Jamie XX’s Solo Debut, “Far Nearer,” Out Today

 

Jamie XX from the famed band, The XX, released his first single today. “Beat For” sounds like a chopped up moonwalk, while “Far Nearer” goes from lullaby to tropical dance party – nothing boring there. Not too long ago, Jamie collaborated with the late Gil Scott Heron on a remix album for I’m New Here, entitled We’re New Here. It’s also rumored that the young chap will be featured on Drake’s new album.

Jamie xx – Far Nearer (limited vinyl & download out now – http://farnearer.com) by Numbers

Jamie xx – Beat For (limited vinyl & download out now – http://farnearer.com) by Numbers

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Mayer Hawthorne Releases “A Long Time” Single + Direct to Disc Live Recording

 

To celebrate his recent signing to Universal Republic Records, Mayer Hawthorne bring us his new single, “A Long Time.” The record will be featured on his upcoming album, What Do You Do, slated for this fall. Take a listen to the track below.

And he didn’t stop there. Mayer also just released a live recording from the first of Stones Throw’s 15-year anniversary Direct to Disc events. It’s exactly what it sounds like: Stones Throw is hosting events where the live performances are recorded directly to vinyl and are only available available on vinyl via the Stones Throw Online Store. We’re excited to see what mister Hawthorne’s got up his sleeves next!

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Artist Spotlight: Only Children + “Everything.Goes.OUR.Way” Video + “Automatic” Single

 

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Only Children covers Metronomy’s “Everything Goes My Way” to bring us the very special “Everything.Goes.OUR.Way,” which will be on their forthcoming project, Love.Shaped.Love.Sounds. The duo consists of Def Sound and Nikko Gray, who claim to have birthed a new genre they call trillwave. On this particular track, Nikko’s vocals sound like a yummy blend of Karma Stewart (of PPP fame) and Ragen Fykes of Grillade. Heart. You can also take a listen to their latest single, “Automatic,” below.

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Artist Spotlight: Mara Hruby + “The Panties” Video

 

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Mara Hruby may be new to most, but in the Bay Area this talent is already thriving, gracing the famed Yoshi’s in her first year of performing. Her vocals are haunting; folky, jazzy, soulful – she truly sounds like a dream. Her first project is called, From Her Eyes, where she remakes popular songs by men (November 2010). Recently, she put out her video for Mos Def’s “The Panties;” a whimsical and dream-like feel is complemented by blue tones and soft-focus visuals – add in the stunning Mara and it’s quite a breathtaking sight. The rest of the EP includes covers from The Roots, Andre 3000, D’Angelo, Van Hunt, Bob Marley, and Jamiroquai. Take a listen to that and download below! This lady is a real treat.

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Stream: Nikka Costa “Head First” from her EP, Pro*Whoa!

Nikka Costa is releasing the first in a series of EPs, Pro*Whoa!, on June 21st, and she is offering up a stream of the new track “Head First.”

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Don’t forget to check out her YouTube channel Nikka’s Box. You never know what she’ll do next as she proves in her latest installment above, where she bares no expense asking viewers, “what’s a girl gotta do to get her music heard?” Also, she still has the first single, “Nylons in a Rip,” available for free download at www.nikkacosta.com.

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