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TRACK PREMIRE: HEALING GEMS “TIJUANA MUSHROOM (DRIVING ON LSD)”

July 17th, 2020

Exotica is a bizarre and sometimes uncomfortably ... complicated genre-slash-phenomenon, but the sensation of being somewhere else is more than welcome right now, and nobody makes a living room seem like a distant lagoon more than L.A.'s Healing Gems. They make songs that sound like Moon Gas meets Ennio Morricone with happily saturated production dripping with cinematic effects and unpredictable instrumentation, often soundtracking deadpan lyrics about ancient curses, legendary ruins and dreams so real they override waking life.

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TRACK PREMIERE: SAFE JAZZ “GOOD VIBES”

May 22nd, 2020

Jesse Schuster is the kind of musician who moves in every direction at once—he performs, he produces, he makes sure the video is treated just as reverently as the song and when he finds both inspiration and the opportunity, he turns a genre inside out with his project Safe Jazz. His new single "Good Vibes" is like jazz in schematic—instruments and melodies bisected and disconnected to expose their inner mechanisms and space and clarity enough to see how everything fits together. (And of course sample snippets to remind you what we're building here: good vibes!)

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TRACK PREMIERE: HARMLESS “NOTICE ME”

May 11th, 2020

L.A.'s Harmless (Nacho Cano) has a lot of raw experience finding creativity within adversity—within agony, really, as he painstakingly put together January's Condiciones EP in the aftermath of an especially brutal car accident. (“I started recording many of the songs while I couldn’t use my legs. I waited to record most of the vocals because I had lost my front teeth," he told Remezcla.) His latest "Notice Me" (like so many new songs) is an invention born from the tension of quarantine and the sudden solitude that demands its own kind of relearning. The pain here thankfully isn't nearly as literal, but "Notice Me" is still a response to realizing the future you thought you'd have has been indefinitely postponed.

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TRACK PREMIERE: GIANNA GIANNA “SUFFER”

May 8th, 2020

This is the insomniac national anthem. Gianna Gianna’s latest ‘Suffer’ is a skittering, frenetic passion play in many acts, except you’re the one hung up in the end. It’s so intense listening to this during quarantine—its propulsive tempo and fortissimo power shake you out of your unwashed PJs. This is free-punk, rousing and potent and a sonic hookworm, pulling you close for a bite just before snatching itself away.

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ALBUM PREMIERE: EVAN MYALL

May 5th, 2020

Evan Myall was the guitarist and songwriter in San Francisco (but loved by L.A.) psych band Sleepy Sun, but now he's moved here with a new sound and a new name to go with it. Formerly Evan Reiss, he's reconfigured himself around his middle name for his debut solo album, due out this Friday on Royal Oakie. Myall's self-titled record is like the nighttime counterpart to Sleepy Sun's cosmic power. It's all shadow, silhouette, suggestion and space lit by starlight instead—an album like the somber post-SMiLE Beach Boys or Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue