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Mrs. Magician – The Spells

By Chris Gedos

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Mrs. Magician’s Strange Heaven LP is a great surf-rock offering for those waiting for the weather to break in colder climes. The previously posted “There Is No God” is still the centerpiece, but there’s six or seven tracks which will make solid secondary singles, one of which is “The Spells”, a lazy 21st C. “Doctor Robert” + “Love Potion #9”. Mrs. Magician isn’t really a hit-you-with-the-first-lick sort of band; their advanced lyricism and understated instrumentation (no solo battles here) allow for a slower, more thoroughly enjoyable burn.

Mrs. Magician – The Spells

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Rating 8.1

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03-30-12

Jai Paul – Jasmine

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Wow. Jai Paul’s “Jasmine” is one of the best songs of the year. Holy shit.

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Rating 9.0

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03-30-12

Spector – Celestine


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photo via Richard Johnson

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UK’s new thunder Spector keeps rolling with “Celestine”. Frontman Fred Macpherson has one of those voices that instantly recalls the timelessness of the best 80s pop, and with the band and killer (dare we say early Killers-esque) tunes to back that voice up, “Celestine” combines the electro stylings of “Grey Shirt and Tie” with the anthemic aspirations of last spring’s introduction, “Never Fade Away”. Zane Lowe debuted the studio version on Radio 1 the other day and b3sci’s got you for the replay.

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Rating: 8.2
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03-30-12

Bruce Rave Interviews HOWLER on Moheak Radio!

By Bruce Rave

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B3SCI’s Mike and I recent enjoyed a hang with Jordan Gatesmith of Howler before the band’s hot set at The Echo in LA last Friday. Howler is one of the most talked-about in the world right now and America Give Up is one of my fave 2012 albums so far. The interview special will air on Go Deep With Bruce Rave today, around 2p Pacific, 5p Eastern, and 10p GMT. Jordan is a very down to earth dude who has wisdom way beyond his 20 years. Check out the interview on Moheak Radio, our 24/7 indie music station! Click “Listen Live” and if you come early, that isn’t a bad thing either!

UPDATE: Stream the interview below:

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Check out Bruce’s “Go Deep” show on Fridays 1-3 pm Pacific, 4-6 pm Eastern, 9-11pm GMT. Also listen to past shows at Bruce’s blog and follow Bruce on Twitter.

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Moon Boots – Got Somebody

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Straight off that French Express and couriered direct to you for preview is Moon Boots’ awesome new 80’s boogie R&B flavored track “Got Somebody”. Get it girl!

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Rating 8.3

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03-29-12

The Hundred in the Hands – Faded

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The Hundred in the Hands’ Commotion record was one of our favorites of 2010. THITH announced today the follow up to Commotion which will be called Red Night and will be due June 12 on Warp. “Faded”, Red Night’s first single, carries a nice emotional acuity and momentum to it. Consider us stoked for Red Night.

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Rating 8.2

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Bwana – Can’t You Just

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We featured Leeds UK via Toronto producer Bwana and his stunning mix for Arthur Beatrice just a few days ago. We’ve still got that on some serious rotation. Today, Mad Decent dropped Bwana’s latest the Erykah Badu-sampling “Can’t You Just”. Yes! Featuring a sharp kinetic glide and some really nicely layered synth flourishes, “Can’t You Just” is another winner from the Canadian. Ride out to this one.

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Rating 8.4

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I-20 – Little Boy (Feat. Ludacris and Twista)

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Georgia rapper I-20 rounds up a pair of big name features in Ludacris and Twista for new track “Little Boy”. The star here is most definitely the beat and its southern soul/spiritual sample. That said, the verses aren’t bad as a whole and do get better as the song progresses; I-20 is OK, Luda is adequate, and Twista just wrecks it. There’s something about Twista’s rapid-fire flow and the laidback buttery beat that really works. On repeat.

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Rating 8.4

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Sandro Perri – Love & Light (Tom Croose Remix)

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Tom Croose (not to be confused with Com Truise or Tom Cruise) is an LA based producer and a fave around b3sci. Here Mr. Croose hooks up with the Sandro Perri song “Love & Light” for a stunning, consciousness-bending, transportive edit. The mix is immediate and visceral but also sounds exotic & undiscovered too; the best sort of blend for music in this style. Make sure you check this one out.

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Rating 8.4

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03-28-12

Adam Smith – Islands

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Adam Smith, a 21-year old UK-based producer, releases his debut full length Islands. The entire 8-track release is great (we’ve had it on rotation at b3sci HQ much of the day) but our pick from the mix is the beautifully kinetic, neatly atmosphered title track. Listen.

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Rating 8.5

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Ro Ransom – Limousine

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You won’t ever see b3sci riding in a limousine. “Limousine” is the first single of Harlem rapper Ro Ransom’s upcoming Ransomnia project. This is some serious heat right here. Brandun DeShay’s beat is one of the freshest we’ve heard yet in 2012. The rhymes are 100% on point. We’re stoked for Ransomnia.

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Rating 8.4

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IKONS – Sister

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IKONS rep 2012 Gothenburg, Sweden (along with bands like Little Dragon & Ace of Base & Volvo) but sound like something straight out 1991 Manchester. These Swedes would fit easily on a big Brit festival from that era with bands like The Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets & (yes) The Stone Roses. If you’re into any of those bands, British rock, 90’s rock, good songwriting, guitar music, anything like that you’ll want to give IKONS a spin. Get started with the track and vid for “Sister” below.

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Rating 8.1

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03-28-12

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