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Monday, Mar 31, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Don't let the title fool you: Tapioca and the Flea's "Take It Slow" is a brisk, catchy dance-pop number.

Premiering on PopMatters, “Take It Slow” is Southern California dance-pop act Tapioca and the Flea‘s contribution to a split 7” compiled by Red Bull Sound Select for Record Store Day (April 19, 2014). Just don’t let the title fool you, since “Take It Slow” is a brisk, catchy synth-driven number, a combination of old-fashioned pop-minded songwriting and a state-of-the-art vibe.


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Monday, Mar 31, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
The delicate, gossamer arrangement of Like Swimming's "Let Go" floats along like puffy white clouds on a warm summer day.

Like Swimming is a Swedish trio formed in 2012 out of a previous group, You Say France & I Whistle, but this is not a young band. Claes Carlström, Ida Hedene, and Petter Wesslander have been writing music together for seven years and it shows, as the group’s music is gorgeously understated, fully developed and sophisticated. “Let Go” is a beautifully composed and performed song that highlights these points. Like Swimming tells us that “with ‘Let Go’, we’ve tried to find a blend of danceable electro sounds and a comforting acoustic feel, since we feel in between those two worlds in our daily life. The song about slowing down, standing still, not moving. So please listen to it while waiting for the next bus, while sitting down, or while sleeping on the job. It’s a series of still life paintings, but without the apples and pears.”


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Monday, Mar 31, 2014
A haunting paean to one's home city.

Rahdan Vandal (who usually just records under his first name), is probably Turkey’s most haunted rapper, his rhymes and beats mired in an air of anxiety and angst. Often, his work expounds on the emotional troubles of solitary youth and, with the poetic sweeps of some carefully versed rhymes, the rapper manages to convey these troubles without seeming banal. This may not be apparent to non-Turkish speakers, so Rahdan does the one thing he knows best when penning a lyric: back it up with an indelible melody that will linger in the listeners’ heads long after.


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Friday, Mar 28, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Adanowsky's world is a brightly "Technicolored" one, full of upbeat '80s style synth pop meets '10s dancefloors. ADA is the artist's new album releasing April 1st via Everloving.

As the son of Alejandro Jodorowsky, Adan Jodorowsky had the advantage of running in creative circles early in life. James Brown instructed him in his first dance lesson and George Harrison gave him his first guitar. Jodorowsky learned his lessons well, bringing soul to his electro pop dance tunes. It’s all about pleasure on ADA. “I wanted something sweaty and gross. I wanted to feel the drugs on this album. I’m not a drug addict at all but I wanted people to feel that same kind of high in the music.”


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Friday, Mar 28, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
New York by way of Tennessee rocker Hans Chew follows up his critically acclaimed debut Tennessee & Other Stories, with the Dixie-fried rock 'n' roll awesomeness of Life & Love releasing April 1st via At the Helm.

Hans Chew doesn’t stop there as his piano style draws deeply from the playing of New Orleans masters and he clearly imbibed the grooves of classic British rock, such as Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. Life & Love is a barn burning smoker of a record that’s simply irresistible. Now, we’re going to step assign and let Hans Chew tell you about the creation of the album.


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