Dec 23, 2021

Z Tapes • Christmas 2021

Carols for Christmas 2021 are here to bring you cheer. :) 

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, stay warm and kind to one another! 

Cover art designed and baked by Hello Incognito ( 

Mastering and track order by Etai ( 

All profits will be donated to Depaul Slovensko, a Slovakian charity dsorganization and homeless shelter. 

Advance Base Christmas Special 2021

Dec 22, 2021

Tom Rosenthal • Letter Song • 2021

I hope your adventures are still misconceived
And how are you?
Don't say fine
I enclose to you a little cheque
For your gambling debts
And your secret lives
I don't know how you'd write to me
But you could try
Send it in the morning with a lick of light
Fire it into the dead of night
Oh, you might not recognise me
When I get back
Are you still coming last or first?
Stay out of the middle
And roll your dice
Nothing is the end of the world
Except the end of the world
So hold your light
Oh, this postcard may beat me home
May beat me home, I know
Have you tried Montaigne on friendship?
Maybe give it a go
Did England win the world cup?
We don't get mail or papers here
But that doesn't mean that I'm giving up
And if you write to me then it might appear
I don't know how you'd get to me
But you could try
Send it with the calling of the evening light
And fire it into a summer's night
Oh, you might not recognize me
When I get back
Oh, you might not recognize me
Oh, you might not recognize me when I get back
What's your latest obsession?
And tell me, how is your mum?
What will your face look like
When I see you again, my son?

Dec 15, 2021

Emma Kupa • Hey Love • 2020

Second single from the Emma Kupa album It Will Come Easier. This is a love song and it is about appreciating and noticing the positive things about a relationship.

Joe Kenkel • Sweeping • 2021

'Sweeping' is inspired by the mundane acts of kindness that we perform, without huffing and puffing, for those we care for. Acts of friendship and love don’t have to be some grand gesture. They are most often: sharing a meal, giving a ride to the airport, lending a book, sweeping the cat hair from the floor, etc.  

Chiming in with swirling synth-led grooves, reminiscent of a warm summer day, the track is soft-spoken and airy, making it feel familiar and welcoming from the gate."

"Kenkel, a sophisticated folk-rock songwriter, documents Music City’s idiosyncrasies on his debut LP, with acutely observant lyrics that weave their way through a host of characters that you’ve probably encountered: strange men with unsolicited advice, churchgoing neighbors, the guy sweeping up downtown after the party crowd makes its way home."
Nashville Scene

"Kenkel’s drumming and synth inject a fluid current underneath, carrying the song with precision and care."
Post Trash

"Joe Kenkel is a kindred spirit, a folk rock singer with respect but not reverence for the certitudes of Southern life."
Dusted Magazine

Joris Delacroix • Homie • 2021

Speaking of the single, Joris Delacroix tells us: “‘Homie’ is the kind of music I enjoy producing the most. It’s all about mixing peaceful and dreamy vibes with powerful and uplifting sensations in a constantly evolving way. This contradictory feeling resonates deep inside in me and I still need to express it through my music. The style is between House music and Electronica and the main theme takes influences from Stephan Bodzin and Vitalic.”

A power-changed wave of beautiful synths, Joris Delacroix's new single "Homie" is nothing short than electrifying.

Well-known for his deep house sound, the producer is constantly evolving and currently exploring the world of melodi techno and progressive house and "Homie" is an evidence for that. Joris Delacroix has performed live at Cercle’s Rooftop Performance series and earned over 75 million plays across streaming platforms to date with support from industry titans like Dancing Astronaut, Wonderland Magazine, and CLASH Magazine. stereofox

George Harrison • My Sweet Lord • 2021

features all-star cast of more than forty musicians, actors and comedians in tribute to harrison’s influence on music, film and comedy

stars fred armisen and vanessa bayer and features mark hamill, ringo starr, joe walsh, jeff lynne, jon hamm, natasha leggero, darren criss, rosanna arquette, “weird al” yankovic, patton oswalt, reggie watts, tim and eric, taiki waititi, and many more

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of George Harrison's classic solo album, All Things Must Pass is celebrated with a suite of new releases including  a stunning new mix of the classic album by Grammy Award-winning mixer/engineer Paul Hicks, overseen by executive producer Dhani Harrison.

