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Now Hear This: 12/10/13

We’re not really about lists. We like longform interviews and in-depth analysis; wordy think-pieces and lengthy reports. But that’s partly because we’re music-loving writers and there’s nothing we love more than the sound of a keyboard clacking satisfyingly with the sound of our own thoughts. Hey, at least we’re honest. We also know that not everyone that reads the site is up for 1200 meaty words on an artist’s development; some of you are here to get a quick bite of musical brilliance, so we’ve decided to institute a new weekly feature: Now Hear This. Harking back to TV’s Top of the Pops, we’re pulling together a list of 10 tracks that we think are worthy of your time, or have received a terrifying amount of airplay on our office stereo. Old hits, fresh tracks, must-see-videos and obscure classics: Now Hear This is where we offer up ten of our tunes of the week. We hope you enjoy it…

[Words: Alex Cull (AC), James Embiricos (JE), Seb Law (SL), 'Pablo' Moya Kettell (PMK), Alex Lee Thomson (ALT)]

Tyler the Creator – ‘Tamale’

I’m not quite entirely sure how this ties into the whole Wolf narrative (probably because it’s a ‘visual representation of Tyler’s mind’, and who knows wtf goes on in there), but when Tyler releases a video, it’s worth taking note. ‘Tamale’ is no different, so check out the bombastic and Pharrell-featuring visuals now.-JE

Breach ft. Andreya Triana – ‘Everything We Never Had (We Had It All)’

The latest in a series of mesmerising collaborations from Miss Triana – ‘The Keeper‘ with Bonobo, ‘Tea Leaf Dancers‘ with Flying Lotus – ‘Everything We Never Had’, which sees her hooking up with Bristol’s Breach, perfectly blends smokey soul and speaker-rattling beats.-AC

Chad Valley – ‘Real Time’

Over three years after the hiccupy pop of debut track ‘Up And Down’, Chad Valley’s still holding onto the steady, submissive melodies and rainbow-laden choruses with new track ‘Real Time’, which is caught somewhere between a montage of Neighbours Christmas specials and a forgotten Robin Gibb solo 7”.-ALT

Rosie Lowe – ‘Me & Your Ghost’

On ‘Me & Your Ghost’, the lead track from Rosie Lowe‘s forthcoming debut EP, Right Thing, icy piano chords and incidental bleats collide to stunning effect. Produced by Kwes and The Invisible‘s Dave Okumu, its greatest feature, however, is Lowe’s voice: a sultry, timeless croon that’s at once both haunting and seductive.-AC

Black Orange Juice – ‘I Don’t Know’ (Joe Goddard Remix)

God, this man is good. Since the Hot Chip days, Goddard is the producer to go to for a jolly house remix, and he works his magic here on Black Orange Juice. It’s the perfect ‘start the weekend’ tune.-SL

Danny Brown – ‘Side B (Dope Song)’

As if you didn’t need another reason to grab a copy of Danny Brown‘s outrageously good new album, Old, this week, here’s ‘Dope Song’. Produced by Rustie, it condenses the best of Brown into two-and-a-half minutes of magic: slippery wordplay, nefarious synths and, of course, Brown’s ferocious bark.-AC

Mr. Beatnick – ‘Waning Moon’

When somebody asks you what you want to be when you grow up, you’ll probably want to have an answer like Mr. Beatnick– an astronaut of underground dance music who shoots highly magnetised beams of joy at your diaphragm. Just watch out for the gravitational pull of his latest work, ‘Waning Moon’, since you might find yourself pulling faces in a basement somewhere in London.-PMK

Arlissa – ‘Into the Light’

Jaunty harpsichords? Stampeding percussion? Yodels?! To say this new cut from London’s Arlissa was eclectic would be a grave understatement. What’s more, it just wouldn’t do justice to a track that, at its gooey, sunshine-filled core, is monumentally good fun.-AC

SZA – ‘Teen Spirit’

Signed to Kendrick Lamar’s label, SZA is the lone songstress fronting TDE. The visuals for the WondaGurl-produced ‘Teen Spirit’ feature the New Jersey native lounging around in what can only be the aftermath of one awesome party – there’s Nerf guns, cute puppies and a bath tub, obviously.-JE

Brandy & Monica – ‘The Boy is Mine’ (Kulkid Remix)

May 1998 was a magical time: England were on their way to France ’98, The Simpsons was still in its glory years, and Brandy/Monica collab ‘The Boy is Mine‘ was racing up the charts. Well, while we await pensively to see if England will even go to the next world cup, Kulkid is taking us back to ’98 with this garage-laced reworking of that R&B gem. 15 years on, it’s sounding as fresh as ever. -AC

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