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Feb 3, 2016

Japanese Breakfast - In Heaven

Singer/guitarist Michelle Zauner splits time between Philly band Little Big League, NYC trio Dog Island (soon opening for DIIV), and her own solo project. The latter's debut LP lands this spring, and its elegant, dreamy lead swept up a number of blogs this week.

Twin Peaks - Walk To The One You Love

Chicago garage band (and Hype Hotel alums) Twin Peaks announce their third album, which—if this poppier, Americana-infused lead is any indication—finds them "shaking off their rough edges to embrace a more classic, polished sound," observes DIY.

DΔWN (Dawn Richard) - Not Above That

2016 belongs to Dawn Richard, whose recent run includes year-end list staple Blackheart, some wildly inventive videos, and Adele's "Hello" reimagined. Her shape-shifting R&B meets the club on this Machinedrum-produced cut from her next LP (the last in a trilogy).

Jay Prince - Heights (Prod. Deryck Cabrera)

Following two strong EPs in 2015, the London MC isn't slowing the pace. His first new music of 2016 is this collab with Brazilian producer Deryck Cabrera, a member of the Sao Paulo beats collective SNTL Sounds.

Katy B x KAYTRANADA - Honey

Having already established her crossover credentials, the one-time darling of London's underground dance scene readies a blockbuster third LP with collaborators such as Four Tet, Floating Points, J Hus, Novelist, Craig David and, on the title track, Kaytranada.

Florist - The Birds Outside Sang

Worth a second spin this week: The Birds Outside Sang, the debut LP from NY band Florist, on Double Double Whammy (label home to Frankie Cosmos, Eskimeaux).

The Guardian looks back on 35 years of the legendary DC venue, 9:30 Club.

“REM even played a battle of the bands with another band called REM – the winner of the competition got to keep the name."

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