Christian Besa Wright – “Cherry Blossom Oak” // Ruprecht von Kaufmann

“Cherry Blossom Oak” opens with the lushest, most beautiful orchestral flutter, and Christian Besa Wright’s warm, uncannily familiar vocals come in soon after. A little bit of Beulah, a little bit of Wilco, the vocals are reminiscent of a tone that I have loved for most of my life, so I’m instantly a fan. The music behind it is, as mentioned, gorgeous, and well put together so as to be powerful yet reserved in all the right ways.

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WAVEPOOL$HAWTY – “DALL’ITALIA AL GIAPPONE” // Tyler Lehman

WAVEPOOL$HAWTY’s beats will take you to another dimension. The art WP$ has provided actually matches the feel of the music perfectly. “DALL’ITALIA AL GIAPPONE” is a blend of electronic glitch, downtempo relaxation, and a touch of world music influence layered on top. I truly feel like I’m floating in space while listening to this track. The sounds never let up for even a moment, and that’s what allows the song to enrapture you.

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Captain Kidd – “LIMIT” // John Mahoney

“Limit” serves up tasty melodic deep house vibes. I imagine a masquerade ball turned sinister. You’re looking for someone, but who could it be? Everyone’s faces are covered, so you’ll need to be crafty to find your target. Dancing and bobbing through the crowds, trying to blend in, the pressure is on and the clock is ticking. One wrong move could be your last. Descend into the night.

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ORKID – “Wasted” // Luis Nessi

“Wasted” is dark, synthy and sexy as hell. An upbeat yet mysterious anthem promoting partying, love, and letting loose. At times you are overwhelmed with sound as ORKID aurally skips around you, putting your mind into a daze, but your body into a frenzy.

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Callum Pitt – “Happiness” // Monica Rohan

Callum Pitt’s song “Happiness” is aptly named, for it the feelings that it evokes in the listener is that of happiness, nostalgia, and pure joy. Busy, cheerful instrumentation under Pitt’s smooth and high vocals provide a feel-good anthem for any time of day, any day of the year.

Did you catch Callum Pitt’s song “Rabbits” on Vinyl Moon Volume 030: Reveries? It’s not too late!

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Balkan Bump – “Judaeo Slang” // Douglas P. Lobo

“Judaeo Slang” is a wonderful, impressive collision of world music and modern western trap/pop. Leaving just enough familiarity that it isn’t daunting for new ears, yet being foreign sounding enough to captivate those sick of the sounds of the radio, Balkan Bump hits the target right on the money. For fans of Thievery Corporation, Gogol Bordello, and everything in between.

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Richard Alfaro – “Alia (Synesthete Remix)” // Pau Zamro

This song gives me those Tycho vibes that I yearn for on a daly basis. The Synesthete remix of Richard Alfaro’s “Alia” is floaty, atmospheric, downtempo bliss and washes over the listener as they are transported to the beach on another planet, far away from our own. The space water crashes across the foreign sand, evoking an uncanny sense of wonder and nostalgia.

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Girls In Hawaii – “Guinea Pig (Lost Frequencies Remix)” // Angela Fraleigh

Lost Frequencies have remixed Girls in Hawaii’s “Guinea Pig” — and it’s quite a groover. In their signature style, Lost Frequencies have added a bounciness to the track, complete with a hyper-pop makeover. Do you own, or have a friend with a convertible? If not, buy one or make one, because this is perfect top-down warm weather cruising music.

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