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Published on February 6th, 2018 | by Mathew Kahansky

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New Music From The Inbox – Tuesday Edition! (Feb 06, 2018): ILUKA, Cold Fronts, Violetta Zironi, and more!

Artist: ILUKA

Song: “Sympathy”

Album/EP: Ritual

A peppy motown revival track with some bright modern pop infused, “Sympathy” is an infectious ear worm from top to bottom. An overarching tone of empowerment gives ILUKA’s latest single a boisterously triumphant feel – with plenty of grooving along the way. And, my Achilles heel, horns. So much brass.

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Artist: Cold Fronts

Song: “Stayin’ In”

Album/EP: Fantasy du Jour

Indie rock with a melodic tinge of surf, it’s easy to be misled by the song’s opening fuzz. Rest assured there’s more bop than drop in “Stayin’ In”, and with its 120 second runtime you won’t feel bad about hitting repeat on this garage rocker a couple times.

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Artist: Violetta Zironi

Song: “Don’t Make Me A Fool”

Album/EP: Half Moon Lane

A defiant yet melancholic song that builds and swells over the course of its runtime, Zironi’s reflective storytelling feels more like a journey than a tune. Beautifully subtle instrumentation is the perfect accompaniment, and caps off this surprising head-turner with ease.

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Artist: Everett Bird

Song: “Bucket of Dark Meat”

Album/EP: People Person

Floaty psych-rock that transitions smoothly to shoegazey garage rock and back again, “Bucket of Dark Meat” is the very definition of genre fluidity. The style shift also blends between feelings of brooding, brightness, and bleakness in an interesting self-fulfilling pattern. It’s not a comfortable emotion but that’s not to say it’s negative, either – kind of like the kick in the butt anxiety is supposed to serve as before spiralling out of control.

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Artist: Tove Styrke

Song: “Changed My Mind”

Album/EP: Sway

This is the kind of pop that doesn’t feel bad to like. Catchy and refined without getting overproduced and excessively edited into the ground, Swedish artist Tove Styrke’s latest single is refreshing with plenty of room to breathe. A good sign for a singer about to embark on tour with Lorde.

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Artist: Moha

Song: “Cold Feet”

Album/EP: FIT

Do you feel it? The warmth? Senegalese-American artist Moha draws on continental influences for this gently bouncing single that cuts straight through the winter blahs. Distinctive vocals, laid-back brass, and an undeniably inviting vibe come together to raise the sonic temperature just a little bit.

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About the Author

Once upon a time, Mat studied journalism. That's how he became Alan's one-time intern and current-time contributor, and the rest is ongoing history - get it? Mat also studied biology and music, so he has a strangely specific knowledge set that doesn't really apply anywhere other than useless fun facts. He currently works for a music tech start-up in Halifax, and is a big fan of the em dash.


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