Morabeza Tobacco – Teacher’s In The Mood

Morabeza Tobacco

Teacher's In The Mood


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Author:

Elgin Nelson

Published:
Nov 05, 2022

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65

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Sounds like:

Yumi Zouma,
Crumb,
TOPS

Tags:

synth-pop
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dream pop
,
lo-fi

Why do we like this?

Okay, we have officially entered a new season. It’s getting colder by the minute. And this is the perfect weather for lo-fi, dream pop music to take over our music library.

Morabeza Tobacco, the lo-fi duo from Stockholm, has us covered with “Teacher’s In The Mood.” With a jaunty rhythm complimented by an uplifting synth pattern along with a low-toned bass, this song shouldn’t go overlooked.

The lo-fi duo is gearing up to release their second studio album, Shadow of the Chery, on November 4th.




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Brown Bear Collective – Fever

Brown Bear Collective

Fever


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Jami Selikow

Published:
Nov 04, 2022

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20

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Sounds like:

Tove Lo,
Angus & Julia Stone

Tags:

indie rock
,
dream pop
,
angus and julia stone

Why do we like this?

‘Gentleness’ is something that goes overlooked in this rough and ready world we live in. It’s a quality that unfolds without creating disruption or pain. It’s smooth, it flows, and it’s careful and caring.

Brown Bear Collective’s “Fever” is a gentle song that moves through the listener beautifully. It was born of a collaboration that took place over WhatsApp between songwriter/producer Dillon Thomas and singer/songwriter Lisa-Marie Kämpf.

“Fever” is a song for gentle souls, for those who need a moment of calm, or for those who are simply looking for a song to keep them company through the changing twilight sky. I hope you enjoy this wherever it finds you.




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Dave Nulty – Transients

Dave Nulty

Transients


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Mikky George

Published:
Nov 04, 2022

Total plays:

152

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Sounds like:

Global Nomad,
Klaverson,
Kay Wilder

Tags:

downtempo
,
dance
,
electro

Why do we like this?

Godrays and Summersun

“Transients” is something else, a power trip of electro and dance ambience giving a holy baptism.

If you’ve ever been to a forest social, you know the vibe of this track – it’s a boppy and misty experience filled with god rays and winter winds. The track is the feeling you get after the perfect rhythm gets hit while running, that euphoria of just letting it flow and fill the space, never letting the flow die and going into it like a beam of light into a night.

The track gets me all metaphorical and this is above the fact that it is, in its simplest form, a vibe of a bop.




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Andy Hoffman Coffee House – Basement Lounge

Andy Hoffman Coffee House

Basement Lounge


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Author:

Jason Grishkoff

Published:
Nov 04, 2022

Total plays:

15

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Sounds like:

Joris Voorn,
Rohne,
Kendl

Tags:

downtempo
,
chill house
,
joris voorn

Why do we like this?

Andy Hoffman is serious about coffee house (which I presume is a laid-back genre of house music for coffee shops). He’s so serious about it that he even added the phrase to his artist name.

While that decision may have pigeon-holed Andy into a very specific niche genre, I’m okay with that because it sounds absolutely lovely. Apparently this is the type of vibe you wake up to after a night out in Ibiza, though I can’t say that I’ve done that myself (nor do I think I have the energy for it these days!). Which means that I get to listen to this one in the morning while making breakfast for my kids, which is quite alright, because they seem to like it too 🙂




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Moguta – Yoake

Moguta

Yoake


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Author:

Jason Grishkoff

Published:
Nov 04, 2022

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14

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Sounds like:

ODESZA,
Slow Magic,
Flume

Tags:

Electronic
,
future bass
,
flume

Why do we like this?

About a month ago I picked up on Moguta’s debut single, “Koto Moon.” It’s an ODESZA-inspired, Japanese-influenced future bass track that tickled all the right notes for me.

