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Goldwash – “Waited Too Long” Source: Obscure Sound(http://obscuresound.com/

“Waited Too Long” is a funk-tinged gem from Goldwash whose melodic build-up and hypnotic allure is reminiscent of Toro y Moi and James Blake. Minimalist percussion and warbly synths lead toward an effervescent eruption at 01:23, where...

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Goldwash – “Waited Too Long” Source: Obscure Sound(http://obscuresound.com/)

“Waited Too Long” is a funk-tinged gem from Goldwash whose melodic build-up and hypnotic allure is reminiscent of Toro y Moi and James Blake. Minimalist percussion and warbly synths lead toward an effervescent eruption at 01:23, where Gabriel Acheson’s soaring vocals mesh nicely with an addictive rhythm and melody. Based between London and Baltimore, the […] The post Goldwash – “Waited Too Long” appeared first on .

Gumshen – “Be Here and Now” Source: Obscure Sound(http://obscuresound.com/)

DigiBites by Gumshen A year ago, Gumshen’s track “Bell Ringer” alerted me to the Seattle-based group’s eclectic reach; the seven-minute epic traversed everywhere from psych-rock in the vein of Pink Floyd to various reaches of synth-pop, from Depeche Mode’s dark emotive grasp to Chromeo’s hook-driven energy. And impressively enough, they managed to remain cohesive throughout, alternating between infectious […] The post Gumshen – “Be Here and Now” appeared first on .

Steve Benjamins – “We Used to Live” Source: Obscure Sound(http://obscuresound.com/)

Steve Benjamins’ vein of downtempo indie-pop is lush and immediately pleasant, his sonorous voice – described by Indie Shuffle as “a little bit like Justin Vernon and Michael Stipe” – shifting between anthemic exhilaration and downtempo contemplation over an assortment of key and synth-driven pop melodies. His recently released track “We Used to Live” provides […] The post Steve Benjamins – “We Used to Live” appeared first on .

Shmohawk – “Everything I Want Is Nothing I Can Own” Source: Obscure Sound(http://obscuresound.com/)

Shmohawk by Shmohawk When I stumbled across Shmohawk a little over a year ago, the group’s sky-high potential was very evident. For some songwriters, churning out devastatingly catchy and memorable hooks is like second nature — with a sort of audible effortless nonchalance that adds even more to the sound. Shmohawk is very much like this […] The post Shmohawk – “Everything I Want Is Nothing I Can Own” appeared first on .

The Separators – “Shooting Star” Source: Obscure Sound(http://obscuresound.com/)

Crisp-clean production and a predictably fun structure help guide “Shooting Star”, which introduces a fantastic chorus around 01:20 that touts The Separators’ overall sound and potential — with a stylistic arsenal that reminds me of Franz Ferdinand, The Hold Steady, and Arctic Monkeys. The verses play it rather safe both instrumentally and emotively, but it’s […] The post The Separators – “Shooting Star” appeared first on .

Hollywood Principle – “Seeing What’s Next” Source: Obscure Sound(http://obscuresound.com/)

“Seeing What’s Next”, the newest track from San Diego-based electronic group Hollywood Principle, brings back the darkly aquatic feel of previous success “Breathing Underwater“, but with a more neon-tinged club-set intensity that becomes especially prominent during the new effort’s lively and effervescent chorus. Much like on past efforts, Kayla Hope’s angelic vocals are laced beautifully […] The post Hollywood Principle – “Seeing What’s Next” appeared first on .

Ninth Floor Mannequin – “Absences” Source: Obscure Sound(http://obscuresound.com/)

“Absences” is a stellar track from Ninth Floor Mannequin that features crisp guitars and a bustling post-punk bass line beautifully complementing the hazy vocals throughout. I’m particularly fond of the bridge around the two-minute mark, where a spacey synth backing combines with slick guitar lines — nicely reminiscent of a lusher Muse. The hypnotic structure […] The post Ninth Floor Mannequin – “Absences” appeared first on .

Jelani Lateef – “Book of Life” Source: Obscure Sound(http://obscuresound.com/)

Chicago-based rapper Jelani Lateef boasts an intense delivery that’s similar to the tone and technical astuteness of Big Boi. The narratives of his songs often center around the concept of responsibility, which aligns with the mission statement of Jelani’s company, Manhood Ent.: “Striving to be a popular source of music and entertainment, while portraying men in […] The post Jelani Lateef – “Book of Life” appeared first on .

 

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