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Rap wunderkind Tunji Ige takes a late night walk in his 'The Love Project (Ooh Ooh)' video

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There’s no shortage of Next Big Things in rap right now, but 19-year-old Tunji Ige is starting to rapidly pull away from the rest of the pack. After putting himself on the map with a well-timed collaboration with rising hip-hop eccentrics iLoveMakonnen and Michael Christmas, last week Ige released The Love Project, a full-length full of dark and moody post-Drake vibes whose luxurious build quality belie the fact that they were recorded in his dorm room.

The album’s latest single is “The Love Project (Ooh Ooh).” Its brand-new video turns up the song’s alienated and insomniac feel by sending Ige out to wander the deserted streets and empty bodegas of late-night Brooklyn.

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The Ting Tings' 'Wrong Club' gets an ironically club-worthy remix by Boix

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For their upcoming third LP Super Critical, British dance-pop duo The Ting Tings kept up their tradition of recording each of their albums in a different country and decamped to the island of Ibiza, the world’s unofficial capital of raving. “We were quite fascinated with how DJ’s construct their songs,” jet-lagged front woman Katie White explains by phone from her hotel room in Tokyo. “It’s quite different from how you’d write a typical pop song.”

“So we set off to Ibiza thinking we’d probably gonna be inspired by DJ culture and EDM and all of that,” she explains, “and we actually ended up making an album that sounded nothing like Ibiza. We’d go to the clubs, and they were really good, but we’d walk away and go, ‘Oh, could you imagine what it would be like to be in New York at CBGB and Studio 54 in the ’70s?’ We’d fantasize about all of these clubs that don’t exist. So we started to really look into it, and at the music that was played at those clubs.”

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Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Abbott star in Jesse Marchant music videos

Jesse Marchant’s music has an atmospheric, gentle sound, the kind that’s most appropriate set to long glances and wide landscapes—so it makes since that his new trilogy of music videos features lots of both contemplative long glances and stunning wide landscapes.

The trilogy stars actress Amanda Seyfried, who got her start in Mean Girls and is starring in Noah Baumbach’s upcoming While We’re Youngand Girls‘ Christopher Abbott, who are both friends of Marchant’s. They never directly interact with one another in the videos, but instead spend time alone staring into space, motorcycling, and walking.

Marchant and the rest of the crew, including director Houmam, shot the videos over a weekend in California’s 29 Palms desert, which he says has “a strange feeling.” “That weirdness lived within all of us for those days,” he said in a statement. “It felt as though we were all living in this strange dream together. The video conveys that dream, I think.” READ FULL STORY

Hear a new Lemuria track and read a comic about their insane Russian tour

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Buffalo trio Lemuria has been releasing pop-infused punk records and touring behind them for a decade now. In 2011, the band played a string of shows in Russia, and the experience was so insane (because, Russia) that they’ve decided to commemorate it with a comic book.

On Tuesday, they’ll release a seven-inch single that comes packaged with a comic that relates some of the crazy things that happened to them in Russia, including having a show swarmed by a mob of Nazis. Get a peek, along with an advance listen of the B-side “Courtesy Mercedes,” after the jump. They’ll be touring with Chicago emo revivalist Into It. Over It. through the end of December (but not in Russia).

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RZA talks about the new Wu-Tang record and why 'Sabrina' inspires him

Earlier this week, the Wu-Tang Clan released A Better Tomorrow—its first group effort since 2007 and its sixth LP overall since 1993’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). While the album is, in many ways, a return to form, it swaps out the grimy claustrophobia of 36 Chambers for spacious sonics that help to underline how far the group’s grown over the years.

No member has come farther than the group’s producer and de facto leader RZA, who’s turned his love of movies into a successful multifaceted film career—along with developing a side hustle as a semi-professional philosopher. During a break at a video shoot, Bobby Digital sat down for a haircut and a quick chat with EW about the new Wu record—and why the original 1954 version of Sabrina was his favorite movie of the year.

