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Premiere: Sky Keller – Bad

We’re digging the dark pop of L.A. artist Sky Keller’s new track “Bad”. On the track, Keller’s cool alto skips percussively atop a kinetic 808, each vocal hook sounding bigger than the last. About “Bad’s” lyric Keller says, ““there was an absence of resolution, and that was the hardest part.” We’re pleased to B3SCI Premiere “Bad” by Sky Keller below.

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10-18-18

[B3SCI Records] Laura Jean Anderson – Lonesome No More [EP]

B3SCI is very pleased to announce the release of “Lonesome No More”, the new EP from Laura Jean Anderson. Lauded by NPR, Fader, Noisey, KCRW and many more, and in possession of a dynamic powerhouse voice, Anderson’s tracks on “Lonesome No More” are both stirring and sublime. Stream EP tracks “Thinkin Bout You” and new one “Call It What It Is” and check the AMAZING in studio performances of “Love You Most” and “Thinkin Bout You” below.

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10-18-18

Premiere: Ryan Egan – Won’t You Be the One

The great Ryan Egan is back with a new record in the form of “Won’t You Be the One”. We’re digging the track’s midtempo 70’s-esque aesthetic and the brand new video for the song (which we’re very pleased to premiere at B3SCI!). Egan collaborated with co-director Amanda Taylor Evans for the “Won’t You Be the One” vid and describes his aim in matching the track’s feel, “We wanted to create a visual that complimented the slow-melting, sleepy groove of the track and I thought it’d be rad to base it all around a slowly rotating Spike Lee style dolly shot.”

Stream the B3SCI Premiere of Ryan Egan’s video for the excellent track Won’t You Be the One below.

Stream “Won’t You Be the One” on Spotify.

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10-24-18

Stella Talpo – Leave

YES! What a song! Londoner with the cool voice Stella Talpo connects on the cinematic Goldfrappian torch-y ballad “Leave”. Love love love.

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10-11-18

JEFFE – Undecided

The buzz freight train kept accumulating steam for Sydney AU artist JEFFE. “Undecided”, JEFFE’s second track online, is pristine dream pop propelled by a sneakily catchy main chorus hook that’s hard to beat. Listen to “Undecided” below.

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09-19-18

LOVER – Eagle to the Prey

LOVER is the byname of Australian artist Oliver Kirby. The soulful “Eagle to the Prey” is the strong debut track from the talented Aussie and impacts particulary through its cool jazzy guitar textures and fidelity.

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09-13-18

Far Caspian – Blue

Leeds UK act Far Caspian undefeated run of gem after gem after gem remains intact with release of new stream “Blue”. A hooky bit of melodic indie, “Blue” separates itself on its cool use of atmosphere and fearlessness of reaching for the big hook.

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10-18-18

Lolo Zouai – Challenge

“Challenge” new from Lolo Zouai sounds as if its been ported straight from mixing board of Rodney Jerkins c. 1999. The patter of harp-sounding keys, the hushed breaks, “Challenge” is like a fresh unreleased cousin to “If You Had My Love” or “The Boy Is Mine”. Listen to “Challenge” below.

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09-28-18

Hope Tala – Valentine

“Valentine”, from West London singer Hope Tala, is excerpted here from “Starry Ache” Tala’s new just-released EP. “Valentine” is a neat blend of whirling rhodes, a kinetic neo-soul-esque rhythm track, and Tala’s cool vocal atop the mix. Listen below.

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10-11-18

Emerson Leif – Twenty2

“Your mother used to listen to James Brown.” True. We are working under the assumption that Yes! James Brown (may God rest his soul) would dig “Twenty2”, and it would make him “feel good” to listen to. Stream “Twenty2” from Emerson Leif below.

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09-28-18

Kate Bollinger – Do U Go Out Together?

Virginia singer Kate Bollinger sets her cool melodic alto to a hazy keys-driven instrumental that as a track sounds that it’d be equally at home in A$AP Rocky’s air pods as he’s ambling by the Seine as it does on this very dusty not so A$AP SF bus I’m on right now. Great track.

