We dig way back in the archives for this week's Monday Magick entry, "Devil Got My Woman", an influential early single from legendary Bluesman Skip James.

Though not hugely popular sales-wise upon original release, James' music, particularly his unique fingerpicking, proved inspirational to generations of Blues, Folk, and Rock artists. 1931's "Devil Got My Woman" in particular showcases his penchant for eerie, some might say dark and even foreboding, melodies played in open D-minor tuning which were surely fodder for the imaginations of the occult rockers and Heavy Metal pioneers who would arise in '60s and '70s. The fact that the tunes lyrics lean heavily upon the subject of diabolism give it that much more weight as one of recorded music's early forays into the occult.

After recording his early sides James disappeared from the music industry until he was "rediscovered" in the 1960s and went on to record several albums before passing away at the end of the decade. Director Terry Zwigoff utilized "Devil Got My Woman" to great effect in his 2001 cinematic adaptation of Daniel Clowes comics series 'Ghost World'.

Music is magick!
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At 08:49 PM on 06/29/15
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An all-star cast joins Open Mike Eagle for an uncharacteristically slick visual interpretation of his "Ziggy Starfish (Anti-Anxiety Raps)".

Dude with the alien head though.

The Gold Panda-produced "Ziggy Starfish (Anti-Anxiety Raps)" is from Mike's recent EP 'A Special Episode of...', out now on Mello Music Group.

Open Mike Eagle
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At 03:22 PM on 06/27/15
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In a rare move for a contemporary R&B "diva", Tinashe's new video for "Cold Sweat" is simple, understated, and steeped in an intimacy almost unprecedented in today's overhyped, overproduced, image-oriented music industry.

It also features just the right amount of warped pseudo-psychedelic visual style to go with the slumpy, synthesizer-fueled, laid-back Boom-Clap-influenced production from Boi-1da, SkySense, and Sango that backs her sexy cooing.

"Cold Sweat" is from Tinashe's debut album 'Aquarius', which is out now on RCA Records.

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At 01:34 PM on 06/27/15
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Reality-bending special effects work and an impeccable sense of style & fashion buoy a catchy-as-fuck Pop tune from French chanteuse Jain.

"Come" is from the Paris-based singer's new four-track EP, 'Hope', in stores now via Spookland.

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At 01:15 PM on 06/27/15
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I'm not feeling particularly "magickal" this Monday. And in light of last week's events in Charleston, South Carolina I wanted to post something relevant. So this week we're forgoing the musical magick in favor of "Generally", a Hip-Hop cut dealing with the subject of racism through the lens of the narrators youthful love for 'The Dukes of Hazard', by stalwarts of the New York underground Juggaknots.

The narrator is none other than Breeze Brewin, one of the most skilled emcees to ever touch a mic who many casual Hip-Hop heads probably haven't heard of. Alongside his brother Buddy Slim and sister Queen Herawin as the Juggaknots, he's been releasing artful, and socially conscious, Hip-Hop since the mid-'90s. After a short stint with the WEA family of labels, which saw their debut album shelved, they broke big on the then burgeoning indie scene with "Clear Blue Skies", a song written from the perspective of a white son and father having a tense confrontation about interracial relationships, on the Fondle 'Em label. "Generally" mines similar territory, touching on the casual racism present in mainstream entertainment, in an equally clever and artistically satisfying manner.

While you're listening, sign MoveOn's petition to remove the Confederate Flag from all government sanctioned displays.

Monday Magick should be back next week, barring any other racially motivated terror attacks.
Posted by El Keter
At 08:18 PM on 06/22/15
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Wavy beats, sultry vocals, and a stylish video clip featuring striking Church imagery and a big-ol' wolf, make "Howling" from Canadian husband-and-wife duo Once a Tree one to watch.

The debut EP, also titled 'Howling', from the Toronto-based duo is due out July 10th on Foreseen Entertainment.

Once a Tree
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At 08:51 PM on 06/20/15
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London-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Will Archer, a.k.a. Slime, has delivered one of the smoothest R&B jams I've heard in a long while, despite his sorta icky alias.

Blending '80s Quiet Storm and Sophistipop influences, the moodiness of '90s Downtempo and Trip-Hop, Smooth-Jazz instrumentation, and a whole lot of sexy, "Hot Dog" is a classic but future-forward slow-jam.

Slime's debut LP 'Company' drops August 14th via Weird World Record Company.

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At 08:33 PM on 06/20/15
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