NPR Music

Metropolis: 3/25/17

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This Week's Playlist

  • Emapea, "Enjoy" (Cold Busted)
  • Maggie Rogers, "Better" (Capitol)
  • Bonobo, "7th Sevens" (Ninja Tune)
  • Plastic Plates, "Good Times" (Promo)
  • Luces, "Once Over Twice" (Promo)
  • Plastic Plates, "Leave A Light On [feat. Dragonette]" (Sweat It Out!)
  • Flyboy, "Iceland [feat. Granvielle] [Kydus Remix]" (Ego)
  • Moonboots, "Tear My Heart [feat. Lulu James]" (French Express)
  • !!!, "The One 2" (Warp)

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