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Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

Rihanna runs the track with her new single, “Bitch Better Have My Money.”

Commanding the mic and calling all the shots, her vocals slap you as they bounce over blazing drums served up by Deputy and Kanye West. Her smoky vocal take masters a blend of singing and rapping that sounds like she’s been yelling at fools in the studio.

 

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CURATOR’S CHOICE

San Francisco’s best-kept secret unveils a beautiful, garage-pop, solo, debut album.

A diamond-in-the-rough from the Mission district’s 22nd St. music community; Sarah Bethe Nelson’s wistfully sung songs are flirty, confessional, cathartic and catchy all at once. With the Midas touch of Kelley Stoltz as producer, Fast Moving Clouds is an instant classic of lo-fi spun guitar-pop gold.

 

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Earl Sweatshirt drops some slumped-out backpack boom-bap on his sophomore release, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside.

This OFWGKTA lyricist continually steps up his game from the first mixtapes to his verses with Odd Future. Repeated listens give you a look inside his world, bringing you deeper into his clouded consciousness.

 

 

Country roots revivalist Kacey Musgraves invites you to “mind your own biscuits.”

The first single from her forthcoming album might come off as endearing hayseed Americana. But “Biscuits” was no accident – Musgraves employed the same songwriting team who penned her 2013 hit “Follow Your Arrow.” Part of the magic of this insta-hit was making a carefully crafted song sound effortless.

 

Test your mettle with Visigoth’s The Revenant King!

Sound the heralds! Utah’s Visigoth has come to conquer your lands and ears. Conjuring visions of galloping steeds, flashing swords and epic deeds; they stride forth on the trail blazed by Iron Maiden many moons ago, brushing aside all other pretenders. Ride into glory with these stalwart thanes of metal!

 

An eclectic and home brewed collection of DIY post-rock, woodland folk and minimally instrumental psych from the wilds of Arcata, California.

Is Of Dreams is indeed dreamy, the sound beautifully in flux. Misha Leah weaves disparate sonic strands of loping skeletal rhythms, fuzzy guitar crunch, warm washed-out ambience, reverb drenched dream-pop, haunting vocal harmonies and a surprising cosmic space-synth finale!

 

Lusted after for their effortless remixes, Snakehips turns up the heat with an EP of saucy originals. 

Forever, Pt. II finds Snakehips casually blending trap beats, syrupy synths and alt-R&B vocals with a cocky London swagger usually reserved for our Future Soul genre station. While many artists tiptoe between dance, pop and rap – few do it better than Snakehips.