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Hear Odesza's brand-new remix of Grammy nominee Sia's 'Big Girls Cry'

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Singer, songwriter, and (as of Friday morning) three-time Grammy nominee Sia has two primary musical modes she tends to stick to: cathartic dance pop like her breakout single “Chandelier” and brooding power ballads like “Pretty Hurts” (which she wrote with Beyoncé). The album version of “Big Girls Cry,” from her 1000 Forms of Fear, is firmly of the second sort, but for a new official remix the rising EDM production duo ODESZA strips away the song’s angst and replaces it with the low-key but rave-able energy that they’ve made their trademark.

EW has an exclusive first listen.

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Hear club-rap innovator Spank Rock's new single '12 O'Clock Boys'

Dance music and rap hybrids are pretty much inescapable at this point, but mixing the two was still a daring concept when rapper/producer/party-starter Naeem Juwan (a.k.a. Spank Rock) first hit the scene nearly a decade ago. “I think maybe I was ahead of the curve because I’m okay taking risks,” he says. “A lot of people don’t like to take risks. People like to do things that are easy. I feel like maybe I’m a bit different.”

While it’s taken a while for the dance-rap movement Juwan helped lay the foundation for to fully bloom, his skills are still as sharp as they were when he first started blowing up clubs. Two months ago he released the fiery track “Assassin” with fellow club-rap vet Amanda Blank, which will appear on his new The Upside EP, out Dec. 9 on his own Bad Blood Records.

Its latest single is “12 O’Clock Boys” (produced by Philly beat maker Noah Breakfast), inspired by Juwan’s Baltimore roots and the documentary of the same name about the city’s unique motorcycle culture. “It has the feeling of a Baltimore club break,” he says. “I always think about Baltimore when I sit down to write. It’s such a wild, crazy place. I just kinda wanted to think about some of the friends I lost back home and think about youth culture in Baltimore and try to write something that was—I don’t know. I just wanted to write something about that.”

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Hear Rachael Yamagata and John Medeski cover Robert Altman's 'Let's Begin Again'

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Over the course of a long and illustrious career, Robert Altman managed to do pretty much every job that goes into making a movie, including writing songs for soundtracks. “Let’s Begin Again” is a song that he penned early on and used in several of his films. For Ron Mann’s upcoming documentary Altman, Rachael Yamagata and John Medeski contribute a smoky, languorous version that sounds like it was recorded at the kind of delightfully dingy basement jazz dive that these days only exist in the movies.

“It was an honor to be asked to record this classic song by Robert Altman for a documentary about his life,” Medeski emails. “Rachael really blew my mind with her performance. She’s a natural jazz singer. I hope we get to do more of this in the future.”

“Let’s Begin Again” will be released as a digital single on Dec. 2. Altman is playing on the festival circuit now, with a full theatrical release planned for 2015.

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Synthpop auteur Harrison Scott shares retro-fied 'Silence Into Noise' video

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New York-based Harrison Scott has a real knack for emulating the sounds of ’80s synthpop, but it’s the little tweaks that he throws into the proven formula–like the Auto Tune-esque vocoder–that make his new single “Silence Into Noise” stand out.

With its sticky melody, body-jacking beat, and whiff of haughty intellectualism (which is definitely not a bad thing in this case), the track would have worked well on club dance floors when Erasure first hit the scene—and it still works great now. The video continues the theme of slightly chilly aesthetics by putting Scott in a couture shorts set and a series of mannered poses, which reflect the aloofness that all serious synthesizer artistes should aspire to.

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Bahamas unveils a video for the viral hit 'All the Time' (aka that song from the James Franco smartphone ad)

Canadian auteur Afie Jurvanen released his first album under his nom de rock Bahamas back in 2009, has shared bills with Wilco and Jack Johnson, and was nominated for his home country’s top musical awards multiple times, but it took a smartphone commercial for him to finally break through in the States. You’ve probably seen it–it’s the one where James Franco turns falling off a building into a typically Franco-esque exercise in irritatingly competent multitasking to an impeccably chill soundtrack of lilting falsetto vocals and a fuzzed-out staccato bass line.

That song, “All the Time” (from the new Bahamas album Bahamas is Afie) is finally getting its own Franco-free full-length visual. While it’s a low-key, no-frills affair, the buoyant slow-mo and unfussy aesthetic suit the song nicely. And if you only know “All the Time” from the Droid commercial, the full version’s expertly deployed vocal harmonies and guitar leads–which sound like lost moments from a late-era Beatles album–are a revelation.

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