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 I was bleeding and I could feel myself starting to get lightheaded. I’m not sure how I ended up in this strange place. One second I was exploring a recently discovered satellite that could have been used for resources or held a new scientific discovery and the next I found myself here. I was still surrounded by them outside. I could hear their breathing and the clicking of their claws on the rocks outside. I have started to try to repair my damaged radio so that I can send some sort of signal home and hope to have at least some sort of a chance.

 I talked about munno a little yesterday and the remix that he did for the new single by Evenings and today he unveiled this solo effort that you have got to hear. Chance is a slow sensual chugger of a track that has many hidden sounds laying underneath its vocal lines. A quiet whisper of a vocal leads you by the hand down an undefinable path that will have you breathless by the end of its three minutes. Take a chance on munno something tells me he still has plenty of other tricks up his sleeve.

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Gardener

 There is something amazing about a person with a green thumb. My own mother had one and I watched her transform a backyard of burrs and sand into a vibrant multicolored wonderland. As the flowers started to bloom new insects began to appear or a lonely turtle would wander in to feed on them. A world was born over the years that she faced blisters from the bite of a shovel and trowel. Even now I have to wonder if I managed to inherit what it takes to be a gardener.

 Fresh new sounds from a GPBP fave come in the form of Gardener and its visionary Evenings. It sounds almost like the trickle of rain drops falling on wooden wind chimes as its course through its three minutes. There is also a different take on it with a remix from Munno who also did solid work on another Evenings track some time back. Look forward to this single as being the opening track on the Gardener EP which can be found through the Evenings Bandcamp which has another four new works rounding it out.

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Viewing Growth (w/ Botany)

 When viewing growth I can’t help but feel the years of my life rush past. As I watch the children of my friends go from the crying babes that I remember to the playing toddlers I see before me I feel like I must work harder. I must press my nose to that spinning grindstone and create something that will never be equal but may make me feel equally complete before my time has run out.

 Texas has always been home to me and I love hearing the artists there as they grow and flourish. Today I chose to give you something from lilmalo who is getting a helping hand from Feeling Today mastermind Botany. The pair have created a blissful ride of a single called Viewing Growth. It opens with an almost jazz riff that erupts into a thick cloud of hazed out bliss. It comes from their Oasis of Days album which you can pick up free via their Bandcamp and I highly suggest you do.

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openME.up

 I want you to open me up. Take your shining scalpel and press it firmly into my skin. Grab my ribs and spread my chest wide open. I want you to get a feel for how everything inside of me works. You should know where the blood flows as it pumps through my veins. Grip your hand softly around my heart and feel the rhythms of its beat. I want you to find out everything that I hide inside of this skin that I wear.

 I have just discovered the sounds of Atlanta’s VAPERROR and it seems like something I should have always known about. This is pure headphone beat music that runs around in your head. Don’t mistake this as just beat making though as there are plenty of melodious elements in the mix as well. Take this one for a ride and also check out the latest mix that he did for the AMDISCS label as well as his Mana Pool EP on Dream Catalogue for more of his tastes and sounds.

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Manu Shrine - You (cut)

 There is nothing left in this huge world once filled with technology and the rest of us. It was all burned to the ground or taken by disease leaving a path of destruction in it’s wake. The forests had blazed only to be leveled by the rising waters. When the floods had passed the earth was washed clean and ready to start anew. Every living thing that was and everything we had created was turned to dust. The only thing that remained was you.

 Here are some new deep sounds from Manu Shrine that I think you might be interested in. A pulsating rumble of bass, blissful rises, and a snare that sounds like a slap in the face all surround a short simple vocal line that is hard to forget. Give this some spins in your headphones and find all of the shifts and twists and turns and be on the lookout for whatever may come next.

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The Pink Teens - Shanghaied

 The movement was the thing to wake me from my forced slumber. All that I could remember from the night before was the froth on the last mug of ale touching my lips before I stumbled out into the street. As I started my stumbling jaunt home I couldn’t hear the footsteps behind me. After a crack on the head from the crimps I have found myself here. Now I sit listening to the sounds of the waves and the wind rushing through the sails just realizing that I had been Shanghaied.

 I’m really digging the powerful pop sounds of Manchester’s The Pink Teens on their latest single Shanghaied. Sometimes all it takes is a straight forward guitar filled number with a steady pounding drum kit to get you going on a Saturday night and this fills in all of those blanks. If you like what you hear head over to RIP Records and put in a pre-order for the forthcoming 12” to be released on November 24th.

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gonzo

 My grandfather could still be a gonzo. Even though he has aged a healthy amount of years and outlived his own son he can still put them away. He slowly sips on boxed wine and Coors Light even in the early hours of the morning. Those poor young bastards would be laying out cold and awaken to the sound of another can cracking as the sun came up robbed of their youthful egos and bravado.

 Just finding out about Boston’s Tim Oxton and his bedroom project Wakes through this single. It has everything I love about a singer songwriter that toils away with their guitar wanting their sounds to be heard. There is that longing passion that I became addicted to when first hearing the early work of Michael Avishay’s Ghost Animal which if you have been a reader of my blog you know how I feel about that project. Give this a listen as well as take a moment to check out his latest covers release and look out for more as something tells me there are great things on the horizon.

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Ellie Herring - Mickie

 Mickie was a monster in the streets that was ready to stand up to any man willing to raise his fists. After many years of bleeding knuckles and black eyes staring back in mirrors the world finally took notice. Someone had to stand up for all of those people that couldn’t stand against those that took prey on the weak. In the glow of the street lights Mickie opened her heart and clenched her fists for them.

 It has been a long time since Ellie Herring tipped me off to her remix of Janet Jackson’s If which I loved but it was during my break from posting. Since then her Soundcloud has filled with many a journey in beats. Her latest release found on the SECRET SONGS Soundcloud titled Mickie is exactly that. A softly touched intro with finger snaps grows into a mellow hypnotizing head nod that is well worth your listen.

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With You

 When I was a child growing up I always thought that it would be my father that would teach me to be a man. Now that I am getting older I have learned that it is life that gives you that lesson. Until I was here with you I never knew exactly how much strength and love I have to share. Together we age and we grow taking on every obstacle that stands in our way. They say that we all die alone, but I only want to die with you.

 This latest release from the pair known as Tennyson titled with you is a monster mash of a single that pulls in sound from every direction. It is one of those songs that manages to defy any one single label. It is soul, jazz, electronic, beats, and so much more. It is a playful ride from start to finish that touches one multiple emotions seamlessly. Pre-order it soon as a limited 500 release 7 inch here featuring the b-side Lay-by as they are bound to be gone in a flash.

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Knew It By Heart

 The sounds were coming from almost a full block away. I could hear the steady bass drum beat and the hand claps. Immediately my mind began to run. Images and words started to flutter and the lyrics swirled out of my fading memory. My mouth began to move and I sang each and every word lightly to myself as the car approached. Even from such a distance when my favorite song plays this happens. I knew it by heart and I know that I always will even as I age and begin lose my mind.

 One of my favorite things about writing about music is following an artist as they release and grow. Long Walks On The Beach has given me more than a few perfect pop treats to write about and the latest release Knew It By Heart is yet another to add to that collection. Longing vocals over throbbing synth rhythms turn into rising grasping hooks that twist their way into your head urging you to hit play over and over again. Go ahead and hit play here and be ready to be swept away.

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