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TRACK PREMIERE: MICHAEL DAVID “RAIN II”

October 29th, 2019

Michael David is half of L.A.'s sophisticated disco-electronic duo Classixx, and this new solo work "Rain II" is a pocket symphony that glides between genre and style like a bird in flight. It sounds like it was born in a place between AOR and new age, between Japan and Brazil—Hosono's Paraiso and Malheiros' Atlantic Forest, to really specify the geography—and between about 1978 and just about right now. (Steve Hiett's sea of tranquility isn't far off, either.) David works in waves and motion instead of movements and chapters, and "Rain II"'s six minutes flow like a solo night drive, a coral reef dive or a dream of both at once.

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TRACK PREMIERE: ANNABELLE MAGINNIS “MAKE IT LAST”

October 23rd, 2019

Singer/songwriter Annabelle Maginnis' brand-new "Make It Last" is an unpredictable (even jazzy) track with an almost canyon-country feel and melody, but stretched to touch the edges of R&B and pop. Credit in part goes to the impressively smooth production by engineer Rachel White and a razor-sharp set of musicians—the harmonies and guitar are by Kofi Asare-Aboagye, the bass by Hunter Craig, the drums by Tia P. and the keyboard by Smile High. But of course it's Maginnis' voice and vision at the core of "Make It Last," which was conceptualized and written in as remote a place as you might reasonably find.

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TRACK PREMIERE: JOHN CARROLL KIRBY “SANT’ANNA”

October 22nd, 2019

John Carroll Kirby's last album Travel was a trip around the world: "synth-driven exotica that sounds like library music from some other hazy, fleeting reality," said our review. But his coming Tuscany is a deep exploration of a single place, and of the unexpected experiences that come when you just go where the roads take you. Unlike Travel, Tuscany is two side-long solo piano tracks: A-side "Cascata di Malbacco" and the stark second side "Sant'Anna," dedicated to the memory of the massacre in 1944 when Nazi SS troops killed more than 500 civilians and razed the mountain village of Sant'Anna.

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TRACK PREMIERE: PINK $OCK “STAY IN TONIGHT”

September 12th, 2019

You'll probably know just what this new single by L.A.'s Pink $ock will sound like by the art—they included everything but the glass of white wine with ice cubes—but just in case a pastelified beachfront paradise at sunset doesn't compute for you, expect smoothness so smooth it's practically intoxicating. "Stay In ..." is a late-nite FM1980s ode to Betamax-and-relax that lands gently between litely funky AOR and a slow-mo modern funk b-side, drifting toward the sound of Hobo Camp locals like Boy Dude or Brian Ellis, although Brian Ellis is lately into a gloriously bold AOR-auteur sound, as detailed here. Anyway: this is luxury itself, from a crew of people that includes members from normally more abrasive L.A. RECORD featurees Wild Wing, although as we heard this summer, even Wild Wing is succumbing to the power of the synthesizer. Single is out Friday the 13th—Spotify it here and get on board here.

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SINGLE PREMIERE: WORN TIN “SOMETHING’S COMING”

September 6th, 2019

Warner Hiatt is Worn Tin and his new song "Something's Coming" lands between Kurt Vile, Sebadoh and John Lennon's solo downers—and people who miss L.A.'s dios should get where this is coming from, too. Hiatt's found a sweet spot where his music is understated but not minimal, which gives it a kind of revelatory intimacy. He's left space for some splashes of synthesizer and made lots of room to for both the humor and the existential bleakness in his lyrics to bloom.