This is one of the few times I feel the necessity to feature music without feeling the same need to have it in my music library. Piglet Outlet are a Swedish avant-garde indie-pop band that sound like they've been soaked in avant-garde extract over the course of many years. The result is so peculiar that it was impossible for me not to put them on the spotlight.

I should feature them along with the title track lead single, Paradise in Progress, but that track completely threw me off. If you know them, you'll find the video starts to make sense, but we're newcomers. This is their debut effort, this is the lead single, most of us have no idea what we're in for so it's nothing but a mess of ideas without any substance... Yet. By all means, check it out. Otherwise, follow my lead and give When Satellites Will Fall a listen.

This is the second track on the album, right after Paradise in Progress, and it's a more obvious sell in my eyes. It starts quick, it shows off the awkward tones right away and meshes them with that half-forced falsetto. Listen it through, hear the individual talents, hear what they're capable of, hear how they mix it all together. You now know exactly what you're getting into.

I think it's kinda funny it was being sold as "nightmare music." Initially I didn't see it, it seemed like they were aiming for something too happy. After you hear the EP you realize it's not nightmare music, it's just very unsettling music. Their signature is meshing melodies and sounds that don't belong, and making it work in their twisted world. That's the peculiar aspect, and it only really works for you if you submerge yourself in their offerings.
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Saving them from monotonous experimental ideas and from their own curiosities is the indie-pop base. The lighthearted easy going goodness makes the trip seem like an accident and the fall seem shorter. It's also gonna help open up audience ears.

It's not even 15 minutes long; if you're curious give it a listen. It's also a name-your-price release so snag it free if you're unsure of yourself, or pay them as you see fit for creating such a unique sound. You can also find Piglet Outlet on Facebook.
I hold certain standards to hip hop that I'm constantly willing to overlook. I'm okay with it if your rhymes are great and your beats need work, or vice versa. Sometimes the imagined idea is better than the outcome, but a cool idea can prosper on its own. It's not very often I find someone like Saga, who rings clean on all my standards, and maybe only lacks because his messages are too profound.

I think as far as things going wrong can go, going too right is the least of your concerns on your way to the top. All I mean by it is it takes a little more concentration than usual to understand the message, and sometimes the message is complicated enough to really need another listen or five.

The latest single to date, Make a Choice, guides the message with a video, but lyrically it's open to interpretation. As long as that first listen latches on to you, everything from here on out will run smooth. You'll hear the quality rhymes, flow, and beats.

Throughout the album, my biggest concern is with the backing tracks. There's stand-out beats, and there's just regular old decent ones (like what I feel today's featured track has.) Most of them are produced by Marco Polo, but the remaining tracks were built by Saga himself. The dedication that displays alone is stunning, but just wait 'til you hear the beats and rhymes connect.
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It took me a while to get used to him. It's only because I've been bombarded with the guy that I've come to realize how great he is. Really take the time to listen, analyze what's being said and how, and maybe you'll acknowledge the talent sooner than I did. He deserves it.

The album is completely free. The above Soundcloud and Audiomack links will allow you your preferred download method. Be sure to share the music with like-minded listeners, and to keep up with him if you like him enough. Find Saga on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Surf rock sometimes has certain qualities that breach my comfort zone, and Modern Nomad seems to exploit that grey area to its fullest potential with his debut album Road Trip. He likes the part of the chill rock vibe that just lingers, so he fuels it. Most of the album feels like it just keeps going.

Today's featured track doesn't over use the lingering effects, so initially you'll hear only the things I really love. You can expect classic surf rock melodies, lo-fi echo enhancement, and a generally happy attitude. Play this whenever you like, but don't forget to find it when you're on cloud nine.

It's a quick fix and an accurate representation of the album to come. The monotone-ish vocals and the relaxed near-psychedelic sway are some of its defining traits, which ultimately means it could do something to stand out better. All in all, it works. Why fix it if it isn't broken?

Where things might switch a bit is with the similarities from track to track. He's managed to create an album with such a similar vibe all throughout, that the seemingly short tracks resonate for a very long time. This isn't a bad thing if you're planning to replay the album for more than a few hours, or if you're looking for background music to a happy life.
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Maybe it's just the mood I was in, but it felt like he could work a little more on audio focal points. Most of the sounds were feeling blurry to me. having something, anything, reel me in with nothing but beauty, would have done wonders for me.

