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Track Reviews

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

HIGH HØØPS – Madly

We’ve been on HIGH HØØPS train for a little while now. The NZ artist’s latest is the dance-y “Madly” that is souped up with every single 2018 funk breaks option available.

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10-04-18

Premiere: Das Kope – Good Time

We’re into the psych pop of L.A. via Sao Paulo artist Das Kope. A veteran of the Spotify Fresh Finds playlist, Kope brings a cool skilled sensibility to the genre on brand new track “Good Time”, drawing in phased out but well-arranged harmony and kaleidoscope guitar sounds to what is a very good bit of melodic writing. We’re pleased to B3SCI Premiere Das Kope’s “Good Time” below.

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09-28-18

Lolo Zouai – Challenge

“Challenge” new from Lolo Zouai sounds as if its been ported straight from mixing board of Rodney Jerkins c. 1999. The patter of harp-sounding keys, the hushed breaks, “Challenge” is like a fresh unreleased cousin to “If You Had My Love” or “The Boy Is Mine”. Listen to “Challenge” below.

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09-28-18

Emerson Leif – Twenty2

“Your mother used to listen to James Brown.” True. We are working under the assumption that Yes! James Brown (may God rest his soul) would dig “Twenty2”, and it would make him “feel good” to listen to. Stream “Twenty2” from Emerson Leif below.

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09-28-18

LOYAL – Patterns That Fall

Brighton band LOYAL are cool as hell. There is a lot to like about new track “Patterns That Fall” but that bit that begins at 2:15, the harmonized outro, is just magic. Listen.

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09-27-18