Song : Anna of the North : “Sway” (Togetherness Remix)

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We have been wearing out, “Sway”, the debut single from Scandinavian singer Anna of the North. It is just one of those songs that we cannot get enough of. To keep the song fresh, however, we have a new remix by Togetherness aka Nicky Paul and Ross Clark from St. Lucia. It is a formidable reworking filling out the pauses of the original with winding synth rifts making sort of a carousel of sound. You can find it below and stream the original here for old times sake.

Song : SOS : “Dead or Alive”

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Comprised of singer Randa Leigh, and producer/multi-instrumentalist Brian Vincent, Portland’s SOS will be releasing their self-titled album on September 16th. After streaming “Youth In Decline” and “She Wants”, they have now revealed a third sample of the LP with song “Dead or Alive”. The song is a minimalistic affair driven by some xx-tinged guitar tones and pop hooks that fill the air like smoke in a dark room. You can download it along with the previous two tracks at their soundcloud for free. Listen below.

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Song : Odesza : “Say My Name” (feat. Zyra)

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Seattle’s Odesza announced their new LP, In Return (out September 9th via Counter Records), last month with new song “Memories That You Call” featuring Monsoonsiren. They now have a second track to sink into titled “Say My Name” featuring singer Zyra. The song is sprinkled with tribal beats combined with video game synths. Stream it below.

Song : Charli XCX : “Break The Rules”

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While to those hip to the latest and greatest may already see Charli XCX as a bona fide pop star, she still may be just one step away from this title. All that should change for the singer on the cusp with the announcement of new LP, Sucker, out on October 21st via Neon Gold/Atlantic. The first song from it is “Break The Rules” and might be the most direct song she has ever written for herself to present to the masses. It maintains her rebellious quirky ways of the past, but presents it in a fashion that should see major spins on top 40 radio. Stream it below.

Song : Peaking Lights : “Breakdown”

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Husband and wife psych-pop duo Peaking Lights have another release on the horizon. On October 7th, new LP Comic Logic will hit shelves via Weird World/Domino Records. The first song from it is this excellent new one “Breakdown” found below.

MOKB Premiere : BASECAMP : “Shudder” (Goodnight Cody Remix)

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Nashville trio BASECAMP dropped their great self-titled debut EP one last year with a smooth blend of electronic-based rock and R&B that managed to sound refreshing in a bloated landscape of musicians trying to pull off a similar sound. Currently, the band is hard at work trying to build off the initial success with a follow-up EP due out later this year.

In the meantime, they recently dropped a one-off song “Shudder” just to remind everyone that they are around. The song had a soft club vibe to it. Think a trendy beach spot at sundown. The remix from Los Angeles’ Goodnight Cody isolates softer moments only to have it flicker bright, drop back, then slowly culminate with sparkling sheen creating a dreamy, magical playground of noise. Stream it below along with the original.

MOKB INFLNCD Mixtape #1 : Phoria

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Music isn’t always about the latest and greatest. What is old to one generation is new to the next. So we thought what better way to discover new (and old) music than to ask some of our favorite artists currently to create a mixtape of songs and artists that influenced what they are aesthetically and sonically. With that idea in mind, MOKB is proud to introduce a new mixtape series we have dubbed INFLNCD.

The first band to contribute is Brighton, UK five-piece Phoria. Earlier this year, they released one our favorite collections of music with their Display EP (stream here) via X Novo. While many of the selections are not necessarily all that surprising given their textured, falsetto-led compositions, they did throw in some excellent lesser known entities such as late ’90s, early aughts English six-piece The Cooper Temple Clause, one-time Sparklehorse member Sophie Michalitsianos aka Sol Seppy, and Buckinghamshire singer Martin Grech. The result is fusion of lush soundscapes that flows seamlessly from start to finish and sure to fit in well during your next moment of introspection. Find the downloadable Soundcloud stream along with tracklist below and purchase their highly recommended Display EP here.

Tracklist:
1: Mew – Comforting Sound
2: Aphex Twin – Windowlicker
3: Cooper Temple Clause – Music Box
4: Radiohead – Reckoner
5: Sol Seppy – Enter One
6: Muse – Citizen Erased
7: Martin Grech – Open Heart Zoo
8: Bjork – Joga
9: Jeff Buckley – Dream Brother
10: Elbow – Puncture Repair
11: Joanna Newsom – Emily
12: Sigur Rós – 08 Untitled (Popplagið)

Song : Tennis : “I’m Calling”

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It feels like the late ’70s in music lately. Everybody is releasing dropping disco-infused vibes. Denver’s Tennis are the latest to jump this direction with their new song “I’m Calling”. The Patrick Carney-produced cut offers up a new dimension to the pop-rock duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley making us even more curious to the overall makeup of new album, Ritual In Repeat, which is slated for release on September 9th via Communion. You can also check out the previously revealed “Never Work For Free”. Listen below.