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This Is Our Jam: Burial, St. Vincent, And HAIM Get Remixed

TIOJ_01Clockwise, Above From Left. Photo: Courtesy of Loma Vista; Columbia / Polydor; Souterrain Transmissions; Chance the Rapper.
December isn't known as a time for new music. Writers are wrapping up their year-end lists and musicians, like the rest of us, tend to take it easy in light of the holidays. So, it comes as a pleasant surprise that this week has so many new, quality tunes. We've got tracks from St. Vincent, a debut single from EMA's sophomore record, and an odd (but awesome) HAIM remix. There's also a new collaboration with Chance the Rapper and Justin Bieber that's actually...quite good. And, Burial's latest EP, Rival Dealer, just got dropped out of nowhere and is blowing our minds.
St. Vincent
"Birth In Reverse"
Anyone hoping for a more pop-oriented sound from St. Vincent's major-label debut is going to be disappointed. "Birth In Reverse" is a spiky New Wave with provocative lyrics and a hectic, Oingo Boingo-reminiscent bounce. In press materials, she said, "I wanted to make a party record you could play a funeral." Sounds about right.