Category Archives: Single

“Runaways” by Stephen Bradley

IMG_1355Stephen Bradley has had an amazing career as No Doubt‘s faithful trumpeter/keyboardist, but he decided to impress us again by releasing his first solo EP Runaways. The Oakland native claims the four songs were inspired by the “transient and frenetic energy of Hollywood” after moving to the outlandish neighborhood. And thanks to help from co-producer Javan Slagle, Bradley was able to capture a smooth, modern amalgam of glitch pop, soulwave, and neo-jazz such as on the title track:

“Yeah I like the way it feels…”

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“One Last Love Song (So He Says)” by Padorr

Press Pic 1Padorr is a young cat chilling in Venice Beach and creating a dope fusion of jazz guitar, trip-hop beats, and indie soul croons (all à la G. Love & Special Sauce). His latest leaked single, “One Last Love Song (So He Says),” is off his forthcoming debut EP, Digital Antique, (dropping July 31st via Javi Records) and opens with a steady stroll of strums, scats, and snares before starting a deep, reflective confession.

“Tryin’ to live with devils no more.”

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“I Was Born” by Ghost Lit Kingdom (Premiere)

photo_42121Ghost Lit Kingdom is a quintet of South Bay kids who aptly label their sound as “anthemic indie rock.” What began as an acoustic side project soon became a collective of solid musicians focused on creating a natural, melodic collaboration of acoustic sonics, intertwining coed vocals, and an epic swirl of passion. And once again they deliver with their latest leaked single “I Was Born.”

“Push the soul away.”

Ghost Lit Kingdom will perform on July 30th at The Troubadour.

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“Queen Of France” by Royal

17 (1)When Imad-Roy El-Amine isn’t spinning as one half of SoySauce, he’s making “conscious pop” as Royal. The Silver Lake denizen recently leaked his new single, “Queen Of France,” as a follow-up to his debut EP Cycles. The track opens with minimal synth notes, sharp percussion effects, and a crooning vox until the sporadic, beatcentric indie pop production pounds it all into a high BPM outro. Absolutely serene-cum-vigor.

“We’re staring at the same old stars.”

Royal will perform on August 1st at Hard Summer Music Festival.

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“Small Problems” by The Bulls

unnamedDon’t call them a side project, but The Bulls consists of Anna Bulbrook of The Airborne Toxic Event (and sometimes Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes) and Marc Sallis of The Duke Spirit. The coed duo first met while on tour and decided to collaborate after bonding over their mutual love of ’80s new wave and ’90s shoegaze. Their second single, “Small Problems,” is the title track of their debut EP (dropping August 28th via Diet Pink Records) and leads with an ominous aura which is soon shook-up by an edgy, indie rock blast and Bulbrook’s crystalline vox.

“You’ve got to change your heart.”

The Bulls will begin their August residency at The Satellite on August 3rd.

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“Miss Mirage” by NoMBe

profile photo NoMBeNoMBe returns by leaking another single off his forthcoming sophomore EP Mood Indigo. The new song, “Miss Mirage,” is an insomnia-inspired blend of neo-soul and trip-hop which has become NoMBe‘s signature, transformative style.

“Counting wolves and old sheep.”

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“Big Glass House” by Quilici

quilici1Quilici returns by collaborating again with producer Cary Singer (of Nite Swim) for his new upbeat single “Big Glass House.” The track is built on sharp keys, smooth synths, echoing guitars, and snappy beats which each flirt then collectively punch for a solid pop-hit chorus.

“It’ll be summer forever, and ever, in my big glass house.”

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“As A Bell” by Ofelia K.

Ofelia K. - As A Bell (Press)Ofelia K. recently leaked her second single, “As A Bell,” off her forthcoming debut EP, Heart, dropping August 25th via South By Sea. The Box Canyon-dwelling singer-songwriter (and former vocalist of Wanderhouse) once again shows off her uncanny ability to play with pop without getting stuck in bubblegum kitsch. But this also could be attributed to the track’s producer: Doctor Rosen Rosen.

“A little voice was yelling, but I blocked it out.”

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“Stockholm” by Atlas Genius

AG_3339_FinalIt seems as if many indie rock acts have openly embraced the pure pop potential of a synth-aided, danceable tempo, but very few deliver epic hooks as consistently as Atlas Genius. The brother duo originally hails from Adelaide, but now calls Los Angeles home. Their latest leaked single, “Stockholm,” (off their sophomore album, Inanimate Objects, due August 28th via Warner Bros. Records) is a solid hit with a steady, heavy-hitting pace which breaks into a soar.

“Paid a ransom for a ghost.”

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“Most Of Me” by sleepercub

33360003As sleepercub, David Richmond and Angelique Ngo set out to capture the tranquil ambience of when the dawn sun seeps through the thick coastal fog of California. The Ventura-based couple succeeded when they recently released their aptly-titled debut EP, EP 1, which was conjured with “an array of analog and digital tools” and Warren Hildebrand (of Foxes in Fiction) as producer. Here’s the sedated, dream-pop track “Most Of Me.”

“You are most of me.”

sleepercub‘s EP release party is on July 25th at Bombay’s.

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