Oya Paya – “Trip Advisor” // Sean Norvet

You know those three guys you know through your old coworker who throw great house parties? They mentioned at one of their BBQs that they had a rap project, and you remembered to check them out some slow Sunday afternoon. And you realize it’s….really good. And suddenly you’re playing it anytime the sun is out. And perhaps soon on the turntable

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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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Teflon Sega – “Deleted Conversations (prod by WAJU x Teflon Sega)” // Mitch McGee

This is the song you definitely shouldn’t play at 2am when you’ve had a few too many and are on the verge of texting someone you probably shouldn’t. Even if it’s the ultimate late night jam. Even if Teflon Saga’s voice is the perfect balm for any unwanted feels. Our recommendation? Put this on repeat and put down the phone. For now, at least.

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Sulene – “Haunting” // Maxim Shkret

What starts out as a breathy pop song bares its teeth once it launches into the chorus. Lots of crunch and fat, gritty synth turn what could have been a subdued, demure post-breakup lament into a battlecry.

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Novo Amor – “Carry You” // Loic Locatelli Kournwsky

Carrying on the strong tradition of modern folk-inspired singer-songwriters who aren’t afraid of grand production, Novo Amor’s “Carry You” wears its heart on its sleeve, and it’s a big, bleeding, beautiful thing. A study in the delicate balance between confidence and vulnerability.

“Carry You” is from the ‘Bathing Beach EP’, out May 26th.

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Aaron Childs – “Good Times” // Ivan Blažetić

Choice track “Good Times” from Aaron Childs captures the spirit of a really good block party. Everyone from the neighborhood is there, there’s food and drink aplenty, and Kate from down the road has taken on DJing duties with aplomb. I didn’t know Ms. Fletcher could get down like that. Someone’s getting this on video, right?

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Chelsea Jade – “Life of the Party” // Yellena James

Lonely on a Friday night with nowhere to go? Start up your own party with Chelsea Jade and her unapologetically apologetic ode to admitting who you are to a person you care for, even when it hurts. Who says parties can’t be introspective?

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Brunettes Shoot Blondes – “You’ve Got To Move (2017)” // Mike Mitchell

Brunettes Shoot Blondes are back with something…old? Reworking their track released over six years ago, the 2017 update of the ultra-catchy “You’ve Got To Move” moves the song from the original’s britpop-in-a-garage to a modern age indie jam. Most importantly, it dials up the fun-factor in the process. Get to moving!

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Freedom Fry – “Brave” // Lauren Brevner

Get a little pep talk from Freedom Fry with “Brave”. Bound to be a massive group sing along for festival crowds, “Brave” doesn’t say anything earth-shattering, but instead believes wholly in the message it’s sending and invites everyone to be a part of it. And isn’t that what great pop music is about?

Get more of Freedom Fry’s mass appeal with their cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, as featured on VINYL MOON Volume 015: Taking Shapes.

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Black Fly – “I Don’t Know” // Ken Resen

Growing from a quiet living room serenade to an 8-bit anthem on a dime, “I Don’t Know” bobs and weaves in several unexpected directions – but they’re all very welcome deviations. The project has two songs on Soundcloud right now, but expect good things from this producer.

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Parcels – “Older” // Lonneke van der Palen

Somewhere between the clean guitars, the soft vocal harmonies, and tidy drum rhythms, I find this song positively European. And not Berlin or Wales, where Parcels is based. I’m talking French-Riviera, cobblestone streets, hop on your Vespa to track down that stunning handbag designer you saw over your espresso only to watch her board a yacht and sail off into the bay. Quick aside: Why haven’t I been hired as a music video director?

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Stalking Gia – “Siren” // Jules de Balincourt

A sweet song with malicious intent, Stalking Gia tucks her threatening lyrics between swooping underwater pads and a gentle groove. She sings “Never trust love,” but I’m putting all my trust in the funky bass during the chorus.

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VILDE – “Maintain” // Vaka Valo

VILDE has the genre tag ‘#study dance’ on all of his recent songs, so I’m just wondering – does he intend his music to be used only when people are studying? Or is he demanding that we all seek out a dance education? Perhaps there is a specific dance that one uses while studying to help retain information? You know, maybe I should just play the song again.

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GRMLN – “27 Kids” // Théo Guignard

Some songs are meant to be danced to in clubs, or grand halls, or dark warehouse spaces. Others, like GRMLN’s “27 Kids”, demand socks and hardwood floors.

“27 Kids” is the first single from GRMLN’s album ‘Discovery’, out on April 7th.

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