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Sister Wanzala

"Shy Heat / Heaven"

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Three brothers from London uploaded their first track to SoundCloud about two weeks ago. Sister Wanzala make self-proclaimed cold funk, and the good vibes are undeniable. Their latest is “Shy Heat / Heaven” and instead of trying to define it, I’ll just let their words do the talking:

I grunt about drunks in diamond mines, defenseless relationships and the follies and foibles inherent in being ”half-black” yet being in possession of neither a big, nor a “half-big,” reproductive organ.

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High Rule - "Touch"

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I’m a sucker for best friends making music together, and Chicago’s High Rule (Zelda reference, check!) is just that. Their debut single and video for ”Touch” is a modern and twisted love story wherein screens replace faces, texts replace conversations, and the technological disconnect can all too easily betray you. It’s a story that’s almost too easy to relate to these days.

And make sure to stick around for the end of the video.

Alexei Shishkin

"Goodbye Chile"

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Alexei Shishkin‘s music exudes the kind of slacker vibes that only places like Los Angeles can help cultivate. He now lives in Portland, and wrote an album to help work out all the things that come along with such a drastic change of scenery. His new single from his upcoming release on Forged Artifacts is as catchy as it is mellow. This album is going to sound perfect on tape.

You can pre-order the dog tape—out in mid-April—via Forged Artifacts.

William Starr Busbee

"Girl"

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South Carolina’s William Starr Busbee has that distinct ability to suspend you in a timeless space. On his upcoming release, College Rock II, Busbee bends the fidelity to his will, raising it and lowering it at his whim to make room for his vast range of styles and genres. Listen to standout single “Girl” below.

College Rock II will be out tomorrow via Fork & Spoon Records.

Los Angeles Police Department

"Insecurity"

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Ryan Pollie’s ability to craft nearly perfect pop songs, fuzzy and sleepy as they may be, seems to pour from an endless well. He’s releasing his next set of sounds as Los Angeles Police Department on the illustrious Fat Possum Records, and “Insecurity” is just one side of his upcoming 7″. It’s a perfectly apt song about those all too familiar feelings of insecurity in the face of love.

Pre-order the 7″—out on February 24th—via Fat Possum Records.

M.O.T.O

"Please God, Make Me A Stone."

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I stumbled across this UK producer last week. According to his SoundCloud URL, M.O.T.O stands for “Master of the Ordinance.” His latest EP, on which the track below debuts, is five tracks of handmade electronic vibe experiments. You can hear the care with which each track is delicately stitched together using a collection of poignant samples and soft melodic production. The result is an EP perfect for unwinding at the end of the day.

Nick Klein

"Paralyzed"

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Dutch electronic duo Nick Klein is comprised of one part vocals (Nick Klein) and one part production (Ferdous Dehzad). They only have three tracks up on their SoundCloud, the latest among them being “Paralyzed.” Between Nick’s smooth-as-butter vocals, and Ferdous’s innovative production, they’ve crafted something pretty addictive. Listen below, and stand by for their upcoming debut EP.

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Mirror Kisses - "Keep A Secret"

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George Clanton, a.k.a. Mirror Kisses, really knows how to sex things up. And his new Hackers-themed video for single “Keep A Secret” is no exception. Utilizing the green screen to its full effect, George sings about love in all its wonder and aching, while dancing in that swoon-inducing way only he can. The track is from his upcoming and to-be-named LP, so keep an eye out. In the meantime, go ahead and put yourself beside Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller and see if you can keep a secret.

Bollywood Life

"Liquid Kid"

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Young Denver artist Anton Krueger makes music under the moniker Bollywood Life, and we’re super excited to be the first to let you hear his debut track “Liquid Kid.” There is a consistent flux throughout the track that successfully provides that elusive catharsis we all crave, the hold and release over and over until our hearts are beating and we feel the blood pumping through our bodies. Then the steel drums come in and push you over that edge of bliss, and everything turns liquid inside, flowing perfectly in rhythm.