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COIN – It’s Okay

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The COIN boys drop off a slightly more honed but no less accessible new indie pop gem with “It’s Okay”. The hooks are a bit sharper, the placement and arrangement of the instrumental just that little more precise; however, the charisma of melody and pop immediacy, the formula that COIN has successfully rode thusfar are still very much present (and perhaps here at their strongest realization). COIN’s focused, they’re after it and we’re (along with a great swath of the blogosphere) delighted to be party to it.

COIN (Official)

Rating 8.0

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03-05-14

Pretty Lights – Lost and Found (Odesza Remix)

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The impressive Odesza chalk up an equally impressive placement credit as they join M83, Ellie Goulding, A$AP Rocky, etc on the ostensibly blogger-friendly Divergent soundtrack with their big drums, big synths new mix for Pretty Lights’ “Lost and Found”.

ODESZA (Soundcloud)

Rating 8.4

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03-05-14

Premiere: Hoodlem – Old Friend

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Hoodlem, the Melbourne AU-based synth-hop act that inscrutably swept unto the blogosphere last year with heavily-lauded singles “Firing Line” and “Through”, release a strong return with “Old Friend”. Minimalist and soulful and melodically precise in all the best, most viscerally grabbing ways, “Old Friend” is the repeat salvo of a band that, on it’s current exponential trajectory, can only continue to command larger and larger platforms and audiences. With Hoodlem, we are party to the genesis of a twosome of true and real stars. Sample our premiere of “Old Friend” below.

Hoodlem australia (Soundcloud)

Rating 9.0

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03-04-14

Barnaby – Things We Could Do

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The UK alt-R&B train kept rollin’ w/ its latest arbiter Southampton-based Barnaby. Sound-wise in a lane between the more abstract melancholy of James Blake and the more direct plaintive melancholy of Raleigh Ritchie, Barnaby makes a standout strong first foray into an otherwise crowded genre with “Things We Could Do”. A++

Barnaby england: (Soundcloud)

Rating: 8.6

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03-03-14

Big K.R.I.T. – New Agenda (Feat. Rick Ross)

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The Big King Remembered In Time grabs the BIGGEST executive Def Jam’s ever seen, noted character actor Rick Ross for the silky smooth low-ridin of “New Agenda”. The first entry in K.R.I.T.’s “Week of K.R.I.T.” which will feature seven days of new and unreleased material from the Mississippi rapper. Boss Ross could body a mid-tempo beat like that on “New Agenda” in his (we’re imagining very expensive) sleep and he does well to play laid-back foil to KRIT’s more methodical on-the-1 flow.

Big K.R.I.T. (Facebook)

Rating 8.3

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reviewed by
03-03-14