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Interview: Disq

Disq have created a stir in Madison and on the blogs, especially with their “Communication” single. They played their LA debut at the Bootleg on January 23 and we chatted afterward. The Saddle Creek band will be at SXSW this March.

For more details on Bruce’s show “Go Deep with Bruce Rave”, check here.

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02-07-19

B3SCI’s Favorite Songs of 2018

Thanks for listening in 2018. Please enjoy our favorite songs of the year. Stream them all here on Spotify. See you next week!

In no particular order:


Peggy Gou – It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)


DJ Koze – Pick Up


Moses Sumney – Rank & File


Patawawa – Patagonia


Puma Blue – Moon Undah Water


Little Elizabeth – G’day for It


Monsune – Nothing in Return


Leon Bridges – Bad Bad News


Anderson .Paak – Til Its Over


Luke Marzec – Say One More Time


Castelle / Nic Hanson – We Don’t Need to Dance


Laurel – Lovesick


James Blake – Don’t Miss It


JMSN – Talk Is Cheap


Jarreau Vandal – Westside


Nao / SiR – Make It Out Alive


Masego – Prone


Maribou State / North Downs – Kingdom


Extremely Bad Man – Up With the Birdies


Lolo Zouai – Challenge


Loyal – Patterns That Fall


Emerson Leif – Twenty2


Goss – Fever Ray


Caius / Neigh – Your Love


Mike WiLL Made It / Bon Iver – Do You Need Power


SG Lewis / Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Again

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01-03-19

Hot Flash Heat Wave – Sky So Blue

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).

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01-07-19

Cassie Marin – Disrepect

Cassie Marin’s “Disrepect” is our favorite track to date from the L.A.-based artist. We love the track’s spare production, use of space, and cool main piano chords set against its busier rhythmic bits. A+ from us.

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01-24-19

Rosie Lowe – Birdsong

“Birdsong” is the first stream from Rosie Lowe’s forthcoming sophomore LP Yu. Featuring a cast of vocalists that includes Jamie Woon, Jamie Lidell, Jordan Rakei, and Kwabs(!), “Birdsong” is maybe the best song of 2019 thusfar and is a power punch of essential modern pop.

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02-07-19

James Beau Barclay – My Head Is Healing

“My Head Is Healing”. Right On. “Head” is the latest from UK songwriter James Beau Barclay. If you’re into Yellow Days, King Krule, Rex Orange County, etc, Mr. Barclay is likely to be up your street and the new “My Head is Healing” is an excellent first introduction.

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01-31-19

Remi Wolf – Guy

“Guy” is the excellent ebullient debut from SoCal pop singer Remi Wolf.

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02-20-19

Stella Talpo – Easy

Yes! “Easy” the latest from Stella Talpo is our favorite track from the UK artist to date. The way, on the track, that walking bass line eases into the rising main harmony line and into the “I don’t mind…” melodic bit. GREAT. “Easy” is A+.

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02-07-19

Branko & Sango – Hear From You (Feat. Cosima)

Lisbon-based producer Branko is joined by Sango and UK vocalist Cosima on “Hear From You”. A kinetic mix of Brazilian-influenced rhythms set to an R&B-y instrumental backdrop, “Hear From You” is excellent. Check that cuica-sounding break first heard at 1:13.

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02-07-19

Isabelle Brown – What U Waiting 4

Brighton’s latest talent export Isabelle Brown streams new jam “What U Waiting 4”. The songs itself rides a mid-tempo bed of soulful Rhodes, scattered bits of sax and winds and cool jazz mixed drums. “What U Waiting 4” is part of a four track EP forthcoming from True Panther.

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02-07-19

Lucky Daye – Karma

Fresh from New Orleans is “Karma” by R&B newcomer Lucky Daye. Sampling Ginuwine’s “Pony” in the track’s verse, “Karma” builds into harmony-heavy main hook that is catchy as hell.

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01-31-19

The Aston Shuffle & Fabich – Stay (Feat. Dana Williams)

“Stay” is the new collaborative track of vets Aston Shuffle, Fabich and vocalist Dana Williams. “Stay” is propelled by its neat juxtaposition of a cooled main melody and minor keyed tones set to a head nods, inc house-y beat. Give “Stay” your attention below.

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02-07-19

Biig Piig – Nothing Changes

New from Biig Piig is “Nothing Changes”. The track takes School of Badu sonorousness to a DJ Premier rhythmic aesthetic which is a sound that rules obviously. So we’re into it. Listen below.

