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TRACK PREMIERE: def.sound “S T R U C K !” (PROD. BY ZHAO)

April 7th, 2020

There’s a moment in the third movement of def.sound’s latest potent-meets-ponderous funk jazz sojourn where the wit and tongue-in-cheek lyrics of the first two-thirds of the song give way to naked reflection, the song’s BPM crashing to earth as a quieter reality sets in: "Maybe for a moment, massage away the trauma. Maybe ..." def posits, a suggestion aimed at both the listener and himself. It’s tough to take this advice, right? Especially with our health in a vise, our heads in a shroud and our heartbeats double-timed. 

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ALBUM PREMIERE: DAVIA SPAIN “DAWNING”

March 22nd, 2020

It’s tempting to call Davia Spain enigmatic—to call her lush, rhapsodic space-opera ‘otherworldly’—but that’s flat wrong. These songs are more visceral and human than any, plaintive lyrics and lovely rubato melodies laid over music that sounds like the Earth itself. 

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VIDEO PREMIERE: ALIEK “WHAT YOU LIKE”

February 21st, 2020

Sister Mary Clarence, this is steamy! Based in whatever neighborhood Akbar is in, R&B / Pop / Sexy Sad artist Aliek (uh-lie-eck) has been backing up some of L.A.’s finest artists for years. And now they’re leaping from the choir pew to the pulpit with this cheeky, smart and sultry video about a pop star and a lusty nun. (The lustiest, it seems. )

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VIDEO PREMIERE: BELLY BELT “BASKETBALL FOREVER”

February 20th, 2020

If you’ve ever been to a Belly Belt show, you’ve felt the moment—the moment when everyone is staring at the stage, getting it, but not entirely sure what they’re getting. It’s like watching Laurie Anderson or Andy Kaufman: perplexing and wry and sophisticated and unabashed. 

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VIDEO PREMIERE + INTERVIEW: BIIANCO “13 DEAD END DRIVE”

January 20th, 2020

Beloved L.A. singer and multi-instrumentalist Biianco had a bad 2017. Brutalized by her own thoughts—and the discouraging words of piss ant jerks—she lost herself, her voice, her VOICE, and probably part of her mind. But lights this bright don’t stay obscured for long. We talked about art—duh. But we also talked about fear and the future and the fucked up past. Biianco is a friend and collaborator—you should be so lucky. This interview by Tolliver.