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St. Lucia – We Got It Wrong

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The artist St. Lucia was born in South Africa, lived in the UK, and is now located in Brooklyn. His Temper Trap-esque sounding track for “We Got It Wrong” caught us out straight away. Uptempo, infectious, layered with hooks, “We Got It Wrong” is an excellent piece of synth pop. Get familiar.

St. Lucia – We Got It Wrong

St. Lucia newyork (Soundcloud) (Facebook)

Rating 8.3

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10-17-11

Bombay Bicycle Club – Video Games (Feat. Lucy Rose) (Lana Del Rey)

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The mighty BBC rolled into the BBC today for this sharp cover of “Video Games”, with their friend and b3sci fav Lucy Rose joining on the vocal. (DoML)

Bombay Bicycle Club – Video Games (Feat. Lucy Rose) (Lana Del Rey)

Bombay Bicycle Club england: (Official) (Myspace)

Rating: 8.4

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10-17-11

Coldplay – Princess of China (Feat. Rihanna)

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Finally, finally, finally, been waiting on C-Play to try something a bit more electro, dance, r&b, anything, anything to change-up that formula for vanilla bean they’ve been using for 10+ years, “Princess of China”, which features Rihanna(!) is hopefully the first step in a direction, any direction, that is even remotely different or interesting.

Coldplay – Princess of China (Feat. Rihanna)

Coldplay england: (Official) (Myspace) (Twitter)

Rating: 8.6

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10-16-11

B3SCI on Virgin Mobile Live

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The week’s mix includes subtle tributes to John Lennon’s recent 71st birthday. Be sure to catch new B3SCI Radio on Virgin Mobile Live, Fridays and Saturdays @ 3pm eastern here. Tracklist is after the jump.

Click for link b3sci radio archives and be sure to check out fam Virgin Mobile Live and Abbey Braden!

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10-15-11

You Love Her Coz She’s Dead – Softer Cell

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“Softer Cell” comes to us via Brighton, UK duo You Love Her Coz She’s Dead. Sans the dark name, the dark art, and for the most part a dark album of industrial inspired electro pop, deeper cut “Softer Cell” showcases a delicate prettier side of YLHCSD.

You Love Her Coz She’s Dead – Softer Cell

You Love Her Coz She’s Dead england (Facebook) (Soundcloud)

Rating 7.8

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10-15-11

The Castells – Young Lovers

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If the excellent jagged “Young Lovers”, the latest single from Durham UK band The Castells, is any indication – we will be hearing a lot more from them in the very near future. Somebody get Zane Lowe this track!

The Castells england (Facebook) (Twitter)

Rating 8.0

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10-12-11

Kaskade – Waste Love (Feat. Quadron) (Preview)

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b3sci fav Kaskade just dropped this first look at an upcoming track he recently cut with QUADRON!!! Yeah! This is what dance music should sound like! Get with it!

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Rating 8.5

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10-12-11

XV – Boss Level (Prod. Skrillex)

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XV – Boss Level (Prod. Skrillex)

XV kansas (Facebook) (Twitter) (Lesbians Who Look Like Skrillex)

Rating 8.0

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10-11-11

First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

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The Swedish sisters Soderberg return with “Lion’s Roar”, excerpted here from the duo’s upcoming LP of the same name. FAK’s beautiful “Ghost Town” was one of our favorite tracks of 2010 and “Lion’s Roar” is right there in terms of quality. The tune is folky but also references dusty country western balladry, (Think Townes Van Zandt). The Lion’s Roar is due digitally November 8th.

First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

First Aid Kit sweden (Official) (Facebook)

Rating 8.3

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10-11-11

Grandpa Was a Lion – The Test Dream

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Grandpa Was a Lion is Connecticut artist Justin D’Onofrio. If you’re into Bon Iver or David Bazan or Elliott Smith or just great songwriting you’ll want to give GWAL’s Seven Songs a spin on Bandcamp.

Grandpa Was a Lion – The Test Dream

Grandpa Was a Lion connecticut (Bandcamp) (Facebook)

Rating 8.1

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10-10-11

Chris Isaak – Blue Hotel (Dropout Marsh Remix)

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Our bro Chris Isaak needs to do some sort of official remix LP. Dude is leaving some serious money on the table not releasing one. 2011 is the year of the Chris Isaak remix.

Chris Isaak – Blue Hotel (Dropout Marsh Remix)

Dropout Marsh france (Soundcloud) (Myspace)

Rating 8.2

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10-10-11

Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa – Young, Wild & Free (Feat. Bruno Mars)

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For Snoop, 1 out of 3 ain’t bad.

Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa – Young, Wild & Free (Feat. Bruno Mars)

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Rating 8.0

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10-10-11