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Interview: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Things are starting to break for Melbourne’s Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (think The Strokes and Parquet Courts). Sub Pop has signed them for the US and they just completed their successful run on the Laneway Festival tour that hit major cities in and around Australia. They’re Coachella-bound in April and will hit other US cities before heading to Europe for a trek that will include the Primavera Festival in Barcelona. Here was our chat prior to their successful hometown set at Laneway Melbourne.

Hear Bruce Rave’s weekly new indie jams on three stations, with show announcements on his Go Deep With Bruce Rave facebook page. Archived shows available on the KX 93.5 site, where you can also subscribe to receiving the weekly two-hour version as an iTunes podcast at no charge.

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04-01-18

Premiere: Arroyo – Please Just Let Me Know

“Please Just Let Me Know” is the debut track online for Gold Coast, AU duo Arroyo. A minor-key mid-tempo stomper, “Please Just Let Me Know” is full up with great and creative hooks and a melody that sounds ready to be belted back by thousands in a stadium somewhere. A promising debut. Stream the B3SCI Premiere of “Please Just Let Me Know” by Australian twosome Arroyo below.

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05-03-18

Premiere: Little Elizabeth – Gday For It

Yes! We’re especially stoked to premiere the video for one of our favorite songs of the year so far “G’Day For It” from Little Elizabeth. On “G’day For It” the Melbourne AU trio channel the sound of lo-fi visceral funk birthed in the late 70’s by artists like Latimore and George McCrae. The sound of “G’day For It” is cool as hell. The video finds the Little Elizabeth crew fitted to “G’day For It”s midtempo BPMs amidst the sunny back-lit rolling hills and skate parks of Australia. Stream the B3 Premiere of the video for Little Elizabeth’s “G’day For It” below.

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04-19-18

Premiere: Sama Dams – Western Love

Sama Dams is an emerging indie group from Portland that’s got an infectious minimalist rock vibe I keep coming back to. We’re honored to be premiering “Western Love” off their upcoming LP, Say It. Take a gander at those vibrato synths, melancholy vocals, and soft tambourine. The track’s tenderness is worth your time.

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04-04-18

Premiere: Kidsmoke – Sister Sadness

We loved “Sister Sadness”, the latest single from one of our favorite new bands Kidsmoke, back in February so we’re especially stoked to premiere the video for the jangly magnetic track. If you’re in England or Wales you can check out the Wrexham band live in the coming months (dates included below) starting tomorrow night in London at The Finsbury.

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6th April – The Finsbury, London

7th April – Night & Day Cafe, Manchester

25th April – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff *supporting Bryde*

11th May – Focus Wales, Wrexham @ Ty Pawb

12th May – Focus Wales, Wrexham *acoustic show supporting Gaz Coombes*

24th June – Chester Live Festival, Chester

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04-05-18

Premiere: Saba Abraha – Pathway

“Pathway”, new from Ethiopian-born singer Saba Abraha, is a cool unexpected swerve on the sound of modern alt R&B. On the track, which we’re very pleased to premiere here at B3, Abraha both melodically and in the song’s arrangement takes her time allowing “Pathway”‘s pacing to introduce mood and echo thematically its lyrical narrative. A narrative Abraha says, “is a reminder to take off the armor and to trust whole-heartedly without fear.” We’re digging the approach and the song’s refreshing sound. Stream the B3 Premiere of “Pathaway” from Saba Abraha below.

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04-19-18

[B3SCI Records] Thyla – Blame

Out today on B3SCI Records is “Blame” the brand new single from Brighton risers Thyla. Praised by everybody from NME to Stereogum , who premiered “Blame” yesterday (included with the premiere is an interview with the band), to Pitchfork who called Thyla’s sound a “direct descendant(s) of Cocteau Twins and The Cure”, the kinetic post-punk-styled “Blame” is available now digitally from B3SCI Records.

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05-09-18

Interview: Micky James

Micky James arrived in LA, to open for The Struts, do some promotion, and do some writing. After shooting a video for BalconyTV on my rooftop, he and I sat down for a chat. Check out his “Give It to Me Straight” track. No surprise his influences include 70’s glam like T. Rex in addition to newer garage rock bands.

