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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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Ex-choir boy Daniel Wilson must believe in the powers of chance and skill. In his new song Killed Ya, Wilson croons about the chance you could meet someone and a switch is flipped, creating a downward spiral in your life. But in that crooning there’s the skill to make a tightly crafted song bubbling with all the right parts. Based from Detroit, Wilson’s latest takes on the stylings of a gospel song but steadily marches with soulful synths and drums. It’s built upon a rock-solid foundation of a pop song nonetheless, and as he sings “it almost killed ya / yeah yeah yeah”  gets stuck in your head you know there’s a solid chance that the skill he showcases will get stuck in your head all day.

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Little Simz has continued to impress over the past year. Everything ranging from the Sango-produced Mandarin Oranges Pt. 2, to the recently released AGE 101, has illustrated how a growing artist is ready to take bigger steps. AGE 101 standout Have I, takes everything that made Simz such a threat to begin with and pushes it even further. The song is basically a case study on how to have a bulletproof flow with rapid fire lyrics all laid upon a sultry beat. And despite what seems like a barrage of constant lyrics, Have I might be the first time (and hopefully not the last) where we see Simz showcase the vulnerability in her voice: “I treaded carefully only to spare your feelings / I sing this song from my chest so you know I mean it.” Little Simz is someone to look out for, and watching her get better and better makes us that much more excited to keep our eyes peeled. Find more here.

 

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Oscar Key Sung and Andras Fox, as a duo are like a match made in heaven. Both make complex and endearing music with deft ears for groove and soul. The music itself for their latest collaborations Everytime I Go has the feeling of a perfect summer haze; light and airy, soulful and playful. Yet the lyrics are melancholic in the sweetest way possible. ‘I’m only my best when you’re with me, so please stay.’ Endearing and simple, Andras & Oscar have crafted a song that’ll make you dance alone in the mirror and singalong with your best friend while the August heat drones on. And just as you wish that your love comes back into your life, you’ll be pressing replay on this one for a while.

Everytime I Go is the first track from Andras & Oscar’s album Cafe Romantica, coming out on Chapter in October for Aus/NZ, and Dutch label Dopeness Galore for the rest of the world.

 

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The water is warm from the summer sun, but breaking the surface releases a rush of dark cold. It’s that pulsating rush; the bite that takes your breath away. Hidden in the darkness of the river fish dance around your ankles as plants tangle around your thighs. It’s a nice day to feel helpless and alone. Lying on the shore, the water unfolds like an envelope, lapping away at toes as birds call out- they’re flying right below the sun. Black specs among the heartbreaking yellow. Shielding eyes from the piercing light, the sun is now setting. The now orange sphere begins to disintegrate- it’s finding a home behind the mountains where it belongs.

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Until recently, I wouldn’t have guessed that the idea of a dude digging through sofa cushions for loose change would give me high school crush-type butterflies, but Andrew Balasia a.k.a. Gracie’s “Hood Rich” has done just that. According to him, the track is “an open love letter to whoever you spend payday with,” and its galloping electronic drums and oodles of kooky synths make me wanna spend every dollar I make on ice cream sundaes for everyone, forever. Gracie will unleash another single before summer’s over and record an LP after that. Until then, download “Hood Rich” and check out some New York dates below.

Saturday, July 26th @ 54 Knickerbocker – Brooklyn, New York

Monday, July 28th @ Cake Shop – New York, New York

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The Smoke pirouettes leisurely from her cigarette. For an instant it hangs in the air – as if grasping for something – before dissolving silently into the dark. You struggle to trace the smoke back to its origin. Eventually, it leads you to a porcelain figure that blends effortlessly into the dark room around her. From behind her slender frame, a neon sign reads “discotheque”. Written in a purposefully kitsch cursive, its errant flicker takes hold of you.

You’ve been here before. You’ve been here several times. It’s the same: the smoke, the lights, the girl.

My heart is tight, makes my blood go wild. 

This time, you say, it will be different. This time action will trump inaction. You anticipate the forced conversation, the awkward gestures. The minutes go by as faceless forms shuffle around you. Soon, you’re back where you started, smoke twirling around you. Your feet are heavy and it’s impossible to move now.

Your heart’s here, but your lips are so far away. 

Tomorrow you say. Tomorrow.

Yuko Yuko is a Netherlands based artist that creates 80’s inspired pop music. Their entire discography is available on bandcamp.

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Heart defeated, tears strike down your face. Energy doesn’t stand as an option and there’s no room for a fresh start. Body quivers, walking down the street where hands were first held. An autumn scent of crushed leaves fills your soul with hope that tomorrow will be better. The fallen branches only send reminders of what once was. Spirit gives every stem life, but once the season ends, the cold distance takes over any existing breath. At least we have blossoming to look forward to.

This will be the last time.


“Last Time” (produced by Sacred Animals) is taken from London-based newcomer, Blooms‘ debut EP, If. Available to download for a limited time here.

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