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10-04-18

Free Nationals – Beauty & Essex (Feat. Daniel Caesar & Unknown Mortal Orchestra)

Features! The Free Nationals, known for their work with Anderson. Paak, collaborate with man of the moment Daniel Caesar and the UMO all-stars for a dreamy west coast R&B serenade we are loving.

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10-18-18

Liam Bailey – Brother, Why You Gotta Love Her (Feat. Maverick Sabre)

Its most excellent to hear Liam Bailey’s powerhouse vocal again. Bailey is back with a great new tune in the form of “Brother, Why You Gotta Love Her?”. The track features the recently re-emerged Maverick Sabre (we loved his “Drifting” track from last month), and puts Bailey’s A-level vocal at the fore over a spare rhythm-driven instrumental. Stream Liam Bailey’s new one below.

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10-11-18

Premiere: Blasko – Japanese Hotel

New from Melbourne AU artist and producer Blasko is “Japanese Hotel”. A cool blend of darker R&B-inspired tones and a French house-leaning main break, “Japanese Hotel” was inspired by a dream. Blasko says, “‘Japanese Hotel’ was written about a dream I had. I never remember dreams, but I remember waking up after this one, saying. “Woah.. I need to write a song about this”. A+ track. Stream the B3SCI Premiere of Blasko’s “Japanese Hotel” below.

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11-15-18

Bay Ledges – Wherever You Sleep

“Wherever You Sleep” is new from LA sibling duo Bay Ledges. The engine of a no frills main drum track and q steady chug of synth and guitar propel “Wherever You Sleep” and acts as a cool counterpoint to the quieter harmony-driven bits of the main vocal. We are into it.

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10-04-18

Extremely Bad Man – Up With the Birdies

“You call me crazy but I feel this is it.” This Extremely Bad Man jam is it. Released back in June and a component part of the “Love Is Pure” project, “Up With the Birdies” is built on a heavy as hell groove and is one of our favorite tracks of the year.

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09-19-18

Mark Whalen – Happen Twice

“Happen Twice” comes to us from Michigan man Mark Whalen. Propelled by a school of Norman Whitfield midtempo bassline and an array of minor-keyed guitar leads, “Happen Twice” is as cool as a “Cloud Nine” deep cut.

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10-11-18

BOYO – Hit or Miss

Danger Collective will release BOYO’s Dance Alone LP in November. “Hit or Miss” is Dance Alone’s latest stream. The very cool “Hit or Miss” features a 70’s-ish atmosphere in the heaviness of its space. Stream “Hit or Miss” below.

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10-11-18

Goss – Fever Ray

This week’s B3SCI Top 12 of the Week cover went to the primo modern pop of “Fever Ray” from Goss. “Fever Ray” is constructed over a spacious instrumental framed by bits of jazz chord guitar and various other syncopations suited to a spare but very soulful main vocal melody. It sounds great. Listen to “Fever Ray” below.

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10-04-18

[B3SCI Records] Swimming Tapes – Easy Strand

Swimming Tapes are back! The London via Northern Ireland band return with new single “Easy Strand”, Swimming Tapes’ first new music since 2017’s “Soft Sea Blue” EP. We’re pleased to announce the new single on B3SCI Records in collaboration with UK label Hand in Hive! Swimming Tapes, last night in London, supported HAERTS at a gig put on by Line of Best Fit and will play a run of select UK dates in November (details here). The “Easy Strand” single is out now and further details on the release can be obtained at B3SCI Records.

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09-18-18

breathe. – Are You All Good?

breathe. is the new project of Sydney AU producers Sean Walker and Andrew Grant. “Are You All Good?” is an excellently set midtempo number that is soulful as hell while embracing an aesthetic somewhere between Jungle and Portishead. Stream “Are You All Good Below?”.

