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Patrick Watson – Love Songs For Robots

March 4, 2015

It’s never easy to accept the truth when a record you’ve been eagerly anticipating for years turns out to be a complete dud, but that’s what we are coming to terms with this week when it comes to Purity Ring’s sophomore effort another eternity. While we weren’t expecting another record as bold or innovative as Shrines, we also weren’t expecting them to completely drop the ball like they did with this one. For the sake of our featured artist, we aren’t going to go in depth as to why, but we sure hope it doesn’t take another eternity from them to bounce back from this epic sophomore slump. Fortunately for us, there are plenty of other great tunes released this week that we’ve been leaning on to help ease the pain. Tunes such as the brilliant title track to Patrick Watson’s upcoming LP Love Songs For Robots. I like to think of Watson as a sort of hybrid between acts like Andrew Bird, Owen Pallett, and Bon Iver. He’s certainly got all the talent and tools to become a household name himself, and with an anthem this pretty it’s really only a matter of time before the rest of the world

catches on as well. We are eagerly awaiting his new LP which comes out next week on Domino Records.

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Young Wonder – Intergalactic

February 23, 2015

We’re still coming to grips with how completely and utterly disappointed we are with Purity Ring’s first two singles to their beyond-highly anticipated sophomore LP. Fortunately for us, Young Wonder is also back this week to ease our minds that a sophomore slump isn’t inevitable for all of our favorite guy/girl Chillwave duos. If their newest track “Intergalactic” offers any kind of taste of what the next LP will be like, then it’s bound to be something quite special. From the lush acoustic guitar melody to Rachel Koeman’s always entrancing vocals, this track has a little of everything. We also enjoy the creative use of percussive samples on this memorable jam — in particular the sound of what appears to be a soda can cracking open. We’ll be on the lookout for more great tunes along with the inevitable sophomore LP from this consistently awesome act.

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WIN WIN – Waster

February 18, 2015

How WIN WIN has not become an international sensation at this point in their career is a bit of a travesty in my book. This trio of already well-established producers XXXChange, Ghostdad, and Chris Devlin have actually been around since 2011, but it’s just in recent months that they’ve signed to the awesome label Arts & Crafts. And to go along with that huge news, they’ve put out two fantastic new singles to celebrate the occasion. The absolutely gnarly B-side “Waster” is quickly becoming one of my favorite tracks of the year as well. And as they continue on their voyage to conquer every genre in existence, it’s no surprise that they flat-out nailed it when it comes to this groovy lo-fi, psychedelic rock anthem. Their highly anticipated 3rd LP is set to drop sometime this year, and I can only hope this is going to be the one to finally put these guys in the international spotlight.

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STÅL – Sing

February 5, 2015

Danish indie pop act STÅL are bracing themselves for the release of their much anticipated debut Charms & Bells LP in the coming months — and if it sounds anything like their newest single “Sing”, then it’s bound to be quite the special year for this talented guy/girl duo. It’s got a slightly retro synth pop feel to it, but what really draws me in is the grand manner in which they close out this heartfelt tune. We’ll be on a close lookout for more great tracks along with the inevitable debut record from this exciting up-and-coming act.

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Man Without Country – Oil Spill

January 22, 2015

Man Without Country’s excellent sophomore record Maximum Entropy is one we’ve been anticipating for quite some time now. Three or so years after they won us over with brilliant tracks like “Puppets”, this budding UK duo has harnessed that same creative energy to put together one of 2015’s first exceptional records. And while singles like “Laws of Motion” might be the ones to draw the broadest audience, it’s the lush, entrancing beauty behind a jam like “Oil Spill” that we simply can’t stop coming back to. If the rest of 2015 sounds even half as good as this, it’s bound to be quite the epic year.

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Alekesam – All Is Forgiven

January 12, 2015

Here to get us back on our feet after a few-week hiatus is California-based duo Alekesam. They are coming off the release of the first single to their upcoming sophomore LP, and man is it one exceptional jam. “All Is Forgiven” is most-inherently a soul tune that hinges on a smooth-as-hell bassline, some great vocals, and that ever-so-lovely recurring vocal sample. There’s definitely an element in this that reminds me a lot of the UK group Jungle as well. And with the release of this awesome new track, Alekesam has definitely got our attention as one of the most exciting emerging acts coming into 2015.

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December 12, 2014

The 45 Best Tracks of 2014

45. Death Vessel – Island Vapors

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44. Blackbird Blackbird – Feel It In My Bones

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43. The Kite String Tangle – Words

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42. iamamiwhoami – Fountain

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41. Cymbals – This City

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40. The Barr Brothers – Even The Darkness Has Arms

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Spirit Faces – Cloudplay (feat. BUOY)

December 5, 2014

We’re especially fond of Spirit Faces’ new track “Cloudplay” for plenty of reasons, but none more so than its sheer originality. I’ll admit after one listen this song didn’t fully translate for me. But after a couple more goes, its inherent beauty became abundantly clear — and BUOY’s absolutely lovely vocal segments sure don’t hurt either. And what becomes more evident with repeated listens is Spirit Faces clear-cut vision for this song. This Australia-native is still just getting his feet wet as a producer, but if a tune as wonderful as “Cloudplay” is just his starting point, it’s scary to think where this emerging act might be with a year or two under his belt.

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Royce Wood Junior – Valentine Virus Part Ii (Ode to Prod)

December 4, 2014

Here’s quite the gorgeous anthem coming your way via London’s Royce Wood Junior. From the distinct, falsetto-rich vocals to the lush

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synthesized melody, we just can’t seem to get enough of this track lately. And while his style of electro-fused RnB is similar to other sounds coming out of the UK as of late, this guy’s got more than enough raw ability to make a name for himself in the scene. You can find this gem along with a few other wonderful tunes on his brand new Rover EP, out this week.

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MLHLND – Clothes Off

December 2, 2014

It might just be us, but the releases over the past few weeks have been less than stellar. It didn’t help that one of our most anticipated records of the year, TVOTR’s Seeds, was a letdown in every sense of the word. But even besides the big names, it just feels like we’re working our way through bland record after bland record lately. That’s why we’re grateful for MLHLND’s wonderful debut EP coming through to end this painful dry spell. This Sydney-based singer-songwriter, with the help of acclaimed producer Joel Ford (Ejecta, Ford & Lopatin) have come up with quite the brilliant synth pop jam in “Clothes Off”. At it’s core this is most definitely an R&B tune, but what we love about MLHLND is the way he and Ford subtly fuse all sorts of genres together to create one ethereal whole. And while we can’t help but make comparisons to acts like Autre Ne Veut and Shy Girls, MLHLND’s fresh take on the genre is sure to garner plenty of attention from audiophiles across the globe.

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