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Deptford Goth – Two Hearts

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Daniel Woolhouse is known to the music world as Deptford Goth. While he harnesses the bleary, subtle vocals of some other prominent London acts, the slick bedroom R&B aesthetic isn’t what makes his project so special – it’s the place it comes from. Sadly, I didn’t realize that until only recently, when I revisited his 2013 full-length debut Life After Defo and its heavy-hearted pop experimentalism. His songs carry such a tremendous amount of soul and vulnerability, built upon isolation, introspection, and unspoken feelings. It’s not the first time I’ve returned to an album and appreciated it much more, but it is undoubtedly the most I’ve woken up to something I missed.

He’s getting ready to release his sophomore album, the simply-titled Songs, and you better believe I’m on board from the start this time around. He’s promised to not be quite so despondent this turn, but the upfront honesty that makes his music so potent won’t be scaled back at all. Two Hearts” is the second cut he’s shared off the album, and it’s solid proof of that. With a warm hook and singer-songwriter sentiments, it hides devastating heartbreak behind an unexpectedly upbeat, airy arrangement. It’s pop in its most intimate, emotive form, and a track you’ll want to get totally lost in.

Songs is out November 4. Preorder it on iTunes and get previous cut “The Lovers immediately.

SALES – toto (XXYYXX Remix)

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It’s been a little while since we’ve heard from Florida duo SALES, whose minimalist pop constructions have earned them a spot as one of my favorite new acts of the past year or so. I’ve been following them just about as long as Faded Arrow has been around, and their next move has been on my mind for quite some time. Thankfully, they’re back with two surprises for us, both of which are very nice.

First, they’re putting out an EP next week that collects their consistently amazing SoundCloud singles. It features one of my favorite songs of the year, “Chinese New Year,” and having already heard all but one track on the record by now, I can safely say it’s one of the greatest EPs you’ll hear this year. You can preorder the CD on their Bandcamp page, and they’ll throw in some other fun stuff with it.

The quirkier bit of news is that trip-hop producer and fellow Florida-dweller XXYYXX has remixed one of the first tracks they ever shared. This wonky reimagining of “toto” sweeps you away deep into a shadowy, downtempo realm, where all the elements are washed of their vibrancy and dipped in XXYYXX’s supernatural ooze. It’s featured on the EP, so you can grab it when it releases September 22. You can stream the original below, if you’d like.

Panda Bear – Mix Ticks

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I’ll try to keep the gushing to a minimum, but I don’t make it a secret that my love for Animal Collective is incredibly deep. They’re one of my all-time favorite bands, and I constantly find myself revisiting their albums and finding new favorites within their library. It comes as no surprise, then, that member Panda Bears side project holds a dear place in my heart too. He’s gearing up for the release of a fabled new album, Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, which we expected to hear further details about by now. However, there have been no real goods from him or producer Sonic Boom outside of some concert bootlegs floating around the web – until now.

Panda Bear has finally given us something to talk about ahead of his tour of the States, and although it’s not a new single or true album announcement, “Mix Ticks boldly declares that Mr. Noah hasn’t forgotten about us. We’re graced with nearly 40 minutes of handpicked songs, and while there’s no tracklist, there are many bits and pieces of Grim Reaper tucked in among his masterful selections. I’ve listened to this a few times now, and all I have to say is prepare yourselves, because this is only the beginning of the greatness Panda Bear has in store.

Dot – Space Race (Ellie Herring Remix)

The last time we heard from Ellie Herring, we were treated to her heavenly update to Doss already-gorgeous contender for track of the year, “Softpretty.” Today, she’s worked her remix magic once again on Los Angeles producer Dot’s “Space Race.” While Ellie’s version is still set in the stars, it’s a much slower, more subdued trip than the original, underscored by synths icier than Saturn’s rings. I can just picture it being bumped during Rainbow Road’s seedy off-hours.

If you’re looking for more, Ellie Herring recently put together a great mix of favorites for SSENSE. You can stream it below.

Ariel Pink – Put Your Number In My Phone

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The return of Ariel Pink and his vintage, off-kilter pop is upon us. He’s written more songs than you could ever possibly fathom, so it was only a matter of time before we heard from him again. Rather than adding it to his Haunted Graffiti discography, pom pom will be a “solo” album that boasts a nearly 70-minute, 17-track output. It’s out November 18 via 4AD, and we’ve got a radiant new single titled “Put Your Number In My Phone” to tide us over until then. “There’s magic in the air,” he croons. “The night sky greets your face like a mystery left uncovered.” There really is a soft, pleasant aroma surrounding this one, which floats on the wings of flowery riffs and a carefree spirit. It’s not all sunshine and butterflies though; the twisted side of his music rears its head near the track’s end, with an irritated voicemail that definitely throws the mood for a loop.

Preorder it on iTunes and get “Put Your Number In My Phone” instantly.

Doss – The Way I Feel (Recycle Culture Edits)

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Back around the time Doss ridiculously good self-titled EP came out, she mentioned that a few artists would be remixing her track “The Way I Feel.” Life Sim and Ana Caprix took care of business pretty quickly, but there was one who took his time ironing out the details. That would be Recycle Culture, the prolific, genre-hopping producer and a huge favorite of mine. As if there’s any surprise, he went above and beyond by creating two edits of the track, an absurdly active Hyperpop edition and a moving, seven-minute Slow Emotion Reel. Both remixes are equally spectacular, so please don’t make me pick a favorite. They’re available for free on Doss’ SoundCloud page.

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