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Angharad Drake – Baby

Brisbane AU 24-year old Angharad Drake impresses on sullenly beautiful new one “Baby”. Gifted with an evocative vocal with a unique affecting timbre, Ms. Drake effectively communicates a narrative of some of love’s more isolating passages on “Baby”.

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11-08-16

Bruno Major – The First Thing You See

The impressive “The First Thing You See” is the third entry in Northampton UK native Bruno Major’s 12 month release project. Fresh from a supporting stint for Lianne La Havas, the quickly rising Major draws from a creative palette of James Blake/Jamie Woon-styled electronic-aided eclecticism crossed with a deep internalization (very clear melodically on “The First Thing You See”) of melodic prime movers like Chet Baker and Ella Fitzgerald. We love “The First Thing You See” and we love Bruno Major. Listen.

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11-04-16

Rodes Rollins – Young & Thriving

A sublime and magnetic vocal, an evocative and transportive tranche of a production choices and instrumentation, and a run of melodies and tunefulness that is just wrecking to one’s central viscera (enough hyperbole for you?), Rodes Rollins’ “Young & Thriving” is some very very good dark pop. One of the best debut tracks of the year.

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11-04-16

COTE – Golden Hour

The slow emotive burn of “Golden Hour” is the latest from BK-based COTE. Fixed on a detached central whirl of quiet drums and heart-wringing harmonies “Golden Hour” shows of a further thoughtful and accomplished layer of COTE’s writing/artistry. Get interested in “Golden Hour” above and check out “London” from earlier this year which we loved too.

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11-04-16

Premiere: Flybear – Lies

Out today from 20-year old producer Flybear is “Lies”, the second track from his forthcoming debut EP “Night Hike”. On “Lies”, which follows follows breakthrough song “Soon…”, Flybear excels through a FlyLo-esque threading of organic instrumentation and grooves within the idiom of state-of-the-genre bass music. Flybear’s particular iteration of that blend sets apart from the greater majority of his beats/bass music peers, e.g. “Lies” sounds fresh and dynamic vs. is tired/blatant Youtube stream-hunting. We dig Flybear and we dig “Lies” which is available to spin above now via B3 Premiere. Lies is available now on Big Beat.

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11-01-16