Singles file: Beach House, Rox, Beyonce, Slim Thug, Jeff Buckley
Beach House: "The Arrangement"
Baltimore's finest debut a track from their upcoming "Zebra" EP, to be released April 17 in honor of Record Store Day.
Rox: "My Baby Left Me"
On her sublime debut single, the British/Iranian/Jamaican soul singer makes like an airier Corinne Bailey Rae.
Beyoncé: "Baby You're the Only Man"
Though this unreleased, newly materialized Beyoncé track is of an uncertain vintage, if you guessed it was a "Dangerously in Love"-era outtake, you would probably be right.
Slim Thug featuring Ludacris, Dre Day and Kez: "I Rep"
Remember 2005? Slim Thug does. The new, full version of this "Welcome 2 Texas" mix tape track strenuously evokes that year's best Southern hip-hop. Bonus points for the greatest, and possibly the only, Jamba Juice shout-out of all time.
Jeff Buckley: Various (live)
In July of 1994, a not-yet-famous Buckley submitted to a lengthy interview/live session with L.A. radio station KCRW, which just made available a studio-caliber version of the performance. Breathtakingly good, it's worth listening to in its entirety, though it really gets going around the 5:30 mark.
-- Allison Stewart