Grouper Marks the Winter Solstice with Paradise Valley 7″

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It is a good thing we haven’t pushed out our essentials songs and albums lists for 2016 just yet. Liz Harris aka Grouper recently unveiled a stunning 7″ named Paradise Valley featuring the tracks “Headache” and “I’m Clean Now.” Each song is a calming reflection of what has been an anxiety riddled year and really feels like a cleansing of sorts. The 7″ limited to 1000 copies is sold out at her Bandcamp, but you can still grab it as I type at Boomkat along with expected to show on Little Axe as well. Listen to each below along with a visual companion for “Headache” done by Paul Clipson.

Wayback Wednesday: The Egyptian Lover

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If you haven’t yet watched Hip Hop Evolution on Netflix yet, you need to get on it. It’s an awesome four-part documentary series that really outlines the origin of hip-hop in the South Bronx, and it’s eventual movement to the West Coast. Greg Broussard, The Egyptian Lover, started off as a Los Angeles DJ playing parties at the LA Sports Arena as part of Uncle Jamm’s Army, the group that gangsta rap pioneer Ice-T also originated from, and laid the foundation and influence that eventually led to Dr. Dre and his G-Funk sound that changed the face of West Coast hip-hop forever.

The Egyptian Lover continues to release music in the modern era, and even supported M.I.A. in her People vs. Money Tour in 2008.

The Egyptian Lover – And My Beat Goes Boom

The Egyptian Lover – Egypt, Egypt

The Egyptian Lover – I Need A Freak

Listen to “Aurelia” by Tom Tripp

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Enigmatic artist, Tom Tripp, values his privacy. He pinned a tweet from July of 2014 that said “All I want to do is make dope music and hide. I’m going to do just that. No need to talk.” With only two demos to his name on his Soundcloud, the excitement builds for things to come, and I’ve had this one on repeat for a week.

21-year old Tripp has a beautiful voice, writes and produces his own music so far and is a fan of warbling synths and funky guitar sounds. You’re sure to enjoy.

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 12/20/16

Here’s the playlist from today’s My Old Kentucky Blog Radio on SIRIUS XMU, Channel 35! Also, available anytime via OnDemand online and via the app.

Kirby – Loved By You
Shura – Make It Up
SOHN – Rennen
Black Marble – Frisk
BADBADNOTGOOD ft. Kaytranada – Lavender
Cellars – Do You Miss Me?
Egyptian Lover – I Need A Freak
Great Good Fine Ok – Everything To Me
Kaytranada – Lite Spots
STRFKR – Being No One, Going Nowhere
George Clanton – Bleed (Alternate version)
Forth Wanderers – Slop
Meatbodies – Creature Feature
Devendra Banhart – Saturday Night
Charlie Hilton – Funny Anyway
Hoops – Gemini (demo version)
Public Access T.V. – End Of An Era
SHEER MAG – Nobody’s Baby
Ian Sweet – #23
Slumbers – Battle
Whitney – Golden Days
Stef Chura – Spotted Gold
Shampoo – Katie
Anna Of The North – Baby
Childish Gambino – Redbone
Run The Jewels – Legend Has It
Tom Tripp – Aurelia (demo)
Blood Orange ft. Carly Rae Jepsen – Better Than Me

Listen to “Rennen” by SOHN

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London-born musician SOHN relocated to northern California to create his latest album, Rennen, and today we share the title track. The cut is a restrained, warm down-tempo, piano-driven pop effort with gorgeous vocals.

Rennen will be released January 13th, 2017 through 4AD Records.

Watch Emily Reo’s Video for “Spell”

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We were floored with the chilling elegance showcased on both tracks featured on Brooklyn-based singer Emily Reo’s 10″ single released back in October through Orchid Tapes. There is a relatable sense of self-preservation permeating throughout the track “Spell” as she continuously chants “I can’t feel anything” and “I don’t heal anything” almost as a coping mechanism one uses as a traumatic event unfolds. This contrast of calming in the midst chaos is visualized in the montaged imagery rolling throughout recently revealed video directed by Brian Vu. Just as the song does, it leaves us confused as to whether should feel serenity or anxiety. Watch below.

Watch the New Video for “Ghosts” from Dublin’s Katie Kim

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Haunting and ethereal are overused adjectives to describe music in the lo-fi or dream-pop realm quite frequently, but in Irish singer Katie Kim’s case, they really do appropriately apply. Here arresting compositions hover around you like air in the atmosphere with whiskey vocals that bewitch somewhere in the vicinity of a Stevie Nicks or a Victoria Legrand at peak moments. Her most recent album, SALT, was released just in time for autumn and has slowly been comforting our gray days ever since. She recently dropped a video for the release’s opening track “Ghost” directed by Cáit Fahey. The clip follows two friends as they enjoy the fleeting carefree moments those lucky enough experience during their years of adolescence. It is a truly engaging watch.

Fog Lake Announces New Album, Streams “Side Effects”

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Fog Lake, the musical outlet of St. John’s, Newfoundland’s Aaron Powell, has become one of our essential listens over the last few years. This coming February, he will be releasing his latest collection of songs titled Dragonchaser and the follow-up to 2015’s subtle gem Victoria Park. Included on the album is the previously heard and excellent “Rattlesnake” along with his contribution with Home Alone to Orchid Tapes compilation Radiating Frinds, “Push,” and this newly revealed track “Side Effect.” Just like his previously material, the isolating warmth is present in a lo-fi sheen and is perfect for forced days inside and moments of solitude. We can only hope this gets the proper treatment with a release on vinyl along with his previous releases while they are at it.