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JERRY PAPER: I’M GONNA PLAY MUSIC

There’s no magic in getting by. You get up, put on the slippers, scramble the eggs, wash the body, call the parents, kiss the cat. You take one step, and then the next. Then Abracadabra—another sunrise. Jerry Paper’s latest album is first an achievement of sound. What an absolutely gorgeous set of recordings. For those fleeting minutes when the record was on, there was magic, and you got by. Now take your pants off in the bubble bath. Abracadabra is out now on Stones Throw. This interview by Tolliver.

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LIONMILK: A VAST OCEAN

As Lionmilk, Moki Kawaguchi creates lush and flowing jazz compositions juxtaposed against gritty textures and raw rap beats. He’s inverting the hip-hop tradition of sampling jazz by playing licks and beats by hand and spinning them into collages of his own creation. Kawaguchi sat down with L.A. RECORD to discuss his journey through music from student to teacher, and his recent release Visions in Paraíso for Leaving Records. His This Too Shall Pass album is available now. This interview by Joe Rihn.

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TRACK PREMIERE: HARMLESS “NOTICE ME”

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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VIDEO PREMIERE: JESHUA “DUALITY (“SLEEPLESS” x “DECAY”)

Sleep really is the cousin of death, turns out. Jeshua is the auntie, watching them bicker and trying to reign them both in before they ruin the function for everyone.  Contrary to the moribund titles of these singles, the versatile, luxuriant-haired L.A. born-and-bred vocalist and songwriter is thriving, blessed and booked during these trying times. These songs, however, highlight a malaise simmering beneath the surface threatening to swallow them whole.

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TRACK PREMIERE: GIANNA GIANNA “SUFFER”

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.