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Friday, Mar 27, 2015
The Chicago prog jam outfit Umphrey's McGee were given 12 hours in the legendary Abbey Road studios. The funky and groovy "Bad Friday" is one of the results of that fruitful time in the studio.

At the start of April, the Chicago progressive rock band Umphrey’s McGee will release The London Session. Normally, when session albums are released, their title is in the plural: The Abbey Road Sessions, for instance. However, in Umphrey’s McGee’s case, the singular case is quite deliberate. These reputable prog-jammers had but 12 hours in Abbey Road, meaning that they had to make the absolute most out of a limited timeframe. Save for the vocal tracks, which had to wait until the band’s return to the states (“They are exceptional and efficient, but they are merely mortal after all,” says the album’s press release), these guys recorded a whole LP’s worth of music in those 12 hours. The London Session marks the ninth Umphrey’s McGee studio outing, and it finds these nimble jam-ready musicians playing as sharply as they’ve ever been.


Below you can stream “Bad Friday”, the first song to be released from The London Session.


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Thursday, Mar 26, 2015
"Lifted Up (1985)" is right and ready to color your next dance party, with a jubilant chorus that's ripe for belting along.




Kindred is out on 21 April via Columbia.


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Thursday, Mar 26, 2015
Those still recovering from the bitter winter months, particularly in America's Northeast region, will find much to relate to in Colorway's ode to summertime, "Come Back July".

As countless weather reports and Buzzfeed listicles can attest, the Northeast region of America had a tough winter this year. No better time, then, for the new tune by the Northampton, Massachusetts band Colorway, called “Come Back July”. Written between 9PM 31 July and midnight 1 August of 2014, this simple yet catchy rock number is an honest plea for a time where one doesn’t have to take a Himalayan trek to get outside of one’s own home. For lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter F. Alex Johnson, this is “the time of the year when my little slice of the world feels the most alive—before it leaves us all for another twelve months.”


“Come Back July” is featured on Colorway’s upcoming studio LP, The Black Sky Sequined.


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Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015
Reptar writes '80s-indebted indie pop with an a bleak undercurrent, like "blood in an above ground swimming pool."

As Autre Ne Veut did with his mind-blowing sophomore outing Anxiety in 2013, Reptar have a way of taking dozens of seemingly disparate sounds, throwing them together, and coming up with some wildly inventive and fun pop tunes. Such is especially the case with Lurid Glow, Reptar’s second studio LP, which is described as “indie-electro-guitar-pop-weirdness” in its press materials. That description isn’t far off. There’s a definite goofiness to this music—after all, a band doesn’t name themselves after a Rugrats character without a bit of tongue in cheek—but it’s that very goofiness that gives a little levity to the at times tricky experimentation. On paper, a track like “Cable” appears nothing more than ‘80s pastiche; filtered through the personality of Reptar, “Cable” becomes something best described as ‘80s workout video music from hell—in a good way, of course. With a Zappa-esque approach to pop music and its possibilities, Lurid Glow stands out amidst the early year crop of releases.


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Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015
"Very First Breath" was just named was named Hottest Record In The World by Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show.

The Glasgow musician and DJ Hudson Mohawke is set to drop his newest LP, Lantern this summer. This release will follow what has been a productive spring for him, which included appearances at the just-concluded South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.


Below you can stream “Very First Breath”, where Hudson Mohawke is joined by French vocalist Irfane.


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