Hear Bruce Rave’s weekly new indie jams on three stations, with show announcements on his Go Deep With Bruce Rave facebook page. Archived shows available on the KX 93.5 site, where you can also subscribe to receiving the weekly two-hour version as an iTunes podcast at no charge.

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06-01-18

Been Stellar – Everyone Smokes in the City

The NYC group Been Stellar have unveiled a new hazy rock single. “Everyone Smokes in the City” dips its toes into pop rock, lo-fi indie, and grunge. Compressed vocal harmonies skate over high-speed strumming. We’re trapped inside the spinning head of a 20-something pacing up and down the West Village.

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04-12-18

Pete Philly – Favorite Song

The cool man from Amsterdam Pete Philly is back with head-nodder new one in the form “Favorite Song”. Boosted up by jazzy rhythm structures and bits of brass throughout the track, “Favorite Song” is as great in its arrangement as it is in its just instant magnetism and catchiness. Welcome back.

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04-04-18

Interview: Albert Hammond, Jr.

My SXSW intention this year was no interviews and to just focus on seeing bands. When I was invited to interview Albert Hammond Jr, well you don’t turn down a Stroke. Besides, he’s been turning out wicked solo stuff. For those of us who loved the Strokes’ early sounds, Albert has preserved much of that feel on his albums and shows how he’s influenced countless bands over the past fifteen years. He’s a down to earth, upbeat guy and his live show was a top SXSW highlight this year.

Hear Bruce Rave’s weekly new indie jams on three stations, with show announcements on his Go Deep With Bruce Rave facebook page. Archived shows available on the KX 93.5 site, where you can also subscribe to receiving the weekly two-hour version as an iTunes podcast at no charge.

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03-31-18

Eliza Shaddad – White Lines

The awesome Eliza Shaddad is back this week with news of an album (called Future) and the stream of her first new music in two years “White Lines”. “White Lines” is excellent, a minor-keyed rhythm-driven bit of A+ dark pop that sets Shaddad on a firm return footing.

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04-18-18

Premiere: Night Owls – Tragically Human

New from Leeds band Night Owls is the track and video for “Tragically Human”. The track is a surrealistic of swirl verb’d guitar and piano set to the turn of an experiential main lyric. About the song thematically, the band said “Tragically Human”, “reflects the upcoming EP as a whole. While at first glance the song may seem like an anti-smoking, at a deeper look we’re attempting to discuss everyday mistakes and our tendency towards self destructive behaviour as a species.”

The accompanying video for “Tragically Human” is set to scenes of the English sea and country sides and set to appear like hand-held film, the band continues “We filmed the video our selves using a mobile, with the intention of making it look like old home movies filmed by family members of the character in the song. But it kind of made it look like a memorial video, so decided to take the piss and make Will disappear half way through as if he had passed on to the next life. Kind of morbid, but also a bit tongue in cheek.”

Stream the B3SCI Premiere of “Tragically Human” from Leeds’ Night Owls below.

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05-11-18

B3SCI’s Top 12 of the Week: 04/13/18

The latest iteration of our favorite 12 streams of the week is fresh off the press and out now. This week’s cover is UK newcomers APRE and their funky new one “All Yours”. The full list is included below as well select samples from Nick Dorian and Bakar.

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APRE – All Yours
Davina Oriakhi / Preye – Vanity
Nick Dorian – Yawn
Eli Way / Cehryl – Papercut
Bakar – All In
Patrick Paige II / Syd / Kari Faux – On My Mind
Drake – Nice For What
Ravennas – Washed Away
Llovers – A Second With You
HalfNoise – She Said
Jon Hassell – Dreaming
Avid Dancer – Echoes

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04-13-18

Berhana – Whole Wide World

Last week, I had the pleasure of discovering Berhana at a free live-show and was more than impressed with his performance. The crowd really enjoyed his cover of “Whole Wide World,” as his beachy, laid-back vibe offered a new perspective on the track originally done by Cage The Elephant. Chill out and enjoy this track.

