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Track Reviews

Jerome Thomas – Bruises

Wow. Jerome Thomas has been on our radar for a little bit now. We loved his song “Stranger” from earlier this year. New track “Bruises” is special. Built on a School D’Angelo-Bilal-Maxwell, etc architecture, “Bruises” converts an immediate and really quite powerful lyric into what is a very very good track. Listen.

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12-03-18

Premiere: Blasko – Japanese Hotel

New from Melbourne AU artist and producer Blasko is “Japanese Hotel”. A cool blend of darker R&B-inspired tones and a French house-leaning main break, “Japanese Hotel” was inspired by a dream. Blasko says, “‘Japanese Hotel’ was written about a dream I had. I never remember dreams, but I remember waking up after this one, saying. “Woah.. I need to write a song about this”. A+ track. Stream the B3SCI Premiere of Blasko’s “Japanese Hotel” below.

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11-15-18

MICHELLE – Stuck On U

That “you’ve got me overwhelmed” melodic turn, those bits of jazzy piano, “STUCK ON U”, new-ish from New York band MICHELLE is a very nice piece of indie songwriting that deserves your attention below.

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11-06-18

Dreamer Boy – Orange Girl

Dreamer Boy out of Nashville streams “Orange Girl”, a hazy midtempo bit of a A+ indie pop that we’re digging.

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11-06-18

Sara Diamond – Know My Name

“Know My Name” is excerpted here from Montreal singer Sara Diamond’s excellent “Foreward” EP. “Know My Name” is a mix of dark pop & alt R&B production shined by some cool electronic finishes and galvanized by Sara Diamond’s cool alto.

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11-06-18

NAO – If You Ever

NAO released her Saturn LP on October 26th. One of Saturn’s many highlights is the dance-y Mura Masa-produced “If You Ever”. An additional version of “If You Ever”, available only behind the Soundcloud paywall, features a verse from 6LACK.

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11-06-18

Premiere: Ryan Egan – Won’t You Be the One

The great Ryan Egan is back with a new record in the form of “Won’t You Be the One”. We’re digging the track’s midtempo 70’s-esque aesthetic and the brand new video for the song (which we’re very pleased to premiere at B3SCI!). Egan collaborated with co-director Amanda Taylor Evans for the “Won’t You Be the One” vid and describes his aim in matching the track’s feel, “We wanted to create a visual that complimented the slow-melting, sleepy groove of the track and I thought it’d be rad to base it all around a slowly rotating Spike Lee style dolly shot.”

Stream the B3SCI Premiere of Ryan Egan’s video for the excellent track Won’t You Be the One below.

Stream “Won’t You Be the One” on Spotify.

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10-24-18

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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10-11-18

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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10-11-18