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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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Hey Rosetta! – Kintsukuroi

September 22, 2014

Here’s one hell of a vibrant, awesome new single from Hey Rosetta! that comes just in time to still be considered a summer jam. It sure is easy to lose yourself in the beautiful intertwining guitar melodies on this track from a group I admittedly haven’t delved too much into (yet). But fortunately it appears I’ve got a couple months to get myself acclimated with this immensely talented Canadian 7-piece before the release of their much anticipated fourth LP titled Second Sight on October 21st.

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SOS – I Like That Ur Nice

September 19, 2014

We were excited to see SOS (formerly Shadows On Stars) make their return to the scene with a few amazing singles earlier this year. And we couldn’t be more thrilled this week to see that they’ve come through with what I consider to be one of the best records of the year. The one and only problem I have with this absolutely awesome effort is selecting just one track to feature. My personal favorite after getting through the first few spins would have to be “I Like That Ur Nice”, but “Dead or Alive” and “Gorgeous” deserve some honorable mentions as well. This definitely track has more of a playful, lighthearted spirit than the rest of the LP as it tends to bring me back to the sounds featured on their ever-so impressive debut record. And along with Child Actor, it’s fair to say SOS is also primed for massive success this year and beyond as folks continue to catch on to their mesmerizing sound.

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Miracle Fortress – Even In America

September 17, 2014

Miracle Fortress’ newest summer single is a jam of absolutely epic proportions. Coming off one of my personal favorite records of 2011 in Was I The Wave?, you can imagine my excitement with the release of his 3rd single in as many months titled “Even In America”. I’ve got to assume a new LP is in the works, but we’ve yet to hear any official announcements from this Montreal based mega-talent. But at this point I’m just grateful to have Miracle Fortress back in action after stepping out of the spotlight for a bit of time. “Even In America” reminds me of an old Bowie/Reznor favorite “I’m Afraid of Americans” as they both sort of lightheartedly call out some of the lesser regarded aspects of American culture — and rightfully so. And on that note I’d absolutely love to see what kind of (presumably hilarious) music video Miracle Fortress could come up for this sensational new tune.

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Photay – Reconstruct (feat. Seafloor)

September 16, 2014

I can’t say Photay’s new EP was one on my radar as of last week, but man am I grateful to have come across this NY-based producer’s work recently. His new self titled EP ranges from some lush, abstract electronic tunes to the incredibly lively funk anthem we’re featuring today. Normally a track this good you’d expect to find from some big name producer, but that’s simply a testament to Photay’s obvious talents of his own – even this early on in his career. And although today has proven to be yet another massive Tuesday release week, it’s always important not to neglect some of the lesser known acts like Photay at the risk of missing out on jams as absolutely awesome as “Reconstruct”.

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LuQus – Cinders (feat. Magdalena Wolk)

September 12, 2014

I’m surprised it took us this long to discover London-based producer LuQus. All I’ve heard from him so far is his most recent Shhht 22 EP and a couple good remixes – but that alone has been enough to make quite an impression. Based on this new EP, I’d classify his sound as a mix between an act like Stumbleine, Sun Glitters, and perhaps a little Ramses B. Chillwave might be the easiest way to describe beautiful tracks like “Cinders”, but most of this budding producer’s work tends to far exceed my typical chillwave/chillstep expectations. And there’s no doubt in my mind that with a little more time and exposure an act as awesome as LuQus will have no trouble establishing himself quite the solid fan base.

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SOAK – B a noBody

September 11, 2014

SOAK’s “B a noBody” is a conflicting track for me. Part of me wants to gush at the gorgeously uplifting melody, but the other half is forced to take into account the somewhat dreary subject matter. That’s not to take anything away from this pretty spectacular tune, though. This Glasgow native offered up a little glimpse of her enchanting sound back in March with her debut Blud EP, but it’s this new track that’s really got me believing in the young Bridge Monds-Watson, aka SOAK — and it appears I’m far from the only one. After becoming the first signee to Chvrches new label this year, it seems SOAK’s got the whole world in front of her as she (presumably) works on getting that much anticipated debut LP out there.

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Duologue – Parts of the Blame

September 9, 2014

Duologue dropped their brand new Never Get Lost LP today, and among other big releases of the week this might be our most anticipated. While groups releasing LPs today like Odesza, Banks, and Vance Joy all have promising careers ahead of them, I think Duologue might have the highest ceiling of them all. But don’t expect to fully understand this record on your first go-around. This UK quintet is going for more than just your casual listening experience with this sophomore effort. Take the epic closing track “Parts of the Blame”, for instance. It might start off mellow enough, but don’t let this amazing tune deceive you. It’s a high energy track all the way, one that continues to build and expand off itself until you reach that gut-wrenchingly beautiful climax. And while I want to hold off from making too many Radiohead references, I think on the back of this absolutely awesome effort Duologue has a legitimate shot to follow in the footsteps of the UK’s most beloved electro rock act.

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Sucré – Line of Fire

September 5, 2014

I wish there was some system similar to the stock exchange where you could invest in an artist that you think will make it big in the future. If something like that did exist, I’d be willing to put all my cash down on an act like Sucré. She just seems to have all the right tools to become the next great international pop sensation. Backed by husband/producer Darren King of Mutemath, these two alongside producer Jeremy Larson have created one hell of a followup EP to her 2012 debut A Minor Bird. Amazing tracks like “Line of Fire” are fueled by the swirling, orchestrated strings and roaring brass instruments that you’ll find somewhat thematically throughout this grand record. Where Sucré goes from here is unknown at this point, but with her undeniable set of skills and a fantastic supporting cast, I forsee a long and prosperous career in store for this gifted Texas native.

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Sims – Scope Or Claw

September 4, 2014

We don’t tend to feature too much rap or hip hop on this blog. It’s not that we aren’t appreciative of the genres, but rather it just doesn’t seem like a ton of great material for us to work with as of late. Still, that’s not to say there aren’t some great budding artists out there like that of Yung Lean, Vince Staples, and Spooky Black. One emerging act we’d like to make room for on that list is Minnesota’s own Sims. He’s actually been around for quite some time now as a member of the

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hip hop collective Doomtree and as a solo act, but I think folks are really going to start to take notice with the release of his new Field Notes EP. I’m especially fond of the production on tracks like “Scope Or Claw”, where the piano melody and roaring “what” samples flow perfectly with Sims well spat verses. Check it out along with the rest of the EP to see why we think this new record is bound to gain him some solid new found praise.

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