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iamamiwhoami – Tap Your Glass

August 13, 2014

I tend to gauge how good an artist’s upcoming LP will be based on the singles leading up to it. If I am going to judge Jonna Lee, aka iamamiwhoami’s third LP Blue by that method, then it’s pretty much set up to be the album of the year. All four of her singles released this year, including her latest “Tap Your Glass”, are absolutely epic in their own respective ways. And I think it’s fair to say this newest one is the most far-out and complex of the bunch. It’s also definitely one of those “click” tracks, where one second you’re attempting to figure out its flow and groove and the next you’re fully entrenched in its dreamy, synthpop ways. So be sure to mark your calendars for the week of November 10th when the highly anticipated Blue will make its first appearance to the world.

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Bam Spacey – Upplyst

August 12, 2014

Big week of new releases to check out with acts like Porter Robinson, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, and of course FKA Twigs’ magnificent debut leading the charge. But going by our usual theme of giving the lesser known guys some exposure, we aren’t going to feature any of those more established acts. Instead, I’d like to point your attention towards Bam Spacey’s new single “Upplyst”. Based out of Sweden, this electronic producer is gearing up for his debut LP titled 1998. This is one of those lush tracks that requires you to completely tune out the outside world to fully appreciate (a decent set of headphones doesn’t hurt either). And if his upcoming record is anything as awesomely beautiful as this, then you should expect to be hearing a lot more about Bam Spacey in the coming months.

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GEoRGiA – Hard Lie This

August 8, 2014

In terms of genre, I’m not exactly sure how to label this track. For the sake of this write up I’m going to call it experimental electro-pop, but this song really blends it all together. A little hip hop here and there, some subtle traces of lo-fi shoegaze at times, and throughout all the madness you barely get a second to catch your breath. After my first go around, the only thing I was certain of was that this track needed to be played again. Who is this GEoRGiA you might ask? Having previously dabbled with acts like Kwes and Kate Tempest, this London-based vocalist/multi-instrumentalist is no stranger to the music scene, but this might be her first attempt at going solo. And after getting through her far-out debut EP a couple of times, I’d say it was most definitely the right career move. The music industry is in need of more artists like GEoRGiA, pushing the limits of the pop genre with tracks as crazy-cool as “Hard Lie This” (think tUnE-yArDs). And with this strangely compelling debut, I can’t wait to see what this budding star will come up with next.

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Nora En Pure – True (Radio Mix)

August 7, 2014

I first discovered Nora En Pure through her exceptional remixes of acts like Klingande and Favored Nations. This native South African producer is known for creating some seriously funky deep house jams with a hint of African culture ingrained in them. And while she’s already compiled a pretty massive catalog dating back to 2009, I think now is her time to really shine in the electronic music scene. And if you hear tracks as outrageously awesome as her new one “True”, you will know exactly what I mean when I say that that the best of the ever-so talented Nora En Pure is yet to come.

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Sticky Fingers – Rum Rage

August 5, 2014

If you’ve followed this blog since last year’s top tracks lists came out, then you know that Sticky Fingers’ “Australia Street” was one of our favorites of 2013 – along with the entire record. They’re a unique collective who seems to perfectly blend dub and rock to create a sound that’s inherently unique to them. I’ve been excited to get my hands on their brand new Land of Pleasure LP which is out today and impressively lives up to my high expectations. And while Australia might already have caught on to this absolutely fantastic band, they’ve still got a ways to go to match that kind of popularity here in the states. That’s where blogs like us come in to help garner attention toward a band that couldn’t be more deserving of it. See what we mean with excellently chill tracks like “Rum Rage” that are bound to extend Sticky Fingers’ popularity way beyond their native Australian borders.

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Silent Rider – Utah

July 31, 2014

If you’re looking for a slow, heartfelt dreampop track to guide you through the rest of summer, Silent Rider’s “Utah” might be just what you’re looking for. They graced the world back in 2012 with their debut self-titled LP, and they’re finally back this week with the long-awaited follow-up Rave Love EP. Having already established themselves as a chill, downtempo electro pop act, this new EP pushes those mellow barriers even further with six seriously lush jams. My personal favorite, “Utah”, comes in at a whopping 6:31, but it flows and progresses with such ease that it’s hard to really tell. And it’s easy to see the strides this Brooklyn three-piece has made since their beginning just a couple years ago. I’m looking forward to seeing their sound continue to expand and evolve as they garner some well-deserved new found attention for this very solid effort.

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Porter Robinson – Flicker

July 30, 2014

The world’s been raving over the release of Porter Robinson’s first three singles to his upcoming LP Worlds. And while by general standards I still think they are good tracks, all three ultimately fall short for me in their own respective ways. But there’s no denying that PR’s newest track, “Flicker”, is one of the best, most original jams of the summer. At first I had it confused with a disco-funk tune a group like Lemaitre might produce (coincidentally they’re featured on another song), but by about the 1:30 mark the track really begins to take its shape as a true Porter Robinson work of art. And on the heels of this amazing new one, I’m even more excited for what’s turning out to be one of the most hyped records of the year.

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The Barr Brothers – Even The Darkness Has Arms

July 29, 2014

The Barr Brothers are gearing up for what’s becoming quite the anticipated sophomore record in October. As an avid fan of the folk genre, I am a little surprised that I’m just now discovering the gifted Barr Brothers. But as soon as I head their first single off the new record, “Even The Darkness Has Arms”, I knew I was on to something quite special. They’ve proven they are capable of mastering both the beautiful and rugged aspects of the folk genre with past works, but this track is most definitely geared towards the former. Still, if you’ve heard the more recent single off the record,

“Half Crazy”, then you know what I mean when I say these guys don’t subscribe to just one particular sound. So if this track affects you like it does me, then be sure to keep an eye out for what’s bound to be an epic sophomore effort by The Barr Brothers.

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Osca – Blood

July 25, 2014

Osca’s debut single “Blood” has a big sound to it. It’s the kind of track that I foresee appealing to a broad range of audiences, as it just seems to have that sort of universal appeal to it. Apparently a demo of this track had been circulating around the interwebs for some time, but it’s just now that Osca has officially established themselves into the London music scene. And while London currently consists of one hell of a saturated market, I don’t forsee Osca having a tough time making a name for themselves as soon as folks get a hold of a track as special as “Blood”.

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Hugh – Charlie

July 24, 2014

London electro pop outfit Hugh is coming off their much awaited debut I Cant Figure You Out EP this week. Not much is yet known about this emerging four piece besides the fact one of its members, Joshua Idehen, is also a part of an act featured on LF last month, Benin City (I knew I recognized that voice from somewhere). The first track on their new EP, “Charlie”, drew me in right off the bat with its fresh blend of soul, funk, and pop. And as long as you’re willing to embrace a slightly more abstract realm of the pop genre, you’ll be sure to appreciate the rest of this promising debut effort as well.

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