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TCTS – 1997

Manchester based electro producer TCTS recently released his 1997/Like This EP on Bondax’s new label, JustUs. While both tracks are playful and fetching enough to receive BBC radio airplay, the ultra sheik title track “1997” stands out for its synthy disco highlights, funky frolicking baseline, and brightly laced R&B style vocal duet.  Give it a listen. By Erin Feathers

TCTS (Facebook)

Rating 8.2

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10-28-12

Halloween Vol. IV

It’s that time of year again that B3SCI hooks-up you mad scientists with some seriously cray tricks and treats for your speakers of choice. We invite you to cram your Halloween playlists with this spooky heap of fright-night favorites and freshly minted bangers! Get down to the monster jams below and let’s celebrate everyones favorite time of year for scantily clad gatherings, inebriated celebration and mischievous spelunking.

James Brown – The Bells

MJ – Thriller (Futurewife Remix)

2Pac – Dunwich (Feat. Nas) (Prod. Cookin Soul And DJ Whoo Kid)

The Orwells – Halloween All Year

The Mallard – Ants

PAPERCUTZ – Where Beasts Die (Sweater Beats Remix)

Project 46 – Jigsaw (Project 46 Rework)

The Raveonettes – Evil L.A. Girls

The Cramps – Surfin Dead

Modest Mouse – Sleep Walk (Santo & Johnny Cover)

The Fresh & Onlys – I Would Not Know the Devil

Child’s Play – Theme (ETC!ETC! Rework)

Bananaconda – The Monster Mash

FULL TRACKLIST

James Brown – The Bells
MJ – Thriller (Futurewife Remix)
2Pac – Dunwich (Feat. Nas) (Prod. Cookin Soul And DJ Whoo Kid)
Suicide – Ghost Rider
The Orwells – Halloween All Year
The Mallard – Ants
PAPERCUTZ – Where Beasts Die (Sweater Beats Remix)
Project 46 – Jigsaw (Project 46 Rework)
Ghost Ark & Zaika – Darkness Falls
The Cramps – Surfin’ Dead
The Fresh & Onlys – I Would Not Know the Devil
The Raveonettes – Attack of the Ghost Riders
Modest Mouse – Sleep Walk (Santo & Johnny Cover)
Dirty Beaches – Lone Runner
Child’s Play – Theme (ETC!ETC! Rework)
2pac and Eazy E – Halloween
Bananaconda – The Monster Mash
Those Darlins – Summer’s Dead
Tea Cozies – Muchos Dracula
Psychic Blood – Strain
Cults – The Curse
The Raveonettes – Evil L.A. Girls
Radiohead – The Amazing Sounds Of Orgy
Oasis – Headshrinker
Candice Gordon – Cannibal Love

*Download the full mixtape HERE

Also, check out past Halloween mixes here.

Rating: #BOO!

reviewed by
10-27-12

Chris Malinchak – So Good To Me

Dropping this feel good house/chillwave freebie, Chris Malinchak’s “So Good To Me” is gaining some serious steam in the blogosphere. Rising up the Hype Machine charts, over 17,000 listens and almost 5,000 downloads on Soundcloud, people are starting to latch onto Jersey based Malinchak. Backed by budding indie-dance label French Express, which features the likes of Moon Boots, Issac Tichauer, Perseus, Jonas Rothsman and others. Chris Malinchak will be playing The Central in Santa Monica this Friday (10/26) for free (with RSVP), with openers Calcat, J99, James Del Barco. By Brian Litwin

Chris Malinchak – So Good To Me

Chris Malinchak (Facebook)

Rating 8.6

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reviewed by
10-26-12

The Weeknd – Enemy

Tesfaye delivers. Released in that special “Weeknd hour”, the Toronto singer/producer let loose his latest just about 90 minutes or so ago. “Enemy” is pretty by the numbers Weeknd material, languid lugubrious but perhaps a bit more poppy melodically than previous material (We can hear MJ’s “Remember the Time” a little in there.) Be a witness for the XO crew below.

