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DSD July 7, 2017: "Dots N' Dashes" - Soultanz


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DSD July 7, 2017: "Dots N' Dashes" - Soultanz

Shaun Cordingley

Welcome to the "Daily Song Drop":'s song of the day feature where our resident indie music writer and former DJ Shaun Cordingley features a song every weekday that he feels you need to hear.

Dots N' Dashes - Soultanz

Seattle's Jared Rubens and Shayhan Mashayekh make up Soultanz, an effortlessly cool R&B/Soul duo who recently released their debut album called Tangents and it is pretty damn great. 

Check out one of my favourite tracks, "Dots N' Dashes" below: 

What I really appreciate about "Dots N' Dashes" is the fact that it combines an almost...jazz aesthetic in it's construction, and even its sound, but combines that with elements of R&B, and even a little bit of hip hop all together into a song that is very intricate without getting fussy. It's clean, and very well produced, and allows Mashayekh's vocals to just move across the flute and percussion like smoke wafting through the hippest underground lounge where you feel like you need to be listening to music like Soultanz. 

I know that "Dots" might not be up your alley (as it's improvisational-style 'horn' can be distracting if that's not your bag), but even then I do recommend checking out Tangents for a lot of mellow, chic R&B/Soul, some even flowing further into the realms of hip hop, or even a chillwave/ambient electro. Another personal favorite of mine is "Afterthot", or even their earlier single "Zonin' Out" which even has a bit of a Sublime feel.

Here's the June 2017 DSD Playlist! We're only missing one track this month (as is tradition)! This months list was actually one of the harder ones for me to put together into something that feels (at least sort of) cohesive...I'm not sure why, but I am happy with the way it turned out in the end! 

ICYMI (somehow) here are the May 2017 DSD Playlist DSD Playlist - Apr 17DSD Playlist - Mar 17 , and there's also one kicking around for DSD Playlist - Feb 17 too!

Well. I've heard you, and here it is: theguysfrom playlists are now available on Spotify! You can find us by looking for theguysfrom on Spotify, click on this link for the June '17 Spotify List OR, here's the whole playlist for June right here: 

If you're looking for me to add these lists somewhere beyond Apple Music and Spotify (or you want some of the old lists on Spotify), you're going to have to convince me (hard) by chatting with me here, or on Twitter (linked below)

If you're looking for more great music, are late to the party, or just want more in your day, here are the playlists for:

 Apple Music Playlist for the Top 20 Songs of 2016

Dec 16/Jan 17
November 2016
 October 2016
 September 2016

August 2016
July 2016

There are other (earlier) playlists available for you if you check older "Tuesday Tunes" articles, or search on Apple Music itself. 

See you again next week!

-S (@Shauncord

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