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Husband and wife duo Flora Cash (Cole Randall and Shpresa Lleshaj) is a product of a transatlantic love affair that began on Soundcloud back in 2012, where they first traded their tunes — falling in love with them, then, each other. They’ve not been apart since, travelling the globe until finally settling in Stockholm where they craft their unique sound with lush haunting melodies, romantic lyrics, and moody guitars.

This remix from Swedish producer 1987 (AKA Victor Holmberg of Montauk fame) focuses on a subdued and melancholic, almost balearic r’n’b/dream pop sound and is a part of an EP called “Nightmare +Remixes” (released via the label Icons Creating Evil Art) where we can hear a remastered version of the album track “Nightmare” along with five brand new remixes.

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The label Hedonism Music are about to release the compilation EP “Ibiza Essentials Vol. 3” on Friday September 30th.

We’ve got our mitts on the premiere of the track “U+I” from dj/producer Simion in a dub version from Betoko, the track is a captivating deep house bomb with a dark, rolling bassline and intoxicating vocals.

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It’s finally here.. Sebastian Carter‘s City Lights EP is something I’ve been looking forward to for the past couple of weeks and as expected, it’s pretty incredible.

The Swiss producer first entered my radar with the lead single from his new EP, “Shallow Waters.” The effortless implementation of live instruments stood out, as did the textural depth of his composition. Premiered via XLR8R, the six-track City Lights EP comes as a culmination of two years in the studio. The complexity of each song shines through the ambient vibes, and in two strictly instrumental tracks “Views From Above” and “VHS,” Carter shows off his adventurous side, experimenting with varying tempos and diverse tones. The smooth vocals of Brighton-based Atonal feature in “Unlock”with Tosca Singer rounding out the EP with a stellar showing in the higher energy, “Rose Garden.” 

Easy on the ears and therapeutic for the soul, the City Lights EP has got to be your soundtrack for the week. Grab your copy here.

Foreign Air is the nomadic duo of Jacob Michael and Jesse Clasen who recently revealed the final cut “Better For It” off their debut EP “For The Light,” available now. An ethereal experience from the soothingly sensual opening notes to the soaring instrumental production, “Better For It” is a cool, moody soundscape with warmth in its edge.

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If anyone wants to discuss the state of pop music in NY in the present day, it’s basically becoming a given that Effie Liu’s name will come up in the process. The pint-sized, pink-haired singer has been destined for pop stardom, and her EP, Magenta Agenda, was the perfect summertime pop EP to get us through the sweltering heat. We recently sat down with her to learn more about her process and why she’s such an inspiration!

Congratulations on your latest release! For people who haven’t heard the release yet, what can they expect?

The Magenta Agenda EP is a collection of reggae-inspired pop jams that I’ve been working on for the past year. It’s a project that highlights my personal experiences with overcoming hardship, plus one love song for the sweet-tooths out there.

You started out in the fashion business and then moved into a musically artistic avenue. What would you say drew you to fashion and music? Do you find similarities between the two?

I was always interested in both mediums growing up. For me, they’re innately tied together as ways I can express myself. Musical styles don’t end with their sound – get you a (wo)man that can do both!

You’ve played some incredible shows out in NYC. What have been some of your favorite shows so far? Do you have any pre-show rituals, do you feel nervous, and what are the greatest rewards in performing and meeting fans?

My favorite show that I’ve played in the city was for Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls. It’s an organization designed to empower women and girls through music education. It was an honor to be able to play for a group like that, as I know how much I would have benefitted from seeing role models like myself in music when I was a kid.

You’ve been in the music world for a while now. What would you say have been the biggest lessons you’ve learned so far?

The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to trust yourself and those closest to you. When it comes to your own music, no one can help you articulate your vision better than you can. If you believe in what you’re doing, you know best. Feedback is important, but always take it with a grain of salt.

What can we expect from you in the rest of 2016?!

Look out for my live shows, popping up from now til forever. Plus I’ve got some videos on deck. And maybe even some cute new merch!

Thanks Effie! More information about the artist can be found here.