EP: “Electric Love” by BØRNS

The songs of Michigan native’s, Garret Borns, EP Candy, are finally picking up speed. Candy was released in November 2014, but the song “Electric Love” is taking the reigns. With over 16 million plays on Spotify, it’s only continuing to get more popular. With its recent release of a music video, this song features a mystical foggy forest alongside BØRNS alternative melody. “Electric Love” is certainly sweet like candy as BØRNS’ voice and instruments combine the sounds of rock, indie, and electro. The beats and lyrics reflect each other perfectly as they intoxicate you with happy vibes and make you feel as if you’re floating underwater. As BØRNS’ voice transcends over the thick bass and electric pop, he eliminates any gender bias. In fact, when I first listened to it, I heard a female voice similar to Florence Welch.

This song is anything, but sappy. With lyrics like “Baby, you’re like lightening in a bottle / I can’t let you go now that I got it,” BØRNS is straying away from the cliché love songs you hear everyday. BØRNS is definitely on the rise with this track and will be making an appearance at Lollapalooza as well as accompanying Charli XCX on tour this summer. “Electric Love” definitely is worth a listen, and it won’t be long before it’s bumping through your radio.

Album: “The Beyond/Where The Giants Roam” by Thundercat

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Groove extraordinaire, Thundercat has just today released a mini-LP featuring Kamasi Washington. This is his first solo work since the releases of his 2013 critically acclaimed hit, Apocalypse. Co-produced by Flying Lotus, this LP combines Thundercat’s psychadelic-jazz feel with the ambient hip-hop beats that Flying Lotus is notorious for16 minutes feels like an hour long journey through space and time. Think Stevie Wonder meets Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon. It’s hard to explain, you’re better off just listening to it below.

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“Gold in the Summertime” by Matt Nathanson

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Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the surefire jam of the summer. As far as I’m concerned, Matt Nathanson has been relatively irrelevant since his 2007 hit “Come On Get Higher”… until now. His brand new single “Gold in the Summertime” blends an old-school beat with clearly invigorated vocals and gives all of us another reason to be happy it’s summer. As the first single off of his upcoming album, Nathanson sure gives us something to look forward to. But for now, grab your speakers and head to the beach, the pool, or wherever your summer haven is and let the good vibes flow.

“EP: Half Awake” by Porcelain Raft

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Porcelain Raft is Mauro Remiddi’s indie pop solo project. Native to Italy, he has toured all over the world with numerous groups. Currently, he resides in New York where he was inspired to produce a new sound under Porcelain Raft. His years of experience played a significant role in his unique psychedelic sound. His debut Strange Weekend has received critical acclaim for its dreamscape soundscapes and compelling delivery.

Half Awake is made up of 5 synth-involved tunes layered over with bright guitar. Remiddi does a brilliant job utilizing his range and harmony. “Half Wake” is a good representation of what he can do with his falsetto. Listen below.

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“Disintegrate” by Painted Palms

Painted Palms are a tropical chill-pop group out of San Francisco comprised of cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme. The driven duo made their debut with Forever just last year and are already prepared to release further material September 4th. Take a listen to previously leaked tune “Gemini” (below) and their debut single “Disintegrate” off their upcoming LP, Horizons. Their electro-retro style combined with the ambient harmonies are sure to have you hypnotized by the beat.

“Gimme A Break” by NEKOKAT

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You can gain a lot of perspective from going back to the start. The Ready Set’s Jordan W realized that immediately upon envisioning what would become NEKOKAT. Together with Cameron Walker (collaborator on The Ready Set) and Jess Bowen (The Summer Set), the three hit the studio with producer Eric Palmquist (Bad Suns, Night Riots) earlier this year, and a super group (with a combined social reach of over 2.5 million fans) emerged, along with their four-song debut Communication EP.
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LP: “In Colour” by Jamie XX

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Jamie XX’s debut LP is finally here. The diverse album is difficult to label. In Colour is everything from 60s layered rap to ambient discowave dance music. The only aspect familiar to XX fans are his collaborations with Romy and Oliver Sim. Even their voices are surrounded by an aberrant soundscape. His first solo is experimental, to say the least, but modest and ingenious.

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