débruit – Outside The Line Album Review (ICI)

French producer Xavier Thomas, aka Debruit, returns with Outside The Line, an intersection of coldwave, African rhythms, and early ‘80s electro and hip-hop. A deep breath, and then it begins.

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Summit Block Party 2015 Mixtape (#42) Seattle

The annual Summit Block Party brings Seattle’s artistic community together; showcases local artists, musicians, and craft-makers; and promotes the acceptance of all races, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic classes. Summit Block Party is a free, non-profit, volunteer-run event, and is fueled by community support.

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Dfalt – Self-Titled Album Review (Daylight Curfew)

“Some boys began to drink beer and whiskey, a few began to smoke marijuana” — so says a voice seemingly beamed in from a middle twentieth century nature documentary on the partying habits of young men. It’s an interesting sample, but perhaps a bit misleading. “A Few Began to Smoke”, the first track on Dfalt’s new self-titled album, kicks back but doesn’t get rowdy. An heir to hip-hop’s many inebriation anthems it is not. Producer, multi-instrumentalist, and current Los Angeles resident Jason Drake began to make music under the Dfalt moniker before he had even officially set aside his original project, Cassettes Won’t Listen. Between roughly 2005 and 2012, Cassettes Won’t Listen released three albums, five EPs, a number of

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Swahili Band Interview: Journeys of AMOVREVX

“A lot of [AMOVREVX] is about relationships of all sorts, and playing… on duality, it conclusively could be said that love — amour / amovr is about expecting nothing and giving everything.” – Van Pham, Swahili

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Northside Festival 2015 Recap: Girl Band, Built To Spill, Blanck Mass, PC Worship & More

Northside Festival expanded yet again in this, its seventh year, with a week-long stretch of events that fell into one of the three categories of Innovation, Film, and, of course, Music. Over thirty venues across Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick hosted upwards of 400 bands throughout the festival’s final four days, including big names like Run the Jewels, Neko Case, Against Me! and more. In this recap, we focus on Blanck Mass, Built To Spill, Girl Band, PC Worship, and many more artists from New York and far beyond.

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Sóley – Icelandic Musician Interview: Ask The Deep

Adorning the cover of Sóley’s new record, Ask The Deep, is a portrait painted by Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, with Sóley’s face smeared about like the things of nightmares, like a horror film incarnate. Upon first glance, this visual seems inconsistent with one’s first impressions of Icelandic musician Sóley Stefánsdóttir — but the truth is that Sóley has always been rather drawn to the depths and horrors of emotion. Her first record, 2011’s visually-evocative We Sink, is — in title, mood, and narrative structure — quite similar to 2015’s Ask The Deep, even if musically less refined. But in the many years between Sóley’s debut and sophomore records, she experienced significant events that transformed her experience of being a musician, allowing her

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