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Usher – Good Kisser

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One of Usher’s best assets and a contributor to his longevity is his ability to credibly adapt to changing styles in urban and pop music. “Good Kisser” is Mr. Raymond’s latest stylistic iteration and while its elements of construction are both interesting and relevant (the fat jazzy/Pharrell-esque/almost Curtis Mayfield-like rhythmic elements are quite cool) and ultimately quite listenable the execution (and really lack of a memorable primary hook) will likely limit its ceiling as a hit.

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Rating 8.4938

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05-05-14

Ryan Hemsworth – Ryan Must Be Destroyed (Wave Racer Remix)

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The current love affair between Canadian Ryan Hemsworth and Aussie Wave Racer is creating waves on the internet. Flipping each other’s tracks (Ryan remixing “Streamers” and Wave Racer making vibey “Ryan Must Be Destroyed”) is not only a smartest move for both young DJ/producers, but also a huge win for the listener. Listen to both below. Reviewed by Brian Litwin.

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Rating 8.3

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05-03-14

KHUSHI – In The Sun

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London UK-based KHUSHI, author of in the last twelve months of two of indie pop’s most dynamic and unique singles “Magpie” and “Phantoms”, previews a new track from his forthcoming “Phantoms” EP in the form of the romantic spiraling sounds of “In The Sun”.

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Rating 8.3

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05-03-14

Premiere: Thief – Cry Me a River (Justin Timberlake)

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Aussie songwriter/indie pop impresario PJ Wolf a/k/a Thief, who’s playful (and a little bit of an anthem) “Closer” was one of our favorite tunes of last fall, turns in an inventive rhythmically re-rinsed cover of a more than likely musical kindred spirit Justin Timberlake and one of the greatest songs of the 00’s (and probably of all time) “Cry Me a River”. Turn up the B3 Premiere of Thief’s take on “Cry Me a River” below.

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Rating 8.3

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05-02-14

Laura Groves – Friday (demo)

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London-based Laura Groves’ demo for “Friday” is highlighted by a spectacularly emotive and expert series of melodic lines. The piano-driven track’s cohesive turns of tune of mood are particularly special. Do not miss.

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Rating 8.3

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05-02-14

Heavy Steps – Flamingo

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Aussie outfit Heavy Steps released the melodic nu-R&B of single “Flamingo” back in March but it’s new to us now c/o of IS. Heavy Steps’ s/t debut EP is out now.

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Rating 8.3

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05-02-14

Sivu – My Oh My

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The great Sivu’s latest track is a carefully crafted blend of delicate bedroom beats and the UK singer’s lovely melodic stairstepping washed with one of the best falsettos in the game right now. Of the lyrical content of the song Sivu had this to says, “it’s about being grateful for where you are now, if you could’ve seen yourself today at the age of 16.”. Listen.

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Rating 8.3

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05-02-14

Naughty Boy – Home (Feat. Romans)

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UK chart staple Naughty Boy teams with new Roc Nation-signee Romans on the no doubt British #1 “Home”. Sort of akin to the ballad wizardry past collaborator Sam Smith is peddling these days, “Home” sits squarely in that soulful, longing, big hooks zone that performs so well on UK charts.

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Rating 8.3

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05-02-14

IYES – Toys (demo)

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Brighton duo IYES follow up the impressive showings of “Glow”, “Daddy” and “Lighthouse” with the hypnotic “Toys”. Hitting it out of the park, yet again, this track showcases their particular production and songwriting talent. The subtle guitar licks, the repetitive drum beat, and Melis’ vocals layer, make for yet another standout track. By Brian Litwin

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Rating 8.5

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05-01-14