Golden Vessel – “Shoulders (ft. Elkkle & Mallrat)” // Luisa Rivera

Sometimes you get a collaboration that you didn’t even know you could dream for. Producer extraordinaire Golden Vessel teams up with Elkkle and the razor-sharp Mallrat on a song about longing, the shifting nature of friendships and relationships, and tangled webs of feelings. It’s remarkable how much this small team accomplishes over the course of three-and-a-half minutes, from the percussive workouts and subtle synth programming to Mallrat’s impressive wordplay that manages to stay honest and relatable. All of it’s anchored by the main vocal, who knows what the object of his affection needs but doesn’t know how to give it to her. Remarkably mature and well-executed, this one’s worth any heartache it might bring to the surface.

Get more Mallrat with “For Real” on VINYL MOON Volume 014: From The Window.

Dive into Golden Vessel with “Can’t Stay (ft. Abraham Tilbury)” on VINYL MOON Volume 012: Still. Life.

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NoMBe – “Signs” // Dan Rawlings

Rollicking, subby, and fun, NoMBe reproaches the female subject of his latest release with a wink and a smile. It might be a warning to the self-absorbed, but the main guitar lick and shuffling groove mean the rest of us will be wrapped up in moving our hips. Another great entry into his They Might’ve Even Loved Me album, released song-by-song every month.

Can’t wait for July to get your fix of NoMBe? Check out “Seminole” as featured on VINYL MOON Volume 003: Halftone.

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Majik – “27” // Uinverso

Get lost sometimes with Majik and their new foggy groover “27”. Also check out their fantastic track “Closer” on Vinyl Moon Volume 016: Breathing Shadows.

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Absofacto – “Endless Summer” // Jin Xingye

The official first day of summer might not be until June 20th, but our sweat glands and fans on full tilt mean we’re already in that mindset. Thankfully Absofacto has a new jam to cool you down. The jungle-indebted track sits atop a skittering groove, with a hook that’ll stick in your head for every pool party you hit in the next few months.

Get even more Absofacto by revisiting VINYL MOON Volume 002: Familiar Mystery.

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Gourmet – “Yellow” // Victor Grasso

I like my pop weird with oddly specific lyrics, so Gourmet’s newest track is checking a lot of boxes for me. “Yellow” is a series of surreal snapshots above a serpentine synthline, minimal percussion giving the impression that Gourmet is creating this whole thing before your very eyes. What’s more, the song is available as a free download for a short while – you can grab it HERE.

If you’re hungry for more Gourmet, check out “Rewind” on VINYL MOON Volume 011: Night Eyes.

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Bobby Uzóma – “Alone” // David Oliveira

With the disclaimer that I am always going to be onboard with weird sound effect loops and hi-hat rhythms behind talented R&B vocalists, Bobby Uzóma’s latest offering really does it for me. Tasteful, minimal, and heartfelt, “Alone” feels like a heart-wrenching transmission from the other side of the world – something you might hear while half-asleep, unsure whether you’re receiving some invisible emotional broadcast or dreaming up the whole thing.

Tune into more of Bobby Uzóma’s frequencies by revisiting the gorgeous “Holy Grails” from VINYL MOON Volume 010: Dry.

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Walkingshoe – “PAPER MOON” // Jeroen van Kesteren

Walkingshoe is camping music for me. I can already smell the eggs cooking and hear the coffee tin starting to whistle as the late-riser in the camp shuffles around their tent. But despite his very clear folk foundation, Walkingshoe incorporates light production touches that give this song so much more to explore. Which is great, because that gives you enough listens to learn the words and sing along – a camping must. I advise having “Can’t Sleep” from VINYL MOON Volume 017: Libertas ready for the car ride home.

