Author Archives: Matthew Hickey

  1. Single Serving: Yumi Zouma – Alena

    New Zealand’s Yumi Zouma are having a nice year. They’ve received praise from several well respected critics, scored opening gigs for Lorde, and are set to play Iceland Airwaves followed by stops in the US and UK (Bay Area residents can catch them on November 20th with Mr Little Jeans at the Rickshaw). Their latest Continue…

    Yumi Zouma's "Alena" features a pretty, euphoric vibe that's both dreamy and club-friendly.

  2. Single Serving: Leon Bridges – Coming Home

    There’s retro and then there’s this. On his debut tracks, Fort Worth songwriter Leon Bridges doesn’t just reclaim the sounds of early Southern soul and gospel, he writes songs as if he were possessed by the ghost of Sam Cooke himself. For example, his single “Coming Home” sways across the floor with an easy lo-fi groove, bluesy rhythm and low Continue…

  3. Single Serving: Ghost Loft – Be Easy

    Today just got a little better thanks to Pairings Box alum Ghost Loft (a.k.a. producer Danny Choi). Earlier this morning he released his latest luxuriously smooth groove, “Be Easy.” It’s a subtly textured vibe with a slick, tight beat, shimmery ambiance, and just the right amount of crackle to accompany Choi as he softly croons, “We don’t Continue…

  4. Single Serving: Tom Lark – Never Be Your Man

    New Zealand-based songwriter Tom Lark is set for a break out year. He’s recently inked a deal with Universal, opened for Elvis Costello, and released an excellent new EP. The five track EP is a pretty solid effort from start to finish, but we’ve been particularly hooked on the track “Never Be Your Man.” It features an easy-going melody Continue…

  5. Single Serving: Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends

    A big shout out to the universe for being awesome today. There’d been hints that a Sleater-Kinney reunion might be in the works for some time now, and earlier today those rumors were confirmed as true when the Sleater-Kinney camp announced that the incredibly beloved trio are back with a new album titled No Cities To Love which will Continue…

  6. Single Serving: Monster Rally & Jay Stone – Cognac (feat. Brandon Rayson)

    Exotic rhythm manipulator Monster Rally (a.k.a. Ted Feighan) is back and this time he’s brought friends. His latest, Foreign Pedestrians, is the first collaborative release between the LA-based producer and Oakland-based emcee Jay Stone. On the album’s smoky lounge set first single “Cognac” Feighan lays out a funky, sax-sampling vibe for Stone and guest emcee Brandon Rayson to spill out juicy narratives about Continue…

  7. Ejecta – Dominae

    If you’re not already familiar with them, Ejecta is the project of vocalist/songwriter Leanne Macomber (Neon Indian) and producer/multi-instrumentalist Joel Ford (Ford & Lopatin). It’s also a character the duo created as inspiration for the project. In volcanology, ejecta refers to the “the sediment which settles to the ocean floor after an eruption or seismic shift” Continue…

  8. Single Serving: Paperwhite – Pieces

    Our friends Katie and Ben from Paperwhite announced their debut EP today and dropped a new single to coincide with the announcement. The slick new cut is titled “Pieces” and it’s a twinkling, neon-tinged jam that’s as bright as it is magnetic. Katie explains “Pieces” by noting that it “describes the trance and magnetism of love at first Continue…

  9. Turntable Kitchen’s Top 6 Recommended Turntable Systems

    Building a stereo system around a turntable from scratch can be tough. There’s a lot to know and, if you’ve never done it before, there’s a lot to learn. Several years ago we put together a guide to selecting your first turntable. We discussed the differences between belt drives direct drives. We talked about built-in Continue…

  10. Single Serving: Speelburg – Aubrey

    Speelburg is the project of (written, directed and starring) Noah Sacré. Concise but grandly arranged and thoughtfully textured, his debut track “Aubrey” is a simmering r&b groove filled with stirring strings and clattering hip hop inspired percussion. Take a listen.

  11. Single Serving: Tei Shi – Bassically

    Tei Shi (a.k.a. Valerie Teicher) returns today with a brand new jam titled “Bassically.” And we’re a little obsessed with it. Built from glossy drum machine beats and a kinetic bassline, it’s a beautiful disco pop groove that’ll make you want to bob your head, tap your feet, and eventually get up and dance.  All the while, Teicher showcases her Continue…

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