Song : Itasca : “After Dawn”

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We were really swept away by the song “Nature’s Gift” by ethereal folk singer Kayla Cohen, aka Itasca, a few weeks back. The song is off her sophomore album Unmoored By The Wind to be released on October 14th via Matt Mondanile’s (Real Estate, Ducktails) New Images label. To further draw us in, she is streaming another gorgeous, sweeping number “After Dawn”. Their is a heart on your sleeve quality about it further enhanced by the intimate feel of the instrumentation.

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MOKB Premiere : Holy Youth : “Feel Good”

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Holy Youth is a four-piece rock band hailing from Montevallo, Alabama. It is not rock with dreamy synths or electronics mixed in, but unapologetic searing guitar, drum pounding rock music. The kind that you have heard a thousand times, but always find yourself drawn back to when it is done right. This is exactly what you get with Holy Youth. On October 14th, they will unleash their eponymous debut full-length via Happenin Records. The first song from it is the scorching “Feel Good”. It is part garage, part surf and full of heavy reverb. Perfect for that next night of reckless abandon. Stream it below.

Video : Only Real : “Pass the Pain”

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Niall Galvin, aka Only Real, has been one of our favorites listens since coming to our attention last year with his Days In the City EP. He has his debut full-length coming out early next year, but has kept our attention with the songs “Cadillac Girl” and, most recently, “Pass The Pain”. The latter now has a visual companion done only the way we would expect from Galvin. The video is filled with all sorts of slacker attitude and clips of him bathing in a tub of Fruit Loops, cruising the city, and much more. Watch it below.

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Song : Mr Twin Sister : “In the House of Yes”

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The band formerly known as Twin Sister, Mr Twin Sister, has their new self-titled LP out on September 23rd via Twin Group/Infinite Best. Their third song revealed from the LP to date, “In The House of Yes”, continues the blending of lounge, jazz, and disco elements resulting in songs that might not be out of place on your parent’s easy listening station, but are sexy as hell. Just listen to that sax work on this one. You might want to pop this one on next time you are with that special someone trying to set the mood. Listen below.

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Song : Crater : “Ain’t Right”

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Seattle duo Crater were originally going to put out a five-song EP, but instead have chosen to release songs as singles over the past few months. They have said they have a collection of 20 or so songs at or near completion. Their latest “Ain’t Right” might be our favorite from them yet. The song carries many of the same sound touch points as their previous output, but it all clicks on this song. The droning bass, guitar work, and vocals all create one big hook throughout. If you have not been already, this is a band to pay attention to. You can hear the rest of their output here. Listen below.

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Song : Dot : “Space Race” (Ellie Herring Remix)

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Founder of Unspeakable Records and 22-year-old LA producer Dot received a remix of her “Space Race” by Lexington, KY’s Ellie Herring. Herring chops the video game elements and smooths out the edges to great to create a head bobbing jam required for a night of cruising the city with the top down. Stream both versions below.

Song : DEERS : “Castigadas en el granero”

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Now a four-piece, Madrid’s DEERS continue their string of unabashedly endearing chilled-out songs with “Castigadas en el granero”. The song is a part of their new 7″, BARN, out on November 3rd via Lucky Number/Mom+Pop. We cannot get enough of these girls. They are absolutely infectious. Stream below and, if you have not already, stream their excellent debut 7″, DEMO, here.

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Song : SOAK : “B a noBody”

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18-year-old Bridie Monds-Watson, known as SOAK, has shown herself to be one of emerging talents of 2014. Signing initially to CHVRCHES’ Goodbye Records, she caught our attention with song “Blud” and “24 Windowed House”. She now has a new label in Rough Trade and a elegantly understated new song titled “B a noBody”. According to Monds-Watson, the ballad was “written about people who feel held back in life, or don’t know what their plan is.” Stream it below.