Hana Vu – Actress

Set against golden horns and dancy clicks, Hana Vu investigates personal compromise for the sake of professional success on her new song, ‘Actress’. Vu hails from Los Angeles, which to many outsiders seems like the perfectly formulated setting for this philosophical conundrum. At just 19 years of age, the artist is already showing her depth…

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Amen Dunes – L.A. (remix ft. Westerman)

‘L.A.’, the final song from Amen Dunes’s brilliant and haunting 2018 album, Freedom, saw all the questions and pains that filled a year when the musician’s mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer come crashing together. On it, he resolves to push on. Now, a year and a half later, Dunes (real name Damon McMahon) is…

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Channel Tres ft. JPEGMAFIA – Black Moses

On ‘Black Moses’, Channel Tres continues to explore the roots of his idiosyncratic style. As with many inward searches, it allows him to see our world in a new light. The dark warehouses of his house roots are apparent as ever, but now they are applied to a more soulful base, making the sounds more…

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Rosenau & Sanborn – Saturday

How do we fill space? It is finite yet change is constant. Harmony can be woven from distance and diversity. Everyday and exotic. On ‘Saturday’, Rosenau & Sanborn grasp for the distant from the leaf-covered backyard of their home. Bleeps and radio transmission twinkle against the harmonic sounds of an acoustic guitar. It is familiar…

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Lightning Bug – October Song, pt. ii

‘October Song, pt. ii’ by Lightning Bug approaches like a coming season. The change is subtle and gradual, but it steadily gains energy. Additions are measured and textures are layered on top of an ethereal core, creating something that can be felt in the air.  Lighting Bug is the project of New York’s Audrey Kang…

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Katerina – Nöpö (The White Cat)

It’s almost a straight shot from Sofia, Bulgaria – the city where Katerina hails from – to Helsinki, Finland – the metropolis where she now resides. They are separated by a distance of around 1,400 miles. Any trip between the two would take a traveler over or through the countries that once separated the West…

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Pom Pom Squad – Heavy Heavy

Weight, is it an insufferable burden or does it give us meaning? From Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being to Ivan Calvino to Zen Buddhism, the question of whether it is better to be light or heavy has plagued people’s minds for millenia. On ‘Heavy Heavy’ by Pom Pom Squad, this eternal quandary rages…

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Ava Luna – Take It Or Leave It

Summer conjures thoughts of water and heat. Minds stream toward thoughts of tropical locales, where bright colors fill chirping streets. Palettes expand and chaos fills the air. ‘Take It Or Leave It’ by Ava Luna captures this seasonal frenzy, and focuses it into joyous patterns. Dotted with bright hues and intricate vocal and rhythmic layers,…

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