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XL Recordings’ RATKING has offered up a full stream of their debut album So It Goes ahead of its April 8th release. The new album builds on the bands already acclaimed New York grime-rap sound and features previous singles ‘So Sick Stories’ featuring King Krule  and ‘Canal’. RATKING’s approach to stuttered beats is met with unapologetically hardened verses. Listen up – this is beautiful.

Head over to NPR to listen to So It Goes in full.

Producer and one third of cult-band The xx, Jamie xx, has announced a new single featuring ‘Sleep Sound’ and ‘Girl’, the former of which can be heard up top. The gentle track is build on padded drums, densely layered vocal samples and Jamie’s trademark tropical ethos. ‘Sleep Sound’ builds into a really beautifully sonic venture – but then, when doesn’t Jamie’s productions?

‘Sound Sleep’ and ‘Girl’ will be available on 12″ and download on May 5th via Young Turks. These tracks mark Jamie’s first solo release since the release of his seminal Gil Scott-Heron collaboration We’re New Here in 2011. Pre-order the new single here.

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London producer/vocalist Ben Khan has been blazing the blogosphere with his experimental infusion of R&B and electronica on tracks like ‘Eden‘ and ‘Savage‘ over the past year. Last night, we saw a different side to him; ‘Youth’ showcases a certain vulnerability, the sombre opening gradually intensifies as pounding drums, snazzy synths and Ben’s lush vocals are added into the mix. Get ready for summer guys, this is huge! His 1992 EP drops May 5.

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British producer Evian Christ has shared a stream of his latest EP ahead of its March 18 release on Tri-Angle. Featuring four new tracks, Joshua Leary’s mind still seems to be occupying the space it was in during his Yeezus experience. Truth is ‘I’m In It’ is child’s play compared to these grimacing rap beats. Built on industrial 808′s, icy snares and with enough aggro to warrant a few rounds on GTA – our guy is not fucking around.

Head over to his website for a full stream.

Yo. Get ready for some nostalgic euphoria. Our girls Juce have released their debut music video via Noisey for their sassy single ‘Call You Out’. Jam packed in 90′s shenanigans and structured around “standard school-day issues”, the girls perform in a myriad of fabulously fierce outfits and set ups – including a nod to TLC’s ‘Creep’, silky pyjamas, dance routines and all.

Get it ladies.

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After a couple features here and there last year, and his absolutely stunning sophomore Total Loss from 2012, Tom Krell is back with brand new material. ‘Words I Don’t Remember’ takes off where ‘Cold Nites‘ and ‘Ocean Floor For Everything‘ left us; heartbroken but in awe. Once again Tom’s sublime vocals transcend the elegant, atmospheric soundscape of the record as soft synths are carried by sweet HTDW subtitles. No word on an album yet, but this is enough for now – great to hear that falsetto again!

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Kaytranada reworks AlunaGeorge’s ‘Kaleidoscope Love’ into a bubbling new dance floor anthem featuring a typical vibeyz production from the Canadian producer. Kayranada’s remixes have gathered quite a fan base over the past couple years, the crowd he drew at Deviation last month (check his set here) caught me off guard. Its one thing to see online heads losing their shit but when that translates IRL – it impresses me.

Yeah, I said IRL.

File this next to ‘things that will blow’ your mind today.

Young Turks’ rising starlet FKA twigs teams up with R&B purveyors inc. to create a truly majestic collaboration which meets both acts perfectly in the middle. Twigs’ angelic, fragile voice traces inc’s dual-harmonies like a sophisticated aerial-opera. The nameless one-off single is being packaged as one-sided 7” inside an eight page ‘zine that Twigs made. The 7” and ‘zine will be limited to 400 copies worldwide.

Pre-order the 7” and view the ‘zine here and/or download the song via iTunes.

Not sure if there is a person left on the planet who hasn’t fallen under the charm of Haim’s carefree brand of pop but if there is – their latest video for ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’ will probably sort that out. The video choreographed by Fatima Robinson whose iconic work includes choreography for the likes of Aaliyah, Michael Jackson and films like Dreamgirls and Save the Last Dance, sees the sisters indulge in retro-fabulous get ups with spinning stages and neon signs. It’s all amazing basically.

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Abel Tesfaye is the latest to jump onto Beyonce’s ‘Drunk in Love’, adding his XO charm to what turned out to be this year’s Valentines soundtrack. His partisan falsetto dazzles as the track is flipped into a masochistic tribute to the sound he perfected during his Trilogy saga. 

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