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[B3SCI Records] Young & Sick – Ojai EP

Out now on B3SCI Records is Ojai, the new EP from Dutch-born L.A. artist Nick van Hofwegen a/k/a Young & Sick. Anchored by title track “Ojai” which Stereogum called “a full-on dance jam” and featuring latest stream, the Complex-tipped “The Road”, “Ojai” was written and recorded during Nick’s travels throughout the American continent. Ojai is available now on limited three-color splatter vinyl B3SCI Records.

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01-31-18

MEMBA – Middle Man

New York-based duo Memba have just dropped “Middle Man,” their first single to be released independent of any label. Chopped and screwed hip-hop gives a dark and misty feel when spun around bass-heavy electropop. Vibrant synths bounce atop vocals from British rapper Asher Don, the track’s featured artist. Bursting with battery-powered drive, the lyrics speak to the corruption of an industry of middle men profiting off hardworking artists.

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01-31-18

MTMBO – Mottingham

MTMBO, a London-based neo-soul singer/songwriter by the name of Richie Matembo, has released “Mottingham.” The single lives delicately on flower petals, swaying with falsetto vocals akin to a murky autumn evening. Lo-fi electric guitar and bass crowd the periphery. The singer’s voice takes on many forms in just over 3 minutes, swelling and subsiding in an earnest paragon of the mind.

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01-31-18

Premiere: CAPYAC – Down In It (Feat. Caroline Watson)

“Down In It” is brand new (premiere! premiere! premiere!) from French band CAPYAC. Vets of SXSW, Austin City Limits, Euphoria Fest, Sound on Sound Fest, the group traffic in expertly executed warm Francophone synth-driven textures and melodies. The track features vocalist Caroline Watson and may/may not be an insight into the direction of the band’s forthcoming EP “Who Is Donny Flamingo”. To quote (and follow carefully), “In 1612, on the 15th night of the first month, when the moon was half, centered in the sky and the village’s families in their beds, there was a local magistrate who pondered the great questions in his mind. He found his quill and his ink and began to, without filter, press his thoughts into the page. This is a similar feeling that we had writing the song “Down In It”. We want the page to reveal the shapes that correspond with letters and enunciations, corresponding to feelings that we’ve had and that the universal “we” have also had. There is no use rewriting the books, because we have printers. This gives you a glimpse of insight into our writing process. As a whole, how does this song fit into our next EP “Who is Donny Flamingo”? It remains to be seen. Certainly, Donny Flamingo is a curious character that is difficult to define, a complex villain, a tale as old as tails, so I don’t think we have the answers, not yet at least.”

Stream the B3SCI Premiere of “Down In It” from CAPYAC.

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01-25-18

[B3SCI Records] LOVE SICK – Hope

Out today digitally from our B3SCI Records is “Hope” the new single from Glaswegian-origin duo LOVE SICK. The twosome, tipped by NME, Best Fit, Crack in the Road, and more following their debut track “Bullet” describe “Hope” as “a song about chasing your dreams envisaging them right in front of you mixed with the struggles and anxieties you have to overcome to get there, with the silver lining being the hope that one day you will.” LOVE SICK will play their first headline show in Glasgow on April 4 at Nice N Sleazys. “Hope” is available now digitally at B3SCI Records.

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01-24-18

TOBi – January December

We like the chronologically-topical “January December”, new from Toronto artist TOBi. Pushed forward by clean guitar stabs and a easy-flowing school of Paak main melody, “January December” manages to be as (very) emotionally potent as it is magnetic and instantaneously catchy.

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01-22-18

Emerson Leif x Golden Vessel – Hesitate

Brisbane artist Emerson Leif has released “Hesitate” with his friend and frequent collaborator Golden Vessel. The static and sampled humming of the single falls on you like a warm blanket. Scattered drums and synths emerge from the periphery with a stealthiness that transfixes. Alternative R&B and indie pop are coalescing in the same fish bowl, and it couldn’t feel more natural.

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01-22-18

Kailee Morgue – Unfortunate Soul

19 year old alternative pop singer Kailee Morgue has done it again. “Unfortunate Soul,” off her newest EP, Medusa, is definitely my fav. Morgue successfully navigates her way between clean guitar sounds and letting her hair down, pleading and shouting “I’m an unfortunate soul. It’s just the way that I roll.” And if that chorus doesn’t make you wanna embrace the teenage angsty girl inside you, I don’t know what will.

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01-22-18

Palehound – Sea of Blood

Palehound has released “Sea of Blood” as part of an upcoming two-track release titled “YMCA Pool”, scheduled to come out on January 26. Fresh female vocals dance atop indie rock pandemonium. The dissonant mash of compressed guitar and a seemingly 16-bit drum track flood my ears with the same eerie acoustics of a literal pool. Suddenly, I’m floating on my back at the YMCA—the squeals of wet tile echo in the distance as prepubescent progeny run along my periphery. The tune is care-free and jarring, making it perfect for those in search of a confused and ecstatic burst of energy.

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01-18-18

Boyo – A Social Death by Proximity (In Los Feliz)

This LA based lo-fi artist is hitting all the right notes in “A Social Death by Proximity (In Los Feliz),” a track recently released as a tease for his upcoming full-length album Me, Again. BOYO’s airy male vocals soar like indie rock sonnets over grungy guitar and drums. Lyrics spin like your high school bedroom after few too many beers. It’s a lazy day parade of Mac Demarco-esque thumping and mushy hypnagogic pop.

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01-18-18

Oscar Key Sung – Fools (Feat. Ah Mer ah su & HTML Flowers)

We’re digging “Fools”, new from Melbourne AU’s Oscar Key Sung, and it’s kinetic blend of soulful house-inspired instrumentation and cool melodic writing.

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01-11-18