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KYOSi's new EP "Negative Space" finds beauty in the experimental

New York-based polymath KYOSi describes the process of crafting her new extended play in terms of resonant beauty. “The question I ask myself is ‘did I make something I believe to be beautiful?’ and if the answer is yes, then I’ve reached success,” she says. As such, the recently released Negative Space contains a smattering of diverse genre influences—equal parts jazz, EDM, and pop— all congealing to create something as aesthetically pleasing as it is avant-garde. The EP’s title track is a standout example of this mellifluously-focused philosophy, with KYOSi’s vocals drifting in over reverb-laden seventh chords, all driven forward by house-inspired percussive breaks. It’s an iconoclastic release that on paper shouldn’t work, but with each separate piece in its right place, guided by KYOSi’s acute ear, it delivers a lush, experimental listening experience. Stream it below. -Connor Beckett McInerney

Operator Music Band unveils "Slim Spin" from upcoming full length

Brooklyn’s Operator Music Band pull no punches on new single “Slim Spin,” launching right into a three minute vamp of spring clock percussion, synth jazz chord progressions, and start-stop guitar solos of no wave origins. It’s hard to render the wide-breadth of influences OMB have channeled into this premiere track from their forthcoming album Duo Duo, but the New York quartet has an ear for understanding what distinct genre influences blend mellifluously. This is best demonstrated by the song’s second half, wherein over a repeated, hypnotic vocal line by singer and multi-instrumentalist Dara Hirsch, the group shifts keys seamlessly (and sometimes chromatically), building tension that coalesces in a melodic explosion of wurlitzer synths and sunburnt Fender riffs. It’s but a snippet of Operator Music Band’s penchant for the experimental, and it bodes well for the rest of the outfit’s sophomore record, out September 20th. Stream it below. -Connor Beckett McInerney

Collapsing Scenery Rage Electronically on "New World Borders"

Bi-coastal electro duo Collapsing Scenery attack U.S imperialism aggressively (and grittily) on new single “New World Borders,” channelling longstanding critiques of American foreign policy into a genre-blending political takedown. Enlisting the help of Israeli-Palestinian hip-hop group DAM (whose verses in Arabic and English fit perfectly with the track’s specific criticism of Washington’s ineffectiveness in the Middle East), “New World Borders” is bolstered by a breathless, palpably exacerbated vocal performance over industrial instrumentation. Given that Collapsing Scenery was formed “under a pall of paranoia and disgust,” this particularly acerbic track is but one of the full-throttle condemnations off their recently dropped debut Stress Positions, out now via Metropolitan Indian. Stream it below. -Connor Beckett McInerney

TANSU, The Side Project, and Miranda Joan play The Revolution #40 on 06.29

In Volume #40 of the Revolution, a performance series involving emerging NYC artists curated by The National Sawdust, Harlem-based TANSU, NYC's saxophone quartet The Side Project, and Brooklyn singer and songwriter Miranda Joan will be joining together to share Williamsburg venue's stage on June 29th.

TANSU's story includes studies at The Berklee College of Music, one of the few music schools able to develop well-roundied musical artists. Her voice has an impressive strength and vocal range, propelling her modern and sophisticated soul-pop style. Singer songwriter Miranda Joan, who has collaborated already with The Side Project, offers a more mellow and lush take on soul-pop, with electronic flourishes that don't affect the genre's signature relatability. The Side Project, a sax and voice ensemble dedicated to covers of pop hits and led by the saxophonist and producer Éyal Hai, boasts a roster of past shows at The Brooklyn Bowl and The Art Institute of NYC. They recently released their first album, '#ThisPartySax' under the label Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit Records. Tickets for the June 29th show are on sale now here.

SiP “Glory Beauty Supply”

SiP recently released a video for their latest single “Glory Beauty Supply”. This is primarily the work of Jimmy Lacy, but for the track he is joined by Gabriel Perez Diaz (Guitar) and Carlos Chavarria (Saxophone). The single was released via the new experimental label Get Strange and the video was created by Robotboot.

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