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04-27-18

Premiere: Conrad Clifton – Beautiful Tragedy (VIP Remix)

Conrad Clifton is a Brooklyn-based producer that loves to elude categorization. We’re happy to premier his newest single, “Beautiful Tragedy (VIP Remix),” a laidback mingling of downtempo and synthpop with some harder drum and bass to get you gyrating. Static soaked keyboards weave in and out of the foreground with a few simple notes rattling off in the distance. I think I’ll take this track with my morning coffee, please.

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04-18-18

Caine Casket – Domino

Newcomer Caine Casket sets “Domino” to a space-driven instrumental framed up by delayed key stabs and a subtly kinetic bit of bass and snare. We’re into it.

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06-01-18

Shaqdi – Better

UK singer Shaqdi streams “Better” from forthcoming Colourless EP due in May. A cooled out R&B number framed by washes of rhodes and distorted guitar leads, “Better” cuts a spacious, deliberate tone across its very listenable 3:23.

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04-11-18

Premiere: Nick Dorian – Hamburg Style [EP]

We were very impressed a few weeks back with Nick Dorian’s single “Yawn” so much so that we added it to our Top 12 of the Week playlist so we obviously jumped at the chance to premiere Dorian’s out today EP “Hamburg Style”. What caught us initially with “Yawn” is present too throughout the EP, that’s Nick Dorian’s great and unique handle on indie pop songwriting, distilling several semi-orthogonal genre/influences (70’s pop, current indie pop, funk-influenced pop, jazz, etc) into something that sounds fresh and draws you immediately in. Stream the B3SCI Premiere of the “Hamburg Style” below.

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04-27-18

Ravennas – Washed Away

Ravennas come to us as a dream pop duo out of Seattle, WA. On “Washed Away”, the twosome operate around a mix of reverb-y beachside guitars, a hooky but not entirely direct set of vocal melodies, and a rhythm track that suggests some influence/thinking through modern pop. All that adds up to a track/sound that is clearly up the B3 street. Stream “Washed Away” from Ravennas below.

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04-13-18

Bronze Whale – Warm

Looking for an upbeat springtime single? Bronze Whale’s “Warm” is a golden little number skating in on warm pop-y synths, expertly mixed and mashed vocals, and some groovy drum and bass. Time to add this to your good vibes playlist and picture yourself in that special tropical getaway you’re always dreaming of.

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03-26-18

Annabel Allum – RASCAL

Annabel Allum streams first follow up track from last year’s great “All That For What” EP in the form of “RASCAL”. Fitted with a big disto-driven chorus and anthemic main melody, “RASCAL” is strong step forward from the Surrey-origin artist.

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03-29-18

Premiere: Ashley Koett – Call Me [EP]

Out today is “Call Me” Ashley Koett, the new EP from Colorado artist Ashley Koett. “Call Me” features singles “Lovers” and the excellent title track + new ones “White Book”, “Sunday”, and “Bye Bye Baby”. With a sound that draws on influence from jazz and R&B and modern indie pop, rock, etc and Koett’s sound is at varying points throughout the EP surrealistic and dreamy and at other times more straightforward pop. The common thread throughout “Call Me” is its excellent songwriting and well-paced arranging that’s topped off by Koett’s cool, unique, and engaging vocal. Stream the B3SCI Premiere of Ashley Koett’s “Call Me” EP below.

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04-20-18

[B3SCI Records] Molly Moore – Third Eye High EP

Out today on B3SCI Records is “Third Eye High” the new EP from Molly Moore. The new four song EP showcases Moore’s soul and jazz-influenced blend of dreamy pop built on kaleidoscope synths and swirling brass textures. “Third Eye High” features singles “Tough Love”, “No Stress”, latest track “Catch and Release”, and “Lighten Up” and is available now digitally from B3SCI Records.

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05-11-18

Tyde – Can’t Help It

We’re digging the just-released “Mosaic” EP from UK duo Tyde. Our pick from the strong four-track release is “Can’t Help It”, a breezy dance-able number set with just enough French influence (read warm tones) to stay fixed to your playlists into the summer months.

