Swear – Late Ride

Elisa and Alex Florido aka Late Ride, the electronic music duo responsible for one of Secret Songs’ cutest singles, aren’t the first kiddos on the block to blend twee samples with club-ready synths. (P.C. Music, anyone?) But Late Ride’s bonhomie feels more genuine and less artificial than many of their contemporaries—somewhere behind the busy Ableton clips and scenes, a human […]

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Rookie of the Year – Mackned

Seattle-bred M.C. and producer Mackned has been stirring things up with THRAXXHOUSE—the obscure Los Angeles label responsible for one of 2015’s most memorable displays of emo-tinged hip-hop—for almost a year now. The rapper graced 2014 with multiple releases including a collab mixtape with labelmate Key Nyata and an eerie collection of instrumentals. 2015’s “Rookie of the Year” finds Mackned […]

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Songs to Listen to During the Summer

Here’s a selection of songs with summer #feels. 1. “Cheerleader” (Felix Jaehn Remix) – OMI  Type of #feels: pseudo-reggae commercial pop  2. “Costa Rica” – Uno (ft. Billionaire Black)  Type of #feels: Escape from the cops on a speedboat  3. “Hard to Wait” – iji  Type of #feels: Make omelets with your BB after good sex 4. “Kangaroo Pockets” […]

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Leaf Surfer – Petite League

The Syracuse garage rock outfit Petite League is an anomaly in 2015. The quartet’s fuzzy bonhomie exists within a pop culture machine that quickly dismisses geniality in favor of opinionated seriousness. It’s no surprise that frivolous beach rockers like Best Coast and Wavves no longer have the blogosphere by the balls—those artists didn’t project a strict social dogma onto the current music platform. (Of […]

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SoundCloud Selects: February 2015

The mysterious and beautiful track “this is the thing” is the first and only song by the enigmatic female vocalist known as sosi and it is simply magnificent. Produced by the talented and up-and-coming Drip-133 from Bones’ TeamSesh, Sosi’s mesmerizing and poignant voice, both enchants and haunts over Drip-133’s powerfully evocative production. Although there is little information out […]

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Baby Don’t Stop – Samo Sound Boy

For a dude who brings the club down on a daily basis, L.A. dance stalwart Samo Sound Boy a.k.a. Sam Griesemer seems like a pretty sentimental guy. Under the moniker DJ Dodger Stadium—a collab project with fellow Los Angelean Jerome LOL—Griesemer filled 2014’s dance halls with melancholy bass music and existential house, instilling a much needed romance into EDM and L.A.’s club scene. His […]

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