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It's Been Real, Buds

Well! This is my last post as an editor here, although I hope to return in the form of Mark McGrath or middle Animorphs or poor, frightened Huell soon. READ MORE

Annabel Jones, "Magnetic"

This is a low-key addictive track from Annabel Jones (Davy Jones' daughter, apparently!): its heart is a gentle, full-throated, early-'00s singer-songwriter reliance on melody; Jones's voice flits against the clear-sky instrumentation like a bird.

Alt-J, "Every Other Freckle"

Bless Alt-J, who have never once in their band-life not sounded supernaturally sui generis and exactly like themselves (sorry: like soundcheck). This latest single, third off their upcoming album, confirms their slow movement away from lyrical Cubism (no mistaking I'm gonna bed into you like a cat beds into a bean bag/ Turn you inside out to lick you like a crisp packet) and blooms against a bass groove into an extremely appealing mess of psych-rock, trip-hop, Age of Aquarius folk.

Spooky Black, "Pull"

This sounds like a chair rocking in a dark empty room, a broken heart trying to talk to itself. The rest of Spooky Black's Leaving EP is up for stream and download now.

“Break Free” vs. “Oops!... I Did It Again”: A Scientific Music Video Comparison of Girls In Space

On Tuesday, tiny pop star and popular Taco Bell order Ariana Grande released a music video for her latest single "Break Free," which is set in outer space and features an outsize amount of backstory yet does not in any way reference Britney Spears' important 2000 cultural contribution in "Oops I Did It Again." This posed for me an irresistible opportunity to examine each video in exhaustive comparative detail.  READ MORE

R.A.B.B.I.I., "Why Can't I Be You"

Sugary and jagged Scandinavian pop: the spaced-out, ingenuous arrangement is slightly insane, the melody is pure candy, and the refrain is fit for a serial killer.

#Ferguson on Day Five

iLoveMakonnen ft. Drake, "Club Going Up On A Tuesday"

I love this Makonnen track and refused to listen to the remix on Tuesday when it came out because I can't deal with Drake being so on-the-nose. But I should've expected that he'd slide in so well with that verse, and it's Wednesday and this still the jam.

Lauren Bacall: "I Wasn't Put on This Earth to Be Liked"

Jessie Ware, "Say You Love Me"

Oh my god. Jessie Ware's been going coolly distant, sustained and sophisticated on her first two Tough Love teaser singles: this one is a flat-out smash, with an straightforward and satisfying pop-R&B topline that rises out of the slow-dance fog as Ware blows it out with the full muscle of her voice.