SALES – “Getting It On”, “Renee”, and “Vows”

Orlando, Florida’s SALES has a stripped down sound mixed with Lykke Li + French Yé-yé style vocals. It’s as if Lykke Li stripped out the electrobeats and the yéyé girls slowed their music down then sang for a very relaxed 2010 garage band – like Beach House but purposely fewer layers and less Telecaster notes.

The lo-fi style initially masks the actual complexity in some of the short riffs throughout songs like “Renee”:

“Vows” – This is a sit on the grass at 3pm with a cigarette type of song.

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“New Year’s Eve” by MØ

MØ just released “New Year’s Eve” for the last 2 days of the year. With Imogen Heap-esque autotune harmonies, MØ gives us a departure from usual fast tempoed, excited NYE songs – instead presenting a track that reveals a more realistic range of emotions for any holiday.

Much like Tove Lo’s “Habits,” MØ shows that it’s not always a fun party – sometimes we’re trying to get over our issues with more champagne and hope for a better year.

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[Video:] “Habits (Stay High)” by Tove Lo

Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High)” video pretty much depicts the depressing side of The Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up”.

Whereas The Prodigy’s main character doesn’t give a fuck, Tove Lo’s follows the post-breakup carpe diem and the accidental moments of feeling your actual emotions.

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“She Exists in My Mind” by Michna

“She Exists in My Mind” by Michna is on repeat.

What’s essentially an instrumental track is so captivating from the beginning with its six seconds of water flows to the first synth chords to the airy vocals to the warbles to the drum beats.

Although Michna is from Brooklyn, “She Exists in My Mind” feels like driving on the 405 in LA during a crisp clear night.

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#TBT “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak – Covered by Breakdown Valentine

#TBT to both the original “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak and also to Breakdown Valentine’s cover released last month.

Breakdown Valentine took an already heartbreaking song and gave it an eerie twist using the dark wave synths and Olivia Barchard’s longing vocals.

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“Blank Space” + “Lungs” – Taylor Swift X CHVRCHES

Redditor dizzykiwi3 discovered that Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” fits almost beat-to-beat with “Lungs” by CHVRCHES.

Although, this isn’t the first time someone thought that a Taylor Swift / CHVRCHES breakup would make an amazing mashup.

Note: BoxSpeaker is not dizzykiwi3 – just saw dizzykiwi3’s post on Reddit.

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“Empty Bed” by Gemini Club

“Empty Bed” by Gemini Club plays out like the electro response to Death Cab for Cutie’s “Your New Twin-Sized Bed.”

“Empty Bed” captures all the post-breakup nostalgia and all the stages after denial – having your feelings and even your routines and body still trapped in “the life that I knew.”

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“Milligrams (Ultra Glacial Edition)” by Allday (feat. Stax Osset)

Stax Osset is churning out more collaborations – this time providing vocals on “Milligrams” by Allday.

With more projects like “Milligrams” and “Missin’ U” with KOWL, Stax Osset is setting herself up as the next GRIMES – electropop with some rap influences.

Focusing away from BoxSpeaker favorite Stax Osset, rapper Allday brings new influences to rap in addition to his Australian accent. A little bit of hip-hop mixed with electro beats, occasional heavy guitar riffs, and a Drake-esque cadence, Allday brings together different pieces of genres to produce what he calls “soft grunge rap love.”

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“Heartbeat” by Vérité

Vérité sounds like BANKS but an octave higher and with guitar riffs in place of some electro beats. Sultry and scratchy.

Also – she alludes to Explosions in the Sky. Who can hate that?

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[VIDEO] “Under the Tide” by CHVRCHES

BoxSpeaker favorite CHVRCHES released their latest video for “Under the Tide” – a Japanese anime / TRON mashup style video directed by Sing J. Lee.

A mix of the usual geometric effects, Leiji Matsumoto-esque emotion, and 1970s mecha/space anime, the video blends well with “Under the Tide’s” static backbeat and 80s exploration-cosmic fast tempo riff.

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