Flash forward a month and the Japanese producer is back with a second song called “Yoake” that once again manages to blend traditional local sounds with the more modern aesthetic of electronic music, a la ODESZA and Flume.

The end result is clearly satisfying to the ears, as he’s managed to win me over 2 out of 2 times. Pretty good start!




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The Offline – Plage des Casernes (FloFilz Remix)

The Offline

Plage des Casernes (FloFilz Remix)


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Jami Selikow

Published:
Nov 03, 2022

Total plays:

99

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Sounds like:

Knxwledge,
Ol Burger Beats,
Wun Two

Tags:

Sunday Night Chill
,
instrumental hip-hop
,
jazzy beats

Why do we like this?

Sometimes, a song comes along, and through its beauty, provides a space of pause. This feels like the perfect song upon which to hang your attention just long enough to rest in all that came prior to the present moment, perhaps even provoking a sense of gratitude.

FloFilz remix of The Offline’s “Plage des Casernes” is like delicate lace resting atop a hardy fabric — the beat provides a weighted foundation over which the topline swirls and dances. It’s two-and-a-half minutes of respite, after which, the world can go on.




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Nicholas Cangiano – Little By Little

Nicholas Cangiano

Little By Little


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Author:

Mikky George

Published:
Nov 01, 2022

Total plays:

162

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Sounds like:

daste.,
Kirk Francis,
Oracle Sisters

Tags:

jazz
,
blues
,
alt

Why do we like this?

Nicholas Cangiano delivers a smooth and smoky alt-jazz guitar romp that gives me chills.

“Little By Little” is like a midday tea break, with a swirling sound of jazzy guitars, bassy blues, and a vocal softness akin to swirls of smoke. It feels similar to viewing the sky from a roof, with your head on your hands and all that blue sky to get lost in.

“Little By Little” is smooth and silky and oh so blue.




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Emancipator x Cloudchord – Junior High Dance

Emancipator x Cloudchord

Junior High Dance


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Author:

Jami Selikow

Published:
Nov 02, 2022

Total plays:

198

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Sounds like:

FKJ,
Tom Misch,
SG Lewis

Tags:

Sunday Night Chill
,
jazzy beats
,
tom misch

Why do we like this?

Did you know that a few years ago we were reviewing over 200 songs a month? That has since drastically declined. It’s very rare that we come across real gems, but Cloudchord and Emancipator have got me head-to-toe excited about their latest release, “Junior High Dance.”

It’s a woozy track that is packed with loads of fun, plenty of great taste, and that ‘hit-like-and-then-repeat’ quality. Following the release of Cloudchord’s latest EP Sundrop, “Junior High Dance” is an evoking preview of their body of work that’s to come.

Recommendation: be sure to check out the accompanying music video.




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Porsh Bet$ – My Demise

Porsh Bet$

My Demise


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Mikky George

Published:
Oct 31, 2022

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119

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Sounds like:

DOUBLECAMP,
Abhi the Nomad,
Peter Fenn

Tags:

alt
,
alt rock
,
skate punk

Why do we like this?

Porsh Bet$ goes right for the jugular with “My Demise” — a grungy, noisy, and ultimately cathartic alt-punk race.

“My Demise” is the final straw in a long line of pep talks, it’s the noise you hear just before you go for a 6-hour run just to get your aggravation out. The track is what a city sounds like when everyone finally says what they want to say when everyone just gets it all out.

It’s a private and personal track, but it’s also a riot at the same time and it’s not letting go at any point, it has your emotions by the neck and it’s taking you with it on this journey.




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Barrie – Unholy Appetite

Barrie

Unholy Appetite


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Author:

Mikky George

Published:
Oct 30, 2022

Total plays:

96

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Sounds like:

sjowgren,
Hibou,
Yumi Zouma

Tags:

indie pop
,
indie
,
electro pop

Why do we like this?

Barrie gives me all the goosebumps and the sweetest cotton candy clouds with “Unholy Appetite.”

