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Arca

Arca just released his second album Mutant in November and he's already back with a new track. "Urchin," which stays with his swirling, ethereal electronic borders, can be streamed or downloaded below.

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FACT

FACT published their 50 Best Albums of 2015 list and as always, it's one of the more unique lists of the year. It's loaded with high-quality electronic music, rap, R&B, indie, pop, and more, and you're almost guaranteed to find something on it you haven't heard of. It ranges from the Simon Cowell-assembled girl group Fifth Harmony to the underground New York rapper Junglepussy, and includes plenty of the in-between. Kendrick Lamar and Grimes are here, but they come in at the mere #3 and #5, respectively. Their #1 is a very unexpected pick, but a great album nonetheless (and one that does deserve some more love).

"Excuse the positivity, but was something in the water this year? 2015 felt like the best year for albums in a while," their intro begins. Read what else FACT have to say here and check out the whole list below...

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Matana Roberts

TIny Mix Tapes posted their Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2015 list today. Like last year, it's certainly a good list for anyone who's tired of seeing the same artists on every list (though it does have Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Future, Bjork, Drake, Joanna Newsom, Carly Rae Jepsen, Grimes and other popular picks). It's the first list I've seen with the Liturgy album, and certainly the only one that has James Ferraro in the top 3. It's also one of just a few with avant-jazz great Matana Roberts and one of few with Grouper's band Helen. It also has Sicko Mobb, who just hours ago put out a new song with Jeremih.

There's a lot of interesting stuff on the list. Read their commentary and intro here and check out the top 50 below...

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Pitchfork

You saw their songs and their honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2015 list is here. Like with the song list, "records released this year and records that made their greatest impact in 2015 were eligible," which allows for things like D'Angelo's late 2014 release.

As usual, you can't just guess what the list is going to be by looking at what got Best New Music this year. Some of those albums became honorable mentions, and some were left off the year-end lists entirely (like Baroness, Nao, and Aphex Twin). The scores don't necessarily dictate it either. Deafheaven was one of a few albums to get a 9.0 or higher, but it dropped to #26 while the others all cracked the top 10. And then there's Carly Rae Jepsen, whose hype Pitchfork seemed to react against by giving her a less-than positive review, but they ended up throwing her on their year-end list just like everybody else. What should surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.

You can read their commentary here and check out the full list below...

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FADER

Like last year, The FADER have listed their favorite tracks of the year. They picked 107, "because 100 just wasn't enough." It's got two Drake songs in the top 10, and a Skepta song cracks it too (grime in general is pretty well-represented). A certain former bubblegum pop singer who's becoming a popular choice for #1 is #1 here too. Mixed into the mostly rap/R&B/electronic pop list is Adele, some country representation from Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, lo-fi DIY from Sheer Mag and Girlpool, and a few other outliers. Check out the whole list, and a Spotify playlist of it, below.

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Jlin

If you're sick of seeing the same names atop every publication's year-end list, you can always count on The Quietus to deliver something almost completely different. While their Top 100 Albums of 2015 does contain Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Julia Holter, Kurt Vile and a few other popular choices, none of them cracked The Quietus' top 20. What is their #1? Experimental footwork producer Jlin's Dark Energy which came out in March via Planet Mu. At #2 it's Polish drone/folk artist Stara Rzeka's Zamknęły się oczy ziemi. There are a few others in the Top 10 you may have heard -- Oneohtrix Point Never's Garden Of Delete, Holly Herndon's Platform, East India Youth's Culture of Volume, Matana Roberts' Coin Coin Chapter 3, and New Order's Music Complete.

Whether you see this as made by a bunch of contrarians or forward-thinkers, chances are there's something here you may not have heard but might really like. The Quietus' page includes bandcamp or soundcloud links where available, and you can browse through their entire Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below

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Arca

NYC electronic musician Arca follows last year's debut album Xen today with Mutant, out on Mute (and featured on Rough Trade's top albums of the year). To celebrate the relase, he out put a brand new video for the song "Front Load," which is directed by frequent collaborator Jesse Kanda and not even a little bit safe for work (it's mostly closeups of genitals), so approach with caution. (Update: YouTube removed the video "as a violation of [their] policy on nudity or sexual content" but it's up now on Vimeo.)

