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Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks From November

Monday, November 30, 2015

Our final monthly Recommended Dose mix of 2015 includes Afrobeat from Amsterdam, techno by a retired ballerina, disco by a soft-rock progeny, remixes by two American club masters, and vibey electro in the vein of Hieroglyphic Being.

We'll be back in December with a megamix of our favorite ...

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Songs We Love: The Spook School, 'August 17th'

Friday, November 27, 2015

Scottish punk rocker Nye Todd writes melodies for anyone who is young at heart. His lyrics, however, tend to be a bit more specific.

Todd is the transgender lead singer of queer punk band The Spook School, and the bulk of the songs on the band's new album, ...

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Recommended Dose: October's Best Dance Tracks

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

It took a little while to shake-off the sugar crash of Halloween, but we're finally ready to present our October edition of Recommended Dose. This month features Balearic house from Australia, eerie techno from a fashion-minded Russian, Colombian club workouts from Northern England, Detroit-infused funk from London, hard-hitting bass from ...

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Songs We Love: Martha, 'Six Men Getting Sick Six Times (Mendable)'

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The anarchist pop-punk band Martha took us by surprise last year with Courting Strong, a debut full-length of high-energy, three-chord sing-alongs that bucked the odds to land a spot on NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2014 list. The British quartet — drummer Nathan Stephens-Griffin, bassist Naomi ...

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Songs We Love: DJ Richard, 'Bane'

Thursday, September 03, 2015

The electronic music producer known as DJ Richard has spent the last five years in the world's club capitals, Berlin and New York City, but his heart still remains in his native Rhode Island. Along with his cohort Young Male, DJ Richard is one of the more prominent ...

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Songs We Love: Tropic Of Cancer, 'Stop Suffering'

Monday, August 31, 2015

Camella Lobo, the woman behind Los Angeles synth act Tropic Of Cancer, is obsessed with love's collateral damage. For the past eight years, initially with her then-husband Juan Mendez (a.k.a. Silent Servant) and more recently on her own, Lobo has examined the fragility of human emotion through solemn synthesizer work ...

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Songs We Love: Percussions, 'Digital Arpeggios'

Friday, August 28, 2015

This is the song Four Tet fans have been waiting for. Almost five months after he premiered it on his BBC Essential Mix, Kieran Hebden officially released "Digital Arpeggios" on Friday via his Percussions alias.

Don't let the dry pseudonym or title fool you: Like Pachelbel's Canon, "Digital Arpeggios" ...

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Songs We Love: Blank Realm, 'Too Late Now'

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Australian siblings Daniel, Sarah and Luke Spencer make up three-quarters of Blank Realm, a raucous, sometimes ramshackle, Brisbane rock band. Though they've been recording for nearly a decade, the past few years have seen the Spencers and their Realm partner, guitarist Luke Walsh, release two gloriously messy albums, Go Easy ...

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Songs We Love: Dam-Funk, 'Glyde 2nyte'

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Ever since his breakthrough 2009 album, Toeachizown, Damon "Dam-Funk" Riddick has used his internet celebrity to celebrate the funk and R&B stars of his childhood. Whether it's through sharing vintage songs on his Twitter account, or producing albums with Steve Arrington and Snoop Dogg, Riddick is constantly paying ...

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Songs We Love: dJJ, 'Just A Lil'

Monday, August 17, 2015

Generally, a "song of the summer" is commercially released in the springtime and develops a devoted Top 40 following as the temperature rises. Things work a little differently in the dance world, where connected DJs get their hands on — and spin — an irresistible tune, months before it becomes ...

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Songs We Love: Idjut Boys, 'Kenny Dub Headband'

Friday, August 07, 2015

London DJs Conrad McDonnell and Dan Tyler formed Idjut Boys in the early 1990s during a particularly exciting time in dance music history. Acid house and breakbeat had infiltrated the British mainstream, and new scenes were blossoming to fill the void in the underground. One London party that McDonnell and ...

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Recommended Dose: Our Favorite Dance Tracks From July

Friday, July 31, 2015

Recommended Dose, our monthly column of the best in underground dance music, took June off while we argued over our favorite tracks of the first half of 2015. (You can see them here and listen to them here.) So we broke the rules and included a few ...

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Songs We Love: Chicago Flotation Device, 'Higher'

Friday, July 24, 2015

More than two years after its first release, the hardware dance producers Chicago Flotation Device remain anonymous. A May 2013 interview on pulseradio.com revealed the what (a trio of U.K. DJs) and the where (London), but the who is still a mystery. Nothing truly verifiable exists ...

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Live This Weekend: Stream Concerts From The Newport Folk Festival

Friday, July 24, 2015

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NPR Music is heading to the Newport Folk Festival this weekend to record sets from Courtney Barnett, Jason Isbell, The Lone Bellow, Lord Huron, Luluc and more. We plan to publish the recordings early next week. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for live ...

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First Watch: Yo La Tengo, 'Friday I'm In Love'

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The members of Yo La Tengo flexed their record collector muscles on their revered collective of covers, Fakebook. The 1990 album featured interpretations of songs by The Flamin' Groovies, Daniel Johnston, NRBQ, and some bands too obscure to even mention on this website. Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley clearly weren't ...

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Songs We Love: Regis, 'Blood Witness'

Thursday, July 09, 2015

No one does dark dance music like Karl O'Connor, a.k.a. Regis. His label Downwards is the standard bearer, and his personal output as Regis and as part of Sandwell District is hotly anticipated by techno freaks worldwide.

We'll get some brand new music from Regis on Sept. 18 when O'Connor ...

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Songs We Love: Satoshi Tomiie, 'Thursday, 2AM'

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Satoshi Tomiie released his first house track, the all-timer "Tears" with Frankie Knuckles, more than 25 years ago. When a musician's first impression is basically perfection — and "Tears" is just that — it can define, even overshadow, the rest of a career.

But the Japanese DJ has stayed busy ...

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Songs We Love: Tigercats, 'Sleeping In The Backseat'

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Tigercats, an East London pop band in the vein of Camera Obscura, released its second album, Mysteries, earlier this year. "Sleeping In The Backseat," the band's latest single, is bound to tug at a few heartstrings with its chorus of, "Lay your head next to mine."

In this case, the ...

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First Listen: Meg Baird, 'Don't Weigh Down The Light'

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sunday-morning music is too often overlooked. For the most part, we check out music news while we're sitting at our desks at work, usually during a glance at our social-media feeds. That sort of interaction is inherently brief — we scroll, maybe click, and then it's back to the grind.

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Songs We Love: Keita Sano, "Bouzouk"

Friday, May 29, 2015

One of the most boring things about contemporary EDM is how monorhythmic it is. I'm not talking beats per minute (although one number does seem to rule them all), but rhythms per beat. Keita Sano, an adventurous young producer from Okayama, Japan, mixes and matches a plethora ...

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