[Synth-Pop/Experimental] John Maus – Episode

Avant-pop visionary John Maus has lurked around the edges of alternative pop and indie for over a decade. From being Ariel Pink’s roommate at the California Institute of the Arts in ’98, to serving as keyboardist for Pink’s critically lauded Haunted Graffiti band, and performing as touring keyboardist with both Animal Collective and Panda Bear; Maus’ musical credits stretch far beyond most artists operating within the realm of pop.

Maus is getting set to release an already sold-out, career-spanning 6 LP box set on vinyl which includes his latest offering, 2017’s Screen Memories, as well as all three previous studio albums (Songs, Love is Real, We Must Be Come the Pitiless Censors…) and a rarities compilation which will see release later this month. Maus’ latest LP, his sixth full length, Addendum –originally set to be a part of Maus’ forthcoming box set only- will now see a standalone release on May 18th. A collection of B-sides and new tunes, Addendum features 12 additional recordings nestled alongside the tracks that solidified into last year’s excellent Screen Memories LP. Giving us a bit of a taste of things to come on Addendum, Maus has also gifted us with “Episode”, an intoxicating synth-pop movement in which his melodiously vamping vocals float across arpeggiated beats and icy analog synth lines.

Stream “Episode” above, pre-order Addendum here, and check out John Maus’ impending tour dates after the jump.

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[Deep House] Bobby Nourmand – SUBTERRANEAN EP

Bobby Nourmand returns with his debut EP on his label, Deep In The Night. His two track project SUBTERRANEAN is a profound dive into the depths of house music and an expansion of Bobby’s iconic style that he’s displayed over the years.

The EP starts off with the title track “Subterranean.” It’s bustling basslines and surreal vocals lend it to being a shadowy hit that seduces you into its desirable grips. “Subterranean” may be our favorite track from Bobby yet. However, that doesn’t take away from “Estranged” that comes next. This jam is a bit more lively, with a quickened pace to get the groove going strong. Together these tracks make for an unforgettable EP that is a must have in your digital library.

’SUBTERRANEAN’
’ESTRANGED’
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[Electronic] OTR – Close feat. Kai Straw

OTR
Close ft. Kai Straw

If you’re not already, then you need to get “Close” to the artists OTR and Kai Straw. In the past we’ve been awestruck by their works separately, but now they’ve come together for a massive collaboration.

The chilled out “Close” is dazzling. Kai Straw’s vocal performance is incredible with his hazy textures shimmering atop the magical, R&B tinged instrumental. OTR implements his signature sound, one that soothes the soul with its cerebral nature. “Close” is a record you need and your friends need. Listen, share and repeat.

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[Electronic] Wake the Wild – Body Language

Wake the Wild
Body Language

The three piece electronic band Wake the Wild are readying a new phase in their lives. With it comes their original single “Body Language” that shows off their crossover sound, one that blends retro sounds together with new wave popular styles.

“Body Language” is a poppy hit whose recognizable sound is akin to styles you’d hear in the 70’s and 80’s. It pays homage to those who came before Wake the Wild, while also takes those sounds a step further and infuses them with some more modern textures. This funky, fresh tune is a must listen.

Body Language is about an electric encounter on the dance floor. A lot can be said without words. Embracing our love for retro dance music, we were inspired by artists ranging from Michael Jackson and Mark Morrison to Disclosure and Kaytranada. This song is the start of a chapter for Wake The Wild.
– Wake The Wild

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[House] Fairchild – Lost In Time

Fairchild
Lost In Time

Released on Kaskade’s Arkade imprint, the house producer Fairchild‘s new single “Lost In Time” is just the tech inspired treat we’ve been looking for amongst the barrage of gargantuan festival records that are coming out. It’s that time of year, but Fairchild has come to shake things up.

“Lost In Time” makes you feel just that – stuck in a time warp that you can’t help but to enjoy. Its cinematic feel makes it easy to imagine this in a Hollywood blockbuster, or booming deep in the night at a club. Fairchild didn’t just make a cool song, it’s a record that paints a picture in your mind as you listen. If you’re vibing to it like we are, grab a copy.

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[Pop] SHY Martin – Bad In Common

SHY Martin
Bad In Common

Sweden’s SHY Martin is coming in with the hot, hot Summer heat with her new single. The Moombahton inspired pop hit – we’re already calling it a hit – “Bad In Common” is exactly what pop music should be. The Latin influence has been permeating the radio, but this is the song that does it 100% right.

“Bad In Common” is beautiful. SHY compliments the instrumental to perfection. One Soundcloud user had it right by saying “your voice gets me high” and that’s just what it does for us. With festival season here, don’t be surprised when you hear this one come on or eventually penetrate the radio. It’s got the type of potential to be one of the records of the year.

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[R&B/Soul] KHAI – For You

KHAI
For You

We’re proud to let you know that KHAI has returned. After being out from music for a decent stretch of time, he’s back with “For You.” The psychedelic, soulful experience is a magnificent single and a triumphant return for one of our favorite talents.

The hypnotic sound will intoxicate you with its infectious beat. However, one can’t go on without mentioning KHAI’s masterful performance, on that captivates from his first note to his last. “For You” is currently available on digital platforms and we suggest grabbing a copy. Throw it on repeat and stay tuned for more from KHAI.

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