The Record Company is one of the LA music scene’s top recent success stories. They recently headlined the Wiltern Theater at the end of their national tour. Lead singer Chris Vos talks about all the work that went into their rise, about their music, and he also has some sage advise for up and coming musicians.
For more details on Bruce’s show “Go Deep with Bruce Rave”, check here.
The great Ryan Egan is back with a new record in the form of “Won’t You Be the One”. We’re digging the track’s midtempo 70’s-esque aesthetic and the brand new video for the song (which we’re very pleased to premiere at B3SCI!). Egan collaborated with co-director Amanda Taylor Evans for the “Won’t You Be the One” vid and describes his aim in matching the track’s feel, “We wanted to create a visual that complimented the slow-melting, sleepy groove of the track and I thought it’d be rad to base it all around a slowly rotating Spike Lee style dolly shot.”
Stream the B3SCI Premiere of Ryan Egan’s video for the excellent track Won’t You Be the One below.
New from Melbourne AU artist and producer Blasko is “Japanese Hotel”. A cool blend of darker R&B-inspired tones and a French house-leaning main break, “Japanese Hotel” was inspired by a dream. Blasko says, “‘Japanese Hotel’ was written about a dream I had. I never remember dreams, but I remember waking up after this one, saying. “Woah.. I need to write a song about this”. A+ track. Stream the B3SCI Premiere of Blasko’s “Japanese Hotel” below.
Forthcoming from L.A. artist Albert Kass’ new album is “Hurricane”. A spare acoustic-driven track that reminds melodically a bit of Neil Young, “Hurricane” is described by Kass as “my coming of age-you know, that feeling of loss, of coming to terms with the harsh realization that life isn’t handed to you.” That narrative of realization is neatly juxtaposed on the track to a subtly sweet main melody. Kass further comments, “Now that I’m older and comfortable in my own skin, I’m fascinated by the joys and miseries of childhood, how I perceived growing up, and how that perception changed over time. In writing Hurricane, those bittersweet emotions really worked themselves out in song—in melody, especially.” We’re pleased to present the B3SCI Premiere of Albert Kass’ “Hurricane” below.
That “you’ve got me overwhelmed” melodic turn, those bits of jazzy piano, “STUCK ON U”, new-ish from New York band MICHELLE is a very nice piece of indie songwriting that deserves your attention below.
“Know My Name” is excerpted here from Montreal singer Sara Diamond’s excellent “Foreward” EP. “Know My Name” is a mix of dark pop & alt R&B production shined by some cool electronic finishes and galvanized by Sara Diamond’s cool alto.
Out today on B3SCI & Cannibal Hymns is “Mysterious Visions”, the debut EP from UK artist NANCY. Lauded by NME, Best Fit, DIY, etc NANCY’s debut EP B3 features seven tracks including “Teenage Fantasy”, a cover of Nancy Sinatra’s “Boots”, and new track “French Cinnamon”. Available on a limited run cigarette box-packaged cassette, “Mysterious Visions” is for sale now at B3SCI Records.
We’re digging ESCHES sound. Born in Germany but with roots in the US Midwest. One of our favorite tracks this year is ESCHES’ “Go”. Here ESCHES streams a minimalist and GREAT new “Nylonized” remix for “Go” that we adore. Stream below.
NAO released her Saturn LP on October 26th. One of Saturn’s many highlights is the dance-y Mura Masa-produced “If You Ever”. An additional version of “If You Ever”, available only behind the Soundcloud paywall, features a verse from 6LACK.
Out today on B3SCI and Aesop is “No Sleep”, the debut LP from Glaswegian dark pop duo LOVE SICK. With fans at NME, Radio 1, and Sir Elton John himself, LOVE SICK’s debut EP is propelled by dark dance-y grooves and magnetic melodies and features lead singles “Fever” and “Medusa” as well as new tracks “No Sleep” and “Predictable” and is available now digitally at B3SCI Records.
If you’re in the UK, LOVE SICK plays a headlining show in Glasgow on Nov. 27 at the Poetry Club and headlines Bermondsey Social Club in London on the Nov. 29.
“Matter” is new from London act Leif Erikson. We’re into the track’s cool rhythm-driven and very soulful approach. The band told Clash, “We were very inspired by Curtis Mayfield’s album ‘Roots’ when thinking about ‘Matter’. He so effortlessly makes these incredible statements about life and society over these stunning, super funky musical arrangements.”
Beamed straight from the wilds of Belgium through your speakers and into the zone of your bloodstream set to funk. “Duran Duran”, the latest from Vhyce (with an assist from Yves Parquet), adeptly juxtaposes moody synths, a hook-laden pop-destroyer melody, and a main groove that keeps things moving. “Listen to Duran Duran”.
Chatted with Dave Newington who played all instruments on the critically-acclaimed “1, 2, King Fu” album. That is, except for his dad adding some violin. This was their first LA show and we hung out at The Echo before the set. Lots happened for them this year in their native UK and they’ll return to the US in March for SXSW along with a more extensive tour.
SG’s consistency in delivering across varying sounds and styles is gd remarkable. “Again”, which features Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, explores the more dance-y section of SG Lewis’ sound with A+ results.
Wow. Jerome Thomas has been on our radar for a little bit now. We loved his song “Stranger” from earlier this year. New track “Bruises” is special. Built on a School D’Angelo-Bilal-Maxwell, etc architecture, “Bruises” converts an immediate and really quite powerful lyric into what is a very very good track. Listen.
We’ve been into the recent run of material from Hot Flash Heat Wave, all excerpted from the SF band’s forthcoming Mood Ring EP. “Dreaming of U”, “Head in the Clouds”, and dreamy psych-R&B sounding new one “Sky So Blue” are all winners and deserve your attention. Mood Ring is out Friday (1/11).