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Anna Straker – Desert Floor

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Anna Straker, a London-based artist, is only 19 years old (feel like a geezer, yet?). Although she’s a fresh face, she’s already making her mark with a hypnotizing electronic-pop sound. Straker recently released her short, but sweet EP Serious and each track sparkles with dance-worthy tunes (seriously, every song will get stuck in your head for days). One of its shining tracks is “Desert Floor”, but it’s only a taste of what Anna Straker is capable of. If you want good vibes all around, take a dive into the whole release because it’ll hit that electro-pop spot. For now, check out “Desert Floor” below.

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Best New Songs of November 2016

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We have finally hit the final month of 2016. Despite this being a November playlist, the early parts of December have been FIRE. The Weeknd, Childish Gambino, Drake, CuDi, & J. Cole?! What did we do to deserve this? While we’re working hard to provide you a list from our favorites from the year, enjoy what we’ve prepared for November, and the influx of quality albums! Hopefully, this will keep you busy until then. Stay tuned…

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Bridgit Mendler – Snap My Fingers

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Either you know Bridgit Mendler or you don’t, but one thing is for sure, you’d never guess this soulful pop gem was once a Disney star (and don’t get us wrong, we love some Disney!). Since taking a break from music for a few years (Mendler released her debut album in 2012), she’s clearly grown her sound and strayed away from the  bubblegum pop sound. She’s still embracing her pop side, but she’s kicked it up a notch with a bit of smooth soul. “Snap My Fingers” is one of the tracks off of her new EP, Nemesis, and it completely oozes a coolness that we’ve never seen from Bridgit Mendler before. It’s needless to say, she’s no Disney girl anymore. She’s a grown woman with a big voice and we are ready to see her next chapter.

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Milky Chance – Cocoon

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After taking our ears by storm with their hit “Stolen Dance” a few summers ago (it feels like an eternity), the German band is back to grab our indie hearts again. “Cocoon” may be Milky Chance’s catchiest track yet (yes, it can get even catchier than “Stolen Dance”). It’s one of those tracks that’ll have you tapping your feet and ultimately dancing around your room in a matter of a minute. It’s clear Milky Chance is back to impress new and old fans with their airy indie-pop goodness, so we’re all in. Check out “Cocoon” below!

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Best New Songs of October 2016

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October 2016 is in the books! 21 new tunes for you to vibe out too. This month, Francis & The Lights released one of the best albums of 2016, and as a result, is a frequent artist you will see on the playlist. We try to start fires for you with all this music that deserves to be heard. Check it out, share with your friends, spread the love, and start your own fire.  Have you started thinking about your favorite tracks from 2016? We have…

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Temptress – Guilty Pleasure

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There’s nothing guilty about Temptress‘ new single “Guilty Pleasure”, in fact, it’s completely addictive and we’ll scream that on the top of rooftops. The fabulous duo may not be widely known yet, but with catchy tracks like this they’re bound to reel in plenty of new followers. This particular track has r&b vibes with tender pop sounds, a combination that’s irresistible and completely catchy. We promise this chorus will not leave your head anytime soon and that’s only after one listen. Check out the memorable single from Temptress below!

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Oh, Be Clever – Mad World (Tears for Fears Cover)

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Cover songs present a slew of issues-from trying to make an original song sound original again to avoiding sounding different just for the sake of sounding different- and somewhere in the midst of those issues lies some sort of a sweet spot, a sweet spot Utah superduo Oh, Be Clever have set up shop in for the entirety of their cover of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World”.

From the onset, singer Brittney Shields’ voice (which I have at this point given up trying to find more superlatives for) takes up a haunting tone to pair with Producer/Writer Cory Layton’s ideal as always soundscape while the record presents a caressing yet cold tone. The contrast between the lullaby-like tone of Shields’ vocals and the dark lyrics she recites captures the essence of the song in ideal fashion.

Layton’s work on the instrumental gives new life to the record. The grim overall sound of the instrumental plays out at a slower pace than the original, lending to that aforementioned contrast as well.

Listen to “Mad World” here:

-Kyle Copier

 

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PHIL GOOD – Sleeping In

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It’s Wednesday which means we’re halfway through the week, but wouldn’t we all rather be in bed? Sleeping for hours and hours and…you get the point. PHIL GOOD seems to know what all of our mornings are like in his latest catchy tune, “Sleeping In”. This track happens to be PHIL GOOD’s debut and it’s safe to say that it’s one that’s easy to get hooked on. It’s got an indie-pop vibe that’ll reel fans in that love the genre (and even those that don’t). If you ever feel like being in bed wins over living life for the day, this one’s for you! Check out the first sound of PHIL GOOD with his first single, “Sleeping In” below.

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Best New Songs of September 2016

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September was scorching! While we tend to cater our Best of The Month playlist towards what’s available for free on SoundCloud, there was a plethora of phenomenal music that dropped this month. We’re talking the likes of Bon Iver, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Francis and The Lights, Solange, Danny Brown, Travis Scott, Mac Miller, and Young Thug (last few days of August). So fire up your Spotify, or Apple Music (or Tidal I guess), and check out those albums. In the meantime, peep out these glorious 17 tracks below!
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Reva DeVito – Deeper

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Reva DeVito is a sassy, r&b songstress from Portland that knows how to keep it real. Last week she released her latest EP The Move, and one of its stand out tracks is “Deeper”. Although DeVito’s sweet, tender vocals feel completely relaxing, the song takes a look into breaking up and cutting ties. “I’ll never forget you. I’ll never forget the man you were, but I can’t stay with you“, DeVito expresses over a chill beat. Breakups may be hard, but somehow they hurt way less with a track like this. Check out the sound of smooth heartbreak below.

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J.Lauryn – MiND TRAVELER

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Fusion chanteuse J.Lauryn blends hip hop, tropical pop and r&b like a skilled musical alchemist, allowing us to soak up the last days of Summer with her smooth Caribbean vibes. She made a name for herself co-crafting tunes with the likes of Ziggy Marley, Ashanti and David Guetta and recently began dropping her dope rhythmic-reggae-pop early last year. There is no doubt the girl knows how to handle her material which effortlessly drifts from slick braggadocios flows to sweet heartfelt vocal lines. A winning combo that could easily find its way into the mainstream.

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Garrickson – Floating Around

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It’s autumn and it’s about that time when we all get those tender, deep feelings (goodbye bright summer sun, we loved you). So, how we do bring our souls at ease during these breezy days? A little bit of quiet, chill music usually does the trick. This time around we have a new artist that’ll have you feeling warm and fuzzy inside (you know, in the way that Frank Ocean does). Garrickson is a Dallas-based soulful pop artist that has us hooked with his latest tune “Floating Around”. There are no bells and whistles to this one, it’s just a simple, yet irresistible r&b track. You can get lost and check out the smooth sound below.

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