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  • Pioneering hip-hop trio De La Soul share another new track from their forthcoming full-length, and the Anonymous Nobody…. Check out the single "Drawn" below, featuring special guests Little Dragon. Their ninth album hits stores on August 26th, and on that very day, KEXP will go 3 Feet High & Rising as we breakdown every sample used in that breakthrough LP from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM PT. Check out more details here. [Pitchfork]

  • With the video for the sarcastic single "Mr. So and So," the revived Julie Ruin attempt a "visual representation of how tokenization makes one both visible and invisible," as they explained to Paper. Co-directed by Kathleen Hanna and Excuse 17’s Becca Albee, the video shows band members in various stages of being stuck. The clip succeeds in being both funny and infuriating. The latest release Hit Reset is out now via Hardly Art. KEXP presents The Julie Ruin playing Saturday, October 8th at The Showbox. [Stereogum]

  • Have you been following the Summer Olympics? Scottish popsters Belle and Sebastian sure have, and were inspired to write the song "Olympic Village, 6am," their unofficial theme to the Rio Games. The instrumental piece is set to BBC archival footage of Olympic track and field events (natch) below. In a press statement, frontman Stuart Murdoch explains, "Belle and Sebastian dig the Olympics, love the Olympic ideal, love that the world gets together for a big 'sports day' once every four years. We can't be part of it, though we'd like to be. So we recorded a piece of music with Rio in mind, specifically the Track and Field." Looking for something with lyrics, even if they're in a language you don't understand? Check out KEXP's Video Roundup of Brazilian bands here. [Consequence of Sound]

  • It's no surprise that New York noisemakers Sunflower Bean have turned out an incredibly stylish clip for the track "Come On" -- frontwoman Julia Cumming is apparently also a fashion model for Saint Laurent. The band state the track "is a song about time, speed, and pressure. It's a good one to play live, which gave us the idea for the video.... Something that could capture the vibe and energy of the song. We made it with our friend Ruby [June], who shot the album cover for Human Ceremony. We love her ideas and she also understands us as people, which is really important." Watch below. Human Ceremony is out now via Fat Possum. [Under the Radar]

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