Tag: Trip Hop

The Matinee December 1st

The Matinee December 1st

We have finally entered the homestretch of 2017, which also means only a little more than a week left in our daily playlists. Fortunately, The Matinee December 1st edition is a memorable one, featuring reinterpretations of classic sounds and incredibly innovative and brilliant pieces. As usual, we travel around the globe on this mini-playlist, which includes a rare stop in […]

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Saturday Sampler November 4th

Saturday Sampler November 4th

The ten songs on the Saturday Sampler November 4th have two things in common. First, a retro vibe filters across each and every one of them with some tunes recalling great bands of the past and others taking classic genres into the future. Second, they are all filled with fantastic stories. A few are cinematic in nature, others are optimistic, […]

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The Matinee October 26th

The Matinee October 26th

There are nine Grade A selections on offer on The Matinee October 26th edition. Most of the numbers are fun and even a bit outrageous. A few are gentle nods to the past, musically and lyrically. Then there is one song that sticks out for being, well, odd. Enjoy the songs and hopefully you’ll find one if not nine new […]

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The Matinee October 24th

The Matinee October 24th

The Matinee October 24th features songs that will have you fist-pumping and rocking out your brains. Then there are tunes that will leave your mouth agape and having you wonder what you just have heard. Another way to consider this mini-playlist is Beauty meets the Beast.   Aisha Badru – “Bridges” (New York City, USA) RIYL: Daughter, London Grammar, Wye […]

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‘Philokalia’, the modern Greek tragedy by Keep Shelly in Athens (album review)

‘Philokalia’, the modern Greek tragedy by Keep Shelly in Athens (album review)

Keep Shelly in Athens likely will never become huge global sensations because their music isn’t made for the massive electronic / EDM festivals nor the trendy, beat-thumping nightclubs. Their downbeat, trip-hop approach is instead best heard in dark, intimate places, such as the secluded underground clubs of Berlin and London or even one’s bedroom. Only in such settings can one […]

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The Matinee September 26th

The Matinee September 26th

There is plenty of variety on The Matinee September 26th edition. R&B and soul, ambient electronica, synth-pop, drone neo-psychedelia, twee-pop, bedroom pop, and, of course, indie rock populate the mini-playlist. Each and every single song is worth investing the time because the bands and artists will surprise you with their musical and songwriting talents.   Bully – “Running” (Nashville, USA) […]

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Saturday Sampler September 23rd

Saturday Sampler September 23rd

The Saturday Sampler September 23rd edition is the soundtrack to your weekend plans. Whether you’re hosting a big party, enjoying an intimate evening on the town, or just chilling at home, these nine tracks (featuring artists from Belgium, England, Spain, Sweden, and the USA) will match every scenario for the first weekend of autumn. Check back tomorrow when our Weekend Showcase […]

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The Matinee September 21st

The Matinee September 21st

Autumn has officially arrived, and The Matinee September 21st edition reflects the changing of the seasons. These songs are lot darker and subdued, without a summer anthem to be found. Some of the nine songs, however, will amuse you, others will haunt your mind for days, and the rest will leave you spellbound. Haley Heynderickx – “Oom Sha La La” […]

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Gentleman Brawlers – “Can’t Always” (video premiere)

Gentleman Brawlers – “Can’t Always” (video premiere)

There are two things we have to come to learn about Brooklyn/Queens collective Gentleman Brawlers. First, frontwoman Becca Fox loves to dance. In the band’s video “My Theory”, which we premiered eleven months ago, we watch her and her friends dancing in a New York City apartment and on the rooftop. Second, this is a band that will not abide […]

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The Matinee February 28th

The Matinee February 28th

The Matinee February 28th spins a nine-pack of new music. Some will dazzle you while others will simply blow you away.   Bad Sea – “Tell Me (What I Mean)” (Dublin, Ireland) RIYL: Angel Olsen, Margaret Glaspy, Julia Jacklin Anyone who has been to Dublin likely has visited Temple Bar, which continues to be a go-to spot for good whisky, […]

