James Blake: “Modern Soul”

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Amidst all the Kanye West madness last night, James Blake shared a stunning new track. During his BBC Radio 1 residency, he played a new song called “Modern Soul.” Blake’s new album Radio Silence is slated to feature Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and none other than West himself, although it doesn’t have a release date yet. On “Modern Soul,” Blake contemplates his career and finds himself at a crossroads, singing “Because of a few songs” and “I want it to be over” over and over again, making for an emotionally raw excursion into electronic music that sits with some of his best songs to date.

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Flume: “Smoke & Retribution” [ft. Vince Staples & Kučka]

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Aussie producer Flume has shared another track from his forthcoming album Skin. This time, he’s featured none other than Vince Staples, the Long Beach rapper who emerged last year with his debut album Summertime ’06, and Kučka, a relatively unknown artist from Perth who sounds uncannily like Aluna from AlunaGeorge. The track itself is harder-hitting than anything Flume’s done before, no doubt because of Staples, but it retains Flume’s impeccable sensibility when it comes to balancing sound.