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Yeo – “Never Wanted That feat. Asta” // Keith Rankin

You might not expect the slinky bassline or finger-picked guitar on a Yeo song, but those aren’t the only things Asta contributes to this great collaboration with the Melbourne-based producer. Yeo and Asta’s dueling vocals might be the ones who are arguing, but the real winners are us listeners. Hooks and groove a-plenty on this song, which will hopefully be enough to tide us over until Yeo’s next release, Desire Path, out August 18th.

If you need more Yeo before then, I’ll direct you to “Frost” on VINYL MOON Volume 016: Breathing Shadows.

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Charles Fauna – “Abandon” + “Hypnosis (Brothertiger Remix)” // Shok-1

Double trouble from Charles Fauna!

Charles Fauna is the pool, Brothertiger is the raft, and you’re invited to float with them both. Brothertiger takes the syncopated rhythm of the original but douses it with vibe and lush arrangement, resulting in a spacious, sparkling remix. You’d think the isolated themes in the lyrics would conflict with some of the shiny synthlines, but instead the whole thing feels, well, hypnotic.

Get into even more of Charles Fauna (formerly Paideia) with “Restless Child” from VINYL MOON Volume 014: From The Window.

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Ben Phipps – “Don’t Wake Me Up (ft. Mike Ruby)” // Loic Locatelli Kournwsky

Your next big “hands in the air as if you just don’t care” moment comes soundtracked by Ben Phipps and Mike Ruby. This love song (or battle cry?) to New York City stomps forward with purpose and determination, but manages to have a lot of fun while doing it. Highly recommended for listening when you’re on the M Train to your next big break – just be ready for weird looks when you start singing along.

For those wanting a more relaxed commute, Ben Phipps has you covered with “Don’t Look Back (ft. Ashe)” on VINYL MOON Volume 012: Still. Life.

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Warm Binary – “Microdose 444” // Steeven Salvat

Fluorescent synth arrangements and an excellent bongo rhythm are the key players in Warm Binary’s latest, a fully-formed piece that manages keep growing towards something huge while keeping the energy high for nearly the entire track. 8-bit sounds mesh with live drum loops, with plenty of textures to explore upon repeated listens. Keep the synth-worship going by revisiting “Twin Oaks” on VINYL MOON Volume 019: Sacred Dust.

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Shallou – “Begin (feat. Wales)” // Elliot Walker

Shallou shows his firm grasp of production that stays subdued even as it shimmer with vibrance – never too many elements at once, and plenty of space for Wales’ gentle vocals. If you’ve been hunting for a new rise-and-shine jam, “Begin” is it. Check out the rest of his excellent new EP, All Becomes Okay, and dig even further back with “Doubt” on VINYL MOON Volume 003: Halftone.

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YesYou – “Change Is Gonna Come [ft. Damon Trueitt]” // David Bray

Just as the year has started to get overwhelming, YesYou and Damon Trueitt have your much-needed dose of optimism with “Change Is Gonna Come”. I’ve been enjoying this one over the first cup of coffee, or a morning jog, as a sort of pivot point for the day. Where do you need some change?

Get some YesYou goodness on vinyl with their track “Through Your Eyes” on VINYL MOON Volume 010: Dry.

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Wild & Free — “Moment” // Eric Lefaure

Wild & Free wrote “Moment” as a panacea to the Ghost Ship Fire tragedy, though you’d never expect those origins from such a unshakably positive song. As the bassline intertwines with the duo’s velvet-smooth vocals, there’s not much else to do but find a nearby friend to come join you on the dance floor. Get down with this pick-me-up, then chase it with Wild & Free’s “Low Pressure” as featured on VINYL MOON Volume 004: Surface Tension.

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Retro Culture – “Heart Attack” // Tyrell Waiters

Unhappy relationships suck, but “Heart Attack” sounds like a bad romance in space. That’s gotta take some of the edge off, right? Because “Heart Attack” has enough groove in it’s pocket to power a rocketship. Oh well, one person’s heartache is another person’s disco jam.

Get more of Retro Culture’s sweet sadness by revisiting “Cold” from VINYL MOON Volume 012: Still. Life.

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