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Listen to Grimes' new R&B-meets-EDM banger 'Go'

Synth-loving art-pop faerie Grimes has been on the verge of a major breakthrough ever since she released her 2012 album Visions, which refined the experimental electronic approach of her first two LPs and infused her sound with big, undeniable hooks that can stand up next to anything on the Top 40. It has stealthily become one of the most influential records of the past few years, and you can hear ideas borrowed from it all over the radio, including pretty much every synth-heavy pop song by a female performer that’s broken big in the past year.

Grimes herself has been patiently setting up her next move, signing to Jay Z’s Roc Nation for management and apparently fielding some songwriting gigs from major stars. Earlier this month at the Governor’s Ball festival in New York City she played a handful of new songs, including one that she claimed was written for, and rejected by, Rihanna. Today, she posted the finished recording of that track, entitled “Go,” on her SoundCloud. Produced with her longtime musical partner Blood Diamonds, it’s her most ambitiously accessible song yet, with an R&B-heavy vocal melody and arena-sized EDM synths that sound like they could have been lifted off of a Diplo track. It strongly hints that her next album (which she’s still working on) will be aimed straight at pop radio.

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SXSW: Grimes proves she's the real deal by enchanting people and robots alike

Somewhere in French Canada, there’s a lab where art-school-educated engineers wearing white smocks by A.P.C. and protective Ray Ban-designed goggles have built, out of blond hairs and buzz, the continent’s most hype-friendly artist. Her name is Claire Boucher, but she goes by Grimes.

Thing is, she really is good.

Thanks to her splendid new album Visions, an airy, arty record marked by looped vocals and avant-pop beats, expectations for the 23-year-old Montreal musician reached such great heights recently; her surreal, DIY videos have made her all the more prone to online adoration.  Check out the clip for her single “Oblivion” below:

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