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Zak Waters – The City (Acoustic) (Madeon)

Zak Waters (the featured vocalist on the original track) re-spins the pretty much perfect melody on Madeon’s “The City” into a really neat piano ballad. Waters’ vocals are especially powerful/visceral/emotionally-laid-wide-open here; he pulled us in immediately with his tone, emotive quality & vulnerability – almost too good. Do yourself the favor and give this really really good take on Madeon’s “The City” a spin below.

Zak Waters – The City (Acoustic) (Madeon)

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Rating 8.4

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08-30-12

Wolf Cub – Desverre

The UK garage/R&B/future house train rolls on with the latest from Fat! Records artist Wolf Cub. “Desverre” goes full fathom from push to go, transitioning in instrumentation and feel several times throughout.

Wolf Cub – Desverre

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Rating 8.2

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08-30-12

Lecrae – Mayday (Feat. Big K.R.I.T. & Ashthon Jones)

Houston gospel rapper Lecrae’s got a new album in the offing Gravity due Sept. 4. “Mayday”, which features K.R.I.T. & American Idol-alum Ashthon Jones, is the latest leak from the project. Ashthon’s powerhouse vocals turn what’s an otherwise ok-to-good rap track to a great rap track. We knew Ashthon could sing; but, girl, we need more! A K.R.I.T.-produced Ashthon Jones album, make it happen!

Lecrae – Mayday (Feat. Big K.R.I.T. & Ashthon Jones)

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Rating 8.4

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Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin – Pop Song

Bay Area maniac Ty Segall grabs his broham-in-arms Mikal Cronin for new guitar bruiser “Pop Song”. Thx R&G

Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin – Pop Song

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Rating 8.3

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08-30-12

Peace – California Daze

UK act Peace are one of our favorite new bands. The Brit four-piece’s sound exists at that exactly perfect vertex where melody, heaviness & soul meet to create the best rock and roll. New track “California Daze” should make you a believer if you’re not already. Get into it below.

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Rating 8.4

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08-30-12

Bon Iver – Towers (Stop the Car Remix)

Had enough Bon Iver remixes yet? Ready for another one? Well we’ve uncovered one (with a tip to our friends at DoML) that clearly stands out amongst its peers and deserves your attention. C/o Manchester UK producer Stop the Car, this new remix of “Towers” packs some really neat/interesting/different melodic & rhythmic changes. Get a sample below.

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Rating 8.2

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08-29-12

Tiombe Lockhart – Baby

The irrepressible Tiombe Lockhart delivers a sweet refashion of Jacob Miller’s classic reggae track “Baby I Love You So” over a King Tubby instrumental. If you’re cool, you know that you’ve just hit the reggae covers jackpot; and Ms. Lockhart does not disappoint. Tiombe’s “Augustus and Me” EP is available now.

Tiombe Lockhart – Baby

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Rating 8.4

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08-29-12

Phreshy Duzit – Make My Money (Feat. Rich Flyer & Cory Gunz)

“Make My Money”, new from NYC MC Phreshy Duzit (we hadn’t heard of him either but he does have a new mixtape that dropped yesterday that’s pretty fresh), features one of the best (and most idiosyncratic) beats of the year. Equal parts Kirko Bangz “Drank in My Cup” and some wild gospel vocal & organ samples, the track’s seemingly disparate dynamic works phenomenally well; add to the mix solid features from Rich Flyer & (in maybe his first b3sci feature) Cory Gunz and you have all the ingredients of a standout rap track.

Phreshy Duzit – Make My Money (Feat. Rich Flyer & Cory Gunz)

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Rating 8.2

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08-28-12

Everything Everything – Cough Cough

Manchester UK act Everything Everything offer a strong return with new single “Cough Cough”. This newest iteration of the EE sound (the band’s ’09 single “MY KZ, UR BF” was one of our favorites of that year) is a bit more precise, a bit more syncopated, a bit more confident. The blokes new LP Arc which is due in January (whoa 2013!) is likely now first on our list of Most Anticipated Releases of 2013.

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Rating 8.1

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08-28-12

Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing (Feat. Florence + the Machine)

Wait for it.. Wait for it.. Wait for it… and…. YES. The Harris-Welch connection links up again (CH’s mix of “Spectrum” is one of our fave remixes of 2k12) on brand new track “Sweet Nothing”. It’s pretty standard going for Calvin Harris; big choruses, even bigger builds, and that “Calvin Harris bounce” (you know what we mean!) you’ve come to expect from the Scottish producer. Lets see that track.

Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing (Feat. Florence + the Machine)

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Florence + The Machine (Facebook)

Rating 8.4

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08-28-12

Josh Doyle – Solarstorms

Josh Doyle, the former frontman of UK pop band The Dum Dums returns with “Solarstorms”, excerpted from the now Nashville-based singer/songwriter’s upcoming self-titled debut LP (due Oct. 23). “Solarstorms” puts on offer Doyle’s impressive songwriting chops (especially his feel for melody and cadence) and features a hook-after-hook-after-hook chorus that will absolutely crush radio. Give Mr. Doyle your ears below.

Josh Doyle – Solarstorms

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Rating 8.3

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08-28-12

Joey Fatts – Die Rich (Feat. Vince Staples) (Prod. Cardo)

Check this fresh new Cardo production c/o LBC MC Joey Fatts. The vibed out “Die Rich” is excerpted from the SoCal rapper’s Chipper Jones Vol. 2 mixtape.

Joey Fatts – Die Rich (Feat. Vince Staples) (Prod. Cardo)

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Rating 8.1

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08-27-12