kodiak – “lol” // Art: Weibke Haas

kodiak walks the fine line of hating the game of Getting Famous On The Internet while acknowledging that he’s as involved in the system as anyone else. In different hands, this self-awareness could get somber, but kodiak keeps his tongue firmly in his cheek and has a blast with “lol”. And when the artist is having this much fun, it’s infectious.

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Captain Kidd – “WILD” // Manuela Lendroyo

The bass in the chorus for “Wild” , the new jam from recent TBE faves Captain Kidd, is worth the price of admission on its own. But the plush vocals and effortless groove are no slouches, either. Equally suited for chill background vibes or full eyes-closed immersion. There’s just something about this song.

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La Poré – “Sad Girl” // Jan Sieman

A synthpop treat perfect for the nights you just want to lie in bed and think about the people in your life, past and present, then maybe call them up and chat while this is playing in the background.  Even though this song seems to be speaking to someone, the song’s synth and steady beat evoke a sense of isolation, admiration, and fear all at once, which sums up the emotional power of the synthpop genre.

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Nick D’ and the Believers – “Never Gonna Give Up”

This new Nick D and The Believers jam is exactly what we need for these slowly warming June days. Full of sunshine and spunk but still kinda preferring to remain somewhere comfortable. The sonic equivalent of a basement pillow fight. Really spontaneous and fun, but not needing much prep, clean up , or energy.  Read more

Nick D’ and the Believers – “Wanted”

Music for… singing through the sorrows of the weekend with some mellow indie rock grooves. Things are probably not as bad as your hangover wants you to believe.

Location: Columbus, OH

Future: The Wanted EP is out now.