[Dream-Pop/Indie] Mt. Si – 911 EP

Throughout every corner of music, “supergroups” are all too often hyped to an unthinkable degree; resulting in music that sounds forced together failing to live up to lofty expectations. Such is nowhere near the case for electronic-pop project Mt. Si, who have been quietly authoring an excellent palate of sonic expressions.

Mt. Si is the tasteful union between friends Michael David of Classixx, Jesse Kivel of Kisses and Sarah Chernoff formerly of Superhumanoids now creating music as a solo artist. The trio first began collaborating during recording sessions from Classixx’ excellent LP Hanging Gardens, and discovered together they wielded quite the creative chemistry. Their latest release, the 911 EP, a follow up to their Limits EP in 2016, recently saw release via Cascine and features three new tracks from the group.

Mt. Si’s 911 EP follows the group’s blueprint, which is the effortless ability to brush pop sensibilities into a dreamy brand of low-key dance music.  Title track “911” is an addictive electronic gem featuring Chernoff’s weightless vocals vaulted against a bed of alto-saxophone, gentle harmonies, and rolling percussion. B-side “Annie” is another earworm of a pop diamond that excellently rounds out the EP after the Reed Mix of “911” has run its course. Perhaps the term side project will gradually be taking a backseat behind releases like this from Mt. Si, and you can be sure that we’ll keep you in the loop until then.

’911’
’911 (Reed Mix)’
’Annie’
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[Dubstep/Electro] Black Tiger Sex Machine Drop Two Singles + Contest Ahead of LP

Black Tiger Sex Machine have been making some major moves in 2018. From their multiple festival billings, including EDC Las Vegas, they’re readying the release of their second album, New Worlds, on Kannibalen Records. Since the turn of the new year they’ve dropped two singles from it, as well as one of the biggest contests in dance music ever. Period.

With regard to the music, first BTSM dropped an electro anthem called “Zombie” with their past collaborator Panther. Next they hit us with the metal meets dubstep fusion single “Madness” with the rising star Sullivan King. Together these two tracks, along with the previous release of “Lions” with YOOKiE has us excited for the LP.

What has us even more excited is the giveaway the tigers are currently doing. They’ve went ahead and set up a major contest with one winner that will receive one of the first edition tiger helmets and will be flown out to a festival of their choice to hang with the trio and get the helmet. We can’t think of another contest as big as this one, so make sure to enter asap!

Enter To Win A BTSM Helmet

’Black Tiger Sex Machine – Zombie feat. Panther’
’Black Tiger Sex Machine x Sullivan King – Madness’
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[Electronic/Soul] smalltalk – wait

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wait

Don’t wait to jump on the smalltalk bandwagon. The LA/SF duo of Peter and Parker have shot forth with their debut record “wait” that has all of us in the dojo at the edge of our seats. We love this and are itching for more.

“wait” is about as smooth as it gets. The soulful single is a strong dose of chill that is inescapably dope. Dreamy, serene and incredibly catchy, the debut of smalltalk is a huge first step for these two creators who could have a huge year if they move forward with more releases like this one. Throw this on repeat and make your day better whether you’re down in the dumps or already flying high.

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[Electronic] culpriit – Closer Still

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Closer Still

Congo Records hit us with “Closer Still” from the LA duo culpriit and we fell in love instantly. It’s a mix of pop and dance music, a trend that is continuing to grow in strength and result in wonderful records like this one.

“Closer Still” comes after the duo’s debut release with the same label. This one is has less of an indie feel to it and abides more with pop sensibilities and guidelines. What makes culpriit really stand out is there ability to make genuine music. We’ve only heard two tracks so far but it feels natural. When producers make the shift to this style, sometimes it comes off as forced, but with culpriit they just make good records that fit this more popular bill. Look for them to continue to make a splash as the year moves forward and get a copy of “Closer Still” today.

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[Jazz/Soul] Ruth Koleva – I Don’t Know Why

Ruth Koléva
I Don T Know Why

Today we’ve got a jazzy new single to cap off your (hopefully) long weekend. Bulgarian singer-songwrite Ruth Koleva has shared her new single “I Don’t Know Why”, ahead of her upcoming sophomore album Confidence. Truth. Take in the soulful serenades of this new track to kick off your week!

With heavy R&B and soul influences, Koleva’s style can best be described as sensual and seductive. The talented Koleva found great early success in her Eastern European home country before eventually making her way stateside to Hollywood. Her musical stylings feature a seamless integration of many different sounds. Her upcoming album is expected to pack quite the punch. Koleva has gathered quite the ensemble– she receives help from “keys maestro” Ron Avant of Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, Jameel Bruner formerly from The Internet, and drummer Gene Coye of Flying Lotus. Throughout her tracks, you’ll also hear the string accompaniments of the renowned Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. Quite the collection of musical chops indeed.

Check out this new single– if you like it, keep an eye out for Ruth Koleva’s upcoming album, Confidence. Truth out on March 30th through Blackbook.

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[Electronic] cozmoe – Brand New Day

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Brand New Day

When you come across an artist’s debut and their first release stands out, it’s a great sign to say the least.  Cozmoe is a new electronic project and I’m really connecting with his new, very first song, Brand New Day. The single has a fat driving bass, balanced with a warm analogue buzz. It keeps everything locked into a fast pace. As you listen you’ll find the song gives off a manic energy but at the same time you’ll catch your mind wandering off into the clouds. Without a doubt this is thanks to the production style along with a washed-out mix that’s frankly quite impressive. This paradox where dreamy-chill meets crazed-lunacy is rare to come by in any type of music, so when I find something like this I savor every second. Take a listen and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (February 2017 Round #3)

So here we are. Another Tuesday, another talent-rich indie dojo at your fingertips. At this point, we should probably just change Tuesday’s name to TUNESday. It kinda has a ring to it, doesn’t it?
’Oli Hannaford – Berry Gin’
’Stables – Dandelions & Daisies’
’smalltalk –
wait’

’Feelds
Golden’
’Matt Van – seeds of discord.’
’Nic. – “Eyes of Gold”‘
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