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Premiere: Ashley Koett – Call Me [EP]

Out today is “Call Me” Ashley Koett, the new EP from Colorado artist Ashley Koett. “Call Me” features singles “Lovers” and the excellent title track + new ones “White Book”, “Sunday”, and “Bye Bye Baby”. With a sound that draws on influence from jazz and R&B and modern indie pop, rock, etc and Koett’s sound is at varying points throughout the EP surrealistic and dreamy and at other times more straightforward pop. The common thread throughout “Call Me” is its excellent songwriting and well-paced arranging that’s topped off by Koett’s cool, unique, and engaging vocal. Stream the B3SCI Premiere of Ashley Koett’s “Call Me” EP below.

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04-20-18

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

Premiere: Saba Abraha – Pathway

“Pathway”, new from Ethiopian-born singer Saba Abraha, is a cool unexpected swerve on the sound of modern alt R&B. On the track, which we’re very pleased to premiere here at B3, Abraha both melodically and in the song’s arrangement takes her time allowing “Pathway”‘s pacing to introduce mood and echo thematically its lyrical narrative. A narrative Abraha says, “is a reminder to take off the armor and to trust whole-heartedly without fear.” We’re digging the approach and the song’s refreshing sound. Stream the B3 Premiere of “Pathaway” from Saba Abraha below.

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04-19-18

B3SCI’s Top 12 of the Week: 04/13/18

The latest iteration of our favorite 12 streams of the week is fresh off the press and out now. This week’s cover is UK newcomers APRE and their funky new one “All Yours”. The full list is included below as well select samples from Nick Dorian and Bakar.

Listen here: Spotify

APRE – All Yours
Davina Oriakhi / Preye – Vanity
Nick Dorian – Yawn
Eli Way / Cehryl – Papercut
Bakar – All In
Patrick Paige II / Syd / Kari Faux – On My Mind
Drake – Nice For What
Ravennas – Washed Away
Llovers – A Second With You
HalfNoise – She Said
Jon Hassell – Dreaming
Avid Dancer – Echoes

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04-13-18

Ama Lou – Tried Up

London UK singer Ama Lou streams A+ piano-driven track “Tried Up” ahead of start of US tour in support of Jorja Smith.

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04-11-18

Shaqdi – Better

UK singer Shaqdi streams “Better” from forthcoming Colourless EP due in May. A cooled out R&B number framed by washes of rhodes and distorted guitar leads, “Better” cuts a spacious, deliberate tone across its very listenable 3:23.

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04-11-18

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

Westerman – I Turned Away

New from UK artist Westerman is “I Turned Away”. One of the coolest/innovative and new blends of genre we’ve heard thusfar in the year, “I Turned Away” takes subtle bits from a wide stylistic range. Cool R&B-based, but subtle and not “alt R&B in 2018” – something new, rhythm structures are mixed to melodic phrases that in the agency of a less talented hand may come off as incongruous, forced, weird, etc but on “I Turned Away” sound remarkably fresh and impactful.

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04-02-18

Kadhja Bonet – Mother Maybe

Wow. The sparkling 70’s R&B-tinged “Mother Maybe” is the first stream from Fat Possum artist Kadhja Bonet’s sophomore LP Childqueen. Wow wow wow.

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04-02-18

Tyde – Can’t Help It

We’re digging the just-released “Mosaic” EP from UK duo Tyde. Our pick from the strong four-track release is “Can’t Help It”, a breezy dance-able number set with just enough French influence (read warm tones) to stay fixed to your playlists into the summer months.

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03-29-18

Puma Blue – Moon Undah Water

Puma Blue, the South London cognoscente of rough-hewn jazzy pop boots another A+ track through the buzz frame on “Moon Undah Water”. Surrealistic, scattering, jarring, hypnotic “Moon Undah Water” in its diverse arrangement touches off many seemingly disparate points of feeling in shaping what is a duly unnerving but magnetic course. We’re into it. Stream “Moon Undah Water” from the excellent Blue Flowers label below.

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03-29-18

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