.

Washed Out, “Amor Fati”

It’s only fitting that chillwave darling Washed Out would release a proper debut full-length during the warm months, what with mastermind Ernest Greene’s proclivity to lo-fi, summer-fantasy-inducing synth pop. This hazy cut comes from Washed Out’s upcoming album Within and Without, out July 12 on Sub Pop. Makes me reminisce about 11-year-old me swaying to Depeche Mode in my sunny peach bedroom. Download the track via Pitchfork.

Portishead and ATP, ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror London Mixtape

Honorably mention to Portishead this week for the mixtape they curated with All Tomorrow’s Parties to promote the upcoming London I’ll Be Your Mirror event, which will feature all of the folks on the mix. High points include the moody opening featuring Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Portishead, the Books’ “A Cold Freezin’ Night,” Doom’s “Gazzillion Ear” (love the Hadron Collider shout out!), Foot Village’s “Lovers With Iraqis,” and the wind down with Caribou and Beach House.

Got a new song (released or posted in the last week) you’re excited about? Leave a comment and tell me about it.

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So Fresh, So Clean: New Music from Flying Lotus, Tinariwen, Kanye West, Atom™ and Toshiyuki Yasuda

14 Jun

Update, 6/16/11, 10am: Turns out the new Kanye West song I talk about near the end of this post was a fake. Oh well. Lyrics are still solid.


Hooray for Tuesday! Normally I wouldn’t say hooray for any day of the week except Friday, Saturday or Sunday, but today I woke up with a lot more get-up-and-go than I did yesterday, and I was pleased to find lots of new music alerts blowing up my Twitter feed. I was inspired to start a new weekly series of posts highlighting some of the best, newest music out there. So here’s a roundup of the latest tracks that I’m currently digging.

Flying Lotus, “Stereolab – GalactagonFINAL2rMX”

FlyLo posted this previously unreleased Stereolab remix on SoundCloud late last night. It’s a deft combination of spacey pulse and lo-fi shuffle. You can hear more brand new FlyLo remixes on his SoundCloud page. (Highly suggest you check out the Massive Attack and Mr. Oizo remixes.)

Tinariwen feat. Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone, “Tenere Taqhim Tossam”

Yesterday the Malian Tuareg group Tinariwen posted a new video on YouTube for the song “Tenere Taqhim Tossam,” which features Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio (!). Loving how Adebimpe’s voice seamlessly meshes with Tinariwen’s desert blues. The song comes from Tinariwen’s upcoming album Tassili, due out August 30 on Anti-.

Kanye West, “Mama’s Boyfriend”

This bouncy new Kanye joint popped up on the Consequence of Sound blog yesterday. Anybody who grew up with a single parent with an active dating life will be able to relate to this track. Download it here (via the G.O.O.D. Music Blog).

Atom™ and Toshiyuki Yasuda, “Águas de Março [ft. Fernanda Takai + Moreno Veloso]

“Águas de Março” is one of my favorite songs of all time, so imagine my delight when I found a cover of the tune on a recent post on NPR Music‘s Alt.Latino blog. Electronic artists Atom™ and Toshiyuki Yasuda team up with vocalists Fernanda Takai and Moreno Veloso to create a deferential yet inventive interpretation of the original classic. The track appears on the forthcoming two-disc compilation Red Hot + Rio 2 to be released by the HIV charity Red Hot Organization. Listen to it hereRed Hot + Rio 2 drops June 28.

What brand new stuff (released or posted in the last week) have you been listening to?