CURRENT: Boots – “Dreams” (feat. Beyoncé)

It should come as no surprise that “Dreams” signals Boots’ highest achievement among the stream of songs released after his breakthrough work on BEYONCÉ, seeing as how the woman who discovered the producer graces us with her presence on this latest release. “All my life / I’ve been dreaming of you,” goes the indelible refrain, a gorgeous little concoction […]

CURRENT: Movement – “Ivory”

Movement has been one of this year’s early revelations, as the Melbourne, Australia trio has pumped new blood (and new perspectives) into the 2010’s blossoming R&B scene. A low-lying pulsating beat introduces the song, before some sampled, spliced vocals and an even lower-lying vocal comes into focus. While the vocals are nearly impossible to make […]

CURRENT: Röyskopp & Robyn – “Do It Again”

Do It Again marks the latest of several gems crafted by Norwegian electronica duo Röyskopp and Swedish pop singer Robyn, notably “The Girl and the Robot” off of Röyksopp’s 2009 album Junior, while they also collaborating on Vol. 1 of Robyn’s Body Talk series (2010). With the new EP coming out in a few weeks, slices of the collaboration are coming down […]

CURRENT: Future – “Benz Friendz (Whatchutola)” [feat. André 3000]

Future’s masterful new LP Honest doesn’t drop until this coming Tuesday (22 April), but the album has been available for streaming over at MTV since the beginning of this week. While that stream failed to include the crucial André 3000-featuring “Benz Friendz (Whatchutola)”, the penultimate track on the standard version of Honest has found on its way […]

CURRENT: Twin Shadow – “To the Top”

George Lewis Jr.’s two incredible LPs as Twin Shadow, 2010’s Forget and 2012’s Confess, succeeded largely due to Lewis’ clear and consistent aesthetic, one in which he nails out of the park with the stunning new single “To the Top”. The soaring chorus is ripped straight from the 80s, with Lewis’ emphatic vocal delivery coming into its […]

CURRENT: TĀLĀ – “Serbia”

We just discovered the rising Iranian-born, London-based producer TĀLĀ a week or so ago, courtesy of the meditative title track from the forthcoming The Duchess EP. The A-side of that release, “Serbia”, just hit the internet, and finds TĀLĀ pushing herself to places unforeseen on “The Duchess”, and could very well be her breakthrough moment. The Duchess EP is […]

CURRENT: Lana Del Rey – “West Coast”

While “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans” made Lana Del Rey a star in music blog circles, her Born To Die album didn’t take off in the U.S. as well as industry heads would have wanted. For the most part, Die found Del Rey a little too aware of the incredible reception of her two stellar opening […]

CURRENT: Ed Schrader’s Music Beat – “Televan”

For a bristling 1:25, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat rips through an energetic, fast-paced composition. Schrader has the wound-up ferocity of a young Jack White, which serves the reckless track extremely well. The melodic pulse of “Televan” helps set the song apart, as it bounces back-and-forth between two equally infectious refrains. Ed Schrader’s Music Beat’s new […]

CURRENT: TĀLĀ – “The Duchess”

TĀLĀ, a rising Iranian-born producer, recently released “The Duchess,” a hypnotic, confident cut with bursts of explosive energy. Her use of vocals as a way to add gravitas to the track recalls M83’s towering epics, but the sample-based vocals TĀLĀ employ helps give “The Duchess” definition.