Solto Por Jeri is everything I hope for when presented with a Brazilian album. It's a music optimist's dream. It takes seconds before you hear beautiful melodies mixed with a variety of instruments for a nice breezy and dance-enticing tropical sound.

I mean the flute, and there's an accordion in there? It even goes full salsa on Elas.

There's something about the intro and the follow up that reeled me in. You get to hear some very choro 49 seconds and then you rush into Elas like that. It's beautiful.

I hear the traditional influences. You can hear it in the percussion, in  the style of vocal melody, and in the essence of the lyrics to each song. They've created this soundscape for mass appeal, without selling out or restricting their base. The sound will never be so foreign that you won't be able to sing and dance along, but they've also kept it at home. It's pretty cozy.

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If you're into it so far, check out their video of a live performance for É Proibido Cochilar. It shows they're pretty amazing live, too. If you're around their areas, they're doing live shows right now. Look up the dates on their website.

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If you've been a fan of Tom Misch before this release, you've been a fan of his acoustic-based production. The modern beat over delicious licks has formed his signature sound. But Reverie is here to show you a glimpse of the future. Tom works amazingly as a singer/songwriter/producer, and this EP has been long overdue.

Crazy Dream gives you a clear idea of what you're getting, but nothing beats the full stream.
What am I missing, though?

Alright, the album starts with Crazy Dream featuring Loyle Carner. This is the only track where Tom's vocals are only heard for the chorus, but that doesn't matter because Loyle brings gold. I'm not sure there's a better hook on the EP, though the next few tracks sure try.

That one's followed by Follow, a fan favorite that sticks to you. Then you get I Wish, another acoustic beat produced exquisitely. Finally, Watch Me Dance ties everything together. From the mood of the album to those last confusing details. Watch Me Dance could explain Reverie on its own, but the experience comes from the complete listen.
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I've been singing these songs in the shower. I've had them roaming in my mind just as I wake up and right before bed. If this is indication of what the debut album's gonna sound like (Tom's words) then I can't wait for its release.

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This is completely instrumental jazz fusion, with tons of talent, enough obvious improvisation, and more complicated themes than your every day coffee shop jazz album.

It's fronted by Ryan Carraher, guitarist, but I'd barely call this guitar jazz.

Equuleus does a great job of letting you know kinda-sorta what you're in for. The track you'll wanna pay close attention to is Valantis. You could call it bipolar; I find it honest. It's a rush of emotions that felt confusing initially, but later turns into one of those tracks you need. A blueprint of possibility to better acquaint you with what's in store.

You can just leave it on and do your own thing, that's the D4AM recommendation.
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Vocturnal is for anybody who listens to jazz, which probably explains why it's listed as one of the best selling jazz albums on Bandcamp.
Whether you're a fan of dissecting the music, letting it play in the background, or anything in between, this album's for you.

It's a name your price release so do the guilty thing if you're short on time and grab it for free. After you've given it a listen, consider a donation. This is a sophisticated release and deserves recognition and support.

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The band is
Ryan Carraher - Guitar
Steve Wilkinson - Drums
Evan Waaramaa - Keyboard
Brandon Wilkins - Alto Saxophone
Greg Toro - Bass
Two songs into the album and I knew it was a gem.

Psychedelic band Sugar Candy Mountain came out with the lead single and title 666 not too long ago, and it was a pleasure to the mind and ears. It's not every day you expect angst-driven metal and happen to hear a breezy enjoyable psychedelic indie rock.

If you're not in the mood for breezy rock with a fair share of psychedelic solos, maybe you should wait until you are. It's part of the appreciation, you have to admit they nailed the sound but you gotta give it its fair listen when you want that psychedelic indie sound.

I find most of the album extremely memorable. From Windows onward, just about every track has the D4AM blessing. Its replay value is about as high as listening to the effort for 6 hours straight, and though you could grow tired of a couple of tracks, most of the songs contain that top quality inspired-band production you hope for from a psychedelic album.
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A few D4AM favorites include:
  • Windows
  • Change
  • Atlas
  • Tired
  • Time
  • Eye On You
And it's important to know the album is only 10 tracks long. Every track missing from the list deserves an honorable mention, especially 666 that works as a lure during those initial listens. Long term, 666 could've been developed better, but that's what live performances are for.

