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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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premiere: stream DÆVA’s dreamy debut LP Beta Persei

BETA PERSEI

We briefly mentioned DÆVA's magical, lucid-dreamlike debut LP Beta Persei earlier this week, and now you can stream the record in all its softly shimmering, spectral glory below. Highly recommended for the lovelorn, fans of early Grimes, X-Files obsessives, and anyone lamenting the death of chillwave and/or witch house...

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Ellie Herring x gorilla vs. bear takeover: stream the producer’s new What a Joy EP

WHAT A JOY

We're extremely psyched to have Lexington, Kentucky producer Ellie Herring running things here on the site today. As we've already mentioned, Ellie's new EP rules, and it's officially out today on Driftless, so listen to that below, and hang out here with Ellie as she shares some of her favorite tracks throughout the day.

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A Tribe Called Quest’s We Got it From Here… might be the album of the year

ATCQ RIP PHIFE

As we woke up on Friday in a daze, hit by the gravity and bleak finality of one of the most unfathomably surreal and draining weeks of our collective lives, A Tribe Called Quest had just dropped 2016's most inspired and unlikely record...

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stream DIANA’s Familiar Touch

DIANA FAMILIAR TOUCH

DIANA's beautifully sumptous and healing new full-length is out this Friday, but you can stream the whole thing now, courtesy of Hype Machine. Listen to Familiar Touch below, and pre-order the record on 12" here.

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vibe out to Duke Hugh’s Canvas

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It's a stressful time right now, so find us for at least the next 36 hours vibing out to Dutch artist Duke Hugh's dreamy new record Canvas, out this Friday on London's Rhythm Section. Floating, languid Quiet Village-esque plane-ride soundtracks ("Butterflies"), elegant jazz-funk beats ("Believe"), soothing, shuffling Latin guitar gems ("Green Leaf"), and more...

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