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HINDS – NEW FOR YOU

The eternally charming Madrid ballers Hinds return with the first single (and accompanying video, directed + edited by the band's own Carlotta Cosials) from their new album I Don't Run, out April 6th...

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GORILLA VS. BEAR’S ALBUMS OF 2017

As the internet's collective attention span continues to dwindle away and the clickbait economy slowly ruins everything good, we made a conscious effort this year to spend more time listening to fewer things. Discovering new favorites will always remain a priority around here, but it felt good to devote more quality time to absorbing ambitious, flawed, elaborately nuanced and layered masterpieces like Dust, Quazarz, Party, and The OOZ. And the more immediate records that we fell in love with at first listen -- TOPS’ Sugar at the Gate, the super charismatic Carti mixtape, and Kelly Lee Owens’ enveloping debut full-length, to name a few -- felt more like all-time favorites with each spin. While anyone in our top 5 could have staked a legit Album of the Year claim depending on the day, we had to put the two EPs that announced the arrival of dance music's brightest new star in their rightful spot at the top of our list. Here are our favorite records of 2017:

LOU REBECCA TONIGHT

video: Lou Rebecca – Tonight

Parisian born, Austin-based ballerina and pop artist Lou Rebecca's debut EP is out today on Austin label HOLODECK, and it's one of our favorite releases of this young year...

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announcing Luminelle Recordings

We are beyond excited to announce our new endeavor Luminelle Recordings, a record label formed in collaboration with Fat Possum/House Arrest...

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gorilla vs. bear’s songs of 2017

Before we even have time to second guess our albums of the year list, here are our favorite songs of 2017. While plenty of our old favorites are well repped -- including TOPS, Burial, Shabazz Palaces, SZA, Sufjan, Laurel Halo, et al. -- it was an exceptionally great year for exciting new artists, with Men I Trust, Yaeji, Playboi Carti, Kelly Lee Owens, Aldous Harding, Bernache, and so many more dropping some of the most essential songs of the year. Hit play on that 5+ hour Spotify playlist, and follow along with the list below:

GORILLA VS. BEAR ALBUMS OF 2016

It may or may not be that time yet, but here is the highly subjective list of our 60 favorite albums -- too long, I know, but we could have gone much deeper -- from an unfathomably weird, incredible, terrifying 2016. It was a year marked by loss and uncertainty, and that might be why music felt more monumental to us than ever. Thanks for sticking with us for another year. Check the full list + a lovingly curated four-hour Spotify playlist below, and as always, we'd love to hear about your favorites that we might have missed.

GORILLA VS. BEAR’s ALBUMS OF 2016

premiere: Moon King – I’ve Stopped Believing

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Daniel Benjamin aka Moon King follows up last summer's Hamtramck '16 with a slinky, slightly uneasy dance-pop jam, featuring the great David Carriere of TOPS on guitar. There's a pensive, disillusioned vibe to "I've Stopped Believing", which deals with Daniel decamping from Toronto to live in Detroit's Hamtramck neighborhood after feeling let down by his suddenly unrecognizable hometown. He tells us about the track:

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Helena Deland – “There Are a Thousand”

HELENA DELAND THERE ARE A THOUSAND

We are extremely proud to share the beautiful first song from the debut release on our new label Luminelle Recordings, from extraordinary Montreal artist Helena Deland. I was immediately taken by these songs after serendipitously happening upon them by mistake a couple months back, and Helena's elegantly sophisticated and layered songwriting is still revealing new magic after countless listens...

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listen to the official LEVITATION 2018 mixtape + win a 4-day Stubb’s pass for the fest

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Austin's LEVITATION 2018 is now officially only 100 days away, and to get y'all even more psyched for this year's fest, we're premiering volume I of the always epic annual official LEVITATION mixtape by Al Lover, featuring over an hour and a half of deep jams from this year's performing artists...

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premiere: Gwenno shares the dreamy psychedelic video for “Tir Ha Mor” from her new album Le Kov

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We're honored to share the gorgeous first single from Gwenno's entrancing new album Le Kov, written and sung entirely in her ancient mother tongue of Cornish, and due March 2nd on Heavenly. According to a press release, Gwenno's goal was to "create a document of a living language, explore her identity and the endless creative possibilities of a tongue that has a very small surviving artistic output, despite having been around for at least 15 centuries," and the shimmering, swirling psych-pop odyssey "Tir Ha Mor" is a lovingly reverent and almost mystical tribute to Peter Lanyon, the St...

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video: Lou Rebecca – Tonight

LOU REBECCA TONIGHT

Parisian born, Austin-based ballerina and pop artist Lou Rebecca's debut EP is out today on Austin label HOLODECK, and it's one of our favorite releases of this young year. We're psyched to share her dreamlike self-directed video for the EP's entrancing opening track, the late-night dance-pop anthem "Tonight", starring Lou Rebecca & Ramesh Srivastava...

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