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mp3: Disclosure & Sam Smith, “Latch” (Lido remix)

We’ll admit that Disclosure and Sam Smith’s “Latch” has been remixed by every DJ in more than two continents, but if you’re open to indulging yourself one more, let it be this new remix from on-the-rise Norwegian producer/songwriter Lido.

It’s no longer surprising to see young producers hitching their star onto the overwhelmingly popular Lawrence brothers–recent PMA favorites Friend Within, Kidnap Kid and Gorgon City have all been hailed (but us, even) as “the next Disclosure.”

Remixing Disclosure well has become something of a rite of passage for incipient producers in 2014, and Lido absolutely nails it.

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Listen: Cut Copy, “Like Any Other Day”

Cut Copy are following up their criminally underrated 2013 LP, Free Your Mind, with a 10-inch Record Store Day single, which is this weekend (April 19). We’ve already heard the A-side track, “In These Arms of Love”, and today Cut Copy have shared its psychedelic B-side, “Like Any Other Day”.

Like “In These Arms of Love”, “Like Any Other Day” diverges from Free Your Mind‘s exploration of late 80s acid house, in favor of a textured take on a psychedelic rock ballad channeling a whole lot of Loveless. It’s a side of Cut Copy we don’t see often, but why should they let Tame Impala just walk away with the Australian psych rock throne without putting up a fight?

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Video: The Horrors – “So Now You Know”

The Horrors share a new video for “So Now You Know”, taken from their forthcoming album, Luminous, which we haven’t been able to put down in some time. It’s due out May 6.

Previously: the first single “I See You”.

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Tracking Our Favorite Songs of 2014 #8

You already saw our list of our favorite songs of January to March 2014, but the tunes don’t stop. This week’s Tracking, the weekly series in which we discuss our current favorite songs, features music from Disclosure & Friend Within, How To Dress Well, Twin Shaodw, tUnE-yArDs, SZA, Kyla La Grange, Parquet Courts, Allie X and Todd Terje.

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Disclosure & Friend Within, “The Mechanism”
Disclosure’s 2013 debut LP Settle was an anomaly. It broke rules. It didn’t really line up with anything similar to it because it didn’t really care to. It was just deep-house enough not to be explicitly UK garage, and vice versa. And by boldly adding just a dash of Benga-era dubstep, Settle demonstrated without a stutter or a misstep how to properly combine elements of what came before you to illustrate what lies ahead.

This amalgamation of European house allowed Disclosure to develop a recipe for helplessly catchy dance music that just so happened to be universally understood. It uncovered the appeal of garage and deep house without ever being overzealous about either. It exposed J Dilla as the absent mentor he was always meant to be. And it established brilliant on-record musical identities based entirely almost upon the fact that they do this shit live. Guy and Howard are consistently creating in real time music that might as well have been specifically designed for on-stage playback.

It’s a bold move, and as such, it has garnered some fairly serious acclaim for the brothers Lawrence. Admittedly, it’s hard to believe they’ve had any time to themselves, let alone for the studio. But this time around, they enlisted some help. Collaboration with UK producer Friend Within (yet another name you should get comfortable telling your friends about), has produced, “The Mechanism.”

“The Mechanism,” is interesting, because you can almost hand-point to the elements of the track that belong to each party. Friend Within’s flair for staccato vocal samples meshes beautifully with Disclosure’s punchy, syncopated signature. An elastic bass wobble floats like ash throughout its entirety. Even Eric Thomas, the Hip-Hop Preacher responsible for the countless number of victims who lose their minds every time someone plays, “When A Fire Starts To Burn,” makes his presence known.

What ensues is, “The Mechanism,” a tightly constructed, perfectly curated dance tune that almost involuntarily evokes a head-bob. If you’re reading this on Friday afternoon, I dare you to unplug your headphones. [Austin Reed]

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Listen: Lykke Li, “Gunshot”

As we creep closer to the May 6 release of her new album, I Never Learn, Lykke Li shares a third track from the set, “Gunshot.” Despite housing some of Li’s harshest lyrics to date, the song is actually the most upbeat piece of new music we’ve heard from the album so far. Listen to the song and check out its lyrics on this website.

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

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Jay-Z’s Made In America Festival coming to Los Angeles

Jay Z, the third richest rapper of all time, has announced that his very successful Philadelphia music festival (last year 60,000 people attended per day), Made In America, will expand to sunny Los Angeles. According to the L.A. Times, “the festival will take over downtown’s Grand Park and surrounding areas in front of and around City Hall over Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-31).”

At this time no lineup has been announced for either iteration of Made In America, but last year the Philadelphia festival saw performances from Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Public Enemy, Queens of the Stone Age, Miguel and more. It’s probably safe to assume OutKast will be there though.

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Lykke Li – “No Rest For The Wicked” (Klangkarussel Remix)

Love Lykke Li but have found her new material a bit dreary and sullen? Then you’ve got to check out Austrian duo Klangkarussel’s disco-y two-step remix of the normally sob-inducing “No Rest For The Wicked.” Now the song’s basically a Robyn song – you only need a lyrics sheet in front of you to cry.

Lykke Li’s I Never Learn is out May 6.

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Watch: Disclosure @ Coachella 2014 Full Set

Aluna Francis of AlunaGeorge, Mary J. Blige and Sam Smith joined Disclosure on stage for their hour-long set on the last night of Coachella.

Watch the replay of the webcast below:

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Disclosure Coachella 2014 Setlist
When a Fire Starts to Burn
You & Me
Grab Her!
White Noise (with Aluna Francis)
What’s in Your Head
Confess to Me
Running (Disclosure Remix)
Help Me Lose My Mind
F For You (with Mary J. Blige)
Latch (with Sam Smith)

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London Grammar – “Sights” (Tourist Remix)

“Sights” is the new single from London Grammar, taken off their excellent debut album, If You Wait. The new single comes with an atmospheric remix from London-based producer Tourist. Watch out for that massive switch up halfway through the track.

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Watch: Arcade Fire @ Coachella 2014 Full Set

In the middle of the highly successful tour, Arcade Fire closed out Coachella on Sunday night. The bulk of their 90 minute set was made up of Reflektor tracks, but the band still managed to pile on their extensive list of hits – “Power Out,” “Tunnels,” “Rebellion,” “Keep The Car Running” and “Wake Up” were all played. Hands down our favorite moment of the night was when Blondie’s Debbie Harry joined the band on-stage for a cover of “Heart of Glass” and an epic rendition of “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains).” Second favorite moment of the night: Win Butler throwing shade at the EDM acts populating live music festival lineups these days, “[here's] to all the bands playing instruments this weekend.”

Check out a replay of their set below:

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Arcade Fire Coachella 2014 Setlist
01 “Reflektor”
02 “Flashbulb Eyes”
03 “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)”
04 “Rebellion (Lies)”
05 “Joan Of Arc”
06 “The Suburbs”
07 “Ready To Start”
08 “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)”
09 “No Cars Go”
10 “Keep The Car Running”
11 “Afterlife”
12 “It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus)”
13 “Heart Of Glass” (Blondie cover) (with Debbie Harry)
14 “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” (with Debbie Harry)
15 “Normal Person”
16 “Here Comes The Night Time”
17 “Wake Up” (with Preservation Hall Jazz Band)

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