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Cloud Boat – Youthern

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Check out “Youthern, the stunning new piano ballad as-performed-from-the-heart-of-the-solar-system (which I guess would be the sun anyway) , from rising UK act Cloud Boat. Dressed in just the smallest bit of 2013 R&B/indie James Blake-y wrapping, the beautiful hymnal-esque melody and harmony unfold and lift “Youthern” into some very special rarefied territory.

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Rating 8.4

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Mikal Cronin – Weight

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New Merge-signee and Ty Segall broham Mikal Cronin releases possibly his strongest track to day with the shimmering West Coast pop of “Weight”. A sharply focused mix of disto guitar, Wilsonesque harmonies, and one world beater melody after another, “Weight” is a major step forward in class for the Laguna Beach, CA native. Cronin’s MCII LP is due May 7th.

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Rating 8.5

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Niagara – Seal

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We’ve been into “Seal” from Italian artists Niagara since the vid for the track dropped back in January. Today marks the release of the band’s Otto LP, from which the aforementioned “Seal” is lead track. Reminding a bit of Foals & Junip on the clattering soulful indie pop of “Seal”, the balance of the record veers quite a bit from this sound; covering varying genres from synth pop to bossa to stomper indie rock. Stream Otto on Soundcloud here.

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Rating: 8.4

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Tom Odell Performs “Another Love” (Live Session)

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We recently caught up with 22 year old UK singer-songwriter Tom Odell to capture an intimate and exclusive performance of his breakthrough track, “Another Love”. The session was filmed at Elias Studios in Los Angeles and features a guest interview appearance by KCRW DJ Jason Kramer. Keep an eye out for Tom in 2013 and his debut album Long Way Down, being released later this spring.

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03-25-13

Rave’s Fave: Portugal. The Man – Evil Friends

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The new single from Portugal. The Man is, for me, a pleasant surprise. “Evil Friends” has a quirky, melodic bounce that stands out very nicely, and my ears can’t resist. While PTM have a sturdy following, I’ve since felt the band needed an extra boost to rise above the upper middle. This just might be the track. By Bruce Rave

Portugal. The Man – Evil Friends

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* Links and playlists from Rave’s weekly new music show can be found on his blog and be sure follow Bruce on Twitter too!

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Giveaway: Inc. @ The BootlegTheater in LA on Wednesday, 3/27/2013

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Just recently L.A. based brother duo dropped their acclaimed debut full length no world via the renowned 4AD label. This Wednesday Andrew and Daniel Aged a/k/a Inc. bring their darker tinged R&B/Soul back to the City of Angels with an exclusive performance at The Bootleg. Supporting acts include Ian Isiah, SFV Acid, & Cream DJS (J99&CalCat); do not miss it.

B3SCI has got a pair of tickets to give away for one lucky reader. For your chance to win, email us here and say that you’d like to to be entered in the Inc. ticket giveaway. We’ll be picking our winning email submission at random this Wednesday morning (one entry per person). You can get more information on the show and purchasing tickets here.

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Ajimal – This Human Joy

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The notion of “spare piano ballad” is one of those music blog keyword pastiches that is difficult, at times, to disentangle from the copy and what those words actually indicate. “This Human Joy” a “spare piano ballad” that is new from UK artist Ajimal is the example of what those words should indicate. “This Human Joy” sounds a bit of James Blake, sure, but the melody & arrangement (& harp) are really top class and standout as true high bars within this genre.

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Rating 8.2

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Smoke DZA – Ghost Of Dipset (Prod. By King Thelonious)

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The first release from a recent run of collaborative sessions between MC Smoke DZA and producer King Thelonious, “Ghost of Dipset” also acts as a tribute and valediction for 10 years of Diplomatic Immunity. We know Killa Cam reads the site (and hopefully Smoke DZA does too), so glasses tipped in both y’all direction as we toast to 10 more years.

Smoke DZA – Ghost Of Dipset (Prod. By King Thelonious)

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Rating 8.0

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Say Lou Lou – Julian

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The dreamy cinematic (& very good) “Julian” is new from London-based sister dudo Say Lou Lou (a/k/a Saint Lou Lou). Look out for a digital release for “Julian” coming soon with remixes from Dan Lissvik, Monsieur Adi & more!

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Mount Kimbie – Made To Stray

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Welcome back, Mount Kimbie. The much lauded U.K. duo announced today the release date of their debut LP via Warp Records which will be May 27th. To ease that Mount Kimbie need until then, MK have let loose the studio version of the LP’s excellent lead single, “Made To Stray”.

Mount Kimbie – Made To Stray

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Rating 8.2

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Christina Aguilera – Let There Be Love (ArkAngel Remix)

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Right OK. We can’t believe how much this new Xtina remix rules either (read the first appearance on b3sci of the phrase “Xtina remix rules”). The b3 team doffs our collective hats to L.A. DJ ArkAngel for pulling of a feat of Herculean (something like cleaning the Augean Stables) scale by rinsing “Let There Be Love” into something all fresh, shimmery & awesome. We’re jamming to it.

Christina Aguilera-Let There Be Love (ArkAngel Remix)

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Rating 8.1

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Misun – Promise Me (produced by Nacey)

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D.C. collective Misun trade in the retro tinged guitars for arpeggiated synths (of the analog sort) with their latest electro pop gem “Promise Me”, produced by none other than trusty, local boardsmith Nacey. Get familiar below.

Misun – Promise Me (Produced by Nacey)

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Rating 8.2

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