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Jan 10, 2020

The Orielles - Space Samba (Disco Volador Theme)

Posted by 16 sites • On SoundCloud • Also on: Spotify
The Halifax, UK band start the year atop our Artists chart thanks to the much-posted second single from their forthcoming album. "Sleek, danceable music drawing from disco, tropicalia, loungey psychedelia, and of course, samba," says Stereogum.

Hamerkop - The Splendour That Was Rome

Posted by 5 sites • On Bandcamp • Also on: Spotify
Recent Drag City signee Hamerkop is a collaboration between New Zealand's Annabel Alpers (fka Bachelorette) and Baltimore's Adam Cooke. Per Under The Radar, their debut LP "promises to bridge the gap between catchy synth-pop and abstract soundscapes."
Little Rock, Arkanas rapper Kari Faux follows her 2019 EP with this late December one-off to her SoundCloud, followed by an early January collab track with rising singer/songwriter Amindi (Stack №138). The latter flexes best in video format.

Disq - Communication

The Saddle Creek debut from Wisconsin band Disq is due in March. The lead single currently tops our Video chart, while last year's 7-inch "Communication" sits here as a good sample of the band's clever and chaotic blend of power-pop and post-punk.

Forever - Make It Happen (feat. Just John)

Posted by 3 sites • On Bandcamp • Also on: Spotify
Montreal-based dance-pop artist June Moon aka Forever (Stack №142) signs to Cascine and shares this Just John-featuring track with an "intoxicatingly silky groove," says Gorilla vs. Bear. Her EP arrives on Valentine's Day.
Fred P has returned to his Black Jazz Consortium moniker for an LP with Perpetual Sound. Here he explores the rhythms of Brazil for Crack Magazine.

For NPR, Jesse Jarnow explores the endless potential of the pedal steel guitar:

"Just as the instrument cuts through large ensembles, it can also cut through the cultural noise, a versatile and seemingly ancient craft that continues to open a portal to a strange, glowing place."

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