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Audio: D∆WN, “Break Me”

The elusive, ex-Danity Kane standout D∆WN is back after her identity-shifting releases including last year’s Infrared EP and Redemption LP. We were introduced to a new intrinsically lusty side of the R&B goddess and her latest cut “Break Me” is feeding that same craving. She partners again with dynamic Atlanta-based producer Kingdom to get back into…

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ICYMI: Stream Nick Hakim’s Debut Album, ‘Green Twins’

We can call them innovators, those once-in-a-while voices that come to give a classic genre a new meaning. Nick Hakim writes about love, but alternatively the indispensable way we cannot be unwoven from it. In his long-awaited record debut with ATO Records, Green Twins, Nick’s voice acts as a psychedelic, woozy instrument most of the time,…

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ItsNate Has “No Limits” In His Latest Heated Visual

North London-based spitter ItsNate is a force to be reckoned with in his latest single, “No Limits.” In this coming-of-age hard hitter, ItsNate proves that even when the going gets tough, we can’t let up. He laments on frustrations from having to prove resiliency, but his ability to now have a clear, stable vision for himself…

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Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ Wins Peabody Award

It is beyond any doubt, a solid fact that Beyonce‘s Lemonade is certainly one of the most moving projects of our time, and it’s getting notable praise in all the best places. This year, the University of Georgia’s prestigeous Peabody Award praised the HBO-premiered visual album in the Entertainment Programming category, as a part of HBO Entertainment…

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Get Ready for FORM Arcosanti 2017 With This Compilation Album

We’re gearing up to head to the Arizona desert to enjoy the culture and music project, FORM Arcosanti featuring some of our favorites in music right now. Our very own Solange Knowles is set to hit the stage, alongside Kelela, KING, Moses Sumney, Kelsey Lu, Thundercat, and many more. In preparation for the May 12 weekend event, FORM…

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Audio: Nick Hakim, “Green Twins”

Eclectic soul singer Nick Hakim is gearing up for his biggest release yet, his debut album Green Twins, which is slated to hit the shelves May 19. The Brooklyn-based artist has carved out a unique niche within the engulfing neo-soul header, dashing in technicolor highs and brassy low beats to produce a woozy, dream-like ride throughout every…

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ICYMI: Xavier Omar Gets Confessional in New Single, “Afraid”

This is a voice you cannot forget, and you might’ve heard before under a different moniker. Xavier Omar is set on reintroducing himself after singing under SPZRKT, and you may recognize it from the warm, romantic and relatable collaboration EP with Sango, Hours Spent Loving You released early 2015. In collaboration with Red Bull’s Sound Select…

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Interview: Steve Lacy is the Wunderkind Challenging Musical Norms

Something about California youth culture, from the reckless to the rich kids, from the bay to the border, the state has been one of the most influential meccas of all-around American mainstream. The sounds that come out of the west all seem to have this refreshing, open feel to it, telling the stories we sometimes have trouble…

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Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels Opens We Buy Gold in Bed-Stuy

Bed-Stuy based gallerist, Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels opened up the doors to We Buy Gold in the heart of Brooklyn’s beloved neighborhood to serve as a roving gallery space for showcasing exhibitions, projects, and events. Within their walls and locations in New York, Bellorado-Samuels told The Cut that she hopes the space is not only one for the community’s artists, curators and writers,…

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Little Dragon Announces Album ‘Season High’ & Drops Off New Track, “Sweet”

Eclectic soul band Little Dragon returns with another round of good news after dropping off their latest single, “High,” last month. The four-piece powerhouse announced forthcoming album, Season High, with a Twitter post of the orange-glazed portrait that is the cover. Season High will be available on April 14th via Lomo Vista Records, featuring 10 new songs.…

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Ray BLK Pays Homage to Black Beauty Salons in “Patience” Visual

U.K.’s R&B angel, Ray BLK, has been on a roll since the release of her soulful mini-album, Durt. Her 2016 debut has catapulted her into the forefront of the new-school, certifying her place in the spotlight. Yesterday, she returned with a visual for “Patience,” a fun loosie paying homage to her roots and the beauty of slowing down in the…

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Solange To Headline Pitchfork Festival With Specially Curated Saint Heron Events

Summer is looking glorious, and the festival announcements only seem to be getting better. Pitchfork Festival is known to bring together an eclectic group of artists that have a common sense of independence to Union Park in Chicago, IL every year. This year, our boss lady Solange Knowles is joining forces with the iconic A Tribe Called…

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