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Songwriter Alison May to release second LP

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Oakland-based singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Alison May cites Nick Drake as one of her influences, and you can really tell. I hear a little Belle & Sebastian/Sea & Cake in her delicate instrumentation as well. That’s not to take away from her talent as a vocalist and musician: she played almost every instrument on her album. Originally a drummer, Alison was compelled to venture into strings after spending lots of time with her father, who would play songs like “Pink Moon” and “Telling Stories” (Tracy Chapman). Her second LP, “Loved/Dark,” comes out next week on July 29th. For another taste of her music, check out her video “Raft” here on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/93467825

Keep up with her on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/AlisonMayMusic


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#London always ahead

London-based duo Wallwork and RZR just released their new EP on Montreal label Infinite Machine. Their music is being labeled “post-regional,” (whatever that means), but we can call it something like “future bass.” Previously, this producer duo was making music for other pop, rock, and electronic artists. We love the results of their ‘solo’ project!

Check them out on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/wallwork.razor


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Woman’s Hour

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The music of London-based indie pop group Woman’s Hour sounds like a cross between Sade and Australia’s Alpine. If you like soft, soothing vocals and a sophisticated 80s sound (think Bryan Ferry), you may enjoy this featured track, “Conversations.”

Find out more about them on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/womanshourband


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#SorryBrazil

This one’s for you, red eyes.


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Swedish duo takes on Latin funk.

You’d probably never guess that Cocotaxi, aka Rosso and Cocofred, are a couple of guys from Stockholm, Sweden. But I guess that’s how far-reaching the influence of 70s latin funk can be (think Panamanian funk compilations!). They remixed Papi Brandao y Sus Ejecutivos’ “Bilongo” and took it to tropical bass heights. Enjoy!

Like them on Facebook here.


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We ♥ mixes.

New York City-based DJ/producer Jimmy Q mixed this set for a Painted Black event, presented by Matte projects. A little deep house, a little future R&B, this half-hour mix deserves a few rotations on your summer playlist! :)

Like him on Facebook here.


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Moxie Raia covers Sam Smith

Rising stars in the “pop” genre are generally not featured much here, but there’s something I like about New York-city based artist Moxie Raxa. Not only does she have a beautiful voice, but she made a wise choice showcasing it with a cover of the wildly popular single, “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith. She is currently signed to independent record company, The Brain.

Like her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/YoMoxie


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Surf rock from Hockey Dad.

Summer’s almost here, and why not listen to some Australian surf rock? Wollongong (near Sydney)-based duo Hockey Dad is Zach Stephenson and Billy Fleming. They have a five-track debut EP that will be released June 27, by The Farmer and The Owl, an arts & entertainment curatorial collective. Featured here is “I Need a Woman.” It’s hard to believe a two-piece band can produce this much energy and melody. Enjoy!

Buy their stuff here: http://hockeydad.bandcamp.com/releases

Keep up with The Farmer and the Owl on their Facebook page.


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New Lands remix by Falcon

Paris-based DJ Falcon, who’s best known for his work with Daft Punk and cousin Alan Braxe, worked his magic for his remix of Justice's “New Lands.” We think it's much better than the original. #Frenchie

https://www.facebook.com/djfalcon


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Brasilia-based electronic duo

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Brazilian electronic producer #GuiBoratto teamed up with Brasilia, Brazil-based duo Come and Hell, aka Mariana Perrelli and João Komka, for his single “Take Control.” Its energy is classic Boratto: burgeoning and highlighted by ethereal vocals.

Check them out on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/ComeandHell


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