On Repeat – Best of July 2014 – Part One

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It is that time of the month again where we look back at what was dominating our playing time in the previous month. You should know the drill by now, only music which has somehow found its way to us through our various channels gets into the list, so if you want to be considered for the August edition, contact us through the following:
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JEEN – Buena Vista
Jeen, full name Jeen O’ Brien, independently released her new solo album Tourist on the 8th of July. Conceived and recorded by the artist in her attic this album was never intended to be a vehicle for a couple of singles but an old school effort with a beginning, middle and end. If Buena Vista is anything to go by then it is worth checking out.
False Colors – Behind Yr Face
Electronic duo of False Colors, based out of Nashville, Tennessee released their debut LP Vanishing Ink on the 20th of July and this is the track which they are giving away for free to celebrate. Vanishing Ink took two years to complete and was gradually transformed from a 4-channel 8-bit record made from pure sine, square, saw, and noise waves into something with more spacious aesthetic concepts
Lupa J – Statues
At a mere 16 years old, Imogen Jones is already making sonic waves under her moniker Lupa. Her musical experience lies in classical music, with the artist currently finishing her studies in violin at the Conservatorium High School in Sydney. Check out her debut track below.
Tin Sparrow – Echoes In The Dark
Combining driving percussion evocative of Suburbs-era Arcade Fire, a perfect marriage of jangly guitar with soaring vocals, and contemplative lyrics, Tin Sparrow‘s new single Echoes In The Dark has quickly caught the attention of many. Including us.
Velour – The Tower
Adult dance combo Velour return with this erotically charged double-header single. Influenced by the hedonistic golden age of 1970s swing culture but with a flirtatious hint of 90s French house, the release provides a window into a world where decadence and romance are divided by a thin velvet curtain
Love Inks – Shoot 100 Panes Of Glass
Love Inks are a minimalist group making music that harkens back to early 80’s UK (Marine Girls, Young Marble Giants) and David Lynch’s Roadhouse. The group’s sleek, needle-precise sound comes distinctly from Austin, Texas. Their new album Exi, is set for release on Sept 9th via Republic of Music.
Souvenir Driver – Feel The Flood
Souvenir Driver are based in Portland and make an interesting mix of bliss-pop which incorporates elements of shoegaze, post-punk, new wave, psych, and pretty much whatever else they’re digging at the moment (the bands own words). Feel the flood is the perfect track to lazily watch the world go by to.
BLSHS – Gave It Away
BLSHS is an innovative synth pop trio from Houston, Texas comprising of Michelle Miears, Chris Gore and Rick Carruth. Gave It Away offers riding bass lines, smooth synths, and lyrics that tell a story of lost love and the familiar imprint of emptiness that is left behind. Their debut EP Abstract Desires is now available through Synth Records.

Read part two here