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Banks – Drowning

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Our girl Banks debuts another single via BBC Radio 1; this time with Zane Lowe. “Drowning” is right up Banks’ fans alley and introduces the intriguing pairing of Jill with UK producer Al Shux (“Empire State of Mind”). Right now, it’s impossible to deny the speeding buzz train is Banks and we are looking to her debut full length Goddess due out on Sept. 9 via Harvest Records. Reviewed by Brian Litwin.

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Rating 8.6

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05-21-14

Lido – Money

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If Aaliyah could produce trap records from the grave (we don’t immediately discredit the possibility of it), the 90’s R&B as trap of Lido’s “Money” would be a close approximation of Trap Aaliyah’s sound. The electronic pyrotechnics are all over “Money” (your “When Will The Bass Drop” mind’s eye will not be let down in that area) but the guts of the track are firmly R&B. Love it.

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Rating 8.3

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05-21-14

Misun – Eli Eli

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Our friends in MISUN score an impressive placement on the brand new Kitsune America compilation for track “Eli Eli”. Further exploring the C&W riffing of “Hills & Trails”, the summery “Eli Eli” easily reaches the Misun-level of caliber of the D.C.-bred band’s extraordinarily consistent and varied catalogue. Strains of first generation rock and roll, surf, hip hop weave seamlessly on the track and rudder the track’s neatly rhythmic melodic choices. We are loving it. The Kitsune America compilation is due June 2nd.

Misun maryland (Facebook)

Rating 8.4

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05-21-14

Premiere: City Tribe – Broken Arrow

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We’re very pleased to premiere “Broken Arrow” the latest track from San Francisco band City Tribe. Excerpted from the band’s new LP Undertow, “Broken Arrow” blends the West Coast easy harmonies of a Fleet Foxes with the chaotic beauty/tempest in a tea-cup quality of Neil Young’s noisier records. Undertow, the LP recorded by former Manchester Orchestra drummer Andy Freeman is out July 29. Sample the B3 Premiere of “Broken Arrow” below.

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Rating 8.4

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05-21-14

Rare Monk – Splice (4AM Rework)

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T.O. producer 4AM who scored a recent Hypem Top 3 with his energy electro mix for Zella Day lends his big room sound to the unlikely oeuvre of the Pacific NW’s defending heavyweight champs of big rhythm rock Rare Monk’s “Splice” single.

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Rating 8.4

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05-20-14

Saba – Burnout (Feat. Eryn Allen Kane)

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Chicago emcee Saba who featured on Chance the Rapper’s blogger rap fave Acid Rap debuts the R&B-laced “Burnout”. Buoyed by a strong vocal from Detroit singer Eryn Allen Kane that would not be out of place on ’97 Total record, “Burnout’s” roughly 3:30 glide by excellently with Saba’s multi-gear flow neatly complemented by the track’s densely-layered piano-driven instrumental. Saba’s COMFORTzone is out July 15.

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Rating 8.4

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05-20-14

Sean O’Neill – Vienna

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Sean O’Neill is a Perth AU-bred songwriter dabbling in the dark art of cinematic, emotionally bear, instrumentally majestic balladry. Previewing first single “Vienna” (aside from it being a great song), names like Bon Iver, Sufjan, Volcano Choir, etc. come to mind but maybe most interestingly is a name-check in the now UK-based O’Neill’s bio of the great 20th C. composer (and author to some of the century’s most stunning compositions) Arvo Part. The wholeness and vast almost cosmic type of quality to Sean’s music certainly reflects that Part influence. Listen to “Vienna” below.

Sean O’Neill (Soundcloud)

Rating 8.3

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05-20-14

Sade – Sweetest Taboo (Flava Dre / Warren Xclnce Rework)

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World golden girl Sade is remixed in the nouveau house style by the many times talented Warren Xclnce for “Sweetest Taboo”. (IS)

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Rating 8.4

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05-20-14

Zella Day – 1965 (IYES Refix)

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Heavy buzz hitters hailing from Brighton, Team IYES re-imagine Zella’s wistful paean “1965” through the UK duo’s genre-bouncing visceral-pop stylistic locus with a stunning turnt-down end product.

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Rating 8.3

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05-19-14