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PROM – Keeping Company

October 17, 2014

Often our favorite tracks end up being those acquired tastes that we were at some point on the fence about. But when it came to one of PROM’s new jams “Keeping Company”, it was evident right off the bat that this track was something special. They made a big splash a few weeks ago premiering their debut single “Flickers”, and now this Brooklyn duo is back with an equally impressive Keeping Company EP. And while the whole record is very solid, it’s the title track that we just can’t stop coming back to. It’s definitely their most chilled, downtempo track of the bunch, but it’s also clear with this amazing dream pop tune that they’ve proven themselves capable of conquering many different facets of the pop genre. And while we usually like to take our time in deciding what tracks will crack our “Best Of” list, it’s fair to say that newcomers PROM have a spot designated when the time comes to reveal our overall favorite tunes of 2014.

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Big K.R.I.T. – Cadillactica

October 15, 2014

It seems like there’s a never-ending debate about what classifies a good rap track. For some, it’s all about the verse. As long as it’s got a good flow and some nice rhyme schemes, it’s great. But, for me at least, the verse alone is never going to be enough in determining a rap track’s overall worth. It’s a shame to see a great verse get wasted on a song with no melody or instrumental value, and to me it seems like that’s more often the case than not with the rap genre lately. But a few times a year there’s a track that comes around that puts it’s all together perfectly. In the case of 2014, the honors go to Big K.R.I.T.’s “Cadillactica”. This jam has all the right moves to be one of the best rap tracks of the year, but perhaps most impressive is the way Big K.R.I.T. flows so smoothly from one bar to the next. And while we’ve always known him to be a solid rapper, this new track is bound to elevate this Mississippi-based act to the far upper echelons of the rap game.

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Light Club – Get You Out

October 14, 2014

Light Club, whom we’re just discovering as of this morning, is a one man indie pop project out of Portland. His sound can be characterized by a combination of dreamy synths and some seriously infectious guitar melodies. And for a debut EP this is one extremely impressive effort. See for yourself on tracks like “Get You Out” which we think are poised to get Light Club, aka Gabe Mouer, recognized on an international level (think The 1975) by year’s end.

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PLOY – Beyond The Plain

October 10, 2014

D.C.-based electronic duo PLOY are back this week with a new single called “Beyond The Plain”. It’s a smooth, ethereal RnB jam that reminds me a bit of an act like Years & Years. And while they are still very new to the scene, with this fourth fantastic single PLOY is really beginning to make a case for themselves as one of the next big things in an ever-expanding chillwave scene.

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Field Report – Marigolden

October 9, 2014

We’ve been big supporters of Field Report since their debut LP a couple years back. The opening track on that record, “Fergus Falls”, is easily one of our favorite folk rock tunes of the last decade. And while we are often a bit particular about what we consider to be good folk music, there’s absolutely no doubting that Field Report is one of the best bands in the genre as of late. Chris Porterfield, the man behind the anagram-based Field Report (Field Report/Porterfield, get it?), was actually originally a part of Justin Vernon’s DeYarmond Edison, so his skills as a folk artist didn’t exactly come out of nowhere. Still, he’s made some nice strides as an artist from then to now, most evident on his group’s brand new record titled Marigolden. And I’m hopeful that with this fantastic new release Field Report will begin to get a bit more recognition on a larger scale, especially for songs as exceptional as today’s featured title track, “Marigolden”.

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Gorgon City – Take It All (feat. The Six)

October 7, 2014

It’s been a dreary couple of weeks in terms of music discovery. Maybe it’s just us being cynical, or perhaps we simply aren’t looking in the right places, but not many new releases seem to stand out as especially good lately. Fortunately for us, Gorgon City has come through with a great new track off their debut LP Sirens. And while we are aware that not all of our subscribers come for the house jams such as this, you’ve got to respect Gorgon City for their ability to create club tracks with depth and substance – a true rarity in the scene nowadays. We first knew Gorgon City was special with their epic jam “Ready For Your Love”, and with this solid new record they’ve firmly established themselves as two of the best new producers in the business.

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Great Good Fine OK – By My Side

October 2, 2014

In terms of overall quality, Brooklyn’s Great Good Fine OK is currently one of the best in the business at producing electronic pop music with some serious substance. The production value on their newest track “By My Side” is absolutely top notch, and they only seem to be getting better since the release of their debut single late last year. From the synths to percussion to their always-funky bass lines, GGFO have created a sound that’s inherently unique to them. But it was actually after hearing their incredible remix of Little Daylight’s “Love Stories” that we knew this promising duo was different from your prototypical pop act. And if there were any lingering questions before, they’ve certainly been answered with the release of their epic debut Body Diamond EP. We’ll be on the lookout for a debut LP (presumably) in 2015 which is bound to be one of the year’s most anticipated releases.

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Fei Fei – Back To You

October 1, 2014

Fei-Fei’s newest track “Back To You” is the kind of lush, electro-heavy anthem we’ve been in need of lately. This LA-based producer first hit our radar with her “Little White Lies” single earlier this year. And while that’s a great track on its own, she seems to have really hit her stride with the release of this fantastic new jam. We’ll be expecting great things from her upcoming debut record as this talented act continues to make her mark on the West Coast electronic scene and beyond.

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Tep No – Lana Del Dre

September 26, 2014

2014 has introduced us to a ton of great new acts on the scene. Shiloh, Boy In A Movie, and Tigerz are just a few of the artists that have emerged this year that we’ve since kept a keen eye on. But perhaps the most promising newcomer we’ve come across this year is Toronto-based electronic producer Tep No. He’s got seven awesome singles to his name since the start of this year and presumably a debut EP/LP on the horizon. And while the quantity alone is impressive for this budding act, it’s the quality of his work that really tends to stand out. After about a weeks’ worth of repetitive listening to his newest single “Lana Del Dre”, I’m willing to go out on a limb and say this one of my favorite tracks of the year. And along with his absolutely amazing previous single The Drop Starts At 00:53, coming to the decision that Tep No is our “rookie of the year”, so to speak, was not difficult conclusion at all. Perhaps if there were one aspect of his newest single that we’d tweak, it would be extending out those epic final 20 seconds for just a little bit longer. So while we keep our fingers crossed for a potential extended mix, we’ll also be on the lookout for Tep No to make that inevitable shift from low-key electro pop producer to emerging superstar. Also keep an eye out for the premiere of the “Lana Del Dre” music video on Belle Musique in the coming weeks.

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Polarsets – Whispers

September 24, 2014

While Polarsets have actually been around for the good end of four years, it’s just this week that they’ve come out with their debut record titled Parasols. I had been introduced to them years ago via tracks like “Morning” and “Leave Argentina”, but after not hearing much on their end for quite some time, I admittedly forgot all about this UK-based four piece until they began premiering singles a few months ago. One of their most recent productions, “Whispers”, is a fantastic track from start to finish, but it’s the absolutely epic finale that has sealed this tune as one of the more compelling jams of the year so far. It sure is great to see the finalized project of what was started so many years ago now, and on the back of this killer single and overall awesome debut LP, I don’t foresee the Polarsets brand flying

under the radar for much longer.

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