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03-29-18

Puma Blue – Moon Undah Water

Puma Blue, the South London cognoscente of rough-hewn jazzy pop boots another A+ track through the buzz frame on “Moon Undah Water”. Surrealistic, scattering, jarring, hypnotic “Moon Undah Water” in its diverse arrangement touches off many seemingly disparate points of feeling in shaping what is a duly unnerving but magnetic course. We’re into it. Stream “Moon Undah Water” from the excellent Blue Flowers label below.

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03-29-18

Kadhja Bonet – Mother Maybe

Wow. The sparkling 70’s R&B-tinged “Mother Maybe” is the first stream from Fat Possum artist Kadhja Bonet’s sophomore LP Childqueen. Wow wow wow.

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04-02-18

(B3SCI RECORDS) Laura Jean Anderson – Silence Won’t Help Me Now

Here at B3SCI we’re very pleased to announce(!) “Silence Won’t Help Now” by L.A. via Olympia, WA Laura Jean Anderson as a single on B3SCI Records. Written in part as a response to the 2016 election, Anderson describes the record “as an anthem to speak up” and “a personal pep talk to stand up for the things I believe in.” For more information on “Silence Won’t Help Me Now” (which is available now digitally and major streaming platforms) and Laura Jean Anderson make way to B3SCI Records.

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03-30-18

Omar Apollo – Erase

The inimitable Hoosier state man Omar Apollo picks out a school of D’Angelo groove and a sturdy falsetto for A+ new one “Erase”.

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05-15-18

Westerman – I Turned Away

New from UK artist Westerman is “I Turned Away”. One of the coolest/innovative and new blends of genre we’ve heard thusfar in the year, “I Turned Away” takes subtle bits from a wide stylistic range. Cool R&B-based, but subtle and not “alt R&B in 2018” – something new, rhythm structures are mixed to melodic phrases that in the agency of a less talented hand may come off as incongruous, forced, weird, etc but on “I Turned Away” sound remarkably fresh and impactful.

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04-02-18

Ama Lou – Tried Up

London UK singer Ama Lou streams A+ piano-driven track “Tried Up” ahead of start of US tour in support of Jorja Smith.

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04-11-18

Premiere: KAWALA – Funky

With a 1M stream Spotify single under their belt (“Do It Like You Do”) and several sold out London shows to their name UK duo KAWALA’s arrow is pointing decidedly up. New single “Funky”, which we are very pleased to premiere here at B3, combines a cool, measured tunefulness to cascading polyrhythms and runs of candy sweet guitar. “Funky” is out May 24 on Mahogany Records.

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05-23-18

Ari Roar – Implode

The inimitable Bella Union will release on May 25th Calm Down the debut LP from Dallas artist Ari Roar. The warm tones and unhurried song construction/arrangement “Implode” aesthetically bring to mind for us bands like Whitney and Real Estate. Spin “Implode” below.

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04-02-18

Conscious Presence – Steadfast Stilness (Outrolude)

Drawing on influences from 90’s era hip-hop, the Swiss duo Conscious Presence has dropped a self-titled album produced entirely on a tape machine, meaning each track was recorded all in a single take. And wow, love and attention is paid to every moment. “Steadfast Stillness (Outrolude)” may be the closing track to the album, but it packs quite a punch of expertly crafted beat-making. What’s wrong with something simple and sweet?

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05-15-18

Manu Crooks – Fuego (Feat. Anfa Rose)

AU rapper Manu Crook$ adeptly rides a faraway guitar-tipped instrumental to his strongest track to date on the appropriately called “Fuego” (heater! heater! heater!).

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05-15-18

Hana Vu – Shallow

The Hana Vu hype train has long departed the station (co-signs from Pitchfork, Fader, etc) but the immensely talented Vu continues to top herself which each new release. “Shallow” is immediate and potent in a way that demands attention and is a huge step forward! We’re listening, you should be too.

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06-01-18

LAUREL – Lovesick

Our favorite track here at B3 over the last couple weeks is “Lovesick”, the new single from UK singer LAUREL, (so much so it’s the cover track of our Top 12 of the Week playlist for this week). “Lovesick” is a very good iteration of genre “visceral minor-keyed indie pop”, a genre that we obviously really deeply love. Look for “DOGVIOLET” forthcoming from LAUREL on August 24th from Counter Records.

