Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur

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Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur

James Arthur's career has been one of very public highs and lows. Arthur first gained international attention for winning The X Factor in 2012, but he didn't have his eyes set on the show until his mom forced him to audition. He had spent the past decade gigging around the UK, trying to break through as a musician with no luck, and found himself too broke to pay his electricity bill…

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Hello – Adele

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Hello – Adele

One of the toughest things to do as an artist is follow up a hit song or album. How do you keep your name top of mind? For most artists, that means releasing a steady stream of new music, jumping at any to guest features, and pushing for consistent media coverage. For Adele, it's meant taking a step back from everything.

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Get It Together - Drake, Black Coffee, Jorja Smith

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Get It Together - Drake, Black Coffee, Jorja Smith

In 1926 famed inventor Nikola Tesla predicted a connected world, where you could reach your friend in another country as easily as you could talk to your neighbour, through "instruments that will fit in a vest pocket." Tesla's vision has been realized through smartphones, personal computing and ubiquitous internet. The impact of these innovations is undoubtedly massive, and music serves as an interesting way to examine them.

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coffee - Miguel

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coffee - Miguel

"Fly, funkadelic, intergalactic-hip-hop-meets-sexy-orgasmic crazy, dope shit". 

That's how Miguel once labeled his music, and honestly, there's probably no better description for our track this week. "Coffee" (originally called "Coffee (Fucking)" was the lead single of the R&B singer's 2015 album, Wildheart.

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Man Down - Shakka ft AlunaGeorge

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Man Down - Shakka ft AlunaGeorge

In Canada right now we're experiencing what we call our "Third Winter". This comes after two separate weeks in February and March (respectively called "Fool's Spring" and "Spring of Deception") where the temperatures usually rise to the double digits, before plunging below zero again. I'm crossing my fingers we won't see snow again, but there's no end in sight for our winter coats, hats and gloves. 

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Diet Mountain Dew - Lana Del Rey

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Diet Mountain Dew - Lana Del Rey

With her debut album, Born To Die, Lana Del Rey became the woman of a thousand think pieces. Her apparent love for sex, booze and drugs offended critics across the spectrum. She garnered hate from people who didn't think her overt display of these themes had a place in mainstream pop, as well as those who didn't think she was pushing them far enough,..

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Everything Nice - Popcaan

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Everything Nice - Popcaan

Popcaan has an unmistakable voice: It's piercing, high pitched, yet almost calming, dripping out of him like a syrup. It's helped him stand out among competition and become one of Jamaica's dancehall kings, especially since his friend and mentor Vybz Kartel went behind bars. For a while, people also thought his voice would limit him, but it's actually helped him be one of the few dancehall artists to cross over and find success in the Western mainstream, recently collaborating with artists like Drake, the Gorillaz and Jamie XX...

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 III. Telegraph Ave. ("Oakland" by Lloyd) - Childish Gambino

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III. Telegraph Ave. ("Oakland" by Lloyd) - Childish Gambino

TV show "Atlanta" is back one air for its second season, and with it, Donald Glover is on the front page of every culture and entertainment publication (at least in North America). This has me digging through the discography of Glover's musical persona, Childish Gambino, and brings us to this week's track: "III. Telegraph Ave ("Oakland" by Lloyd)" off his 2013 album Because The Internet

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Dirty Dirty - Charlotte Cardin

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Dirty Dirty - Charlotte Cardin

Televised singing competitions like American Idol are supposed to give artists the rare opportunity to go form zero to superstar in a matter of weeks. They promise to find the diamonds in the rough, and offer them record deals, fame and fortune. And sometimes they do — household names like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood launched their careers from reality shows like this...

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Broken Clocks - SZA

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Broken Clocks - SZA

I remember first seeing SZA in TDE's 2013 BET cypher. She didn't even step to the front to say anything, but still, she was impossible to miss. The only girl in the crew, chilling in the back with big hair and white shorts, she anonymously seemed to anchor them. At different points in the cypher, each of TDE's rappers (all stars in their own right) pose with her, as if you say, "Remember her."

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Window Seat - Erykah Badu

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Window Seat - Erykah Badu

As we've seen with her recent Vulture interview, Erykah Badu is not afraid of a little controversy. Our track this week comes from the Godmother of Soul herself. 

"Window Seat" is the lead single from her 2010 album, New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh). It is the perfect slow jam for a Sunday morning, with a twinkling harp and a rhythm that will instantly get you moving. In the song, Badu struggles with her simultaneous desire to get away and relax alone but have someone missing and waiting for her back home. 

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