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The season of “get out and go” is nearing its end; the time to take a step back and wonder what has passed and what is next is nigh. Here are some auditory fare to help ease in the existentialism. Take ’em in with a nice helping of solitude.

 

Turvy Organ – 98 West

Following their stunning debut LP, Turvy Organ have trudged through despair to find the calculated despondence of new EP Divv//ecto. It’s good to see they still couldn’t care less.

 

LIFER – Nightlife

Have you ever been in a one life stand? LIFER is asking the right questions in ‘Nightlife’. New EP out on Forged Artifacts 8|19.

 

St. Francis Hotel – Mondello

St. Francis Hotel‘s debut is a soft and weary lilt through a tenebrous technicolor trance.

 

Obliques – Cut Me Loose (Ill Feeling)

These funky soul cats are helping change the adage to: trust in your in Obliques.

 

Shakes – Strange Tides

Stuck in limbo, Shakes‘ ‘Strange Tides’ is all bits catchy indie-pop swept up in the undertow of the complications of romance.

 

NOVAA – Rose

All is never lost. Angel-voiced NOVAA‘s Japanese inspired chill reminds us that “we’re made of heaven we just didn’t know”. More on the way from her.

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El Niño is underway shaping the months to come. Farther north, the heavens rain soft white on grey peaks. We edge closer and closer to the permanent snuggle of winter. Here are a few tracks to help the blood flow.

 

GEOFFROY – Soaked in Gold

Montreal’s Geoffroy and sauve are one in the same. Undeniably Chet-esque, there’s a romanticism in the electronic-acoustic style that sets him clearly apart. Soaked in Gold is out 11.13.

 

Finch Fetti x Sabrina Claudio – Hotline Bling (Drake Cover)

Finch Fetti and Sabrina Claudio turn this radio hit on its head with this wanting cover. Warm bass, faded synths, and angelic vocals exchange Drake‘s structures for a more late night lovers’ vibe.

 

RAC – 3AM ft. Katie Herzig (filous Remix)

RAC‘s Going Away Tour kicked off last week and the traveling party decided to create this lovely little heart-lifter to set the tone. Filous‘s lofty feel good sound added to Katie Herzig‘s romantic vocals takes it down a totally different road that still serves the hopeful purpose.

 

VIMES – Kyra

This quick mood setter drops in heavy with the mellow space. VIMES is a German duo that has been effectively combining the – lately – deeper musical ideals of the region. ‘Kyra’ is their latest foray into the steady drive of techno coupled with the humanism of heartbreak pop.

 

Charles Murdoch – Privacy ft. Oscar Key Sung

Charles Murdoch‘s soon-to-be debut POINT features the off-kilter rhythm of Oscar Key Sung in this curiously warm yet cautious track. POINT is out 12.11 on Future Classic.

 

World Champion – Shakes

As if it were any surprise, funky kraut-psych via World Champion coming by way of Australia has a lot of soul. Even less of a surprise, Future Classic picked these guys up for their forthcoming EP Avocado Galaxy (12.04).

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Longer nights. Deeper thoughts. Blood moons. Heavier feelings. We’ve come into this season with high hopes.

 

Amateur Best – White Noise

Amateur Best‘s blasé electronic pop efforts continue on from last month’s ‘They Know‘ with a little less dance and a bit more drone. Excitement surrounds his upcoming album.

 

Maribou State – Wallflower (Simona Drive Remix)

This Simona Drive remix of Maribou State is for solo sideline adventures. With just enough kick to keep the feet shuffling, it gets lost where it doesn’t to be found.

 

HEALTH – Flesh World (Kenton Slash Demon Remix)

Steady death magic techno from Kenton Slash Demon over HEALTH calls upon the secret warehouse vibes of yesteryear. Ride this one into the dawn.

 

BABEL – Made to Stay

BABEL‘s new track reminds us there’s always a tomorrow. Halfway through, the soothing guitar gets the feelings flowing ever thicker.

 

Thrupence – New Light

New light, new life. This subliminal soundscape chases the darkness as it fades to white. In the wake, the sun rises with Thrupence.

 

The Beach Boys – Kokomo (Viceroy Edit)

Summer never ends, as Viceroy well knows. He breathes new life back into The Beach Boys‘ classic track. Not that it ever left.

