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follow our Best Songs of 2018 Spotify playlist


2018 has been such a bountiful year for incredible new music from favorites new and old that it's been almost impossible to keep up, but I'm doing my best. In addition to all the posts here on the site, I've been consistently updating our running "Best Songs of 2018" Spotify playlist, featuring some of the essential 2018 jams that may or may not be on your radar yet, from the likes of Avalon, Barrie, Sun June, oklou, Helena Deland, MorMor, Peggy Gou, Grouper, Amen Dunes, G Flip + more...

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premiere: Maria Usbeck – Bosque De Bambú


Maria Usbeck follows up her impossibly charming and transportive 2016 debut LP Amparo with a long-awaited and absolutely wonderful new single, out today via Cascine + Labrador. There's an infectiously bouncy, almost whimsical playfulness to "Bosque De Bambú" (reflected in that amazing cover art seen below), a dazzling synth-pop jam that Maria says "should be played anytime you feel that you are breaking the norm"...

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George Clanton – Make It Forever


George Clanton just dropped a rousing new jam called "Make It Forever" over on his bandcamp. George says that this one is an attempt "to capture the high energy of my live shows", written because he wanted "another banger to crowd surf to...

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King Krule – Live on the Moon


A Molten Jets production:

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premiere: Air Waves – Blue Fire


Brooklyn's Nicole Schneit aka Air Waves shares the gorgeous album-closing reverie from her excellent new record Warrior, out next month on Austin label Western Vinyl. Although the dreamy, vaguely Beach House-esque "Blue Fire" is about change and all the anxiety that it can create, there's a poignant hopefulness here that tends to just radiate from all of Air Waves' best songs...

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Grouper announces new album Grid of Points, shares new song “Parking Lot”


Liz Harris returns next month with another devastating Grouper album, in a similar vein as her 2014 masterpiece Ruins. Grid of Points is a starkly beautiful, intimate, and achingly fleeting "set of songs for piano and voice", inspired by "the idea that something is missing or cold"...

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PYNKIE – Dew ♥


Shout out to the lazylazyme and DDB for the simultaneous heads up on this new jam from New Jersey's Lindsey Rae Radice aka PYNKIE, feeling like a hazy, impossibly romantic codeine dream thanks to those narcotic pitched down vocals and woozy instrumentation...

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video premiere: Christina Vantzou – At Dawn


Belgium-based minimalist ambient composer Christina Vantzou shares a spectral 16MM short film, soundtracked by Vantzou's beautifully glacial and elegiac "At Dawn," one of the gorgeous highlights from her utterly immersive, trance-inducing forthcoming fourth full-length for Kranky...

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Beach House share another track from their new album 7


Beach House share the second single from their new album 7, out May 11th on Sub Pop. Listen to "Dive" below:

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Montreal’s Chloé Soldevila aka Anemone joins the Luminelle family


Impromptu dance parties have been breaking out nightly in our living room for weeks now, thanks to Montreal artist Chloé Soldevila aka Anemone, and her irresistible new Baby Only You & I EP. Soldevila has us swooning with her magical union of some of our favorite things, as sunny west coast psych, classic french pop, and breezy '60s pop mingle with vintage Stereolab and bright tropicalia vibes, creating an eminently danceable and endlessly replayable affair...

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