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House Playlist: The Weeknd, TV on the Radio, Drake, Big Sean, Annie, Basement Jaxx, Cut Copy, & More

Basement Jaxx have unveiled a new single, presumably from their first album in four years.

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The Weeknd, “Love in the Sky”: Mixtape master Abel Tesfaye (a.k.a. the Weeknd) has released a new single from his first studio album, Kiss Land, out September 10th on Republic Records.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weweLG6Or-g


TV on the Radio, “Mercy”: Brooklyn’s TV on the Radio have released a new standalone single on band member Dave Sitek’s new record label, Federal Prism. The track should whet fans’ appetites for the band’s new album, likely to drop sometime next year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0Ji2sxk0Uc


Drake featuring 2 Chainz & Big Sean, “All Me”: “All Me,” featuring 2 Chainz and Big Sean, is the second single from Drake’s highly anticipated third album, Nothing Was the Same, due out on September 17th.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYukF-7AiVU


Big Sean, “Fire”: Big Sean is prepping a new album of his own, which drops August 27th. “Fire,” a thumping feel-good summer track, is the latest single.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=560v12-5yoQ


Annie, “Invisible”: Helmed by longtime producer Richard X, Annie’s “Invisible,” from her A&R EP (which includes a track titled “Ralph Macchio”), is one of her most immediate singles in years, with a Lyn Collins-inspired loop that will instantly teleport you back to 1991.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POF-M8tW6Ec


Basement Jaxx, “What a Difference Your Love Makes”: Basement Jaxx have unveiled a new single, presumably from their first album in four years. The single, featuring vocals from Sam Brookes, drops September 30th.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z8tpaxaipU


Cut Copy, “Let Me Show You”: Australia’s Cut Copy has officially released their sorta-new song, “Let Me Show You,” the hook of which is lifted from K-Klass’s 1993 single of the same name.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-JgJhLyw-w


dBridge, “Death of a Drum Machine”: In case you haven’t figured it out yet, the ‘90s are back, and drum n’ bass pioneer Darren White has a new EP, Move Way, out August 12. “Death of a Drum Machine” is a chill slice of jungle that employs bits of Malcolm X’s oft-sampled “Message to the Grass Roots” speech.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHUTMo09O6o


LIZ & Ryan Hemsworth, “Day n’ Nite”: If the Nelly Furtado-meets-Destiny’s Child “Day n’ Nite,” a collaboration between singer LIZ and Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth, is any indication, the late ‘90s are also ripe for the pillaging.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCfOEbXR9Y4
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Let Your Sanity Go on Vacation with a Trip to the Moons of Madness

If you dare, ascend into the horrors of the Martian mind and check out the trailer for yourself.

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Photo: Rock Pocket Games

The announcement trailer for Moons of Madness opens with an empty shot of the Invictus, a research installation that’s been established on Mars. The camera lingers over well-lit but equally abandoned corridors, drifting over a picture of a family left millions of kilometers behind on Earth before finally settling on the first-person perspective of Shane Newehart, an engineer working for the Orochi Group. Fans of a different Funcom series, The Secret World, will instantly know that something’s wrong. And sure enough, in what may be the understatement of the year, Newehart is soon talking about how he “seems to have a situation here”—you know, what with all the antiquated Gothic hallways, glitching cameras, and tentacled creatures that start appearing before him.

As with Dead Space, it’s not long before the station is running on emergency power, with eerie whispers echoing through the station and bloody, cryptic symbols being scrawled on the walls. Did we mention tentacles? Though the gameplay hasn’t officially been revealed, this brief teaser suggests that players will have to find ways both to survive the physical pressures of this lifeless planet and all sorts of sanity-challenging supernatural occurrences, with at least a soupçon of H.P. Lovecraft’s cosmicism thrown in for good measure.

If you dare, ascend into the horrors of the Martian mind and check out the trailer for yourself.

Rock Pocket Games will release Moons of Madness later this year.

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Watch: Two Episode Trailers for Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone Reboot

Ahead of next week’s premiere of the series, CBS All Access has released trailers for the first two episodes.

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Photo: CBS All Access

Jordan Peele is sitting on top of the world—or, at least, at the top of the box office, with his sophomore film, Us, having delivered (and then some) on the promise of his Get Out. Next up for the filmmaker is the much-anticipated reboot of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, which the filmmaker executive produced and hosts. Ahead of next week’s premiere of the series, CBS All Access has released trailers for the first two episodes, “The Comedian” and “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet.” In the former, Kumail Nanjiani stars as the eponymous comedian, who agonizingly wrestles with how far he will go for a laugh. And in the other, a spin on the classic “Nightmare at 20,0000 Feet” episode of the original series starring William Shatner, Adam Scott plays a man locked in a battle with his paranoid psyche. Watch both trailers below:

The Twilight Zone premieres on April 1.

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Scott Walker Dead at 76

Walker’s solo work moved away from the pop leanings of the Walker Brothers and increasingly toward the avant-garde.

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Photo: 4AD

American-born British singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer Scott Walker, who began his career as a 1950s-style chanteur in an old-fashioned vocal trio, has died at 76. In a statement from his label 4AD, the musician, born Noel Scott Engel, is celebrated for having “enriched the lives of thousands, first as one third of the Walker Brothers, and later as a solo artist, producer and composer of uncompromising originality.”

Walker was born in Hamilton, Ohio on January 9, 1943 and earned his reputation very early on for his distinctive baritone. He changed his name after joining the Walker Brothers in the early 1960s, during which time the pop group enjoyed much success with such number one chart hits as “Make It Easy on Yourself” and “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore).”

The reclusive Walker’s solo work moved away from the pop leanings of the Walker Brothers and increasingly toward the avant-garde. Walker, who was making music until his death, received much critical acclaim with 2006’s Drift and 2012’s Bish Bosch, as well as with 2014’s Soused, his collaboration with Sunn O))). He also produced the soundtrack to Leos Carax’s 1999 romantic drama Pola X and composed the scores for Brady Corbet’s first two films as a director, 2016’s The Childhood of a Leader and last year’s Vox Lux.

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