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Friday Five: Psymun, Dessa, Prince, and more new Minnesota music videos

It’s Boxing Day, a day that means extra presents for workers in Canada and the U.K. and a whole lot of slacking off here in America. If you’re “working” today, maybe sampling these new songs and videos from Minnesota artists will help your day move along a little faster…

Psymun feat. Kerry Roy

Everything Psymun touches seems to turn to gold. His album with K.Raydio, LucidDreamingSkylines, was one of the most hypnotic and underrated releases of early 2014, and his work with thestand4rd’s Corbin (a.k.a. Spooky Black), Allan Kingdom, and Bobby Raps helped launch the quartet into the stratosphere this fall. For his new single, “Talk 2 Me,” he teamed up with Bad Bad Hats frontwoman Kerry Roy to create an unsettling, mesmerizing track that’s made all the more ominous with video work from director Braden Lee.

The New Standards

Few Minnesota traditions scream “get in the holiday spirit!” as loudly as the New Standards annual Holiday Show, which was filmed this year by the crew over at MN Original. Here, bassist John Munson explains why we should talk more about Joseph’s role in the story of Christmas.

Dessa with VocalEssence

You’ve probably seen this one floating around online already—it was debuted by NPR Music earlier this week—but just in case you haven’t, take a few minutes to soak up the grandeur of a 100-person choir (with Classical MPR’s own Tesfa Wondemagegnehu at the helm!) providing the accompaniment for Dessa’s song “Skeleton Key.” She also composed an original tune just for the choir, which you can watch here.

Prince

You didn’t think you’d get through the end of the year without hearing a little bit more about Prince, did you? His Purpleness may have yanked all of his accounts from social media this winter, but he did allow Warner Bros. to post a new lyric video for his song “ANOTHERLOVE,” which appears on his new album with 3RDEYEGIRL, PLECTRUMELECTRUM.

The Bad Plus

One of the best year-end traditions in town is the Bad Plus’s annual residency at the Dakota Jazz Club. They kicked things off last night with a pair of shows and will be back tonight, Saturday night, and Sunday.