Arca will be DJing at Williamsburg club Output on December 3 with Total Freedom and Shayne. Tickets are on sale now. It's his only upcoming date at the moment.

Earlier today, Arca collaborator FKA twigs was announced as part of the Tibet House benefit concert.

Check out the video and a Spotify stream of Mutant below...

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Bjork Vulnicura

It's that time of year again when folks start publishing their End of Year Best-Of lists. Almost always first out of the gates is UK-based Rough Trade Shops who dropped their 100 Best Albums of 2015 list today. Coming in at #1 was Bjork's devastatingly personal Vulnicura. And here's their Top 20:

1) Bjork - Vulnicura
2) Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
3) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
4) Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
5) Max Richter - From Sleep
6) Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
7) Kamasi Washington - The Epic
8) Royal Headache - High
9) Romare - Projections
10) Jamie XX - In Colour
11) John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
12) Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
13) Tame Impala - Currents
14) Nadine Shah - Fast Food
15) Wand - Golem
16) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
17) Django Django - Born Under Saturn
18) Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon
19) Georgia - S/T
20) Palma Violets - Danger in the Club
You can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list below...

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photos by Lauren Gesswein

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Though it doesn't look like any special guests showed up, the latenight Arca afterparty at Elvis Guesthouse last night looks like it was a good time. Ian Isiah rapped during the Bjork and Kanye West producer's DJ set, and during Sadaf's. Dutch E Germ also spun the post-Bowery Ballroom show party at the Avenue A spot. Pictures continue below...

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NYC electronic musician Arca plays his sold-out Bowery Ballroom show tonight (4/8), and if you want to keep the party going somewhere MUCH smaller afterwards, you can head to Elvis Guesthouse at 11 PM where Arca plays with his pals Dutch E Germ, Ian Isiah, Sadaf (DJ) and a special guest. Any idea who it will be? Tickets for the afterparty are on sale now.

Meanwhile, also tonight, but over in Bushwick at The Cobra Club: "Bjork Jukebox Musical: A Hastily Written Masterpiece Starring the Audience. This unique show is a mixture of music, karaoke, comedy, theater, and more. It starts at 9pm, and according to BKMag is "brought to [us] by the same geniuses (Jo Firestone, Josh Sharp, and Aaron Jackson) who also presented Beyoncé and Whitney Houston musicals (titled, respectively: Pussy to the Sky and Houston: We Have a Whitney)."

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photo: The Sonics in Chicago in 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Whirr, Adventures, Makthaverskan @ Baby's All Right
This show is stacked from start to finish with three diverse bands signed to or affiliated with Run For Cover Records. There's Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan playing their second NYC show ever (their first was Monday), the punk/indie rippers Adventures (ft. 3/4 of Code Orange), and finally the wall-of-sound shoegazers Whirr.

Arca @ Bowery Ballroom
Arca initially came from NYC's forward-thinking underground electronic scene, but his profile has significantly risen thanks to collaborations with Kanye West, Bjork and FKA twigs, and his recent solo album on Mute. Tonight's show is sold out.

There's also an afterparty at Elvis Guesthouse with Arca, Dutch E Germ, Ian Isiah, Sadaf (DJ) and a special guest.

Jose Gonzalez, Olaf Arnalds @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
We've gotten a lot of great hushed, bare-bones folk albums in 2015, and Jose Gonzalez's new one, Vestiges & Claws (his first solo album since 2007), is no exception to this. Tonight's his first of two sold-out NYC shows on his tour with Icelandic folk singer Olof Arnalds.

The Sonics, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages @ Irving Plaza
Seattle garage punk progenitors The Sonics just released their first new album in almost 50 years and has them pretty much picking up where they left off. They play Asbury Park tomorrow.

