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Track Reviews

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: 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

Premiere: Conrad Clifton – Beautiful Tragedy (VIP Remix)

Conrad Clifton is a Brooklyn-based producer that loves to elude categorization. We’re happy to premier his newest single, “Beautiful Tragedy (VIP Remix),” a laidback mingling of downtempo and synthpop with some harder drum and bass to get you gyrating. Static soaked keyboards weave in and out of the foreground with a few simple notes rattling off in the distance. I think I’ll take this track with my morning coffee, please.

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04-18-18

Eliza Shaddad – White Lines

The awesome Eliza Shaddad is back this week with news of an album (called Future) and the stream of her first new music in two years “White Lines”. “White Lines” is excellent, a minor-keyed rhythm-driven bit of A+ dark pop that sets Shaddad on a firm return footing.

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04-18-18

Been Stellar – Everyone Smokes in the City

The NYC group Been Stellar have unveiled a new hazy rock single. “Everyone Smokes in the City” dips its toes into pop rock, lo-fi indie, and grunge. Compressed vocal harmonies skate over high-speed strumming. We’re trapped inside the spinning head of a 20-something pacing up and down the West Village.

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04-16-18

Ravennas – Washed Away

Ravennas come to us as a dream pop duo out of Seattle, WA. On “Washed Away”, the twosome operate around a mix of reverb-y beachside guitars, a hooky but not entirely direct set of vocal melodies, and a rhythm track that suggests some influence/thinking through modern pop. All that adds up to a track/sound that is clearly up the B3 street. Stream “Washed Away” from Ravennas below.

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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

Litche – Winter

Litche has just released “Winter,” a single the Australian producer co-wrote with the Sydney-based artist Nrthn. It’s a shadowy pop track that drowns you in a river of faintly warm synths, muted vocals, and crackly ambience. The textures are ambivalent, but the ride is gorgeous.

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04-10-18

Premiere: Kidsmoke – Sister Sadness

We loved “Sister Sadness”, the latest single from one of our favorite new bands Kidsmoke, back in February so we’re especially stoked to premiere the video for the jangly magnetic track. If you’re in England or Wales you can check out the Wrexham band live in the coming months (dates included below) starting tomorrow night in London at The Finsbury.

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6th April – The Finsbury, London

7th April – Night & Day Cafe, Manchester

25th April – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff *supporting Bryde*

11th May – Focus Wales, Wrexham @ Ty Pawb

12th May – Focus Wales, Wrexham *acoustic show supporting Gaz Coombes*

24th June – Chester Live Festival, Chester

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04-05-18

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

Premiere: Sama Dams – Western Love

Sama Dams is an emerging indie group from Portland that’s got an infectious minimalist rock vibe I keep coming back to. We’re honored to be premiering “Western Love” off their upcoming LP, Say It. Take a gander at those vibrato synths, melancholy vocals, and soft tambourine. The track’s tenderness is worth your time.

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04-04-18