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Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble "NOW (Forever Momentary Space)"

Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble has released visuals for the title track from their forthcoming, NOW, which is set to be released via International Anthem on April 9th.

This is the work of Angel Bat Dawid (clarinet), Ben LaMar Gay (cornet & melodica), Dana Hall (drums), Damon Locks (samples & electronics), and Arif Smith (percussion).

Locks had this to say about "Now (Forever Momentary Space)"; this "is about the moment outside of the timeline where everything is possible. That moment is now."

   

Dylan Chambers lets loose in new single "Ya Feelin’ Good?"

With a cascading euphoria channeled via luscious falsettos and slippery guitar licks, Dylan Chambers escapes 2020 in his new single “Ya Feelin’ Good?” and does it with hot flair. Funky and free, with a bap-bap lightning beat, “Ya Feelin’ Good?” has an aim to get you dancing, and Dylan Chambers takes command with an energetic attitude that is felt both in the cream-smooth pre-choruses and in the song’s tail-end electric guitar shred. Dylan Chambers, a Los Angeles resident since 2011, allows himself a moment of celebration, during a career that keeps on blossoming through hard work, and invites you to join in: stream “Ya Feelin’ Good?” for your ticket to the party. - René Cobar

   

A Deli Premiere: "Rollercoaster" by JUICYPEAR

There is hardly a better way to prepare for the weekend than by letting go of the extra cargo and fusing into the groove of “ Rollercoaster,” a sweet indie-pop single by LA’s stylish duo JUICYPEAR. The glossy new track uses its sexy rhythm (fat bass) and melting electric guitar chords to usher one dance-pop hook after the other, the voice of Jasmine Mayeda guiding the euphoria of the moment. Together with her husband Jacob, Jasmine Mayeda rides the beat past its sharp sonic curves and composes a beautiful song that moves from dream-glitch bridges to a funk-futuristic rock finale that may leave your hair a mess. “Rollercoaster” is the sophomore single from JUICYPEAR, who reflects on the new single as follows: “Some seasons of life can feel like you’re riding an emotional rollercoaster. We thought it would be cool to bring the viewer into some of those life moments, while weaving in and out of vintage TVs, to show even our relationship has its ups and downs.” Nothing in the world is perfect, but in the pursuit of that perfection, a story weaves itself, that with its imperfections, becomes something better, more precious by far. Hang in there, stream our premiere of “Rollercoaster,” and enjoy the ride. - René Cobar

   

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The Macrotones are soulful in new EP "Bloody Hands"

Boston’s The Macrotones are a quality group, and that shows in the band’s latest EP Bloody Hands, which delves into the mythos of R&B, soul, and funk to retrieve a sound that has all the grit and glamour of ‘70s underground afrobeat clubs. The title track is led by a robust bassline that slithers in sync with the serrated vocals and snappy beat that add flame to it. “Nighttime Persona” uses brass instrumentation and vibrant, lingering electric guitar work to embellish a song smooth and soulful. The Macrotones find in these tracks the blues edge that artists like Fantastic Negrito and Gary Clark Jr. so effortlessly have.  “All Intentions Hidden” packs the full spirit of a group that does not fear to lose itself in the music it creates; For the right sort of trip stream the bluesy “Snakehunter” below. - Rene Cobar