San Fermin & The Districts • Nothingness • 2021

Speaking on the track, San Fermin frontman Ellis Ludwig-Leone said: "It was super fun to work with Rob on this song. I’ve been a fan of The Districts since we saw them at Sasquatch in 2015, and it was cool to put this one together with him piece by piece. We started with the chorus and then layered instruments in until we found the right arrangement."

"With quirky synths, soulful vocals and dream-filled hazy soundscapes, San Fermin and The Districts have crafted a perfect expressive slow-burned bop."

"Vibey, blissful, and oh-so-dreamy"

"It’s a characteristically lush offering, with hints of San Fermin’s expansive string-backed chamber pop soundscapes set against Jenn Wasner’s ethereal vocals and some warm synth melodies."
Under the Radar

"Lush, with an emphasis on both harmony and rhythm."
Brooklyn Vegan

Dec 13, 2021

Hurray for the Riff Raff • RHODODENDRON • 2021

Night blooming jasmine
Deadly nightshade
Fox glove renegade
I can hear you speaking
You can feel me breathing
Break my head open
Morning glory
Naked boys
Limestone everglade
Police barricade
I can't look back
I lost it all on this one way track
Don't turn your back on the mainland
Don't turn your back on the mainland
Don't turn your back on the mainland
Wake up in a field of corn
Staring at a sky reborn
Oh, spirit find me
Oh, spirit guide me
Addicted to the high of violence
Full moon maple
Chamico perfume
Wrap your limbs around me
This won't be over soon
Don't turn your back on the mainland
Don't turn your back on the mainland
Don't turn your back on the mainland
Everything I have is gone
And I don't know what it'll take to carry on
Everything I have is gone
And I don't know what it'll take to carry on
And I don't know what it'll take to carry on
And I don't know what it'll take to carry on
And I don't know what it'll take to carry on

Stanley Brinks & Freschard • "Lion Heart" • 2021

"a pleasant soundtrack to a lazy summer evening armed only with your favourite libation and, to quote Stanley Brinks himself, “time and nothing on your mind”." Drowned In Sound

Dec 11, 2021

Kitten • The End of Sunshine • 2021

Written and recorded over a period that included the departure of band members, a global pandemic, and myriad extracurricular commitments, Personal Hotspots uses an eclectic palette to chart the wild peaks and valleys of the group’s psyche. Perhaps no song better encapsulates the record’s mix of malaise and hope, anxiety and euphoria than album opener “The End of Sunshine”. Showcasing the band’s signature genre-agnosticism, “The End of Sunshine” incorporates psychedelia, gospel, and classic rock into a bedroom pop lament. The accompanying video, directed by Ayesha Fernandez, shows a series of vignettes in the fictionalized lives of the band members: a lonely guitarist by the beach, a lifetime gambler with a lucky break, a bed-ridden girl moving from darkness to ecstasy. 

Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez • '40 Days' • 2021

Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez is a singer/composer based in Brooklyn, New York. Born into a family of musicians, music was Raina’s first language and it runs deep within her veins. Rooted in Jazz and R&B, the songwriter invites us into her unique sonic world with harmonic nuance and lyrical poetry. 
Raina’s cross-genre style is built from the bottom up. With improvisation as a starting point for her songs, Raina draws on her emotionality and leans into her perception of the world around, uncovering hidden depths within daily life and articulating personal truth with vulnerability and bravery. Songwriting is her way of processing and understanding life in all its complexity.
Off of her latest album, If They’re Mine, is the slow-burning single “40 Days” - a subtly complex story about a struggle to let go. It’s hard to let go and it’s especially hard to let go of people who have hurt you, as backwards as that may seem. At the core of “40 Days” is the desire to let go, to be soft, to live in expansive harmony, and the accompanying choir embodies that desire. Community, shared truth and recognition help set us free. 

