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Angharad Drake – Baby

Brisbane AU 24-year old Angharad Drake impresses on sullenly beautiful new one “Baby”. Gifted with an evocative vocal with a unique affecting timbre, Ms. Drake effectively communicates a narrative of some of love’s more isolating passages on “Baby”.

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11-08-16

Bruno Major – The First Thing You See

The impressive “The First Thing You See” is the third entry in Northampton UK native Bruno Major’s 12 month release project. Fresh from a supporting stint for Lianne La Havas, the quickly rising Major draws from a creative palette of James Blake/Jamie Woon-styled electronic-aided eclecticism crossed with a deep internalization (very clear melodically on “The First Thing You See”) of melodic prime movers like Chet Baker and Ella Fitzgerald. We love “The First Thing You See” and we love Bruno Major. Listen.

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11-04-16

Rodes Rollins – Young & Thriving

A sublime and magnetic vocal, an evocative and transportive tranche of a production choices and instrumentation, and a run of melodies and tunefulness that is just wrecking to one’s central viscera (enough hyperbole for you?), Rodes Rollins’ “Young & Thriving” is some very very good dark pop. One of the best debut tracks of the year.

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11-04-16

COTE – Golden Hour

The slow emotive burn of “Golden Hour” is the latest from BK-based COTE. Fixed on a detached central whirl of quiet drums and heart-wringing harmonies “Golden Hour” shows of a further thoughtful and accomplished layer of COTE’s writing/artistry. Get interested in “Golden Hour” above and check out “London” from earlier this year which we loved too.

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11-04-16

Henry Green – Closer

“Closer” is the lead track from UK artist Henry Green’s forthcoming “Real” EP for Akira Records. The plaintive acoustic guitar-driven “Closer” earns it’s dough on a stunning set of moving melodies and it’s unexpected turns of subtle electronic production. The resulting effect is pretty extraordinary and transportive. Listen to “Closer” below.

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10-26-16

Jack River – Palo Alto

“Palo Alto” is new from Australian songwriter Holly Rankin a/k/a Jack River. Wound around a Nirvana-esque groove (“About a Girl”), “Palo Alto” blends elements of West Coast US indie with that aforementioned grunge feel. The result is differentially cool blend of styles made great by Rankin’s strong sense of melody. Listen below.

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10-05-16

KAN WAKAN – I Would (Feat. Elle Olsun)

“I Would” is the second track online for Gueorgui Linev’s KAN WAKAN project. “I Would”, which follows the blogger favorite “Molasses”, is as an arresting statement of formidable artistic skill. Wow.

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10-04-16

Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – Let Me Get There (Feat. Kurt Vile)

If only everyday could sound like Hope Sandoval.

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09-28-16

Moses Sumney – Lonely World

Like something cast forward from a different, much more advanced, dimension, “Lonely World”, the new track from Moses Sumney sounds nothing like most and run circles around just about everything else out. Look for “Lonely World” appearing on Sumney’s “Lamentations” EP, out Friday.

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09-28-16