Florence + The Machine’s New Song Is Here And It’s A Love Letter To L.A.

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Listen to and watch “Sky Full Of Song” here

Like a soft spring breeze, Florence Welch returns with "Sky Full of Song." The rumor mill has been buzzing about a potential new album on the horizon and this could be our very first taste. And boy, what a gentle comfort it is.

“This was a song that just fell out of the sky fully formed,” Welch says in a press release. It's a song born from her experience on stage, touring, and in the "[city] without seasons"—aka Los Angeles. A tepid guitar melody guides Welch as her voice layers with choirs and bright symbol crashes. A burst of strings singles the song's climax where Welch cries out to the universe to calm and comfort her before its final breath.

“Sometimes when you are performing you get so high, it’s hard to know how to come down," she says. "There is this feeling of being cracked open, rushing endlessly outwards and upwards, and wanting somebody to hold you still, bring you back to yourself. It’s an incredible, celestial, but somehow lonely feeling." 

"Sky Full Of Song" will be released on a limited-edition double A-side 7” vinyl. The flip-side will feature a recording of “New York poem (for Polly),”  which comes from Welch's forthcoming book of lyrics, poetry, and art called Useless Magicdue out July 5.

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I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.