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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

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

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

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

[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

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

Donna Missal – Test My Patience

We’re fans from the online beginning of Donna Missal. Missal propulsive alto has a star quality about it that immediately draws you in. Her reggae-tinged latest “Test My Patience” with its cinema-like dynamics and cool mood is a particularly strong showcase of that breakout/star potential and Missal’s potent voice. Listen below.

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09-11-18

Triathalon – Distant

The hazily syncopated “Distant” is new from Brooklyn risers Triathalon. A whirl of low-fi sounds and deep in the PA vocals, “Distant” earns its bread on its strong rhythmic rudder that locks the remaining components of the track to place.

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09-11-18

Henry Nowhere – Good Thing

As the Henry Nowhere hype train rolls out the station, the accumulated tracks continue to be very strong. Latest “Good Thing” is a great iteration of the Nowhere sound, on top the PA vocals riding an instrumental of warm reverb’d guitars and hushed drums. Stream “Good Thing” below.

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09-07-18

Mary Miller – H.D.

Liverpudlian Mary Miller’s debut “I Found Heaven” impressed the hell out of us with its smooth and measured blend of a wide swath of styles. Follow up track “H.D.”, featured here, is very strong and is deserving of your attention below.

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09-07-18

SWANES – BPD

Toronto duo SWANES impress on the breezy and very neatly syncopated “BPD”, the follow-up to “I Hate Summer” from July.

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09-07-18

NEIL FRANCES – Took a While

One of our favorite emerging bands out is right here in Los Angeles in the form of duo NEIL FRANCES. NF’s sound and knack for rhythm-driven hooks mixed to air-y but still direct melodies and tune creation has us pretty knocked out. If you’re unfamiliar, “Took a While” is the title track from the band’s just released EP that most definitely deserves your streaming (or otherwise) attention ASAP.

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08-30-18