Arms Akimbo – “Parachute” // Patrick Gonzales

“Parachute” is such an expansive song that it’s a quite literally a sonic story: it has defined beginning, middle, and end, and each section is distinguishable from the other.  With in the span of one song, Arms Akimbo is able to tell an emotional journey tinged with an indie-alternative southern rock aesthetic, making “Parachutes” a perfect song for the first dance of a jean-jacket countryside wedding.

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Young & Sick – “Ojai” // Maciek Jasik

“Ojai” hides introspective, somber lyrics hide amidst party-starting bass and percussion – which is oddly appropriate, with lines such as “Almost alone if it wasn’t for the neon”. Young & Sick balances his skills as a positive pop-smith with heady concepts, and the results give you something to think about while you’re on the dance floor.

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Nicky Blitz – “Blast Off” // Brock Kenzler

“Blast Off” is back! After recently signing to a major label, TBE fave Nicky Blitz has been crafting some new magic for us and that includes this re-work of this instantly-memorable surf rock jam. “Blast Off” is filled with chants and rhythmic clapping to rock your socks off.  Nicky uses a classic lineup of instrumentation to remind its listeners of why surf rock was amazing then as it is now.  Don’t eat before you surf on this one, in this case, because you’ll probably end up sprinting in the sand and riding the tide with joy.

STAL – “Fresh Blood” // Victoria Villasana

Littered with musical and cultural references of many of their idols, STAL’s “Fresh Blood” is an energetic anthem likening their sexual energy to their lust for art.  “Fresh Blood” certainly shows that with its dense layers of electronic instrumentation and production.  Perfect music for a cultural-art-potluck-carnival-extravaganza.

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Neil Frances – “Dumb Love” + LIVE in L.A. // Yusuke Ochiai

The infectious R&B dance beat and the acid-y summer synth and guitar tones in Neil Frances’ “Dumb Love” call for a trippy good time.  The clean vocals and distorted noises emulate a modern-day Funkadelic.  Throw a fashion runway for the latest hipster summer collection in a snow globe of perpetual existence, and you get “Dumb Love” as the soundtrack.

Catch Neil Frances live in Los Angeles at The Echo on November 30th opening for our fave NoMBe.

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[PREMIERE] Kauf – “Limestone (BAILE Remix)” // Garret Kane

Not every thing that goes bump in the night is scary. TBE Fave Kauf is one of our favorite nighttime bump-goers and “Limestone” from his recently released REGROWTH album is no exception. This BAILE remix picks up where the original left off and cranks things up a few notches, adding some smooth bumps along the way. It’s the perfect smokey and haunting groove to warm up a Halloween weekend. Set it on repeat, dim the lights and slip into something a bit more ghoulish.

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Jaguar Bones – “Turn The Sky Gold” // Shrimp Chung

“Turn the Sky Gold” manages to maintain a unique sound of indie pop with an edge, thanks to Jaguar Bones’ densely layered production.  Each listen, you can pick at each layer and realize there’s another one beneath it; it never ends.  The end product is a hypnotic and smooth beat to listen to while you’re getting ready to go out for the night.

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Big Akasha- “I know Whatcha Gonna Do [Explicit]” // Claudio Ethos

Living in such a tumultuous time, Big Akasha provides some commentary with her funk driven song and powerful lyrics. Produced by Baby Jess from Mansions on The Moon, “I Know Whatcha Gonna Do” is a prime showcase of R&B and soul driven by modern day controversies we all see and feel. With imagery of Trump, North Korea, and war within our own borders, Big Akasha hits back with her strike words and feelings. To hear more from Baby Jeff and Mansions on The Moon, be sure to check out “Heart of the Moment (Extended)” on VINYL MOON Volume 004: Surface Tension.

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