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Friday, Jul 11, 2014
The Yugos deliver a nugget of lo-fi indie pop perfectly suited for the summer.

If you’re finding your summer in need of a sun-bleached, indie pop ditty, the Yugos have served up something to fill the void. “Follow You” is a rambunctious slice of lo-fi rock, catchy as hell in its up-tempo rhythms and noodly guitar work. With unabashed optimism, the Covington, Kentucky, quartet delivers a feisty paean that, despite their musical similarity to acts like Pavement and Archers of Loaf, is entirely sincere.


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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014
Stream a song from the forthcoming collaboration between Nigerian music staple Orlando Julius' forthcoming collaboration with the London group The Heliocentrics, entitled "Buje Buje".

Orlando Julius is a legend of Nigerian music, having played now for decades, which has included playing with legends of American blues, jazz, and R&B, including a performance with the legendary Louis Armstrong. His fusion of Nigerian music with global influences makes him a voice unlike any other.


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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014
The affable pop of London indie rockers the History of Apple pie has not at all changed since their last LP, as their new tune "Tame" evidences.

The History of Apple Pie have released a new tune from their forthcoming album, Feel Something. This LP follows their debut, Out of View, which PopMatters premiered in the US back in 2013. Just as it was the case on Out of View, the band’s new tune, “Tame”, is a tasty slice of pop, with pumped piano chords forming a jaunty rhythm that complements the song’s somewhat hazy production quality.


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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014
The ever-eccentric rapper Busdriver has just dropped his newest music video, "Ego Death", featuring contributions from Aesop Rock and Danny Brown.

“Ego Death”, the latest cut from the always-eccentric MC Busdriver, includes the phrase, “Playing patty-cake with Ira Glass.” (It also opens with the timeless question: “Is it sexier than torture?”) The song is indicative of the more song-oriented direction Busdriver has taken following his 2012 release, Beaus$Eros. Like many of the tunes on that record, his hyperspeed flows are anchored by simple hooks that provide continuity to his unmatched verbosity. Joined by Aesop Rock and the always zany Danny Brown, Busdriver once again proves there’s no one out there making rap music like his.


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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014
Stream "Lost the Plot", a slice of bass-heavy, hazy pop from Amoureux' upcoming debut EP, Never Young As Tonight.

The LA-based duo of Holiday J and Nicole Turley have taken on the name Amoureux in making their romantic, hazy dream-pop. A remarkable distinctive for the duo, however, is that rather than getting caught up on the treble end of the sonic spectrum, as many dream-pop bands do, the duo emphasizes rhythm instruments, particularly Holiday J’s distinctive bass playing. “Lost the Plot”, a track from their soon-to-be-released debut EP Never Young As Tonight, balances washes of textural sound with a pronounced low end. Like the rest of the EP, the song retains a loose, improvisatory feel, due in large part to the fact that most of the tracks on the EP were recorded in one take.


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