LEAN’s “Come Back” Is The Perfect Make Out Song

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Watch the dreamy new video here

We're nearly halfway through the summer, and let's face it: Most of us could use a little break from the bright, saccharine pop songs that are seemingly everywhere. Luckily, Los Angeles-based indie duo LEAN, comprising musicians-writers-producers Stephen Johnson and Kyle McCammon, are here to deliver the respite we need with their catchy new track that is anything but overly sweet. “Come Back” is a shimmering summer tune with a darker edge, and today, NYLON is exclusively premiering both the new single and music video.

The song’s heavy-hitting lyrics suggest the vacuity of L.A. party culture. “It’s really just psychological escapism—finding something in someone or something else that brings you out of your own brain for a hot sec,” says Johnson. “Hopefully, this song is that to somebody."

McCammon, the band’s other half, describes the unique sound of the song and the entire upcoming LP, Years, by telling us, “I had this concept, to make a bunch of ’90s hip-hop beats and then try to build indie rock songs on top of them. With Stephen’s ear for hooks, it came together effortlessly.” The two categorize their sound as “make out rock.”

The ethereal music video, directed by Clara Moutone, perfectly captures the party-meets-heartache feeling following the events of a triangular love affair. Moutone says she was inspired by the first lyrics of the song: “You live in a world that you built yourself, where you can pretend that you're someone else.”

Watch the video, below.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.