Speaking of live performances, they intend to spend the majority of the year touring the US and Europe. Make sure to connect with the band and catch them when they're near you.

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It's not every day you get something this good for free.

I'm not gonna say the album is perfect because it's far from it, but it does have a signature sound, it does an amazing job of hooking and reeling you in, and most impressively, it's music of conscience.

It starts right, but it won't take more than a few songs before you hear the first monologue. It's cute, and a great way of getting to know and connecting with Jamila and her music. It just gets old after a few listens. Actually, the only reason I wouldn't replay the project is because of the constant self-reflecting stories. They're incorporated directly onto a handful of songs, so you can't skip/eliminate it from your library once you get tired. As someone who's heard the album over a dozen times already, trust me, you can get tired of it.

I've spoken the worst of it, but there's a bright side.
Take a listen to the end of In My Name, you'll hear children chant a beautiful message. The way I see it, when a good album is so freely available, maybe the point is just for people to listen. Even once.
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We could put all that aside. We could have this same album with no monologues and no conscience, we could not hear a sentence in relation to black lives in our era, we could hear nothing about discrimination and injustice, and this would still be a pretty great effort.

It feels like it's natural to her. Her voice is beautiful and strong, and the production she sides with on this project has a relaxed aura to it most of the time. Even when it doesn't, it all works excellently on the album.

Give it a stream, take advantage of the free download. Share it with friends.

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Busty and the Bass just released an EP fit for live consumption.

Really, you listen to this little gem and it's great, production is stunning and talent is anything but lacking. What might be lacking is a hard-ass producer making sure the studio work sells, and though I much prefer listening to a performance live, that one detail is the only place where I can acknowledge the album needs some work.

They work around it!

Stages (I Don't Know Why) is one of the catchiest songs on the album, and it's also their lead single. It shows what they're really made of, from the funk soul backgrounds to the heavy brass imprint, all with their signature Busty sound.

Stages is one of my favorites, but I also really love their Macy Gray cover for I Try. We posted it on socials a while back, and Macy Gray herself praises the version. The video is pretty great, but I'm happy the song can be bought on this EP.
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I recommend leaving yourself a little reminder for this one.
Give it a stream once on Spotify or wherever you find it, but come back for it. You'll be surprised all the lyrics and melodies you'll have embossed in your mind.

It's that hook and their energy that I think makes this one of those albums best understood in person. You want to share this with other people who get the music, you want to hear this when the band is feeling it for you. Trust it.

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I felt connected. You know when you listen to a song that first time and it captivates you? It's not necessarily an amazing first listen but you want it again, and pretty soon you wanna keep listening to it in the future. It's the dreamy keys and the thick synths combined with those beautiful smokey vocals.

The blend, especially with Miranda Realino's jazzy vocals, is a success for the dream electronica sound, and it was everything I was hoping for from the EP, How Could We Have Known. Fortunately, it's not just this thick airy ideal, but a blend of chilled electronics with a number of friends lending support and character to the effort.

You can stream (some of?) it on Soundcloud.
I don't know where you could buy this
The duo are currently working on a future album that won't be out until at least the second half of next year. Enjoy this on the meantime, get used to the guests and the chill/bass driven sounds, it's to be expected for that future release.

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Off The Ground is Aaron Cohen's latest release. It's produced entirely by Kemal and the combination of both their talents is why this hip-hop EP deserves your attention. Think dark bass influenced music production with honest quick-witted rhymes.

The more I listen, the more attached I get to the tracks. Still, I know a lot of people that wanna get to what's good immediately, so a few D4AM track picks include:
  • Off the Ground
  • A Cosmic Sense of Humor
  • Grey Soul
It might take a little more hip-hop appreciation to understand the depths Aaron's exercising, but for the most part these tracks are good for anybody who likes rhymes and urban moods.
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I think it's safe to say this album couldn't be closer to expressing its mood with any other duo. During those few times where Aaron's lyrics allow you to drift off, Kemal is right there making sure you want to listen to what's next. When Aaron goes a little too far with impeccably rapped truths, Kemal is there making sure the production is up to par.

