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Maybe it was all the great bands at Coachella this past weekend, or maybe it’s the sweltering heat that’s found its way back to Southern California but by golly gosh it’s getting too damn hot for house music. We’ve decided to beat the heat with an early Summer edition of our Too Hot 4 House Music series featuring plenty of indie, alternative, rock, and some blues to keep you feeling cool and collected. Big ups to SoCal’s own Burger Records for some strong recent releases and shoutout to Black Pistol Fire and Dreaming Bull for tracks that have stood the test of time. The second half settles more in the indie, folk, singer/songwriter realm with additions from City & Colour, RY X, and Julien Baker as well as some R&B from JMSN and rising star Anderson Paak.

The duo behind Coast Modern met whilst finding their way as songwriters in the bustling jungle that is the Los Angeles music scene. But after empty attempts at making music for other people, Coleman Trapp took matters into his own hands… He relocated to Denver, Colorado and started anew with band mate Luke Atlas holding down the fort in LA and found his voice and direction once again. Communicating with acoustic demos and e-mail servers, the two struck a chord and Coleman was coerced to mosey on back to sunny Southern California. With a renewed sense of vigor and optimism the two hit the ground running and have been known as Coast Modern ever since. Their latest, “Animals,” is an indie-pop primer that blends the bubbly pop vibes with the laid back LA lifestyle. Have a listen after the jump and stream the single that started it all, “Hollow Life.”

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argonaut&wasp is Theo Klein and Trey Schibli based in Brooklyn, NY.   They’ve just revealed their new single “The Sneeze”, an infectious indie-infused pop tune with influences ranging from The Talking Heads to Empire of the Sun. A product of a deep, yet eclectic musical upbringing, the duo effortlessly draws from indie and electronic music to create a zeitgeist sound that’s truly their own. Launching onto the scene with their ambitious debut EP Future Protocol earlier this year, the young duo has rapidly become one of most exciting new names in the indie dance scene.  Stream the track now!

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After a busy North America summer tour with festivals performances at the likes of Electric Zoo, Electric Forest, Lollapalooza, Hangout, Firefly, CRSSD, and more SNBRN returns with a brand new original record entitled “Beat The Sunrise.” This time around, SNBRN teams up with Republic/Varvatos signed vocalist/guitarist, Andrew Watt, to create a feel-good house anthem with an obvious nostalgia for summer. Marking his first original release since his debut hit, “Raindrops,” SNBRN is proving that 2015 is his breakout year. With an arsenal of original records yet to be released, the excitement surrounding this burgeoning LA artist isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Check out the stream below and be sure to grab your copy on iTunes here.

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The production duo and young lovers known as Parker + Barrow have emerged today after over a year locked away in the studio to premiere with us this alluring take on War’s classic tune “Low Rider.”  Her refined, sultry vocals tiptoe barefoot over driving, sculpted production which fans of Hot Creations or simply dead-sexy house music are advised to get ahold of early.  I’ve heard a lot from them in the past year and been in and out of the studio with them while they’ve prepared a staggering amount of music for coming releases, and I can say that this song is at most a tease of what’s to come, albeit a very decent one.  The mellow punctuation found here along with vocals built to drift in and out of your subconscious through the day for me immediately delivered the invite to “take a little trip with me…”  

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DC based producer, Manila Killa has had quite the breakout year in 2015. Between his involvement with the Moving Castle collective and his side artist project, Hotel Garuda, all signs point to a bright future ahead for the young talent. Following on the heels of his HARD debut announcement at this fall’s Day of the Dead, Manila Killa alongside Kidswaste have graced us with an absolutely beautiful cover of Caribou’s smash single “Can’t Do Without You”. This beautiful cover is filled with gorgeous vocals by Kidswaste, lush synths, and live guitar. Manila says he dedicated this song to a special person in his life, and after listening to it, we can say that person must be pretty lucky. Check out the stream below and grab a free download here now!

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These days it’s hard to find an act who can consistently keep you on the edge of your seat like Coyote Kisses.  There is certainly no other artist that embodies the phrase ‘expect the unexpected’ more than the Los Angeles based production duo.  Their latest release, courtesy of Next Wave Records, is a future trap influenced original with crispy drums and chopped vocals perfect for the tail end of this festival season.  Be sure to check out the stream below and grab your copy on iTunes!

Whenever a new Matt DiMona track ends up on my SoundCloud feed I’m always eager to give it a listen. There is something special about his aptly named “feel good house” brand that consistently keeps me coming back for more.  His new remix of “Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea” by Los Angeles based indie rock band “XYLØ” is no exception.  Matt DiMona effectively utilizes the gorgeous vocals and interlaces them with infectious chilled-out melodies, bass plucks, and pads.  Be sure to grab the free download here.

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Our favorite Parisian, Zimmer, worked with Norwegian singer Emilie Adams for “Escape”. It’s the first track of his “Coming of Age” EP to be released July 10 on Roche Musique. Escape is deep, with warm tones and ethereal vocals, backed by a catchy piano line, before the drop speeds things up. We’re looking forward to hear the rest of the EP.

Slaptop is back with a super fun and unique new tune.  “Away” combines happy-go-dancey percussion and pitchy vox sampling wrapped around folk-inspired vocals.  The lyrics paint the picture of a Summerscape, and the sound mirrors the description beautifully.  Every track Slaptop has released has been immaculate, and we’re super stoked for whatever comes next.  Stream the track below, and make sure to grab your copy on iTunes.

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