Safety Town • Fade Away • 2021

"The album was written using an entrancing synth-pop palette, making each track utterly ear-worm-worthy and perfect for a warm, summer day, despite the cold front that we’re experiencing in reality."

"The track blooms with twinkling synths and all-powerful piano chords that grab your attention from the gate, and stands as a testament to frontman Jackson Davis’ affinity for creating larger-than-life, multi-layered synth-pop offerings."

"'Fake It,' the title track of the upcoming album, is emblematic of the synth pop delights Davis offers, featuring interlocking drum machine beats, soft and sweet vocals, and a dizzying array of synth textures."
Under the Radar

Dec 9, 2021

Girlpool • "Faultline" • 2021

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah • "Thousand Oaks" • 2021

Alec Ounsworth est de retour avec son avatar bien connu Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Via son sixième chapitre studio « Hesitating Nation », sorti ce 12 février chez CYHSY-Secretly Distribution et Modulor, l’Américain dénonce les absurdités de notre monde moderne qui pèse en son cœur comme des traumas et des ulcérations pesants. Pour seul exemple, le titre « Thousand Oaks », qui relate la ville fusillade au Borderline Bar And Grill, le 7 novembre 2018. Dans cette version totalement acoustique, un souffle mélodique puissant enlace sa voix perchée, pour s’établir en un titre profondément politique acquitté des boîtes à rythmes, des synthés et des guitares originels.éléconcerts-gratuits

The Haunted Youth • Coming Home • 2021

Here we are: The Haunted Youth and its new single ‘Gone’. And it's right on target again: a fascinating slab of Psych/Dream Pop reminiscent of the best of DIIV, Beach Fossils, The Cure or Spiritalized.
Previous singles, ‘Teen Rebel’ and ‘Coming Home’, have gone viral, being covered by the likes of KEXP, NME, Consequence of Sound, Kerrang!, FIP, 3FM and Radio Eins. ‘Coming Home’ even made it to Song of the Day on KEXP.

Dec 8, 2021

Black Doldrums • Sad Paradise • 2021

‘Sad Paradise’ (which, like the band’s 2018 EP of the same name, takes its title from a handwritten poem Allen Ginsberg sent in a letter to Jack Kerouac) opens ‘Dead Awake’ and sets the tone with a tightly-wound spiral of gothic-psychedelic guitars, Kevin’s austere vocal and primal drums. Describing it as “a song about rejecting social norms”, they say that “Sad Paradise is about seeing people live their lives around you with little or no impact, just coming and going, wasting their lives away.”

Dec 5, 2021

Phoebe Bridgers on Austin City Limits "I Know the End" • 2021

Enjoy fresh perspectives in song from Olivia Rodrigo and Phoebe Bridgers. The chart-topping Rodrigo performs tunes from her bestselling debut Sour, while Bridgers sings songs from her critically acclaimed LP Punisher. 

Letting Up Despite Great Faults • Corners Pressed • 2021

Following the release of their stellar dreampop track “Corners Pressed,” Glide is excited to share the accompanying music video from Letting Up Despite Great Faults. A radiant pop-forward track “Corners Pressed” offers a shift from the band’s traditionally heavier shoegaze sound, resulting in a shimmering, upbeat, and blissful track, now with an equally fun music video to match.

"A shift from the band’s traditionally heavier shoegaze sound, resulting in a shimmering, upbeat, and blissful track, now with an equally fun music video to match."

Corners Pressed” is a more upbeat, pop-influenced track compared to Letting Up Despite Great Faults’ usual heavy sound."
Indie 88

"A radiant new single from this Austin group built around a leaping keyboard line and topped with a gentle vocal melody."

