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Track Reviews

Far Caspian – Blue

Leeds UK act Far Caspian undefeated run of gem after gem after gem remains intact with release of new stream “Blue”. A hooky bit of melodic indie, “Blue” separates itself on its cool use of atmosphere and fearlessness of reaching for the big hook.

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10-18-18

Free Nationals – Beauty & Essex (Feat. Daniel Caesar & Unknown Mortal Orchestra)

Features! The Free Nationals, known for their work with Anderson. Paak, collaborate with man of the moment Daniel Caesar and the UMO all-stars for a dreamy west coast R&B serenade we are loving.

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10-18-18

Stella Talpo – Leave

YES! What a song! Londoner with the cool voice Stella Talpo connects on the cinematic Goldfrappian torch-y ballad “Leave”. Love love love.

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10-11-18

BOYO – Hit or Miss

Danger Collective will release BOYO’s Dance Alone LP in November. “Hit or Miss” is Dance Alone’s latest stream. The very cool “Hit or Miss” features a 70’s-ish atmosphere in the heaviness of its space. Stream “Hit or Miss” below.

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Hope Tala – Valentine

“Valentine”, from West London singer Hope Tala, is excerpted here from “Starry Ache” Tala’s new just-released EP. “Valentine” is a neat blend of whirling rhodes, a kinetic neo-soul-esque rhythm track, and Tala’s cool vocal atop the mix. Listen below.

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Mark Whalen – Happen Twice

“Happen Twice” comes to us from Michigan man Mark Whalen. Propelled by a school of Norman Whitfield midtempo bassline and an array of minor-keyed guitar leads, “Happen Twice” is as cool as a “Cloud Nine” deep cut.

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10-11-18

Liam Bailey – Brother, Why You Gotta Love Her (Feat. Maverick Sabre)

Its most excellent to hear Liam Bailey’s powerhouse vocal again. Bailey is back with a great new tune in the form of “Brother, Why You Gotta Love Her?”. The track features the recently re-emerged Maverick Sabre (we loved his “Drifting” track from last month), and puts Bailey’s A-level vocal at the fore over a spare rhythm-driven instrumental. Stream Liam Bailey’s new one below.

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10-11-18

Kate Bollinger – Do U Go Out Together?

Virginia singer Kate Bollinger sets her cool melodic alto to a hazy keys-driven instrumental that as a track sounds that it’d be equally at home in A$AP Rocky’s air pods as he’s ambling by the Seine as it does on this very dusty not so A$AP SF bus I’m on right now. Great track.

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10-04-18

Goss – Fever Ray

This week’s B3SCI Top 12 of the Week cover went to the primo modern pop of “Fever Ray” from Goss. “Fever Ray” is constructed over a spacious instrumental framed by bits of jazz chord guitar and various other syncopations suited to a spare but very soulful main vocal melody. It sounds great. Listen to “Fever Ray” below.

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10-04-18

Red Ribbon – Your Car

Union Zero Records released Seattle band Red Ribbon’s Dark Party LP on Friday. “Your Car” caught our attention. The track’s artwork doubles as a for sale ad for the singer’s actual 1999 Civic (no word on whether the automobile is still available at the time of this posting). “Your Car” the song is rad, a breezy bit of rhythm-driven indie pop beamed from deep on in the reverb ether.

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10-04-18

ONUR – Beamin’

gd man. “Beamin'” is new from UK artist ONUR. Reminding a tiny bit in its aesthetic of Jai Paul, “Beamin'” is spilling over the brim with A+ soul-driven hooks. Don’t miss it.

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10-04-18

Bay Ledges – Wherever You Sleep

“Wherever You Sleep” is new from LA sibling duo Bay Ledges. The engine of a no frills main drum track and q steady chug of synth and guitar propel “Wherever You Sleep” and acts as a cool counterpoint to the quieter harmony-driven bits of the main vocal. We are into it.

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10-04-18