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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: White Lung, “Snake Jaw”

In a perfect marriage of song and publication, Rookie premiered White Lung’s new single single “Snake Jaw” this morning. It’s the second cut from the band’s forthcoming new album, Deep Fantasy, following the ferocious “Drown With The Monster.”

“Monster” was a step forward for the Vancouver punks, in terms making their loud, fast punk songs accessible. “Snake Jaw” takes that accessibility and pairs it with legit pop hooks that bring to mind Hole’s Live Through This, or some of Perfect Pussy’s prettier works.

Listen below; Deep Fantasy is out June 17 on Domino.

“Drown With The Monster”:

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New: Owen Pallett, “Song For Five & Six”

If you’re anything like us, you loved Owen Pallett’s stunt has a poptimistic music theorist over at Slate. He’s so good as a brainsplaining pop music critic you might’ve forgotten he actually makes his own music. Shame on you, he was just nominated for an Oscar for his wonderful score for Spike Jonze’s Her.

Anyway, Here’s a heady new song/video from his forthcoming album, In Conflict, which is due out May 27 (unfortunately pushed back from its original May 13 date).

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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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New: Jamie xx, “Girl”

The video for Jamie xx’s excellent new single, “Girl” takes his signature imagery of a slanted quadrilateral on a brightly colored background, and literally chops and screws it. Watch it below:

The new single is out May 5 on Young Turks. It’s backed by an equally arrest b-side track, “Sleep Sound.” If you haven’t seen the video to that song, you really should.

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