Fight Your Fire • AYER (Produced by Arnold & Bel Heir)

You can imagine how stoked we were to see Ayer working with Bel Heir. Synths on synths, my friends. It was the only outcome. But, also, if you think about it…. the vocals were bound to be on point. Alas, here we are. Ayer’s at the top of his game, so if you’re looking to catch a show this weekend and you’re close to New York City, get out there. His live debut is Saturday, August 9th, at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. He’s on the bill with Ghost Beach, so you know shit’s going to get real. “Fight Your Fire” has us begging for a full release… so, homie, oblige us. 

You Haunt Me • Sir Sly
We tweeted about Sir Sly’s newest the day it came out, but we sat on the official posting. It’s not because we weren’t sure how we felt about it… it’s mostly that we couldn’t stop listening to it and wanted to take it all in before we put our feelings into words. When it comes down to it, we can’t quite sum up what this track means to us as a team, and I can’t sum up what it means to me as a person. I said it once, and I’ll say it again— Sir Sly is to my 20’s what The Starting Line was to my teens. If you’re looking for that song to really sell you on this California-based outfit, look no further. “You Haunt Me” is indie-pop-bliss churned out by guys who are meant to have a strong presence in the scene today. Don’t overlook ‘em. PS: this will be stuck in your head for days. You will love it. 

Bermuda • The Soundmen ft. Avan Lava

Summer might be winding down, but thanks to some of our favorites, we have absolutely no reason to stress it. “Bermuda” blends the Soundmen’s exquisite production with Avan Lava’s always on point vocals. The outcome of this collab is the anthem you’ve been waiting for. August is the new June, people. This song is proof of that. 

Looking Too Closely • Fink

If I’m not mistaken, the last time I listened to Fink was May of 2013. That wasn’t that long ago. When I started typing, I was going to say a very different year. Shout out to iTunes for helping me out. Regardless, I was obsessed with “This Is the Thing”, and I think it was because of some atrocious Nicholas Sparks’ book-turned-movie. “Looking Too Closely” warrants a similar obsession, but the roots are much more pure. I like that. 

Mother & Father • BROODS

Adulthood isn’t a thing that happens when you turn 18. It isn’t something that happens when you graduate college. It isn’t something that happens when you move out of your house. It’s kind of this ongoing presence / end-goal that people of almost every age are trying to figure out. BROODS made us feel some stuff about some stuff with this one. 

Black Diamond • AYER (the Soundmen Remix)

This collaboration is heavenly. We say that personally, ‘cause both AYER and the Soundmen are near and dear to our hearts… BUT we also say that objectively. “Black Diamond” at its core is an exquisite, ethereal release. The Soundmen’s touch brings a late-night feel, coating AYER’s vocals with some on point production work. Both names are on the rise, so we recommend keeping an eye out. 

Beggin for Thread • BANKS

Female vocalists and 2014. Two things that, in my opinion, go hand in hand. Maybe it’s just now that I’ve realized it, but hell, I think women have taken over and I couldn’t be more stoked about it. Show your support by picking this track up on iTunes. Please and thank you. 

Passing Ships • The Travelling Band

There’s something to be said about tracks that start of with subtle piano and quiet vocals that evolve into so much more. That something is that these tracks kick ass. Incorporate some strings, witty / biting lyrics… well, it kinda reminds me of something you’d hear on Winnie the Pooh, if the show were transformed into a gaggle of animal-esque high schoolers living through typical teenaged trials. That was really far-fetched, but it’s where I’m at. 

Fiona Coyne • Saint Pepsi

There’s no song out there right now that screams “summer” so loudly. If you don’t feel compelled to go out, grab a pair of Wayfarers, throw all your money on a convertible, and bail on work for the beach when you listen to this… I just don’t know who you are. 

Lurk • the Neighbourhood

I think the Neighbourhood don’t get nearly enough credit for sex appeal. I know Arctic Monkey’s kinda took over when they released AM, but right out of the starting gate these dudes have killed it with sexy as fuck tracks. It’s probably a California thing. 

Everything’s Gonna Be Alright • Mike Mains and the Branches

I’ve got this CD in my car and I think it’s the main reason for about 75% of my happiness when I’m driving for 5+ hours. It’s also the main reason for about 45% of my happiness when I’m driving for 10 minutes. The only reason the percentage is lower is because I can only listen to so many songs in 10 minutes, guys. It sucks. Talent overfloweth, my friends. 

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