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premiere: Young Ejecta returns with triumphant single “Build a Fire”

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Leanne Macomber + Joel Ford return with the biggest and most emotional Young Ejecta track yet: "Build a Fire" is a glittery, romantic electro-pop anthem, with Ford's skyscraping retro-futuristic synths and throbbing '80s dancefloor beats sending Macomber's ethereal, heartbreakingly bittersweet vocals soaring into the stratosphere...

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premiere: stream Airbird’s No Origin EP

AIRBIRD NO ORIGIN

The ever-prolific Joel Ford follows up his stellar run of diverse recent releases from Young Ejecta, Airbird & Napolian, and Autre Ne Veut (among others) with a dazzling new solo EP under his Airbird moniker, out this Friday on Driftless...

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video premiere: The Pheels – Don’t Play Yourself

THE PHEELS DONT PLAY YOURSELF

Thanks to our man Joel Ford for the heads up on this hazy, narcotic stoner-R&B jam from young ATL duo Curtis Fields + Phil Jones (the latter also records as Dog Bite and HAUNTED), aka the Pheels. Check the psychedelic visuals for their new single "Don't Play Yourself" below, and listen to another promising track from the crew here...

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photos: the Gorilla vs. Bear x Hype Machine SXSW showcase (feat. Charli XCX + more)

photo: Jesse DeFlorio
photo: Jesse DeFlorio

Our official Gorilla vs. Bear 2016 SXSW showcase at Mazda + Hype Machine's Hype Hotel offered a glimpse into the future of pop music on a beautiful Thursday night in east Austin, from Negative Gemini's frenetic, club-ready experimental electronic pop that began the evening (I heard at least a few people compare her vibe to an early Grimes set circa 2011) to headliner Charli XCX's first-ever, next-level collaborative set with SOPHIE, which Charli proclaimed "maybe my most favourite set I have EVER played"...

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Gorilla vs. Bear x Mazda + Hype Machine’s Hype Hotel SXSW 2016 lineup

GvsB x HYPE HOTEL FINAL

We're beyond psyched to present the official Gorilla vs. Bear x Mazda + Hype Machine's Hype Hotel SXSW 2016 showcase, starring:

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Airbird & Napolian – Go To The Sun

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Yet another cosmic funk banger from Ford & Evans (aka Airbird & Napolian), taken from the duo's forthcoming LP Mr. Foolish, out soon on Cascine:

premiere: Airbird & Napolian – Only You

AIRBIRD & NAPOLIAN // MF

Joel Ford & Ian Evans aka Airbird & Napolian unveil another cinematic, low-key banger from their forthcoming debut LP. With its glimmering laser synths, throbbing bass, and breathy, yearning vocals, propulsive new single "Only You" pulsates with the tension of a cosmic chase/love scene in a retro-futuristic sci-fi flick (somebody get these dudes on that Top Gun vs...

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premiere: watch Young Ejecta’s Your Planet video

YOUR PLANET

Young Ejecta unveil their intensely personal memorial for an old friend gone way too soon. The Heidi Petty-directed video for "Your Planet" was filmed in SF "in the dead of winter of 2015." Young Ejecta's Leanne Macomber tells us:This video was made as a memorial for my dear friend Josiah who died right as we were entering adulthood. I'm often haunted by the fact that he never had the chance to fulfill the prophecy of those teen years. That the big dreams, dramas, and pageantry was all for nothing. With this video I wanted to playfully purge some feelings of loss by allowing Josiah to embody various tropes of manhood. I also hoped to share the futility I've often felt without his support and guidance throughout my 20's. 'now you're gone, I can only dream, of all the things, you might have been' is not only a lament for one of my favorite people to ever walk this earth, its a lament for the failures and loneliness I've experienced in this decade without him.

Young Ejecta goes on tour starting tonight with a show at Portland's Mississippi Studios; check all of the dates after the jump…

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Airbird & Napolian share new single from their debut LP

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Joel Ford and Ian Evans are back as Airbird & Napolian, with a new record inspired by "west coast dreams and east coast nightmares". The duo's debut LP Mr. Foolish is out November 13 on Cascine; zone out to the blissful, very dope new track "J...

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video: Young Ejecta – Into Your Heart

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Directed by Toshadeva Palani / dancing by Axel Getz. In other Young Ejecta news, the group is about to head out on tour with Lower Dens, and will be playing both official Gorilla vs. Bear V afterparties, 7/31 here in Dallas + 8/1 down in Austin at the Mohawk...

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