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  • Icona Pop Zebra Katz 'My Party' U.S. Version

    Icona Pop Invite Zebra Katz to Darkly Festive 'My Party'

    On September 24, Icona Pop will at last release their official U.S. debut. This Is... Icona Pop will feature a combination of songs from the duo's 2012 eponymous Swedish release and material that they've made since their Charli XCX-assisted hit "I Love It" went atomic. Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo's "My Party" originally appeared on last year's offering, but the sludgy Lesley Gore-borrowing song then featured South London MC Smiler, who similarly flipped Shirley Bassey's "Big Spender" with Lana Del Rey. Now the Stockholm singers wrangle New York's Zebra Katz to provide the rhyme to their chime. The baritone-blessed performance artist is a natural fit for the sonically warped track. Stream that below, and revisit the man's "Ima Read" and "Pulla Stunt" double-header from the top of the year.

  • Death Grips 'Guillotine' Choir Cover Gareth Malone Voices

    Death Grips' Ear-Splitting 'Guillotine' Gets Covered by a Choir

    A British choir with voices nothing short of angelic has covered Death Grips' aggressively dark noise-rap blast "Guillotine." The Sacramento crew received the treatment courtesy of Gareth Malone, a London choirmaster with whom American television audiences may become more familiar in the coming months. The 37-year-old rose to prominence in his native country as the host of The Choir, a show that gives unseasoned singers the chance to shine. In November, he'll bring It Takes a Choir to the USA network, according to The Independent. But back to the streaming insanity below.Malone's latest project is Voices, "a new and revolutionary" choir of 18 to 25-year-olds who are working on an album that will include versions of songs by Fleet Foxes and Alicia Keys as well.

  • Angel Haze 'Echelon' Stream 'Dirty Gold' Markus Dravs

    Angel Haze Shares Synth-Happy Heater 'Echelon'

    As Angel Haze theoretically closes in on the still unnamed release date of her studio debut, Dirty Gold, the New York rapper continues to bless her fans with ferocious little gifts. Via his BBC Radio 1 show, DJ Zane Lowe shared "Echelon" as his current "hottest record in the world," and indeed the song is a fiery word-stuffed joy. Produced by Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Björk), the track is powered by dubby bubble, cheery synths, and trap-happy drums.Haze, as expected, raps circles around her competition (handily identified here as "these chickens") and even sings quite angelically in between references to Fashion Week, self-made messiahs, and Murciélagos.

  • Matt & Kim 'Lightning Remixes' Nude Cover

    Matt & Kim Are Totally Nude on 'Lightning Remixes' Cover

    When we spoke to Matt Johnson about making Matt & Kim's Lightning last year, he explained that he was "excited to do as little possible to the songs production-wise and still have them be strong." Now the duo are moving in the opposite direction, wrangling a diverse cast of producers to rework their fourth LP on Lightning Remixes. Oh, and that's them above, naked on the cover of the thing.The Adam and Eve-channelling artwork will, in fact, only be featured on the limited-edition vinyl version of the 11-song set — a more modest cover will accompany the digital release, while the topless edition will be clothed with a reusable sticker while on record store shelves.

  • Kurt Vile Nine Inch Nails 'Down in It' Cover Video

    See Kurt Vile 'Do White Rap' in Cover of Nine Inch Nails' 'Down in It'

    Sometime the cover stars align. Philly rock bard Kurt Vile was SPIN's June cover subject backed by the hazy power of his Essential Wakin on a Pretty Daze. Nine Inch Nails are our September headliners, with the brand new Hesitation Marks streaming freely as of today. Now the former has covered the latter for The A.V. Club's long-running "A.V. Undercover" video series, and the results are an unusual confluence of drawling psych-folk and industrial angst.For his song, Vile chose NIN's 1989 hit "Down in It" because, well, "It's the weirdest thing we could do," he says in the clip.

