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by Adrien Begrand

16 Oct 2015


Two years after releasing her this album Careira in her native Brazil and touring the globe in support of it, singer-songwriter Tamy has her sights set on America, as the album will be released there on 30 October via Zip Records. A lithe, seductive, rich mix of reggae, samba, bossa nova, côco, forró, marcha, and rancho, the album at once laid back and cosmopolitan, beautifully exemplified by the gorgeous “Dava Pra Ver”, which if my Portuguese translation is correct, means “I can see”.

by Adrien Begrand

15 Oct 2015


California duo Yellow Red Sparks will be releasing their new EP New Fangs Old Pangs tomorrow, but why wait until then when we’ve got the entire thing to listen to right now? Combining gentle folk pop with warm, rustic Americana, Joshua Hanson and Sara Lynn Nishikawa bring lush vocal harmonies and an overall genial atmosphere to the already endearing arrangements. It’s a joy.

by Adrien Begrand

15 Oct 2015


It’s no big secret that Satan’s Satyrs love Blue Cheer. The Virginia trio are so enamoured with the legendary 1960s heavy rock progenitors that they played a special set at the 2013 Roadburn Festival consisting of nothing but Blue Cheer covers. Their excellent new album Don’t Deliver Us will be released on 30 October, and the track “Creepy Teens” is the Blue Cheeriest of their many Blue Cheer homages. Built around a wicked lead riff, it rampages for an exciting six minutes, bassist Clayton Burgess sneering away in his distinctly petulant voice.

by Adrien Begrand

14 Oct 2015


Brothers Jared and Michael Bell might live at opposite ends of the country—Jared in Brooklyn, Michael in Phoenix—but their long-running project Lymbyc Systym sounds as cohesive as ever on the latest album Split Stones, which comes out on 16 October. Its combination of vintage synthpop, contemporary indie pop, and subtle traces of krautrock make for a shimmering, ebullient piece of work, and you can listen to the album in its entirety below.

by Adrien Begrand

14 Oct 2015

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Matthew Sorensen

If you have big aspirations, you might as well sound the part. Queens-raised MC Koncept and Long Island producer/rapper J57 have collaborated on a new EP titled The Fuel that pulls out all the stops in an attempt to bridge underground hip hop and mainstream fare. The end result is edgy and brutally honest, but at the same time underscored with gigantic beats and arrangements that waste no time getting into your head. “Porcelain” is a great example, with its infectious chorus sung by Hollis, who is best known for her work on Macklemore’s and Ryan Lewis’s 2013 smash “White Walls”. You can watch the new video for the track below.

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Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

// Moving Pixels

"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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