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Premiere: Colin Magalong – Blossom

“Blossom” is the first track online from SF native and LA-based Colin Magalong. On “Blossom”, Magalong packs big-time crossover-ready vocal into a hooky instrumental influenced by heroes MJ, Daft Punk. Magalong calls “Blossom” “a song inspired by my first impressions of East LA nightlife.” “Blossom” is a soulful feel-good number that will be stuck in your brain just as quickly as it will have your toes-tapping and head-nodding. A strong debut. Stream the B3SCI Premiere of “Blossom” from Colin Magalong below.

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02-22-18

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

Premiere: Jimmy – Jimmy

Photo: Zosha Warpeha

B3 is very pleased to premiere “Jimmy” a self-titled track from newcomer artist Jimmy. Constructed around a lyrical narrative and notion that the individual is composed of many disparate selves each obscured in varying degrees by external and internal pressures of expectation and ego “Jimmy” is, in addition, a very strong well-written pop song. “There are many sides to James”. Stream the B3 Premiere of “Jimmy” below.

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02-13-18

Collard – Everglade

What a song! UK artist Collard breaks through on the so very soulful “Everglade” which features guest vocals from another new favorite of the site MTMBO. Just wow.

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02-19-18

Omar Apollo – Unbothered

One of the year’s best songs thusfar is the deep in the reverb and infinitely soulful “Unbothered” from Omar Apollo. Bolstered by an A+ vocal, Apollo’s timing and diction is particularly strong here, “Unbothered” is the sort of wistful but still uplifting soulful pop song B3 dreams are made of. Don’t miss it.

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02-07-18

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: 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

SPINN – After Dark

Liverpool-based jangle pop quartet SPINN sound like a band ready to make moves. “After Dark” is a big, accessible, expertly constructed song, ready to set SPINN of like a rocket into the UK indiesphere. Be there at the start.

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02-02-18

[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

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

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

Little Elizabeth – G’Day For It

What a track. “G’Day For It” is new from Aussie trio Little Elizabeth. A slow simmering rhythm-driven midtempo track, LE prove superb stylists (and ostensibly also exhibit superb taste in turtlenecks) on “G’Day For It”; lacing deep in the mix reverb guitars to jabs of sax and bits of falsetto and harmony. Stream “G’Day For It” below.

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02-02-18

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

Puma Blue – Only Trying 2 Tell U

Puma Blue a/k/a S London’s Jacob Allen is in possession of a commanding/special falsetto/voice. The potent “Only Trying 2 Tell U” transposes school of D’Angelo songwriting to a more remote starting place. A++.

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02-02-18

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

Guess Genes – Lilly Vine

Houston-based artist Guess Genes has put out “Lilly Vine,” a soft and soporific hybrid between folk and indietronica. Sweet layered harmonies compliment jangly guitar dunked in reverb. Cozy synths and a looped sample delivers us gently down onto our pillow, sedated and grinning.

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03-08-18

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

Tom Misch – Water Baby (Feat. Loyle Carner)

It’s Misch O’Clock. You know Tom Misch. The purveyor of cool English pop with a jazzy bent. Mr. Misch’s latest is “Water Baby” a piano-driven midtempo number built on sunny staccato major chords that has us pining for SF in springtime.

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02-07-18

[SXSW] AWAL x B3SCI present NVDES, Young & Sick, Evalyn + more at Palm Door, Austin TX on 3/15

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… SXSW! B3 is pleased to announce, in collaboration with AWAL, a showcase on Thursday March, 15 at the Palm Door on Sabine St. in Austin. Featuring the outcast pop of B3 alum NVDES, current B3 acts cladestine popman Young & Sick and L.A. singer/powerhouse Evalyn; the March 15th show also includes a smattering of favorite B3 acts, redoutable transatlantic indie pop duo Freedom Fry, UK rock turbojets The Warbly Jets, cousins in cool electropop Otzeki, and the Franco-American sophisticate pop of CLARA-NOVA. The first set for this official showcase goes off at 7:45 on Thursday the 15th. Be there!

