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As we approach the halfway point of 2017, here are our favorite albums + songs from what is shaping up to be a frenetic, kind of convoluted (we are not on board with the teaser trend, just drop the jams), and overwhelmingly great year for new music:
Our official Gorilla vs. Bear 2016 SXSW showcase at Mazda + Hype Machine's Hype Hotel offered a glimpse into the future of pop music on a beautiful Thursday night in east Austin, from Negative Gemini's frenetic, club-ready experimental electronic pop that began the evening (I heard at least a few people compare her vibe to an early Grimes set circa 2011) to headliner Charli XCX's first-ever, next-level collaborative set with SOPHIE, which Charli proclaimed "maybe my most favourite set I have EVER played"...
"Flesh Without Blood", the feverishly anticipated new single from Grimes, leaked on Sunday night (along with another track called "Life in the Vivid Dream") via a bootleg upload of the track's surreal, very bloody, possibly Farah Khan-inspired video. Now the official version of the song and its Grimes-directed video has surfaced, and it's amazing. Art Angels is out any minute, probably.
UPDATE: Art Angels is out November 6; check the artwork + pre-order here. Full tracklist after the jump (Realiti!):