Big Terrific @ Cameo Gallery
This long-running free comedy series, hosted by soon-to-be Bravo cooking competition host Max Silvestri, is coming to an end at the end of the month, so don't be surprised if there are extra special guests at the remaining shows.

Nothing Changes w/ Cervello Elettronico, Theologian @ Home Sweet Home
Tonight's edition of goth/industrial/darkwave/etc party Nothing Changes features live sets from Californian industro-IDM producer Cervello Elettronico, and NYC power electronics outfit Theologian. Expect late late times, high volume and lots of smoke machines.

Empire Records 20th anniversary celebration (aka Rex Manning Day) @ Rough Trade
For the 20th anniversary of beloved '90s movie Empire Records, Williamsburg record store/music venue Rough Trade NYC will turn into the Empire Records store from the movie for three days (this being the first). It's an immersive experience, which includes a Rex Manning autograph, a head-shaving station, a live band and DJ each night (tonight it's ARMS and ADVENTURE[s], respectively), a screening of the film, and more. And perhaps most excitingly, GWAR (who make a cameo in the film) will appear at all three nights. All are sold out.

Fletcher C. Johnson, Divers, Big Eyes, Friend @ Palisades
It's a good show all around with two garage rockers, the Burger-signed Fletcher C Johnson and Portland, OR's Divers, and indie-punks Big Eyes.

Rioux, Dadas @ Union Pool
Brooklyn producer Erin Rioux will release his new EP, 'Evolver,' next month. If you dig Caribou, and other live band electronic acts, Rioux are worth investigating.

Gesaffelstein (DJ Set), Flat White @ Output
Arca's not the only Yeezus contributor in NYC tonight. French producer Gesaffelstein is also hear to DJ Output. Tickets at door.

Chet Faker, XXYYXX @ Terminal 5
Chet Faker headlines this show, and if you're going we recommend showing up for XXYYXX too. It's the final night of three, and sold out.

Greg Barris, Bridey Elliot, Mike Pomranz @ Union Hall
This is a premiere party for Greg Barris' new comedy web series Roommates but will include live performances as well.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Bjork @ Carnegie Hall 3/7/2015 (via @pauldryden)
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The matinee performance was preceded by a week of poor press reviews for the Björk career retrospective at New York's Museum of Modern Art, which opens on Sunday (Mar. 8). But any critics disappointed by the MoMA exhibit were certainly not voicing that dissatisfaction during Saturday's performance, in which Björk was greeted by rapturous applause at nearly every interval and an extended standing ovation when her set concluded. Backed by percussionist Manu Delago, electronics whiz Arca (who worked closely with Björk on Vulnicura) and a 15-chair string orchestra called Alarm Will Sound, Björk re-opened her personal wounds on a cold afternoon, and traded in the expansiveness of her Biophilia stage setup for something much more raw but no less distinctive. [Billboard]
The first of Bjork's seven sold-out NYC shows happened on Saturday (3/7) at Carnegie Hall, one day before her MoMA retrospective opened to the public. The noon matinee also featured her Vulnicura collaborator Arca, percussionist Manu Delago and 15-piece chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound. Her set was divided into two sections, with intermission, and then a two song encore. Setlist and video from the show are below.

She'll perform another Carnegie Hall matinee this Saturday (3/14), followed by two Kings Theatre shows (both on 3/22) and three City Center shows (3/25, 3/28 and 4/1). Again, all of those are sold out, but she also plays Governors Ball, which is not sold out.

