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Premiere: Soul Clap Remixes Nick Monaco's "Physical Therapy"
Nick Monaco likes to bare it all, but it's been a journey. His first EP was titled Naked is My Nature, and now he's set to release his full-length Half Naked on 10 June, on Soul Clap and Wolf + Lamb's new-ish collaborative label Crew Love (the...
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Premiere: "Move and Shout" by Boulevards
In a super-funky video that's saturated in retro vibes, Boulevards and director Ramon Zubia create a dance party for the artist's buoyant track "Move and Shout," premiering on Cool Hunting today. Boulevards (aka Jamil Rashad) tells us, "The idea...
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Premiere: "Shikoku" by Kate Simko + London Electronic Orchestra
Producers love a good, lush swell of strings—but in electronic and even pop music, they're for the most part software simulations. Chicago-raised, now London-based composer Kate Simko has a miniature orchestra available at hand (two violinists...
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Premiere: "Time" by EMEFE
NYC afrobeat dance band staple EMEFE, founded by beast of a drummer and vocalist Miles Arntzen (who keeps the beat for Antibalas and Will Butler of Arcade Fire), will have you hooked after one live show. (Start with them funking up a van with their...
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Premiere: "Second Nature" by Thin Lear
New Queens-based band Thin Lear, headed by Matt Longo, requested the talents of Renaissance man FaceHeads (aka Moscow-based artist Dmitry Kopytin) to create visuals for their song "Second Nature." The carefully produced light classic rock tune...
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Premiere: "Marionettes" by Daphne Guinness
British-Irish fashion muse Daphne Guinness (of the Irish dry stout family), known for appearing in heel-less hoof shoes and haute couture pieces, does her bravest public act yet with the release of her first-ever album Optimist in Black, arriving...
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Unveiling Baby Alpaca's "Under Water" Album Art
For all the discussion surrounding the death of the album as a piece of cohesive art, 2015 presented a thorough selection of LPs that refute this from the creator's end. Among our most anticipated releases of 2016, bi-coastal singer and musician...
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Premiere: "Slow" by Colours
Out of Sarasota, FL comes Colours, a duo made up of vocalist Kyle Tamo and drummer Morgan Alley. They premiere the darkly pulsating "Slow" on CH, a track that will appeal to those who enjoy the conscientious pacing of Twin Shadow and the alt-pop...
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Premiere: "Will I Be A Figure Eight" by Doprah
Formed in Christchurch, NZ, duo-turned-six-member-band Doprah churns the hearts of listeners in their vat of nebulous, sweet bewitchery. From the transfixing melodies in "San Pedro" (frontwoman Indira Force's voice meticulously delayed into echoes...
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Premiere: "After Hour (She)" by Coral Casino
The newest artist signed to record label Manimal is the Buenos Aires-based duo Coral Casino, who joins a roster of artists that include Warpaint, Bat for Lashes and Yoko Ono. Nonchalantly describing their music as "witch R&B synth playa pop," Lara...
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Premiere: "Stranger" by VOWWS
With their journey beginning in Sydney, Matt and Rizz of the Australian/Iranian duo VOWWS are now settled in LA and casting sublime, carefree West Coast temperaments into their shadowy, distortion-filled pop songs. Through bold spunk, they wrote...
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Premiere: "Painfully Obvious" by Twin Cabins
We don't know much about Nacho Cano—who creates music under the name Twin Cabins—aside from the fact that he was born in Mexico, raised in California, and built his own desktop computer so that it could run a studio. But it's one of those instances...
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Premiere: "Lover Knows" by Steady Sun
Brooklyn band Steady Sun is made up of quite a few passionate music nerds. Frontman Dylan Nowik met drummer Andrew Emge at NYU while they both pursued music studies, while fellow NYU alum and bassist Danny Rose owns his own recording studio in...
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Premiere: "Turnstile" by Lionlimb
Nashville-based guitarist Stewart Bronaugh put his music project Lionlimb on hold to join Angel Olsen’s backing band for her 2014 album Burn Your Fire For No Witness and on tour. Now, after recruiting fellow tourmate and Brooklyn-based drummer...
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Quindar: Twin-Pole Sunshade
Quindar is a newly formed musical project between Wilco's Mikael Jorgensen and art historian James Merle Thomas (currently a postdoc scholar at USC). Their music, which remixes NASA's audio and video archive, is a creative extension of Thomas' research...
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The Juan Maclean: Love Stops Here
"We love songs that build, measure after measure—beat after beat. The type of songs you listen to a dozen times in a row to pinpoint the exact turning point from slow burn into a jam. This comes a lot from our years spent as Finger On The Pulse DJs...
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Swim Team: Clairvoyant
LA label Hit City USA released the first singles for San Diego newcomer Swim Team this week, both of which are the upshot of a broken synthesizer. Accustomed to playing guitar or keyboards in bands, when Swim Team's Caleb Chial happened upon the synth...
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Redlight: 9TS (90s Baby)
As one half of Berlin duo Africaine 808, Nomad has become famous for his Vulkandance parties in the German capital. The DJ (and painter) ventured to NYC this week to treat audiences to his crate-digging style of deep house that draws on rare and obscure...
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Gabriel Garzón-Montano: 6 8 (Lord RAJA Remix) On his EP Bishouné: Alma del Huila (off NYC imprint Styles Upon Styles), Gabriel Garzón-Montano reminds listeners what instruments, not computers, are capable of doing. The SUNY Purchase Conservatory...
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Gabriel Garzón-Montano: 6 8 (Lord RAJA Remix)
On his EP Bishouné: Alma del Huila (off NYC imprint Styles Upon Styles), Gabriel Garzón-Montano reminds listeners what instruments, not computers, are capable of doing. The SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music grad sings and plays every single note...
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Campos Neto: Dia Benga (Nomads VIP Edit)
ListenUp is a Cool Hunting series published every Sunday that takes a deeper look at the music we tweeted throughout the week. Often we'll include a musician or notable fan's personal favorite in a song or album dubbed #PrivateJam. Hear them all in...
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Stratospheric Visuals from ODESZA
Seattle-based electro outfit ODESZA has captivated critics and fans alike with their unique blend of chillwave synths and textured vocal sampling. Known for creating sonic landscapes with their layered sound, the duo partnered with German "near space...
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Sébastien Tellier: "Ma Calypso" Premiere
Always sensual and always grandiose, electronic music veteran Sébastien Tellier recently released his sixth studio album L’Aventura this past July via French independent label Record Makers. As longtime supporters of the artist, we're happy to...
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Sleepwalk With Me
In his cinematic debut, comedian Mike Birbiglia takes the audience on a journey that explores his transformation as an individual and comedic artist. Birbligia, who has made a run on Broadway in a one man show and appeared on NPR's This American...