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The 20 Most Influential Music Blogs…

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We often discuss which bands are getting the most online buzz, like in the 50 most blogged artists list. But who is talking about these bands and creating the buzz?

Enter this list of the most influential music blogs, Style of Sound created a list of the top 100. They included web-only sites, no blogs that are associated with print magazines, newspapers, or radio stations. I’ve included the top 20 here so you can see who the major players are.

Their list was created using a scoring system based on post frequency, quality, SEO, social media, and Klout score. It isn’t perfect… they excluded XLR8R because they thought it was still a print magazine, but they’ve been web only since 2011. They also list Tiny Mix Tapes ahead of Resident Advisor, which I’m not so sure about.

All of that aside, this will give you general knowledge of the most important music blogs. If you care, I’ve put stars next to the ones that I read regularly.

1. Pitchfork*

2. Consequence of Sound

3. Tiny Mix Tapes

4. Resident Advisor*

5. Stereogum

6. The Line of Best Fit*

7. Your EDM

8. Pop Justice

9. Dancing Astronaut

10. Drowned in Sound

11. Fake Shore Drive

12. All Hiphop

13. EDM Sauce

14. Large Hearted Boy

15. Rap Radar

16. 2 Dope Boyz

17. FACT*

18. Hypetrak

19. Indie Shuffle

20. The Wild Honey Pie

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Comments (171)
  1. TuneHunter

    Nina, did you provide this list with hope to get rid of me?

    Than, you are not a blog.


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      1. Jen

        Not a bad list I suppose. Happy http://hhhhappy.com has been my go to music blog for a couple of years now and I would have liked to have seen it on the list.


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      2. Tom

        http://www.ribbit.tv is a newer site, but it’s pretty sweet. They put more of a focus on video content.


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      3. Anna

        Agree, happy music is in my top three go to music blogs. Are you based in Australia Jen?


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        1. Gabriella

          he is not that cool just saying


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    1. Notes n' Stringz

      Are you interested in writing music blogs?
      Totally crazy about music? 😀 \m/
      Join notesnstringz.com Right away!!!
      #audios #videos #blog #news #events #selltickets and much more!
      Just on Notes n’ Stringz \m/


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    2. Clark Clarksen

      I was on my first Anastacia concert yesterday…..it was great…she is really funny….check this out :-)
      http://youtu.be/8Hb7x2Z4plM


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    3. @YOUNGLIVE

      This is the lead single off of Young Live’s 2015 summer EP entitled ‘Adivino’ (available June 29, 2015)

      – Young Live – Eat It (Original Mix) /Adivino EP
      https://soundcloud.com/younglive/young-live-eat-it-original-mix

      – Download & Preorder
      http://label-engine.com/s/yMWBC7i6uuiYYSAIKXKslA
      https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/adivino-ep/id1006375749

      – Video
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5r7X5WJR_I

      – Young Live
      http://www.facebook.com/younglive
      https://twitter.com/younglive
      https://www.soundcloud.com/younglive
      https://pro.beatport.com/artist/young-live/140578
      https://play.spotify.com/artist/1Weh2uKrSyvT9LCDzzLHHy
      http://listen.tidalhifi.com/artist/5219340

      Playing With Monsters
      https://www.facebook.com/pwmonsters
      https://twitter.com/PwMonsters
      https://www.soundcloud.com/playingwithmonsters

      This is the lead single off of Young Live’s 2015 summer EP entitled ‘Adivino’ (available June 29, 2015).

      Young Live’s seamless integration of multiple genres that have helped him gain a foothold and bolster his sonic persona. With a flurry of progressive, detuned, pitch modulated synths and a grinding tech house beat or rattling 808 bassline, it’s no wonder why this multi genre club monster has garnered a thick wave of label releases, publication & DJ support, as well as strings of new USA festival appearances and residencies.

