happiness and pleasure

Odesza f/ Madelyn Grant – Sun Models

Let a little sunshine into your life with this track from Odesza‘s forthcoming release due later this year. Chopping up Madelyn Grant’s jazzy original “Purpose” into something nearly unrecognizable, you’re taken out of the smoky, neon-lit bar and on to the open-air, seaside dance floor.

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Leif Vollebekk – When the Subway Comes Above the Ground

There’s a certain sweetness about this Leif Vollebekk track that that mirrors its lyrics telling of nights with friends and the death of legend. The loose guitar anchors Vollebekk’s lofty vocal swings and serves as the through line that recalls the click-clack of wheels on tracks and gives way to the smooth glide of violin as it emerges from under the verse and chorus.

march mp3 roundup

All Tiny Creatures – Quickest Cut
Just…yes. Yes. Grateful to live in a city that makes music like this.

Suburban Living – Always Eyes
The 1980s LA sun never stopped radiating.

Brave Baby – Lakeside Trust
This song makes me want to dance through a barn, Kevin Bacon-style, albeit with this far superior soundtrack.

Youth Lagoon – Dropla
A march for the weird and heartbroken.

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The Baptist Generals – Dog That Bit You
Let the hypnotic twang drag you down.

march mp3 roundup

The Little Ones – Forro
We first heard The Little Ones five years ago and unabashedly fell for their sunny songs. Happy to ring in another summer with their beach-ready beats.

Great Peacock – Take Me to the Mountain
Clear vocals with a Nashville kick. You’ll feel like you’re running through the fields at sunset, hair streaming and the horizon fading into soft focus.

Twin Falls – Scraping Up the Pieces
Part twang, part drinking song, Chris Carrabba’s still confessesing with his new project.

The Kill Van Kulls – Wooden Heart
It’s pop, but not.

Pushmi-Pullyu – In the Bleak Midwinter
Churning under the ice of frozen midwestern lakes, the underlying heart eventually cracks the surface.

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Moxi – Terrible Disguise
The slight falter and crack of Anna Nelson’s voice helps root the song’s saccharine shimmer somewhere below cloud nine.

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St. Lucia – Before the Dive (CHVRCHES Remix)
Body roll, pop your chest, and give yourself up to the swirling halo of club lights.

february mp3 roundup

Junip – Line of Fire
The deceptively upbeat first single from the band’s new record, 90s-tinged and anchored by José González’s rasp.

Milk Music – I’ve Got A Wild Feeling
The song’s grit and bitchin’ guitar makes us long for summer nights with the windows down.

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Lost Animal – Lost the Baby
Sparse and sexy, a shimmy down a deserted city street.

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Born Ruffians – With Her Shadow
Less quirky than previous efforts with a nod to Graceland, this track is perfect for repeat listens.

2012 mp3 roundup part two

All the 2012 mp3s we didn’t get out to you before the end of the year. Enjoy!

Beach Fossils – Careless

Dent May – 2099

Mount Moriah – Younger Days

Blackfeet Braves – Vicious Cycle

Dog Bite – Forever, Until

Glossary – Keep It Coming

Little Children – Hollow

The Longwalls – Kowloon

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DRGN KING – 96 Tears

2012 mp3 roundup part one

All the 2012 mp3s we didn’t get out to you before the end of the year. Enjoy!

Helado Negro – Dance Ghost

GEMS – All I Ever

Heyward Howkins – Praline Country

Night Moves – Country Queen

Brave Baby – Living in a Country

The Reflections – Disconnected

The Airplanes – Paper Hearts

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Grave Babies – Over and Under Ground