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To You Mom: make ethereal, glowing music that’s stitched out of secret passages and lost traditions, released on the boutique Italian label Ghost Records. Luca and Massimiliano met at Italy’s International Conference For Cartography and GIS Mapping, before going on to coalesce as To You Mom:, and ‘Charming Karma’ continues their exploration of forgotten magic and empires as illusions – the antithesis of a whole life spent wanting more – and a reminder that there are wooden houses on lands in far-away places that don’t cost much money, and strings of lights that make paths to them gently, and do not turn off the stars.

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Tennessee’s boy king of positive vibes Tyler Walker bka Meth Dad has a special gift for making tracks I’d put on repeat if the world was coming to an end tomorrow. By that I mean there’s nothing I’d rather do than shout along to a life-affirming, slightly freaky pop song at a massive rager with every friend I’ve ever known as we all go down in a fiery blaze. His latest jam “So Real” is a shining example of everything Walker does best, from its primal drums and alien lasers to the hearty chants of Everything could end right now, I know I have my friends.

If you like what you hear, then a sweaty, raucous Meth Dad show is just what the doctor ordered and you’re in luck, because he’s on tour. Check out dates below, and click here to score one of his and Michael Parallax’s split Infinity High Fives cassette tapes or a coveted tie-dye shirt.

Feb 25, 2015 (Placerville, CA) Cozmic Cafe
Feb 26, 2015 (San Francisco, CA) Night Light
Feb 27, 2015 (Oakland, CA) LeQuiVive
Feb 28, 2015 (Los Angeles, CA) The Overpass
Mar 2, 2015 (San Diego, CA) The Porch
Mar 3, 2015 (Phoenix , AZ) Trunk Space
Mar 4, 2015 (Tucson , AZ) TBA
Mar 5, 2015 (El Paso, TX) Electric Banana
Mar 6, 2015 (Austin, TX) Spiderhouse Ballroom
Mar 7, 2015 (Houston , TX) Black Barbie
Mar 8, 2015 (New Orleans , LA) Gasa Gasa
Mar 9, 2015 (Pensacola , FL) The Handlebar
Mar 10, 2015 (Atlanta , GA) Mammal Gallery
Mar 11, 2015 (Athens, GA) Go Bar
Mar 12, 2015 (Nashville , TN) The Stone Fox
Mar 20, 2015 (Austin, TX) Wonderland (SXSW)
Mar 21, 2015 (Austin, TX) Chain Drive (SXSW)

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Our bodies were tempted by hazy pinks and blues as outer edged memories licked our ankles. We danced like our grandparents before us- with care. Empty hallways echoed the heels of your boots and my resistance to break the rules. Moonlight shined through- parallel lines separated those dancehall days. Who knew pearled heels could hold this kind of weight. Pushing through ivy and barbed branches we finally escaped.

Following their debut LP on Cascine, Brett have released two tracks to ease us slowly into the thawing of spring. Covers by The Go-Gos, “Vacation,” and Wang Chung, “Dancehall Days,” prove the band’s adoration of modern and sumptuous pop.

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One of our favorite, why-isn’t-he-bigger producers of the past couple years, Kid Smpl has been unleashing a storm recently. With his new EP on the always great Symbols label released recently + being featured on Ryan Hemsworth’s Shh Secret Songs label we’re proud to premiere the new video for the fantastic track ‘Ja.’ The track itself is dark, brooding, and aggressive, and the visuals themselves pair perfectly. Written and directed by Pierce Adler, the video is stunning. We’ve been watching Kid Smpl’s steady rise over the past couple years and are so glad to see the shine to start getting a little brighter.

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A few weeks ago Body Language unleashed their riveting “Really Love,” a pounding track with frenetic drums and a hook that literally asked “is it really love?” Questioning the moments of lust and romance with the ones of cold shoulders and knots in your stomach. Today, the band does a 180° with their newest track “Reset.” Coming from pounding percussion to soft and lush synths, and with a concept just the same. Body Language tells the story of a feeling that at one point all of us have felt; To butterflies and fluttering eyelashes? To the feeling of first meeting at the party? From faded sweatshirts to picked-this-outfit-out-just-to-finesse-you vibes? If only it were so easy.

The ’Really Love / Reset’ single will be released this Tuesday February 17th on limited edition vinyl. Buy here. Find their current tour dates below as well.

