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  • Premiere: Lonesome Ghost – “Someone Like You”. MP3

    Put next to this carefree, new summer jam of Dallas’ pop quartet Lonesome Ghost, the thunderstorm that’s building up outside our Berlin windows seem strangely distant. It also feels very right next to DIIV’s stunning debut album Oshin, which we’ve had on repeat quite a lot lately, and compared to the more mellow “Seashell” that we premiered last year, this new bedroom recordin...

    07.07.2012

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    07.07.2012

  • XATU: “Untitled”. MP3

    Nicolas Hum, the 20-year-old Berlin born producer (and also part of the band Blue Stork) recently sent us the first excerpt from his solo project XATU; a blown-out, melodic ambient piece that could fit very well as a soundtrack to a late night at Neukölln’s Raum, just about when you realize the sun is about to set and it’s time to go home. XATU – Untitled

    05.07.2012

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    05.07.2012

  • Daytrotter Session: Money. MP3

    Put next to the heart-pounding beauty of NFOP favourites Money, who undoubtably is the most exciting band from Manchester right now, words become of less importance. Fall asleep to the gorgeous session our friends at Daytrotter recorded at Church Studios in London below, or even better, you can support Daytrotter with a few dollars a month and listen to the session right here. Money – Goodnight London Money ...

    24.06.2012

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    24.06.2012

  • Luka: “Midnight”. MP3

    Rouge’s Foam‘s Adam Harper hit me up the other day with a recommendation to check out Tartu, Estonia’s singer Luka, who he had seen live at this year’s Tallinn Music Week, known to be the most important music industry gathering in the Baltic region and Eastern Europe. And indeed this is some excellent and very promising stuff here, definitely something a lot more people should be aware of....

    13.06.2012

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    13.06.2012

  • Green & Gold vol 5. MP3

    I’m not quite sure why exactly, but recently I’ve been listening to a lot of experimental tech/UK garage/house-infused vibes and almost everything else in between. I’m not generally a massive fan of these heavier amalgamations, although I do love a good dose of minimal tech on a cold day, as I trek through the city from place to place. There is something quite inherently soothing about a slight ...

    10.06.2012

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    10.06.2012

  • bearstatic: “Centipede”. MP3

    Hailing from Brooklyn but currently based in Ankara, Turkey, the electronic soundscaper Bearstatic has put up a whole bunch of interesting productions on Soundcloud, that I originally discovered while browsing the universe of Iceland’s Gogoyoko. Released back in September through Mind Plug records last year, Balloon is probably amongst his strongest material so far, exploring a space between minimal drone an...

    03.06.2012

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    03.06.2012

  • Palmer Eldritch: “Supersaturated Vapor”. MP3

    Stunning abstract, minimal electronica by Portuguese duo Palmer Eldritch, who create crystalline and subtle ambient textures on their sophomore EP Glaser, tracks that unfold an intriguingly ephemeral quality, with hints of noise and interspersed cracks that steadily disrupt the stream of transparent, glass-like synthesized patterns. Quite a rewarding listen. Glaser is out May 28 via PAD. Get it over here. Palmer Eld...

    23.05.2012

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    23.05.2012

  • LLLL: “Drowned Fish”. MP3

    We’ve had our eyes focused on the rapidly (internet) expanding music scene of Tokyo for a little while now, and it seems that more and more sweet electronic tunes from this pulsating city keep dropping into our inbox. The Fader were perhaps a bit faster on this than us however, pulling one of those never-dying references “My Bloody Valentine-esque shoegaze” in the description of LLLL‘s S/T f...

    18.05.2012

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    18.05.2012

  • Pure Bathing Culture: “Silver Shore’s Lake” MP3

    From the fine tastemakers at Father/Daughter Records, Portland’s redolent 80′s pop duo Pure Bathing Culture will release their S/T EP next Tuesday, and we think you have all reason to be excited. As a little peak of what to expect from next week’s release, listen and download the newly recorded and mastered version of “Silver Shore’s Lake” below. The vinyl can also be pre-order...

    15.05.2012

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    15.05.2012

  • Preview: Polymorphism #1 – 100% SILK (Exclusive Stream). MP3

    Polymorphism is a new series of showcases brought to Berlin by the folks that are responsible for the city’s seminal CTM Festival, aimed at introducing “forward-thinking artists, labels and networks whose innovative programs and aesthetics relentlessly subvert – or simply transgress – the established parameters of musical scenes and genres”. The first instance of Polymorphism will be...