Bandcamp New and Notable

"A backdrop of swoony synths that perfectly emulate the moody haze of being in the thick of devotion to another human being"


Dec 3, 2021


Presenting our favorite songs of 2021: I posted up our favorite albums of the year earlier this week, and while that list inevitably gets the most attention, I started this site back in 2005 for the songs, and the way they make us feel. We're trying something different this time out: We loved well over 100 songs this year and ranking them all feels absurd, so here are the 30 that moved us the most, in no particular order at all

Nov 25, 2021

sunn O))) • Metta, Benevolence BBC 6Music • 2019

Artwork by Samantha Keely Smith

In late October 2019, following a successful UK tour ending in a sold-out concert at the mythical Roundhouse in London, SUNN O))) entered studio 4 of the BBC Maida Vale. On invitation to record a live session for Mary Anne Hobbs to be broadcast on Samhain via her excellent radio show on BBC6. To enter the legendary John Peel studios was to enter a temple of music and experimentation, liberty in ideas and sound. The band was nearing the end of a long touring year around the Life Metal and Pyroclast albums. SUNN O))) had developed the compositions extensively, embracing the formative concepts of the Life Metal album conceptually and emotionally, but actualised and evolved into vast, open and bright hypersaturated arrangements. Particularly the pieces the band chose to perform on this recording: Troubled Air and Pyroclasts. The former enriched into a total aspect of the band's ethos and form in many ways, and Pyroclasts had evolved to become all-inclusive radiation of O))). The radiation embraces collaboration and freedom of interpretation by each player, within a structural format of the massive monuments of sound and distortion which define SUNN O))). Anna Von Hausswolf and her band had accompanied SUNN O))) on the UK leg, and Anna joined SUNN O))) in the studio on synths and with her tremendous voice on the Pyroclasts pieces.

Nov 23, 2021

Triptides • So Many Days • 2021

"Triptides’ latest effort takes the band back into the dreamy vibes of Laurel Canyon in the early ‘70s, along with a dose of jangling country rock delights. Sunny psych folk meets cosmic country that bears traces of The Byrds, The Doors, and Big Star in equal measure.” - Caleb Campbell, UNDER THE RADAR
“Triptides tap into a heartwarming sense of being on their latest song ‘So Many Days.’” - Anurag Tagat, ROLLING STONE 
“Triptides’ new single ’So Many Days’ is the kind of laid back groover that is perfect for passing joints on a sunny day. The band does a fine job of mixing cosmic country with power pop and folk-rock to make for a supremely enjoyable track.” - Neil Ferguson, GLIDE MAGAZINE
[5/5 stars!] "LA psych-rockers Triptides continues their jangly, wiggy voyage into the unknown, while packing more hooks into its 42 minutes than other bands manage in entire careers." - SHINDIG!
[4/5 stars] “It’s impossible to hear Triptides and not reference the sounds of classic acts the band audaciously cites as influences. Start with early Pink Floyd, move onto the psychedelic end of The Byrds, the eerie melodic vibe of The Zombies, a bit of krautrock Can, some Badfinger and T. Rex….the list continues but you get the idea. They write impressive songs, not unlike their more famous inspirations. And in some cases, even better.” - AMERICAN SONGWRITER
“L.A. band Triptides make jangly pop that recalls both the city's '60s psych-pop heyday but also the '80s Paisley Underground scene.” - BROOKLYN VEGAN
“With its jangly 12-string guitar, steady groove and airy harmonies, Triptides definitely brings to mind '60s psych rock with a sunny California vibe. Incorporating fine guitar solos that veer from surf rock to more far out, acid-soaked sounds, the band gives us a time capsule of a tune that still feels fresh.” – GLIDE MAGAZINE
“… a  hazy, lazy head trip.” - BUZZBANDS.LA

Nov 19, 2021

Deca • Source Material • 2021


Working out of New York and previously a vital cog of Denver’s early 2000s hip hop machinery, Deca is a gestalt rapper, producer and visual artist with a dedicated global following. Since his debut album ‘The Veil’ in 2011, Deca’s released six more long players including the acclaimed ‘The Ocean’ in 2013, which brought him to wider attention.

