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Last Lynx – Lacuna

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“Lacuna” is the follow-up to Swedish band Last Lynx’s chart topping “Killing Switch” single. “Lacuna” does share some of the strains of soul & r&b contained within “Killing Switch”s DNA but pushes the hooks and choruses more out front; where “Killing Switch” was subtle, “Lacuna” is its more straightforward (still great) cousin. Look for “Rifts”, Last Lynx’s new EP, later in the year.

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Rating 8.2

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12-13-13

Bombay Bicycle Club – It’s Alright Now

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Bombay Bicycle Club are one of those few bands in Indieverse 2013 that continously push themselves stylistically. The band, too, have proven their ability to innovate while still managing to be tuneful; to still write great songs in the context of new sound and arrangement structures. “It’s Alright Now” with it’s magnetic hypnotic vocal hooks and totally fresh melodic rhythmic elements sounds totally brand new and is off a level of originality that demands attention. “It’s Alright Now” is the first single from Bombay Bicycle Club’s fourth LP So Long, See You Tomorrow

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Rating: 8.4

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LIZ – All Them Boys

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The first lady of Mad Decent, LIZ returns today w/ a fresh new track. “All Them Boys” is produced by Hawaii’s best trap producer Mr. Carmack and fellow Decent artist Colta. Built on the back of the same 90’s R&B pulse of the great “U Over Them”, with some more early 90’s house rhythms thrown in. Well done.

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Rating 8.3

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    Giveaway! Win Tix to Cate Le Bon @ Bootleg in LA this Saturday 12/14/13

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    Welsh-born but now Angeleno like the rest of us songwriter Cate Le Bon performs live at the Bootleg in L.A. on Saturday Night (12/14). The show, which also features support performances from Woodsist artist Kevin Morby and folkie Hush Arbors, starts at 8 PM sharp. Tickets are $10.00 advance and $12.00 at the door. You can purchase tickets and get more info on the show here. *OR* you can spin the magic B3SCI wheel for a shot to win the pair of tickets to the show we’re giving away! To win just email us here and let us know you’d like to be entered in the ‘Cate Le Bon Giveaway’ contest. Our winner will be picked at random from the pool of submissions by Saturday morning 12/14, so keep an eye on your inbox (one entry per person). Good luck!

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    Marika Hackman – Skin (Feat. Sivu)

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    The beautifully plantive new tune from Marika Hackman “Skin” is the second A side to the also great “I Hold”; both tracks make up a combined 7″ from Marika and another B3 fave Sivu. On “Skin”, the duo trade captivating/somber/great melodic lines over a quietly strummed acoustic chords creating an atmosphere that is equally magnetic and moving.

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    Rating 8.0234

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    12-12-13

    Bad Suns – Salt

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    “Salt” is excerpted from SoCal band Bad Suns’ forthcoming “Transpose” EP. A neatly compact bit of rhythm-driven indie pop, “Salt” succeeds especially on its very hooky bridges and choruses (try not getting “I raaannn til’ I couldn’t, and I scceeeamed til my voice was gone” stuck in your head) and its very clever and effective use of harmony in at all the right turns in the track. “Transpose” is out Jan. 21st on Vagrant.

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    Rating 8.1

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    Rochelle Jordan – Follow Me

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    The mega-talented Torontonian vocalist Rochelle Jordan releases her first new material in nearly a year w/ the vibed-down ambient R&B of “Follow Me”. Ms. Jordan casts here a more confident, melodically more sophisticated line on “Follow Me”. Her Pressure project, and particularly “Shotgun”, were great but the growth indicated on “Follow Me” suggests Rochelle is primed to breakout.

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    Rating: 8.7

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    Wake Owl – Candy

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    “Candy” is the new one from Canadian band Wake Owl. An engaging mix of classic soul-leaning indie pop & the melodically sensibility of big acts like Portugal. The Man and Cage The Elephant, “Candy” is the caliber of track that can catapult bands. The Private World of Paradise is due on Vagrant, March 4th.

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    Rating: 8.7

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    12-11-13

    Max Cooper – Adrift (Feat. Kathrin deBoer)

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    For “Adrift”, the first single from electronic artist Max Cooper’s debut Human LP, the UK-based producer crafts a cinematic, heavy drama, near perfect piano and complex rhythm-driven instrumental (we can’t stress how strong that component of the track is on its own). On vocals is Belleruche’s Kathrin deBoer who’s astral, otherworldly vocal hits the twists, turns, and starts of Cooper’s instrumental at all the right points; resulting in a track is not only light years ahead of its genre and peers but world’s away too (as in not of this world but of one with superior electronic music).

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    Rating 8.0234

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