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If you've had a hard couple of weeks, then this is just the mix you need.

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"Distant Shore" by Porcelain Raft

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L.A.-based songwriter Mauro Remiddi is known for his ability to meld synths and drums into a radiant wall of shimmering sound, and this new tune doesn't disappoint. The Italian-born musician recorded this single from his upcoming album in his Highland Park studio with indie producer extraordinaire Chris Coady, who's helped shape albums for artists like Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear, and TV on the Radio.

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"No Security" by Skepta

British Grime artist Skepta's politically charged new single opens with a fierce sample of Malcolm X saying, "I am a man who believes that I died 20 years ago, and I live like I'm dead already. I have no fear whatsoever of anybody or anything." Backed by a buzzer-like synth, he goes on to prove his fearlessness with chilling lines, like "We don't need no security / Stones in my jewelry / What can they do to me? / You murder me I will live for eternity / If I survive, then I'm comin' for you personally.

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"How??" by The Flaming Lips


Their new album Oczy Mlody doesn't come out till January 13, but "How??" is big enough to sustain us until then. "I try to tell ya / But I don't know how," lead singer Wayne Coyne laments. Celestial and beaming, and anchored by heartbeat-esque percussion, the song makes you feel like you're inside Coyne's head—which we imagine would be a pretty beautiful place.

"Translucent" by Send Medicine

When front man Julian Hacquebard first started writing this song, his intention was for it to sound fuzzy and Black Sabbath-like. But once he got in the studio with producer Sean Walsh (Empire of the Sun, Gwen Stefani), it transformed into something much sunnier. Perfectly psychedelic, with whispery lyrics sung over undulating bongos, this song is sure to keep you warm in the coming winter months.

"The Mechanical Fair" (Todd Terje Remix) by Ola Kvernberg


Only Todd Terje could be trusted to turn a complex song by Norwegian jazz musician Ola Kvernberg into a proper dance track. Plucked strings and chiming bells give way to Terje's signature synth, blending together perfectly with the ooh-ing vocals, which all steadily pick up pace as they gradually metamorphose into something entirely new.

"We The People..." by A Tribe Called Quest


One of the best hip-hop groups of all time is back with a new album, and it features a politically driven track that couldn't be better timed. "All of you black folks you must go / All of you Mexicans you must go / And all of you poor folks you must go / Muslims and gays / Boy we hate your ways," Q-Tip lethargically spits. The tone isn't angry—it's more despondent. But that doesn't mean it's lacking a palpable spirit of activism.

"Beautiful Strangers" by Kevin Morby


Kevin Morby is one of those artists who seems to perfectly encapsulate the sound of autumn. Rustic and profound, he croons, "If I die too young / Or if the gunmen come, I'm full of love," over ambling acoustic guitar and mellow bongos. That isn't the only gun reference in the song, and it quickly becomes clear that our nation's problem with gun violence has been weighing heavily on the singer. This is made even more apparent by the fact that Morby has decided to donate all proceeds from the sales of this single to Everytown for Gun Safety, a charity whose stated mission is "to end gun violence and build safer communities."

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