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The 1975 – So Good To Me (Chris Malinchak Cover)

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Team 1975 flip Chris Malinchak’s great “So Good To Me” track to a beautiful bit of piano-driven electronic rhythm-supported balladry. Cut for Radio 1’s Live Lounge Late , what’s on record here is not quite what you’d expect, necessarily of this band or this song but that’s what we really love here and what makes for a very rewarding listen.

The 1975 – So Good To Me (Chris Malinchak Cover)

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Rating 8.1

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Say Lou Lou – Julian (Sango Remix)

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“Julian” from Swedish duo Say Lou Lou (formerly Saint Lou Lou) is one of our favorite tracks of the year thusfar. Here, Seattle producer Sango (who’s great after hours house remixes of Nas, Little Dragon & Craig David among others are faves around B3SCI) gives “Julian” a slow motion grimy groove that’s near impossible to resist vibing to. Watch us while we vibe right now.

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Rating 8.3

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Meg Myers – Heart Heart Head

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Yes, of course we love this. “Heart Heart Head” is as dramatic-sounding as it’s title might suggest. Frantic electronics & synth swells build tension & cinema into the 2:48 mark where Ms. Myers goes bananas all over the track, taking to task everyone & everything all at once (but especially one very pivotal person to her life). The cathartic screams in the last bit of the track wipe you out and what’s left remaining only is that repeat button. Cheers to Doctor Rosen Rosen on the A+ production. How you do it.

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Rating 8.3

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Vondelpark – Always Forever

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The dreamy “Always Forever” is single numero dos from South London band Vondelpark’s very very nice Seabed LP. Today, the UK trio released a sunkissed Asian beach wedding-referencing clip for the track that gives us a valid excuse to post up this great track. If you’re in the UK and live in or near one of the bigger towns, Vondelpark is likely rolling through your hood sometime during May. Sample that below.

May 5 – Manchester, UK @ Islington Mill Factory
May 11 – Rome, IT @ Spring Attitude Festival
May 17 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Petes
May 18 – Glasgow, UK @ Stag & Dagger
May 24 – Amsterdam, NL @ London Calling Festival
May 25 – London, UK @ Field Day
May 28 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
May 29 – Leeds, UK @ A Nation of Shopkeepers
June 6 – Sheffield, UK @ Bungalows and Bears

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Rating 8.4

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Nude Beach – I’m Giving Up

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Brooklyn’s Nude Beach offer up a folk-y stomper with “I’m Giving Up”, new from the band’s upcoming 7″ for Other Music. Look for the band this summer as they tour the North American continent in June and July.

Tour
06/20/13 – Northhampton, MA – Sierra Grille
06/21/13 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
06/22/13 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Explosion
06/23/13 Toronto, ON – Silver Dollar
06/24/13 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick Lounge
06/25/13 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
06/26/13 – Milwaukee, WI – Quarters
06/27/13 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
06/28/13 – Omaha, NE – Oleaver’s
06/29/13 – Lawrence, KS – Replay Lounge
06/30/13 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird
07/01/13 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
07/02/13 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
07/03/13 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café
07/04/13 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
07/05/13 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory

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Rating 8.3

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Brandon Thomas De La Cruz – White Roses

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Check out this beautiful, exemplary bit of singer-songwriter-ship in the form of SoCal artist Brandon Thomas De La Cruz and his haunting (but good spirited) acoustic track “White Roses”.

Brandon Thomas De La Cruz – White Roses

VAULT Brandon Thomas De La Cruz – Two Headed Boy Part II (Neutral Milk Hotel)

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Rating 8

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Giveaway: Ólafur Arnalds Signed Vinyl

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One of our favorite things to ponder while listening through the serene sounds of Ólafur Arnalds’ latest album, For Now I Am Winter, is recollecting how this dude used to rock the drums in hardcore and metal bands such as Fighting Shit. As awesome as that is, in all seriousness, since the beginning of his solo career in 2007, Arnalds has consistently raised the bar as a musician and composer. This April Ólafur Arnalds released his fourth studio album, For Now I Am Winter, of which is arguably his most cerebral offering to date. In fine cinematic fashion, Arnalds fuses strings, piano loops, and beats with his unique vocal stylings to create a setting of ethereal pop, the sort of which goosebumps are made of. We highly recommend that you take a moment (if you haven’t yet) and have a listen to For Now I Am Winter, available now via Universal Music’s Mercury Classics label.

In fact we recommend it so much that we’re giving away an autographed copy of Ólafur Arnalds’ For Now I Am Winter LP to one luck reader. For your chance to win, email us here and say that you’d like to be entered in the Ólafur Arnalds vinyl giveaway. We’ll be picking our winning submission at random Monday morning May 6th. One entry per person.

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04-29-13

Dally Auston & Joey Purp – Do Ya Thang

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Chicago MCs Dally Auston & Joey Purp link up on top an A+ jazzy, cocktail-hour-on-the-yacht OnGaud beat for the dope new Save Money collaboration, “Do Ya Thang”. We are loving it.

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Rating 8.3

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Run The Jewels – Get It

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Longtime collaborators make it official with the announcement of new s/t Run The Jewels project. “Get It” sounds quite like what you’d expect (or have already listened to 100x) a collab between Run The Jewels members El-P & Killer Mike might sound like that which is a-ok/awesome with us. On “Get It”, the menace, the skin-tight rhythms and beeps and bloops that mark the El-P sound fit Killer Mike’s crushing, fists up, literate lyricism very very well. Stay tuned for the LP.

Run The Jewels – Get It

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Rating 8.3

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George Maple – OPST

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The steady build of love, adoration, hyperbole & expectation. Hype. The hype for the sultry-voiced Aussie newcomer George Maple is here. The expectation, the hyperbole, etc, the love; that’s all in its crystallizing stages. “OPST” is beautiful (the obvious reference here is Sade or the more recent progenitors of her sound) but the execution, the vocal performance (!), just everything on record here is very special. Wrap us up in the gold sheets.

George Maple – OPST

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Rating 8.8

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Patrick Baker – Reckless Love

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“Reckless Love” is new from Nashville-based artist and producer Patrick Baker. We really liked Mr. Baker’s “This Love” track from earlier this year, and while “Reckless Love” is maybe a bit different stylistically (whereas “This Love” had a very refreshing (and tasteful) re-appropriation of ’80’s R&B-leaning pop feel to it “Reckless Love” lies, for us, very firmly in the early 90’s. And while a bit different in sound, the steady house-thump of “Reckless Love” is no less as strong a track as “This Love”. We’ve got it on repeat. You’d best sort out doing the same below.

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Rating 8.3

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Premiere: Sir Sly – Gold (Twice As Nice Remix)

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Twice As Nice shine up some “Gold” from LA based trio Sir Sly with this latest remix. The Australian duo make for a nicely matched pairing as they fuse a slow burning electro pulse into the song’s intransitive melancholy melody. Sample an exclusive premiere of the remix below and catch Sir Sly on tour throughout the US this May.

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Rating 8.3

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