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Set Times:

1:00am – 1:50am NVDES
12:00am – 12:40am Young & Sick
11:05pm – 11:40pm Freedom Fry
10:10pm – 10:45pm Evalyn
9:15pm – 9:50pm Warbly Jets
8:30pm – 8:55pm Otzeki
7:45pm – 8:10pm CLARA–NOVA

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03-06-18

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

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.

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03-31-18

Lolo Zouai – Blue

“Da Ba Dee Da Ba Daa.” Lolo Zouai’s “Blue” features (in one of its primary hooks) the greatest interpolation of Eiffel 65 of all time. It’s also a way cool song from an artist very quickly on the rise. Listen below.

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02-19-18

Denton Thrift – Confessional

Excerpted here from forthcoming “Sight” EP for Majestic Records is “Confessional”, the latest stream from Leeds Uk-based Denton Thrift. The twosome (one from Northern Ireland, one from Devon UK) met up while studying music at school in Leeds and began writing together during a stint abroad in Denton, Texas.

About the track Denton Thrift explain, “Confessional is a song written from the perspective of someone struggling with mental illness while trying to keep a relationship together. Having the realisation that they might not ever recover from the illness, their only choice is to confess to their partner that they may not ever be capable of change, hoping that the truth will solidify them. In a bittersweetness they know their partner will not leave, however, they cannot reconcile with their decision to stay.”

Stream the B3-approved “Confessional” below.

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03-08-18

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

O Emperor – Make It Rain

Waterford IE outfit O Emperor channel Talking Heads and an Afrobeat-influenced rhythm track on jabby head-nodder “Make It Rain”.

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02-07-18

Simon Jefferis – Easy (Feat. Benedict Cork)

Simon Jefferis has put out the silkiest single of the last few weeks. Collaborating with friend and fellow musician Benedict Cork, the South London artist has brought us some mellow indie pop on “Easy”. The track surfaces effortlessly with ambling piano, cloudy static, and jazzy fingerpicking that takes me back to some old George Benson.

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03-13-18

Optimystical – Heaven

The five-member group Optimystical has released “Heaven,” a new single with flavors of experimental hip-hop, alternative R&B, and indie pop. Frontman Nutter Tut raps over a laid back drum track and dense synths skating back and forth between a buoyant and forewarning atmosphere. Nutter Tut ends his vocal blasting with a punch. “Will you learn to grow / heaven only knows / you grew up too fast / stop and smell a rose.”

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02-13-18

[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

Akurei – Photophobia

Akurei, an indietronica artist from Brisbane, has put out “Photophobia.” The single is a glittery house track with fast paced lyrics, a sea of subtle percussion, and ethereal backing synths. It’s a glitchy ode to the artist’s journey with chronic migraines, and the personal hurdles that have followed.

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03-08-18

Marian Hill – Subtle Thing

The east coast electronica duo Marian Hill have put out “Subtle Thing,” a pop-y drum and bass track. The instrumentation is a tasteful testament to the old “less is more” proverb. Samantha Gongol’s signature vocals caress your ears like velvet as mutilated bits of her voice pop in and out of existence. The group is expertly creating their own brand of minimalist EDM.

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02-19-18

Review: Laneway Festival, Melbourne AU, 02/03/18

View from up the hill. Laneway-Melbourne takes place at the Footscray Community Arts Centre, on the banks of the Maribymong River with downtown Melbourne across the way. It’s highly accessible via public transportation. Photo: Andy Hazel

At a time when so many of the largest festivals have become all things to all people, Australia’s Laneway Festival continues to shun the mainstream in order to present fans with stellar lineups of artists much more on the edge. Typical Laneway crowds might be 15,000 and this traveling extravaganza hit six locations around Australia plus Singapore. I had my second Laneway experience in Melbourne on Feb 3. As with any similar event, one must choose when there are 40 different bands on 5 stages. Here are my highlights in the order I saw them.

