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Ticket Giveaway: of Montreal & Yip Deceiver at Union Transfer This Sunday

This Sunday, April 14, the ever-evolving of Montreal will be bringing White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood to the stage of Union Transfer. Kevin Barnes's latest release is sonically influenced by 80s-style "extended dance remixes," while taking lyrical refuge from the varied works of Angela Davis, Noam Chomsky, Chris Kraus, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Mark E. Smith, and Malcolm X. Barnes will also be joined on the billing by fellow Athens tourmates/synthpop trio Yip Deceiver. To enter for a chance to win a pair of tix, just send an email to thedelimagazinephiladelphia@gmail.com with the subject line "Simulated Reality". Please also include your cell number in the body of the message (in case of an emergency). Good luck!





A Deli Premiere: LOUIZA’s “Roll Your Eyes”

On April 5th, LOUIZA releases her sophomore album Swim at Night, recorded with producer James Riotto (The Mountain Goats, tUnE-yArDs, Ezra Furman) at Oakland’s Tiny Telephone. The Deli is pleased to premiere the sweet, folk-jazzy single “Roll Your Eyes.”

Swim at Night is a blend of folk, jazz, electropop and art rock. When asked about that last genre, LOUIZA’s Rebecca Mimiaga says the name allows for more experimentation. “When I think of rock, it’s so expansive…my music isn’t rock but it isn’t jazz either; it’s this total blend of all these things and I want to keep this project in the vain of ‘experimentation.’ [On this album] ...everything is more experimental [than the last]--the harmonies, everything.”

On the creation of the album itself, Mimiaga says she wants to give credit where credit is absolutely due. “With this album I’d come in with the song and a sort of mood board for what I wanted the song to be like, and Jaime (Riotto), would help determine what kind of synth sound to create. We have a lot in common sonically and he really helped determine the soundscape on the album. As for the musicians, I rarely tell them what to play, I want them to bring their own musical interest and influence to the album.” Tracks are refreshingly varied, from folk poppy rock to fantastic, horn-infused hip-hop jazz. Swim at Night is an exciting journey we recommend taking. Give it a listen and go see LOUIZA at Rickshaw Stop on April 18th for the album release show. Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor





New Track: "Saucy" - Son Step

Fossilillies is the forthcoming album from Son Step, and is set to come out on May 17 via Grind Select. The experimental pop quartet recently introduced its lead single. “Saucy”. A gentle, bouncy, rhythmic thrust propels the track forward as backend and synth mingle in a vibrant tone. Harmonic, vocal warmth helps to retain a closeness, while exhibiting a drifting-toward-discovery danceability. You can catch the band’s album release celebration ar Johnny Brenda's on Thursday, June 6, supported by Great Time and Data.

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J-Best - Hip Hop Artist to Perform at "Write-On" Songwriter Session 03.27

Comin’ up this month is the inaugural “Write-On” event where four emerging local songwriters will be on stage together telling their stories and playing their songs for everyone. One of the artists that will be performing at this particular event will be J Best. This multi talented artist not only writes and performs but also works in production and artist development. Learn more about J Best’s many projects along with Kyra Mastro, Trevor Larose and Emily Shultz at Supermarket in Kensington on Wednesday March 27th for “Write-On”. – Kris Gies

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LEFTI celebrates the release new EP "Discoteca" 04.04

Nu-Disco continues its resurgence with artists like LEFTI whose new EP Discoteca is a full-blown ode to the intoxicating rhythms of '70s NYC Disco and '80s European dance music. Inspired by the colorful disco show posters he saw scattered across the streets of Spain during his childhood family vacations, LEFTI (real name Alex Suarez) injects a heavy dose of house and funk into each song. The lead single “Every Time” (ft. Spencer Ludwig) is a powerhouse of high bass harmonics, snappy snare hits, and of course Ludwig’s fantastic trumpet. New cuts of “Make You Mine” and “All Night” also bring LEFTI’s classic disco influences to light with percussive beats and guitar riffs that would make Nile Rodgers proud. LEFTI will celebrate the release of Discoteca on April 4th at the Toucan Sounds label launch party at Freehold in Brooklyn, NY. - Rene Cobar

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