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Rumpistol – Atacama

July 3, 2014

I was going to post LANY’s great new track “ILYSB” today, but I figured it’s good enough that it’ll be getting plenty of blog love this week. One record that probably hasn’t gotten the recognition it so much deserves, though, is Rumpistol’s exceptional new LP Away. It’s a complex collection of beats and sounds that’s taken me more than a few listens to wrap my head around. But once tracks as exhilarating as “Atacama” click, the payoff is well worth it. John Lamonica’s distinct vocals add a bit of a Radiohead feel to it, but it’s Rumpistol’s ability to create that abstract, chillstep vibe that first grabbed my attention. And if It doesn’t start out epic enough, it’s the way Rumpistol, aka Danish producer Jens Berents Christiansen closes this one out that makes it so impressive. And while he’s already an established producer across the pond, I’m hoping this new record will get Rumpistol the recognition he deserves for his obvious talents.

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Shiloh – Came Across

July 2, 2014

Shiloh is by far and away my favorite discovery of 2014 so far — and I figure that it goes without saying that their debut EP Venus Sway is my favorite record on the year as well. Very rarely do I see a band come out of the woodwork with a debut effort this impressive, but that’s exactly what little known UK duo Shiloh has pulled off. Entrenched somewhere between the electro pop and RnB genres, this record has something to offer for anyone that’s capable of acknowledging and appreciating music with substance. I had a hard time picking just one track as they each have their own unique appeal, but I decided on “Came Across” because it’s perhaps the most emotion-inducing of the batch. It’s inherently an RnB tune as vocalist JJ Draper makes a strong case for his vocal abilities, hitting those high notes with ease. And his producer counterpart Daktyl does a nice job at maintaining a sleek minimalistic approach instead of overrunning this lush anthem with those unnecessary sounds and effects we so often encounter these days. And with this incredible debut, Shiloh have cemented their place as one of the best new acts I’ve come across in a while — and one to keep a close eye on as more mainstream outlets take notice.

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Flyying Colours – Not Today

July 1, 2014

We covered Melbourne psych rockers Flyying Colours late last year when they arrived on the scene with their awesome debut self-titled EP. Since then, we’re pleased to see they’ve gained a ton of attention while also signing to a couple different labels. They’re back in the spotlight this week with what we might consider to be their finest work yet. “Not Today” is a track of grand proportions – something of an anthem if you will. It’s easy to find yourself submersed in the epic, lo-fi guitar groove right off the bat, and when those lovely, shoegazey female vocals enter the mix the track comes together perfectly. And riding on the back of this great new tune, it looks like their hot start to 2014 has only just begun. The only thing left for this Aussie four-piece is to release a highly anticipated debut LP which we’ll be ever-so-patiently holding out for.

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Home Video – Beacon

June 30, 2014

The NYC-based electronic duo Home Video is coming off the release of their 3rd studio record titled Here In Weightless Fall. It’s a record that seems to sway between the RnB and electro-pop genres, ultimately nestling somewhere in the middle. One of my personal favorite tracks, “Beacon”, manages to maintain an inherent simplicity to it while still packing an emotional punch. The subtle arpeggiated bass line and fresh piano melody flow seamlessly together as Colin Ruffino shows off his strong falsetto skills. And with tracks as gripping as this one, it shouldn’t take long for folks across the globe to take notice of this talented duo.

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Benin City – Long Way Home

June 27, 2014

Benin City’s new track “Long Way Home” is reminiscent of a few different artists like Jungle and Young Fathers, but still there’s something inherently unique about the sound this London-based three-piece has conjured up. I especially love the rich, sax-laden chorus featured in this one that seems to fluctuate between an abundance of different genres over its short duration. And from their debut LP to these two awesome new tracks, I’ve got to say I love the direction they are headed. Hopefully we’ll see this awesome new EP translate into even more excellent new tunes as Benin City establishes themselves as one of London’s finest up and coming acts.

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Tusks – Burn

June 26, 2014

Tusks is out this week with one of the more heartfelt, emotional chamber pop records I’ve heard in a while. Her music is definitely electronic in nature, but in tracks like “Burn” you can hear how she utilizes elements from a range of different genres. With a nice piano melody as a foundation, Tusks, aka Emily Underhill, complements it well with a dreamy soundscape of background harmonies and her own lush vocals. And while she’s somewhat new to the scene with this debut EP, it’s easy to imagine Tusks becoming the next big dream pop sensation if she continues to put out records with this much quality and substance.

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YUS – Zzz

June 25, 2014

I hold a special affinity in my heart for YUS — not only because I love his music, but because he’s one of the first artists I wrote about after joining Lower Frequencies a couple years back. From then to now I’ve been patiently waiting for a record to compliment the epic single that originally drew me in, “Nowadays”. The waiting has finally come to an end this week as he’s coming off the release of his sophomore record, Talisman. Tracks like “Zzz”, with the fluttering mallets, droning synths, and intertwined vocal harmonies are one of many awesome melodies that are sure to gain the attention of chillwave fans across the globe. So while I look at this record as a great accomplishment from one of my favorite emerging acts, it’s also reflective of the strides the blog has made since we first discovered YUS.

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Vacationer – Shining

June 24, 2014

Philly’s Vacationer is back in the spotlight this week with their sophomore record called Relief. It’s a follow up to one of my favorite albums of 2012, Gone, so as you can imagine my expectations for this new one were pretty high. Quite honestly after my first listen it hasn’t had the same effect as their first one, but I’m holding off any judgment until I give it a few more spins. Still, I’ve found tracks that make more of an immediate impact like that of “Shining”, where the warm, breezy guitar melody Vacationer’s known so well for acts as a nice introduction to the summer season.

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Yuko Yuko – Borderline

June 20, 2014

I’m a fan of any kind of nostalgic pop sound whether it comes in the purely electronic form or follows more by the lo-fi, psych-pop model. In the case of Yuko Yuko we are dealing with a bit of both elements, but more so the latter if I had to choose between the two. This Dutch act first began making beats on his iPad just a few years ago, and from then to now we find him coming off the release of his sophomore LP, Babes. One of the tracks that immediately drew me in was undoubtedly “Borederline”, highlighted by its catchy guitar hooks and some strangely compelling lyrics. There’s definitely a place for acts like Yuko Yuko to emerge in the indie music scene, and with tracks as awesome as this one it shouldn’t take too long to establish himself a dedicated fan base.

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20syl – Seven Eleven (feat. Ibrahim Maalouf)

June 18, 2014

Well it appears I’ve got a new favorite EP on the year. I had heard a bit about 20syl in the previous months browsing Hypem and other blogs, but for one reason or another had yet to delve into his work. After getting through his absolutely spectacular EP for the first time this morning, the only thing I’m left wondering is where this gifted electronic producer has been my whole life. He’s got such a precise and intricate sound without coming off as too unoriginal or over-processed. Sure there are acts I am willing to compare his sound to like that of Alizzz or Lindsay Lowend, and while those two are wonderful artists in their own rights, 20syl has taken things to the next level with his debut Motifs EP. Now if you’re aware of his involvement with the French supergroup C2C, then his breathtaking sound might not come as a complete surprise, but I don’t know if anyone could have predicted his debut effort would be this good. See what I mean with tracks as epic as “Seven Eleven” where the C2C turntable influence is perhaps most apparent.

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