2/16 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
2/17 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
2/20 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
2/21 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo
2/22 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
2/23 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah

 

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“Begin to Say” by Toronto-via-Vancouver’s Patrick Fiore aka Noble Oak popped into my inbox at just the right time—a couple days after I decided to close the New York chapter of my life and begin a new one in sunny Los Angeles. After three exhausting years spent chasing my hazy definition of success, I took comfort in the fact that I’d given it my best and it was time to move on. Like Fiore sings here, I never was a winner, but I tried, I tried.

With its soft blanket of a melody and snappy little beat, the track is nudges you toward whatever that next step may be, gently shaking off any baggage that remains. For Fiore, it’s a love gone sour that he leaves behind as he repeats with tender resolve, I’ll be alright. “Begin to Say” will feature on his Past Life LP, due later this year. Stream it below, and if you’re in Japan or going there, catch him on tour this month.

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Hush Hush Records has created a template for the 2014-and-beyond electronic label. Building off the cinematic productions of Kid Smpl and exorbitantly lush Cock & Swan, to more recently the slow ebbing build of Lowhitey, the Seattle-based record label’s sound all falls under it’s tightly encapsulating umbrella. Yet that umbrella continually expands and grows; the sonics fit but with each release they always feel urgent and surprising. Recent signee MICHAELBRAILEY is no exception, with ‘I Lose Myself’ being clouded in HH’s signature haze, but rises and falls with autotune and soft spoken piano. Obviously taking cues from contemporaries, MICHAELBRAILEY’s sound may seem at first glance seem surface-level, but as you dig deeper the textures fall apart and you’re left with something incredibly raw and honest. ‘I Lose Myself’ doesn’t hit you in the face, it burrows under your skin, sits there and takes you over completely.

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Outside the gas station we stood with friends. You with your kaleidoscope eyes that bounced back and forth, looking to others faces as you spoke.  Carving out new stories and weathered paths, the distance before us seemed eminent. I could feel you looking at me between breaths; I couldn’t shake the haunting that singed my corners . As the neon lights flickered their goodbyes, I rested my head on your shoulder. We melted as the sunrise touched our feet illuminating the oil slicked ground. Until another night.

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Barcelona is still the place we go to feel on time, the city where you can be late, coz if you are the party is still running. Sau Poler takes us on a winding nightscapade through Barcelona’s ancient streets with Non Plus Ultra, staccato beats reverberating off stone that’s been standing since the 1200s. Finite and also expansive, lost in the blue of sea and sky, but really crafted for the night parties, the young rising Spanish producer shows why he’s been one to keep an eye on for over a year now, and whether you’re going into deep waters or just deeper into the night, where you go is always up to you.

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Your laugh was a lightening bolt. A thousand watts of shock that took my breath with each nip in the cold air. Glancing over the contours of your face, each freckle and bump another icy cliff to climb. I blinked when talking to you, making frame by frame snapshots with each passing moment. Waiting for the metro train I close my eyes. I wish you were there across the tracks. I wish I could remember you.

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Today Cork, Ireland’s Eoin French aka Talos releases “Bloom,” his first track since March’s stunning debut “Tethered Bones.” The song arrives on the heels of autumn’s first cold snap here in New York, and it’s appropriately chilling—opening with bare piano chords and a rumbling bass drum. Produced with fellow Cork native Ian Ring of Young Wonder, it’s a tale of lost love—I lay down listless / the house will fall with me, sings a crestfallen French before the track bursts into a flood of icy vocals and scuttling percussion.

“Tethered Bones”/”Bloom” will be available on 12-inch and digitally via Feel Good Lost on December 1st, with remixes from WIFE, Eomac, and Slow Magic.

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We weaved through the party with no direction- the kitchen packed of future faulty memories and forgotten names come morning. If only chandeliers could talk and champagne glasses made conversation; even they could see I still wanted you behind the mess. You took my hand and I blindly followed. By the lit pool you told me stand still. The noise from inside threatened to push through the french doors. We didn’t need our fortunes told that night; the light of the reflecting pool showed me what I needed. The camera flash surprised my eyes- I blinked. “Why won’t you take me back?” GL sings simply as we fell asleep in an chair by the pools tiled edge.

Take Me Back appears on GL’s upcoming self titled EP from Sydney label Plastic World.

