Victory – “Bad Man”

Maybe I’m just on a guitar kick these days, but this straight up rock stomper from Victory is doing me just right in this LA heat. Perfect for rolling down the mean streets with the windows down looking for trouble… or frozen yogurt. BADASS frozen yogurt! Get into the whole Victory Is Music album at Victory’s Bandcamp.

Nelly – “Ride Wit Me” (Viceroy “Jet Life” Remix)

Its a new Viceroy “Jet Life” remix! Viceroy keep summer alive all year long!

Jaded Incorporated – “Coconut Sofa”

Long time TBE fave Mayer Hawthorne has a new project with longtime DJ collaborator 14kt. Enough said. Time to get sexy and a bit spooky.

The first listen from the upcoming album The Big Knock, out 6/17 on vinyl and digital only.

X Ambassadors – “Unsteady” + “Free & Lonely”

It’s been a long 2 years for the band called Ambassadors that we fell in love with at our 2012 SXSW showcase. The NoteOn remix of their mega jam “Unconsolable” ended up topping our list of the years best remixes, they then added an X to their name, and recently collaborated with Keljet and The Knocks on some great dance tracks. But all that was just the prelude.

Now we have some proper new X Ambassadors tracks and damn if the main course doesn’t blow those other snacks away. The Reason EP is wall to wall with Sam Harris huge voice and their signature pounding percussion. “Unsteady” picks up where “Unconsolable” left off, beautifully showing off what they can do with the tender side of things, stripping their sound back to those bare X Ambassadors essentials. EP opener “Free & Lonely” is a more raucous affair, perfect for singing/clapping/swaying/air-sax-ing along to. I highly recommend you do all 4 of those when you see them live soon. They are on tour now.

Gavin Turek – “Remember”

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Life isn’t easy for Gavin Turek. A name like that sets a pretty high bar for being a general badass. Luckily for her, “Remember” high fives that  bar mid disco leap. With slightly spooky two-step production by TBE fave Harlan, Gavin has nailed our favorite song of hers yet.

[VIDEO] Mystery Skulls – “Ghost”

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After simmering under the radar for far too long, L.A.’s Mystery Skulls is finally dropping major league heat! “Ghost” is the debut single of his forthcoming Warner Brothers records album and I’m sure glad they gave him some budget for this killer video. Hold on tight and watch to the end. I’ll even watch with you!

The Knocks – “Comfortable” feat. X Ambassadors

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Hot damn. The Knocks AND X Ambassadors!? This collaboration is hot just on paper! Two TBE faves teaming up to rock bodies and steam dance floors! Put your drink down gently on that coffee table model lady cause its about to get rowdy! Grab this one on Vinyl through Neon Gold on Feb 18th.

SPEAK – “Be Reasonable, Diane”

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TBE Homies Speak just announced a tour with RAC so you know half the country just checked their calendars (don’t be in the wrong half!). To celebrate they released a new jam “Be Reasonable, Diane” and it couldn’t be sweeter. These guys from Austin craft some of the finest soulful yet party worthy tracks around. First a killer Los Angeles residency at The Bootleg and now this? 2014 is going to a be big year for Speak.