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Labyrinth Ear – Humble Bones (Giraffage Remix)

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b3sci fav Giraffage flips the script (and the altitude/gravity/planet) on Labyrinth Ear’s bouncy electro single “Humble Bones”. Selecting for a smooth, subtle, lighter-than-air mix, Giraffage pilots “Humble Bones” into a most comfortable and pleasing headspace.

Labyrinth Ear – Humble Bones (Giraffage Remix)

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Rating 8.6

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02-02-12

Galapagoose – One Who Can’t Move

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“One Who Can’t Move” from Australian producer Galapagoose has all the trappings and niceties of an accomplished electronic track; it skillfully melds several genres and styles and ably blends a complex (but compositionally tasteful) arrangement. The standout element of the track though, for us, is it’s great pop sensibility. Galapagoose’s use of the Sinatra “Send in the Clowns” sample in the context of the track is really A+ stuff. Listen.

Galapagoose – One Who Can’t Move

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Rating 8.1

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02-02-12

Freddy Woods – Not Today

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Freddy Woods is a young Swede to hone-in on for a minute. Tracks like “Not Today” and “Slow Down”, highlights from Woods’ What She Writes In Her Diary release, bring progressive elements of pop, electronic and hip hop production together with clarity.

Freddy Woods – Not Today

Freddy Woods – Slow Down

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Rating 8.4

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02-02-12

Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks

By Jon Herriot

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Of Monsters and Men have nailed down a super catchy folkie-pop sound with “Little Talks”. The vocal banter in the song recalls Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros or even The White Stripes. I would be amiss if I didn’t also mention how great the brass section sounds in this song. Just a pleasant track with feel good vibes…

Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks

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Rating 8.2

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02-01-12

DJ Shadow – Scale It Back (Feat. Yukimi Nagano) (B.Lewis Remix)

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THREE B3SCI FAVS ON ONE TRACK! The stars do really align, as the homie B.Lewis dials Shadow and Yukimi’s “Scale It Back” into the stratosphere. Starting the mix with just an a capella Yukimi vocal (listen to Yukimi just shred that melody), the track then builds into an uplifting power jam, complete with spacey electronics and scaled up chords.

DJ Shadow – Scale It Back (Feat. Yukimi Nagano) (B.Lewis Remix)

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Rating 8.7

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02-01-12

The Neighbourhood – Female Robbery

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The Neighbourhood (who are actually Californian) put on for the British big guitar band block with new track “Female Robbery”. Sure, the track does have those epic guitar elements (and it certainly has a massive enough chorus) but they’ve been pushed way back in the mix in favor of loud, compressed syncopated drums and hip hop-esque use of vocal sampling. So are bands like The Neighbourhood the way forward for Brit-esque band music? Don’t ask us to decide, but for now “Female Robbery” ticks enough “good song” boxes to get a b3sci co-sign.

The Neighbourhood – Female Robbery

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Rating 8.3

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02-01-12

Cults – Everbody Knows (Leonard Cohen)

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Cults take on Commander Cohen’s latter day jam “Everybody Knows” for an upcoming cover LP Old Ideas With New Friends. The set also includes tracks from Bradford Cox and Cold War Kids. Cults choice to put an almost “Runaway” feel under the track (a cold rumbling guitar supporting one-the-ones single note piano stabs) ably maintains the original’s isolation and coolness while keeping Uncle Len’s tune up to date. Thumbs up.

Cults – Everbody Knows (Leonard Cohen)

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Rating 8.3

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02-01-12

Seasfire – Falling

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Bristol’s answer to current North American trends in R&B, Seasfire skillifully marry, not only that sound, but pop, big guitar British indie, and quiet storm among others. The cinematic, cascading “Falling” is a big track from a band that certainly now have our attention. Familiarize yourself below.

Seasfire – Falling

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Rating 8.5

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02-01-12

John Talabot – Destiny (Feat. Pional)

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Permanent Vacation just let loose “Destiny” the latest single from Balearic artist John Talabot’s upcoming fin record. Complementing the song’s Balearic rhythms, progression, and structure is a decidedly 90’s club feel in the track (listen to those fresh analogue-sounding wobbles in the bass). “Destiny” is the sort of track that’s 100% transportive. Trust, 10-15 seconds in and you’ll be totally hooked into the track’s absolutely magnetic, next level, atmosphere.

John Talabot – Destiny (Feat. Pional)

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Rating 8.2

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02-01-12

Foxes – Youth (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix)

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Canadian production team Adventure Club flip the blogoverse-smash “Youth” from to be 2012 star Foxes. Need we say more?

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Rating 8.0

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02-01-12