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Summer might be disintegrating- the leaves of fall will soon turn into personal flames at our feet. Until then we’ll toss our hair back to the hot wind still left over; hang onto the fringes of youth while passing seconds tick. Hands aren’t interested in being shoved into pockets, feeling the inked receipts last night created. Instead, our feet will run through the tall, tall grass away from the buildings. Packed like sardines in concrete and stress – for one last moment lets break free.

Beat Connection are about to take off on a west coast tour, find when they’ll be in your city here.

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New territories arose and even though awareness befitted, it was manageable to still kill what was initially mutual. You coasted in and out like a fluttering light. Dreams of Coney Island and dewy morning air that were never shared. Keen matters drove us to madness, spinning out of our control. Like a car hitting the breaks but in no time to save an avoidable disaster. The darkness settled and buried all unforeseen.

Porches. is the moniker of Aaron Maine aka Ronald Paris. The b-side to the ‘Prism’ features Greta Kline (Frankie Cosmos). Preorder now and receive two bonus tracks from the release via Terrible Records, a delightful new home for the project.

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Nothing happens where we live and time does not pass, so we hold on to all the parts of a history: 1999: the bleak streets of East London / 2002: Berlin rebuilt, the summer we hitch-hiked to Avignon / 2004: Morrissey in LA / 2014: a free Scotland. Stuck in a sudden electric moment, like the switching on of car headlights, the hit from the first line of coke – a facsimile of transcendence. The spectacle (fame), which takes it name from the spectre (ghost), rules and we see ghosts of ourselves pass by on billboards. We see our own images pass by on the sides of buses, and we remember nothing.

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Australia is currently making a lot of waves for creating some of the best pop music on the planet right now. Mansionair is no exception, with their original track ‘Hold Me Down’ being released on their forthcoming debut EP. On top of being released on CHVRCHES Goodbye Records, the EP contains some unreal remixes. One of those, by one of YT’s favorite producers, Maths Time Joy, flips the original ‘Hold Me Down’ from sultry to sultrier, adding a slew of echoing pianos, booming bass hits, and tinkling claps and vocal samples. Like deep sea diving in the warm water of Australia each element comes through crystal clear and encompasses you sonically. And the remix actually does what a good remix is supposed to do, hints of the original still peek through but this feels fresh enough that I keep hitting the replay button.

 

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We’ve all been in that moment, the moment where everything’s been left to your own volition. Be it your crappy job or a love run its course, you have been left a fork in the road and the time to choose is approaching. COMPNY, the UK collective that “creates music, video content, fashion and artwork” unveils their latest track with us today. ‘Something Had To Give’ is a song that’s ultimately an ode to forced decisions, moments in time where you need to turn left or right at that fork. It’s cut deeply with melancholy-tinged piano and a sweeping choir that provides for an overwhelmingly strong feeling of escape. Not much is known about COMPNY right now but with the way each song is sounding there’s bound to be plenty more goodness on the way.

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There is no changing of the seasons in the electric city, and no real darkness. So in the summer we go to lie together beside the water. All of things of the city mean half as much when we finally take them inside ourselves: the slow water lapping the sun on our skin and the shadows we cast that echo for ages. In and out of sleep with ancientness hovering over like a protecting hand. Things that stay real, you say, are all that you really want now. Here comes the rising tide, here comes the weather, here comes everybody, but we reach into our memories for the magic, blank our minds with the lightning and fire of the receding sun, and push away all this.

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Two pairs of eyes stare out as the car drives on the dirt road. Save for the rain tapping on the roof and windshield wiper moving the dirt we couldn’t reach-there’s silence between your blues and my greens. The luminously gray clouds of this desert monsoon hang over us, threatening to crack open. Blurring, merging – the passenger window grows hazy. There’s more to say. It’s much easier to find smiling faces in the rain droplets as they race down the glass. The air’s electric and pulsating- let me reach out and touch the hem of your sweater while you drive, “I could be the drops that chase you.”

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Step into the future. Did you picture our lives like this? So far apart, crowded by over analyzations and misjudgments. Seas away, yet our eyes meet across the platform. Hearts wrapped in heavy netting. Beating, but the palpations aren’t strong enough to break through. Instead our organs shrivel, tracing every recollection like fingers running down broken words in novels we used to grasp. As anxieties unravel and guards let down, we fold in all our bent cards. Go fish, you say.

Do U miss me? I miss U too.

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