That being said I still recommend the listen, It's perfect happy life background music and the songs are contagious individually. If you end up loving it, consider buying the cassette on Bandcamp, or tagging along on Facebook and Twitter.
Experimental genres are great when they can be pulled off, and 22 year old Granite has pulled a wide variety of levers and handles to put together his debut effort, eventhorizon. It starts with such a healthy dose of math rock, and ends with such impressive digital skills, that it's hard to pass up the fact that it's also all free.

The truth is he knew which song started the album best. Maelstrom starts with a bang and keeps its pace. There is no preparation, it just happens and unfolds for you. It's still not accurate representation for the album though, and no single song can be, so if you dig Maelstrom, keep the stream going and see how it fits you.

Maeltrom is just crisp; excellently produced, especially considering his age and experience. It sets the bar high, and the rest of the album tries really hard to keep everything at that level. I'd say it's around there, it's just too eclectic to analyze easily.

I look at it as a double sided EP. Side A has the rock influence; the math rock, progressions, and classic instrumental variety. Side B has more of a chillwave indietronica thing going on. My problem with 'side B' is that I'm not in the mood to chill after amazing time changes and progressions. That doesn't take from the sound, quality is quality, and all six songs reek of it.
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I see a big bright future for the young talent. Versatility and quality ideals peg him as someone to watch out for as of immediately. Sure, the debut right now has the occasional rookie mistake, but the fact that it's occasional speaks volumes on what he's capable of. A studio might ruin the magic, maybe, but with a little effort and a little more experience, Granite could be a music lover's hero.

You can download the album for free on Mediafire or track-by-track on Soundcloud. You should also follow that Soundcloud link if you want to keep up with the rising artist, or tag along on Instagram, his only other social medium made available to the public (as of this release, at least.)
The last time we heard Shadow Folk I saw them hinting at psychedelics but not really embracing them. They've made a well spun turn with their latest effort. Mystery Park has all the beauty of early psychedelic rock, even down to a similar low-fi quality that yearns to be heard in the early '70s. It's only problem might be its similarities, but those of us with enough nostalgia will appreciate what they're offering and how they're doing it.

They aced it with the opening track, Chopper is three minutes of surf-y psychedelics and awkwardly passionate falsettos. It's not the perfect track, and that's why it's the best introduction. This is them, there is no fancy producer fixing the direction; the music goes where it feels like.

Just hear it through, three minutes of your time is all it takes to win you over. A cute little guitar solo and mesmerizing melodies will win keep you if classic rock is in your heart. Where your heart goes from here depends on how you'd rather perceive things.

For example, the track immediately following, Harold's Letter, is more on par with lyrical beauty and a composition to guide the story. It's an absolutely beautiful piece, but the focus changes so drastically from one song to the next that some people may find it difficult to enjoy.
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I consider Mystery Park a stepping stone; a clear view of their future potential. That last track is what does it for me, too. Return to Mystery Park was probably intentionally recorded live, and it grabs their raw-form in such a way that you can't help but appreciate it. I'm hoping it's the trail to their next effort, I'm expecting that relaxed sway, and I'm really looking forward to it.

The effort is a name your price release, so grab it for what you can or what you want, but be sure to grab it if you like it. Share it with friends, show them off, and enjoy what they bring you. If you're as excited as I am about them, you might consider tagging along on Facebook or Tumblr.
The last time we heard Dirtwire, I recognized their sound was a little difficult to grasp because their influences were so varied. The influences haven't changed, but the execution has evolved. You'll hear many of the world's genres together as a single idea on this effort, and the result is as inspiring as it is attractive.

One of the stronger songs on the release is the title track. Thick bass lines and a well strung composition will help it tickle your brain and make sure it's not easily forgotten. It's a little on the ambient side, if you're new to their sound, but rest assured it's a worthy listen for the open mind.

The most important things to note here are the very dominant Americana values, and the thick electronica that wraps itself around it. The other, more minuscule details come and go and flip all the way around. It's just with this track that they really boom.

If you like it enough, the radio edit of the title track has a music video and is available for free download. Tempting as that is, and I'm not stopping you, but I think it's in your best interest to give the rest of the album a stream before you delve too deep into the single.
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There's a point somewhere along the album where the instrumental effect makes it pop as truly excellent video game music, or maybe some top notch unheard of sci-fi movie background music. Not the cheap stuff here, the cream of the crop, the quality.

