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New Music: The 405 Recommends

The 405 Recommends

Last month, music gurus The 405 gave our ears a treat with their recommendations for the very best new tracks. We think they’ve outdone themselves with these latest picks and can’t wait for you to give them a whirl.

Here are The 405’s top finds, all ready for you to enjoy on Rdio!

Ang Low
Brooklyn's brightest R&B talent is Ang Low, a platinum-gulleted dude supreme with a penchant for soul, indie-pop and electronica. Firmly hitched to the '90s revival bandwagon, Ang Low stands out head and shoulders above the common rabble. Heavy on emotional content, pop pizazz and ingenuity, he is a prime example of how to be a true original in a saturated genre. “Can't Describe Her” and the twinkling parade “Life Goes Down” are essential listens.

Sylvan Esso
North Carolina twosome Sylvan Esso came together serendipitously back in 2012. The pair swiftly began doodling with noise, sculpting sublime synthpop that careens between skulking dance lurches (“Coffee”) and quaint folk handclappery (“Hey Mami”) – the combinations they make are both fascinating sonic explorations and technically flawless ditties, showcasing Nick Sanborn's eclectic genre-hopping penchant and Amelia Meath's golden pipes. 2014 is set to be a big year, and it's easy to hear why.

Zhala
Like Naomi Pilgrim, Swedish singer Zhala once got her kicks as a backup vocalist for Lykke Li, but is now striving to create her own pop dynasty. Unlike Pilgrim, Zhala's manic electro-pop skirts demonic rather than sweet; tracks like the distorted dance-pop barrage “Prophet,” with its rhythmic flippancy and gyrating synth pulses, prove Zhala to be a more tarnished force. These are otherworldly musings, drenched in '90s house. Her oldest cut, “Slippin Around,” is less frenetic, and her distinct vocal tones shine through amongst the glitches, digi-blips and tribal beats.

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∞  11/04/2014 — 11:10AM