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For the last few years, LA-based vocalist Alina Baraz and Danish producer Galimatias have collaborated to make some of the best downtempo electronic music around and if you’re a music blog junkie like I am, then you’re probably used to seeing their names skyrocket to the top of charts pretty soon after a track is dropped.

Baraz and Galimatias met like many artists these days tend to do; through Soundcloud. After exchanging a few samples, the two produced their first track, ‘Drift’, at the end of 2013, marking the beginning of a beautiful long-distance partnership.

(In case you're not already familiar, listen to "Pretty Thoughts" below)

After releasing a 2 track EP (‘Drift’) in 2014, the duo began producing consistently great music and finally gave us the incredible ‘Urban Flora’ via Ultra Music; an EP that could be a full-length, loaded with all 8 of their sexy chillout beats.

Released on May 19th, the mini-album showcases the many variations they can spin into their sound. The popular ‘Fantasy’, which boasts a whopping 13 million plays on Soundcloud, features a jazzy electronic chorus from Galimatias where Baraz’ R&B-trained voice chimes in with, “let yourself unwind, get lost//in the garden of my mind//I could be your private island.”

With no music videos to date or any shows scheduled, Alina Baraz & Galimatias remain shrouded in some mystery. Stay up to date by following The NU on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming content from these two. In the meantime, you can loop ‘Urban Flora’ on Soundcloud as many times as you want.

#urban #indiepop

  • Jordan Maahs

Foals are back at it again this year! The Oxford band just announced that their fourth studio album will be released this summer. ‘What Went Down’ — which drops on August 28th — acts as the much anticipated follow-up to 2013’s Mercury Prize-nominated ‘Holy Fire’. The boys released a short teaser trailer along with the album announcement, which you can view below, but they aren’t releasing the first single from the album until next week. They'll be debuting the title track on June 16 on BBC Radio 1.

The UK band recorded ‘What Went Down’ in the South of France with producer James Ford, who is best known for his work with the Arctic Monkeys, Florence + the Machine, Mumford & Sons and Jessie Ware. The band, who seem to be getting a bit heavier in the album teaser, told Q Magazine that they wanted to expand on ‘Holy Fire’ and "push it out even further, so the extremes were further apart”.

Foals — who won Best Live Band at the Q Awards in 2013 — also announced a series of gigs at a selection of European festivals this summer. Though they don't have too many dates lined up just yet, stay tuned because there will likely be more 2015 tour announcements coming up in support of this album release.

*** UPDATE - Foals just released the video for "What Went Down"! (Below) ***


  • Cam Lynch

Mr. Reed

Based out of New York City, Mr. Reed (James Nathaniel Reed) has made great strides since being discovered for his busker work, playing with his 8-piece band on NPR, The Greene Space and even a critically acclaimed performance on America’s Got Talent in 2012 where he performed an incredibly fresh cover of Phil Collins’ ‘In The Air Tonight’.

Mr. Reed remains unsigned, although he recently stated on his Facebook page that he isn’t even seeking a deal. The renegade musician is only looking for tour sponsors and is offering his music for free so that when the opportunity arises, fans will be more willing to support whatever philanthropic endeavour he may need assistance with.

If you enjoyed the clip above, then you’ll love the rest of his catalogue which you can find in its entirety here on Soundcloud.

Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram

The most amazing thing about this teenaged, guitar-playing wunderkind is that he only picked up the instrument when he was 11-years-old, albeit he was slapping the bass when he was 9 and smashing drums when he was merely 6.

His talent was captured on film and the internet worked its magic, sharing his video over 11 million times on Facebook alone. This exposure has helped him collect over 32,000 likes on his FB Fan Page and has even lead to him playing at the Whitehouse and opening for Buddy Guy.

His authentically bluesy voice is just one of many to emerge from the Delta region and should come as no surprise that he also learned at the Delta Blues Museum.

Kingfish will be touring with his band all summer so you can stay up to date on show stops on his website and check out a full 10-minute live performance at last years Big Eyed Blues Festival where you can also get a sample of his smooth vocals.