Never have I felt so floaty as when I was listening to “Unholy Appetite.” It’s the softest dream made manifest into an effervescent fizz of soft pop and sunset sounds. It’s the sound you hear when you look out an aeroplane window and you see all those nimbus clouds bopping around you, slowly reaching into nothing but calm. The track is a warm blanket on a cold night and a cup of tea on a Sunday morning.

“Unholy Appetite” is a soft breeze and some summer fruits on a picnic blanket.




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Phoenix – Winter Solstice

Phoenix

Winter Solstice


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Author:

Mikky George

Published:
Oct 29, 2022

Total plays:

56

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Sounds like:

Real Estate,
The xx,
Local Natives

Tags:

synthwave
,
the xx
,
real estate

Why do we like this?

Phoenix gives me a magical experience with “Winter Solstice” — a track filled with magic and care.

There’s something ironically warm about it — it’s the equivalent feeling of experiencing a winter morning in a warm blanket. It’s an oxymoronic event where heat and cold coincide into a comforting feeling. “Winter Solstice” is a magical moment and it’s an ongoing theme with their more recent releases — this feeling of magical realism, where art and life meet in a strange amalgamation of ideas…and ‘Winter Solstice” is a perfect example.

It’s the warmest cold touch you’ll feel this year and it’s magnificent




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1tbsp – Joan

1tbsp

Joan


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Mikky George

Published:
Oct 28, 2022

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Sounds like:

Mindchatter,
Tourist,
Aleksandir

Tags:

ambient electronic
,
electro
,
Tourist

Why do we like this?

1tbspn sparks up the imagination and sends a static wave of joy through the everyday madness of life.

I am pretty obsessed with the narrative of Joan of Arc and now “Joan” by 1tbspn has given me an electro soundtrack to not only remind me of my love of this character but also just the joy of dancing to a revolution. The track is a pulsing religious experience, it buzzes in your ears, and gives off a hum of static and motion.

The track also has that innate ability to not let you go, it takes hold and preaches revolution and its grip is a masterwork of electric conversation.




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Steven van Betten – I Didn’t Mean To Do That

Steven van Betten

I Didn't Mean To Do That


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Author:

Jami Selikow

Published:
Oct 28, 2022

Total plays:

73

Saved:
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Sounds like:

Kevin Morby,
John Prine,
Luke Temple

Tags:

indie folk
,
singer-songwriter
,
kevin morby

Why do we like this?

Straying for what we normally share, Steven van Betten’s “I Didn’t Mean To Do That” is a more folk-leaning track with a moving message.

It’s a song with a strong concept backing it. Multi-colored examples of human mistakes roll off the artist’s tongue punctuated by the refrain ‘I didn’t mean to do that.’ It is, in essence, a very human song that points us back toward ourselves, providing the impetus for reflection. The artist goes on to share:

“‘I Didn’t Mean To Do That’ is a reflection on mistakes, and how some mistakes (though painful at the time) can age quite well. They become funny, entertaining, and even cherished memories; parables of personal growth shared openly with friends around the dinner table. Meanwhile, other mistakes—the kind that hurt those we love most—can haunt us. They weigh heavy on our hearts and grow into demons that appear in our dreams. Instead of sharing these stories with a laugh, we bury them away. But even the most severe mistakes are fundamentally human and universal, and by looking at them with compassion we can forgive each other and ourselves.”




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mostly sleeping – Cool Enough

mostly sleeping

Cool Enough


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Author:

Mikky George

Published:
Oct 27, 2022

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143

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Sounds like:

Talk Heavy,
Pink Laundry,
OJR

Tags:

dream pop
,
electro pop
,
electronic blues

Why do we like this?

“Cool Enough” is a powerhouse electro-pop race and it isn’t stopping until someone accepts some envy.

mostly sleeping has triggered my envy in the best way, the envy of success, relations, and the ability to create such a dope pop-electro track. “Cool Enough” jumps around like a sitcom intro — every character having a moment and every relationship given context. The track goes into the sound stratosphere, picking up speed and making me bop my head and shake my body.

