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TRACK PREMIERE: TE’AMIR “BLUE NILE”

September 17th, 2018

Te'Amir is the storied L.A. drummer and producer who toured with Aloe Blacc and who's performed with the heaviest of the heavy hitters—Kamasi Washington, Kendrick Lamar, Kamaiyah and many more—and who's about to release the sequel to July's striking Abyssinia EP. (Available here!) Now he's about to release the sequel Abyssinia Rise EP on Tru Thoughts, and here's the first single:

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ALBUM PREMIERE: HOOVERIII SELF-TITLED

September 13th, 2018

L.A. outfit Hooveriii dropped their "Guillotine" in June and now they've got a full-length ready that's just as sharp. Their new self-titled album (with extremely striking art by Jesse Fillingham) is built with Neu! beats ("Bird On A Wire") and "Rainbow In Curved Air" synth fractals ("Mercy") and a lovely tangle of guitar chaos that finishes off "MUDD" as it finishes off the album. But really Hooveriii is about tension, release and confident command of the riff, whether that's riff as blunt instrument or riff as cutting instrument or riff as torch, wedge or shaped demolition charge.

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TRACK PREMIERE: LONESOME LEASH “DRIVING” (F. MIRAH)

September 12th, 2018

Lonesome Leash is the generously credited multi-instrumentalist Walt McClements, who's performed and recorded with artists like Weyes Blood, Dark Dark Dark and Hurray for the Riff Raff. (He also just shared a bill with L.A. RECORD cover alum Eddington Again a few nights ago.) On "Driving," he's joined by Mirah for a slow-burning song that's somehow distant and intimate at the same time. With synthesizer, drum machine, and pulsing accordion, it makes for a wild and piercing echo of Henry Flynt, Bruce Haack and/or Arthur Russell that gathers power as it moves along. Maybe that's fitting, since the song is specifically about taking a long dark solo drive. As McClements explains:

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TRACK PREMIERE: EDDINGTON AGAIN “FREEDOM”

September 9th, 2018

Eddington Again teased his new album 9 in our interview back in July, and we're premiering the first single today—which is not just 9/9 but also his birthday! (We also posted this at 9:09 to keep the concept going.) He'll also be playing a show tonight with Amelia Jackie and Lonesome Leash at Gold Diggers, and that of course starts at 9 PM!

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TRACK PREMIERE: BIG DEBBIE “MOUTH WIDE OPEN (YOUR EYES)” (F. TERROR APART)

September 5th, 2018

Big Debbie was introduced to—and inspired by—forbidden pop music by a father who doubled as a Soviet navy officer and a media smuggler, and then spent a decade clawing at the limits of punk and noise music in San Francisco before relocating to L.A. and preparing for the vinyl release of the crushing AB RA CA DEB RA full-length. "Mouth Wide Open" starts the album with seething distortion and skullcracking drums—it's a post-asteroid-impact Mad Max wasteland child of Flipper, Chrome and Suicide. (And this, notes Debbie, is one of the "upbeat" tracks.)

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TRACK PREMIERE: KOOL CUSTOMER “NICE TOUCH” (F. SALLY GREEN)

August 30th, 2018

Kool Customer is L.A. producer B. Bravo (recently spotted here) and Bay Area vocalist Rojai making music for a midnight glide—a little disco, a little funk and an limitless amount of style. "Nice Touch" lights up with guest vox from Sally Green (who also helped with this 45) and glittering-chrome production from B. Bravo, and it'll be out as part of Kool Customer's self-titled album due Fri., Sept. 21, on Bastard Jazz—get it here!