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Phoenix - "SOS in Bel Air"
French band trapped in their own success! Send help!
Laura Mvula - "Green Garden"
British soul performed at rooftop party pace.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - "Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)"
Sounding simultaneously like 30 years ago and 10 minutes from now.
Youth Lagoon - "Mute"
Late 90s psychedelia in an unexpected but welcome revival.
Tricky (f/ Antlers) - "Parenthesis"
Everything about this is weird. The fact that trip-hop pioneer Tricky repurposed the choir-boy indie of Brooklyn's Antlers, for one. But also how just moving the guitar crunch forward, upping the beat's impact, and doing his Emphesema grumble over the top could make the song this much more compelling.