MONSTA X • 몬스타엑스 'Rush Hour' • 2021

Worldwide phenomenon, Monsta X, have released their 10th mini album, No Limit, today. No Limit is an album that will become a turning point for Monsta X, where they will begin a new era amid the disordered, unprecedented world struck by Covid-19. This album contains a sense of calling to pioneer a new path, as they continue to infiltrate the North American market. With the bands second English-language album The Dreaming dropping on 12/10, a global movie launching in more than 70 countries [dates/tickets here], a Top 30 smash hit “One Day” currently climbing the charts, and 4 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball performances in December; Monsta X are here to close out 2021 triumphantly. 

Yot Club • Alive • 2021

Ryan’s lo-fi indie pop project Yot Club stems from a diverse array of influences, and offers a unique and recognizable brand of vibrant, sunny pop rock.  Since 2019, Yot Club has released three EPs and more than thirty tracks. Taking a simplified approach to recording, intentionally working within his restrictions of owning one microphone, Ryan boosts his creativity.

"Combining elements of lo-fi with retro sunny-pop, the artist intricately carves out his own lane of vibrant bedroom-pop while riding adding in touches of hip-hop and indie."

"The minimalistic yet carefully layered production taps into a hazy, warm vibe that comforts right from the first notes of guitars and synths."

"'Alive' is a perfect example of how the world works, it’s not all black and white, and there can be fun in boring and artificial suburbs."

"A lo-fi indie pop tune packed with clean, dreamy guitar riffs and hazy vocals."

"Similarly to his past sunshine-drenched releases, 'Alive' is a warm, synth-driven pop-rock tune that’s ultimately feel-good and summery by nature."

"‘Alive’ is practically dripping with melancholy in spite of its breezy, feather-light sound."
Backseat Mafia

"A fresh lofi / DIY masterpiece"
Indie Tapes

Z Tapes • Fall 2021

A soundtrack for Fall 2021. A celebration of 8 years of Z Tapes. 


Cover art by Seb Westcott (
Mastering and track order by Etai (

All proceeds will go to Le Foyer Notre Dame des Sans Abris.

Nov 18, 2021

Field Guide - Parachutes ft. Begonia

"Parachutes is a retreat to earlier times, when inspiration was most transparent and palpable"
American Songwriter

"The entrancing song barely reaches one minute in length, but its beauty stretches far beyond"
Cool Hunting

"Revolves around beautiful harmonies and a stripped back guitar line"

"Infused with originality and charm, the track gives us a glimpse of the cozy, intimate vibes that transform the classic Coldplay record into something more comforting and atmospheric."

Leif Vollebekk • I'm Not Your Lover • 2021

Today, Leif Vollebekk shares a live version of “I’m Not Your Lover,” recorded at The Troubadour in Los Angeles back in 2020. “This was the first time we played the song live, a couple of months before the lockdowns. It was a beautiful sold-out show at one of my favourite venues,” Leif explains. “When I first heard the live recording,” he continues “I thought it sounded better than the record.” Its accompanying video, directed by close collaborator Kaveh Nabatian, captures once again the essence of Leif’s music and its connectivity to nature. Leif Vollebekk will be on tour across North America and Europe beginning at the end of November until May 2022, see below for full listing. Get your tickets HERE.

Beau • Dreamer • 2021

NYC alt-pop duo Beau (consisting of singer/songwriters Heather Goldin and Emma Jenney) make dreamy indie pop that straddles the line between atmospheric '60s folk and frenetic late '70s punk. Heather and Emma grew up children of painters in Greenwich Village and became fast friends at a young age. Originally calling themselves "The Boos" and playing gigs around NYC, a trip to France inspired a name change to Beau [the masculine term for beautiful in French] and the rest is history. Lead singer Heather sounds like Karen O, dances like Jim Morrison, and entrances like Lana Del Rey. Emma is equally captivating, she's the Keith to Heather's Mick.