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2015-01-27

ICB's Monthly Music Round Up: Tuned in Tunes for January

Put down your ‘best of the best music in 2014’ lists. That’s over and done. It’s time refresh your ear palates with new tunes in January. You can take these to the gym, on the train, or even between meetings.

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Seeing the light at ICB SS15 Behind the Scenes

We went straight for the heart with our list, featuring oldies, newbies, and debuts we love.

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And speaking of debuts, have you spied ICB’s SS15 collection yet?

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Go ahead and take a look…but wait, put your headphones on and listen to the soundtrack we provided for your viewing pleasure!

Bjork- Vulnicura

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Bj rk’s ninth full-length, filled with lush arrangements, heart-wrenching singing, emotionally candid, and what some would call the breakup album. Vulnicura is an unapologetically cerebral work about vulnerability and being turned by love. Make sure you’re home alone with a glass of wine on the first listen! Even better, listen when it’s snowing outside.

Laura Welsh-Soft Control

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For her first full-length venture, Welsh teamed up with Dev Hynes, Robin Hannibal from Rhye, Scissor Sisters’ Babydaddy, Amanda Ghost, Emile Haynie, Greg Kurstin, and Jonathan Lipsey. The LP also includes a duet with John Legend. This is a timeless wonder, one that you will thank us for on many cold and romantic nights to come.

Sleater-Kinney-No Cities to Love

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Get ready to plug in your guitars again. Step away from the techno, and put your band-singer-songwriter earphones back on. Hear the words, flow with the drums, and get ready for some strong words of reckoning, love, and wanton strength. If you didn’t know yet, Sleater-Kinney is one of the most widely-praised rock bands of the last 20 years. The band formed in the mid-90s in Olympia, Wash., and went on to record seven albums. The group split up in 2006, but have reunited to release a new album, called No Cities to Love.

Tanya Tagaq-Animism

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This is easily one of the best art, folk, EDM, electronic, ballad masterpieces to come into the mainstream this winter. A new genre, a fresh take, a new start. This alt-pop gem can easily be coined as the godmother of 'Inuk Punk.’ After working with Bjork, Tagaq recently triumphed over Arcade Fire and Drake to snag Canada’s 2014 Polaris Music Prize for her fourth album, Animism, a powerful collection of abstract and heart-wrenching songs to grace early 2015.

Future Brown-World’s Mine EP

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This is easily what music should sound like in 2015. Genre-bending, intercontinental, with all the right amounts of Reggaeton meets Grime, Bop, R&B, and Dancehall. Everyone is excited by new, unusual and forward-thinking sounds, and Future Brown is just that. Composed of Fatima al Qadiri, Nguzunguzu (Daniel Pineda and Asma Maroof), and J-Cush, the collective recently signed to independent trendsetters, Warp Records.

In the meantime, we leave you with an innovative, energetic, and amazingly creative video with Future Brown that will change the way you look at winter sports and dare we say, other-wordly future beats.

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