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Midnight Davis

Buried

Midnight Davis

Buried

Miles away and blue fusion of shoegaze and Dream Pop. Play it again and again…

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Bodyguard

Raiden - Blue Light

Bodyguard

Raiden - Blue Light

Deeply arresting highlight of James Ferraro's 'Silica Gel' mixtape as Bodyguard

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Evy Jane

Sayso

Evy Jane

Sayso

Amazing cut from Evy Jane's hugely promising debut.

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SYNKRO

Memories of Love

SYNKRO

Memories of Love

Zero-G dream pop slow jam, one of Synkro's finest

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Arca

Walls

Arca

Walls

Slow-mo R&B beatcraft and a hook to die for. Just gorgeous

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oOoOO

Starr

oOoOO

Starr

A murky highlight from the Tri Angle star's long-in-the-making recent EP

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Airhead

South Congress

Airhead

South Congress

A buoyant beacon in this ocean of blue moods

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Paco Sala

Spiral

Paco Sala

Spiral

Tantalising, Lynchian pop-ambient that'll linger long after the moment has passed

156

Syntaks

Someone Elses Dream

Syntaks

Someone Elses Dream

Jakob Skøtt and Anna Cecilia at their most reduced

156

MARIBEL

You Bring the Sadness

MARIBEL

You Bring the Sadness

Exquisite morsel scarily reminiscent of A.C. Marias

156

SSaliva

Night Landing

SSaliva

Night Landing

Franz Baker aka Cupp Cave in proper, head-warping style

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LX Sweat

Doom Funk

LX Sweat

Doom Funk

Massively decelerated synth drifter

156

Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland

2

Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland

2

The duo f.k.a. Hype Williams with a crumpled, faded ballad from the back pocket

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Chants

Night After

Chants

Night After

Sparse, detached soul for blunted heads and broken hearts

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This time on 14tracks:

“14 Tracks: Blue Gaze”

Shuffling around the intersection of R&B and ambient/dream-Pop, this collection isolates a slow, melancholic sort of sonic catharsis that we all need now and again. The cloud-like harmonics and skeletal steppers drums of Midnight Davis set the vibe perfectly for James Ferraro's uncannily affective Bodyguard ace 'Raiden - Blue Light', and Evy Jane's addictive 'Sayso'. Eased in, there's suspended dreampop ambience from Synkro's Apollo single, and the condensed soul of Arca's blunted beauty 'Walls' or o0o00's 'Starr', beside the plangent shoegazey fuzz and swoon of Airhead and Paco Sala, respectively. Meanwhile, Syntaks and Maribel keep the mood blue and smokily reverent with sanguine keys and a rich trace of '60s pop sophistication, with a murky run of tape-worn aces from Ssaliva, Hype Williams and LX Sweat' closing us off with ferric-feathered grace.

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