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Tsar B – Escalate

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Yes! The new marching orders in new wave-R&B have been emphatically called out by Belgian newcomer Tsar B. “Escalate”, Tsar B’s debut track, is brimming over with cool new ideas, creative turns of arrangement and some seriously strong melodic sensibility. “Escalate” isn’t so much a debut as a proclamation and it needs to be heard.

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SWUM – Lucid

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We’re pleasantly perplexed by the deeply expressive montage of uniquely creative beats, quiet subtle-touch guitar riffs and divinely-inspired picture-perfect seductive-expansive ambient background vocals on new dreamy fave “Lucid”, an outstanding hip-hop-influenced beauty created by Jerusalem-based producer Swum Beats. Reviewed by Erin Shay.

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Review: Flume with River Tiber @ Mayan Theater, L.A. on 11/12

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Red Bull Sound Select should just run for mayor of Los Angeles this of November as they are already running this town… Thursday’s Mayan Theater edition of RBSS was another stellar showing (topped off with free pizza and cookies to those in attendance, well played!)

Freshly minted signee to Boysnoize Records, Taskforce brought the beats to start the night off. The Minneapolis drum machine wizard conjured the crowd into a dance party highlighted by personal favorite, “Police Brace For Violence”.

Heading up north, Toronto native, River Tiber, hit the stage next. Vibey and chill, this Canadian (liked by BADBADNOTGOOD and Drake) laid an emotional haze out and over the packed Mayan.

Finally, Aussie DJ/producer Flume (Harley Streten) who is no stranger to B3SCI or myself (seeing him 4 times now). Flume’s 2013 self-titled LP was outstanding and considered widely one of that year’s best. For the set, Flume played all the hits, some new stuff and a delivered a very special guest; bringing out Andrew Wyatt (of Miike Snow) for an incredible performance of new single “Some Minds”. Flume always brings it (light show, mix, overall production). It was one giant party in DTLA.

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Basic Tape – Not Afraid

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We’re psyched on the brilliantly vibe-y indie dance triumph “Not Afraid” from French-electro duo Basic Tape (a.k.a Sav and Ben) who we think bring a cool magnetic minimalist style worth keeping an ear on. Reviewed by Erin Shay.

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11-18-15

Neil Thomas – Home

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Get acquainted with the distinctly catchy pop songwriting talents and dazzling velvety vocals of new-find London-based singer-songwriter Neil Thomas on his excellent new radio-ready guitar groove layered pop gem “Home”. Reviewed by Erin Shay.

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Luna – Madly

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We like the starry-eyed cheery-sensed melody-driven instrumentals and creative-touch warm-ebullient cosmic-vibe undercurrents of “Madly” a vocally-picturesque ambient beauty from a mysterious new producer named Luna. Reviewed by Erin Shay.

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Kultur – Jeux d’Enfants

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French producer Kultur, also know as Ismaël Dabo, creates a vividly-effervescent vibrant-pause-inflected potpourri of dreamy ambient beats, syrupy hazy atmospheric vocals, and perfect-touch melodic piano tone accents on his new electro delight “Jeux d’Enfants”. Reviewed by Erin Shay.

Kultur (Soundcloud)

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Premiere: R e l – Gooey (Glass Animals)

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r e l, the L.A.-based artist who in May released a very good self-titled EP, posses an extra affecting voice. Particularly special here on this new cover of Glass Animals’ “Gooey” (one of this indie decade’s best songs) is r e l’s skill at threading/weaving her vocal phrasing in an almost symbiotic way with the instrumental’s flow and pacing; listening to the track is akin to feeling the sensation (at least what I imagine this sensation to be like!) of being gently wound through a melodic whirlwind (think Pythagoras’ “Musica universalis”). We’re very impressed. r e l’s debut LP is in the works for early 2016.

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11-17-15

Rick Ross – Amazing Grace

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Get into the classically-excellent wise-cracking catchy-flow Rick Ross magic on new track “Amazing Grace”, the prolific trend bender’s sublimely chill production which has us all wondering when the man is going to do a full album of tunes stylistically just like this (mafioso beats, cold paced flows, etc). Call us Ross, we’ll produce it; you’ve got our number. Awesome track. Reviewed by Erin Shay.

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