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02-07-19

unperfect – Gots to Give the Girl

New girl group out of the UK unperfect debut the very strong pop of “Gots to Give the Girl”. Written and produced by Sugababes and Girls Aloud man Brian Higgins, “Gots to Give the Girl” makes the requisite nods to current trends in cool person Spotify pop while tying it all up into a great and ultimately very listenable track.

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01-31-19

mindchatter – Trippy

“Trippy” new from mindchatter is a full 100% on the heater meter. Dusting off now the B3 Crystal Ball – “Trippy” rides an ice cold bass line and percussive sticky vocal track to indie pop super stardom.

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01-24-19

Marvin Gaye – My Last Chance (SalaAM Remi Remix)

! Motown will release Marvin’s shelved 1972 LP You’re the Man on March 29th! Here the great Salaam Remi has been tapped to mix “My Last Chance” from those 1972 post-What’s Going On sessions and the track is great! Listen!

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02-20-19

[SXSW] B3SCI Presents: Nick Leng // Trudy and the Romance // Thyla // Nancy // Laura Jean Anderson // Drinker // at Javelina, Austin TX on 3/15

B3SCI is very pleased to announce our Official Showcase at SXSW 2019! The showcase which is happening on SXSW Friday (March 15) at Javelina’s at 69 Rainey St. features a lineup of B3SCI Records artists past and present including Liverpudlian mutant pop men Trudy and the Romance, the most mysterious UK indie of NANCY, the glace modern pop of Laura Jean Anderson, and the sprawling cinematic sound of Drinker + the rhythmic wistful pop of Nick Leng and Brighton guitar dynamos THYLA. First set goes off at 8:00 PM. Be there!

Drinker (8:00pm)
Laura Jean Anderson (9:00pm)
Nick Leng (10:00pm)
Trudy and the Romance (11:00pm)
Thyla (12:00am)
Nancy (1:00am)

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03-01-19

AB001 – Beauty Sleep

We like this one quite a bit. “Beauty Sleep” is the dreamy new one from AB001. On the track, a beautiful and spare main vocal drifts and lilts in and out a mix of quiet drums and lo-fi sonics creating a cool spacey hymnal quality to the track. We can dig it.

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01-24-19

Lolo Zouai – Jade (Feat. Blood Orange)

One of our new favorites, Lolo Zouai released last week new EP “Ocean Beach”. Track 2 of 2 of the EP is the Blood Orange-featuring “Jade”, a cool iteration breaks-driven R&B that should further drive LZ’s expanding profile.

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01-31-19

imugi – Greensmoke

A Label Called Success is the secondary for newcomer duo imugi and their track for “Greensmoke”. The track’s center is imugi singer Yery Cho’s great main melody and vocal, which spun over an instrumental of soulful electronics and subtly set bits of reverb and delay.

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01-24-19

yot club – no way !

We’re into yot club’s recent track “no way!” The track is set around a deep-in-the-PA vocal put to stabs of reverbed guitar and a 1-2 chug main rhythm pattern. It’s a spaced out bit of dreamy lo-fi pop that deserves your listening attention below.

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01-24-19

Grady – Only One

Indie pop dynamo Whethan is on production for “Only One”, new from Grady. “Only One” gets its dough off its cool combo and juxtaposition of jazzy mind-melter guitar chords and a rhythmic vocal melody that quickly buries itself in your mind’s memory trap.

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01-24-19

daste – Sober

Talented Australians daste return with “Sober”, the latest (and to this date greatest) iteration of the band’s funky rhythm-driven indie pop.

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01-24-19

Saeyers – Cruise

We’re into “Cruise” new from Indiana dream pop artist Saeyers. “Cruise” features some cool arrangement twists including that guitar-led break bit that opens the track.

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02-20-19

Weval – The Weight

“The Weight” is the title track from Dutch twosome Weval’s sophomore LP for Kompakt. “The Weight” picks up an icy layered main groove set to space-y sonics and a far-off lead vocal.

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03-15-19

Swsh – Come With Me

We’re into the cooled-out R&B of SoCal singer Swsh’s latest “Come With Me”. Those chord voicings in the break!

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03-15-19

Tamu Massif – Milksop

UK producer Tamu Massif (ay, the name of an extinct volcano in the N Pacific Ocean) previews debut Little Death Summer LP with heart-wringer downtempo track “Milksop”.

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03-15-19