[NEW] Kendrick Lamar & Tame Impala – Backwards

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Kendrick Lamar
Backwards Feat. Tame Impala

Although we still have no idea what Divergent is really about, we do know that its soundtrack has spawned some pretty interesting collaborations so far. This latest effort from Kendrick Lamar and Tama Impala however, easily takes the cake. The powerful single grabs your attention right off the bat, as Kendrick bombards the mic with a fierce intensity that’ll leave you taking at least a few steps “Backwards” yourself. The only reprieve from Kendrick’s full-scale assault comes through the contrastingly soothing chorus, which features a sample of Tame Impala’s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards,” and helps provide the song with some balance. While it may seem like this one is coming out of left field for the Compton rapper, there is some precedent for its sound. In some ways the track almost seems like a mashup of the laidback style heard on “Money Trees” from Kendrick’s good kid, m.A.A.d city and his fiery remix of Imagine Dragons‘ “Radioactive.”

Check out the single above, and head over to Pitchfork if you’re interested in streaming the full Divergent soundtrack days before its release on March 11th. Featuring additional music from the likes of Skrillex, Ellie Goulding, Chance The Rapper, A$AP RockyGesaffelstein, Snow Patrol and more, the soundtrack can be pre-ordered through iTunes now as well.

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[Hip-Hop] A$AP Rocky – In Distress (Prod. Gesaffelstein)

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In Distress

Over the last week, the latest novel-to-movie, Divergent, has been building buzz for their already hyped film by enlisting some of the most exciting up and coming artists to contribute to the soundtrack. For hip-hop fans, today’s release is likely the most exciting. On “In Distress,” French house producer Gesaffelstein teams up with A$AP Rocky for an intense, and appropriately theatrical, track.

Gesaff’s dark and minimal funk sound works particularly well with Rocky’s slowed down, purple-tinted persona. We have already seen Gesaffelstein producing hip-hop on the big stage with his impressive contribution to Yeezus and this is yet another indication of his compatibility with the current direction of the genre. If you are not already familiar with the talented producer’s work, make sure to check out his stellar 2013 album, Aleph

Check the heavy “In Distress” above and hit the Buy link if you’d like to get the whole Divergent soundtrack.

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[R&B] Miguel – Simplethings

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Miguel
Simplethings

Despite the stardom and accolades that come with being Miguel, the crooner proves that he can still appreciate the “Simplethings” in life with his most recent single. Created for the soundtrack for HBO’s GirlsGirls, Vol. 2: All Adventurous Women Do…, this new tune features the singer describing the desired traits in his ideal mate. In a perfect world, he’d love to have someone to lay with, laugh with and (of course) smoke with, that’s also real and true. It sounds easy enough, and we hope Miguel eventually finds that special someone. In the meantime, we can listen to him sing about it below. You can pre-order Girls, Vol. 2: All Adventurous Women Do… on iTunes now, which also includes contributions from Beck, Vampire Weekend, Lily Allen, Jenny Lewis and more.

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[NEW] Lana Del Rey – Once Upon A Dream

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Lana Del Rey
Once Upon a Dream

Viewers of the Grammy’s last night received a little extra during the commercial break. Premiering the second trailer for the upcoming Disney movie Maleficent, Lana Del Rey’s new cover track “Once Upon a Dream” also made its debut. The chilling tune sets a tense mood for the theatrical trailer and Rey’s signature moody voice is a perfect backdrop. Swooning and placing listeners in a trance, the single will be the film’s title track. Telling the story of the classic Grimm fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the “evil sorceress”, the upcoming flick is set to drop May 30th nationwide. Listen to it above and be sure to download it for free through  Google Play.

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[NEW] Ellie Goulding – Mirror

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Ellie Goulding
Mirror

It was only yesterday that we introduced you to The Weeknd‘s new single from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, and now tonight we have our hands on Ellie Goulding‘s contribution to the mix. Like “Devil May Cry” before it, “Mirror” is a beautiful compilation with its own enchanting qualities. From Ellie’s fluttering vocals to the emotional chorus, this track should fit in perfectly among the other amazing  selections we’ve heard from the upcoming film so far. Don’t just take our word for it though. You can stream the full length soundtrack through iTunes right now before its release on November 19th, with the film arriving in a theater near you on November 22nd.

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[NEW] The Weeknd – Devil May Cry (Prod. Rick Rubin)

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Devil May Cry

When you think of The Weeknd, the first thing that pops in your mind is probably not The Hunger Games. Despite that, Abel’s second contribution to the upcoming film’s soundtrack is certainly a must listen. “Devil May Cry” finds the Canadian crooner breaking from convention as he weaves together an eloquent and captivating melody. It’s not often that The Weeknd get to show off his versatility, but Rick Rubin helped bring his vision to light, as he explains here:

I wanted to go for an uplifting and conquering yet melancholy mood. Rick Rubin helped me bring it to life.

The soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be available on November 19th, with the film hitting theaters shortly afterwards on November 22nd. However, you can stream the full soundtrack on iTunes right now, which includes contributions from Coldplay, Lorde, The National, Diplo, and more.

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[Synth Pop] Twin Shadow – Old Love / New Love

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Twin Shadow
Old Love / New Love

What better way to cap off an amazing week of new music than with some Twin Shadow? On his shiny new single, George Lewis Jr. languishes about being caught in the unenviable position of trying to avoid falling back into his old relationship or moving forward onto new horizons. As frustrating as that may sound, there’s nothing to get disappointed about with this amazing tune. “Old Love / New Love” is a reverberant masterpiece with electrifying piano chords, rolling bass, and 80′s pop sensibilities that are guaranteed to get you up on your feet. If you needed any more reasons to purchase GTA:V, this would be the ultimate cherry on top.

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