What I'm getting at is it's an impressive EP.

It's eight tracks long at just 24 minutes in length, and its replay value is high. Stream it (Off The Ground is available on Spotify) and you'll see what I mean. Every replay is giving in to your Aaron Cohen addiction. Enjoy.

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What do you get when you mix modern R&B with a quality urban background? And who are The Pheels to be presenting something like that?

likeWise is an enchanting experience. It's honest, and it sometimes coats ugly truths with quality production to make you fall into it. Thick bass lines, smooth musical transitions, and lyrics with nods to some amazing inspiring talents. A personal favorite example are Tupac lines on RnS.

There's a couple of tracks I'm not crazy about, but the rest of the EP has so much replay potential that I started singing along anyway.

I think they really nailed it with the track list.
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It works in a way that the tracks compliment each other. The result is an EP you want to stream all the way through. It's not the same listening to your favorite tracks without their surroundings, though the better tracks can definitely hold being played all on their own.

So, who are The Pheels?

I don't know, man. Atlanta natives making fresh music for a very wide audience.  I recommend remembering who they are, likeWise feels like it's just the beginning.

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This gem of an EP has been out for about 10 days now, and I've been listening to it since day one. Six tracks make up the list, and all of them connect with me. Novaa is great on her own, she'll offer lyrics with depth and beautiful melodies. Moglii focuses on production, smooth, natural, relaxed, and more often than not, upbeat.

Before Down Under, the German duo were solo acts, but it's not every day separate acts debut together, and it's even less frequent that it works so well. Just listen to the title track open the EP for you.

You'll get it.

It's wise to roam about with the music, leave the stream on a while. Different songs strike differently at different moments. As you pay attention, and if you like awkward electronic music, I'd have to recommend Same for an early listen.

Same features excellent bass and sampled vocals.
I hope there's more. This EP is a great way to spread their individual talents out into the world, and when you go to Moglii or Novaa's Soundclouds, you'll hear they don't really need each other. It's such a nice combination, and the EP is so well done, that I'd love to see what a full length effort would sound like anyway.

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I was hesitant. I've been focusing on Butterscotch's Youtube videos for a while now, and the way I saw it the EP could either grow into something stunning or remain an unpolished gem.

I wasn't let down. The beatboxing singer-songwriter provides growth, beautiful melodies and trip-hop attitude.

The magic of it is something doesn't sound like everything you hear in a weekly basis, but it's also hard to put your finger on it. Think of a clean R&B sound, and then think of the beat boxing completely matching with some great musical production. Think of silky vocals making it seem easy, and you'll have an idea of what the EP is made up of.

What's best, the entire EP flirts in the same kind of quality. Nothing ever goes wrong, there's always something to pay attention to. That's not to be without some really stand-out tracks, but the reason I find preference over some songs feels purely biased.
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I recommend the stream, it's quick and will most likely bend to better suit your day. You'll see.

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I wasn't impressed at first, but after a few tracks (and then a few replays) you start to get where the production is going. It was only after I started to admire the work that I found out Blue Book took two and a half years to create.

What is it?

Tor's produced a very relaxing, almost ambient trip-hop. Unless you consider sampled or minimal vocals otherwise, the album is completely instrumental. Some might say it's excellent background music, but I think the album is much more attractive on its surface.
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If you wanna skip around a bit, a few personal favorite tracks include the lead single Days Gone, Myth, and Sunyata, but all the other tracks hold their magic, too. I realized upon re-inspection that much like a good movie, you go back and hear different things in different ways with each listen. Hear it out at least once and you'll see what I mean.

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What are we listening to?

Jasmine Rodgers is a singer-songwriter who's really good with folk and alt-rock. Her latest double A-side Sense / Icicles displays a little bit of both worlds, and the Icicles remix is there to demonstrate her voice suits multiple genres excellently.