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The Matinee December 13th

The Matinee December 13th

The Matinee December 13th returns to its global roots with 9 new songs. Well, one is a cover, but it sounds like a new song. Let’s get to the music.   Aurora Blue – “Cool Woman” (Orillia, ON, Canada) RIYL: Tennis, Bec Sandridge, Alvvays With the arrival of Alvvays, a wave of harmonious and melodic indie rock has overtaken the […]

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Saturday Sampler October 8th

Saturday Sampler October 8th

Saturday Sampler October 8th edition is the early long weekend treat for those in Canada (Happy Thanksgiving!) and the United States. So before you indulge in turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin up north or in a variety of cocktails down south, warm up with these ten delectable, new music singles. We have music from New Zealand, Ireland, England, Sweden, Canada, and […]

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Saturday Sampler September 24th

Saturday Sampler September 24th

The Saturday Sampler September 24th promises to energize your weekend plans! These ten songs will inspire you to embrace life, live with gusto, and share love. If you’re into indie pop, funk/soul, psych rock, or punk, today’s Sampler has something for everyone. We hope you find a new favourite among these gems! Anteros – “Ring Ring” (London, England) RIYL: Blondie, Tennis, Bec Sandridge Almost a […]

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The Matinee September 8th

The Matinee September 8th

Because of the large quantities of great new music we have received this week, The Matinee September 8th has nine songs. I’ll keep the descriptions as brief as possible, so that you can enjoy the great tunes. We kick things off with a really special project.   Melted Mirror – “Hungry Shades” (Calgary, Canada) from Taking It To Heart, Volume […]

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The Matinee August 26th

The Matinee August 26th

The Matinee August 26th includes six new tracks to keep you moving. For this fine Friday we have upbeat synth pop, feel good indie rock and a little singer songwriter fare. Most of our artists are representing the US, also with support from Canada and the UK. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for more on our Saturday Sampler and […]

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The Matinee June 21st

The Matinee June 21st

Summer is officially here in the northern hemisphere while winter has arrived in the southern hemisphere. And to celebrate, we have seven songs to fit both seasons. From Sweden to Canada, Australia to Slovenia, Belgium to the USA, we have seven songs that are summery, eerie, and blistering.   Brödet – “Ultra Friend” (Stockholm, Sweden) RIYL: Yumi Zouma, Wet, Glass […]

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The Matinee May 5th

The Matinee May 5th

Another day, another opportunity to share some great new music. The Matinee May 5th edition has a bit of everything – gothic folk, indie rock, garage rock, electro-pop, and post-punk-pop.   Esme Patterson – “No River” (Portland via Denver USA) Six weeks ago when Esme Patterson shared “Feel Right”, the first single from her forthcoming album We Were Wild (June […]

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Saturday Sampler for April 23rd

Saturday Sampler for April 23rd

The Saturday Sampler for April 23rd is a bit of mixed bag in that there are several names you’ll recognize, artists who have branched out to do solo albums or form super-groups. Then there is the usual mix of emerging artists, some of whom you might know but many who have yet to make their mark (but they will soon!). […]

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Melodic Tonic, vol. 29

Melodic Tonic, vol. 29

Welcome to your #NewMusicMonday fix – a.k.a. The Melodic Monday. This week we’re serving up some downtempo cocktails. December has been unseasonably warm in many areas, so we’ve been chilling out with some ambient and electronic tunes from around the globe. Let’s get things started in Iceland, a region where cool applies to both the climate and the music scene. Kiasmos – “Swept” (Reykjavík, Iceland) […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Sound of Lions

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Sound of Lions

Chill-out pop. A touch of R&B. Brooding bluesy notes. Sprinkle with a bit of trip hop. Add cool beats. Those are the ingredients that make up Sound of Lions, a multi-genres, multi-talented band that creates smooth, groovy, and pleasing music. If you want to play the name game, think of a band that mixes Massive Attack, The xx, Bright Smoke, […]

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