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Son Lux: Flickers
Listen to “Flickers” Here BUY HERE In an age flooded with mechanically altered sounds and artificially elaborate vocals, we are every so often summoned by wisps of raw vibrato and operatic backups in the shadows of noise. Son Lux, the NYC indie chamber-pop group, slipped their album We Are Rising (Anticon Records) into the public late last Spring,

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Trendland Talks With Reptar
Listen to “Blast Off” here BUY HERE One could only imagine what comes next after a song titled, “Houseboat Babies” and performances stamped with myriads of colored suits and props. Oh, and having produced music with Matt & Kim,

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Marvin Gaye: Sunny (Mercury Edit II)
Listen to “Sunny (Mercury Edit II) here BUY HERE The dark days were through with Bobby Hebb’s love-a-thon, one of the most soul-driven songs ever written and loved. “Sunny” is a transformation of love itself now topped with a modern cherry by Swiss producer, Mercury. Doubtful was any fan of this heartful Motown hit that […]

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Sharon Van Etten: Serpents
Listen to “Serpents” here BUY HERE Folk-forward and vocally spellbinding, Sharon Van Etten and her veteran sounds pierce sound clouds again with her latest single “Serpents,” off her new album Tramp, out February 7 on Jagjaguwar. The East Coaster

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Lena Meyer-Landrut: Taken By A Stranger
Listen to “Taken By A Stranger” here BUY HERE Simultaneously buried in biology, math, and becoming a woman, German stella and 19-year old Lena Meyer-Landrut is wrapping up high school with an early education in stardom. Retro-pop are her sounds. Curvaceous is her voice. The combo has earned her latest album Good News on German label

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2012 New Year’s TrendMix
Illustration by Beatthepulp 2012 New Year’s TrendMix Ring in the new year with ringing ears. 2012 promises to be a bountiful year of new artists, new albums, and new obsessions, but let us say farewell to 2011 by celebrating favorite Trendland finds and

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Zongo Junction: Madoff Made Off
Listen to “Madoff Made Off” Here BUY HERE Brooklyn’s Afrobeat band, Zongo Junction enliven a whole new meaning of the a world-wide scandal with “Madoff Made Off.” The transglobal soundscapes confuse the senses with Kings of Leon guitar riffs moving into congas and

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Nneka: My Home
Listen to “My Home” here BUY HERE Nneka‘s “My Home” rides in on a classical piano intro taking turns at an unexpected reggae avenue to end at a fearless 60’s rendition of modern Motown rock. Enters the horns, and the sedated reggae beats again. The African folk-soul

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Silver Swans: Let It Happen
Listen to “Let it Happen” Here It is bonafide renditions of provocative fairytales. Frontline technology and honest vocals. It is music that can get in your bones. Wonder woman and once upon a time accountant-bound Ann Yu meshes with acclaimed DJ Jon Waters to reel in some seasoned listeners starting with San Francisco’s saturated indie […]

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Zambri: To Keep Back
Listen to “To Keep Back” here BUY HERE Tantalizing. Two beautiful sister talents in NYC who have mastered the art of using voice and electronics to build an empire of sounds? The Zambri sisters Jessica and Christi Jo are nothing new to the music scene but their album Glossolalia (Kanine Records), produced by the accomplished […]