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TRACK PREMIERE: GEMMA CASTRO “FREE”

April 3rd, 2020

If Gemma Castro's new song "Free" had a video, it'd be a fragment from an oversaturated Kenneth Anger clip that catches fire in the middle—the kind of thing where image turns into light and then smoke. (See here for vivid demonstration of an arguably Anger-ian aesthetic.) But as a song, that smoke and light is all still there, along with that Cat Power / Mazzy Star / Sibylle Baier sense of isolation and desperation that pulls you closer even as it sounds like it's coming from farther and farther away.

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MIX: MONIQUEA “THAT WHOOP”

April 1st, 2020

Los Robles is named for the Pasadena intersection where Moniquea grew up, and this seamlessly supersonic mix she's made for us is its own journey from back then to right now. It's all vinyl, of course, and including plenty of her contemporaries across the robust and vital modern funk scene—producers and vocalists both, from labels like Bastard Jazz and Star Creature.

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TRACK PREMIERE: GOOD TALK “FEVER”

March 30th, 2020

It's not exactly the title you'd want for a song coming out right now, but L.A.'s Good Talk made this "Fever" well before the romance in that metaphor was shredded by reality, and even in quarantine times they're still going to put it out. ("I swear we wrote it many months ago," says synth player Ryan Koch. "Weird timing.")

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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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TRACK PREMIERE: BALTO “MAGNET / MIND”

March 18th, 2020

Singer/songwriter Dan Sheron and his band Balto have a backstory that's a better beginning to a beatnik diary-slash-barbaric-yawp than a band bio, culminating in a trans-Siberian railway trip through Novosibirsk, arguably the Detroit of central Russia. (Which is a reverent compliment.) Somehow he made it back to L.A., and now with Balto he's shaking off the cold and distance both.