In other news, Bjork just released the video for Vulnicura track "Lionsong." It's a collaboration between Björk, Inez & Vinoodh and visual effects production house Framestore:

Framestore created a number of visual effects, including the stars and the glowing embers that surround Björk, as well as enhancing the video's other-worldliness by extending her legs to unnatural proportions. The exquisite coloring for the piece was done by Tim Masick of Company 3, turning her into the exotic, red-toothed, bronze dancer.
Watch the "Lionsong" video below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

Kelela / Ezra Koenig / party people @ MoMA's Armory Party 3/4/2015
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DJ Ezra Koenig
DJ E*Vax

Wednesday night (3/4) was the annual Armory Party benefit at MoMA, a glizty gala celebrating Armory Arts Week here in NYC with champagne, fancy h'or deurves, open bar, people dressed to the nines (and beyond), and a live performance by Kelela. The forward-thinking R&B singer had a little problem with feedback at the start of the show which she solved by jumping offstage and into the audience. The sound guys soon got things fixed and had her back on stage. Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Alex Taylor of Hot Chip, E*Vax of Ratatat and DJ Business Class spun tunes at various points throughout the evening. Pictures from the night are in this post.

The Armory Show modern art fair happens at Piers 92 & 94 in Manhattan through Sunday (3/8). Sunday is also the opening of the highly anticipated Bjork retrospective at MoMA that has gotten mixed early reviews. The night before the Armory Party benefit, MoMA had an opening party for the Bjork exhibit that featured a DJ set with Vulnicura (and Kelela) collaborator Arca. Anybody go to that?

More pics from the 2015 Armory Party, below...

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Kelela

R&B boundary-pusher Kelela is releasing the Hallucinogen EP on May 5 via Fade to Mind ahead of the release of proper debut LP, due some time this fall. First single "A Message" was co-written with Arca, and you can watch its video (dir. Daniel Sannwald) below.

Kelela will also perform at the MoMA Armory Party benefit (3/4) happening this week with DJ Alexis Taylor, DJ Ezra Koenig and more. Updated list of her dates, below.

Arca, who's also worked with Bjork, Kanye West, and FKA twigs, and is a solo artist on Mute, has announced a hometown show with past visual collaborator Jesse Kanda for April 8 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/6) at noon.

Kelela video and EP tracklist below...

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Bjork

As mentioned, Bjork had to make some chances to her upcoming NYC run. Her April 4 show was cancelled, and in its place she added shows for March 18 (8 PM) and March 22 (3 PM) at Kings Theater. Tickets for those shows go on sale today at noon. Her other dates are sold out.

She also plays day 2 of Governors Ball, and single-day tickets for that go on sale at noon today as well.

Earlier this week, Bjork co-curated Tri Angle Records' Rinse FM show (the label that her new collaborator Haxan Cloak is signed to) with label head Robin Carolan. The broadcast included a new mix from Holy Other, an exclusive remix of Bjork's "NotGet" by Lotic, and an exclusive remix of Rabit's "Straps" by her other new collaborator, Arca. Listen to the full show, with the tracklist, below.

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Bjork

As you may know, Bjork's new album Vulnicura leaked over the weekend, and now -- perhaps as a response to that -- it's officially out digitally. You can download a copy on iTunes via One Little Indian. The physical copies are still due in March. As mentioned, it features collaborations with Arca, The Haxan Cloak and Antony.

Bjork also announced six NYC shows happening ahead of her Governors Ball appearance. They went on presale yesterday (1/19) and the general on-sale begins at 11 AM on Friday (1/23).

In related news, Arca put out a new piece called Sheep that he originally performed for a Hood By Air show in Italy. Listen to that, with the Bjork album tracklist, below...

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Björk's new album, Vulnicura, will be out in March. Though it's rare that an announced festival headliner announces more shows in the same town before the festival happens, it turns out she's actually playing SIX NYC shows before Governors Ball. Around the album's release (and during the same time as her MoMA retrospective), our favorite Icelandic artist will play at Carnegie Hall on March 7 & 14 (both noon matinees), and at City Center on March 25 (8 PM) and March 28 (noon matinee) and April 1 (8 PM) and April 4 (noon matinee). Tickets for Carnegie Hall and City Center will go on sale Friday, January 23 at 11 AM with a fan presale starting Monday (1/19) 11 AM.

Bjork tweeted that Arca, who contributed heavily to her new album, will join her at the matinee shows.

All dates, including Governors Ball, are listed below...

