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Single Servings: J. Mars, Emily Wells, Lower Dens, and Dave & Marissa

Mmmhmm! We’ve got four new tracks for you to download today that I think you’re going to love – I know I’m feeling them. Let me know which one is your favorite in the comments section.

J. Mars – Black Diamond Shamballas
J. Mars was a happy inbox discovery. This track is the first single released from the Delaware rappers new mixtape, The Reservation, which will be available February 4th.  Smooth beats and a nice flow – what more could you want? If the rest of it is half as good as this then it is worth your time.

Download: J. Mars – Black Diamond Shamballas

Emily Wells – Passenger
Emily Wells is another awesome new discovery.  The Indianapolis-based songwriter, performer and producers blends “classical instrumentation, folk rawness and hip-hop production” with honeyed vocals and stirring, pensive violin. Her latest album, which will be released on Partisan Records, is titled Mama and is set for a April 10th release.

Emily Wells – Passenger

Lower Dens – Brains
Jana Hunter fans will be delighted to hear the latest single from Lower Dens. The track, “Brains,” features a driving, locomotive rhythm and some woozy synths. It’s from her upcoming full-length Nootropics and is also available on a limited-edition 10″ vinyl which you can order from Ribbon.

Lower Dens – Brains

Dave & Marissa – Hit Like Waves
This one arrived courtesy of our friends at Tympanogram who pointed us in the direction of the latest four track EP by Rochester’s Dave & Marissa. Titled …Move On.  The first single is “Hit Like Waves” a sweet, clackety, acoustic rocker.  Hear more by Dave & Marissa on their Bandcamp page.

Dave & Marissa – Hit Like Waves

Posted by Matthew Hickey


Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

  • Brian

    That Emily Wells song is pretty cool. It reminds me of Twin Sister a little.

    That Lower Dens song is badass! Sounds like old-school krautrock. I could listen to a whole album of songs playing around with motorik rhythms like this!

  • Matthew

    I thought you’d love that Lower Dens song! I hadn’t thought of the Twin Sister comparison for Emily Wells, but I can see it.

  • Brian

    I don’t know why I said “old-school krautrock.” Ha, It’s not like there’s some sort of gangsta-krautrock trend going on right now…or is there?

    The Twin Sister vibe I’m getting is very slight, and probably mostly from the hip-hop production aesthetics that so aptly pointed out. I’m digging these bands where the female vocalists are playing with their vocal inflections and using interesting production to add contrast or emphasis.

    I’m digging this new Single Serving format. I do like the slightly more blown-out format too, but I assume you’ll do that for tracks that you’re really excited about.

  • Mary Wang

    How do I download the songs? I’m new to the blog so I’m sorry if this is a stupid question.

  • Matthew

    Hi Mary. Not a stupid question. If you are using a PC, you right click with your mouse and select “Save As” for the file to download. If you are using a Mac then hold the ‘control’ button when you click the link and then select “Save Link As…”

  • Kohen

    Great post, great blog!

  • Matthew

    Wow! Thanks Kohen!

  • adrienne

    love emily wells, i saw her a few times when i lived in indianapolis. i really like the lower dens song here too, thanks for the great post matthew!

  • Matthew

    Adrienne! I love when you leave comments around here. I hope all is well!

  • Marv

    absolutely love Emily Wells. And the record by J.Mars is groovy. Really laid back and chill. I hope he’s consistent.

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