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Introduce yourself to Wet, a Brooklyn based outfit quickly becoming the talk of the town. Their latest single is a testament to that. “You’re The Best” truly is a work of art. If you’re not feeling anything by the end of it, you must be a robot. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything so haunting and chilling while being so uplifting at the same time. The electronically touched soulful vocals contrast with highlights of shimmering guitar riffs and harmonies. The interaction creates a symbiotic relationship between insecurity, uncertainty and contentment. Do you think that’s what they were going for? “All I know is/ when you hold me/ I still feel lonely/ lonely when you hold me.” Stream “You’re The Best” below and be sure to listen to their self-titled EP, Wet, which dropped earlier this week.

 

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Holy funk. Has anyone else noticed that disco is sneaky trying to make a comeback? I don’t hate it. One of the bands that appears to be leading that charge is Jakübi. After turning heads a few months ago with their first two equally groovy singles, the Australian five piece is back at it with their new track “Feels Like Yesterday.” Starting out with stripped down piano and raspy vocals, it quickly bursts into a barn burning dance cluster funk. And that bass. Me oh my, someone throw me some bell-bottoms and point me to the nearest disco. Stream “Feels Like Yesterday” below.

 

 

Ever since I first wrote about astronomyy back in July (if you haven’t checked those tracks out yet I HIGHLY recommend giving them a listen or two or sixty), I’ve been waiting with bated breath for the mysterious Brit to release new material. Lucky for me, that wait came to end earlier today when the self-proclaimed “songsmith” released his new track “Drivin Me Crazy.” Overall, this offering is much bigger in sound and production value than his first two releases. But he still taps into those mesmerizing celestial guitar riffs, moments of minimalism and anticipation and smooth vocals that make astronomyy, astronomyy. Stream “Drivin Me Crazy” below.

 

I’m not sure that I would be able to cut it in California. Just sunshine and rainbows 24/7. The people of Boston are happy enough, but if you get too happy someone will cut you off in traffic to cut you down to size a bit. Keeps you honest. That being said, I’m all over French Horn Rebellion‘s new track, “Caaalifornia (Feat. Ghost Beach).” Truth be told, I have zero idea of whats going on during the verses on this one besides some guy slappin’ da heck outta da bass. But every time that chorus rolls around I can’t help but shamelessly belt CAAALIFORNIA as if I’m cruising down the highway in a 1969 Buick Skylark convertible with Britney Spears in Crossroads.  This is a good one for all of you desperately in denial that summer is over. Stream “Caaalifornia (Feat. Ghost Beach) by French Horn Rebellion below.

 

Well this is cool. Introduce yourself to Swedish pop artist, Mapei and her new track “Don’t Wait.” About thirty seconds into this one, it becomes quite clear that Mapei doesn’t subscribe to any one particular style. A dash of tribal dance, a sprinkling of R&B and soul, a pinch of electronic and you have quite the musical smorgasbord. A Swedish smorgasbord?

Sorry, couldn’t resist. Bork bork bork.

Mapei’s powerhouse pipes paired with all the other elements mentioned above create a fresh offering that keeps your ears at attention. The description on her Soundcloud and Facebook pages says it better than I ever could: “Mapei brings palpable soul and sonic versatility to a world where genre matters less and less.” Stream “Don’t Wait” below.

 

Follow up to our last post. holychild is on a roll. After nabbing everyone’s attention earlier this week with “Happy With Me,” they’ve released a second new track and are quickly becoming everyones new favorite band they’ve never heard of before. “Playboy Girl” is a driving pop force that will have you up out of your cubicle and dancing. Stream the brand new track below.

 

 

P.S. Don’t forget about holychild will be at the Middle East in Boston on 10/6

On their website the LA based band, holychild, claims that they are working to “bridge the gap between pop and experimental music.” Their music is aptly labeled as “experimental pop.” Makes sense. A few listens to their new song “Happy With Me” and you get a pretty good handle on what they’re going for. The pop structure is evident. A short and sweet track with a catchy hook. The “experimental” aspects are even more pronounced. There’s a trap-like taste to it, with short, truncated electronic snare hits that lace the beat and slap you in the face. The two ends of the spectrum seem to be bridged by the harmonies. Their presence alone is typical for a pop song, but they’re not the usual sing-a-long type harmonies you might normally hear. Stream “Happy With Me” by holychild below. And be sure to check them out when they headline at the Middle East Bar in Boston on 10/6.