      Cheers,


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    4. @YOUNGLIVE

      This is the lead single off of Young Live’s 2015 summer EP entitled ‘Adivino’ (available June 29, 2015)

      – Young Live – Eat It (Original Mix) /Adivino EP
      https://soundcloud.com/younglive/young-live-eat-it-original-mix

      – Download & Preorder
      http://label-engine.com/s/yMWBC7i6uuiYYSAIKXKslA
      https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/adivino-ep/id1006375749

      – Video
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5r7X5WJR_I

      – Young Live
      http://www.facebook.com/younglive
      https://twitter.com/younglive
      https://www.soundcloud.com/younglive
      https://pro.beatport.com/artist/young-live/140578
      https://play.spotify.com/artist/1Weh2uKrSyvT9LCDzzLHHy
      http://listen.tidalhifi.com/artist/5219340

      Playing With Monsters
      https://www.facebook.com/pwmonsters
      https://twitter.com/PwMonsters
      https://www.soundcloud.com/playingwithmonsters

      This is the lead single off of Young Live’s 2015 summer EP entitled ‘Adivino’ (available June 29, 2015).

      Young Live’s seamless integration of multiple genres that have helped him gain a foothold and bolster his sonic persona. With a flurry of progressive, detuned, pitch modulated synths and a grinding tech house beat or rattling 808 bassline, it’s no wonder why this multi genre club monster has garnered a thick wave of label releases, publication & DJ support, as well as strings of new USA festival appearances and residencies.

      Cheers,


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  2. hippydog

    wow.. i only have heard of two of those..
    looking at some of them, I now know why..
    they kinda look the same.. Word press copies of each other..


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    1. Nina Ulloa

      Honestly I’d never heard of #11 or #13


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      1. yaaaassss

        Fake Shore #11 is Chicago/Mid West Rap Centric… since The hottest unsigned rapper (Chance) and arguably the hottest rapper period (Kanye) are from the chi.. It seems to be at the forefront of it all.


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      2. Gabriella

        Well you should


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    2. Nina Ulloa

      That’s being said, most of these are pretty specialized and have carved out their own niche. Yeah, they’re almost all wordpress blogs… But hey, even DMN has a similar layout to most of these.

      There is crossover, but most have quality content


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      1. bob

        hi


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    3. Monster

      And which blog of yours is in the top 100?


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  3. Truth

    No Deli Mag or My Social List – but Dingus? I question your “grading” system . . . .


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    1. Nina Ulloa

      Pretty sure Deli Mag is print / radio associated. Which, as explicitly stated, wasn’t included.

      &. Dingus is actually a really good blog, you should read it.


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  4. Michael

    Personally I just go with musmooth.com, enough good selection, good tastes. I just don’t like to be overhelmed with too much shit.


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  5. rikki

    Hi can anyone direct me to new music site which features kick ass music? you know someone who knows how to play a danceable guitar solo….people who can sing without electronics….here is an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8P4OKxms8hc


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  6. Erik P

    People still use Klout?


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    1. Gabriella

      Ya why?


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  7. Dave Buerger

    Oh Joy! Another list of blogs we can hit up with music spam!


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  8. Marco

    Is Preetty Much Amazing in 21


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  9. bdub

    Where’s the needle drop? Useless.


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    1. Nina Ulloa

      further down


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  10. Jason

    What about Exposed Vocals? They’ve been generating buzz for unsigned artists and bands for a while now. I can’t imagine why this platform wouldn’t make this list? Good stuff though! Thanks for sharing


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    1. Nina Ulloa

      never heard of them


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      1. Gabriella

        huh


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  11. Steve Smith

    Where’s Absolutepunk.net? Come on, son!


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  12. Mike

    ILLROOTS.com !!!


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  13. Marc

    Why isnt the DreadMusicReview on this list??? that Makes me question this….


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    1. Nina Ulloa

      never heard of em


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  14. rikki

    Still looking for new music not from wussies….any help here?


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    1. Nina Ulloa

      no


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  15. Jonas

    The Wild Honey Pie?


