February 1, 2010
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Emerson Brown, NPR


   

NPR MUSIC OFFERS ADVANCE STREAMS OF NEW ALBUMS
FROM TOP ELECTRONIC AND JAZZ ACTS
AS PART OF "EXCLUSIVE FIRST LISTEN" SERIES

ENTIRE ALBUMS FROM MASSIVE ATTACK,
PHANTOGRAM AND LIONEL LOUEKE
AVAILABLE TODAY AT NPR.ORG/MUSIC

February 1, 2010; Washington, D.C. – Beginning today, NPR Music gives music lovers an early valentine with full advance streams of three much-anticipated electronic and jazz albums weeks ahead of their release dates: Massive Attack's Heligoland, Phantogram's eyelid movies and Mwaliko from Lionel Loueke. All three are available now through February 9 for free, on-demand listening at www.npr.org/music as part of the site's "Exclusive First Listen" series. The entire series – which includes full albums in all genres – is available at www.npr.org/firstlisten

Seven years after Massive Attack's last studio album, the trip-hop pioneers return with the much-anticipated Heligoland. The latest effort features founding members Robert "3D" Del Naja and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall collaborating with an array of popular guest vocalists, including brit-pop superstar Damon Albarn, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, reggae favorite Horace Andy, Elbow's Guy Garvey and Hope Sandoval. All 10 tracks can be heard at NPR Music's exclusive stream: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123026141

The next full preview released today turns to electronic rock's next generation. In a rural upstate New York studio, the duo Phantogram crafts dreamy pop songs by melding electronic loops, shoegaze and soul. The group's first long-player, eyelid movies, can be heard in its entirety here: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123085620

On his new album, acclaimed jazz star Lionel Loueke continues his meteoric rise with help from some friends. He appropriately titled the record Mwaliko (Swahili for invitation) as it presents a series of intimate duets with guests Angelique Kidjo, vocalist/bassist Esperanza Spalding, vocalist/bassist Richard Bona and drummer Marcus Gilmore. Loueke's duets, as well as three new songs with his longtime trio, are available now: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123086141

Throughout February, NPR Music's "Exclusive First Listen" series continues with more full album previews of prominent indie and classical releases: an island-hopping exploration of the natural world from folk-rock band Shearwater in The Golden Archipelago (February 8-23), the beauty of Similes from ambient artist Eluvium (February 15-23) and a new collection of Essential Chopin featuring the classical composer’s greatest masterpieces (February 15-23).

Complete track listings and album information are available at NPR Music, where there are also extensive archives of concerts, interviews and reviews with artists of all genres. NPR Music's "Exclusive First Listen" series is one of the site's most popular features, and has offered pre-release streams of albums from artists such as Cecilia Bartoli, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Bruce Springsteen, Corinne Bailey Rae and Vampire Weekend. In addition to the streams detailed in this release, the series also currently includes The Knife's Tomorrow, In a Year and Midlake's The Courage Of Others, and is frequently updated with new material.

The "Exclusive First Listen" series is one feature of NPR Music, a free, multimedia music discovery Web site at www.npr.org/music. NPR Music celebrates great music in every genre and is an industry leader in music discovery. The free, multimedia web site at www.npr.org/music offers 300 new features monthly and an extensive archive, in collaboration with NPR's newsmagazines, 12 public radio member stations and the passionate NPR community. NPR Music creates and distributes inventive music coverage across multiple platforms – from web, to radio, to podcast, to mobile, to social media, to live events – with first listens to new albums, live performances, concerts at the Tiny Desk, interviews, reviews and blogs.