YOUNG GALAXY – Were You Ever A Dreamer?

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Young Galaxy have shared a bonus track from last year’s impressive Falsework lp. “Were You Ever A Dreamer?” is a bubbly, mid-tempo synth-pop jam that continues a long line of excellent singles from the Montreal band.

Young Galaxy are heading out on a brief tour later this month, with a kick-off show at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge on January 28. Watch a teaser trailer below.

Falsework is available now via Paper Bag Records.

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SAMANTHA URBANI – Alien (Rexy Cover)

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TSR fave Samantha Urbani (Friends) has announced the formation of her new label URU, whose first release will be the re-issue of the rare 1981 album Running Out of Time by British pop duo Rexy. Additionally, Urbani has recorded her own cover of the Rexy track “Alien”.

Running Out of Time is out March 18 on URU, in conjunction with Lucky Number. Pre-order is available via Rough Trade and you can give the original version of “Alien” a spin below.

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BEACON – IM U

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Brooklyn electronic duo Beacon continue the build-up for the release of their new album Escapements, with this video for the opening track “IM U”. Featuring Rory O’Connor (Nitemoves/Tycho) on drums, the slow-burner builds into something very lush and beautiful.

Escapements is out February 5 on Ghostly.

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YES ALEXANDER – Kyanite

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The beautiful Yes Alexander released her new album Kyanite today and it is a stunning collection of tracks produced with her musical partner Charles Earl Richard. Listen to the haunting standout track “Fever” below. You can catch Yes on tour in the coming weeks. Fill dates can be found here.

Kyanite is available now independently at YesAlexander.com.

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BEST OF 2015 – Releases of the Year

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As 2015 winds to a close today, we celebrate by reflecting on our favorite releases of the year. With so many amazing albums to choose from, this list most thoroughly reflects our taste and what we found ourselves naturally drawn to over the course of four seasons. What transpires is a fairly eclectic set, including everything from Madonna (insanely underrated IMO) to Mexican post-rock band Sunset Images. It was agonizing to decide what to leave off, with at least ten bubbling under albums narrowly missing the cut. But we had to stop somewhere! Also, a big shout-out to all of the exciting up and coming indie artists that have kept the act of discovering new music so rich after nine years of The Sky Report.

Get lost in our mammoth Best of 2015 Spotify playlist, which includes some extra tracks not included here:

Happy New Year and here’s to another big year ahead!

TOP 50 ALBUMS

50. SUNSET IMAGES – HAJIME

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49. AIR WAVES – PARTING GLANCES

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48. HAYBABY – SLEEPY KIDS

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47. COLD SHOWERS – MATTER OF CHOICE

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46. PINS – WILD NIGHTS

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45. PWR BTTM – UGLY CHERRIES

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44. MILEY CYRUS & HER DEAD PETZ – S/T

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43. CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS – S/T

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42. DISASTERPEACE – IT FOLLOWS

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41. DAN DEACON – GLISS RIFFER

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40. MADONNA – REBEL HEART

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39. TITUS ANDRONICUS – THE MOST LAMENTABLE TRAGEDY

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38. BEACH HOUSE – THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS

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37. SPRITZER – DON’T DIE, KILL ME

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36. VIET CONG – S/T

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35. FKA TWIGS – M3LL155X

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34. A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS – TRANSFIXIATION

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33. TAMARYN – CRANEKISS

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32. AUTRE NE VEUT – AGE OF TRANSPARENCY

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31. YOUNG GALAXY – FALSEWORK

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30. SLEATER-KINNEY – NO CITIES TO LOVE

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29. DOMENIQUE DUMONT – COMME ÇA

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28. ARCA – MUTANT

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27. BULLY – FEELS LIKE

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26. SHOPPING – WHY CHOOSE

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25. MOLLY NILSSON – ZENITH

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24. PANDA BEAR – PANDA BEAR MEETS THE GRIM REAPER

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23. HELEN – THE ORIGINAL FACES

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22. SHAMIR – RATCHET

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21. CHVRCHES – EVERY OPEN EYE

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20. BEACH HOUSE – DEPRESSION CHERRY

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19. MIGUEL – WILDHEART

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18. GEORGE CLANTON – 100% ELECTRONICA

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17. FATHER JOHN MISTY – I LOVE YOU, HONEYBEAR

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16. BJORK – VULNICURA

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15. LOWER DENS – ESCAPE FROM EVIL

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14. KURT VILE – B’LIEVE I’M GOIN DOWN

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13. DEERHUNTER – FADING FRONTIER

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12. U.S. GIRLS – HALF FREE

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11. ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER – GARDEN OF DELETE

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10. SUFJAN STEVENS – CARRIE & LOWELL

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9. COURTNEY BARNETT – SOMETIMES I SIT AND THINK, AND SOMETIMES I JUST SIT

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8. TAME IMPALA – CURRENTS

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7. EMPRESS OF – ME

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6. CARLY RAE JEPSEN – E – MO – TION

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5. KENDRICK LAMAR – TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY

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4. GRIMES – ART ANGELS

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3. LEON BRIDGES – COMING HOME

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2. JULIA HOLTER – HAVE YOU IN MY WILDERNESS

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1. JAMIE XX – IN COLOUR

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ADDITIONAL TRACKS WE COULDN’T GET ENOUGH OF THIS YEAR

SKRILLEX & DIPLO – WHERE ARE Ü NOW (WITH JUSTIN BIEBER)

MAJOR LAZER & DJ SNAKE – LEAN ON (FT. MØ)

MISSY ELLIOTT – WTF (WHERE THEY FROM) (FT. PHARRELL WILLIAMS)

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – WHAT KIND OF MAN (NICOLAS JAAR REMIX)

CHROMATICS – I CAN NEVER BE MYSELF WHEN YOU’RE AROUND

YUMI ZOUMA – CATASTROPHE

OCEAN HOPE – BY YOUR SIDE

KEEP SHELLY IN ATHENS – NOW I’M READY (FT. OCEAN HOPE)

LITTLE RACER – JACK KNIFE

BOYTOY – POSTAL

HINDS – CHILI TOWN

SPRITZER – MELT

WEEKENDER – FLOATY FEELING, BLUE

DIIV – DOPAMINE

CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS – JONATHAN (FT. PERFUME GENIUS)

NICOLE DOLLANGANGER – YOU’RE SO COOL

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MIND ENTERPRISES – Idealistic

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London-based Italian producer Mind Enterprises will release his debut lp early next year, but in the meantime we have the funked-out, pulsating title track to get us in the zone.

Idealistic is out February 5 via Because Music.

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NEON BUNNY – Romance In Seoul

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CSCN, the “pop workshop” singles division of the Cascine label, has issued another great one-off with South Korean producer Neon Bunny‘s “Romance In Seoul”.

“Inspired by indisputable Jazz greats Ella Fitzerald and Dinah Washington and their 1950’s renditions of the song “Manhattan”.

“Romance In Seoul” is available digitally here.

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