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Premiere: Sky Keller – Bad

We’re digging the dark pop of L.A. artist Sky Keller’s new track “Bad”. On the track, Keller’s cool alto skips percussively atop a kinetic 808, each vocal hook sounding bigger than the last. About “Bad’s” lyric Keller says, ““there was an absence of resolution, and that was the hardest part.” We’re pleased to B3SCI Premiere “Bad” by Sky Keller below.

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10-18-18

Henry Nowhere – Not Going Back

We loved Henry Nowhere’s track from last month “Problems of the Heart” and are just as much into Mr. Nowhere’s latest “Not Going Back”. “NGB” sports a tightly-wound rhythm-driven feel buoyed by soft-touch reverb’d guitars and a float on top the mix main vocal. We’re digging the sound.

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08-23-18

LAUREL – Adored

Excerpted from new LP by UK singer LAUREL Dogviolet is “Adored”. The Southhampton-origin singer is one of the most consistent talents in indie pop right now knocking out great track after great track in the lead-up to Dogviolet , B3 favorite “Lovesick” immediately comes to mind. “Adored” is a spacious, rhythm-driven track that’s powerful without being obvious all while communicating what is a pretty clear lyrical message (I think). Dogviolet is out now on Counter Records.

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08-29-18

Mary Miller – H.D.

Liverpudlian Mary Miller’s debut “I Found Heaven” impressed the hell out of us with its smooth and measured blend of a wide swath of styles. Follow up track “H.D.”, featured here, is very strong and is deserving of your attention below.

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09-07-18

TEMPESST – Roller Coaster

Yeah! This is more like it! TEMPESST are a London UK five-piece group based around Australian twins brothers Toma and Andy Banjanin. “Roller Coaster” is big and ambitious, psychedelic, all that but it’s also a very cleverly constructed and hooky track with anthemic choruses tipped with just the right mix of organ and falsetto. Indieland take notice, TEMPESST are coming for that crown. TEMPESST’s “Doomsday” EP is out now.

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08-27-18

[B3SCI Records] Kyson – Every High / Clear Air

Out today on B3SCI Records is “Every High / Clear Air” the new AA single from Australian artist in Berlin Kyson. Best Fit calls Kyson “an artist who immaculately crafts his beats and words with careful detail, where every glimmering flourish of sound has its place and put into position with absolute accuracy…deliciously haunting, and somewhat unnerving”. The twin-track release which is available now at B3SCI Records.

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08-24-18

Cambriana – Lucifer

Coming to us from Goiania in central Brazil is Cambriana and their cool as hell track “Lucifer”. A refreshing blend of more traditional Brazilian music and song structures with modern psych and indie, “Lucifer” is a tremendous song in a distinctive package and needs your attention below.

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08-27-18

LOVER – Eagle to the Prey

LOVER is the byname of Australian artist Oliver Kirby. The soulful “Eagle to the Prey” is the strong debut track from the talented Aussie and impacts particulary through its cool jazzy guitar textures and fidelity.

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09-13-18

JEFFE – Undecided

The buzz freight train kept accumulating steam for Sydney AU artist JEFFE. “Undecided”, JEFFE’s second track online, is pristine dream pop propelled by a sneakily catchy main chorus hook that’s hard to beat. Listen to “Undecided” below.

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09-19-18

Henry Nowhere – Good Thing

As the Henry Nowhere hype train rolls out the station, the accumulated tracks continue to be very strong. Latest “Good Thing” is a great iteration of the Nowhere sound, on top the PA vocals riding an instrumental of warm reverb’d guitars and hushed drums. Stream “Good Thing” below.

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09-07-18

Disclosure – Moonlight

Bash bros. Disclosure are a very talented pair indeed and with seemingly inextinguishable aplomb fire into the September ether, the vocal-heavy house head-nodder “Moonlight”.

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09-07-18

Olive B – Illusion

Torontonian singer Olive B debuts new track “Illusion”. A magnetic hooky-rhythm track set to quiet organ stabs is a great structure around Olive B’s cool and soulful main vocal that had us wrapped up as fans almost immediately. Stream “Illusion” below.

