The Playlist: Frank Ocean / Katy B ft. Jessie Ware / Sufjan Stevens / Phosphorescent / Depeche Mode / Wimps / Metz


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Frank Ocean

Fake Plastic Trees

The Odd Future man delivers a warm, atmospheric version of Radiohead's melancholic hit. Ocean's trademark croon hits all the right notes.


Katy B ft. Jessie Ware


Part-homage to the late R&B star, part dissection of the artists' own semi-obsessive talent-envy. A smart and interesting tribute featuring Jessie Ware.


Sufjan Stevens

Chopped and Scrooged

The indie icon has gathered together a host of big names, including Das Racist and Kitty Pryde, to appear on this Christmas mixtape.



Song for Zula

Matthew Houck returns with more deliciously fragile pop. 'Pitchfork' called this song "stunning"; high praise for a high quality track.


Depeche Mode

Enjoy the Silence

This week the band announced their 13th studio album will be released in spring. Band members are comparing the LP to their 1990 'Violator' album.




Featuring members of Partman Parthorse and Meth Teeth, this Seattle trio make high-octane bubblegum punk.



Dirty Shirt

Twenty two years after Nirvana left the label, Sub-Pop are still putting out excellent fuzzy punk tracks.