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Ace Mo is the latest member of the experimental Makoshine collective to have his turn in the spot-light with his new EP A Dream’s Depth.  The release lives up to it’s name, acting as a sonic cloud pillow, of the memory foam variety, to rest my tired blogger ears.  The washed out sounds and soft textures coming through on this release sound somewhere in between the Final Fantasy 7 soundtrack and what I would expect the Final Fantasy 7 soundtrack to sound like when I’m dreaming.  That is to say, Ace Mo explores the dreamier and loftier side of electronic music while still rooting the tracks down so that they don’t fade into ambient obscurity.

-PK

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This EP has been floating around for a minute now but just got officially released by Bad Panda Records earlier today.  It’s clear from the opener, ‘In Fielder’, that Kiss This (Vol. 00) is typical Miró Belle material with the notable exception of being far more refined and well put together than anything he’s put out so far (which has all been pretty great anyway).  The organ sounds on ‘In Fielder’ definitely give the track a summertime baseball game feel, which I can safely say is a unique vibe that I don’t get from your typical soundcloud beatsmith.  The beats on this mixtape wouldn’t feel very out of place on a TV Girl release and after listening I’m actually really wishing the two artists would collaborate together.  Stream and download Kiss This (Vol. 00) below…

-PK

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Tip Toes’ new Newphews EP is a stunning listen.  I didn’t expect much from the unassuming Delaware pop band, however, I was completely blown away by their fully realized and rich sound.  Tip Toes make lush, experimental pop that strikes the same emotional heart of quietly gorgeous records like Animal Collective’s Feels (one of my favorite albums).  An early standout from my listens so far is ‘Oh, Paradise’ which builds around ambient noise, fragile piano and hushed vocals into an exploding instrumental chorus.  I can only imagine that these tracks will continue to grow as I dive deeper into their lush, noisy bliss.  Stream and download the EP below…

-PK

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Hanz’ long awaited The Fire Thief EP dropped today which is possibly the strongest release from the Augusta producer so far.  If you aren’t familiar with the world of Hanz’ music, The Fire Thief is a pretty great place to start because it is apparent from the very start that this is not your average beat tape.  Tracks progress on skeletal percussion with staggering paces and dissonant melodies constructed around contrasting samples.  The beats here are dark and scarce like they could soundtrack and urban horror film, which is a nice change of pace from all the blogwave out there.  Hanz even takes on a 13 minute track entitled ‘Erobern’ with the EP which is something very unusual and ambitious for a beat maker.  Stream the album below and download it over at his bandcamp…

-PK

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World Tour blew us away with their uplifting, synth-pop jam ‘Believe’ and now we can all stream their entire uplifting, synth-pop Believe EP.  World Tour have a big sound.  Synths are loud, vocals have plenty of ‘ooohs’ and they manage to pack in plenty of crescendos within each track.  The four song on the EP will take just under 20 minutes to listen through and each song is packed with potential to become your definitive spring jam.  Fans of ceo will definitely enjoy this EP which officially drops off Cascine on the 10th.

-PK

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I haven’t been wowed by much acoustic music this year so I was pleasantly surprised to find this submission from Blown a Wish the project of musician John Schoneman.  Finger-picked guitar melodies and layered vocal harmonies aren’t exactly the most novel ideas in music at this point, however, Blown a Wish just does it so damn well that it’s impossible to deny.  Comparisons can easily be made to Fleet Foxes or Bon Iver but that would be selling his music short as it stands on its own.  Opening track ‘Out on the Street’ fades in softly with Schoneman hanging on his wordless vocals for over a minute setting the tone for an entire EP of delicate and intimate songs.  It’s music that sounds like it should have been recorded by a band but is too personal to be the product of anything else other than the work of one inspired musician.

-PK

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Forgetting all the micro-trends of the past few years, one of the most important recent musical movements has been the humanization of electronic music.  Sure we’ve had synth-pop for a while now but electronic music has changed a lot since the icy robotic sound of Kraftwerke with one of the most important releases being Animal Collective’s emotion driven Merriweather Post Pavillion.  With their Jahnimal EP, Noir Cœur have stricken the same sort of emotional gold as Animal Collective did in 2009.  Over 5-tracks, Noir Cœur craft a fantastic sound that relies on the strength of the singers just as much as the warm backing instrumentation.  It’s a sound that is missing from your typical chill-wave artist and it’s earning the group some well deserved buzz around the blogosphere.  Download the tape over at Noir Cœur’s bandcamp and hear more music at their soundcloud.

-PK

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