Big Boi (feat. Kid Cudi) - "She Hates Me"
This downcast slow-stomper, a new track off Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
(now set for release December 11 on Def Jam), is the latest in a long line of collaborations. With lolling la-la-la-las and a heartfelt hook from Kid Cudi, it just might be the answer/apology for the OutKast rapper's less-safe-for-repeat-listening-on-the-office-stereo "She Said OK." We accept.
Radar Brothers - "If We Were Banished"
The first single off the Los Angeles band's forthcoming album Eight
, out January 29, 2013 on Merge, features fuzzy vocals, crisp percussion, electronic buzzes, and mysterious squiggles that build underneath a psychedelic haze, filling up the room with that guilt-ridden feeling of hitting the snooze button for eight more glorious minutes.
Autre Ne Veut - "Counting"
The first single
off Autre Ne Veut's Anxiety
(out February 26, 2013 via the Software Recording Co.) mixes the poppier elements of new wave and R&B into something that sounds way more intense and experimental than the sum of its parts. The video's strobe 'n' saturation lighting effects (not to mention its hospital setting) evoke the sad-magical feeling of your life flashing before your eyes.
Anders & Kendall - "We're on Fire, Babe"
This scratchy-blanket duet between Anders Parker (Varnaline) and Kendall Meade (Mascott, Sparklehorse), the first single off their upcoming full-length (Wild Chorus
, out February 13, 2013 on Nine Mile Records), is the sonic equivalent of cute kitten videos. If you're in the mood for something sweet, this is your jam.
Beach Fossils - "Careless"
This jangly, poppy pick-me-up is the first single
off Beach Fossils' second album Clash the Truth
, out February 19 on Captured Tracks. Turn it up, close your eyes, and you'll swear it's summer.