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by Toni Tileva

In this column, I cover songs for you to nod your head to in the EDM scene [electronic dance music, not extra dancey music, for those not in the know].
1. Bonobo–Cirrus

Trip-hop maestro extraordinaire Bonobo is set to release a new and highly anticipated record entitled The North Borders on April 1st. His tour opens at the Black Cat in DC on April 10th. No laughing matter, Bonobo consistently produces some seriously good and effortlessly organic break-beaty trip-hop, not to mention his insanely prolific remix output [like this Pilote remix, to name one]. Lots to look forward to with this record, on the near-mythical level of new Portishead or Massive Attack release news, i.e. to be spoken of in hushed, reverential tones.

2. Cat Power–Manhattan [Ryan Hemsworth Remix feat. Angel Haze]

Ryan Hemsworth has the musical Midas touch when it comes to remixes. This remix is pure sonic gold–lustrous, lush, and just plain gorgeous. Forget Alicia Key’s NYC homage; this is the best burrough anthem around! Angel Haze‘s lyricism meshes perfectly with Cat Power’s mellifluous vocals. This is easily *the* track of 2013 thus far.

3. Kat Dahlia–Gangsta

Kat Dahlia‘s got more swagger than all the faux-gangstas out there put together and she calls out every “wanksta” out in this track. You heard. Some fierce Rihanna-esque tropicalia-tinged vocals and her gritty, raw story telling make for a head-nodding powerful punch of a song that puts Miami-born Kat on the map in a memorable way.

4. Talib Kweli–Art Imitates Life [ feat. Black Thought and Rah Digga]

What could I possibly say about Talib, one of the greatest lyricists of all time!? His new album Prisoners of Conscious is set to drop on April 23rd on Javotti Media. This track showcases that unlike some other big-name rappers [cough Jay Z], Talib’s and Rah Digga’s flow is as flawless as ever.

5. Misun–Battlefields

This impossibly and I do mean impossibly catchy tune from local trio Misun blends some Spaghetti Western-esque stylings with Misun Wojcik’s deeply soulful vocals and a driving backbeat. “Battlefields” and “Sharpshooter” mark a slight departure from the lighter textures of The Sea EP into a more beat-driven, nostalgia-tinged territory, but this is one road trip you should definitely hop along for. Misun are set to break the “no huge band has come out of DC” curse in a major[ly] exuberant way.