  • Open Mike Eagle 'Qualifiers' Stream Dorner Tookie Hellfyre

    Open Mike Eagle Humble-Brags With Art-Rap Aplomb on 'Qualifiers'

    Los Angeles' long-running Project Blowed community has been heating back up of late. Scene O.G. Aceyalone recently shared stately videos for "Pass the Hint" and "Leanin' on Slick," and indie-rap poster-boy Busdriver just dropped his raving mad remix of Migo's inescapable "Versace." Now the Hellfyre Club imprint run by Nocando is prepping the release of Dorner vs. Tookie, a mixtape that will amass the talents of like-minded MCs and producers under a name that at least seems to pit the founder of the Crips against the LAPD officer who went postal on his former department-mates.The first taste of the project can be heard below, as hard-hustling Blowdian Open Mike Eagle debuts his "Qualifiers," a humble-brag of the most stylish order.

  • Kal Marks 'Where a River Starts and Ends' Stream

    Kal Marks Gush Heavy Strangeness on 'Where a River Starts and Ends'

    Bostonian trio Kal Marks have given their debut studio album a title that's less than optimistic: Life Is Murder. But the band's sound, though heavy at times, is hardly a bummer. They cut their sludge with deliciously odd angst, and sweeten the stylistic melting pot with lively melodies. Take "Where a River Starts and Ends," streaming below. After 30 seconds of peaceful plucking, things get decidedly bent, with Carl Shane's vocals blurting into the fore like a robot who's just figured out how to sing: "This is where the river starts, though I know nothing could be perfect / These are the places we passed though on our journey through the rapids." He unveils his tale backed by bassist Mike Geacone and drummer Nick Egersheim, who help morph the groove into a mercurial hybrid of Dinosaur Jr., Black Sabbath, and Modest Mouse.

  • Eminem 'Berzerk' Stream MMLP2 Marshall Mathers

    Eminem Unleashes Punk-Rap Throwback 'Berzerk'

    On Sunday night, Eminem announced the details of his eighth album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, via a pair of MTV VMA commercials.Those ads included select noise from the November 5 set's first proper single "Berzerk," revealing a hard-edged sound hearkening back to the Beastie Boys' early '90s output. (The second clip also included a visual shout-out to the "So What'cha Want" video.) In a bout of fired-up extreme yelping, Eminem puckishly announced his intent: "Let's take it back to straight hip-hop and start it from scratch / I'm bout to bloody this jack up so everybody get back / That's why my pen needs a pad 'cause my rhymes' on the raaaaaaag."This evening, the Detroit rap star premiered the full version of "Berzerk" on his SiriusXM channel Shade45.

  • MTV VMA Ratings Viewers Increase 10 Million

    MTV VMA Ratings Rebound Amid Miley Cyrus' Twerkfest

    Last year, MTV received a bit of an, ahem, reality check when its biggest annual night of music programming took a nosedive in the ratings department. Viewership for the Video Music Awards fell by half between 2011 and 2012, landing at a pretty piddling 6.1 million. But Sunday night's Miley Cyrus-assisted ceremony drew in an impressive 10.1 million sets of eyes — that's a 66 percent leap for the show, which has been the subject of headlines all day.This was the first year that the VMA were hosted at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and the move came with a redoubling of the network's promotional efforts, according to Billboard. On top of that, the list of confirmed talent for performances was particularly buff: Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Bruno Mars, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Kanye West.

  • Joey Bada$$ 'Killuminati' Kendrick Lamar Control Response

    Joey Bada$$ Aims to Literally Torch Kendrick Lamar on 'Control' Response

    Kendrick Lamar's infamous rapper-eating "Control" verse has undoubtedly accomplished its two-fold goal: one, to put the Compton prince's name on the lips of hip-hop fans everywhere; and two, to inspire fellow MCs to step up their game via a little healthy competition. Responses have arrived in the form of misguided reactions from Lupe Fiasco and B.o.B., heavy warfare from Joe Budden and Uncle Murda, an effective skewering at the hands of A$AP Ferg, and a non-response response from RiFF RaFF, naturally. Now Brooklyn boom-bap classicist Joey Bada$$ enters the fray.The Summer Knights rhymer has unleashed "Killuminati Pt. 2," a Knxwledge-produced grit-bearing track that finds Bada$$ taking specific issue with Lamar's notorious "King of New York" line.

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