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06-01-18

Raven King – Armilla

Raven King has been hailed as an eerie grunge rock fusion between Nirvana and Queens of the Stone Age, but my favorite track off their self-titled release is a bit more subdued. “Armilla” is a dreamy stroll through the woods with babbling creeks, sweetly tender guitar, soft vocal harmonies, and the echoes of sliding metal. It’s a bittersweet collage that both bends and bolster’s the group’s creative sound.

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03-28-18

Litche – Winter

Litche has just released “Winter,” a single the Australian producer co-wrote with the Sydney-based artist Nrthn. It’s a shadowy pop track that drowns you in a river of faintly warm synths, muted vocals, and crackly ambience. The textures are ambivalent, but the ride is gorgeous.

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04-10-18

Milo Greene – Move

We’re digging the latest turn toward late 70’s pop influence in Milo Greene’s sound on “Move”, the lead single from forthcoming third album Adult Contemporary. The track itself is boosted by very sticky set of chorus hooks and cool tranche of minor-keyed instrumentation that will transport you pretty quickly to the Rumours tour bus circa 1977 (minus the coke and weird leather vests).

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06-01-18

Iuliano – Who Knows

The Italian musician luliano has debuted “Who Knows,” a single that draws on classical bossa nova just as much as alternative pop and indietronica. Ambling vocals conjure a Thom Yorke with suave complexity. What begins as a lighthearted stroll down the neck of a guitar descends into a dissonant soundscape of locomotive percussion and scatterbrained falsetto. The track is an engrossing marriage between the familiar and experimental.

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06-01-18

Sirens of Lesbos – We’ll Be Fine

Sirens of Lesbos stream spacious reggae-tinged “We’ll Be Fine”, the Swiss act’s first new track online in three years.

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06-08-18

Haich – Peak

The London producer Haich is back with another kaleidoscopic alt R&B single. In just 4 minutes, the artist layers a sophisticated microcosm of analog synths grinding against sampled vocal harmonies. A high pitched loop arpeggiates, giving voice to a kind of synthetic apprehension. “Peak” is dark, poignant, and gloriously dystopian.

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06-08-18

Aeris Roves – Feel Me

UK man Aeris Roves rings up an inspired piece of strong dark pop produced by Two-Inch Punch.

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05-21-18

Kodiak Soul – The Lives We Choose

Up and coming Atlanta based producer, Kodiak Soul just dropped some chill downtempo jams that I’m loving. His second EP to date “The Lives We Choose” bridges the gaps between electronic and hip-hop in a tasteful, warm way that seems perfect for any occasion. From rainy afternoons to sunny beach days, throw on this eclectic electronic EP. Stream “High Spirits” excerpted here from “The Lives We Choose” below.

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06-08-18

Shaqdi – Obvious

A new favorite around B3-World is UK singer Shaqdi. “Obvious”, Shaqdi’s latest song – a dreamy R&B-tinged track, does well by its low-touch rhythm track and synth stabs to frame up and showcase her excellent alto vocals. “Obvious” is out now.

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05-16-18

THEY. – Pops

Mind of a Genius crew THEY. stream strong acoustic guitar-driven new one “Pops”. S/o Warner Brothers for the full track Soundcloud stream.

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06-13-18

Agency – Exponents [EP]

The neo-soul duo Agency has put out “Exponents”, an EP full of experimental and meandering R&B. The fourth track off the release, “is there some other version of my story?,” is full of polyphonies that billow in and out of a brooding dissonance. With the fuzzy organ backing, there’s an undeniable Frank Ocean resemblance. And yet its sound is still fresh—not without its own center of gravity. Stream “Is There Some Other Version of My Story?” from “Exponents” below.

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06-13-18

Kelechi – Bag (Feat. Phay)

Q: Who’s in the bag? A: Kelechi. The Atlanta artist tees-up a headnodder/earworm that we can’t stop spinning at B3.

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06-13-18

JMSN – Talk Is Cheap

JMSN streams “Talk Is Cheap” from forthcoming Velvet project. We’re very much behind this one. “Talk Is Cheap” is a a mid-tempo minor-keyed jammer 70’s soul/ W Coast hip-hop flavored little number delivered just in time for the maddest weeks of summer.

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06-22-18