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New: Lily Allen, “Sheezus”

After much teasing and controversy, here is Lily Allen’s “Sheezus,” the brazen, perfectly-named title track from her forthcoming album.

In it she discusses periods and the (artificially?) competitive nature of being a female pop star. So goes the very-Lily Allen bridge:

Ri-Ri isn’t scared of Katy Perry’s roaring/ Queen B’s gone back to the drawing/ Lorde smells blood, yeah, she’s about to slay you/ Kid ain’t one to fuck with when she’s only on her debut.
We’re all watching Gaga lol and ahaha/ Dying for the art, so really she’s a martyr/ Second best will never cut it for the divas/ Give me that crown bitch, I wanna be SHEEZUS.

Sheezus is out May 5/6.

Updated with the official video.

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Listen: BOOTS x Beyoncé, “Dreams”

Beyoncé owes a lot of what made her surprise December album special to Boots, the previously-unknown songwriter/producer who has since released a slew of pretty interesting solo material. Bey repays the favor on “Dreams,” a new duet Boots’ shared on Tuesday. For the team who brought rousing party-starters like “Haunted,” “Drunk In Love” and “Partition,” “Dreams” feels a bit placid, but it’s good to know these two are still in the studio together.

“Dreams,” and perhaps the other material Boots has shared so far, are off Boots’ forthcoming mixtape, WinterSpringSummerFall, which will also feature Kelela, Sia, Shlohmo, Jeremih and more.

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Listen: Lykke Li, “No Rest For The Wicked” (A$AP Rocky Remix)

Lykke Li has recruited A$AP Rocky for a new, bass-heavy version of her I Never Learn single, “No Rest For The Wicked.” Downside? It’s streaming exclusively at Beats Music, meaning you can only listen if you’ve got an account. UPDATE: Here’s a youtube stream!

Watch the video for “No Rest for the Wicked”:

Li’s forthcoming album, I Never Learn is out May 6.

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Watch Syd Arthur Warm Up For Coachella

Canterbury psychedelic rockers Syd Arthur have just returned to the UK after a brief working vacation in sunny California where they performed with the Pixies and then lit up the Coachella stage twice.

Our pals at Diffuser caught up with the band just before they hit the desert stage for a quick chat and to capture performances of “Garden of Time” and “Hometown Blues” from the band’s forthcoming album Sound Mirror. Check it all out below:


Tour Dates:

Friday 2nd May – Liverpool Sound City at Zanzibar
Saturday 3rd May – Live at Leeds
Sunday 4th May – Stag & Dagger, Glasgow
Monday 5th May – The Leadmill, Sheffield
Tuesday 6th May – The Cookie, Leicester
Thursday 8th May – Band On The Wall, Manchester
Friday 9th May – Great Escape Festival, Brighton
Monday 12th May – The Louisiana, Bristol
Tuesday 13th May – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
Wednesday 14th May – Oslo, London
Thursday 15th May – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate

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Do you want, nay, need to be slapped in the face with pop hooks straight out of a nightclub in outer space? Of course you do. Put ZHU’s bubbly, irresistible debut EP The Nightday into your heavy rotation playlist. Thank us later.


ZHU is the nom de studio of shadowy San Francisco-cum-Los Angeles producer Steven Zhu, who spins magic out of 2-step and deep house. The EP is out now.

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Listen: Little Dragon, “Let Go”

After sharing two swoon-worthy singles, Little Dragon have shared a third song from their forthcoming album, Nabuma Rubberband. First single “Klapp Klapp” was the summer banger, destined to conquer the day-drunk masses on beaches, parks and rooftops. Second single “Paris” and its ricocheting synth evoked walking home at night in the rain in, yes, Paris. “Let Go” slows down enough to feel a bit soulful and cathartic.

Nabuma Rubberband is out May 13. Listen to “Let Go” below:

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Listen: Movement, “Ivory” & “Like Lust”

Australian trio Movement make loopy, woozy r&b slow jams for post-apocalytic parties of one. We’d hesitate to call this baby-making music, despite the fact that these songs are off an upcoming EP called Like Lust. Instead we imagine we’ll be turning out the lights soon to sit on the floor alone for half an hour, vibing to these songs.

Movement’s debut EP, Like Lust is out May 5/6 on Modular (home of Cut Copy and Tame Impala).

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Album Stream: Damon Albarn, Everyday Robots

After sharing about half the album, Damon Albarn’s first ever solo record, Everyday Robots is finally streaming in full at iTunes Radio ahead of its April 28 release date.

Check out the official video for “Lonely, Press Play’ below:

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Austin City Limits 2014 Lineup Announced

OutKast, Replacements, Belle & Sebastian, Eminem, Pearl Jam, Lana Del Rey and Lorde are among the headliners of this year’s two-weekend Austin City Limits festival.

It’s all going down October 3-5 and 10-12 in Austin’s Zilker Park. Spoon, Interpol, St. Vincent, Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Chvrches, Major Lazer, Chromeo, Jenny Lewis, tUnE-yArDs, Icona Pop, Broken Bells, Phantogram, Sam Smith, Childish Gambino, Temples, Iggy Azalea, the Avett Brothers, MØ and more will also perform. Full details here.

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Listen: Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach’s mix of Lana Del Rey’s “West Coast”

If you didn’t think Lana Del Rey’s comeback single, “West Coast” was sleazy enough, the song’s producer, Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach has shared this extra-hazy, extra-sexy alternate mix of the track. Immerse yourself with both versions below and try to pick out the minute differences.

LDR’s Ultraviolence is due out sometime in 2014.

The original:

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