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Feb 8, 2017

Fazerdaze - Lucky Girl

New Zealand native Amelia Murray readies her debut LP as Fazerdaze with legendary label Flying Nun. Here's the lead single, currently rising up Most Blogged. "A perfect burst of swooning, happy-sad bedroom guitar-pop sunshine," says Gorilla Vs. Bear.

Smino - Anita

St. Louis (via Chicago) rapper Smino and Soulection-affiliated producer Monte Booker continue to release smooth “zero bounce” jams. Fresh off a tour with Mick Jenkins, outlets like Complex and Passion of the Weiss are predicting Smino's breakout in 2017.

vōx - I Was Born

Posted by 4 sites • On SoundCloud • Also on: Spotify
The latest from LA-based experimental pop artist vōx is a sparse and personal "rebirth." She tells P&P that following the unexpected success of her Kendrick cover last year, she took time to find her voice, which is now the central element of her upcoming EP.
KAMI is next in line from Savemoney, and his new wave sound is certainly new territory for the collective. With eerie, noir-ish production from Knox Fortune—and premiered via Chance's Twitter—"Scene Girl" keeps anticipation high for the upcoming full-length.

Kiefer - U R What You Repeatedly Do

Jazz pianist and beatmaker Kiefer Shackelford has a SoundCloud filled with experiments. Yesterday's upload is an ode to J Dilla, whose influence is also apparent on this first cut from his debut LP with Leaving Records (co-founded by Matthewdavid).

Hand Habits - Sun Beholds Me

Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void), the new LP from psych-folk songwriter Hand Habits.
With Soulection mentioned above, let's hang with a recent episode of their radio show. And not just any, here's one with another Chicago talent about to have a big year: Ravyn Lenae (of Noname's Telefone fame).

New Republic on how a violin teacher from Plano, Texas may have found the hidden message in Edward Elgar's classical work The Enigma Variations.

"So what is that enigmatic theme that supposedly runs through the entire work but is never played? Elgar, who died in 1934, never said. For decades, musicologists, cryptologists and music lovers have offered up innumerable solutions for the phantom melody."

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