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08-30-18

Masego – Old Age (Feat. SiR)

Maybe the most exciting emerging artist out right now Masego picks up the also awesome SiR for a smartly arrange bit of gloomy soul in the form of “Old Age”. Lady Lady, the debut LP from Masego, is out in September.

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08-23-18

Stella Talpo – Leave

YES! What a song! Londoner with the cool voice Stella Talpo connects on the cinematic Goldfrappian torch-y ballad “Leave”. Love love love.

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10-11-18

Donna Missal – Test My Patience

We’re fans from the online beginning of Donna Missal. Missal propulsive alto has a star quality about it that immediately draws you in. Her reggae-tinged latest “Test My Patience” with its cinema-like dynamics and cool mood is a particularly strong showcase of that breakout/star potential and Missal’s potent voice. Listen below.

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09-11-18

[B3SCI Records] Young & Sick – No Static [EP]

Out now on our B3SCI Records is “No Static”, the new EP from Young & Sick. “No Static” follows on from previous Y&S project with B3 2017’s “Ojai” EP, and features three new tracks, title track “No Static” “Letting Go of Giving Up” and a cover of T-Pain’s “Up Down”. Stream “No Static” and “LGOGU” below and head to B3SCI Records for more info on the EP. Dank je wel!

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08-24-18

Triathalon – Distant

The hazily syncopated “Distant” is new from Brooklyn risers Triathalon. A whirl of low-fi sounds and deep in the PA vocals, “Distant” earns its bread on its strong rhythmic rudder that locks the remaining components of the track to place.

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09-11-18

B3SCI Top 12 of the Week (08/17/18 – daste)

The B3 Top 12 is back this week with new winners from Maribou State, a big rhythmic pop track from NEIL FRANCES, a cooler from Amine and features cover artist Daste, three talented Australians who debut strong out the gate with “Thinkin’ Of”. Stream the Top 12 now on Spotify and Apple Music.

Tracklist:
daste – Thinkin’ Of
Maribou State / Holly Walker – Nervous Tics
NEIL FRANCES – Coming Back Around
Amine – Dr. Whoever
Blonder – BB Song
Dansu – Don’t You Give Up
The Marias – Carino
Her’s – Under Wraps
Eliza Shaddad – This Is My Cue
Henry Nowhere – Not Going Back
LOYAL – Everything (She)
Cat Power/ Lana Del Rey – Woman

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08-22-18

[B3SCI Records] Laura Jean Anderson – Lonesome No More [EP]

B3SCI is very pleased to announce the release of “Lonesome No More”, the new EP from Laura Jean Anderson. Lauded by NPR, Fader, Noisey, KCRW and many more, and in possession of a dynamic powerhouse voice, Anderson’s tracks on “Lonesome No More” are both stirring and sublime. Stream EP tracks “Thinkin Bout You” and new one “Call It What It Is” and check the AMAZING in studio performances of “Love You Most” and “Thinkin Bout You” below.

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10-18-18

SWANES – BPD

Toronto duo SWANES impress on the breezy and very neatly syncopated “BPD”, the follow-up to “I Hate Summer” from July.

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09-07-18

Kate Bollinger – Do U Go Out Together?

Virginia singer Kate Bollinger sets her cool melodic alto to a hazy keys-driven instrumental that as a track sounds that it’d be equally at home in A$AP Rocky’s air pods as he’s ambling by the Seine as it does on this very dusty not so A$AP SF bus I’m on right now. Great track.

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10-04-18

Premiere: Ryan Egan – Won’t You Be the One

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.

Stream “Won’t You Be the One” on Spotify.

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10-24-18

NEIL FRANCES – Took a While

One of our favorite emerging bands out is right here in Los Angeles in the form of duo NEIL FRANCES. NF’s sound and knack for rhythm-driven hooks mixed to air-y but still direct melodies and tune creation has us pretty knocked out. If you’re unfamiliar, “Took a While” is the title track from the band’s just released EP that most definitely deserves your streaming (or otherwise) attention ASAP.

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08-30-18

Emerson Leif – Twenty2

“Your mother used to listen to James Brown.” True. We are working under the assumption that Yes! James Brown (may God rest his soul) would dig “Twenty2”, and it would make him “feel good” to listen to. Stream “Twenty2” from Emerson Leif below.

