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Really gets you going this one. Sweden’s own Summer Heart finished 2018 in full steam, squeezing out this single attached below just before Christmas. Touch is a smooth ode to the sticky nights of July and a gentle reminder of what is good and well and really matters.

The track comes after a whole line of releases last year, themed 12 Songs of Summer, all to be found on Spotify. The concluding installment of the series is rumored to be just around the corner and will give a glimpse into what will be an exciting 2019. First, Team Summer Heart is set to embark on a grand US tour come next month, kicking it off in Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory Feb 21, then working his way down the coast and inland, via SXSW in Austin. All dates nicely listed here.

Halfway through January, and here comes a strong contender for a release of the year. Los Angeles’ cool cats Freedom Fry really get their engines revving early this year, throwing their hats in the ring with a brand new EP titled The Seasons, due January 25th and out now on Soundcloud. The piece of recording comes three tracks strong and with a folky vibe, nicely warming up the icy realities of January, a year’s Monday to some.

Attached below is the extra smooth title track The Seasons, driven by lush August chords and carried by infectious October songwriting, a lovely companion from am to pm. The EP also comes with a rather exciting cover of Molly Nilsson’s Hey Moon which may be just up your alley if you are into music. Snag it here, and stream on lovers.

Red hot new this one out of the Portuguese studios SINAH calls home these days. Ivy is of course a hat-tip to Godfather Frank Ocean and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam, who co-produced it in the first place, and boom, it’s a Team Poule exclusive.

Sinah then took this delicate piece of songwriting, stripped the crooning guitar, and morphed it into her own realms. Driven by soft layers of vast electronic beats and ultimately carried by her soothing vocals, the New Ivy is both Frank Ocean and Sinah at the same time, and a free download for those Zune fans out there.

Sinah, meanwhile, is busy tightening the screws on her upcoming album, which will be more reliant on samples, more personal, and more diverse, and is stamped with a delivery date for later this year. Stream on.

Photo credits go to Andreas Hornoff.

The French gentlemen of Papooz, half way through dinner here, are busy putting the wheels on their upcoming second album Night Sketches due March 8th via the awesome Half Awake Records in Paris. Below, they offer a little hat-tip to the March madness that awaits. You and I is their latest and an ultimately lovely and lush piece of indie pop, showcasing their many talents and heating up January quite nicely.

The track comes with striking visuals, too, directed by Victoria Lafaurie and filmed by Leo Schrepel. Fire away. [continue reading…]

Smooth and red hot new tunes coming in by way of Vancouver, Canada, where DIY HIFI just set up shop. The new project of an old mate is a trifecta of artist collective, production unit and record label and he just put forth it’s first single in Feels, earmarked DH001. The track comes with a lush and infectious b-side in Another Woman, attached below at your convenience. A nice breeze of summer and poolside adventures, lived through sunglasses. DH002 and Free are scheduled for arrival January 25.

January, 2019. Time to sit back and take a knowing look at the year gone by, the year done with, the year 2018. After consulting the likes of Pitchfork, Paste Magazine, Consequence of Sound, Gorilla vs. Bear, and a nice write-up by Brooklyn Vegan, including Barack Obama’s top list, and after considering the releases by household names including, but by no means being limited to, Beach House, Blood Orange, Kurt Vile, Robyn, Lykke Li, Janelle Monae, a Black-Panther-laden Kendrick Lamar, and Kamasi Washington, here goes Team Poule’s list of who steered the rusty old ship of 2018 through the muddy waters.

In no particular order, and alongside handy Spotify links, these are some of the kickers, that will keep shining in 2019. [continue reading…]