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Inbox Jukebox #138: John the Ghost, New Dialogue x Smallpools, The Aces

…This is the Inbox Jukebox:

John the Ghost – “THE PATTERNS”
Photo: Vince Dwyer

We have a new name for John the Ghost, we’re ready to start calling him Morpheus. Not the one from The Matrix, we’re talking about the lord of dreams from mythology. There’s just something about his music. It is as intense as your most vivid fantasy, but as entrancing as your favorite daydream. “THE PATTERNS” starts off like a floaty amusement park ride, made just for two—the keys sparkle like fairy lights, the guitars are a waterfall, and the vocals are smoky and earnest and as personal as secrets whispered between lovers. It just kind of grabs you and takes you away.

New Dialogue x Smallpools – “Flesh & Blood”
New Dialogue (photo via Instagram) // Smallpools (photo: Brandon Keith)

“Flesh & Blood” is completely boppable—fresh out of the box—with sonics suspended somewhere between the dancefloor and the car radio. This track is too catchy for the hook not to grab you. Especially when the flirty vocals from New Dialogue and Smallpools rebound on the beat like a trampoline. There’s no resistance, prepare to get bouncy.

The Aces – Under My Influence – Bonus Tracks
Photo via Instagram

The Aces dropped two new bonus tracks today and we feel like we’re the ones who powered up. “Sleepy Eyes” is a finger snapper, with dreamy vocals and the breezy beats of roller skating on the boardwalk, after the sun goes down. Meanwhile “Aren’t You” is for those times you want to dance your way out of someone’s life; because perfect ain’t good enough. The beats and the electric guitar are a buh-bye with a smile on your face and a wiggle in your wave.


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