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on August 04, 2019, 4:31pm
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Lykke Li – “Two Nights Part ii”

In 2018, the Swedish indie pop star’s so sad so sexy was one of the year’s best albums. Fast-forward a year later and Lykke Li decides to share with us a stripped-down, club-like companion to the record, which is aptly named still sad, still sexy. This week we’re highlighting “Two Nights Part ii”, which features the work of both Skrillex and Ty Dolla $ign. The track is filled with the same luscious, evocative synths of the full record, but just a little more raw. It’s filled with trap beats, Auto-Tune, and sensual melodies. It’s the jam you want to hear as the strobe lights at the club start to turn off, the house lights creep on, and you stay in the middle of the dance floor, refusing to leave until the song is over. –Samantha Lopez

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Girl Ray – “Show Me More”

In the write-up posted to Girl Ray’s bandcamp page for their upcoming sophomore effort, Girl, vocalist-guitarist Poppy Hankin credits Ariana Grande’s thank u, next and a touring stint that the band did with Porches for pushing them toward embracing a poppier sound. “Show Me More” is our first taste of Girl Ray’s new direction, and it’s a welcome one. The synth that introduces the track quickly fades into a bouncy bass line and glittery guitars. Then, as if to prove their commitment to pop, a hand-clap sample enters the mix while a restless Hankin protests a stagnant relationship. –Sean Lang

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Let’s Eat Grandmother – “Glittering”

Following last year’s I’m All Ears, Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth composed a short instrumental soundtrack for Tai Shani’s Turner Prize-nominated Dark Continents: Semiramis. They officially released “Overflow”, “Glittering”, and “Salt Lakes”, which total just under six minutes, this past week. The soundtracks cover art is littered with little, prismatic hearts, the product of sunlight filtered through treetops. “Glittering” first shimmers gently, a sonic reinterpretation of those rainbow-outlined hearts, before jarring synth blares suggest something more menacing is lingering. –Sean Lang

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Part Time – “Lies in the Eyes of Love”

David Loca’s project under the moniker Part Time is an infectious assemblage of everything we love about psychedelic pop, soft rock, and the ethereal, modulated-synth sound of dream pop. New track “Lies in the Eyes of Love” doesn’t deter from this style, allowing the listener to lose themselves between the layers of hypnotic synth waves. However, this track does throw in an incredibly sexy saxophone at the end to finish us off, which causes a vibrating effect throughout — our bodies and the song. –Samantha Lopez

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Maxo Kream – “Meet Again”

On “Meet Again”, Houston-rapper Maxo Kream, born Emekwanem Ogugua Biosah, Jr., adopts a relaxed flow while painting the stark picture of a community accustomed to life on the streets. The majority of the track reads as a letter to a friend in prison. In between giving updates about who got shot by who, who’s fucking who, who’s locked up, and who’s on the run, Kream takes a moment to offer a bleak consolation to the letter’s recipient: “I know you really miss them streets, but you ain’t really missin’ none/ I know this rap shit look real sweet, but my real life, it ain’t no fun”. –Sean Lang

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