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Wilough · Your Love V2

She reminds me of a girl that I once knew (of from a cartoon)

Like always, I had no idea what I was getting into with this. All I can remember is listening to this song and thinking how much it sounded like the Coraline soundtrack, the chorus specifically.

What I had no idea on was who this young lady is, Willow Smith (look her up). And despite her young age that’s reflected in her take on The XX’s Your Love, she shows a lot of maturity in how she carries her voice. At least compared to her first hit single.

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Les Sins · Why Ft. Nate Salman

Better than it's ever been

I never thought Toro y Moi’s side project, Les Sins, would ever top Grind, it was my 2013 groove, but this collaboration with Nate Salman is already there for 2014. Salman has that JT sound on lock, like JMSN & Josh Jakq, but with Toro y Moi and that makes all the difference.

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Corinne Bailey Rae · Put Your Records On (Remix)

A romp around to sing along, remade by Nehzuil

I know I focus too much on chorus too much of the time, but Corinne Bailey Rae’s is damn near perfect in ‘Put Your Records On.’ It quite literally put me to tears. She’s as inspiring in words, for the most part, as she is in vocal zest and Nehzui’s remix gives it the extra oomph it deserves. His electro brass is a bit… brass but essential for the sing-a-long.

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Laura Welsh · Here For You

+ Gordon City's deep house edition

I swore I had heard this before. I actually thought it was a cover it sounded so familiar (all the best do).

Turns out I had heard the Gordon City’s version first, but I got to say this one is miles better. We love our house deep here, which Gordon City provides, but the slight piano in this version gives Laura Welsh the silence her voice can handle.

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Rufus Du Sol · Sundream (Classixx Remix)

Slept on the original, but a Classixx remixx might make up for it

First Odesza with Zhu and now Classixx with Rufus. There’s nothing I love more than when my favorites remix my favorites (I’ve got a lot of favorites).

We didn’t do a write up on Rufus’s Atlas album simply because we didn’t really have much to say on it. It’s not as easy as you’d think bringing in some other insights. Take this post for example. But with our move towards playlists, our words won’t get in the way of good music no mo. Stay Tuned.

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Steven A. Clark · Lonely Roller

A "roller coaster of love" type track

I don’t know if you’re gonna like the chorus, I didn’t, but listening to the full thing through gives a good story to picture. Steven A. Clark has some smooth southern draw to his R&B, which ranges into some sort of indie.

Better question – not that there was a question before – who the hell is the gal? I really don’t understand why musicians don’t give proper credit to their features… [ frustrating ] She does only make a small appearance a minute in and one other on repeat, but somewhere on SoundCloud is not asking much.

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Phonat · Never (Icarus Remix)

"And if I was a young man, I'd get a bitch back."

I didn’t quite listen to the lyrics on Phonat’s ‘Never’ at first, it’s all about the sound at the start, but they’re my favorite thing about it now. The sound however is something to talk about, especially in Icarus’s version. We’re trying to lay off the remixes right now and save ‘em for a collection, but Icarus speeds up the tempo and lays in some disco-house synths to livin’ this one up to where it’s needed.

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NTEIBINT · Never Without You

featuring the lovely vocals by Stella

Sitting here listening to NTEIBINT’s ‘Never Without You,’ trying to think up anything to write on so we can get Stella’s voice out there, gets me thinking about how music has gotten me through so much. We can’t pick our lives or even our minds, but at least we’ve got music to help us cope with this shit show.

As much as NTEIBINT has supported Stella with a fairly fresh beat, the girl gets most our praise. Stella’s got a country blues tone that reminds me of Stevie Nicks. Though Stella leans more city proper than Stevie’s country swang.
[I'm really just comparing the two so I can show off this clip of Stevie practicing 'Wild Heart' - but listen to Stella first!]

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Lykke Li · No Rest For The Wicked

My favorite gal of all these moody lady singers

If you had to pick between Banks, Lana Del Rey, Lorde & Lykke Li, who’d it be? Mine’s definitely the baddest bitch of the bunch. I don’t know what it is. And how long it’ll last. But I know it has something to do with how she slips her personality in her songs in such small spaces. How she sings “only then, can we begin” melts my heart every time I hear it.

Check it out in one of Lykke’s latest, ‘No Rest for the Wicked.’

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Izzy Bizu · White Tiger

35 seconds in is your moment of the day

I swear I’ve heard Izzy Bizu’s White Tiger before, but the best ones always feel that at first. Izzy’s got a pop in that faint rasp voice and her piano counterpart Mika Barroux plays off it well. Kinda jealous of him right now – for that piano dexterity, yes, but more so this look she gives him in their music video.

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