Track Record

New Music From Coldplay (with Rihanna), M83, Tracey Thorn And Tayisha Busay

It’s almost inconceivable that “Princess of China,” Coldplay’s duet with Rihanna, isn’t the lead single from the band’s upcoming album, Mylo Xyloto.

The track, which first leaked last week, is epic: Fans have already uploaded tribute videos and taken to Twitter to demand that it be released. But it’s not even one of the tracks NPR Music previewed in its story about the band!

With the album officially out this week, though, you can download the song on the up-and-up.

Image by Sarah Lee

NEXT: M83 Gets Rich And Ethereal

A couple years ago, a friend pointed me in the direction of M83, French musician Anthony Gonzalez’s electro-indie pop act. I was told the band’s 2008 album, Saturdays = Youth, had the same kind of dreamy, airy quality I love about Kate Bush, so I was intrigued. Take it from me, if you’ve ever danced ecstatically around your house  to  “The NeverEnding Story,”  you need to check the album out. “Skin of Night” and “We Own the Sky,” in particular, will probably end up in permanent rotation on you iPod.

M83’s new double album—Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming—is out now and Gonzalez has maintained his signature ethereal atmosphere. Dreaming’s first single, “Midnight City,” is a nice jumping-on point for newbies: It features Gonzalez’s vocals more prominently than keyboardist/vocalist Morgan Kibby’s, who sang on many of the tracks on Saturdays = Youth, giving the new work a richer, less saccharine sound.

It’s just fucking magical.

NEXT: Everything But The Girl’s Tracey Thorn Takes Cover

Also out this week is Tracey Thorn’s bloody gorgeous cover of The xx’s “Night Time,” from her new solo EP, You are a Lover. Asked personally by The xx to cover a song from their debut album (as part of a compilation project that never materialized), Thorn teamed up with husband and Everything But The Girl bandmate Ben Watt on the song.

It’s the first time the pair have performed together since their 1999 album, Temperamental, and it’s worth the wait.

NEXT: Something’s happening with queer electronic dance trio Tayisha Busay


Then there’s Tayisha Busay’s video for their new track, “Nothing’s Happening.” The NYC-based dance pop trio got a little glitter and neon for your booty—or maybe they’ve got a little booty for your neon and glitter. Either way the song is a blast!