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09-27-18

[B3SCI Records] Evalyn – Salvation [EP]

Out today on B3SCI Records is “Salvation” the sophomore EP from Venice CA artist Evalyn. The follow-up to 2017’s “Sandcastle” EP (also on B3), “Salvation” runs 8 tracks and includes singles “Angels”, “Big Bad City”, “Pill to Crush”, and latest “Crème de la Crème”. The new EP examines track by track each of the seven deadly sins through the context of cult-consumption-driven modern culture in Los Angeles and beyond, an approach that Best Fit calls “a breezy euphoria at the intent of living life zealously.” More details about the EP can be found at B3SCI Records and you can stream EP tracks “Big Bad City” and “Crème de la Crème” below.

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09-28-18

Premiere: Das Kope – Good Time

We’re into the psych pop of L.A. via Sao Paulo artist Das Kope. A veteran of the Spotify Fresh Finds playlist, Kope brings a cool skilled sensibility to the genre on brand new track “Good Time”, drawing in phased out but well-arranged harmony and kaleidoscope guitar sounds to what is a very good bit of melodic writing. We’re pleased to B3SCI Premiere Das Kope’s “Good Time” below.

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09-28-18

Innanet James – Memories (Feat. Tailwhoah)

Innanet James released his new Keep It Clean LP on Friday. The LP is 8 tracks in total and includes features from Pusha T and Rexx Life Raj. Our favorite track is the bass-driven “Memories” (check the double bass in the intro).

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09-19-18

[B3SCI Records] Kyson – Have My Back / Forest Green

Out now on B3SCI Records is “Have My Back” / “Forest Green”, the new AA-side single from Berlin via Australia producer Kyson. Following on from “Every High / Clear Air” single (also B3SCI) and in collaboration with Majestic Casual Records, the new tracks further explore Kyson’s pairing of his own vocal melodies to his inimitable production work. More details about Kyson and this latest release can be found at B3SCI Records.

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10-18-18

LOYAL – Patterns That Fall

Brighton band LOYAL are cool as hell. There is a lot to like about new track “Patterns That Fall” but that bit that begins at 2:15, the harmonized outro, is just magic. Listen.

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09-27-18

Sara Diamond – Know My Name

“Know My Name” is excerpted here from Montreal singer Sara Diamond’s excellent “Foreward” EP. “Know My Name” is a mix of dark pop & alt R&B production shined by some cool electronic finishes and galvanized by Sara Diamond’s cool alto.

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11-06-18

ONUR – Beamin’

gd man. “Beamin'” is new from UK artist ONUR. Reminding a tiny bit in its aesthetic of Jai Paul, “Beamin'” is spilling over the brim with A+ soul-driven hooks. Don’t miss it.

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10-04-18

Redinho – Square 1 (Feat. Kimbra)

Riz Ahmed collaborator Redinho picks up a big name feature from Kimbra for dark pop heater “Square 1”.

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09-13-18

HIGH HØØPS – Madly

We’ve been on HIGH HØØPS train for a little while now. The NZ artist’s latest is the dance-y “Madly” that is souped up with every single 2018 funk breaks option available.

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10-04-18

MICHELLE – Stuck On U

That “you’ve got me overwhelmed” melodic turn, those bits of jazzy piano, “STUCK ON U”, new-ish from New York band MICHELLE is a very nice piece of indie songwriting that deserves your attention below.

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11-06-18

Red Ribbon – Your Car

Union Zero Records released Seattle band Red Ribbon’s Dark Party LP on Friday. “Your Car” caught our attention. The track’s artwork doubles as a for sale ad for the singer’s actual 1999 Civic (no word on whether the automobile is still available at the time of this posting). “Your Car” the song is rad, a breezy bit of rhythm-driven indie pop beamed from deep on in the reverb ether.

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10-04-18

[B3SCI Records] NANCY – Mysterious Visions [EP]

Out today on B3SCI & Cannibal Hymns is “Mysterious Visions”, the debut EP from UK artist NANCY. Lauded by NME, Best Fit, DIY, etc NANCY’s debut EP B3 features seven tracks including “Teenage Fantasy”, a cover of Nancy Sinatra’s “Boots”, and new track “French Cinnamon”. Available on a limited run cigarette box-packaged cassette, “Mysterious Visions” is for sale now at B3SCI Records.

