June 28, 2010
Contact:
Emerson Brown, NPR


   

NPR MUSIC STREAMS ENTIRE ALBUMS:
KYLIE MINOGUE, DANGER MOUSE WITH SPARKLEHORSE, QUANTIC PRESENTS FLOWERING INFERNO, AND SHANGAAN ELECTRO

"EXCLUSIVE FIRST LISTENS" AVAILABLE AT NPR.ORG/MUSIC

Beginning today, NPR Music offers advance album streams of new records by Kylie Minogue, Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, and Quantic presents Flowering Inferno, and also a compilation of Soweto-born dance music. All of the albums are available for free, on-demand listening now until their release at www.npr.org/music as part of the site's "Exclusive First Listen" series.

Kylie Minogue: The Australian superstar, known for her dance-floor hits and catchy hooks, is about to release her 11th studio album, Aphrodite: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128109135

Danger Mouse with David Lynch and Sparklehorse: Featuring guest vocals from the likes of The Flaming Lips, Suzanne Vega and Iggy Pop, the A-list collaborative effort Dark Night of the Soul finally gets an official release: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104129585

Quantic: Will Holland's Flowering Inferno ensemble again combines reggae, dub and Latin American influences on Dog with a Rope: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128114562

Shangaan Electro: This compilation from the Honest Jon label features 12 energetic tracks of new-wave traditional dance music from South Africa: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128112044

Throughout July, NPR Music continues to preview the latest releases from innovative and noteworthy artists. New albums will include The Way Out, a hypnotherapy-influenced album from New York duo The Books; I Heart California, the debut from the Grandaddy and Earlimart offshoot Admiral Radley; Hunting My Dress from California singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop; and Mines, an album from the Portland indie-rock group Menomena. Look for these Exclusive First Listens throughout July.

Complete track listings and album information will be available at NPR Music, where there are also extensive archives of concerts, interviews and reviews featuring 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 New Pornographers, the Chemical Brothers, Laurie Anderson and The Gaslight Anthem, among many others. In addition to the streams detailed in this release, the series also currently includes ‘One Love (Bounce Mix)’ by David Guetta and is frequently updated with new material.

The "Exclusive First Listen" series is just one feature of NPR Music, which celebrates great music in every genre and is an industry leader in music discovery. The free, multimedia website at www.npr.org/music offers more than 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.