Jungle – Time (Darius Remix)


Imagine the pleasant surprise we encountered in finding a remix from new fave, Darius after just showcasing his recent superbly-captivating soundscape “Ô” created with fellow French producer and collaborator pal FKJ (French Kiwi Juice). We’re totally into Darius’ newest track, a brightly-playful soul-tinged upscale-cosmo-vibed remix of former B3SCI Records rep’ed-artist Jungle; which is a suitably smooth sentimental ride on something fantastic with its delicate (yet dramatic) piano tones, atmospheric French Touch (nu-disco) accents and sweet-natured dance floor feels. Really good stuff! Reviewed by Erin Shay.

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Paisley – Yozakura


Spend a little time with the 4:20 minute dream-scape known as Part 1 from squad wave producer Paisley who floors us with an instrumentally-lustrous jazz-inspired keyboard-tone-touched beat-led sampler (tracks 1-3) from their “Hanama” EP, out now via Blvnt Records. Reviewed by Erin Shay.

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Fake Palms – Sparkles


Fake Palms is a four-piece Toronto-based lo-fi post-punk noise-pop group (begun in 2011 as a solo bedroom music project of front man Michael Le Riche) that prides itself on a natural effects-free style, sensible pop-driven vocals and righteously-heavy garage-gritty indie instrumentals from the group’s newest members (Slim Twig drummer Simone TB, Patrick Marshall of Burning Love/Nice Head and Lane Halley from Hooded Fang). With the addition of the new members (in 2015) Fake Palms is set unleash their fully-raucous self-titled debut album (which is based on demos from le Riche) via Buzz on August 28, 2015. We totally dig the EP’s stellar new poppy-hummable feedback-heavy distorted-rhythm-riffed second single “Sparkles” (which follows the group’s April career-debut track “Sun Drips”) for its finely-tuned balance between a loaded barrage of heavy-metallic-percussion-led instrumentals and le Riche’s divinely-spun poppy vocals. Apparently, Fake Palms created “Sparkles” in two very focused hours; Le Riche says it was “an experiment to see how off center we could get musically, counterbalanced with classic pop melodies… at the end of the day we’re trying to make music that you can hum along to”. Be sure to catch the new instrumentally-improved Fake Palms on tour during the late summer/early fall starting with an August 22nd start date in Montreal. Reviewed by Erin Shay.

8/22 Montreal, QC @ Bar L’Esco
8/23 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
8/24 Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades
8/25 Baltimore, MD @ The Crown
8/26 Washington, DC @ DC9
8/27 Chapel Hill, NC @ The Cave
8/28 Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge
8/29 Nashville, TN @ The Crying Wolf
8/30 Detroit, MI @ PJ’s Lager House
9/10 Toronto, ON @ Silver Dollar
9/11 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
9/12 London, ON @ Call The Office

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TENDER – Legion


We adore the warmly-inviting profoundly-lovely poetic-dreamy vocal feels and stunningly emotive synth-led instrumental presence of new track “Legion” a sublimely melodic downtempo-paced dynamo from the new-to-B3 UK newcomer-act aptly called Tender, which is comprised of a core group of long-time producer friends. “Legion” is the debut track for Tender who also just released a new one today called “Armor”; which excels equally for its mildly-delivered vulnerable-sided vocals, soft-falling-instrumentals-based undercurrent and a sweetly-reverberant overall sense-calming vibe. We are impressed with the simple accomplished quality of Tender and (despite this short encounter) have placed them on our mental list of 2015 new artists to watch. Reviewed by Erin Shay.

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Draper – On You (Feat. Alby Hobbs)


Get a load of the wildly dynamic synth-heavy harmonics and rhythmically vibrant beat-peppered metallic percussion of new track “On You” from London producer Draper who enlists the out-of-this-world sultry vocals of Alby Hobbs (which we are drawn to for their deep soulfully-emotive qualities and varying highly-expressive range of style). Well done! Reviewed by Erin Shay.

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Zikomo – Eclipse


We can’t get our ears off of new track “Eclipse” the melodic and sunny natural-bent buoyantly-percussive multi-layered neo-soul jam from Zikomo, who we last covered on B3 for his sensational disco-leaning electro-funk dance flip of J Dilla’s whimsical, pure velvet track “Purple”. Reviewed by Erin Shay.

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Chet Faker – 1998 (Feat. Banks)


Get enthralled by the soulfully sonorous male-female vocal juxtaposition (including a new interpret of Faker’s classic catchy hook) and a beautiful artistically-laid seamless meld of old and new on Chet Faker’s new golden-vocaled Banks-infused indie-dance reinterpret of “1998”, his poppy r&b banger hit from last year. Faker’s newest interpretation of “1998” recently premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 and helped to launch his world tour (which kicks off on July 31st). Reviewed by Erin Shay.

7/31: Montreal, Canada @ Osheaga Music & Arts Festival
08/01: Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza Music & Arts Festival
08/03: Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
08/04: Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
08/07: San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
08/15: Seattle, WA @ 1077 The End Summer Camp 2015
08/16: Portland, OR @ KNRK 94.7 Birthday Concert
08/22: Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
10/30: Melbourne, AUS @ Arts Centre Melbourne, Sidney Myer Music Bowl
10/31: Brisbane, AUS @ Riverstage
11/06: Sydney, AUS @ Sydney Opera House Forecourt
11/07: Sydney, AUS @ Sydney Opera House Forecourt

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Premiere: Reighnbeau – Ghost


Reighnbeau is Albuquerque, NM electronic musician Bryce Fletcher. “Ghost”, the latest stream from Reighnbeau, fits a whirl of kaleidoscope electronics and shards of vocal clips against a soft touch set of layered rhythms. Sample the B3SCI Premiere of Reighnbeau’s “Ghost” below and look for more material from Reighnbeau on deck very soon.

7.31.15 Albuquerque, NM @ Dos Equis Stage
8.29.15 Denver, CO @ Rhinoceropolis
9.20.15 Albuquerque, NM @ Sister w/ Laetitia Sadier (of Stereolab)
9.21.15 Santa Fe, NM @ AHA progressive Arts Festival
10.18.15 Annandale on Hudson, NY @ Bard College

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Big Scary – Organism


Wind up your day with the edgy horn-laden synth-driven underground psych rock feels and contrasting pop-saturated vocals of new track “Organism” from Aussie male-female alt-pop duo Big Scary; who adorn their listener on the track with a well-constructed mesh of sounds from a full-tilt synth-line to some seriously rad A+ sax accents. If you are into Big Scary’s brazenly-subtle indie drenched sound be sure to check out the twosome on tour in North America during September and October for their first shows in over a year. New one “Organism” is out now via Melbourne-based label Pieater. Reviewed by Erin Shay.

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