The Weeknd – Enemy

The Weeknd canada (Facebook)

Rating 8.1

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10-25-12

IYES – Lighthouse

IYES is a fresh project from Brighton-based electro duo, Josh and Melis. We were spinning through their forthcoming EP, when “Lighthouse” hit our ears and we were hooked. With an intro reminiscing in Xx style lullaby the tune launches into a synthy rnb style stomp, drawing you into it’s dynamic and serene world of electro pop. Preview “Lighthouse” from IYES below.

IYES – Lighthouse

The Colour Atlas england (Soundcloud)

Rating 8.5

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reviewed by
10-24-12

Colour The Atlas – Snow

Colour The Atlas will be releasing their debut EP in late November. Lately we’ve been immersed in the band’s unique blend of indie pop with tasty synths and grabbing boy-girl vocals. “Snow” leads off the EP offering an anticipatory introduction to a band with a bright future yet to come.

Colour The Atlas – Snow

The Colour Atlas england (Facebook)

Rating 8.5

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reviewed by
10-24-12

Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man [LP]

It’s no secret that the first two studio albums from Bat For Lashes, Fur and Gold and Two Suns, enjoyed plenteous universal acclaim. Some critics have seemed a bit disappointed with Bat For Lashes most recent and third album The Haunted Man, yet there are many bright spots on the release. Focusing more pointed attention on her vocals, and backing off beats and bass lines, Natasha Khan gives a beautiful performance, and particularly on the album’s opening track “Lilies”. Natasha’s voice soars over the mystical rhythmic layers and steady drum beats throughout The Hunted Man. Khan has cited the album as being inspired in part by a 1970’s British drama known as “Ryan’s Daughter”, and Bat For Lashes ushers executes on the paralleled and psychologically haunting themes with a trademark elegance. By Brian Litwin

Bat For Lashes england (Facebook)

Rating 8.0

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10-24-12

Di’zain – Play The Game

Di’zain, a new London-based artist reveals this bold debut single “Play The Game” today, administering “Crisp beats and lilting late-night melodies” to a well primed audience. Grab your free download here and without doubt it’ll sound great queued up next to the likes of AlunaGeorge and Charli XCX. By Nathan Hetherington

Di’zain england (Facebook)

Rating 8.0

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reviewed by
10-24-12

Beca – Born To Fly

Dance pop gets airborne on “Born To Fly”, the title track previewed here from the forthcoming new EP by sultry NYC dance-floor songstress Beca. The singer’s dreamy vocals layer their intoxicating melody atop a funky jungle groove that lay seductively beneath. Get familiar this new siren on the rise.

Beca – Born To Fly

Beca (Bandcamp)

Rating 8.18965

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reviewed by
10-24-12

Lantana – All Hustle No Luck

The latest heat from the 513 (that’s Cincinnati OH for all you non-Ohioans or non-area code stans out there) to catch up with the b3sci crew. Cinci rapper Lantana’s “All Hustle No Luck” has enough juice to compete with just about anything on hip hop radio right now. Somebody get Diddy on the phone. OATW.

Lantana – All Hustle No Luck

Lantana (Facebook)

Rating 8.3

reviewed by
10-23-12

EDX – Touched

The crown prince of prog house Swiss-based EDX delivers a gem with latest track “Touched”. Go and get it.

EDX – Touched

EDX (Facebook)

Rating 8.1

reviewed by
10-23-12

The Raveonettes – Young and Cold

Some tracks you just can’t stop listening too. The lead track off The Raveonettes new Observator album has been wearing through our hard drive (if that’s possible). “Young and Cold” yields one of our favorites to date from the Raves with it’s simple duet and singalong a caliber melody. Do yourself a favor and check out the full hauntingly sweet spectrum of the Raveonettes latest Observator album.

The Raveonettes – Young and Cold

The Raveonettes denmark (Official) (Twitter)

Rating 8.4

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10-23-12