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by Brice Ezell

4 Aug 2014


Ruane Maurice hail from Birmingham, UK. As this up-and-coming trio attests, there’s more to the music scene there than appears on the surface. Ruane Maurice’s self-titled debut is set for release in early September; “Farne”, which you can stream below, is one of the first tracks to come forth from the album. The song is a prime cut of the trio’s dark, brooding take on hip-hop.

The band tells PopMatters about the hedonistic nostalgia that inspired the song: “Like a lot of the tracks on the album, ‘Farne’ is deeply rooted in our love for analogue instrumentation (analogue drum machines and synths) and found sounds for use in layering.

by Brice Ezell

4 Aug 2014


Future Islands have had one hell of a 2014. Following the Baltimore band’s performance on David Letterman earlier this year—which went viral due in large part to Samuel T. Herring’s eccentric dance moves—its new LP, Singles, has become Future Islands’ breakthrough.

by Brice Ezell

30 Jul 2014


Last year, Run the Jewels, the hip-hop duo consisting of El-P and Killer Mike, released its self-titled debut as a free download. Not but a year later, the duo is ready to make a statement yet again, and have announced a sequel, titled Run the Jewels 2, for an upcoming release.

by Brice Ezell

29 Jul 2014


With “Accidentally in Love”, the Swedish pop trio Dirty Loops has done something pretty impressive with what might otherwise have been a rote and near laughable take on ‘80’s pop. (With the right modifications, it could have been Kenny Loggins number.) The group, consisting of Jonah Nilsson (vocals/piano), Henrik Linder (bass), and Aaron Mellergårdh (drums), clearly knows just how to toy with a classic formula, in this case the ‘80’s synth-pop formula. Nilsson’s vocals, quite reminiscent of Justin Timberlake, are immediately appealing, but especially striking the instrumentation on “Accidentally in Love”. The slap n’ pop bass is a nice touch, but even more dynamic are the song’s multiple time signature changes. Just when you think it’s settled into its saccharine groove, the trio finds a way to upend the listener’s expectations.

This eminently danceable number is a standout cut from the trio’s forthcoming album, Loopified, and you can stream it below.

by Brice Ezell

28 Jul 2014


The most popular indie rock of recent years, from the psychedelic washes of Tame Impala to the sunny vocal harmonies of Fleet Foxes, has always found the most comfort in the warm rays of summer heat. Joining groups such as these is the San Francisco-based City Tribe, who with its latest tune, “Silver Lining”, balances melancholy subject matter with music that would find a fitting home at the sands of a beach.

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Double Take: The African Queen (1951)

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"What a time they had, Charlie and Rosie. They'll never lack for stories to tell their grandchildren. And what a time we had at Double Take discussing the spiritual and romantic journey of the African Queen.

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