Essential Tracks

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Circuit des Yeux soundtracks a beautiful apocalypse on “Vanishing”

Haley Fohr’s unusually well equipped to score an apocalyptic event.

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The Body and Big|Brave’s “Polly Gosford” is the most terrifying kind of folk

The second, chilling new track from the two band’s collaborative LP.

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Low’s “Disappearing” is noise made serene

The second single from ‘HEY WHAT’ is a beautiful cacophony.

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Hear Six Organs of Admittance’s epic new psych-rock groove, “All That They Left You”

Hear the fiery new psych-rock jam from Ben Chasny’s latest album, ‘The Veiled Sea’.

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Armand Hammer’s “Sir Benni Miles” is a powerful tangle of contrasts

The leadoff track from ‘Haram’ is a stunning showcase for the duo’s chemistry with producer The Alchemist.

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Andy Stott’s “The beginning” navigates in-between spaces

A fluid electronic pulse that could become ambient or disco at a moment’s notice.

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black MIDI’s “John L” is exhilarating noise-prog chaos

A progressive post-punk epic that feels both euphoric and chaotic.

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STR4TA’s “Vision 9” is an uptempo groove with vintage vibes

Hear the latest groove from Gilles Peterson and Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick’s new funk project.

Izy Frantic essential track

Izy’s “Frantic” is a deep groove

A slab of tasty, mysterious funk from the Australian trio.

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Iceage’s “Vendetta” is an intoxicating groove

The Danish group emerge with a hedonistic glam-groove

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Colleen’s “Gazing at Taurus – Santa Eulalia” is enchantingly hypnotic

A solitary, yet beautifully joyful dirge that feels like light breaking through the window

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On “Favor,” Julien Baker finds perfect harmony with her boygenius bandmates

Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus reunite with Baker on this gorgeous, moving anthem.

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Matthew E. White and Lonnie Holley channel cosmic energy on “This Here Jungle of Moderness”

The first track from the duo’s new collaborative album is a frantic funk fusion landscape.

Visionist The Fold Essential track

Visionist’s “The Fold” is both fragile and powerful

Hear the UK producer’s new single, featuring Haley Fohr (Circuit des Yeux).

The Weather Station Atlantic essential track

The Weather Station’s “Atlantic” pulses with anxiety

A darkly seductive pulse drives the new single from the Toronto group.

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Mdou Moctar’s “Chismiten” is electric, dynamic desert blues

Hear the desert blues guitarist’s first single for Matador, and it’s a real heater.

Emma Ruth Rundle Thou The Valley Essential Track

Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou’s “The Valley” is a climactic, haunting convergence

The second single from ‘May Our Chambers Be Full’ is an epic slow burn.