Speaking Suns: Part One

There are times when we’re just craving for that dose of suburban indie. Actually, that time might be now. Speaking Suns, a relatively new independent band, is shooting for the sky (excuse the pun, guys) with their own breed of indie pop via their newest EP, Part One. As to why the collection is named as such, we don’t know, but something tells us that it might signify they’re messianic destiny

Delaca: Delaca

Fusion is the game, and Delaca plays it smoothly [even literally]. Skirting along the neo-soul genre, the quartet — composed of Austin Antoine (vocals), Devon Taylor (bass), Justin Jackson (vocals and keys), and Amir Oosman (production) — is bringing a more laid-back brand of R&B to the table, kind of like the loungey type that dominated the 90′s.

Phony Ppl: nothinG special

There’s nothing special on this release from the Phony Ppl, except that it’s super duper special. nothinG special is the second EP from the 8-piece Brooklyn group, composed of Elbee Thrie and Sheriff PJ for vocals, Elijah Rawk for lead guitar, Matt Byas for drums, Aja Grant for keyboards, Bari Bass for bass, Ian Bakerman for guitar, and Temi Okotieuro for saxophone — whew, that’s an awful lot!

Allen Stone: The Sleep Sampler

Contrary to what this EP might connote, we urge you to get your players poppin’ for Allen Stone. The 26-year-old Stone is inching his way to breaking out onto the mainstream scene, but we’d like to pat ourselves in the back for chronicling his rise this early.

Nuela Charles: Aware [Sampler]

We know that’s already a given, but a sampler might add to your assurance of having an incredible album from Nuela Charles. The Canadian crooner released her full-length feature, Aware, last October 2012, to digital retailers, but still left a little gift for those who aren’t keen on buying yet: a 4-track taste test of the album featuring good chosen cuts.

Balance and the Travelling Sounds: Departure

Here’s one ‘departure’ from the usual R&B and soul you’re exposed to: Balance and the Travelling Sounds. Calling their funky music as “neo-soul” (remember Lili K?), the group meshes musical tropes from the jazz, R&B, and hip-hop genres to create a type of music that’s both nostalgic and unmistakably modern at the same time.