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HUSBANDS

At once sounding like Architecture in Helsinki with their pitchy vocals and chambered symphonics to dreamy dance-pop reminiscent of Hot Chip, Marseilles’ pop-trio HUSBANDS have burst on the scene with a musical range that makes them a choice option when you can’t figure out what to listen to (it’s a good thing). They’ve got 5 tracks out right now, and they’re all worth a listen. I can’t get enough.


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HUSBANDS

At once sounding like Architecture in Helsinki with their pitchy vocals and chambered symphonics to dreamy dance-pop reminiscent of Hot Chip, Marseilles’ pop-trio HUSBANDS have burst on the scene with a musical range that makes them a choice option when you can’t figure out what to listen to (it’s a good thing). They’ve got 5 tracks out right now, and they’re all worth a listen. I can’t get enough.


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Leaks

It is only fitting that I stumble upon Australian Thomas Guida, or Leaks, as the night sky spills. Refracted streetlights bounce off the street to the pace of the beat. The chilling breeze carries the smell of nourished foliage through my window. Sporadic echoes of tire on wet asphalt add a nice touch to this contemplative music.

Download his De Landa EP for free.

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Leaks

It is only fitting that I stumble upon Australian Thomas Guida, or Leaks, as the night sky spills. Refracted streetlights bounce off the street to the pace of the beat. The chilling breeze carries the smell of nourished foliage through my window. Sporadic echoes of tire on wet asphalt add a nice touch to this contemplative music.

Download his De Landa EP for free.

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We were first turned onto Australian Hayden James a few months back. His signature tune at the time was Permission to Love and we knew it was the blossoming of a smooth and soulful sweetness. We decided to let his sound ripen a bit. An EP and a few remixes later, we can comfortably say this lad isn’t to be overlooked. Hayden draws heavily upon Balearic beat to build a foundation of undulating pace and deep swinging bass.

He makes music to feel to. He’s a Future Classic.

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Buy the EP

We were first turned onto Australian Hayden James a few months back. His signature tune at the time was Permission to Love and we knew it was the blossoming of a smooth and soulful sweetness. We decided to let his sound ripen a bit. An EP and a few remixes later, we can comfortably say this lad isn’t to be overlooked. Hayden draws heavily upon Balearic beat to build a foundation of undulating pace and deep swinging bass.

He makes music to feel to. He’s a Future Classic.


Jungle

London duo Jungle recently caught my ear with their absolutely addicting neo-soul arrangements. I’ve been into lounge music lately and these two definitely fit the bill. Think: lyrically bittersweet jazz-rock infused with a masterfully subtle tinge of electro-funk rhythm. Support their music here. Check their music video after the jump!

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Jungle

London duo Jungle recently caught my ear with their absolutely addicting neo-soul arrangements. I’ve been into lounge music lately and these two definitely fit the bill. Think: lyrically bittersweet jazz-rock infused with a masterfully subtle tinge of electro-funk rhythm. Support their music here. Check their music video after the jump!

Space Out

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no_body_just_brain

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It’s about time the homies over at NO BODY got a more well deserved feature on C+A+D. Ruben and Kevin have been grinding hard in efforts of creating their own unique sound, and at this point it’s safe to say they’ve found it! For over a year now, they have consistently released tracks on their SoundCloud, and most of the time it’s a free download. They caught their big break after getting a mainstage opportunity at LED’s Anniversary Party (w/ Knife Party, Bingo Players, Kill the Noise and more). Ever since, the stars have just been aligning in their favor. The dudes just made it that much more real to me that hard work and focus is guaranteed to pay off. Check out some of their tracks and more after the jump!

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It never ceases to amaze me how much musical talent is concentrated in the United Kingdom. I think it must correlate with the weather or lack of dental hygiene or something. It always seems to hold true, no matter how shitty the musical climate is elsewhere, the UK continues to churn out great music. Among my favorite recent-ish Brit rock outfits are London natives The Rifles. Their 2006 debut “No Love Lost” and sophomore album “The Great Escape” (note the Blur reference) both managed to slip by relatively unnoticed, in the US at least. Though their sound was catchy enough, it didn’t introduce anything new. It was just another snapshot of London life through jingly-jangly guitar melodies and Liam Gallagher-esque vocals. It fit in well with other British rock essentials like Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian and more recent developments like The Vaccines. Their recently released third album “Freedom Run” ought to collect quite the fanbase though. It deserves to at least. It’s far more progressive than their first two albums, bearing much more of an indie-rock edge, whilst still maintaining an element of classicism. As a whole, it’s hooky as hell, utilizing guitars, harmonicas, organs, stomps and handclaps. The pop appeal is much stronger, though lyrics are still rather rough-around-the-edges. The album is very listenable–each track is capable of standing alone as a single. The lyrics are far less school boyish and more reflective. The gleaned pop appeal is definitely a new look for the Rifles but it clings to just enough of the old rough edge and street attitude to keep it from sounding tweenish. The album is really beautifully composed. It’s going to take me a while to get over this one.