Stream it, enjoy it, and buy it if you can. If you're short on funds, you can stream the high quality album through their Soundcloud. If you're loving what you hear, tag along for more. Find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Synth-y electro indie pop is one of the current most flourishing genres, so it's hard to pick the best from the crop. I'm not sure where exactly Syzzors stand on the grand scale of things, but if you pay attention to their offerings, at the very least you'll see they have an original beauty to them.

My first listen was Leeches, which to be fair is an extremely accurate representation of their sound. It's not the height of their creative powers, though. I think the best composition on the effort is Reunion. It mellows everything out and presents you with a broad variety of melodies.

I'd consider it the purest track. It's not meant to be heard on the radio several times a week like the rest of the EP aims for. It's meant to coax your mind on a journey. The clashing percussion and guitar will guide you, and the vocals will put you at ease as it happens.

The effort doesn't fall short in comparison, it just doesn't take you on the same kind of ride. You can expect stiffer tracks focused on getting you to bob your head and tap your foot. There's nothing wrong with that, I just really appreciate the more complex aspects of their creativity.
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Leo is a safe effort, and I think because of that it won't get as much attention as the band deserves. It shows superior talents and ideas, but just slightly under-cooks some of the songs. Basically, it's an acceptable listen that showcases their very bright future.

I recommend the stream if electro pop is usually your thing, you'll love it. Otherwise, stream it so you'll know what to look for when their time comes. You can also keep up with them on Facebook and Tumblr.
Listening to Chris Joyner's Domino is basically hearing a fantastic band come together to make really good choruses. The full length effort is a step in the right direction if you're looking for a little more spotlight, which makes a lot of sense considering he's a former session pianist for renowned artists like Ray LaMontagne, Jason Mraz, and Tom Morello, to name a short variety. Needless to say there's talent, but the album left me wondering the whereabouts of its spotlight.

There's a few preferred tracks on the album, and of course those also have the undeniably catchy hook. Today's feature, Alright Okay, is a favorite because in addition to a catchy chorus, it features the right kind of music backing the equally well thought out verses.

That classic-rock inspired blues sound is a common trait throughout the album, but it's particularly dominant here. There's just enough soul right off the bat to guide it, but it's the slow growth that lets the track stand out. It takes a trained ear, but you'll hear better-than-decent percussion, well timed guitar strums, and a really good bass line.

Commercialized twists are inevitable. They're not bad here, but that's where the spotlight loses focus for me. By the fourth listen I started realizing the production was focusing a lot on the vocals, and not enough on the incredible musical possibilities. The vocals do have excellent lyrics to support them, though.

Chris Joyner - Domino
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Production aside, Domino is a complete effort with talent and ideas funneled into it. If today's track was moving you, you might consider giving the album stream a chance. At the very least, see if Hold and Keep suits you; 100% of its proceeds go to the Lupus Foundation of America, and the track is based on his own experiences with his sister. You can read more here.

If you're looking for a quality stream, you can find it on Soundcloud. You can also keep up with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
It wasn't until my second listen through that I saw just how industrial this ambient electronica effort is. Turtle takes guitars, bass, synths, and leaves you with memorable low-impact songs. It's intricate enough to command your attention if no distractions are offered, but it's also perfect background music if your life's soundtrack is in need of some positive reinforcement.

The very first track on the EP sticks out the best for me. It uses everything he's currently capable of and scatters it through five minutes in a very organic fashion. It's best not to know what you're in for, so click play and enjoy The Floor if you can.

In my eyes, The Floor is the single on Colours. It's a little less ambient than some of the more notable tracks, it reels you in that way, but it doesn't lie about what you're about to explore. The same style coats the rest of the album, just with a little more sugar and a little less spice.

I think The Floor's best quality is a little more hidden. It presents vocals in such a way that when the instrumental tracks kick in, you don't even notice. You'll flow with it, naturally, in a way that you otherwise might not have appreciated.
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Colours as an EP is an amazing display of talents in an ambient mood. Ambient isn't always the word for it, especially considering the occasional bout of uplifting melodies, or the depth of the provided musical progressions, but there's no other word for the half-monotone beauties that you need to finish once you've started listening.