 

SPZRKT & Sango – How Do You Love Me (Chris McClenney Remix)

Remember to love as SPZRKT & Sango‘s HDYLM gets the jazzy keys treatment by Chris McClenney.

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The summery sounds have been blooming since the weather turned. Yet as June settles in, the gloom begets touching upon the more emotional side of sound. Here are a few tracks to manage those moods.

 

Hayden James – Something About You (Ben Pearce Remix)

One of the best tracks of the past year, Hayden James’ ‘Something About You’ meets tech and bass stimulations thanks to Ben Pearce. The vocal cuts, as expected, add the feeling and flavour.

 

Hudson Mohawke – Scud Books

With Lantern, we hear Hudson Mohawke experimenting with his typically beat driven style. ‘Scud Books’ is a prime example of his take on a rousing and anthemic approach.

 

Bag Raiders – Vapour Trails

The Australian feel-good duo are back on the radar. After almost a year of silence, Bag Raiders release ‘Vapour Trails’ and its a perfect summer chiller that brings out sweeping emotion.

 

LEISURE – Hot Love

LEISURE‘s psychedelic love-soul sound has had us bad for the past few months. Newest heater ‘Hot Love’ only brings us deeper into their clutch.

 

Favored Nations – Always

Funky disco-pop from Favored Nations‘ newest track is poetically passionate. The catchy instrumentalism adds a nice level of grooves to ramp up the moves.

 

Chet Faker – Bend

Left off Built on Glass, Chet Faker‘s ‘Bend’ is a experiment in clamor and mixed emotions. The internal dialogue fits perfectly as a single release jam-track.

 

Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars (Thero Remix)

This classic graduation tear jerker gets a summery spin from Thero. He adds modern electronics and smooth acoustics that bring the lyrics into the spotlight as truly timeless.

 

The Acid – RA (David August Remix)

David August adds his subtle and cerebral electronica style to this already heady track. The effect is a late night kicker suitable for those candid brain games.

 

 

Mansions on the Moon – The Truth (Eric Sharp and Tenova Remix)

Eric Sharp of RIS Labs and Tenova take Mansion on the Moon‘s hopelessly romantic single and lay on a house twist for those alone-on-the-dancefloor needs.

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The lead-in to summer often sees new music wiggling its way out of the woodwork as show season reaches full bloom. Here’s a mixed bag of recent sounds and styles for your travels to-and-from said gatherings.

 

Towkio – .Wav Theory

Towkio gathers talent from all over the beat and hip-hop game for this fiery first release. Get it free then catch him at Soulection this Saturday.

 

Ambassadeurs – Can’t You See

Dreamy basslines by Ambassadeurs show us that his skill is in crossing through genres with ease. Trust us, you don’t want to miss him at LIB.

 

Taste Nasa – Time Goes By

The sounds get silky smooth on Taste Nasa‘s latest release off Vitalic Noise. Time Goes By has us swooning to sun-kissed indie-psych-funk.

 

Thomston – Backbone

New Zealand’s Thomston brings on the emotions with his third EP. The R&B tempos and clouded vocals have a certain listless romanticism to them.

 

La Décadance – Subway

Swedish duo La Décadance sprinkle some Scandinavian pop flavor on top of minimal deep house with this latest EP. Take these wide-ranging tracks exploring.

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And so begins lovers’ month. The January blues are gone. It’s high-time to get down with heavy duty emotions and motions. Here’s a set of songs to help set a mood. Get at it friends.

 

Tuxedo – Number One

Love vibrations come covered by the classy TuxedoMayer Hawthorne’s side project with Jake One.

 

Frank Ocean – At Your Best (You are Love) (StarRo Remix)

Feel good vibes from Frank Ocean and StarRo keep you loving at your best.

 

Argonaut&Wasp – Stranger Lover (When You Came Into My Life)

Warm up lazy with the old-school funky play of Argonaut & Wasp.

 

Daniel Johns – Aerial Love

Slow down and groove with famed Silverchair rocker turned James Blake-ish crooner Daniel Johns.

 

ELHAE – Halfway Love

Every Life Has An Ending (ELHAE) so make magic with fireside feelings. Aura is out today.