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New Mix: Missy Elliott, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, PWR BTTM And More

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New Mix: Missy Elliott, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, PWR BTTM And More

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New Mix: Missy Elliott, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, PWR BTTM And More

New Mix: Missy Elliott, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, PWR BTTM And More

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Clockwise from upper left: Missy Elliott, PWR BTTM, Macklemore and Leon Bridges, kristine leschper of the band Mothers. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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On this week's All Songs Considered we share a track from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Leon Bridges premiered on the All Songs blog. And after a 10-year hiatus from releasing new music, Missy Elliott is back in action with a song that makes us realize just how much we missed her.

Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton play a batch of fun and funky tunes, starting with the glitter-infused queer punk band PWR BTTM. Sylvan Esso's Nick Sanborn flexes his voice as Made of Oak, Public Service Broadcasting return to the Cold War for a follow-up EP to The Race For Space and we hear a song off the debut record from Mothers.

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04Ugly Cherries

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    Ugly Cherries
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    Ugly Cherries
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    PWR BTTM
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    Father
    Released
    2015

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I Wanna Boy

  • from Ugly Cherries
  • by PWR BTTM

PWR BTTM is a glittery, hyper-fun queer New York punk duo Ben Hopkins and Liv Bruce. "I Wanna Boy" from Ugly Cherries, released in September, follows through on all of the energy and excitement you'd expect. It's upbeat, anthemic and just the right amount of weird.

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Ugly Cherries
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Ugly Cherries
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PWR BTTM
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Father
Released
2015

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WTF (Where They From)

  • from WTF (Where They From)
  • by Missy Elliott feat. Pharrell Williams

Robin's all-time favorite rapper, Missy Elliott, is back! After a long hiatus, during which she battled a thyroid disorder, Elliott has released her first new song since 2005. "WTF (Where They From)" sounds like vintage Elliott, with her signature mix of rapid-fire, nonsensical rhymes, humor and plenty of swagger. Hers is a flow like no other.

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05Blue Zipper

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    Blue Zipper
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    Penumbra
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    Made of Oak
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    PTKF
    Released
    2015

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Blue Zipper

  • from Penumbra
  • by Made of Oak

Made of Oak is the project of Sylvan Esso's Nick Sanborn. Sanborn told us that he doesn't think of himself as a great singer, but he loves the human voice in music, so he mixes his breath with electronic beats to fuse the organic with the electronic. Man and machine give way to an acoustic guitar towards the end, in what feels like an epilogue to the tune.

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Penumbra
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Penumbra
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Made of Oak
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PTKF
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2015

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02Korolev

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    Korolev
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    Sputnik/Korolev
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    Public Service Broadcasting
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    Test Card
    Released
    2015

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Korolev

  • from Sputnik/Korolev
  • by Public Service Broadcasting

Sergei Korolev was Russia's lead rocket engineer and designer during the Space Race and the inspiration behind Public Service Broadcasting's new song from Sputnik/Korolev, the follow-up EP to the group's album The Race For Space, from February. "Korolev" could be the background music for a rocking Russian military training montage, with funky percussion, punchy horns and an ominous narrator reminding the listener that Korolev went "higher, further, faster than anyone."

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Sputnik/Korolev
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Test Card
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2015

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01Too Small For Eyes

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    Too Small For Eyes
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    When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired
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    Mothers
    Label
    Grand Jury Music
    Released
    2016

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Too Small For Eyes

  • from When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired
  • by Mothers

Mothers is the project of artist Kristine Leschper from Athens, Ga. "Too Small For Eyes," which is also the name of her print-making project, features a delicate mandolin, beautifully dissonant piano and soft strings that complement her lovely voice. Mothers' debut album, When You Walk A Long Distance, You Are Tired, is due out at the end of February.

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Kevin

  • from Kevin
  • by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Leon Bridges

Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis debuted "Kevin," a funk-flavored tune about the atrocities of addiction, with Leon Bridges at the AMAs on Nov. 22. Bridges brings soul to the song's hook, while the funk beat beneath Macklemore's lyrics leaves you wanting to bust a move and change the world.

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