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Montreal’s TOPS formal debut in 2012, Tender Opposites, introduced them to the world, but latest LP, Picture You Staring, showcases them as not just an up and coming act, but one that has already arrived. The lush, sometimes romantic arrangements spanning several decades and genres create a sparkling collection of songs that are as timeless as they are quintessentially current. The album is sure to finish high on many best of lists, including ours for 2014.

Tonight, MOKB is proud to be bringing the band in along with Wampire for what is sure to be one of the most enjoyable double headers this year. To coincide with the show, the band has presented us with the second edition of our artist-curated INFLNCD Mixtape series where they highlight music and other artists that have impacted their sound and general aesthetic. Selections include pianist/composer Bill Pursell and the title track of his 1963 album Our Winter Love, Japanese nu-jazz artist DJ Takmura’s “Harmonium”, and our personal favorite early ’80s Bangor Wales’ band Fay Ray and their song “Cold As Steel”, among so much more. The mixtape sets the perfect mood for the heavy overcast and rainy days that tend occur this time of year. Stream and download it below and purchase tickets for the show tonight here.


MOKB INFLNCD Mixtape #2 – TOPS by My Old Kentucky Blog on Mixcloud

Find previous INFLNCD Mixtapes here.

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.

MOKB INFLNCD Mixtape #1 – Phoria by My Old Kentucky Blog on Mixcloud

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)

Stream : Ellie Herring : SSENSE Mix

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Slowly, but surely Lexington, Kentucky native Ellie Herring has been building momentum and making a name for herself with original work and remixes. Today, she released a mix for fashion-forward designer clothing online boutique SSENSE. You can find the stream along with the tracklist below.

Chrome Sparks – Losing U
Stwo – Cryin
Dpat – Unbound
Jessy Lanza – You and Me
Echavox – Habitat
Ellie Herring – The Never Ache
Tinashe – Vulnerable (Dave Luxe Remix)
noï x Krampf – Future Brain
D33J – Slow (feat. Kreyola)
Chet Faker – Talk is Cheap (Ta-ku Remix)
Baths – Miasma Sky (Moors Remix)
Pascal – Drowning In You
Tory Lanez – Unity (Promnite Bootleg)
WYLN – Changes
Huglife – F For U (Disclosure x Ryan Hemsworth x Huglife Edit)
Candy – Chloe Martini
Ellie Herring – Cool It
Carling Ruse – Need U
Ruddyp – Sleep On The Floor, Dream About Me

Mixtape : Knxwledge : Hexual Sealings​ ​Pt.​ ​7

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Raised in central New Jersey and Philly, Los Angeles based beatsmith Glen Boothe aka Knxwledge aka Knx just released a new mixtape Hexual Sealings​ ​Pt.​ ​7. You can probably gather from the title the overall vibe of it. If you dig what you hear, we recommend checking out the crazy prolific artist’s Bandcamp for further exploration or grab his Anthology compilation from that year that takes some of the best of his works the past few years and puts it in a more precise form. Expect a more formal release from him later this year through his label Stones Throw. Listen below.

Download : Cascine’s So Goddamn Guilty Summer Mix

Cascine has recently announced their Cascine & Friends Tour “designed to shine a light on labels with distinct aesthetics and the artists who embody their focused approaches.” It is co-presented by the fine peeps at 100% SILK, Arbutus, Ghostly International, and Gorilla vs. Bear. To go along with the tour, Cascine has just dropped their So Goddamn Guilty SummerMix containing the title track to Lemonade’s new LP and an unreleased edit of Yumi Zouma’s cover of/collab with Air France among many fantastic other songs. It is sure to be a go to during the summer heat. stream and download below.

1. Mariah Carey – Rainbow (Sun Angels Break-Up Edit)
2. Lemonade – Minus Tide
3. Sami – Yours Completely
4. Allie X – Catch
5. Kuhrye-oo – Air Days (feat. Evy Jane)
6. Gorgon City – Here For You
7. Seiko – Let’s Talk About It (Babyboy Remix)
8. How To Dress Well – Repeat Pleasure
9. Darius – Hot Hands
10. Sam Smith – Restart
11. K. Michelle – V.S.O.P.
12. Retro Culture – Weekend
13. Brett – Always
14. Yumi Zouma – It Feels Good To Be Around You (feat. Air France) – Uptempo Edit

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Stream : Ekkah : Summer Mixtape

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Last month, we introduced you to London/Birmingham, UK friend project Ekkah and their ’90s R&B leaning “Figure It Out”. The duo of Rebekah Pennington and Rebecca Wilson are back with a new mixtape appropriately titled Summer showcasing the previously mentioned “Figure It Out” along with three new demo tracks and a cover of Patrice Rushen’s timeless jam “Forget Me Nots”. Not only is it perfect for the warming temperatures, but it gives an idea on what is to come from the newcomers.

Mixtape Tracklist:
1. Figure it Out
2. Cindy (Demo)
3. Heatwaves (Demo)
4. Carry On (Demo)
5. Forget Me Nots (Patrice Rushen Cover)

Mixtape : Nire : Plur Allure

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Plur Allure, the mixtape from New York DJ/Producer Nire is sure to hit all the right spots. Clocking in just under a half-hour, there is no filler on this all female affair. It features nine intense, hard-hitting remixes by her of tracks from FKA Twigs, Ellie Goulding, A$AP Ferg, Beyoncé, to name a few with her taking them in addicting new directions. Nire will be releasing her debut album, One Never Know Do One, sometime later this Spring.

Mixtape : Four Tet : 1234567890qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm (DJ mix JAN 2014)

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Kieran Hebden a.k.a. Four Tet is giving away a new mix via his Soundcloud. Titled 1234567890qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm (DJ mix JAN 2014) and clocking in just over an hour, it features predominantly house and bass. There is no track list as of now, but stream it below and download it here.