Tag: soul

The Matinee August 4th

The Matinee August 4th

It’s the era of the singer-songwriter. If the radio is your source for new music, you are missing out on artists and bands who continue to one-up each other with their smart and biting lyrics. Even those who occupy the pop and electronica fields are crafting memorably tunes. The Matinee August 4th edition is evidence of how music is changing […]

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The Matinee August 1st

The Matinee August 1st

With Newport Folk Festival behind us, we’re trying to get back into the swing of things. The Matinee August 1st edition, as such, has the regular nine songs. Unfortunately, exhaustion has set in, so apologies to the artists and bands for the short blurbs. The music, however, is what matters most. Alvvays – “Dreams Tonite” (Toronto, Canada) RIYL: The Pains […]

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The Matinee July 27th

The Matinee July 27th

Once again we take a new music trip around the globe on The Matinee July 27th edition. Speaking of trips, some of us, including myself, are en route if not having already arrived in Newport, Rhode Island, and we hope one of these days the artists listed below will be gracing the stages of NFF or one of the after-parties. […]

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The Matinee July 24th

The Matinee July 24th

The Matinee July 24th includes six new tracks for your listening pleasure. We hope you find your next favorite band or song today. Arists are representing the US and the UK today. BOYS – “Step Back” (London, England) RIYL: The Drums, Beach Fossils, Ducktails BOYS are back with a brand new track titled “Step Back”. It’s a dreamy and euphoric […]

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The Matinee July 14th

The Matinee July 14th

The Matinee July 14th kicks off the weekend with some shimmering new tunes. Well, there are also some rockers and brooding numbers, but we’re sure you’ll find something to add to your playlist. Let’s get started. Cherryshoes – “I Was A God” (Hay On Wye, Wales) RIYL: Chelsea Wolfe, Anna von Hausswolff, early Zola Jesus Since releasing their debut single, […]

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Somasu – ‘From The Water’ (EP review)

Somasu – ‘From The Water’ (EP review)

London-based singer/songwriter and rapper Somasu breaks through stereotypical electro, offering undercurrents of soul that provide depth and maturity. Although his work could hit the dancefloor hard, it is also infinitely listenable, proving that – in the right hands – the genre is a solid vessel for melodic communication. His second album – a five-track EP, From The Water – glimpses […]

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Saturday Sampler July 8th

Saturday Sampler July 8th

Join us for a globe-trotting trip on the Saturday Sampler July 8th edition. Today’s playlist jets from Sweden to Los Angeles to bring you the best new music for your weekend, including dreamy new singles from Shout Out Louds and Loney dear to sizzling rock and soul from Texas. Enjoy your weekend with these nine gems!   Cults – “Offering” […]

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Delve into Algiers’ fiery ‘The Underside of Power’ (album review)

Delve into Algiers’ fiery ‘The Underside of Power’ (album review)

Two years ago, Algiers announced themselves to the world with their raw but fiery debut album. Algiers introduced us to the intercontinental band’s kaleidoscopic sound that was unlike anything released that year or even in this decade. Elements of gospel, soul, post-punk, New Wave, blues, and indie rock were masterfully blended into a maelstrom of combustible sonic energy. Algiers’ brilliance […]

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The Matinee June 9th

The Matinee June 9th

The Matinee June 9th has a bit of everything today. It includes new music from a couple of major bands, a super-collective of mega-talented artists, and a few groups and artists still looking to achieve a major breakthrough. There is a heavy electronic bent on this, but not the typical EDM stuff. Sit back and enjoy the music. Black Fly […]

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The Matinee June 8th

The Matinee June 8th

The Matinee June 8th features a bevy of well-known artists and a handful of hidden gems to discover. The list is in reverse alphabetical order because we haven’t done this in a while. Waxahatchee – “Never Been Wrong” (Philadelphia, USA) RIYL: Liz Phair, Juliana Hatfield, Veruca Salt While Katie Crutchfield’s first three albums as Waxahatchee have been critical darlings, she remains […]

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Benjamin Booker – ‘Witness’ (album review)

Benjamin Booker – ‘Witness’ (album review)

“No matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough.” ~~ Lebron James, May 31, 2017 Three years ago, Benjamin Booker took the music world by storm with his eponymous debut album. His fiery blues-rock captivated music listeners, and critics were universally applauding his talents. Consequently, Benjamin Booker landed on many […]

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The Matinee May 19th

The Matinee May 19th

The Matinee May 19th has awesome new tracks for your listening pleasure. We have a myriad of tunes. Most are upbeat, so we hope today’s playlist kicks off the beginning to your weekend. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for our Saturday Sampler, and then Sunday for our mega, mega playlist. Cigarettes After Sex – “Each Time You Fall In […]

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The Matinee May 5th

The Matinee May 5th

Today is the mother of music days. There is so much great music and albums dropping over the past 6 to 24 hours, and The Matinee May 5th is just a microcosm of this great day.  We have a myriad of tracks for your listening pleasure. We have artists representing Australia, Iceland, Sweden, and the US  We hope you find […]

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The Matinee April 28th

The Matinee April 28th

The Matinee April 28th is like a high school reunion, as each of the nine artists / bands featured today have occupied past playlists and/or have had their albums reviewed. This is a first for us. Algiers – “The Underside of Power” (Atlanta, USA) RIYL: TV on the Radio, Benjamin Booker, Leon Bridges Atlanta-based indie rockers Algiers are one of […]

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The Matinee April 27th

The Matinee April 27th

The Matinee April 27th feels like a playlist for a summer road trip, so each song will be associated with a traveling reference. This journey is the one heading home, so the list is in reverse alphabetical order. Umm – “Black Summer” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: The Dig, The Breeders, Communist Daughter Our journey begins on a coastal highway, where […]

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The Matinee April 25th

The Matinee April 25th

The Matinee April 25th is a humdinger of a playlist, featuring nine songs by artists representing five countries. There are some luxurious ballads, edgy rockers, quirky pop tunes. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the new music. Antonioni – “Love Is A Landmark” (Seattle, USA) RIYL: Angel Olsen, Big Thief, Mothers In every corner of the globe, a person is crying […]

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The Matinee April 14th

The Matinee April 14th

It’s the long weekend for most people, so we’ve tried to create a mini-playlist to help jump start the time off or one you could spin on a road trip. The Matinee April 14th has nine songs from, as always, around the world. There are some dazzling, low-key numbers and amusing, truly LOL tracks. Enjoy and happy long weekend!   […]

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Bobby Uzóma – “Alone” (single premiere)

Bobby Uzóma – “Alone” (single premiere)

We picked out Bobby Uzóma’s forthcoming EP as one of 2017’s most anticipated records back at the start of the year. Then we waited and still are waiting. The EP is still a work in progress, and we completely understand that good things take time. In the meantime, we’re delighted that Bobby has decided to reward our patience with a […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories – Saro

SXSW 2017 Memories – Saro

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including Saro. Best known for his electro-soul […]

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The Matinee March 28th

The Matinee March 28th

Whereas yesterday we traversed the globe for new music, The Matinee March 28th edition is a bit more stationary. That said, we still think you’ll enjoy this selection of nine songs. We did!   Agent blå – “Rote Learning” (Gothenburg, Sweden) RIYL: Alvvays, A Place To Bury Strangers, Sløtface When Swedish quintet Agent blå arrived on the scene at the […]

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