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Cloud Boat – Carmine

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London UK’s Cloud Boat follow up their impressive break-out track “Youthern” with the equally strong “Carmine”. On the new track, melancholy-dipped melodies buoyed up by some stunning both vocal and instrumental harmonic voicings build cinematically to a heart-wringing and quite effective stable of chorus hooks. The arrow for Cloud Boat is firmly pointed upward.

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Rating 8.4

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03-20-14

The Acid – Creeper

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So I heard you like Radiohead? Outside of his lordship Thom Yorke, the Earl of Oxford, we’re maybe the most pumped bros on planet Earth right now for The Acid. “featuring dark hand-to-chest pulsating electronics and the sort of muscular rhythmic fits and starts that could sit comfortably on a later days Portishead track. As well as being very good, “Creeper” adeptly hits that critic-baiting nexus of darkness, mysteriousness, and UK beats band-ness. “Creeper” is excerpted here from The Acid’s just announced debut Liminial, out June 2 on Infectious.

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Rating: 8.3

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03-20-14

The Knocks – Comfortable (Lightwaves Remix)

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DC’s Lightwaves fix-up The X-Ambassadors featuring single from The Knocks “Comfortable” with a spotless new yacht disco sheen perfect for cruising. Get your sophisticated deckside sample below.

Lightwaves (Soundcloud)

Rating 8.4

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03-20-14

Josh Record – For You Love (Dot Major Remix)

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London Grammar producer bro Dominic “Dot” Major marks a rare tally in the remix column on this UK beats remix of Josh Record‘s excellent “For Your Love”. For the mix, Dot selects for a blend of very current new wave-y R&B percussion (half one) morphing it mid-song into dark neo-D&B.

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Rating: 8.3

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03-19-14

All We Are – Feel Safe

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Domino imprint Double Six Records newest signing is Liverpool-based All We Are who impress with the slow motion rhythmic pop of “Feel Safe”. A+++

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Rating 8.3

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03-19-14

Waldo – Kobe’s Room (Revision) (Prod. Sango)

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Maybe our favorite producer out right now Sango collab’s w/ resident Soulection emcee Waldo for this jazz piano-driven vibes-down rework of “Kobe’s Room”. Waldo makes his L.A. and S.F. debuts on 3/28 and 3/29 at The Echo and F8.

Waldo (Soundcloud)

Rating 8.3

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03-19-14

Ben Khan – Youth

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Stylistic chameleon Ben Khan moves toward a more synth-pop driven sound on new one “Youth”. While perhaps more accessible to Indie 2014 w/ its easy electronics and warm textures, Khan’s latest genre jump on “Youth” is ruddered by the strong sense for pop/r&b hooks and soulfulness that has driven Ben Khan’s rise thusfar. We’re loving it. Ben Khan’s debut “1992” EP will be released May 5.

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Rating 8.3

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03-19-14

Vök – Tension

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Margrét Rán’s sultry yet simple vocal is the star of “Tension”, Iceandic dream & b duo Vök’s slow burner new single. The sticky and seductive “Tension” is perhaps (and we mean this in the most complimentary way) a bit of an approximation of what another noted Scandinavian R&B duo Quadron might sound like in 2014 had they continued to pursue an artier more obtuse sound. The visceral, earthy, human qualities of “Tension” are highly highly palpable, they almost bleed off the record which is pretty indicative of a track that not only demands your attention but is also a great piece of art.

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Rating 8.3

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03-18-14

Zella Day – 1965

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Following an impressive attention-turning run last week at SX, the L.A.-based (via Arizona) songstress Zella Day now drops “1965”, the b-side to the dark pop/big hooks of “Sweet Ophelia”. The dusty, nostalgic, almost whimsical “1965” is “Ophelia’s” soaring, cinematic, light-footed perfect counterpoint. The “Sweet Ophelia/1965″ 7″ is out April 7 on limited edition clear 7” vinyl via B3SCI Records. Get one here.

Zella Day arizona (Facebook) (Purchase 7-inch Vinyl)

Rating 8.3

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03-18-14

Amtrac – Don’t Know (Feat. Posso)

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The Louisville-based OWSLA Records producer Amtrac introduces considerable crossover appeal into new uptempo house track “Don’t Know”. While currently a quite crowded sound and genre, the bigness and quality of house on “Don’t Know” is not only exceptional enough to more than standout from its trend, the track possesses an immediacy and instant magnetism that should certainly give “Don’t Know” and Amtrac run outside the indie dance community. Very well done.

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Rating 8.3

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03-17-14