If you'd rather a stream with a little more quality, you can find the EP on Soundcloud. If you enjoy it as much as I do, you might consider the limited edition white vinyl via Bandcamp (which just happens to be extremely reasonably priced.) You can also keep up with him on Facebook and Twitter.
When we say disco pop, what we really mean is electronically enhanced disco. Do we really need that? I mean, how much better could it be made? What is there to enhance once you've got the fun disco base, instead of shifting it into an alternative disco genre? In truth, Taste Nasa doesn't enhance the classic sound; he takes the modern version and does his best with it. The result is just as booty-bumping as you'd hope.

The star track is the title track, Time Goes By. Of the three original songs on the EP, this is the one that packs the quickest punch. Within the first second you'll have heard bass lines, synthed chimes, and the beginnings of a musical hook.

Quick musical progressions will save the track from becoming boring or undeserving of a replay. It's produced well enough to entrance you and lift you enough to listen to the rest of the EP. The remaining listen doesn't really get worse, it just doesn't get better. That's where you start to realize some flaws and room for improvement.

My biggest complaint lies with his vocals. The lyrics are fine, the melodies work well, but his voice was starting to tire by the end of the EP. I compare it to that borderline monotone voice most indie rock leads tend to aim for, but with significantly more upbeat music to back it. I'm sure I'm just nitpicking, but I'd much rather listen to a full length Taste Nasa effort with the occasional guest singer.
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Right now we have this six track EP that works just fine. The first three songs are Taste Nasa originals, and the last three are remixes that like to play hide and seek with the original genre. It's worth a listen, the songs grow on you and the effort as a whole gains value because of them.

You can stream it before you buy it on Soundcloud. If you like the kiwi producer enough, you might also consider tagging along via Facebook or Instagram.
It's been a while since we've explored Oh, Malô's ventures. Last time we ventured through the very primal Blue. Since then they've released Red, and now they've released Orange. I wasn't a huge fan of Red because of some pop production, but that same production has evolved into something more easily admired, and Orange is here to show that off.

This is the final color based EP installment, and I hope that means the end of two-track EPs as well. As well as they've pulled it off, picking an effort out for less than 15 minutes of pleasure really seems to grind my gears.

Miss You will start things off honestly. There's a beach-rock-ish sway and a very obvious dose of pop production, you'll find that it all just fits. Musically it's a happy sway, and if you're like me, initially that's all you'll care to know. With time you'll realize the song is actually depressing, and the succeeding track isn't too far from its heels.

It feels like orange is the happy lie. These guys have learned, for better or worse, how to bring something together and put a name on it. They're just having fun and making some bittersweet songs in the process, at least right now.

The triptych EP set, Orange, Red, and Blue, are all name your price releases. Pay what you want, what you can, or nothing at all. Make the music yours if you like it by checking into their Bandcamp. You can also keep up and be the first to hear about future ventures by tagging along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
I don't know why the combination works so well, but it's great to see they're doing it right. Today's psychedelic folk-rockers have done more than just captured the essence, they've become it. Listening to Barefoot Electric is like pulling all the psychedelic goodness from its own era, and capturing it with the technology of modern times.

Their latest single displays their efforts on a very flattering light. Bethnal Green has all the qualities a light psych-rock is supposed to display. Fluid melodies, well written lyrics, and a very contagious musical chemistry.

It only took a few seconds for the magic to kick in, and once it all starts coming together you'll understand everything I've said. It's a crisp sound with an aged ideal. And then we have the vocals to take in, absolute quality is heard while a message is portrayed. It's hard to ask for more when every member of a band is doing their best.

Bethnal Green is not an accurate representation of the band as a whole, though. It's difficult comparing their more folk-side because they've made it for themselves, but I occasionally feel a slight Doors-y twang, and other times I can't pin their uplifting progressions on anything.
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Barefoot Electric as a full length listen is extremely satisfying, though it has moments for those with a more developed palette to enjoy acquired tastes. Nothing is ever truly overwhelming, but you can sense it when a small chunk of song were made with a specific kind of person in mind. The album is worth at least a stream in the off chance that one of those moments was meant for you.

Stream it, enjoy it, and if you love it as much as you should, consider purchasing the effort. There's the digital, and a very nice CD, all available through their Bandcamp page. Alternatively you can keep up with future releases and info by liking them on Facebook.

