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Premiere: Turtle – Lavender

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Turtle is Glaswegian songwriter and producer Jon Cooper. “Lavender”, an infectious and hypnotic builder galvanized by impressive turns of melodic looping, sets the scene for the Scottish artist’s upcoming second EP “Colours” as the release’s first single. “Colours”, which will follow up the excellent and lauded debut “Who Knows”, is set for a Spring 2015 release on the venerable Beatnik Creative. Stream the B3 Premiere of “Lavender” by Turtle below.

Turtle scotland (Soundcloud)

Rating 8.5

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11-23-14

Jack Garratt – The Love You’re Given

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“The Love You’re Given” is the brilliant new single from Jack Garratt. Following on from one of 2014’s best debuts, the “Remnants” EP, “The Love You’re Given”, with its stunning and forward thinking use of harmony and its clever rhythmic layering, is a bold and emphatic step forward from artist an artist already pointing in a strongly upward trajectory.

Jack Garratt (Soundcloud)

Rating 8.2123

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11-22-14

Made In Heights – Panther

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“Panther” finds one of Indie 2014 biggest success stories Made In Heights in top form. “Panther”, built on a simple synth figure and well-placed dynamic harmonies, breaks current blog pop to its most elementary and minimal eschewing embellishment for life-wringing melodic precision and quality.

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Rating 8.5

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11-21-14

I Know Leopard – Perfect Picture

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I Know Leopard are a new band out of Sydney AU that specialize in infectious and melodically superb dream pop of which new single “Perfect Picture” is an A+ example.

I Know Leopard australia (Facebook)

Rating 8.3

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11-21-14

Grapell – Shaping My Love

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Grapell is the Swedish twosome of Emil Erstrand and Nils Nygardh. Rhodes/808s-driven dark pop track “Shaping My Love” is the lead song on the duo’s very good new “Friends” EP.

Grapell sweden (Bandcamp)

Rating 8.2

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11-21-14

Yellerkin – Tools (Louis The Child Remix)

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Yellerkin, the power team of Tei Shi and REN producer Luca Buccellati and Adrian Galvin, are outfitted with a set of sparkling indie dance instrumentals on this new Louis The Child remix to blog breakout track “Tools”.

Louis The Child (Facebook)

Rating 8.3

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11-21-14

Rainy Day Women – Distance

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The lo-fi ease of Rainy Day Women’s “Distance” headlines the Perth AU band’s new Ain’t It Time LP, out now.

Rainy Day Women australia (Soundcloud)

Rating 8.3

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11-21-14

Giveaway: Angel Olsen with Kevin Morby @ El Rey Theater, Los Angeles Thurs. 12/4

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The author of one our favorite LPs of the year, the stunning and plaintive Burn Your Fire For No Witness, Angel Olsen will be performing at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on Thursday December 4th. Buoyed by an evocative and sparkling vocal, Angel Olsen’s songs traverse a varied stretch of styles and emotional latitude. We’re pleased to give away TWO pairs of tickets to next Thursday’s show to two B3 readers. Hit our inbox by Friday 11/28 at Noon PST for a shot to win. Details on tickets and further information about the concert, which also features support from Texas-based Kevin Morby, can be found here.

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11-21-14

Oceaán – Candour

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“Candour” is the third preview track from Belgian in Manchester Oliver Cean a/k/a Oceaán’s sophomore EP “Grip”. “The Grip” EP is out December 8th on our B3SCI Records in the U.S. and on Chess Club Records in the UK.

Oceaán england: (Soundcloud)

Rating: 8.6

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11-20-14

J. Tropic x Alyss – September (Earth Wind & Fire)

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Earth Wind & Fire’s “September” rules; it’s undoubtedly one of the best pop songs of late 70’s. Duly Noted Records’ J. Tropic and vocalist Alyss dial up a low touch modern indie send-up of “September” choosing a minimal instrumental and effective vocal and do well not to crowd out but rather enhance the melodic brilliance of the original track.

J. Tropic england (Soundcloud)

Rating 8.3

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11-20-14

Alex Burey – Inside World

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“Inside World” is the title track from South London newcomer Alex Burey’s debut EP. “Inside World” Pink Floyd-y soul and rhythmic structures with modern fidelity and jazz-influenced instrumentation. A++

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Rating: 8.8

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11-19-14

Leo Kalyan – Stranger

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“Stranger” is the SHIFt K3Y co-written and produced latest track from Leo Kalyan. “Stranger” excels on its 10 out of 10 tunefulness and no drama school of the 1990’s R&B production.

Leo Kalyan (Soundcloud)

Rating: 8.8

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11-19-14