We might not all be as cool as this track, but boy does it help to have this playing in your ears.




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Nick Hakim – Feeling Myself

Nick Hakim

Feeling Myself


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Author:

Jami Selikow

Published:
Oct 27, 2022

Total plays:

138

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Sounds like:

Jordan Rakei,
Moses Sumney

Tags:

indietronica
,
experimental indie
,
alternative R&B

Why do we like this?

I’m not often very taken with Nick Hakim’s songs, but with “Feeling Myself” the artist has written and produced a song that’s outside of their norm and I can’t seem to get enough.

This is a wonderfully experimental track that is bold and uplifting. “Feeling Myself” forms part of Hakim’s latest album, COMETA. Speaking to the track, the artist explains that it is about “confidence and loving yourself in a way that you haven’t really felt in a long time.”




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Rival Consoles – Vision of Self

Rival Consoles

Vision of Self


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Jami Selikow

Published:
Oct 26, 2022

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100

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Sounds like:

Kiasmos,
Tycho,
Oneohtrix Point Never,
The Field

Tags:

downtempo
,
ambient
,
indie electronic

Why do we like this?

I’ve had songs from Rival Console’s 2015 album, Odyssee / Sonne, on my radar for some time. When “Vision of Self” showed up, I was instantly taken with it, before I even registered who the artist was. This goes to show that songs from artists with bigger names don’t benefit from the name, but rather, make an impact on the audience through the creative brilliance of the artist themself.

When explaining the meaning behind the song, the London-based musician and producer Ryan Lee West, aka Rival Consoles, expands:

“The title of the music reflects this sense ‘what is the self?’: it is both knowable and unknowable, it is always changing as we get older and as we pass through experiences, our relationship with ourselves, with others, with nature, dreams, love, hurt, desire, repair etc. I like the dream-like nature of thinking about this and how electronic music can echo that dream-like quality in an abstract yet identifiable way.”

Writing about a song that covers such a profound topic got me thinking. Though I don’t have the necessary intelligence to think very deeply about such a vast subject, with “Vision of Self” on repeat, I gave it my best shot.

It’s hard to know what the self is, but we each seem to have a sense of it. We have these seemingly connected dots of memories, preferences, reactions, and ways of thinking that we package as one ever-evolving story of ‘who I am.’ So maybe that’s what the self is — a story. And maybe the plot twist is that the self doesn’t really exist in the way we take it to be, just like the plot twist of any great song, is that it can lead the listener to think.




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Fejká – Shades of You (Ft. Henry Green)

Fejká

Shades of You (Ft. Henry Green)


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Author:

Jami Selikow

Published:
Oct 25, 2022

Total plays:

156

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Sounds like:

RY X,
Rhye,
Howling,
Rohne,
Kiasmos

Tags:

indietronica
,
Rhye
,
RY X

Why do we like this?

I genuinely enjoy Henry Green‘s voice so much, which is why German producer Fejka caught me with their song “Shades of You” which contains vocals by the British singer.

“Shades of You” is a delicate song that carries with it a sense of adventure, travel, and exploration, especially when paired with the music video.

This song, as well as the previously-covered “Hiraeth,” brought on the release of their new album, Hiraeth. I’ve given the album more than one run-through and I get the sense that Fejká creates music that is ethereal in that it has the ability to broaden the listeners’ perspective — from the mundane to the expansive.

In both this album and 2019’s Reunion, the artist’s songs seem to comprise a steady beat that allows the topline to shine. The difference is that in Reunion, the topline seems to be purely uplifting — like The American Dollar meets Tycho. Whereas Hiraeth’s topline, although still uplifting, has a slight heaviness to it that wasn’t present in the former album.

If you’re liking what you’re hearing, your best next step could be to visit Fejká’s website or Spotify.




