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Copenhagen, DenmarkBroken Twin: Folk Made of Wide Open Spaces
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Broken Twin: Folk Made of Wide Open Spaces

April 17, 2014
Name: Majke Voss Romme Where She’s From: Copenhagen, Denmark When She Started: 2012 Genre: Alt-folk For Fans Of: The stripped-down songs of Bat for Lashes, Mechanical Bride, and other Kate...
Vigo , SpainFall for BFlecha’s Retro-Future Romance
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Fall for BFlecha's Retro-Future Romance

April 16, 2014
Name: BFlecha Where She’s From: Vigo, Spain When She Started: 2010 Genre: Defying (a lot of synthpop though) For Fans Of: Javiera Mena, El Guincho, Fakuta Sounds Like: Space-age Romanticism There’s something to say about BFlechas’s...
San Juan, Puerto RicoLet Fantasmes Manipulate Your Ears
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Let Fantasmes Manipulate Your Ears

April 15, 2014
Name: Fantasmes Where they’re from: San Juan, Puerto Rico When they started: 2007 Genre: Psychedelic desert rock For Fans Of: Nick Cave, Mark Lanegan, The Velvet Underground Sounds like: A walk through the California desert with a bottle...
Accra, GhanaNo One Pushes Afropop Forward Like E.L
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No One Pushes Afropop Forward Like E.L

April 15, 2014
Anyone who has been following Afropop's trajectory in the past three years will likely be familiar with E.L. If not directly, then they've definitely heard his influence. As a producer, he helped to stoke azonto's early fires in 2011 with Sarkodie's "U...
Charlotte, United StatesPack a Helmet for North Carolina’s Brain F≠
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Pack a Helmet for North Carolina's Brain F≠

April 14, 2014
Name: Brain F≠ (pronounced Brain Flannel) Where They’re From:  Charlotte, North Carolina When They Started: 2010 Genre: Garage punk For fans of: Blatz, Nü Sensae, Perfect Pussy, The...
Mexico City, MexicoZoé’s Gloomy Side Shines with Programatón
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Zoé's Gloomy Side Shines with Programatón

April 14, 2014
Words and Interview by Isabela Raygoza Among the most popular and beloved heavyweights of Mexico comes Zoé, a Mexico City-based space rock quintet with traces of mysticism in their music and plenty of...
Tokyo, JapanTaffy is a Tart Alt-Pop Confection
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Taffy is a Tart Alt-Pop Confection

April 11, 2014
Name: Taffy Where They’re From: Tokyo, Japan When They Started: 2012 Genre: Shoegazing alt-pop For Fans Of: Veruca Salt, Plastic Girl in Closet, Luminous Orange Sounds Like: A bit of blood after biting your tongue mid-candy apple This troupe,...
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London, United KingdomLabyrinth Ear — “Urchin”
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Labyrinth Ear -- "Urchin"

UK group Labyrinth ear describes themselves as “fantasia pop.” “Urchin” is a whimsical look at lost youth. Soft vocals and unsettling synths accompany a wind-blown series of scenes that are more about emotions than plot continuity.
Helsinki, FinlandBiniyam — “1ne”
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Biniyam -- "1ne"

There’s just no one like Biniyam. Not just the fact that he’s a German-Ethiopian rapper based in Finland. I mean, there’s that. But in the video for “1ne” he’s casually flaunting samurai swords, dance-fighting with African shields, and spitting rhymes...
Rotterdam, NetherlandsSevdaliza — “Clear Air”
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Sevdaliza -- "Clear Air"

Straight out of Holland, Sevdaliza gets tribal in the video for “Clear Air.” The captivating synth stabs, melodic coos, and rump-shaking percussion of the track gives this colorful clash of clans an air of grandeur.
Accra, GhanaE.L — “Ayayya”
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E.L -- "Ayayya"

From its thrilling beginning, you know E.L has something special in store with the video for “AYAYAA.” The Afropop song is a standalone banger, but as the background to secret agent shenanigans, it reaches epic levels. Beware femme fatales with eyes for...
London, United KingdomRita Ora — “I Will Never Let You Down”
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Rita Ora -- "I Will Never Let You Down"

Summer is getting nearer and nearer and pop stars are starting to roll out their finest. They are all dying to put out that song that’s ubiquitous at every barbecue, festival, and hazy Sunday afternoon. All of Rita Ora’s competitors must be scrambling,...