TOKiMONSTA – Put It Down (Feat. Anderson Paak & KRNE)


TOKiMONSTA will release her Fovere LP through Hardly Art on January 29. “Put It Down” features the current blog fave Anderson Paak on the vocal with Bay Area producer KRNE chipping in a behind the back assist on the instrumental. “Put It Down” is a really cool blend of styles (mainstream hip hop, trap, more esoteric dance music), sort of a one track microcosm of TOKi’s main stylistic lanes. TOKiMONSTA’s on tour right now and those upcoming live dates are available for your perusal below.

11/25 Detroit, MI – Populux
11/27 Toronto, ON – Mod Club
12/01 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
12/02 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
12/03 Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
12/04 Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry
12/05 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
12/08 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West

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Premiere: The Brinks – Temporary Love

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The Brinks are new duo composed of New York City producer Matt Friedman and Australian singer Scott Mellis. The twosome are readying their debut EP for a December 4th release on Louder Than Life Records. “Temporary Love”, the six song EP’s title track, is a cool and potent (and very well-constructed) mix of strong soulful melodic writing and spare forward-thinking production. The EP is executive produced by Pusha T(!) and one of our all-time favorite producers Salaam Remi(!) and the band has some very influential advocates including reigning King of Pop Pharrell Williams. We love the track and are very pleased to B3 Premiere it below.

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Your Friend – Heathering


Your Friend, aka Domino Records artist Taryn Miller, will release her debut full-length Gumption in January. The melancholic melodic whirl of “Heathering” is the LP’s beautiful first track. Slow motion reverb, down-in-the-mix percussion and an expansive frame of scintillating (in the twinkling sense) electronics and bobs of circling guitar taps mark “Heathering”s cinematic sound. Spin the top track below.

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JackLNDN – Streams


At the beginning of the month we covered B3 fave artist deep-house style-god JackLNDN for his beautifully-smooth mellow-expansive lush and sunny golden-vibe synth-spun late-night dance floor stunner called “Hit Refresh” (which is one of four tracks off LNDN’s latest eclectics-leaning deep house EP “Summer Never Ends Vol. 2”). If you adore the song as much as we do (we’re very into LNDN’s sound at the moment) prepare to groove into your week with “Streams” the entrancing melody-textured vocals-centered trumpet-y upscale-jazz-club bombshell which is the already-released lead song off the same EP. Reviewed by Erin Shay.

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Brandyn Burnette – Down

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We like the sweetly dynamic progressive soul vocals of St. Louis singer-songwriter Brandyn Burnett (new to B3) on his seductively exquisite vocals-led gem “Down” which is the first track off his recently released “Made of Dreams” EP. Reviewed by Erin Shay.

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[B3SCI Records] Rare Monk EP

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Portland band Rare Monk are back today with their second release for our B3SCI Records in the form of self-titled EP. The EP features the Spotify New Music Friday-featured “Warning Pulse” lauded by Pigeons and Planes for its “instant coolness” and new single “California” which has been praised by Best Fit and The Burning Ear. We’re stoked to announce today EP release which is available both digitally and as a limited edition CD at B3SCI Records.

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Krs – Faking It (Feat. Mars Today, Khary, Maurice Moore & Bnjmn)


After enjoying a number of style-setting dance-oriented dynamics-loaded dancehall-heavy bootlegs from Toronto-based producer and Film Noir: Sound founder Krs, we are thrilled to discuss the launch of his long-awaited debut album S.I.W.A.H. (no clue what the name stands for or how to pronounce). The man Krs. sets off his own debut’s momentum like a charm with a potent first single called “Fakin” which is flawlessly produced by Krs. along with his pals SF-bred LA-based vocalist/producer Mars Today and Toronto producer Bnjmn.. New one “Fakin” features an artfully juxtaposed line-up of radiant-sublime odd-match songwriting chemistry and a clever-opposite combo of smash-hit vocals (from Mars Today, Canadian r&b songwriter/vocalist/producer Maurice Moore and Providence-based hip-hop artist Khary). We particularly recommend “Fakin” for its fine-tuned meld of impeccably catchy and hypnotic knockout-seductive (c’est la vie-vibe) catchy-refrain-driven vocals from Mars Today, Maurice Moore’s superbly sexy-sensitive songwriter swoon and Khary’s contrasting on-point quiet calamity of poetic-romantic hip-hop vocals (which have a slightly-gritty love-lamenting perspective that we can appreciate). Great collaboration! Reviewed by Erin Shay.

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[B3SCI Records] Over Sands EP


B3SCI is very pleased to announce today the release of the self-titled debut EP from English duo Over Sands. The twosome recorded much of the EP isolated inside a remote beach house on the English coast, using found sound and outdoor recording in tracking the record’s four tracks. The EP praised by Best Fit, Clash, and WTGR, the EP which includes the excerpted below “Hounds”, is available now both digitally and on limited edition clear vinyl from our B3SCI Records.

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Hubie Davison – Sanctified


The Commodores “I Feel Sanctified” is the source material for Irish musician in London Hubie Davison’s feel good disco jam “Sanctified”. A modernization of The Commodores track galvanized with a more muscular rhythm structures and looped up vocals and instrumental bits, “Sanctified” sounds as fresh as the Fresh Step + Fresh and Easy + Fresh Prince of Bel Air (and that’s really really fresh). “Sanctified” is out on November 27th on Midland’s ReGraded label.

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Mereki – Dth Buny


Press play on this new one from L.A.-based Mereki and shit gets immediately rowdy. The SoCal singer brings a charming raucousness of industrial and punk noise to her well-informed and balanced pop songwriting craft. It’s been too long since we’ve from heard from Mereki, and it seems now between collaboration and live stints with the likes of Goldroom, she’s also been hard at work on more original material, and if “Dth Buny” serves an indication – those upcoming tracks are poised to impress. Be sure to check her out live before the New Year if you’ll be in L.A. area.

November 20th – Upstairs at Ace Hotel / Flood Magazine/ ASCAP
December 17th – The Satellite / ‘A Very Merry Christmas Benefit Show

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Brasstracks – Say U Won’t


B3-lauded Brooklyn musician/producer duo and electronic-brass-hybrid style mavericks Brasstracks amaze us (yet again) with their quintessential collage of exquisitely robust-brassy-horn-laced instrumentals and energetic soulfully-expressed complimentary beats on their new swanky trumpet-saturated lounge-dynamo original named “Say U Won’t” (which is seemingly the slightly-more-polished and showy anthesis to a previous melody on Brasstracks’ quite-excellent recent production “Say U Will”). We think its safe to assume the brilliant transformation in style on the latest track is a toe-tapping bright-quality indication of what fans can expect on the duo’s upcoming buzz-worthy yet-to-be-titled album that is set to release sometime early next year. With such incredible style there is a good chance of the NY-duo gracing our December year-end lists! Reviewed by Erin Shay.

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[B3SCI Records] Hidden Charms – Love You Cause You’re There

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Out today on B3SCI Records is “Love You Cause You’re There”, the new single from UK band Hidden Charms. The follow-up to this summer’s “Dreaming of Another Girl” single on B3, “Love You Cause You’re There” was called by Pigeons & Planes “bluesy, full-bodied rock” and that “It’s rooted in the traditional, but the raw energy cuts through for an electrifying effect” (We agree!) and picked up by other cool sites like Et Musique Pour Tous and DJs Zane Lowe, Annie Mac and Huw Stephens. Get the new release from the Charms at B3SCI Records.

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