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“Splicing swing samples with squelchy synths over dusty drum loops they’ve depicted a modern day journey into time of rogue’s, lust, affordable clowns and foot-tapping toe curling “get your brogues on” dance floor swing hop.”
Read more on Sounds Orange

Download: The Correspondents – I Wanna Be Like You (Track) – MP3
Buy: The Correspondents – The Rogue (EP)

“There’s a touch of Spector and Wilson in the arrangements; Ward piles strings and timpani into “To Save Me,” a kind of boogie-woogie rock gone baroque. ”
Read more on Rolling Stone

Download: M. Ward – To Save Me (Track) – MP3
Buy: M. Ward – Hold Time (Album)

“We don’t have much to compare them to, we’ll be the first to admit, but who is willing to go on the record as being against spooky and taut no-wave disco-punk from another planet? From the synth sighs to the vocals, barked like a premonition of impending and irreversible doom, “Satan Highway” is exactly right.”
Read more on emusic

Download: Eagle Boston – Satan Highway (Track) – MP3
Selected + Collected: An eMusic Selects Compilation (Album)

” …a loose-limbed jumping jack of a fem-positive pop song that sounds somewhere between Eno and Byrne’s My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.”
Read more on Paste Magazine

Download: Animal Collective – My Girls (Track) – MP3
Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion

“Mantler is a pop project on the ever surprising Tomlab label – shot through with shades of Steely Dan, Burt Bacharach, mix tapes, Donald Byrd, 80s soul, shopping malls, and eternal hope in the face of everyday despair.”
Read more on Boomkat

Download: Mantler – Togethernest (Track) – MP3
Buy: Mantler – Landau (Album)

“Somewhere on a delicate pivot point between pop balladry and resolute anthemics, Slow Runner is the rare band that can mourn and bewail, then hope and ramble on, all with one hand on the blip-and-bloop button for good measure.”
Read more on Paste Magazine

Download: Slow Runner – Mermaids (Track) – MP3
Buy: Slow Runner – Mermaids (Album)

“The track teases with a keyboard drone before tearing into a relentlessly searing guitar riff backed by a danceable drum machine beat. The track’s undeniable accessibility is as confusing as it is astounding.”
Read more on Michigan Daily

Download: Handsome Furs – I’m Confused (Track) – MP3
Handsome Furs  – Face Control (Album)

“Rich Doors starts with clanging Hot 97 percussion and shape-shifting electronics, then drags the whole thing through drifting, effects-soaked translucence.”
Read more on Pitchfork

Download: NewVillager – Rich Doors (Track) – MP3
Buy: Rich Doors on 7″

“…[Jim Reeves’] songs were remarkable for their simple elegance highlighted by his rich light baritone voice.”
Read more on Wikipedia

Download: Jim Reeves – Welcome To My World (Track) – MP3
Buy: Jim Reeves – The Essential (Album)

“‘Beach Baby’ has Vernon deliver in high falsetto with a steel guitar and a voice all a flutter as lap steel adds a touch of wistfulness like the passing of summer or a seaside town out of season…”
Read more Gigwise

Download: Bon Iver – Beach Baby (Track) – MP3
Buy: Bon Iver – Blood Bank (EP)