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09-28-18

Liam Bailey – Brother, Why You Gotta Love Her (Feat. Maverick Sabre)

Its most excellent to hear Liam Bailey’s powerhouse vocal again. Bailey is back with a great new tune in the form of “Brother, Why You Gotta Love Her?”. The track features the recently re-emerged Maverick Sabre (we loved his “Drifting” track from last month), and puts Bailey’s A-level vocal at the fore over a spare rhythm-driven instrumental. Stream Liam Bailey’s new one below.

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10-11-18

Bay Ledges – Wherever You Sleep

“Wherever You Sleep” is new from LA sibling duo Bay Ledges. The engine of a no frills main drum track and q steady chug of synth and guitar propel “Wherever You Sleep” and acts as a cool counterpoint to the quieter harmony-driven bits of the main vocal. We are into it.

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10-04-18

Lolo Zouai – Challenge

“Challenge” new from Lolo Zouai sounds as if its been ported straight from mixing board of Rodney Jerkins c. 1999. The patter of harp-sounding keys, the hushed breaks, “Challenge” is like a fresh unreleased cousin to “If You Had My Love” or “The Boy Is Mine”. Listen to “Challenge” below.

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09-28-18

Extremely Bad Man – Up With the Birdies

“You call me crazy but I feel this is it.” This Extremely Bad Man jam is it. Released back in June and a component part of the “Love Is Pure” project, “Up With the Birdies” is built on a heavy as hell groove and is one of our favorite tracks of the year.

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09-19-18

Hope Tala – Valentine

“Valentine”, from West London singer Hope Tala, is excerpted here from “Starry Ache” Tala’s new just-released EP. “Valentine” is a neat blend of whirling rhodes, a kinetic neo-soul-esque rhythm track, and Tala’s cool vocal atop the mix. Listen below.

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10-11-18

Goss – Fever Ray

This week’s B3SCI Top 12 of the Week cover went to the primo modern pop of “Fever Ray” from Goss. “Fever Ray” is constructed over a spacious instrumental framed by bits of jazz chord guitar and various other syncopations suited to a spare but very soulful main vocal melody. It sounds great. Listen to “Fever Ray” below.

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10-04-18

Mark Whalen – Happen Twice

“Happen Twice” comes to us from Michigan man Mark Whalen. Propelled by a school of Norman Whitfield midtempo bassline and an array of minor-keyed guitar leads, “Happen Twice” is as cool as a “Cloud Nine” deep cut.

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10-11-18

[B3SCI Records] Swimming Tapes – Easy Strand

Swimming Tapes are back! The London via Northern Ireland band return with new single “Easy Strand”, Swimming Tapes’ first new music since 2017’s “Soft Sea Blue” EP. We’re pleased to announce the new single on B3SCI Records in collaboration with UK label Hand in Hive! Swimming Tapes, last night in London, supported HAERTS at a gig put on by Line of Best Fit and will play a run of select UK dates in November (details here). The “Easy Strand” single is out now and further details on the release can be obtained at B3SCI Records.

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09-18-18

breathe. – Are You All Good?

breathe. is the new project of Sydney AU producers Sean Walker and Andrew Grant. “Are You All Good?” is an excellently set midtempo number that is soulful as hell while embracing an aesthetic somewhere between Jungle and Portishead. Stream “Are You All Good Below?”.

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09-27-18

Innanet James – Memories (Feat. Tailwhoah)

Innanet James released his new Keep It Clean LP on Friday. The LP is 8 tracks in total and includes features from Pusha T and Rexx Life Raj. Our favorite track is the bass-driven “Memories” (check the double bass in the intro).

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09-19-18

Premiere: Das Kope – Good Time

We’re into the psych pop of L.A. via Sao Paulo artist Das Kope. A veteran of the Spotify Fresh Finds playlist, Kope brings a cool skilled sensibility to the genre on brand new track “Good Time”, drawing in phased out but well-arranged harmony and kaleidoscope guitar sounds to what is a very good bit of melodic writing. We’re pleased to B3SCI Premiere Das Kope’s “Good Time” below.