    11.05.2012

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    11.05.2012

  • The Interest Group: “The Passenger”. MP3

    Remember the ultra-dizzying, frantic sonic acid trips of Philadelphia’s BAnanas Symphony aka Blackhawks member Yohsuke Araki? Well, forget about them for now. He’s not the hyperactive kid from school anymore but that über-hip guy dressed in a black suit with shades who’s standing in the dark corner of your favorite secret location du jour, effortlessly dropping infinitely elegant jams for the...

    04.05.2012

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    04.05.2012

  • Green & Gold vol 4. MP3

    It’s been a bit unpleasantly dreary this month. Since the torrential rains have subsided and the spatter of floodings more or less evaporated, a steady and biting chill has started to settle in. Keeping inside amidst teetering towers of Uni work, avoiding all trouble with the opposite sex and watching friends succumb to extended periods of stress, is indeed, no fun at all. So, in lieu of a complete and utter ...

    04.05.2012

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    04.05.2012

  • Video: Ilyas Ahmed – “Skin In Circles”. MP3

    Our friends over at Tiny Mix Tapes just premiered the video for Ilyas Ahmed’s “Skin In Circles”, the song which we had debuted a while ago and which is part of the breathtaking record With Endless Fire, without doubt one of the truly outstanding albums so far this year. Watch it below. With Endless Fire is out via Immune Recordings. Highly recommended. Previously: Ilyas Ahmed – Skin In Cir...

    03.05.2012

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    03.05.2012

  • Jeans Wilder: “Limeade”. MP3

    We’ve impatiently been waiting for our man Andrew Caddick aka Jeans Wilder to drop new material after 2010′s stupendous LP Nice Trash. Last July, we said that his forthcoming full-length Totally would be due “sometime between late this year and early 2012 “, but certainly Andrew wouldn’t be the real slacker we’ve come to know and love if he hadn’t managed to add some pre...

    02.05.2012

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    02.05.2012

  • Raw Thrills: “Top Gun Cruisin”/”Psychedelic Wave Music”. MP3

    Don’t know when or how he’s doing it, but Zak Mering is keeping himself astonishingly prolific, dropping new projects and/or LPs and EPs every other day. This time it’s not one but two brand new offerings made under his principal Raw Thrills moniker, Top Gun Cruisin and Psychedelic Wave Music. While the latter EP, well, amounts to psychedelic wave music, gathering eight relatively short synth in...

    30.04.2012

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    30.04.2012

  • Three Fields: “Slow”. MP3

    This beautifully crafted gem from Birmingham’s Three Fields recently popped up in our inbox, and to my surprise sounded a lot more pop-y than the Boards of Canada esque track we posted back in October last year. I’m still surprised to see how little coverage this mysterious producer has gotten so far, being comparable to our Irish friends Solar Bears or even Epic45, star-gazing but intimate electronic ...

    30.04.2012

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    30.04.2012

  • Delusions / Boneglow Split. MP3

    I was so far down there was no sky, Matt Gilles aka Delusions sings at the beginning of the dreamy psych-pop gem “Almost”, a line that immediately stuck to my mind when spinning the latest Kassette Klub split release with Delusions and Boneglow at the very end of last month. Where Delusions explores sound textures of psychedelia and earth-bound ambient spaces, Boneglow crafts slightly more minimal, but i...

    26.04.2012

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    26.04.2012

  • Hype. MP3

    This has happened while we were sleeping: Which shouldn’t be a surprise for anyone of you as it has already been reported by basically everyone else, too. But of course there’s a reason for it. Purity Ring aka our dear friends Megan James and Corin Roddick make some of the freshest, most exciting and above all most original pop music in 2012, music that sounds so “now” that we should be t...

    24.04.2012

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    24.04.2012

  • Astronautica: “Weekends”. MP3

    Pleasantly surprised to wake up to the mellow, cloud-gazing vibes of LA’s one-woman beat venture Astronautica aka Edrina Martinez. While certainly being informed and inspired by the greater Los Angeles beat scene, think FlyLo et al., Martinez has developed a style of her own, clearly dreamier and more relaxed, however without turning her back on the intricate, sophisticated side of beat construction. Lush, su...

    18.04.2012

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    18.04.2012

  • BLKKATHY: “Dem Bones”. MP3

    Got this mail by Queens, New York’s Deep Ellum Records a few days ago, and though admittedly I had never heard of the “home of all things Lo Fidelity Allstars, Lord Warddd, Lord & Master and other shite”, damn this is highly addicted stuff here. Both “Dem Bones” and “Done Shit”, the first two tracks by BLKKATHY, which apparently is the solo project of some Brooklyn resi...

    16.04.2012

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    16.04.2012

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