Resonance

It’s a rare EDM album that succeeds as a full-length, but Above & Beyond broke the mold.

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The trance trio’s experience producing and DJing for over a decade is evident on We Are All We Need. Swooshing synths intertwine with emotional pop vocals, creating an uplifting EDM experience touching on progressive house and chillstep, while remaining firmly rooted in trance.

 

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CURATOR’S CHOICE

London dream-pop tunesmiths drop a gorgeous EP with guest vocals from Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell.

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 12.21.54 PMLondon’s Liu Bei is an indie-pop quintet with shoegaze leanings. The title-track off their Goodness EP is one of those bittersweet love songs worthy of being blasted from a boombox hoisted by John Cusack in 1989. But “Fields” boasts a gossamer cameo from Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell.

 

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An acoustic performance brings you closer to Ledisi’s amazing vocal talent in R&B, soul and jazz. 

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 10.29.01 PMHer Oakland (via New Orleans) musical family is famous for their vocal chops. Keeping with her family tradition, on The Intimate Truth Ledisi performs intimate, stripped-down renditions of songs originally heard on her seventh studio album, The Truth.

 

Pro Era is the new era in hip-hop, and Joey Bada$$ is leading the way. 

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 10.32.57 PMB4.DA.$$ aka Before Da Money is the debut album from Pro Era co-founder Joey Bada$$. Featuring artists like Chronixx and Kiesza, B4.DA.$$ stretches outside the hip-hop box. Allied with producers DJ Premier and Statik Selektah, Joey Bada$$ also gained notoriety landing on Malia Obama’s t-shirt.

 

New York’s Mariachi Flor De Toloache continue a long tradition of experimentation within this most iconic of Mexican cultural expressions. 

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 10.34.57 PMOn their self-titled debut Mariachi Flor De Toloache the group fluidly interprets an array of diverse genres. They beautifully showcase the creative potential inherent within the mariachi format, spanning boleros and rancheras to bachata and pop – all with great versatility, imagination and musicianship.

 

Nashville hopeful Margo & The Pricetags sing new life into old-school honky tonk.

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 10.37.16 PMThough she’s garnered many comparisons to Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Sturgill Simpson and Jessi Colter; Margo Price owns her tone. Her live album, recorded for Rolling Stone Country at Music City’s legendary Exit/In, she croons her heart into three originals and a George Jones cover. We can’t wait for her debut studio album.

 

Oakland’s Danny James Etc. revive 1970s soft pop with a little something extra. 

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 10.40.41 PMRecorded and originally released in 2012, Pear has finally been given the recognition it deserves via Burger Records reissue. On “Tight Lipped”, singer/bassist Danny James entwines pop, psychedelic and funky wah-wah with glam rock pomp that is sweetly enveloped by vocals as smooth as a summer breeze.

Musicologist

I dig all things ‘60s: garage punk, obscure psych, Stax and Motown soul stompers. My first CD purchases were REM’s Out of Time and Boyz II Men’s Cooleyhighharmony. I still own both! I’m pretty much immersed in music – hitting up local record shops, catching live shows at crusty dives, and DJing around town at various venues and bars.

Comments

  1. Sonya Hall
    October 31, 2015 at 9:39am
    ✨I love Danny James' band✨
    Reply

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