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Bjork

We already knew Bjork was working with Arca and The Haxan Cloak on her new album, and now she's officially announced the LP. It's called Vulnicura, and the songs are called "Stonemilker", "Lionsong", "History of Touches", "Black Lake", "Family", "Notget", "Atom Dance", "Mouth Mantra", and "Quicksand." Here's more details:

6 songs written by björk, 2 songs co-written with arca, 1 with john flynn
string arrangements by björk
6 songs produced by björk & arca, 1 by björk & arca & the haxan cloak, 2 by björk
mixed by the haxan cloak except 2 songs mixed by the haxan cloak and chris elms
mastered by mandy parnell
Bjork has a retrospective at MoMA running from March 7 (the month the album comes out) through June 7 (the weekend she plays NYC's Governors Ball).

Bjork

Unless she adds another show (which seems unlikely due to the way radius clauses work), the next time Bjork plays NYC she'll be joined by an amazing list of openers that include SBTRKT, Sharon Van Etten, Flying Lotus, Little Dragon, Hot Chip and Future Islands. Or at least that's one way to look at Governors Ball this year. The Bjork-included lineup was announced earlier today.

I'm already wondering what Bjork will pull out for that show.The 2011-2014 era of 'Biophilia' is over, not counting any theaters that are still showing the movie she made from it. And a new album has already been promised for 2015.

It seems likely that Governors Ball will in fact be getting a taste of that new album which electronic artists and producers Arca (Kanye West, FKA Twigs) and Haxan Cloak have both been revealed as collaborators for (Haxan Cloak is also producing the new HEALTH record). In fact, the timing is perfect. We don't know what day Bjork plays Governors Ball, but the fest runs from June 5-7. June 7th is also the day that the Bjork retrospective at MoMA ends (it opens March 7th). The retrospective chronicles her career from Debut to Biophilia. What better way to get us caught up before the next chapter which can begin right then? I'm getting excited for a very Bjork 2015.

Stay tuned for more details on Bjork's new album, and hopefully many more tour dates to be announced too.

Meanwhile, check out Arca's 2014 video for "Thievery" (NSFW), off his highly-acclaimed, Mute-released debut LP Xen, below...

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Photo: Grouper @ the Guggenheim in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Tiny Mix Tapes posted their Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2014, and as TMT lists usually are, it's a pretty eccentric one with a lot of stuff that wasn't making everyone's list this year. Sure you've got Grouper, Andy Stott, Sun Kil Moon, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Arca, Pharmakon, Perfume Genius, Ariel Pink, Swans and FKA twigs, but you've also got Ninos Du Brasil, Gem Jones, James Ferraro, Call Super, C L E A N E R S, Kevin Drumm & Jason Lescalleet and more.

Read their entertaining intro and commentary on the albums here, and browse their full list below...

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Pitchfork

First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.

We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.

See the list for yourself below...

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Pitchfork

Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.

Check out the full list below...

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FADER

The FADER always has some year-end coverage, but for the past 15 years they didn't publish a ranked year-end list. This year however, they ranked their 116 favorite songs of 2014 (find out why) and it's a diverse list that manages to sing the praises of iLoveMakonnen, Tinashe, Alex G, Florida Georgia Line, Enrique Iglesias, Bleachers, Ricky Eat Acid, YG, Toni Braxton & Babyface, Nothing, Grimes, Parquet Courts, Run the Jewels and Grouper all in the same damn list.

Read more about each choice here and check out the full list below...

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Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.

Meanwhile, Rough Trade the NYC venue is open this weekend with Sallie Ford / Crooked Fingers tonight, followed by two shows from The Dream Syndicate.

List below...

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photo by Daniel Sannwald
Arca

Electronic musician Arca has come a long way since his days on the UNO NYC label. He's since contributed production to Yeezus and FKA twigs' EP2 and LP1, and now he's signed to Mute (who also just snagged Zola Jesus and New Order) for his debut album, Xen, due out November 4. It follows last year's excellent &&&&& mixtape.

The first single, "Thievery" is out now. Stream it, with the possibly NSFW artwork, tracklist and list of tour dates (none in NYC), below...

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