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Royel Otis – Kool Aid

Royel Otis

Kool Aid


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Mikky George

Published:
Oct 24, 2022

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176

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Sounds like:

DICE,
Yot Club,
Oracle Sisters

Tags:

indie rock
,
rock
,
psych-rock

Why do we like this?

Royel Otis provides a ray of sunlight and refreshment with “Kool Aid” — a new age psych rock heartbeat.

It’s always hit and miss with a track that wants to feel like sunshine, whether it’s a sunset or a sunrise, but “Kool Aid” hits that perfect little drippy golden feeling of a midmorning sun, the yellow-stone lighting, the golden aesthetic and a wide-eyed view of urban space in bloom.

“Kool Aid” is as refreshing as its reference, but also just a tall drink of sunshine and I want to have those rays all over my day.




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Peter Broderick – Let It Go (Blackberry Sunrise Mix) (Aske Izan Remix)

Peter Broderick

Let It Go (Blackberry Sunrise Mix) (Aske Izan Remix)


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Jason Grishkoff

Published:
Oct 23, 2022

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42

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remixes
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daytime disco
,
jose gonzalez

Why do we like this?

It’s been a really long time since I last picked up a daytime disco track. And that’s a darn shame. So, today I’m here to buck the trend and bring you an uptempo-but-downtempo track.

Aske Izan’s remix of “Let It Go” balances heartfelt folk singing with a silky smooth house feel. The approach stays true to the sounds of the original, but the general sad and folksy vibe finds itself taking second fiddle to something worthy of a poolside party.

If you’re curious to hear the original, this is the link for you.




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Fazerdaze – Thick of The Honey

Fazerdaze

Thick of The Honey


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Mikky George

Published:
Oct 22, 2022

Total plays:

105

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Sounds like:

Mellow Fellow,
Hoops,
sailawway

Tags:

alt
,
alt rock
,
hoops

Why do we like this?

All The Bees in The Bar

Fazerdaze gives me an immediate flashback to my college life: the bars, the people, and the always-present neon mist.

“Thick of The Honey” is something I would’ve loved to have discovered in my bar hopping days. It’s a misty alt-rock track driven by its social guitar, the whistling vocals, and a drive that is only present in the exorbitant youth. This track is the be-all and end-all of a young night out — it goes with you into the bar hidden in the dimly-lit corners and also into the club on the rooftop. It’s always there like an itch for pollen and a buzz for the sweet things.

“Thick of The Honey” is an elixir of youth and you can just imagine what it tastes like.




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MorMor – Chasing Ghosts

MorMor

Chasing Ghosts


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Mikky George

Published:
Oct 21, 2022

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133

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Sounds like:

Jimmy Woo,
Chelou,
daste

Tags:

indie pop
,
pop
,
soul

Why do we like this?

Spectral Enhancements

MorMor gives the long fast road a voice with “Chasing Ghosts” — a heavy, driving track that bursts past the speed limit.

There is a great drive to this track, and a sense of acceleration; like a bike on a long track it goes from a controlled and patient pace into an ear-popping gust of speed and pop metal. The track takes a swift turn about halfway through and it doesn’t look back: this is the long road and we’re going to drive it at our speed (and that speed is a maximum at all times.)

“Chasing Ghosts” is a new-age pop phenom and I adore it.




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Rampa – Les Gout (Ft. Chuala)

Rampa

Les Gout (Ft. Chuala)


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Mikky George

Published:
Oct 20, 2022

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158

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Sounds like:

Catching Flies,
Analog Sol,
Monkey Safari

Tags:

Electronic
,
house
,
dance

Why do we like this?

The Infinite Buffet

“Les Gout” is a fragrant, flavorful, and hearty soul electro anthem that gives you a three-course meal in a single sitting.

