listen: Brett, “Chalon”

Newly sign-ed to Cascine, D.C.’s pop group Brett is releasing their new LP in May 20. Their ambitious new track, “Chalon” is possibly the biggest pop track the label has to offer. They explore the sound that runs somewhere in between Coldplay and the Balearic touches of Air France. Can’t get enough of its chorus as well.

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listen: Ryan Vail, “Grow”

Ireland’s electro duo Ryan Vail is up to something new and interesting. They are releasing their new EP Grow via Champion Sound in May, and here’s their new track, “Grow”. It’s soulful and minimal production burns slowly, but surely lit the long-lasting sparkling fire that is truly beautiful. Check out the Focus interview we did with them here.

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stream: LLLL, “LLLL”

We’ve been following the steps of Tokyo’s masked electro-pop unit, LLLL. They are performing their first show at the event Meishi Smile’s Zoom Lense is holding in Tokyo. Check out for more details here。More and moreover, they are releasing the limited 10″ EP via Germany’s Modular Field. Apparently it comes with a pearl white vinyl with a hand-printed cover artwork. Stream the whole thing below.

Meanwhile, make sure to check out the interview we did with LLLL here
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listen: Kidkanevil, “My Little Ghost”

“Tokyorkshire”‘s leftfield electro producer Kidnevil spent some time in Tokyo and came up with a very inspired album, My Little Ghost. You can now listen to the teaser of its entire album from the widget below. Make sure to tune in to some wonderful collaborations with Japanese artists, namely, Cuushe, Submerse, and Daisuke Tanabe. For more insights and backbones of this album, see Flau’s release page.

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listen: Super Magic Hats, “More Than Words”

We have an update from our favourite Aussie producer Super Magic Hats. He has a new 7″ single More Than Words out and now you can freely download the title track from his Bandcamp page. This track is a sparkly post-chillwave affair that takes you to a place where you relax and be free. Make sure to check out the Focus interview we did last year with Super Magic Hats.

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Interview: CEO

Eric Berglund seems to thrive off transformation. One minute he’s a baseball bat swinging, glassy eyed hooligan in Swedish pop group The Tough Alliance, the next he’s the secretive, tight-lipped label-runner for Gothenburg based indie imprint Sincerely Yours (whose catalogue has included things like selling $300 t-shirts with marijuana leafs emblazoned on them), and the next he’s a cashmere sweater-clad, rosary-wearing protagonist of CEO’s “Come With Me” music video – clutching a Totoro doll in the grip of some sweat-drenched fever dream.

But as continually perplexing, and sometimes problematic as Berglund’s music can be (in 2007, he sampled a Muslim call to prayer for TTA’s A New Chance EP, a decision that the Islamic community wasn’t thrilled about), his passion for the stuff he creates is undeniable. I spoke to Eric via email and talked about masculinity, embracing contradiction, and why worrying about the future is “so fucking stupid”.

Interview: CEO
Interview by Brendan Arnott Mar. 28, 2014

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Focus: Acquaintance

After releasing Parapsychology EP from Brighton’s collective, Anti-Ghost Moon Ray, an electronic producer Acquaintance recently put out his debut full-length album, Satellite Stream. Producing the infectious beats that combined elements of House, Balearic Disco and Techno, he makes a wide-eyed electro-pop that is colourful, thoughtful and infectious.

We have caught up with Acquaintance to talk about the reason behind his unit name, Anti-Ghost Ray and the concepts running behind the album.

Interview: Acquaintance
By Satoru ‘Teshi’ Teshima, Mar. 25, 2014

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listen: Only Real, “Cadilac Girl”

UK punkster Niall Galvin aka Only Real will be releasing his first single “Cadillac Girl” from Virgin EMI on March 12, and it is pretty damn catchy, combining his bratty singing style with woozy psychedelic guitar.

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