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follow our Best Songs of 2018 Spotify playlist

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2018 has been such a bountiful year for incredible new music from favorites new and old that it's been almost impossible to keep up, but I'm doing my best. In addition to all the posts here on the site, I've been consistently updating our running "Best Songs of 2018" Spotify playlist, featuring some of the essential 2018 jams that may or may not be on your radar yet, from the likes of Avalon, Barrie, Sun June, oklou, Helena Deland, MorMor, Peggy Gou, Grouper, Amen Dunes, G Flip + more...

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announcing the official Gorilla vs. Bear x SXSW 2018 showcase

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The official Gorilla vs. Bear x SXSW 2018 showcase goes down on Friday night, March 16th, at Seven Grand in downtown Austin. Featuring the best official SXSW showcase lineup I've ever seen in my life, starring: Hinds, Faye Webster, Men I Trust, Helena Deland, Sun June, Hater, and Forever...

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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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gorilla vs. bear’s songs of 2017

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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:

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GORILLA VS. BEAR’S ALBUMS OF 2017

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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 -- TOPSSugar 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:

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Men I Trust share new single I hope to be around

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Montreal group Men I Trust's most recent single "Tailwhip" is a perfect song, a stylishly understated indie-dance-pop track with an irresistibly velvety groove, a magical, infectious melody, and poignant, casually profound lyrics that are impossible to shake ("this country dog won't die in the city")...

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DJDS share new single “Why Don’t You Come On” featuring Khalid + Empress Of

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DJDS follow up their song of the year contender "Trees on Fire" with another beautiful, emotional dancefloor anthem, featuring inspired guest vocals from Empress Of + recently crowned VMA BNA Khalid:

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Kedr Livanskiy announces debut LP Ariadna, listen to the beautiful title track

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Kedr Livanskiy shares the dreamy title track from one of our most anticipated full-lengths of 2017, the follow-up to her brilliant 2016 debut EP January Sun. According to her label 2MR, the new record was inspired by "the Izhevsk (sometimes referred to as "the capital of Russian electronic music") sound of the 80s", and album-opener "Ariadna" is a perfect, glimmering union of Yana Kedrina's melodic, otherworldly dream-pop sensibilities and her thumping and hypnotic underground club music, and it's probably the most accessible track she's released to date...

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GvsB VI: Washed Out, Jessy Lanza, Jacques Greene (live), She-Devils + more

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Presented by Sound on Sound Fest, starring headliner + co-curator WASHED OUT, and featuring JESSY LANZA, JACQUES GREENE (live set), SHE-DEVILS, + more. Shoutout to our friends at Modelo + Stem for helping to make this possible...

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Washed Out’s new album Mister Mellow drops this month on Stones Throw

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We announced last week that Washed Out would be headlining (and co-curating) this year's GvsB VI show here in Dallas at the Bomb Factory on August 12th, and today Ernest Greene reveals that his long-awaited new album will drop later this month via the legendary Stones Throw.

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