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“Obvious reference points are Apples In Stereo or the Flaming Lips, but frontman Mauro Remiddi’s vocals evoke the same wide eyed innocence of Syd Barrett which coupled with a slew of Beatles-esque chord structures and Beach Boy harmonies combine to construct a pervasive evocation of late 60s psychedelia which is nicely measured without becoming revivalist.”
Read more on The Music Magazine

Download: Sunny Day Sets Fire – End Of The Road (Track) – MP3
Buy: Sunny Day Sets Fire – Summer Palace (Album)


“Check the smooth yet hard groove on the title track, “You’re My Occupation”… If you’re into new disco, Chaz Jankel is like required listening. He’s not only an influence to many influential artists, he’s living proof that dance music can be timeless.”
Read more on Turntable Lab

Download: Chaz Jankel – You’re My Occupation (Track) – MP3
Buy: Chaz Jankel – My Occupation: The Music of Chaz Jankel (Album)

“It’s still Thomas Mars coolly killing a hook, and it’s still a bright, upbeat, and pulsing Phoenix rock cut. Take the hook of “Long Distance Call” and work some keyboard tones dialed to French electrohouse into the mix.”
Read more on Stereogum

Download: Phoenix – 1901 (Track) – MP3

” …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)

Download: Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks (Live) (Track) – MP3

“… like Sloan at their ballady best, Modern Skirts have crafted a mostly slow, mellow, and laid back album on All Of Us In Our Night that reeks of Beatles psychedelic ballads and colorful kaleidoscopic eyes.”
Read more on First Coast News

Download: Modern Skirts – Soft Pedals (Track) – MP3
Buy: Modern Skirts – All Of Us In Our Night (Album)

“The maturity and agility of these compositions are perhaps most comparable to the presently-AWOL Sufjan Stevens, as orchestral flourishes, swish choral harmonies and aptly-positioned beats (provided by Ross Turner of Jape/Cathy Davey) elegantly wrap themselves around skeletal piano to together reach a concordant climax.”
Read more on State Magazine

Download: One Day International – Miss Your Mouth (Track) – MP3
Buy: One Day International – Blackbird (Album)