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Premiere: Upstairs Open – You Got Love

“You Got Love” is the debut track from Upstairs Open, the UK-based duo of Daniel James and Courtney Paynter. Buoyed by magnetic set of melodies and a cinematic in style arrangement and rhythmic churn, the James Earp-produced (Fickle Friends, Bipolar Sunshine) “You Got Love” introduces Upstairs Open as very talented arbiters of alternative pop. Stream the B3SCI Premiere of “You Got Love” from Upstairs Open below and look for a forthcoming debut EP from the band soon.

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09-21-17

[B3SCI Records] Swimming Tapes – Soft Sea Blue EP

Today is the day! On B3SCI Records and the venerable Hand in Hive is ‘Soft Sea Blue’, the new EP from Swimming Tapes. The EP features four tracks including “Queen’s Parade” which Wonderland said “cemented them as one to watch” and new track “Alison” which Clash calls the band’s “latest wonder” and a “guitar pop gem”. More details about the EP can be obtained here at B3SCI Records. If you’re in or around London, Swimming Tapes play The Lexington on Wednesday (Sep 20) and info on the show can be obtained here.

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09-15-17

Premiere: Cosmos & Creature – Ride the Wave

The rapidly rising L.A.-based duo Cosmos & Creature are back today with potent new one “Ride the Wave”. The twosome who count a Spotify US Global #1 and opening slots with John Mayer and James Bay in their C.V. excel further forward on “Ride the Wave” a big accessible pop crossover-ready track complete with the hook-writing aplomb to conquer streaming charts around the world. About the creative genesis of the track, the duo says, “We wrote “Ride The Wave” about taking your first step when you can’t necessarily foresee the outcome. It’s about learning to embrace the journey over the destination, and more importantly making your own future. We hope this message empowers people to go after what they love & believe in, even when facing adversity.” We’re very pleased to premiere “Ride the Wave” from Cosmos & Creature below.

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09-15-17

Premiere: Sean Christopher – Paper Plane Pilot

Dutch musician in Bristol UK Sean Christopher streams great new track “Paper Plane Pilot”. Mr. Christopher whose song “Everything” sync’d internationally in an Audi commercial pulls particular inspiration for this new track from his father’s flamenco guitar playing. The track itself excels on that swerve-y texture in route to a very listenable and magnetic bit of guitar pop. We’re very pleased to B3 premiere “Paper Plane Pilot” below and look for Sean Christopher’s debut LP Yonder forthcoming from Dumont Dumont.

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09-14-17

SALES – Talk a Lot

Orlando duo SALES release first follow-up track to their 2016 debut LP in the form “Talk a Lot”, a sunny syncopated number buoyed by a great magnetic main melody and hazy harmonies. Stream below.

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09-08-17

Ben Stevenson – No Better Way

Canadian artist Ben Stevenson knocks down many of the key points of the School of Sade songwriting book without aping the great Ms. Adu or coming off as a sound-a-like. We like.

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09-08-17

Fhin – Irreversible (Feat. Chloe Black)

So much soul wrapped into a sleek four-minute package. “Irreversible” new from French producer Fhin and featuring a vocal from fave Chloe Black is one of those perfect intersections of top of the game production, a stunning set of melodic lines and really great arranging. <3

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09-08-17

Aaron Taos – Bangs

Aaron Taos’ consistent high-level output keeps rolling on the subtly melancholic surf-y “Bangs”.

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09-08-17

Luke Marzec – Another Guy

One of our favorite records of 2017 is “Another Guy” the first track online from Luke Marzec. Galvanized by a raspy, very soulful main vocal and and neatly juxtaposed instrumental elements (hushed 1/32 note electrics mark out an otherwise woozy outer space aesthetic), “Another Guy” is a very strong debut.

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09-08-17

B3SCI & Danger Village Present: Cosmos & Creature and G. Smith at Dirty Laundry, L.A. on 9/12

Following on from last month’s show with Sam Sure and Coastal Clouds, we’re very pleased to co-present with the awesome Danger Village a gig with talented twosome Cosmos & Creature and excellent songwriter G. Smith at Dirty Laundry in Hollywood. this Tuesday 9/12! The show starts at 10 and also features a DJ set from KCRW’s Marion Hodges. Be there!

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09-08-17

Great News – Wonderfault

Great News, the Norwegian trio with a penchant for big hooky reverb pop levels up on anthemic new one “Wonderfault”.

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09-06-17