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[MP3 + Video] High Rule – FOMO

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It’s summer time, which means it’s time to bring your (metaphorical) guns, and buns out for what will be a wild summer. With that, High Rule decided to switch it up from their usual blend of alternative-indie-hip-hop to bring you something a little more bright and bubbly for your summer boozin’. While slightly switching up styles, they stay true to their catchy ways to ensure you’ll be singing along and coming back for more. “FOMO” serves as a single off of their upcoming EP, “In Real Life.” Check out the music video that was filmed at Coachella, which will for sure give you FOMO.


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Left Boy – Sweet Emotions

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Sampling The Kooks  ”Sweet Emotions”, Left Boy creates “Sweet Emotions,” a futuristic pop tune with a hip hop taste that is too catchy for your own good. Pop isn’t for everyone, sometimes it can be too corny, but I can confidently say that this is for everyone. Check it out below, and let us know what you think!

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Coastl Wolf – 2AM (in the valley)

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My mom always told me nothing good ever happens after 2am. I’m sure your parents have taught you that too. I think this track pretty much confirms that statement. Here we have a gritty, raw, progressive tune infusing too many genres to keep track off from Coastl Wolf, as “2AM” serves as the first single off of their debut EP dropping June 3rd.

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Adam Jensen – Ritual

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Adam Jensen returns with his latest single, Ritual, which quite honestly just bumps. Adam is a slightly different artist where his production is more uplifting, while the lyrical message is a bit darker. Drink it in because he’s a special talent that isn’t hitting the brakes any time soon.

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Liss – Miles Apart [Video]

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The Danish group Liss had heads turning when they released their track “Try” a little under a year ago. “Try” was unique, raw, and catchy, all the things anyone could ask for. Now the band is exposing more of their style with not only a new song (or rather, an old song they’ve been playing live for awhile, according to the band), but also a music video to pair with it. “Miles Apart” is super funky and is intertwined with multiple genres from pop to r&b. It’s needless to say, fans of many types of music can get down to this number. The video isn’t over the top, but rather a raw display of a regular night under the starry sky with the boys of Liss. Check out the video below and take a listen to Liss’ EP First, out now.


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Alpines – Completely

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R&b is hotter than ever these days, but the key is standing out and creating an experimental atmosphere with the genre that many of us adore. The members of slick London-based duo Alpines are back with a different little spice to set our r&b hearts on fire. Although Alpines has always had that soul and coolness to them, they’ve taken a unique step with their newest single “Completely”. It’s got that dark edginess that’s intertwined with tenderness and pure emotion. It’s simply one of those songs you want by your side on a lonely night because it’s got those deep feelings that’ll have your mind going wild. We can only hope for more of those vibes from their new material, but for now check out “Completely” below.


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Cobi – Don’t You Cry For Me

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Formerly of Boston-based Gentlemen Hall, Cobi struck out on his own with two silky singles last year and is back with a mesmerizing third. The soulful pop of “Don’t You Cry For Me” is laced with plaintive regret but still manages to come off as beautifully anthemic. Its bluesy sentiment runs in the same vein as Nathaniel Rateliff and Hozier but Cobi is smart enough to intersperse some decisively digitized elements to spice things up. The young singer-songwriter is currently on tour with Above and Beyond and has recently clocked in performances at Massey Hall, Royal Albert Hall and is playing tonight (May 12th) at The Chicago Theater.

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Annabel Jones – Happy

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Annabel Jones, a newbie from London, made major waves with her debut release, “IOU” a few months ago, and her recently released “Happy” is the perfect follow up to continue her momentum.

From the opening of “Happy”, Annabel Jones employs an almost nursery rhyme like flow as her melancholy voice peaks and dips in a saw pattern over some delicate keys, quickly establishing her vocal control as a standout element of the record. This impressive control continues to shine over the duration of the track, as Jones’ clarity fits perfectly with the more expansive sections of the instrumental.

On the side of the instrumental, synth bass and other electronic elements augment an otherwise stripped down beat for a very interesting sound; production over this track switches from tranquil piano ballad to video game soundtrack at a quick pace without sounding forced.

Listen to “Happy” here!

-Kyle Copier

 

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[Premiere] Oh, Be Clever – Love You Now

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In the years I’ve followed Utah superduo Oh, Be Clever, one thing that has impressed me a great deal has been their versatility; and it is again versatility that impresses on their new release, “Love You Now”.

“Love You Now” a bit of an exercise of the abnormal for both Layton and Shields when compared to the rest of their releases. For producer/writer Layton, the usual “big” sounding instrumentals have become a staple, but during the four minutes of “Love You Now”, the interesting kick pattern draws most of the attention for the beat as soft synths fill in the verses and a wavy guitar contributes on the chorus. The spacey overall feel of the instrumental presents an ideal backdrop for the vocals to shine on.

From a vocal standpoint, listeners are met with the softest sounding track from Brittney Shields yet. Shields usually switches between the powerhouse vocals of “Next To You“, the chilling vocals of “Blanket“, or even a potent mixture of the two, but the sound she creates over the instrumental of “Love You Now” is one that perfectly fits a theme that the duo doesn’t address too often. Oh, Be Clever love songs are often times crafted with a bleak outlook; songs like “Lost You“, “Next To You” (specifically the bridge), and “Paint Me Gold” can easily illustrate my point, but the coaxing tone of the lyrics match that similar vocal tone of “Love You Now” to create what sounds like the most hopeful love song the duo have released to date.
Check out “Love You Now” Here!

 

-Kyle Copier

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Lucian – Forever (Feat. Remmi)

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Lucian has been wowing fans with remixes for a long time, and almost a year after a previous Remmi collaboration, the New York based producer has again linked up with Remmi for another dream team performance in “Forever”, the first single off of the upcoming EP.

From the first second of “Forever”, Remmi (who you’ve heard here before) gives Lucian’s instrumental an ideal vocal companion to rock with, and by the time you’ve even processed the catchiness of Remmi’s vocals, Lucian’s wave of synth-heavy showmanship grabs your attention with just as many marks in authority as those chilled vocals receive in mesmerization. I never knew I could like such brisk changes in feel as much as I did in this track, but the way Remmi lulls the listener to sleep before Lucian hits them over the head with a barrage of sound works just that well.

Check out “Forever” here!

-Kyle Copier

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Best New Songs of April 2016

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Life can change in a blink of an eye. It’s astounding, really. One day you’re living a certain way, and then your life took a complete 180 degree turn, hopefully for the better. People will come. People will go. Shit happens, but we evolve. We adapt to what’s thrown our way. The one constant we have is music. Check out Best of April below. Go out and try something new in May, and see you back in a month. Thanks for reading!

Download Best New Songs of April 2016

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Roosevelt – Colours

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We aren’t constantly hearing about big music names from Germany, so it’s crucial that German artists really bring it when they’re getting their name out to the world. Germany has some gems and Roosevelt is on his way to making that clear. Roosevelt is the moniker of Cologne, Germany-based producer Marius Lauber, who’s prepping to release his debut album in August. “Colours” is a total dance track with some slight 80s vibes and comparable to the sounds of another funky band, Friendly Fires. So basically, if you’re craving indie-rock sprinkled with electronic, this will be your next obsession. Check out “Colours” below and keep an eye out for the self-titled debut from Roosevelt, out at the end of the summer.


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