Bon Iver: “Coming Down”
The Wisconsin folkies cover a Virginia singer/songwriter by the name of Anais Mitchell for an Australian radio show. Sounds like indie's emotionally naked take on yacht rock. Watch out for that sexy sax! [CoS]
Nas: “The Don”
In 2006 he claimed Hip Hop Is Dead, but this year he’s done an about-face and decided that Life Is Good after all. This second song from his upcoming album is another surprise, boasting a funky reggae sample thanks to the production from the late Heavy D.
Melanie Fiona ft. Nas: “Running”
The second track from both artists in the last two days. While the R&B Canuck croons, Nas talks about wanting to trade “arm candy” for “a family." Wait, is he calling Kelis mere "arm candy"? Hell no, Nas. [Prefix]
Spiritualized: “Little Girl”
In case you missed our interview with lead singer J. Spaceman, let’s just say we like Spiritualized’s atmospheric psychedelica quite a bit. To find out why, check out this performance from the BBC studios. [Stereogum]
Quakers ft. Jonwayne: "Smoke"
This alt-rap group is centered around Geoff Barrow, the producer behind Portishead, but there’s nothing detached or downtempo about this funky and direct track. This is straight up strut music.