The Lammas Tide was one of D4AM's Top Picks of 2015 for this effort.
Nas is one the best, most respected rappers alive today, so it takes a lot of guts and willpower to attempt to remix his songs. You can't misunderstand me, I love Nas. His rhymes are top shelf, his flow and vision are impeccable, but I've never been a fan of his musical production. Max I Million isn't the first to pull out a remix, but he's of the few that really know how to pull it off.

His effort, 7 Days of Nas, was released one track a day for seven days. For that kind of gimmicky release, the songs are actually better heard in unison. Individually it's harder to see how drastically he changed the sound, but then that may have been the better way to introduce it to the die hard fans.

If you're not a huge Nas fan, you might be wondering what the big deal is, or you might be ignoring that part and enjoying the newly provided beats. Either way, if you're curious you can compare two of my favorite remixes with their originals, Made You Look and You Know My Style.

The best part is this is all absolutely free. You can download individual tracks through Soundcloud, or all seven tracks through this AudioMack link. If you're a big fan of the beats provided, show Max I Million some love. You can hear more on Soundcloud, and tag along on Instagram.
Club Kuru feels like the future of a more molded electronic genre ideal. With a similar composition to modern rock and roll, and the same one-man simplicity even great classical composers took advantage of, it's hard not to see how many calculated turns could end on a positive note.

The All The Days EP will show everything you really need to know. It starts with humility, the title track starts things off without a bang. It doesn't stop the track from being memorable or well produced, but it's not single material, and I think that's purposeful.

Next up is the hook with Loot and Seesaw, two songs that beg to be replayed for different reasons. Loot has a more instant-coffee feel, where you get what you really want right away. Seesaw is a little more complex, a little more elaborate, but still very satisfying by the time it's ended. It's because of these songs that the EP has any massive commercial opportunities, but not without falling a little shy. My problem with the effort, personally, is that as amazing as these tracks can be, an hour after the listen I remember the experience more than the music. The name rings all kinds of positive bells, but I have to think for a minute to remember what they sound like.

Then again, sometimes the memory is good enough. Each listen was fresh with details and qualities that I'd always look forward to and always find surprising. Goldfish memory can be an exquisite feel if only when under the best light, and the All The Days EP provides that. Milk the first stream for what you can, enjoy it, and enjoy having yourself within it just as much, later on.
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If you like the effect, or you love what you hear, support the artist and buy it. There's a relatively inexpensive vinyl on the Music Glue link. The Bristol born/London based producer could do with even more support if he's to follow this up properly. I know I can't wait to see what else is under his sleeve.

If for whatever reason the Soundcoud files aren't playing, you can find the EP on Spotify on some awesome music videos on YouTube. If you feel like keeping up, you can find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
An upright bass, a steel drum, and a ukulele walk into a room. Somehow, the result is The Splashing Pearls, an oddly tropical trio with a peculiar focus on folk rock. This is a very harsh sound for the unsuspecting listener, so they made sure you don't always hear the steel drum or the ukulele. It's an entire full length album so by the time you're done you're used to it, and it works.

They call it indie island folk rock, and it suits them. It's got that easy going sway found on most Americana based genres, which is all countered by the life and pizzazz of the eclectic range of instruments... that are still being molded onto a folk sound.

There's something about Voodoo Love that, to me, rings right in all the right ways. It's got all their song writing skills, the individual talents are shown off, and it still resembles a very traditional composition. I find this track to be their most accurate representation on the album.

Of course, Tabloid Tales in full doesn't completely win me over. There's some shady musical areas, particularly where the lead vocals are male, that kinda/sorta start losing me. These moments are scarce, and I don't think his voice is at fault, I just think there's chemistry to work out between it and the indie-island feel.
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As long as we're nitpicking, it also has a twinge of commercial adaptation to it, which is really weird considering the unconventional mess it is. Granted, a slight pop twist here and some vocal cheese there will make this a more easily digested album, but there's top quality songs on there that do perfectly well with nothing but talent and creativity.

You can stream half the album on Soundcloud. I I like to think of it as an unofficial EP version of the full length. You'll be able to take what you hear and literally double the pros and cons and understand what the LP is gonna be like. If you'd rather not leave too much to the imagination, you can hear the effort in full on Spotify.

If you like what you hear, keep up. Find the trio on Facebook and Twitter.
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