Rampa and Chuala have created the ultimate dish, something that satisfies the soul in a way only a meal made by a master could do. It’s homely and yet exotic, fragrant and yet simple – a track that compliments itself with every twist, it never ceases to amaze and impress.

It’s only fitting that a track labeled “Les Gout” (Taste) would be the ultimate recipe for a good time. It’s a drumline of spices, a dash of sauce, and a meal I won’t forget anytime soon.




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glitter party – swimming in red

glitter party

swimming in red


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Jami Selikow

Published:
Oct 19, 2022

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159

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Small Forward,
Good Morning,
Dr. Dog

Tags:

indie rock
,
dr. dog
,
Good Morning

Why do we like this?

I normally shy away from music with even the slightest retro feel to it. With “swimming in red,” glitter party seems to have found the perfect sweet spot, redeeming retro music worldwide. A big responsibility now rests on the artist’s shoulders, a feat they did not know they were getting involved in until this very post. Now, don thy cape, and let’s show Indie Shuffle users that retro music within the modern indie world has its place.

“swimming in red” is a love song that cozily squeezes in, shoulder to shoulder, with the indie rock songs of 2022. If you’re enjoying it, be sure to find glitter party on Spotify.




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Confidence Man – Holiday (Tame Impala Remix)

Confidence Man

Holiday (Tame Impala Remix)


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Mikky George

Published:
Oct 18, 2022

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209

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PREGOBLIN,
Methyl Ethel,
Franc Moody

Tags:

remixes
,
dance
,
funk

Why do we like this?

A Thousand Days of Leave

Tame Impala revamps Confidence Man’s “Holiday” into a soul funk house anthem that keeps it pure and powerful.

“Holiday,” the Tame Impala remix, is a track that not only goes for broke but succeeds in making my legs move, my ears bop, and my head disappear into a space of pure ecstasy. The track redesigns and re-introduces an already lit track with a new lick of paint that does everything right while still keeping the track as honest to its original as possible.

It’s a remix, it’s a homage, and it’s a lit jam!




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jadu heart – I Shimmer

jadu heart

I Shimmer


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Mikky George

Published:
Oct 16, 2022

Total plays:

70

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Sounds like:

Catching Flies,
junodream,
Tim Atlas

Tags:

psych-rock
,
pop rock
,
catching flies

Why do we like this?

A Night Sky on Land

Jadu Heart goes right for the dreamscape with “I Shimmer” — a psych-pop burnout that melts your ears with joyous abandon.

It’s a gooey experience listening to “I Shimmer.” I sank into it like a rock in the ocean, slowly being washed over by its slow rock noise and whipping guitars. Everything is in slow motion and everything is intense. The track is as other-worldly as fire underwater, stars in a field, and a dream about reality and yet it’s so approachable that when it looped for the 5th time I was still smiling.

Not to be skipped at any point ever “I Shimmer” is dream rock perfection.




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Misha Panfilov Sound Combo – Moonscape Waltz

Misha Panfilov Sound Combo

Moonscape Waltz


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Author:

Mikky George

Published:
Oct 15, 2022

Total plays:

92

Saved:
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Sounds like:

Moses Boyd,
Pierre Cavalli,
naran ratan

Tags:

ambient
,
jazz
,
moses boyd

Why do we like this?

A Green Valley, a Big Moon

“Moonscape Waltz” is the ls the Ghibli track we all were looking for – an otherworldy ambient festival of sounds. The track had me floating in a dream.

“Moonscape Waltz” is a memory, a distant idea that grows and gets stronger the more you listen. It’s a fantastical idea though, a whimsical melody of floating flowers, pink bears, and possibly any combination of magical realism you can think of. The track is the best fiction being created in front of your eyes (or rather ears.)

It’s spacial and soft, grounded and high in the sky — a narrative filled with lore and fancy.




