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Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015
Aimed squarely at house parties across Italy’s suburbs, TerronRissa dispense their rhymes with humor and easygoing charm.

“Using reggae as a springboard, Italian rapper TerronRissa takes a fairly liberal and free-form approach within the constructs of his hip-hop. Aimed squarely at house parties across Italy’s suburbs, TerronRissa dispense his rhymes with humor and easygoing charm. The beats skip and throb with the kind of abandon usually reserved for pop music. Having just released his first proper album of material, L’Era Dei Distratti, the rapper has attracted quite a following in its native Italy.


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Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015
The charming duo Complicated Animals is releasing a new EP and forging a new sound, one they are calling "Indie Nova".

Monica da Silva and Chad Alger live up to their name as a duo: Complicated Animals. With their debut EP, In This Game, the two aim at crafting a new sonic called “Indie Nova”, a deceptively complex mix to pull off. Indie rock is not particularly renowned for rhythmic prowess, whereas tricky meter and rhythm is a central feature to bossa nova. Of course, in the hands of able musicians, even the most complicated of animals can be reconciled, which is certainly the case for da Silva and Alger’s debut outing.


Below you can stream In This Game EP in preparation for its release next week.


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Monday, Feb 2, 2015
New Zealand's own Anthonie Tonnon's pop smarts are in full display on his latest single, "Water Underground".

Imagine the twee and off-kilter vocals of Jens Lekman, add a major power boost and you’ve got the New Zealand musician Anthonie Tonnon. Every now and again you one can hear Lekman-esque inflections in his voice, but whereas that Swedish singer’s delivery can often be cloying and (intentionally) corny, Tonnon’s vocals are powerful right when they need to be, just as they are on the song “Water Underground”. The track, a cut off of his forthcoming Successor LP, finds Tonnon’s voice met by a catchy strumming pattern on the guitar, which then builds into a simple yet especially effective chorus.


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Friday, Jan 30, 2015
With minor key synth arpeggios and a totally danceable mood, KNTRLR's "Halogen" is the second track from the electronic duo's debut record, The Great Filter.

“Charles and Michael are KNTRLR”, reads the bio of this electronic duo. While the photo of the two men above might alarm some—clearly that bartender has not had her ID checked—there’s nothing overly mysterious about what they do, even though they elect to only go by their first names in press materials. For instance, take the track “Halogen”, a number off of the duo’s forthcoming debut The Great Filter: sure, there’s plenty of vague and attention-arousing lyrics (at one point it’s sung that “we’re reptilian”, whatever that might mean), but above all else it’s all about the hook and the ability to get feet moving on the dance floor, which “Halogen” has in spades. Then again, that’s not to say this is an ordinary collaboration; after all, they’ve been described as “[if] the Walkmen joined with Death Grips and toured brothels.” To figure out what that might just mean, stream “Halogen” below.


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Thursday, Jan 29, 2015
Beatles-esque vocal harmonies meet clap-along rhythms in the latest number by the Los Angeles rock outfit Prima Donna, "Deathless".

In the press materials for their new album, Nine Lives and Forty-Fives, the Los Angeles rock band Prima Donna are described as having a “curriculum [that] includes musical road trips with Eddie and the Hot Rods, Adam Ant, D-Generation and even Green Day, who they supported on two arena tours on two continents.” The influences of those groups are certainly evident in Prima Donna’s music, but on their latest number, “Deathless”, their vocal harmonies bring to mind an influence that few if any rock bands can escape: the Beatles. With this track, Prima Donna tips their cap to their forebears while adding their own driving verve and energy, with some excellent work on the low end by the bass playing of “Lights Out” Levine.


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