BlackBook Tracks #59

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – “Simple and Sure”

Praise be to the healing powers of jangly indie rock and, commutively, to the Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. The Brooklyn favorites are gearing up to release third album Days Of Abandon, and this is the first single. It may be called “Simple And Sure,” but the track positively sparkles with the promise of springtime and the promise that we will eventually be free of this frozen hellhole. Your full dose of intimate, cloud-kissed pop gems will be available April 22 on Yebo Records.

FKA x inc. – (untitled)

Do you ever come across something that’s so beautiful, you’re kind of afraid of it? So it inevitably goes with this collaboration between FKA Twigs and inc., which is so gorgeous that it doesn’t appear to have a proper title. After releasing debut album no world last year to great acclaim, the LA brothers of inc. have welcomed fast-rising London singer FKA Twigs into their family. Joined in sparse-yet-lush instrumentation, the leaders of indie R&B take to the desert for an almost equally stunning video.

Joywave – “In Clover”

Joywave may have the gall to stay in Rochester, NY and not move to Brooklyn, but whatever, coolness is totally arbitrary. If “In Clover” is any indication, the electro-pop outfit’s got what it take’s to make it anywhere. Pulsing and urgent, there’s an overcurrent of euphoria that will keep you on your feet all weekend. The track will appear on Joywave’s upcoming How Do You Feel? EP, out March 11.

The Alexanders ft. Anna Lunoe – “Don’t Miss”

The spirit of collaboration is strong in the dance world, so production heavyweights Alex Metric and Yuksek were bound to team up eventually. For their debut as the Alexanders, the production heavyweights borrowed Anna Lunoe from the Fool’s Gold Records crew to throw some vocals on what’s sure to be a dancefloor filler. The Don’t Miss EP is out this week on Partyfine, and the track’s remix from disco-funk enthusiast Jean Tonique is well worth checking out as well.

A$AP Rocky ft. Gesaffelstein – “In Distress”

With Gesaffelstein’s distinctly dystopian vision–you may know him for his work on Yeezus’ “Black Skinhead” and “Send It Up”–it’s no surprise the French techno producer wound up on the soundtrack for upcoming teen thriller Divergent. While he’s admitted he’s not much of a hip-hop head, his apocalyptic vibes pair well with A$AP Rocky’s flow on “In Distress.” If this track doesn’t get your blood pumping, not much else will.

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