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09-28-18

BOYO – Hit or Miss

Danger Collective will release BOYO’s Dance Alone LP in November. “Hit or Miss” is Dance Alone’s latest stream. The very cool “Hit or Miss” features a 70’s-ish atmosphere in the heaviness of its space. Stream “Hit or Miss” below.

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10-11-18

Mick Jenkins – What Am I to Do

Mick Jenkins previews Kaytranada-produced “What Am I to Do” from forthcoming Pieces of a Man project. “What Am I to Do” follows the Chicago rapper’s “Bruce Banner” from early last month and wins on its cool juxtaposition of Jenkins’ pointed rhymes to Kaytra’s vocal sample-driven midtempo instrumental.

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09-05-18

LOYAL – Patterns That Fall

Brighton band LOYAL are cool as hell. There is a lot to like about new track “Patterns That Fall” but that bit that begins at 2:15, the harmonized outro, is just magic. Listen.

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09-27-18

[B3SCI Records] Evalyn – Salvation [EP]

Out today on B3SCI Records is “Salvation” the sophomore EP from Venice CA artist Evalyn. The follow-up to 2017’s “Sandcastle” EP (also on B3), “Salvation” runs 8 tracks and includes singles “Angels”, “Big Bad City”, “Pill to Crush”, and latest “Crème de la Crème”. The new EP examines track by track each of the seven deadly sins through the context of cult-consumption-driven modern culture in Los Angeles and beyond, an approach that Best Fit calls “a breezy euphoria at the intent of living life zealously.” More details about the EP can be found at B3SCI Records and you can stream EP tracks “Big Bad City” and “Crème de la Crème” below.

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09-28-18

[B3SCI Records] Kyson – Have My Back / Forest Green

Out now on B3SCI Records is “Have My Back” / “Forest Green”, the new AA-side single from Berlin via Australia producer Kyson. Following on from “Every High / Clear Air” single (also B3SCI) and in collaboration with Majestic Casual Records, the new tracks further explore Kyson’s pairing of his own vocal melodies to his inimitable production work. More details about Kyson and this latest release can be found at B3SCI Records.

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10-18-18

Free Nationals – Beauty & Essex (Feat. Daniel Caesar & Unknown Mortal Orchestra)

Features! The Free Nationals, known for their work with Anderson. Paak, collaborate with man of the moment Daniel Caesar and the UMO all-stars for a dreamy west coast R&B serenade we are loving.

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10-18-18

Far Caspian – Blue

Leeds UK act Far Caspian undefeated run of gem after gem after gem remains intact with release of new stream “Blue”. A hooky bit of melodic indie, “Blue” separates itself on its cool use of atmosphere and fearlessness of reaching for the big hook.

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10-18-18

Redinho – Square 1 (Feat. Kimbra)

Riz Ahmed collaborator Redinho picks up a big name feature from Kimbra for dark pop heater “Square 1”.

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09-13-18

ONUR – Beamin’

gd man. “Beamin'” is new from UK artist ONUR. Reminding a tiny bit in its aesthetic of Jai Paul, “Beamin'” is spilling over the brim with A+ soul-driven hooks. Don’t miss it.

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10-04-18

HIGH HØØPS – Madly

We’ve been on HIGH HØØPS train for a little while now. The NZ artist’s latest is the dance-y “Madly” that is souped up with every single 2018 funk breaks option available.

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10-04-18

Red Ribbon – Your Car

Union Zero Records released Seattle band Red Ribbon’s Dark Party LP on Friday. “Your Car” caught our attention. The track’s artwork doubles as a for sale ad for the singer’s actual 1999 Civic (no word on whether the automobile is still available at the time of this posting). “Your Car” the song is rad, a breezy bit of rhythm-driven indie pop beamed from deep on in the reverb ether.

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10-04-18

Sara Diamond – Know My Name

“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.

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11-06-18

MICHELLE – Stuck On U

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.

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11-06-18

Premiere: Blasko – Japanese Hotel

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.

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11-15-18

Dreamer Boy – Orange Girl

Dreamer Boy out of Nashville streams “Orange Girl”, a hazy midtempo bit of a A+ indie pop that we’re digging.

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11-06-18