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Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood share the first single from their collaborative EP

ARIEL PINK WEYES BLOOD MERING ROSENBERG

Like-minded West Coast artists/dream team Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood share a dramatic prog-folk journey from their new collaborative EP Myths 002, composed and captured last year "under the mystic lights of Marfa, Texas", and featuring a beautifully eerie song about a vampire ("Morning After"), plus covers of tracks from The Sisters and Sad Lovers and Giants (the latter features guest musicians Connan Mockasin + Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT)...

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RAMZi – Noite

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Phobiza "Noite" Vol 2. is the new EP from Vancouver's Phoebe Guillemot aka RAMZi, out later this month on Mood Hut:

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Baltra shares Rearview EP to close out 2016

BALTRA

Baltra shares two lush and haunting new tracks to close out the year, in which the New York house/techno producer channels some magical '90s R&B nostalgia into a cleansing, tears-on-the-dancefloor vibe, featuring a particularly inspired and carthartic SWV sample on the (virtual) A-side. Baltra says about his Rearview EP:

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Panda Bear’s Person Pitch receives 10-year anniversary reissue

PERSON PITCH ART

Panda Bear's Person Pitch -- still our favorite album in the 12-year history of this site -- turns 10 years old in March 2017. To celebrate the milestone, Vinyl Me Please will release a special 2xLP reissue on blue and white vinyl, complete with a new gatefold jacket and a 12x12 original art print...

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premiere: Grouper welcomes the Winter Solstice with beautiful new Paradise Valley 7″

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The winter solstice is an astronomical event marking the shortest day and longest night of the year, a day on which the sun stands still, officially ushering in winter. It's a cold, dark time, and it feels that way this year more so than ever...

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watch Norwegian duo Smerz’s shadowy new video for “Thrill”

SMERZ THRILL

Not sure why no one told us about the dope new EP from Norwegian electro-pop duo Smerz that dropped a few weeks back on Hard Up, but consider this our first case of serious year-end-list regret. We were enthralled by their single "Because" that dropped early this year, and while new track (and EP opener) "Thrill" isn't quite the immediate, danceable banger, it is a haunting and hypnotic Knife-esque gem in the vein of "You Make Me Like Charity" that has us even further entranced by the group...

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premiere: hear a previously unreleased song from Strawberry Switchblade’s 1982 4-piece demo

STRAWBERRY SWITCHBLADE

Before influential Scottish '80s pop/new-wave cult heroes Strawberry Switchblade were a duo, they were a short-lived 4-piece, formed in Glasgow in 1982. There is very little evidence of this first, "full band" incarnation of the group, aside from a few grainy photos and a charming, lo-fi, C86-prophesizing 3-song demo tape recorded at Glasgow's Hellfire Club, to be reissued in early 2017 on Glaswegian label Night School Records...

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stream Clint Mansell’s score from the San Junipero episode of Black Mirror

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As we alluded to yesterday in our albums of the year post, Clint Mansell's moving, dreamlike score from the beautiful San Junipero episode of Black Mirror may or may not have quite the same impact when detached from the visuals and heartbreaking story for which it was created...

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premiere: stream Permit’s Vol. 1 EP

PERMIT VOL 1

Psyched to premiere the new EP from Bloomington's Permit, the new project from Jack Andrew and the prolific Drew Auscherman of Hoops. The duo makes blistering, super infectious, feel-good lo-fi garage-pop/punk rippers -- think “Thin Lizzy, but twice as fast”, in the band's own words -- that feel like fleeting, sub-2:00 bursts of hazy sunshine that never overstay their welcome...

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listen to Burial’s Young Death / Nightmarket 12″

BURIAL YOUNG DEATH NIGHTMARKET 12

Burial's surprise Young Death / Nightmarket 12" is now available for purchase via Hyperdub (edit: it's already sold out, but you can still purchase digitally). After listening to questionable vinyl rips all weekend long, I can already promise that we will inevitably rank this thing way too high on our year-end list, but every new Burial release feels like such an event and inspires such an intense emotional/visceral reaction upon first listen that I think it's warranted. Listen to both tracks below:

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