ZUPER - “PERFECT MELODY”

“Perfect Melody” is the soul-soothing new track from California-based producer Zuper (a.k.a. Carlos Aiono). A wispy and seductive vocal sample floats atop a gorgeous percussive arrangement that’s light and unobtrusive–a quality that renders the track highly hypnotic and tranquil. The producer definitely has an ear for all things that alleviate the soul. You can grab the track over at Soundcloud.

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KUMA - “IF ONLY YOU”

Here’s a dreamy new track called “If Only You” from a mysterious producer under the moniker kuma. The track features a breathtaking arrangement of flickering and tapping beat work, delicately sweeping synths, cascading arpeggios, and sweet, pitch-shifted vocal samples. With its soft, yet rich textures, the track gets our vote as a go-to spring time lullaby.

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KINSHIP - “MAKE ME FEEL”

Here’s a brand new track from Vancouver’s Kinship called “Make Me Feel”. The producer is somewhat new to the electronic scene, but this new number would suggest otherwise. The producer creates an unbelievably stunning flip of The Temptations’ “Get Ready”, taking the song’s vocal skeleton and laying them bare across a hypnotizing cloudy atmosphere. How the producer managed to take such pop-driven vocals and weave them seamlessly into the track as seductive r&b vocals is beyond us. Definitely an up-and-coming producer to keep tabs on. Grab the track and check out the rest of his work over at Soundcloud.

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SMALL BLACK - “LINES OF LATITUDE (FEAT. FRANKIE ROSE)”

The brand new track “Lines of Latitude” from Brooklyn’s Small Black is simply breathtaking. The degree of skilled musicianship is made explicit in this gorgeous new piece, albeit through much subtlety. The track is brilliantly soaked in an 80′s atmosphere of quietly soaring synths, gated reverb drums, delicate echoes, and soft, crystalline vocals that float about. The track can be found on their upcoming EP Real People which is set to be released on April 1st via Jagjaguwar. Pre-order is available here.

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INTERVIEW: SLAUGHTER BEACH

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Slaughter Beach is the project of Nikolaj WestiHasse Mydtskov, and Mads Emil Aagaard; 3 friends from Odense, Denmark who skillfully crafts their own version of the contemporary shoegaze revival. Taking influences and aesthetics from the 60s, 70s, and 90s rock movements and blending them with more contemporary styles of indie rock/pop, the 3-piece band doles out saccharine-laden shoegaze filled with gleaming melodies and a dreamy melancholia. Check out our interview with the up-and-coming Danish band below as we chat about the early days of the band, the Odense music scene, and upcoming endeavors for the guys of Slaughter Beach.

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FLAMINGOSIS - SURFACE

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Flamingosis (a.k.a. Aaron Velasquez) just dropped his self-titled full-length album today and in case you missed one of the teaser tracks, here it is—a track called”Surface”. A purveyor of the future funk movement, Flamingosis creates a brilliant and fresh flip of Sade’s “Sweetest Taboo”, taking vocal samples and injecting an intensely deep funk into its body. Be sure to pick up the full-length album out today via Keats Collective


Stream: Flamingosis - Surface

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BLOOD CULTURES - MERCURY CHILD

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New Jersey’s Blood Cultures just dropped this superbly catchy track called “Mercury Child” and it’s got us swaying to its upbeat, tropical-tinged vibes. The track sees a colorful and bright palette of synths blended with a chilled-out vocal melody that smoothly glides across the piece. It feels like summer again. Be sure to pick up the track over at Bandcamp.


MP3: Blood Cultures - Mercury Child

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YUMI ZOUMA - THE BRAE

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New Zealand’s, Yumi Zouma just dropped their latest single “The Brae” via the brilliant Cascine and the track has already made quite an impression on us. There is absolutely no doubt that the track is a top contender for the dreamiest song of the year. Its breezy guitar melodies, airy synths, and silky vocals provide the contours for a piece that skilfully dips into both realms of wistful melancholia and cathartic ecstasy. You can find the track on the forthcoming self-titled debut EP via Cascine on February 11th.


Stream: Yumi Zouma - The Brae

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HEARING GOLD’S LPS OF 2013

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Full-length albums take patience to sit through but some albums do not, rather they are the ones that could be left spinning until the very last track. Here’s our list of albums in alphabetical order that stayed with us from the time of their release to the end of the year. It was another great year of music and we’re excited to see what else is in store for the new year for a lot of the artists we’ve highlighted in our year end round-up. 


DIANA - Perpetual Surrender (released by Jagjaguwar/Paper Bag Records 08/20/13)

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Disclosure - Settle (released by PMR/Island Records 06/03/13)

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Ex Cops - True Hallucinations (released by Other Music 01/22/13)

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Giraffage - Needs (released by Alpha Pup Records 02/12/13)

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HAIM - Days Are Gone (released by Columbia/Polydor 09/27/13)

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Homeshake - The Homeshake Tape (released by Fixture Records 01/29/13)

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Insightful - Elsewhere (self-released 10/17/13)

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Minks - Tides End (released by Captured Tracks 08/06/13)

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Pure Bathing Culture - Moon Tides (released by Partisan Records 08/20/13)

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Saint Pepsi Hit Vibes (released by KEATS//COLLECTIVE 05/31/13)

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Small Black - Limits Of Desire (released by Jagjaguwar 05/14/13)

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Smith Westerns - Soft Will (released by Mom + Pop 06/25/13)

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Still Corners - Strange Pleasures (released by Sub Pop 05/07/13)

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Toro y Moi - Anything In Return (released by Carpark Records 01/16/13)

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Washed Out - Paracosm (released by Sub Pop Records 08/13/13)

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HEARING GOLD’S EPS OF 2013

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This year has produced an abundance of amazing EPs. From upbeat, pop-driven tunes to slow-burning electronic soundscapes, 2013 has been nothing short of fruitful for the diverse music community. Here’s our list of EPs in alphabetical order that caught our attention and stuck with us on heavy rotation this year.


Burial - Rival Dealer (released by Hyperdub 12/17/13)

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Charles Murdoch - Weathered Straight (released by Future Classic 08/23/13)

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elvis depressedly - holo pleasures (self-released 04/16/13)

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HAERTS - Hemiplegia (released by Columbia Records 10/08/13)

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Odesza - My Friends Never Die (self-released 08/17/13)

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Pascäal - Fragile (released by Vresh 09/16/13)

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RIVKA - Faded EP (released by Hoko Sounds 06/11/13)

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Snacs - Swim Tape (self-released 09/25/13)

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T4PES - Infinity (self-released 02/11/13)

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Ta-Ku - Songs To Break Up To (released by HW&W Recordings 10/08/13)

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TV Girl - Lonely Women (self-released 06/18/13)

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TWOS - Feel (released by Aural Sects 01/11/13)

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Wet - EP (Released by Neon Gold 10/15/13)

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Wild Nothing - Empty Estate (released by Captured Tracks 05/14/13)

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Wondr - Down Love (released by 6Bit Collective 03/15/13)

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