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Jonathan Something displays vintage panache in new video “I Tried To Lose You But I Don’t Know How”

There’s something endearing about nakedly bearing one’s heart on your sleeve, and Jonathan Something captures a bygone 80s pre-sadboy bravado in new video “I Tried To lose You But I Don’t Know How.” Forlorn melody and plucky Yamaha synths bring a vintage aesthetic to the forefront (as does the quasi-VHS grain of the visuals), but Something really sells it in his panache, both in physical movement and vocal prowess; his pop vocal delivery occupies the liminal space between camp and classic, equally evocative of both James Murphy and George Michael. Tongue in cheek and deceptively catchy, watch the video below, and stream his new record Cannibal House Rules, out now via Solitaire Recordings. Photo by Mike Boyle

Monograms' "LINES (featuring Kat E)" encapsulates our current secluded worlds

Despite our best efforts over the last four months to remain connected (virtually) with friends and family, it’s not uncommon to feel a looming loneliness, a sentiment at the center of new Monograms track “LINES featuring Kat E.” “It’s a song about feeling like an outsider everywhere you go, which is common… given how dystopian, alienating and backwards the entire world kinda feels right now,” says frontman Ian Jacobs of the track, and said alienation transcends to the listening experience — dark filtered vox and phaser-laden keys create a foreboding energy evocative of New York’s collective psyche during those deserted, early April 2020 days. Perfect listening for gazing forlornly at the world at large from your bedroom window, stream this “nuke wave” jam below, out now via PaperCup Music, and keep an ear out for Monograms' forthcoming LP Only A Ceiling Can Stay Inside Forever dropping later this month. Photo by Michelle LoBianco

https://soundcloud.com/papercup-music/monograms-lines-featuring-kat-e/s-d5LtPnTowkn?in=papercup-music/sets/monograms-only-a-ceiling-can-stay-inside-forever//s-rGmiblpTm34

Myquale "Passport Package"

Rapper/Producer Myquale has released his debut EP, "Passport Package". The EP speaks to his childhood growing up in on Northside of Milwaukee and how that experience built him into what he is today. Regardless of where he finds himself, Chicago, Paris, Kenya, the Northside shines through in who Myquale in every way worldwide.

This EP features contributions from STNFXCE, Aaliyah Allah, Wil Akogu, and more.

Maurice "Steamed Brocoli"

Expiremental Rock group Maurice has released the second single, "Steamed Brocoli", from their forthcoming EP. This song, just as the first single, "Quarantine Single #1", was record remotely pushing the group sound in an unintended new direction.

Maurice is the work of David Grant (Electric Piano, Clavinet), Moses Aguilar (Guitar), Kevin Meyer (Bass), Corey McCafferty (Drums, Synthesizer), James Davis (trumpet, flugelhorn), and Jonathon Kirk (trombone, euphonium).

Connect to dreams with Aalok Bala's hypnotic "Moon Juice"

Aalok Bala's sophomore single "Moon Juice" defies explanation, but Bala seeks to create music that helps people transcend any earthly reason. A blend of synths, Andean flutes, and effected percussion and vocals, Bala toys with sound to create hypnotic melodies and arrangements. The video for "Moon Juice" shows the kind of psychedelic visions Bala seeks to create with her music. Whooshing 3D environments of breathing alien landscapes, temples to unknowable deities, and windows into alternate worlds accentuate the spiritual inspiration that feeds Bala's artistic vision. "Moon Juice" follows Bala's debut single "Sueño", and will appear on her debut EP Sacred Mirror. Take a look at the video for "Moon Juice" below. - Will Sisskind

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