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Spring playlist with Banks, Sam Smith, Lo-Fang and more: Listen now

Shake off a long, cold winter with these breezy new tracks from artists on the verge—slinky singers, bedroom R&B auteurs, and FoLs (Friends of Lorde).

Sam Smith, “Money on My Mind”
The Londoner’s swinging track—already a U.K. smash—pairs his aching voice with a groove fit for an energy-drink-stocked cocktail lounge. (It also helped nab him a slot on SNL.)

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Listen: Jamie xx's new soul-expanding solo track 'Sleep Sound'

When it comes to atmospheric electronic music, there can be precious little difference between songs that seem crafted for the lobby of a W hotel or an expensive pair of headphones, or for grazing your very soul.

When Jamie xx, the drummer for the xx and a Grammy-winning producer and remixer for  artists ranging from Alicia Keys to Radiohead, makes his own music—an all to rare occurrence; he’s only released two solo songs, and did that way back in 2011—they very much get all up in your inner being. Just bare your psyche to “Sleep Sound,” one half of his “double A-side” single due in May:

If this song were a massage, it would start off reiki, progress to Swedish, and finally dig right into your pressure points, Thai-style. Allow it alleviate your stress over not being able to get into The xx’s life-changing, sold-out Armory shows happening now in New York.

Alicia Keys previews 'Girl On Fire' on Google+ -- Watch It Here

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It’s not every day that you get to see Alicia Keys banter with Miguel over video chat, but that’s exactly what happened in Keys’ Google+ Hangout.

The R&B queen brought a few fans into her New York City studio yesterday for a live preview of her new album, Girl On Fire. She was joined by several others, including collaborators Miguel, Maxwell, and Emeli Sandé, via webcam. The two-hour session, which is now available in full on YouTube, features Keys taking questions and sharing details about the record as they listen to it song by song. READ FULL STORY

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