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Jakub Alexander curates the music selections here at the blog. He also runs his Moodgadet record label out of Brooklyn, NY and does A&R for Ghostly International Records. Links: Moodgadget Records Jakub's Tumblr

ISO50 Presents: Gardens & Villa Stream

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Scott and I have been huge fans of Gardens & Villa since we heard them at a bar in Denver, CO during a Tycho tour so we’re happy be able to share their new album with you in full on ISO50. There’s always a place for a new act that will grow to the size of a band like Grizzly Bear and I think Gardens & Villa could be that band. I remember running across the Sasquatch Festival with some urgency a few years back and stopped in my tracks hearing “Star Fire Power” being played live, it felt like they should have been on the main stage with Bon Iver and Beck.

On a similar sound tip i’d say they sound like Small Black and the meat and potatoes of Youth Lagoon, maybe a sort of city born cousin of Midlake. Dunes has a drive to it but not for pop radio or just indie, they’re some sort of heartthrob that sits in between that is honest to themselves.

Dunes is out now on Secretly Canadian

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Photo credit: Neil Favila

Photo credit: Neil Favila

ISO50 Presents: Mark McGuire Stream

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Mark McGuire is back with a gorgeous LP that climbs up and down the desert hills searching for that song that will have you loving him all over again. I remember we’ve had our favorites in the past like Brain Storm (For Erin) or the lo-fi lush Mark that originally brought him to us via Editions Mego or even the noiser Mark that pushed his sound to an almost open and harsher level. This album shows maturity in that sense where things feel like they made in a clear space. The diversity is also there but the expanse within one song reaches new levels for his work which seems to be one of the best routes for his style of music.

“Along The Way” is out on Dead Oceans now

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Free Remix EP from Heathered Pearls

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I’ve collected all the remixes i’ve done and put them in one location and easily downloaded as a WAV or MP3 for everyone. Everything other than the Slowdive remix was a remix swap or a remix for a friend, hope you enjoy in your headphones and share it.

FREE DOWNLOAD

TRACKLIST
1. LoscilHundred (Heathered Pearls’ survey the wreckage remix) 04:48
2. Throwing SnowMelum (Heathered Pearls’ dormancy remix) 03:33
3. Dirty BeachesCasino Lisboa (Heathered Pearls’ dead time rework) 04:49
4. DianaBorn Again (Heathered Pearls’ avión remix) 05:38
5. SlowdiveMelon Yellow (Heathered Pearls’ tension rework) 04:46
6. Indian WellsIn The Streets (Heathered Pearls’ nautical remix) 02:59
7. Solar YearLines (Heathered Pearls’ serenity remix) 04:00

ISO50 Presents: The Trilogy Tapes

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A more than proper label out of London, The Trilogy Tapes has exposed a lot of heavy lo-fi dance producers. They have a focus and character to them that labels can only dream about. Enjoy the playlist and get nosey around in their shop, definitely worth your time if you collect physical music.

The Trilogy TapesSOUNDCLOUD / SHOP (VINYL / TAPE / SHIRTS)

Top 5 Overlooked Albums of 2013: #1

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One of my first vinyl purchases of 2013 really held up, Umberto has this way with that horror soundtrack sound that doesn’t veer off into its normal vintage pigeon hole. There’s beautiful synth work all the way to the last song, my personal favorite has to be track 2 “Initial Revelation”.

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Recap of all top 5 overlooked albums of 2013:

#5 Miles – Faint Hearted

#4 Lawrence – Films & Windows

#3 Soviet Soviet – Fate

#2 Huerco S. – Colonial Patterns

#1 Umberto – Confrontations

Nature Sounds Of New Zealand

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Every year I become slightly more new age aka my library of nature sounds expands. I found this nice collection of field recordings coming out of New Zealand, if you guys have any links of large collections of nature sounds please share them in the comments below, i’m always looking to buy or add to modest stack of sounds.

Nature Sounds Of New Zealand on Soundcloud

Bibio + R Zone + Sonns + Jets

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And we have lift off, jesus christ that might be the best Bibio song ever made.

R-Zone started as an anonymous trio that release vinyl without labeling who did what. Follow them on Soundcloud if you want to hear a sample of the other 7 releases.

Remixing The Field must be a tough task because its just soo beautiful loop based already but Sonns pulls it off nicely with in and out tones and giving each portion from the original a time to shine.

Machinedrum and Jimmy Edgar along with Jamie Lidell cover that oddball Boards Of Canada Midas Touch single.