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premiere: Boyhood – Bad Mantras

I've become a massive fan of Caylie Runciman aka Boyhood since first hearing her undeniable jam "Drivin" just over a year ago, so I'm extremely honored to debut the stream of her raw and beautiful new record here today...

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2018.5

We're not quite halfway through 2018, but here's our annual recap of the albums + songs of the first half of the year anyway. I’ve excluded any records that we’ve released on our new label Luminelle Recordings; otherwise, the stellar new ones from Helena Deland, Anemone, and Hana Vu would have all figured prominently into both of these lists. Also, I guess a few of these aren’t officially out yet. Sorry!

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video: Helena Deland – Take It All

Helena Deland shares the haunting new video for "Take It All", one of the highlights from her latest 12" From the Series of Songs "Altogether Unaccompanied" Vol...

premiere: Otha – One of the Girls

Norway's seemingly unstoppable stream of entrancing and intriguingly off-kilter dance-pop continues (see: Smerz, Sassy 009, Das Body, Anna of the North, etc...

PRIMO

premiere: Primo – Mirage

We're psyched to debut this buzzing new track from Melbourne, Australia trio Primo, taken from the group's addictive debut album Amici, coming soon via Upset The Rhythm...

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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:

GORILLA VS. BEAR’S ALBUMS OF 2017

Melody’s Echo Chamber x gorilla vs. bear takeover: Silly Jane

MELODY BON VOYAGE

she's the fabulous artist that created the artwork for Bon Voyage. She was my best childhood friend from age 3, we lost contact when we moved to the city. When i moved back to Aix en provence, i called her out of the blue and i discovered she had become a massive tattoo artist rockstar...

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Melody’s Echo Chamber x gorilla vs. bear takeover: Dungen

DUNGEN

i love this live session so much, it makes me want to jump through my computer's portal and dance wildly in the middle and scream... i feel the intention, the passion, the humbleness and grace. recording and being around these souls was blissful. -- Melody Prochet

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Melody’s Echo Chamber x gorilla vs. bear takeover: Chris Dave

CHRIS DAVE

the best experience of these past years was going back to my childhood music school in Aix en provence to learn drums. They opened a modern music/rock department that didn't exist when i was classically trained ten years ago...

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Melody’s Echo Chamber x gorilla vs. bear takeover: Susan Christie

SUSAN CHRISTIE PAINT A LADY

'Paint a Lady' is a record Reine Fiske played to me early in our recording process and i truly was blown away. it's a record that never got released until Finders Keepers records saved it from its curse...

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preview Cindy Lee’s MODEL EXPRESS cassette

MODEL EXPRESS

Cindy Lee (née Pat Flegel of Women) announces new limited cassette only release MODEL EXPRESS, "a 40 minute compilation of lost hits, alternate versions and B-sides." Edition of 100 gold tapes, out August 1st / no digital version. Watch a painfully short but very promising preview (that song at 2:14) below + pre-order the tape here.

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Laurel Halo announces new record Raw Silk Uncut Wood, stream the soothing title track

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artwork by Jill Mulleady

Laurel Halo follows up one of last year's most adventurous and brilliant albums with the soothing and meditative title track from her new record, out July 13th on Latency. Raw Silk Uncut Wood is made up of "six instrumental pieces featuring cello work by Oliver Coates and percussion by Eli Keszler"; Laurel says on FB: "Something expansive, meditative, lowkey, elsewhere". Listen below:

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