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Almost Christmas, you can almost feel Santa creeping down that chimney. Time then for some relaxing tunes, to take things a bit more slowly in those hectic December days. Enter, Amparo out of Southern Arizona, and recently relocated into Sweden. Rains is her latest dreamy EP and attached below is the crafty track Balderdash, gently hopping between a folky feel of nature, and the warmth of the holidays. Rains is out now on Taabiir. Team Poule says, the spirit of the holidays!

A fresh wave of 80s fused tunes washing ashore on this grey December evening in the form of Danish duo Shy Shy Shy's latest single. Making A Fool tells the story of failed first impressions, unrequited love, and that awkward silence. If you know what hindsight feel like, and you can vibe to the synthy poppy melodies of the 1980s, you shall hit play below. Team Poule says, there it goes.

All photo credits above go to main man Lasse Steinmetz.

Fetch those oven gloves, this one comes in steaming. By way of Kitsuné's Hot Stream, enter Swedish vagabonds Emmecosta and their mediterranean grooves in shape of Angry Eyes, their latest single and newest piece after that EP this summer. This single then, comes as a prequel sort of, taking things to where it all started. Make sure not to miss the artful video, including an unknown town and a dashboard camera. Angry Eyes is out now on Icons Creating Evil Art. Team Poule says, here come the hotstepper.

Deep and hazy electronic grooves coming in from Italian by way of Brazil composer and visual artist Phantoms vs. Fire. Straight underwater music, and much like life below the surface, this one is singing to its own story and rhythm, as he himself puts it:

The main synth riff is made to sound like a ghost singing - the chorus is meant to sound like the ghost is singing "Pleeease, sing with me" [2:18 - 2:21] (if that makes sense). At 0:36 there's a break with strings before the song gets to its regular speed, the moment when the ghost realizes being a ghost is not that bad because he doesn't need to please anyone anymore. At 4:00 the second and last chorus kicks in with and starts blending with the string session (4:30). 4:45 the strings fill the headphones. Everyone sang along with the ghost, he's ready to dance in the afterlife.

What a beaut. The track comes off his epic album Swim, which nicely swings between deep synths and palmy drums, and is out now on Hypersoma Records. Team Poule says, worlds collide.

One last hoorah in 2017, attached below comes a selection of late additions to your year-ends lists, a warm musical companion for your drive home for Christmas. Fixed Fare is the latest in our little playlist series Bright Clouds, and up on Spotify and SoundCloud for your steaming pleasures.

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Gothenburg duo Tripnaha sure knows how to push those buttons. Attached below is their latest treat Apple Pie - a melange of synthy indie pop, electronic beats and a unique sadness that does not fail to attract attention. The piece comes off their uplifting debut EP 1A that is out now, on the usual channels. Catch them in Berlin for two shows, Dec 27th and Jan. 18th. Team Poule says, one for up there.