Florence Welch Exorcises Her Fears On Witchy Rock Single "Moderation"

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Florence + Machine just surprise dropped two new singles

Florence Welch has just introduced a new sound. Whereas her 2018 album, High As Hope, had me weeping and rethinking my life every day on my commute, her surprise single "Moderation" has me head-banging at my desk and yelling at everyone to go listen.

"Moderation" was premiered live via Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show on Apple Music; it was then immediately released to the streaming platform with an additional single attached, "Haunted House," which is an absolutely stunning track from our witchy queen.

Welch has been playing "Moderation" on tour for a bit of time now with Florence + The Machine; it was written during the same era as her last album but with a different, highly charged energy. She told Lowe this, of the story behind the track:

It's funny, the song itself is about reaching outwards and being crossed that someone can't give you what you want. But then the chorus itself came from a childhood memory that I've had for years about being told off in church. I remember a teacher being really angry with me. Unfortunately, those human moments can sometimes inform, even though that person's just a human, they inform—if you're a little kid, the wider picture of it. So I'm like, "Oh, there's a God up there. He's super mad at me and he can see me all the time. I'm definitely doing something wrong at all times." To be honest, I feel that strange sense of guilt has informed so, so much of my music. But live and with songwriting I really like to embody the things I was afraid of as a child. I like to kind of embody that voice.

She added regarding the song, "It's like an exorcism, almost, if you try and become and exorcize the things that you were afraid of." Listen to Welch elaborate on her return to music and inspiration, as well as stream the new singles 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.