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Alicia Clara – I Let My Plant Die

Alicia Clara

I Let My Plant Die


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Author:

Elgin Nelson

Published:
Oct 14, 2022

Total plays:

133

Saved:
1 times

Sounds like:

TOPS,
Men I Trust,
Magdalena Bay

Tags:

indie pop
,
folk
,
dream pop

Why do we like this?

With the fall season in full stride, it’s essential to start your mornings off right. But let’s try and avoid those pumpkin spice lattes.

However, I wouldn’t blame you if you chose to grab one after listening to this song by Montrèal-based Alicia Clara. Clara took some inspiration from her fellow peers, Men I Trust, who are from the same city.

“I Let My Plant Die” is an ode to new beginnings and a yearning for change after enduring the pandemic. It’s also a stark reflection of what once was. It sounds like great early-morning coffee music, if there’s such a term.

Oh, the ending to this song is so good!




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Fold – Sustain

Fold

Sustain


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Author:

Jami Selikow

Published:
Oct 14, 2022

Total plays:

122

Saved:
7 times

Sounds like:

Mt. Wolf,
Nachtbraker,
Brame & Hamo

Tags:

downtempo
,
Brame & hamo
,
Mt. Wolf

Why do we like this?

This band has earned, quite naturally, a level of trust from me. I see the name Fold pop up, and I just trust that after clicking play, I will meet a song that has the power to make me think.

A lot of songs focus on individualistic lives that become an example that one may or may not be able to relate to, whereas some songs touch on something a little more universal. The latter approach is the one that this Leeds-based band takes again and again.

Their new track, “Sustain,” is no different, as they explain:

We looked back at all of the voices on our records and realised that two people have left us in that time: bell hooks (she insisted on lowercase) and Michael Ruppert.

bell hooks was a ‘trailblazing writer, activist and cultural theorist who made a pivotal contribution to Black feminist thought.‘ She also taught us why we should choose love. Mike Ruppert was an investigative journalist and whistleblower who devoted his life to facing difficult truths and helping people to understand why our geopolitically dominated world is leading us towards both environmental and societal collapse. Although these two may seem an unlikely pairing their vision of how to move our troubled world forward was much the same: communities sustain life. This has also been our most important learning.




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Ezéchiel Pailhès – Ni toi, ni moi

Ezéchiel Pailhès

Ni toi, ni moi


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Author:

Mikky George

Published:
Oct 13, 2022

Total plays:

103

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Sounds like:

Gizmo Varillas,
You Man,
Robi

Tags:

electro
,
french electronic
,
soft pop

Why do we like this?

Stick Insects and Butterflies

Ezéchiel Pailhès gives me pomp and circumstance with “Ni Toi, Ni Moi” and I adore it for every single second.

Have you ever looked at a stick insect? (If you can find one) How do they move? The ups and downs of their life – “Ni Toi, Ni Moi” is an insect of its own design, a twitchy and yet slow-moving caterpillar on the leaf of french pop, eating it here and taking a bite there. This track evolves into a butterfly of very specific colors, slow flapping wings, and planned movements. It goes from ear to ear pollinating your mind with the best synths you’ve heard in a while.

Or is this track still just a stick insect hidden in a forest of electro easily lost, but immeasurably rewarding to find?




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Conan Gray – Heather

Conan Gray

Heather


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Author:

Jami Selikow

Published:
Oct 11, 2022

Total plays:

123

Saved:
3 times

Sounds like:

Harry Styles,
Gracie Abrams,
Olivia Rodrigo

Tags:

indie pop
,
taylor swift
,
conan gray

Why do we like this?

I met this track a little while ago and while it’s not new, every time I send it on to someone I know, their remarks are always positive. This means it’s time for me to share it with the users of Indie Shuffle, i.e. millennials who are stuck in the time warp known as ‘good taste.’

Conan Gray’s “Heather” is a little sadder than what we normally tend to feature, but it’s almost undeniably beautiful. The song is about unrequited love — the often searingly-painful source of inspiration for artists, especially those who work with words, the ever-tortured writer.




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