Listen: Benedek – ‘Coolin’

LA has produced some great musicians who like to toy with the fabric of genres. Yes, Flying Lotus is one of them, mashing together jazz and hip hop into a blend that’s hard to resist. But very few artists from there tackle pure funk and you usually have to look elsewhere to get that fix….

Listen: XYLO – ‘Bang Bang’

For the past year Los Angeles duo XYLO have been treating us to some sublime, luscious R&B-tinged electropop with tunes like ‘The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,’ ‘LA Love Song’ and ‘America.’ All of them are beautifully constructed and gorgeously implemented and you can say the same about their latest single too. Except, there’s…

Listen: MUNA – ‘Winterbreak’

Fans of Chairlift, Chinah and Wet take note: Los Angeles trio MUNA might be your next favourite band. Describing themselves as ‘dark pop,’ the group’s latest track is filled with the type of soft electronic production, R&B and funk-inspired basslines and intimate grooves that would make their predecessors blush. It’s a carefully constructed piece of…

Listen: Crescendo – ‘Softly’

We’ve got to hand it to Los Angeles dreampop outfit Crescendo. They’ve mastered the art of naming a song so you know exactly what it’s going to sound like. The hazy guitars and reverb-laden characteristics of shoegaze mean that there’s always a least a tinge of fluffy comfort in the layers of swirling sounds the…