Tracklist

1. Dreamer
2. Long Walk Back
3. Sweetest Thing
4. Tangled Up in Love
5.Everline
6. Love Is a Key
7. Falling
8. Interlude
9. Nothing Matters
10. Coming Home
11. I Get Low
12. Little Boy Blue (Human Needs)
13. Cry Baby

Free Candy

Sometimes

Romeo and Julie

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It never ceases to amaze me how much musical talent is concentrated in the United Kingdom. I think it must correlate with the weather or lack of dental hygiene or something. It always seems to hold true, no matter how shitty the musical climate is elsewhere, the UK continues to churn out great music. Among my favorite recent-ish Brit rock outfits are London natives The Rifles. Their 2006 debut “No Love Lost” and sophomore album “The Great Escape” (note the Blur reference) both managed to slip by relatively unnoticed, in the US at least. Though their sound was catchy enough, it didn’t introduce anything new. It was just another snapshot of London life through jingly-jangly guitar melodies and Liam Gallagher-esque vocals. It fit in well with other British rock essentials like Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian and more recent developments like The Vaccines. Their recently released third album “Freedom Run” ought to collect quite the fanbase though. It deserves to at least. It’s far more progressive than their first two albums, bearing much more of an indie-rock edge, whilst still maintaining an element of classicism. As a whole, it’s hooky as hell, utilizing guitars, harmonicas, organs, stomps and handclaps. The pop appeal is much stronger, though lyrics are still rather rough-around-the-edges. The album is very listenable–each track is capable of standing alone as a single. The lyrics are far less school boyish and more reflective. The gleaned pop appeal is definitely a new look for the Rifles but it clings to just enough of the old rough edge and street attitude to keep it from sounding tweenish. The album is really beautifully composed. It’s going to take me a while to get over this one.

Tracklist

1. Dreamer
2. Long Walk Back
3. Sweetest Thing
4. Tangled Up in Love
5.Everline
6. Love Is a Key
7. Falling
8. Interlude
9. Nothing Matters
10. Coming Home
11. I Get Low
12. Little Boy Blue (Human Needs)
13. Cry Baby

Free Candy

Sometimes

Romeo and Julie

Fresh on the music scene, San Diego’s Mrs. Magician is slowly but steadily churning out drum-kick, post-punk singles. With only five tracks released, it isn’t yet apparent exactly what their deal is—whether they’re trying to make a point or simply speak for a generation. With a bedroom pop sensibility driven by screeching guitar riffs, they are reminiscent of a rowdy night on the town. Whatever they’re doing, these guys are up to no good, with egregious track titles such as “I’m Gonna Hang Out With the Lesbians Next Door and Drop Acid” and “There is No God.” You almost get the sense that their primary aim is to point a middle finger at their conservative parents or elicit head shakes from the media. They take a slower spin with “Angel Baby,” a less controversial, doo-wop nap-track that feels like a slow dance in a 1950’s dream. Controversial as they can be, they’ve nailed a pretty cool sound and offer free downloads of all of their songs on their SoundCloud.

The Spells

Angel Baby

Tabloids

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Fresh on the music scene, San Diego’s Mrs. Magician is slowly but steadily churning out drum-kick, post-punk singles. With only five tracks released, it isn’t yet apparent exactly what their deal is—whether they’re trying to make a point or simply speak for a generation. With a bedroom pop sensibility driven by screeching guitar riffs, they are reminiscent of a rowdy night on the town. Whatever they’re doing, these guys are up to no good, with egregious track titles such as “I’m Gonna Hang Out With the Lesbians Next Door and Drop Acid” and “There is No God.” You almost get the sense that their primary aim is to point a middle finger at their conservative parents or elicit head shakes from the media. They take a slower spin with “Angel Baby,” a less controversial, doo-wop nap-track that feels like a slow dance in a 1950’s dream. Controversial as they can be, they’ve nailed a pretty cool sound and offer free downloads of all of their songs on their SoundCloud.

The Spells

Angel Baby

Tabloids