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Max Pope – Rollercoaster

Based in Brighton and South London is Max Pope. “Rollecoaster”, the artist’s latest, has a cool stylistic bent of 60’s pop fidelity and guitar idioms mixed into an A+ plus set of hooky melodies with it’s breezy chorus being of particular strength. Stream “Rollercoaster” below.

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08-17-16

SWIMS – Twice

We’re into “Twice”, the new track from London-based SWIMS. Melodically (at least in terms of its groove) reminding a bit of Rihanna’s “Rude Boy”, “Twice” (while sounding like a lot of songs/bands out right now) overpowers on the merit of it’s very strong tune. Well done.

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08-17-16

Giraffage – Bring Me Your Love (Feat. THEA)

Out now on the venerable Fool’s Gold is “Bring Me Your Love” the THEA-featuring new steady-rocker from Camelopardalian beatsman Giraffage. Vibe too on some new tour dates from Giraffage below.

9/2 San Bernardino, CA – Nocturnal Wonderland
9/17 The Gorge, WA – Magnifique
10/7 Albuquerque, NM – Effex Nightclub
10/8 San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park
10/13 Salt Lake City, UT – Elevate
10/27 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre w/ XXYYXX
10/31 San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine w/ XXYYXX
11/3 Montreal, QC – NewSpeak
11/4 Toronto, ON – The Hoxton
11/5 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
11/9 Washington, DC – SoundCheck DC
11/10 Brooklyn, NY – Output
11/17 Orlando, FL – Venue 578
11/18 Miami, FL – Bardot
11/19 Boston, MA – Ascend Nightclub
12/1 Portland, OR – 45 East
12/3 Vancouver, BC – Celebrities Nightclub
12/9 Austin, TX – Kingdom
12/10 Dallas, TX – Lizard Lounge
12/16 Chicago, IL – The Mid
12/17 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe

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08-17-16

Premiere: Shapes in Calgary – Home

Photo: Ariana Ciorciari

Shapes in Calgary is the Brooklyn-based project of singer Alyssa Ciorciari and collaborators, producer/engineer Gary Atturio (Savoir Adore, Ski Lodge), drummer Tim McCoy (Darwin Deez, Field Mouse) and guitarist Billy Libby. The BK outfit on new track “Home” operate within a wide well of melodic empathy (try not feeling at least a tiny bit more emotionally empowered after listening to “Home”) and strong songcraft (“Home” features a cool blend of sounds and styles, 80’s pop/modern indie/songwriter, cooked up in a unique way). We dig “Home” and we’re very pleased to B3 Premiere the song below.

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08-15-16

Grapell – Some Places

We’ve posted Swedish duo Grapell a couple of times knocked out by their wistful at times sax-driven dark pop. “Some Places” (from the band’s upcoming “Love Chamber” EP out September 30th) is a very good new track from the duo that sticks to a similar aesthetic as previous tracks like “Arrow” while exploring more spacious arrangement ideas.

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08-12-16

Colouring – About You

On “About You” Colouring (fka Osca) pulls off what can at times be a near impossible task to realize, create a well-constructed modern pop song that still feels inherently soulful and just real. “About You” is that sort of song. Well done.

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08-12-16

Bishop Briggs – Pray (Empty Gun)

“Pray”, the new one from star in the making Bishop Briggs (“River”), is perfection. Ms. Briggs delivers in a big way at a crucial career moment in following up her breakout track. A+++++++++.

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08-12-16

MADEIRA – Come On Thru

We were into debut track “Manipulator” from ex-Yumi Zouma Kim Pflaum’s new MADEIRA project and we’re liking the warm tones of latest “Come On Thru” which you can stream below.

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08-10-16

Warren Wolfe – Take the Fall

“Take the Fall” is the new bit of sublime R&B from NY-based newcomer Warren Wolfe.

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08-10-16

Mr. Sanka – Flight Mode

Out now on PMR’s Beat Club imprint is “Flight Mode” the debut single from new Nick van Hofwegen (Young & Sick) project Mr. Sanka.

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08-10-16