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11-09-18

NAO – If You Ever

NAO released her Saturn LP on October 26th. One of Saturn’s many highlights is the dance-y Mura Masa-produced “If You Ever”. An additional version of “If You Ever”, available only behind the Soundcloud paywall, features a verse from 6LACK.

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11-06-18

Dreamer Boy – Orange Girl

Dreamer Boy out of Nashville streams “Orange Girl”, a hazy midtempo bit of a A+ indie pop that we’re digging.

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11-06-18

[B3SCI Records] LOVE SICK – No Sleep [EP]

Out today on B3SCI and Aesop is “No Sleep”, the debut LP from Glaswegian dark pop duo LOVE SICK. With fans at NME, Radio 1, and Sir Elton John himself, LOVE SICK’s debut EP is propelled by dark dance-y grooves and magnetic melodies and features lead singles “Fever” and “Medusa” as well as new tracks “No Sleep” and “Predictable” and is available now digitally at B3SCI Records.

If you’re in the UK, LOVE SICK plays a headlining show in Glasgow on Nov. 27 at the Poetry Club and headlines Bermondsey Social Club in London on the Nov. 29.

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11-16-18

Interview: Boy Azooga

Chatted with Dave Newington who played all instruments on the critically-acclaimed “1, 2, King Fu” album. That is, except for his dad adding some violin. This was their first LA show and we hung out at The Echo before the set. Lots happened for them this year in their native UK and they’ll return to the US in March for SXSW along with a more extensive tour.

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11-30-18

Interview: The Record Company

The Record Company is one of the LA music scene’s top recent success stories. They recently headlined the Wiltern Theater at the end of their national tour. Lead singer Chris Vos talks about all the work that went into their rise, about their music, and he also has some sage advise for up and coming musicians.

For more details on Bruce’s show “Go Deep with Bruce Rave”, check here.

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12-07-18

Chloe Bodur – Billie

Fresh out of NW London is Chloe Bodur whose jazzy and modern turn on trip-hop song structures “Billie” is one of our favorite tracks of the last several months.

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12-04-18

SG Lewis – Again (Feat. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs)

SG’s consistency in delivering across varying sounds and styles is gd remarkable. “Again”, which features Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, explores the more dance-y section of SG Lewis’ sound with A+ results.

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12-04-18

Arlo Parks – Cola

Anchored by a cool shuffle of bass and snare, “Cola” new from UK singer Arlo Parks, is as hypnotic in its construction as it is effective in communicating a potent melodic narrative. A+

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12-04-18

Vhyce – Duran Duran (Feat. Yves Parquet)

Beamed straight from the wilds of Belgium through your speakers and into the zone of your bloodstream set to funk. “Duran Duran”, the latest from Vhyce (with an assist from Yves Parquet), adeptly juxtaposes moody synths, a hook-laden pop-destroyer melody, and a main groove that keeps things moving. “Listen to Duran Duran”.

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12-04-18

Anderson .Paak – Trippy (Feat. J. Cole)

Paak’s “Oxnard” is awesome. Our favorite from the album is one of the record’s more midtempo cuts, the J. Cole-featuring “Trippy”. Those ooh ooh harmonies!!

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12-04-18

Leif Erikson – Matter

“Matter” is new from London act Leif Erikson. We’re into the track’s cool rhythm-driven and very soulful approach. The band told Clash, “We were very inspired by Curtis Mayfield’s album ‘Roots’ when thinking about ‘Matter’. He so effortlessly makes these incredible statements about life and society over these stunning, super funky musical arrangements.”

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12-04-18

ESCHES – Go (Nylonized)

We’re digging ESCHES sound. Born in Germany but with roots in the US Midwest. One of our favorite tracks this year is ESCHES’ “Go”. Here ESCHES streams a minimalist and GREAT new “Nylonized” remix for “Go” that we adore. Stream below.

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12-04-18

Jerome Thomas – Bruises

Wow. Jerome Thomas has been on our radar for a little bit now. We loved his song “Stranger” from earlier this year. New track “Bruises” is special. Built on a School D’Angelo-Bilal-Maxwell, etc architecture, “Bruises” converts an immediate and really quite powerful lyric into what is a very very good track. Listen.

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12-03-18