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TRACK PREMIERE: GEMMA CASTRO “LOVE ME BABY (SHINE UR LIGHT)”

May 24th, 2019

L.A. singer Gemma Castrowho premiered this haunting video with us last spring—comes to us now with the starkly affecting new song "Love Me Baby (Shine Ur Light)", a raw and intimate acoustic lament with just enough spacey synthesizer to make her sound somehow even more alone. Unhappily, the story behind "Love Me ..." is just as sad as the song. It's the only survivor of a library of sessions that lived on her laptop, and when the laptop was stolen, she lost everything she'd made except this—only because she'd texted it to a friend. Castro will play a solo set at the Hi-Hat on Thurs., May 30, for this single's release with Fake Jazz, Wanding Lake, Luke Sweeney (doing an album release) and a Healing Gems DJ Set—get tickets here! And she'll also have cassette copies of her coming Angeles y Demonios available.

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TRACK PREMIERE: DOT “LONG DISTANCE”

May 24th, 2019

Like the title suggests, L.A. producer/polymath Dot's "Long Distance" covers a lot of ground. It's something of an exercise in practical possibilites, she says, and here she deploys her considerable experience as a producer (and as a music production teacher) to demonstrate exactly how to turn a little into a lot. Her coming Atomic Age mixtape—due out Fri., June 21, on her own Unspeakable Records—was put together with a portable production set up during two years of transcontinental travel, and in three minutes, Dot moves through a whole landscape of sound—peaks, valleys, chasms, spires and maybe even cloud forests, all built from the pixels up—with the musical equivalent of an ultralight backpack.

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TRACK PREMIERE: BIG TONE + HOUSE SHOES “NO GUEST LIST” (FT. QUELLE CHRIS)

May 20th, 2019

Big Shoes is the new album by Detroit hip-hop eminence Big Tone and L.A./Detroit figure House Shoes, and together they stand up a silhouette gigantic enough to cover half the country. Shoes produced every track here while Big Tone leads a top-notch roster of featurees, and it's set for June 7 release on Shoes' Street Corner Music. (Pre-order here.) As the title suggests, it's a meditation on legacy, and what it means to honor the past while still working to build a worthy future. Like you'd expect, it's a deep and complex album, and "No Guest List" is a stand-out track. Get fitted for Big Shoes here—full tracklist with features below.

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TRACK PREMIERE: RYAN PORTER “CARRIACOU” (F. THUNDERCAT)

May 16th, 2019

L.A. jazz trombonist Ryan Porter's last album was an explosion of joyful energy—that's partly why it was called The Optimist. And now he's got a new release on deck, reaching even deeper into that well of positivity. Porter's Force For Good is alive with that sense of purpose, manifested here in this ten-minute workout (powered in part by Thundercat's electric bass) that Porter wrote to honor the sound and sensibility of a place he loves: “[Carriacou] was inspired by my fascination with Calypso music and West Indian Caribbean culture. I have had an amazing time taking in the food, music, and family oriented warm of the Caribbean and the song titled 'Carriacou' from my new album Force for Good is a sonic post card inspired by the warmth and beauty of the Caribbean Islands.”

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TRACK PREMIERE: HEADSHOPPE “BRINGING IN ALL YOUR WOMEN”

May 14th, 2019

Guitarist/vocalist Cashew was co-founder of psych-folk band Eagle Winged Palace but he just put out a a four-song EP last month with "Bringing In All Your Women" as the opener, which is probably why the song starts with the sound of a tape deck clicking on. That's an extremely appropriate opening, although this release was built more from pixels than tape: "Women" is a cheerfully ramshackle Skip Spence-style song made with acoustic guitar, drums and an entire UFO armada of synthesizers recruited from the iPhone app store. Headshoppe will perform on KXLU this Thurs., May 16, and you can get the whole EP here!

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TRACK PREMIERE: HEALING GEMS “SUEÑOS DE UN BURRO”

May 13th, 2019

L.A.'s Healing Gems make music for lost explorers, midnight surfers and spaghetti western anti-heroes who packed one too few bullets. They're cinematic in the most technicolor way possible, and they take a long history of kitschy studio soundtracks, 50s pan-Latin dance compilations and overlooked exotica albums and remake them into a world all their own. Their new EP comes out Fri., May 31, and they'll be having a surely extravagant release party that night at the the Tangier Room in the Hotel Figueroa with Sister Mantos and Jimmy Whispers. And they'll be performing at Dirty Penni fest on July 6 as well as doing their always epic Tiki Trash festival on July 20—an excursion that can't be missed!