The 10 Albums You Need to Hear in August

Summer is generally a pretty fallow period for albums/films/books/etc. (unless you like crushingly expensive blockbusters about murderous robots, in which case knock yourself out). This August is no exception, but happily, there are still enough decent records due out over the next four weeks to make it worth everyone’s while to sit down and thumb through the upcoming release schedules. We’ve done exactly that, so here’s our regular monthly lowdown on the ten albums you need to hear in the month to come, along with a roundup of everything else of note that’s due… Read More

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The 10 Best Songs We Heard This Week: The Julie Ruin, Neko Case

It’s Friday, which means we are contemplating the weekend ahead and also, as ever, rounding up the best songs we’ve heard this week. This week saw the release of the first tracks from new albums by No Age, Neko Case, The Julie Ruin, and Hunx and His Punx, all of which are most excellent indeed. Elsewhere, there’s cerebral instrumentals from Anna Meredith and Shigeto, a new track from Wise Blood, a super-creepy and curiously compelling video to go with Slava’s new single, and the entire new After Dark 2 compilation, which you can download for free. Click through and get a-listening! … Read More

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10 MP3s You Need to Download for Free This Week: Stars, Four Tet

It’s Friday, which means that we’re awaiting the arrival of the latest snowpocalypse, and also that it’s time for our regular roundup of new music to get your hands on this week. This week there’s a free EP from Stars and their touring buddies, along with a bunch of interesting remixes (featuring Tame Impala, Diana and Doldrums, and others), a free Dilla-inspired beat compilation from Shigeto, new tracks from Four Tet and Leech, a pretty ace mixtape from Kilo Kish, and plenty more where that all came from. None of this will cost you a dime, so we suggest you click through and get downloading ASAP. … Read More

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