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premiere: S U R V I V E – A.H.B.

survive rr7349

We're psyched to premiere the opening track from the brilliant forthcoming full-length from Austin analog synth wizards S U R V I V E, due this fall on Relapse Records. While we're hesitant to throw the word "epic" around haphazardly, it certainly applies to the group's thrilling, darkly gleaming, otherworldly synth odysseys, which are truly transportive and majestic (there's a reason half of the group was tapped to score the best supernatural alien adventure since the '80s, and they delivered an eerie instant classic)...

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video: Still Corners return with haunting new single “Lost Boys”

LOST BOYS

Still Corners return with some fittingly shadowy visuals for "Lost Boys", the pulsing and darkly brooding lead single from their third LP Dead Blue, out September 16 on the now Austin-based UK group's own label Wrecking Light Records:

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Negative Gemini – Don’t Worry Bout the Fuck I’m Doin

Negative Gemini - Julia Nichols

Negative Gemini's long-awaited Body Work LP is set to drop on August 12 via the great 100% Electronica, and today she shares one of our favorite tracks from the record, an emphatic middle finger to the disgusting catcallers she encounters on a daily basis in NYC...

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premiere: Hoops announce new EP for Fat Possum, share first single “Cool 2″

HOOPS EP

"Cool 2 was one of the first songs we wrote for the EP. We like it because it is short, but it also represents what we want to do as a band. We tried to create an atmosphere around a short chord progression."

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stream Laure Briard’s Sur la Piste de Danse

LAURE BRIARD

Toulouse's Laure Briard just dropped a gorgeous new LP of bright and romantic French pop -- which we've previously compared to Stereolab and the ’60s golden age of vintage French pop -- with sounds ranging from the decidedly psych-rock vibes of tracks like "Que reste​-​t​-​il" and "Dalida", to the shuffling, classic Françoise Hardy feel of gems like "Je Vole" and "Chat"...

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Boy Harsher – Yr Body is Nothing

BOY HARSHER

Yr Body is Nothing is the darkly beautiful and very emotional new record from Boy Harsher, on which the duo explores "the connection between fear and desire" via their eminently danceable take on shadowy, visceral post-industrial synth-pop...

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listen to the finished version of Maggie Rogers’ “Alaska”

MAGGIE ROGERS ALASKA

It's fun when a song that has been so incessantly hyped -- and was, by any measure, already a hit before it was even finished -- ends up being as good as you'd hoped. Maryland's Maggie Rogers shares the beautiful finished version of her undeniable viral sensation "Alaska", on which she manages to organically combine her impressive, more traditional folk music background with the "energy of dance music" to create a pulsing, heartfelt pastoral-dance-pop gem that reminds me of the time Amelia Randall Meath transformed her former group Mountain Man's a capella folk hymn "Play It Right" into a full-on Sylvan Esso banger...

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premiere: stream Merely’s Uncanny Valley

MERELY UNCANNY VALLEY

We're honored to debut one of the most beautiful releases of 2016, Merely's intensely emotional, post-apocalyptic new LP Uncanny Valley. It's a soaring triumph for the Swedish artist and Team Rockit member, one that evokes vivid windswept landscapes from an otherworldly dystopian future -- with references to mysterious biblical works of unknown origin, the darkest material known to man, and the record's overarching theme of feeling lost in that eerie, inescapable sensation first described by Masahiro Mori in the early '70s that now seems more ominously prescient than ever -- all while sounding like some perfect heavenly union of Enya's soothing, sanguine new age tones and towering, gleaming modern Swedish pop...

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Surfing – Deep Fantasy

SURFING DEEP FANTASY

Our friends at 100% Electronica are reissuing Deep Fantasy, the 2012 record from Melbourne, Australia artist Surfing, releasing the cult favorite for the first time ever on vinyl. If pressed to categorize this thing, we'd file the record under vaguely psychedelic lite-funk/dream-pop, or the dreaded (not by us, but you know) "chillwave/hypnogogic pop" tag...

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NV – Binasu

Binasu

Thanks to Adam for the heads up on Russian experimental pop luminary Kate Shilonosova, aka NV, and her entrancing and addictive new album Binasu. The adventurous, genre-defying record is teeming with otherworldly, '80s Japanese new wave-indebted pop vibes, and with songs like the very kawaii "Kata" and the twinkling title track recalling the bright playfulness of some of Miharu Koshi's more out-there stuff, it's quickly become one of our favorite underground gems of 2016 so far...

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