B-Sides: New Music From Angel Haze, Beach House, and Erykah Badu

Time to kick Tuesday into high gear! Here’s five spankin’ new songs you need to get to know better.

The Skins - “Surf”

This video showed up on my Facebook feed this morning, and it turned out to be the perfect thing to start my day with. Then I find out that they’re all under 20! Clearly these Brooklyn teens have promise. And they’re a bit of a family affair: Siblings Bayli, Kaya, and Reef McKeithan cover vocals, bass, and drums respectively, with Daisy Spencer and Russsell Chell rounding out on guitar. Watch out for The Skins to go places, and check out their Bandcamp for more tunes.

Angel Haze - “Starry Eyed”

This young emcee has been building up a strong repertoire online for some time, releasing a couple mixtapes and racking up Twitter followers. Her songs are introspective and deeply emotional meditations on love and ambition (fans of Drake—I know we have some here at the office *cough* Kelsey *cough cough*—should take note), and her lyrical flow will definitely make you take notice. Her EP Voice dropped last week, and you can stream or download the whole thing online (one highlight is her take on Watch the Throne’s “Church in the Wild”). Here’s the first single, “Starry Eyed.”

Beach House - “Lazuli”

Speaking of haze, here’s a new single from dream-pop duo Beach House. “Lazuli” is the second song off their forthcoming album Bloom.

The Flaming Lips feat. Erykah Badu - “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”

Psychedelic pop legends the Flaming Lips have a new album coming out (The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends) made up of trippy and experimental collaborations with some of rock and pop’s biggest icons, including Yoko Ono and Nick Cave. On Record Store Day, they released the track they recorded with neo-soul songstress Erykah Badu, the classic “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” Since this track is ten minutes long, it’s definitely a time commitment, and you have to be in the right mood. But once you’re there, its dreamy washes and Badu’s celestial vocals will take you to another aural dimension. Plus, I burst into tears ten seconds into Roberta Flack’s 1972 version every time, so I’ve been needing a new take on the classic.

THEESatisfaction - “QueenS”

And finally, if you missed it on last week’s On Our Radar, make sure you watch THEESatisfaction’s video for “QueenS.” This duo from Seattle make “funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi epics with the warmth and depth of Black Jazz and Sunday morning soul, frosted with icy raps that evoke equal parts Elaine Brown, Ursula Rucker and Q-Tip”—and you can hear it all on their un-major label debut on Sub Pop. Video director Dream Hampton captured positivity, pride, and amazing outfits all in one place. Don’t funk with my groove!

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by Kjerstin Johnson
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Kjerstin Johnson is a writer and editor in Portland, Oregon. She is the former editor in chief of Bitch. She tweets at @kajerstin

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