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Jul 12, 2024

HINDS - Between Cans

2014, Stack №17: The buzz is strong surrounding Madrid's DEERS who will soon release a 7" with Mom + Pop / Lucky Number. Noisey calls this B-side "a bright-eyed, lo-fi, clattering ditty filled with clamorous vocal rounds. Very cutesy but don't-mess at the same time."

Galcher Lustwerk - Parlay

Posted by 6 sites • On SoundCloud • Also on: Spotify
2015, Stack №36: Ad Hoc thinks Brooklyn-based deep house producer Galcher Lustwerk "has a knack for lyrics that sketch the outlines of a scene, allowing the rest of the story to shimmer and blink just out of focus," as heard on this standout, first from his breaktout mixtape and now on a new EP via his own Lustwerk Music.

Japanese Breakfast - In Heaven

Posted by 21 sites • On Bandcamp • Also on: Spotify
2016, Stack №76: Singer/guitarist Michelle Zauner splits time between Philly band Little Big League, NYC trio Dog Island (soon opening for DIIV), and her own solo project. The latter's debut LP lands this spring, and its elegant, dreamy lead swept up a number of blogs this week.

Steve Lacy - Dark Red

Posted by 16 sites • On SoundCloud • Also on: Spotify
2017, Stack №129: Three members of California soul collective The Internet have solo projects out this year. The latest comes from their guitarist. His collection, Steve Lacy's Demo, is due this Friday, preceded by this "alt-rock earworm" of a single (The Fader).

Julie Byrne & Steve Sobs - Spain

2018, Stack №192: Julie Byrne (Stack №117) and Steve Sobs contribute to the multimedia project Dreams from New York-based website Stadiums & Shrines. "A beautiful and significant achievement," says Gold Flake Paint, "inspired and enriched by the art of slowing down, of searching for significance in the busiest of worlds."

Tierra Whack - Hungry Hippo

2019, Stack №218: One of the year's breakout stories, Philadelphia rapper Tierra Whack's "visual and auditory project” Whack World consists of 15 one-minute songs and practically re-invented the music video medium.

CCFX - The One To Wait +1 remix

Posted by 5 sites • On Bandcamp • Also on: SpotifyApple Music
2020, Stack №293: Olympia dream-pop project CCFX is Mary Jane Dunphe of Vexx / CC Dust (Stack №132) and members of the punk band Trans FX. Their new EP, out on DFA Records, is the "sound of the late '80s and early '90s reckoning with technology," says NPR.

Joviale - Blow!

Posted by 1 site • On SoundCloud • Also on: Spotify
2021, Stack №319: North London's Joviale (Stack №233) announces a new EP, their second release with collaborator Bullion (Stack №197). Per Clash, this brooding, sax-backed lead single drops "the remnants of an ill-fated love through a new wave and ska blender."

Sofia Kourtesis - Estación Esperanza (feat. Manu Chao)

Posted by 5 sites • On Bandcamp • Also on: Spotify
2022, Stack №353: Following last year's breakout EP, Peruvian-born, Berlin-based producer Sofia Kourtesis (Stack №263) shares a vibrant new dance track dedicated to her mother, featuring French-Spanish singer Manu Chao. She says it's "all about hope... I'm hopeful this song will bring you light on dark days."

ML Buch - Working it out

Posted by 2 sites • On Bandcamp • Also on: Spotify
2023, Stack №420: Danish composer and producer ML Buch recorded her latest album of layered guitar and vocals in cars and storage spaces alongside the ocean. Exclaim! is feeling the flow: "Like a Dalí landscape suffused with inescapable sunlight, Suntub is familiar until it isn't, a fantastical pastoralism that dissolves the barriers between flesh and earth and new and old."

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