It was my second time seeing London’s melodic, punkish Dream Wife. They were good last May at The Great Escape in Brighton, UK and they’re really good now. Their self-titled album has dropped here in the US. Melbourne’s own Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever showed why they’ve been snagged for this years Coachella and Primavera festivals. They blasted a large throng with their propulsive set that reminds of The Strokes and Parquet Courts, among others. I’ve been hearing great things about Sylvan Esso live and they delivered. With their big sound, one might be surprised to see they’re actually a two-piece. They had their crowd shaking their bodies. I’d seen Wolf Alice twice before, both times at B3Sci SXSW parties. They went from good to very good and now this is a band that is arena-ready. Look out for them as a significant headliner if their next album is another winner, and kudos to Mike and Troy at B3Sci on their foresight. I’m not much of a hip-hop guy but Anderson Paak was someone I really wanted to see based on live stuff I’d seen online. What a set! It varied from his straight-ahead hip-hop to his retro r&b to disco. Easily the most excited and largest crowd, and Anderson even played some drums. Mac Demarco added to the mayhem when he jumped onstage to do a handstand. This was the evening I got to finally cross Father John Misty off my bucket list. His powerful set was exactly as expected. Biggest surprise for me was Odesza, who played with far more drive and stage visuals than I anticipated. They even brought out a drum line a couple times, which people buzzed about for days afterwards. Pond played their usual high-energy show and showed us some excellent new tunes. Closing the main stage was The War on Drugs who justified that position with their ace and tight musicianship.
Among the people I was sorry to miss due to inevitable festival conflicts: The UK band Shame who I heard put on a strong early afternoon performance. I’ve played them on my radio show along with Aussies The Babe Rainbow who also have a good reputation for their live show and I hated missing both. I’ve seen the massively talented Moses Sumney a couple times in LA and missed him here. Moses is another veteran of a B3Sci SXSW party where it was obvious a few years ago that he was on the cusp of a major ascension. Mac Demarco played three years ago when I was also on hand, and he was a top highlight. I unfortunately had to miss him this time around.
I can’t recommend this festival enough for anyone having the chance to catch up with it next year. Laneway management, the PR people, and the staff on the ground are all top notch. Then there’s this lineup. Nowadays it’s rare to find such a stellar group with an indie focus, all playing in one day.


Anderson Paak played a set that transcended the hip-hop genre and was real hard not to love. Photo: Andy Hazel.

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02-13-18

Kainalu – Folds Like Origami

Kainalu’s consistent production shines through on his latest track, “Folds Like Origami.” After hitting number one on Hype Machine with his last track, “Finding Peace Of Mind,” my expectations were pretty high for his next single. Luckily, they were greatly exceeded. This track is bouncey, dancey, and perfect for chilling with friends.

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03-16-18

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

Balkan Bump – Aymo (Feat. Talib Kweli)

Self-described as an ethnomusicologist, Balkan Bump has put out “Aymo,” an incredible fusion of hip-hop, house, and non-western instrumentation. As you might guess from his name, the single features a Balkan horn and string section that Talib Kweli raps over with ceaseless swagger and passion. Combine all that with some expert production value, and you’ve got something worth holding onto.

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02-28-18

Kali Uchis – After the Storm (Feat. Tyler, The Creator & Bootsy Collins)

If you’re looking for a track to take you on a silky smooth journey, look no further. When I first heard this track, I was entranced. I honestly stopped everything I was doing and just listened. Kali Uchis’ r&b styled vocals paired with funky, soulful rhythms and bass tracks builds the most beautiful duo.

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02-13-18

Agency – I Can’t Think of Anything But You

Agency’s “I Can’t Think Of Anything But You” is a new track off their recently released LP, Philosophies. With satiny acoustic guitar, wonderfully raw neo-soul vocals, and laidback percussion, I can’t help but compare it to early Frank Ocean and his whimsically enticing R&B atmospheres. The song ends with a masterfully arranged web of flutes. The polyphony is heaven and I’m melting.

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03-21-18

Launder – Annie Blue

“Annie Blue” is the latest track previewed from Launder forthcoming “Pink Cloud”. Produced by Jackson Philips (Day Wave), “Annie Blue” wins on its really strong melodic writing (it’s awesome melodic hook, after awesome melodic hook, etc) souped up quite nicely in a sheen on reverb-y guitar c/o DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith.

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03-05-18

The Ghost of Helags – Anthem (We Came From the Stars)

The Ghost of Helags have just dropped “Anthem (We Came From The Stars),” a new single from the Scandinavian dream pop duo written to commemorate the city of Berlin as a multidimensional hub of aspiring artists, societal outcasts, and other sprites hovering in between the worlds. Björk-like vocals ride atop reverb drenched cello and thumping drum tracks that seem to burst from all corners. The atmosphere is wistful and daydreamy, as if grasping for something not quite in reach.