Icicles isn't really my favorite track, but I admire how well produced everything is. I really do mean everything. From the music to the video to the bare poetry of her lyrics. Icicles was a decent start, and I just barely like it more than the drum and bass remix (which I still recommend you check out.)

Then there's Sense.

Sense is exactly to my liking. It's the alt-side of her music baby, and I personally felt it to be a lot more contagious. I'm listening to intricate acoustic work, pop fundamentals, and an excellent segue into Icicles.

I think I love that her music fits together. It's two songs, but it's still like fitting a puzzle together with random colored pieces.

If you like what you hear, these tracks will be out June 17th, and there should be a full album release sometime in September.

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It started with potential when I heard singles here and there with solid rhymes.

Then I finished it. It starts off wirh Morning Sex, a three minute intro to the iiiDrops experience. I thought I was about to be stunned. You'll hear it. It's quick wit and educated rhymes over layers of experience in a single incredibly well produced song.

About halfway through I started to feel it getting stale. I was wrong in a sense, but the idea of it deteriorating somehow is something I still hear pretty clearly.

The mixtape is basically a lot of potential and a few pretty good ideas, wrapped with his own experience and understanding.
For the most part he does an amazing hype job. Listen to tracks like Photobooth and you can feel it out for yourself. It's those moments that build the iiiDrops base. Everything else is mostly solid with a lot of room for greatness.

I'm not sure where I stand. I love the hype but I'm not feeling the lyrics of substance. I really don't like the moaned verses, but they work to the mixtape's advantage so I sucked it up and made peace with everything else.

Maybe the point went over my head. Maybe I'll listen to my favorite tracks in a couple of months and realize the iiiDrop references or something, or maybe nothing happens until Joey combines wit, charisma and substance on a future release. I'm ready to find out.

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Ever since I remember Yuna, I've respected her.
I just couldn't finish an album until Chapters.

Changes in production style make her latest stand out. It feels more modern, with deep bass and modernized RnB influences to balance the harsh pop base her style was built on. Balancing both worlds really well is her latest single Crush featuring Usher. Check it out.

I thought Usher was gonna hype the track more, honestly.

The fact that he kept it at mostly Yuna's vibe was the first impressive shot to me. The rest of the song and its dreamy downtempo goodness works well all on its own. It also features the weakest point of the album, which is the common every-track-is-a-romance, but it works, especially if you listen to the deluxe version of the album.
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The Malaysian singer-songwriter always had vocals and creative song-writing to her advantage, and it doesn't fall short on Chapters. The three extra tracks on the deluxe version give the album a completely different spin that I can't recommend enough. It goes from ending on a sentimental ballad, to ending on a sentimental truth. She goes in depth talking about how she got to where she is and the struggles she faced along the way on Time. I highly recommend at least that song if you're liking what you're hearing so far.

While you're checking the Deluxe out, check out another personal favorite, Places to Go. I'm not sure how, but lacing a heavy hip-hop beat immediately after the album's original ballad ending is the perfect way to slap you awake again. It almost makes you wanna replay the album.

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The ugly truth is B for the Beast is the only reason I heard this album. This, The Switch Album, isn't  even a bad album, it's just lost in a sea of indie pop-rock albums with psychedelic twists. I like it because I can go to the library and play The Switch and I know what the mood's gonna be, and they have more than just a couple of great tracks. Even this album has some pretty awesome material in there.

Golden nugget #1 for me was Hangtime. Check that one out if you get the chance.

So what are the Norwegian pop-rockers offering us?

I thought they fixed their sound from their prior We're Fooling No One, Really, what they're doing is modernizing. They've found their own indie sway full of dreamy melodies and airy vocals. It works really well for them, I just have a personal affection for their psychedelics.
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There are other tracks you can't stream on their Soundcloud yet that I really got into.  I can't help but sing along to Girlfriend Material. Gilgamesh is a decent opener, though, and if you like it you might want to look into She Is the One and Narrow It Down.

I wish it were more particular in style. The album's catchy, it's running circles in my mind, but it's music I'm used to, or music that despite being brand new, I hear often. But maybe it's just me.

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