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Anderson .Paak- "‘Til It’s Over"

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Oxnard singer, producer, rapper, and drummer Anderson .Paak has released his first single since his last solo album, 2016’s Malibu. Despite not releasing any of his own music for over a year, .Paak has been busy with numerous features and collaborations. Notably Yes Lawd!, his collaborative effort with Knxwledge under the name NxWorries, and most recently, he featured on the Black Panther OST.

“‘Til It’s Over” is cleanly produced and funky. The jittering synths and bells give the already moody track an extra boost of character. As of now, the track is available to stream exclusively on Apple Music. The song’s stunning and colorful video comes in the form of an extended commercial for Apple’s “HomePod” and features FKA twigs dancing in her apartment.

Anderson .Paak has said that he will release a new album in 2018. His band, The Free Nationals, also intends to release a full-length project this year.

-Owen Murray

Joji - "Demons" (Lunice Remix)

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The deluxe version of Joji's debut EP In Tongues was released a few days ago, and in it is several remixes from the likes of Ryan Hemsworth, Actress, and Lapalux. Among the most radical of these is Lunice's take on "Demons," which transforms the song into a wonked-out trap banger. The producer certainly makes the track his own, but hey, at least you can hear elements of the original in there (cf. Actress).

Again, In Tongues (Deluxe) is out now via 88rising.