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Out of all the international sonic flavor palettes, afro-pop has always been a favorite of hipster culture.  From Talking Heads to Vampire Weekend, indie culture has taken a lot of inspiration from the rich scene of African musicians making highlife and other forms of afrobeat in the 1970s.  It’s about time that a fully formed afrobeat band win bloggers hearts across the internet as a buzz band.  Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang are earning some well deserved praise with their jam ‘Feba’.  While the song has its roots firm in the classics of the genre, Janka Nabay employs plenty of effects and synth washes which isn’t surprising considering that the Bubu Gang consists of some ex-Gang Gang Dance members.  En Yah Say drops August 7th.

-PK

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When the dudes over at Tye Die Tapes aren’t putting out some of the best in underground garage-rock, they themselves are making some great underground garage rock.  As Collider, they are making some lo-fi rock with a heavy emphasis on the rock aspect of their sound.  With ‘You Didn’t Think This Through’, Collider show off some song-writing chops with a totally rawkin’ punk track with some guitar work that could have come from a 90s Modest Mouse release… or really any 90s indie-rock song.  Stream the track below and download the mp3 at their bandcamp

-PK

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This is the kind of track that soundtracks a hipster’s dream.  A collaboration with Joey Pecararo, ‘BreathingAirWearingLace’ was my first introduction to the intimate, atmospheric brand of pop music coming from vocalist Bijou Winters.  Her breathy, pseudo-mumbling vocal delivery may not be for everyone but I couldn’t stop from being sucked in to the sultry world that Bijou Winters crafts with her songs.  While it’s not easy to discern the individual words Bijou is delivering, it feels like she’s whispering something secret and personal right into my ear.

-PK

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Tracks ‘Surf’ and ‘Sludge’ by Austin, Texas band Black Gum go perfectly together.  It’s probably not a coincidence that both song titles would become genres if you added “rock” to the end of them as ‘Surf’ and ‘Sludge’ together show off a unique sound coming from Black Gum.  ‘Surf’ sounds like a surf-rock tune from a group that has never actually hit the waves, while ‘Sludge’ sounds like a group that has too much pop-sensibility to write traditional sludge music… sort of like the soundtrack to someone surfing on an oil spill.  These tracks are gritty, dirty and definitely  catchy.

-PK

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Avalon Emerson’s new jam ‘Church of SoMa’ is probably the least blogger friendly song I have ever attempted to write about.  Bouncing around between influences from tribal music to micro-house, Avalon Emerson is making tunes that force us bloggers to do more than stick an easy two word genre tag on it.  Avalon Emerson tries to help us out too.  Labeling herself as “coke-house”, “tard-wave”, “post-trill troll-gaze” and “Ed Hardy micropenis-step”, she is basically taunting our eternal quest to label every buzz artist.  Whatever she is doing is working and even has me pulling out a few of my zumba shoulder pops.  Just enjoy the music, it’s good.

-PK

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Astronautica is doing a nice job carving out her own sound in an overcrowded producer scene with an incredibly mellow and laid back collection of tracks.  During our interview, Edrina talked about her musical background with guitar which is demonstrated nicely on this track.  Let me add one more entry into the total collection of blog posts you will read today that tell you to turn the music on, close your eyes and float away.  Let those ‘Lowrider’ vibes take over.

-PK

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As a producer, Anthony Ellect is proving incapable of doing any wrong.  Even though it is still very early in his career, Anthony Ellect has managed to build up a strong collection of tracks that surpass the average soundclouder.  For his latest jam, Anthony teamed up with UK producer Capeface for the collaboration ‘Note’.  LA and the UK have some of the best scenes and talents for producers so it’s cool to see artists from both areas reaching out to each other.  Unsurprisingly, ‘Note’ does not fail to blow me away.  Although it is impossible to distinguish each individual contribution stylistically with this track, ‘Note’ is a bass-heavy, soulful, glitchy mess that is hard to stop listening to.

-PK

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