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02-07-18

Blackwave – Swangin’

The week’s best hip hop comes to us from Belgium in the form “Swangin'” from Blackwave. We’ve had this Marvin-sampling heater on repeat for nearly a week so best wishes not getting addicted to “Swangin'” in a hurry.

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02-26-18

Beach House – Lemon Glow

“Lemon Glow” by Beach House came out of nowhere. I’m a pretty big fan of these guys but I seriously had no idea a release was on their radar. But this isn’t the fist time Beach House has surprised us with music out of the blue, like that time they released Thank Your Lucky Stars at basically the same time as Depression Cherry. But this only adds to Beach House’s ethereal and authentic nature. What I love most about Beach House is that they stay true to their sound. “Lemon Glow” fits in nicely with the collection of tracks they’ve previously released, and I can’t wait to add it to my nighttime playlist.

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03-08-18

Why Bonnie – Practice

“Practice” the latest from ATX band Why Bonnie packs big expansive guitars about a propulsive tightly wound rhythm track and an on top the mix but no less powerful main vocal. Great track.

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02-26-18

Sam Moss – Flowers

Sam Moss of the artist collective and label Lost Honey Records has released a new single in anticipation of his upcoming LP, Neon. “Flowers” is a stunning testament to Moss’s expertise as both a singer/songwriter and a talented instrumentalist. The track shines as tender and accessible folk. While his music has reached NPR, Fader, and WXPN, his audience is still growing—and deservedly so.

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02-13-18

Chromonicci – Into Me

On “Into Me” Chromonicci skates across tinkling electric pianos and a jazz/house-influenced bit of future R&B rhythm/instrumental with the plea “Are you into me baby?”. We’re into it.

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03-05-18

Optimystical – June

Optimystical has released “June,” a new tune that’s come out just a few weeks after their debut single. The group is continuing down a road of electronic hip-hop and R&B with the new song, busting out a web of melodic guitar, dreamy vocals, and experimental layering. Close your eyes and take a listen for some smooth, summery genre-bending.

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03-05-18

LAOISE – Bother

New from Dublin-based LAOISE is the superb “Bother”. “Bother” is A+ pop fitted with cool and varied instrumentation and powered by the locomotion of hook after hook after hook whirling by in a most potent and listenable succession.

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02-19-18

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

Galapaghost – Pulse

The title track from Galapaghost’s new album Pulse is a stirring ode to the attack at the Orlando nightclub back in June of 2016. While the tune suffers from some heavy-handed lyrics, reverberating guitar spins outward, as if remembering those lost. Mallet-like percussion takes you by the hand, and the track locks onto the tenderness of the tragedy. It’s a dark, pop ballad that awards listeners a dose of true reverence—and, man, do we need it.

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02-19-18

Benji Lewis – Deep Blue

Australian artist Benji Lewis has released “DEEP BLUE,” a bubbly pop track verging on neo-soul with warm drums and scintillating synths. While the melody meanders and never quite seems to find its grounding, the sunny instrumentation remains a captivating hook. Look forward to the artist’s upcoming EP, which will feature this track along with several more colorful tunes.

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03-05-18

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

[B3SCI Records] LOVE SICK – What I’d Do

We’re very pleased to announce “What I’d Do”, the new single from Scotland-origin duo LOVE SICK, as a relase on B3SCI Records. Tipped by NME, Best Fit, CitR and Sir Elton John, LOVE SICK’s latest follows on from debut single “Bullet” and follow-up “Hope”. The duo play their first headline show at Nice N Sleazy’s in Glasgow on April 3, a series of Scottish dates (Aberdeen, Inverness, Elgin, Ullapool, Dundee) to follow later in the month. “What I’d Do” is out today and more details on the release can be had at B3SCI Records.

Tour Dates:
4/3: Nice N Sleazys, Glasgow
4/25: Tunnels, Aberdeen
4/26: The Drouthy Cobbler, Elgin
4/27: Madhatters, Inverness
4/28: The Arch Inn, Ullapool
4/29: Clarks, Dundee

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03-02-18