How to Dress Well – Repeat Pleasure

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Tom Krell (aka How to Dress Well) really brought his A-game with 2013′s Total Loss. If the first two releases off his upcoming album “What Is This Heart?” are any indication, he’s on track to do it again. Krell is known for his sensual R&B slow jam proclivities, but new song “Repeat Pleasure” is definitely a departure from that. It’s more upbeat, playful and pop-leaning than anything’s hes done before, but Krell not only makes it work — he makes it excellent. Stream “Repeat Pleasure” below.

How To Dress Well’s “What Is This Heart?”is out June 24th via Domino.

STREAM: How to Dress Well – “Repeat Pleasure”

bAnoffee – Bleeding Love (Leona Lewis Cover)

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Nobody said covers have to be timely. For her latest effort, bAnoffee takes on Leona Lewis’ 2007 hit “Bleeding Love.” The Australian songstress strips the soul-pop original of its polish, rebuilding it with some warped vocal effects, warm synths, frenetic sample work and, of course, her enchanting voice. Stream/download it below, and if this is your first time listening to bAnoffee, make sure to listen to her stellar debut single “Ninja.”

DOWNLOAD: bAnoffee – “Bleeding Love (Leona Lewis Cover)”

Ben Khan – Youth

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With “Youth,” Ben Khan proves he has the Midas touch. Usually I wouldn’t make a big deal of it, but all four of the songs he has released on his Soundcloud are certified jams. It’s tough placing any of them under a genre, but one thing is for sure: he pays meticulous attention to detail. On “Youth,” Mr. Khan recalls artists like Jai Paul and Blood Orange, but he adds a seductive distorted bluesy guitar here that wraps things up nicely. This guy is not just a flash in the pan, so start paying attention now. Stream “Youth” below.

STREAM: Ben Khan – “Youth”

SAFIA – Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds

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No, SAFIA weren’t hiding under their bedsheets when they came up with the title for “Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds.” The Australian trio’s latest track is actually an extra smooth cross between ASTR and Sam Smith that combines the best of electro, pop and R&B without sounding stale. Stream the track below, and if you’re interested in a free download you can snag one in exchange for a like on the band’s Facebook.

STREAM: Safia – “Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds”

Jhene Aiko – My Afternoon Dream

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2014 is shaping up to be a good year for Jhene Aiko. Building off of her haunting feature on Drake’s “From Time,” which she also performed on SNL, the Los Angeles based singer released her debut Sail Out EP in November. Since then she’s been popping up all over the place doing feature-spots and press in the lead-up to her forthcoming full-length debut.

Ms. Aiko turned 26 yesterday and decided to give her fans a birthday present in the form of new track “My Afternoon Dream.” The song features lush production from Key Wayne, utilizing a piano loop and strings along with a simple beat and bassline. Aiko’s vocals provide bring some dreaminess to the music, her gentle crooning at times giving way to a bouncy, almost rap delivery, but never losing its measured quality. The pace and mood of the song make it perfect for a rainy day. “My afternoon dream / When the world is sleeping / I am still thinking / Of my blue dream / It’s bliss.” Aiko has ensured that the bliss is all on the listener’s side.

Stream Jhene Aiko’s “My Afternoon Dream” below, and stay tuned for her Souled Out LP, out May 2014.

STREAM: Jhene Aiko – “My Afternoon Dream”

Premiere: Barcelona – On Off

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Meet the new Barcelona. Now going the way of the producer, the Seattle three-piece have abandoned indie rock for more electronic pastures. Their revamped sound comes out in full force on new track “On Off.” The song comes off Know Love, the third part of their three-EP The Melodrama series. Fans of sexy synth-laced R&B jams à la How To Dress Well and James Blake will dig this one in particular. Stream “On Off” below.

Barcelona’s Know Love comes out March 18th. They also have a slew of tour dates coming up, including a few SXSW shows. Check them all our after the jump.

STREAM: Barcelona – “On Off” [PREMIERE]

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#TBT: Malcolm Mays – All The Small Things (Blink 182 Cover)

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It’s rare that a cover transforms a song into something completely unrecognizable from its original form. In his take on Blink 182’s “All The Small Things,” L.A. artist Malcolm Mays accomplishes just that. With a sultry R&B sound that mirrors that of singers like Miguel or Kwabs, Mr. Mays’ re-imagination is nothing short of mesmerizing. Maybe Blink 182 should have tried their hand at R&B. Stream the cover below.

DOWNLOAD: Malcolm Mays – “All The Small Things (Blink 182 Cover)”

Beyonce – Drunk In Love (Detail Remix)

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Remixing Beyoncé is a hard road. There’s the fact that she’s a cultural icon with millions of rabid fans, and there’s the fact that she makes exceptionally good music. If you want to remix Queen Bey, you better come correct. The official “Drunk In Love” remix by the track’s original producer Detail is a sprawling, but understated, 7 minute track. Using reverb, Beyoncé’s vocals are taken into operatic levels, and that’s really what’s going on here: it takes the original and ups the drama, just so. There’s the addition of an orchestral background, and a choir to provide backing vocals. The beat is stripped down until it’s just a handclap and a bass drum. There’s something to be said for Detail utilizing the tools that the original left for him, and as much as listeners might hope for a flashier remix, this one knows its limits, and provides a different vibe than the song it’s based on. Check it out below.

STREAM: Beyoncé – “Drunk In Love (Detail Remix)”

Jr. Hi – Trillion Girls (Ft. Childish Gambino)

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Mystery artist Jr. Hi returns with a seductive jam this Valentine’s Day. “Trillion Girls” features another high-profile guest spot with Childish Gambino (you might remember his debut track “Secrets” enlisted the help of The Weeknd). When paired with Jr. Hi’s smooth vocals and dark but sultry production, it all makes for a stunning sophomore release. Download a free copy of “Trillion Girls” below.

DOWNLOAD: Jr. Hi – “Trillion Girls (Ft. Childish Gambino)”

LOLAWOLF – Drive (Los Angeles)

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It’s easy to be famous when you have a famous family, so it could be said that Zoë Kravitz is only in the spotlight because of her father, Lenny. That certainly isn’t the case here. She has proven herself a successful model, actress and now musician.

Lolawolf, comprised of Kravitz and Reputante’s James Levy and Jimmy Giannopoulous, have released a few songs off of their eponymous debut EP (due out February 4th). “Drive (Los Angeles),” the release’s lead single, is sardonic alt-pop at its finest. Zoë’s mellifluous vocals paired with James & Jimmy’s mid-80s synth beats make for a perfect, easy listen fit for any afternoon. Don’t waste another moment — stream “Drive” below.

STREAM: Lolawolf – “Drive (Los Angeles)”