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Galactic - Can't You Believe

Theryl ‘Houseman’ DeClouet: his inflected and gritty tenor will always be synonymous with soul and should be remembered in the same breath as his beloved home, New Orleans.

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Galactic - Can't You Believe
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Taylor Mathews - Run Like Hell

It's a personal narrative: a retrospective wrapped in a love story, with a heartbeat pulse, a flat-picked guitar, and a gravelly voice.

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Taylor Mathews - Run Like Hell
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NGHTMRE & WAVEDASH - Grave

With no lyrics there are no semantic details, there is only silence and noise.

photo credit: Koury Angelo

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NGHTMRE & WAVEDASH - Grave

Lief - Imperfect

It's a remarkable achievement: balancing the influences of modern jazz fusion, neo-soul, and indie rock, with equal parts pre-meditated nuance and personal expression.

Lief - Imperfect

Samm Henshaw - Broke

An impeccable sense of timing puts this whole mix on solid ground, and the bass-playing and groove-making is as good as soul-funk ever gets.

Samm Henshaw - Broke

LUI HILL - Ancient Dust

LUI HILL, with his new single Ancient Dust, breathes life into electronic soul, joining a throwback sense of groove with a powerful synth-pop vibe.

LUI HILL - Ancient Dust
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Sasha Keable - That's The Shit

It's got that mysterious feminine power, the real-talk wrapped in melody, like an old summer hit from Lauryn Hill.

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Sasha Keable - That's The Shit

Grace Gillespie - Lady Make Believe

The falsetto vocal here seems to pour just a little sleep-dust over every one of those lifts, creating a sort of dream-sequence and a chance for the band to shine.

Grace Gillespie - Lady Make Believe

Dravus House - Bang

Dravus House is proof that a clear and poignant vocal, a few chord changes, and an added electric guitar for flavor is all it takes to make a statement.

Dravus House - Bang

Brandon Prinzing & The Old Revival - Nerve

Folk-Punk is the perfect vehicle for the harsh self-assessment, with a hurt-you-to-love-you backbone to this urban fairy tale.

Brandon Prinzing & The Old Revival - Nerve

Erik Deutsch - Falling Flowers (feat. Victoria Reed)

It's a nuanced and understated production that incorporates a very live sound into the dynamics of the arrangement. - photo credit: Lula Hyers

Erik Deutsch - Falling Flowers (feat. Victoria Reed)
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Sam Weber - Ain't it Always

Something about the delay on the guitar, the combo organ, the piano with heavy reverb, and the stuttered arrangement brings out the natural power of melody.

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Sam Weber - Ain't it Always

Sam Setton - Wine

With a machine groove that smacks of dance-pop and a vocal track that at times hits on rap inflection, this is a terrific example of genre crossover.

Sam Setton - Wine

ARLO - Disturbing The Peace

There is a distinct minimalism to the vocal mix here: instead of stacking parts on top of the lead vocal, ARLO opted instead for a few small contrapuntal lines and atmospheric elements from the rhythm section.

ARLO - Disturbing The Peace
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Mike Viola - King Kong Hand

Mike Viola is making it happen. It's Dylan, it's Elvis Costello, and somehow it's Everclear.

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Mike Viola - King Kong Hand