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Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014
The Chicago-based duo of Dan Zima and Xoe Wise, known by their artistic moniker Kinky Love, have followed their recently released EP with a new song, the airy "Hush".

The Chicago-based duo of Dan Zima and Xoe Wise, who go by the attention-grabbing name Kinky Love, are in the business of textural, spacey synth-pop. With their recently released Promise EP, the two garnered some attention to their take on this increasingly popular genre, and now with “Hush”, available for stream and download here on PopMatters, they are demonstrating their continuing interest in the craft. The clipped beat of the song, combined with its layers of synthesizers, proves to be an appropriately understated backing to Wise’s airy vocals.


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Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014
The confident, staccato strut of "No Place Left to Hide" is a perfect teaser for the Detroit-based outfit Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas' forthcoming LP, Secret Evil.

Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, a Detroit-based group that prides itself on genre-melding, will release their newest recording, Secret Evil quite soon. Leading up to the album, you can stream the toe-tappingly catchy “No Place Left to Hide” here on PopMatters. The track’s simple, staccato riff is a perfect backup to Hernandez’ powerful vocal.


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Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014
"Strangers from Now On", the latest single from neo-folk duo Trummors' new album Moorish Highway, premieres here. We speak with Trummors' David Lerner to find out more about the new album.

Woodstock-based neo-folkies Trummors came out with their sophomore album Moorish Highway (Ernest Jenning Record Co.) in June. PopMatters caught up with David Lerner, half of the Trummors songwriting core, to find out more about the making of Moorish Highway upon its release. Trummors’ new single “Strangers from Now On” premieres on PopMatters; the group plays a live date this week on 11 July at the Levon Helm Barn & Studio in Woodstock, NY.


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Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014
You can stream "Gotchoo" by the the Birmingham, Alabama hip-hop outfit the Green Seed, exclusively on PopMatters.

“Gotchoo”, a track from the forthcoming debut album by the Birmingham, Alabama hip-hop outfit the Green Seed, promises “beats by the pound” and “flavor in the rhyme” within its first 30 seconds. The album itself, entitled Drapetomania (say druh-pet-oh-may-nee-uh) promises to be a firm statement of intent for the group, who take simple beats and loops and, in the spirit of great-hip hop, aim to elevate them into new rhythmic territories.


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Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014
There's nothing lightweight about neo-shoegazers Lightfoils on their new album, Hierarchy.

There’s nothing lightweight about Lightfoils, not considering the heavy-lidded dream-pop the Chicago group creates on its new album Hierarchy. Sure, there are some atmospheric wisps of melody, mostly courtesy of Jane Zabeth’s vocals, but Lightfoils’ neo-shoegaze sound mostly tips the scales at the weightier end of the genre with their dense, swirling guitars and substantial rhythms. Premiering here on PopMatters, Lightfoils’ Hierarchy is out today via Saint Marie Records.


 


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