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  16. PunkSoda

    GorillaVsBear. NeedleDrop. BrooklynVegan. HypeMachine. YoursTruly.


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  17. Mbah. Marshal

    Might. Be. The. Best. African. Rapper. Check. Out. Youtube/mbah. Msrshal. You. gonna. See. What. The. Police. Want. From. The. Niggas. And. Other. Music. Videos. By. Mbah. Marshal. Watch. And. Share


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  18. Dan Smith

    Big industry news coming soon – this project with Ginny Vee is going to be majorly exciting.


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  19. maya

    Great article!
    Would you happen to know which of these blogs are based in Cali?


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    1. Nina Ulloa

      not sure, but Yours Truly is based in Cali and they should be on this list


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  20. Radi

    Wow so nice to see someone mentioned Happy on this list. :) x


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    1. Nina Ulloa

      i see you….


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  21. Alex

    lift me up by Lord reptar listen to it on spotify itunes or wherever you want!


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  22. Rani Warne

    all 20 are great.


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  23. JJ

    You guys are definitely missing two AMAZING music blogs
    1) Plaincut (www.plaincut.com)
    2) DJbooth (www.djbooth.net)


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    1. Nina Ulloa

      The Orwells are a band not a blog


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      1. Gabriella

        Will let people think what they want don’t bug other people cheese!!!!!!!!!


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  24. theneverendingstage

    Love Your blog/music site!


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  25. Lewis Lister

    Hi Nina, great list, I’d really appreciate it if you checked out prvnce.com – maybe we’ll make next year’s list!


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  26. sophiamoors

    nice video


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  27. Carlos Herrera

    Awesome list.. I love all those blogs thanks


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  28. Monsieur TMS

    Can you put me on that list that you didn’t write next time round? xD

    xoxoxox


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  29. John Noi

    Just a heads up that the list has been updated for the summer. Check it out on the Style of Sound website.


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  30. Anna Ballantine

    My last comment didn’t stick so just commenting on what #jen said, Happy music or happy music festival as I think they are known is in my top 3 go to music blogs for sure.


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  31. FBSoundCloudPG

    Are you an artist? Soundcloud now allows musicians and artists to earn royalties per download! Utilize the power of Facebook and get yourselves a Facebook Soundcloud Page! ow.ly/Aj7V6


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  32. Jake Richey

    Where’s theneedledrop.com!!!!??? Anthony would be so sad:(


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  33. VENUS AMOR

    Venus Amor, Miami FL

    Young female artist(unsigned), singer/songwriter born in Cali raised in Miami, FL. Her music is soft and sweet, most people like to compare her to Aaliyah. She says her sound is more of a “kick back in the clouds” type. People also describe her as the “Female version of the weekend”. I’ll let you guys be the judge of that.

    soundcloud.com/venusamormusic


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  34. Robert

    Hey, how can I get on that soundCloud thing and this music is great, It is nice to hear new sounds!


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  35. Huntington

    Hey there! We are Huntington…

    Allow me to introduce myself… my name is Huntington. I’m an Australian independent artist living in Hamburg, Germany and have been spending the last couple of years with my partner working on an album. I and my friends have shot a video for one of the songs.
    Huntington
    “Secret”
    http://youtu.be/9e4zp6PRxEY

    “Through The Night”
    http://youtu.be/P6qmidhaEdE

    “The Stuff”
    http://youtu.be/LsJ6Lm2DaTA


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  36. Armjan

    Caravan Cult


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    1. Armjan

      Awesome band, needs recognition!


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  37. www.drunkenwerewolf.com

    It’s hilarious how recycled these lists are from year-to-year, plus a few ‘cool’ new blogs thrown in for good measure.


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  38. Dr. Midnight

    Music blogs are like fishing reports: by the time you’ve read them, the fish have already moved on.


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  39. R.P.

    and if you ask any of these blogs listed here they will all say Et Musique Pour Tous is their influential blog.


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  40. Willis

    Music blogs are amazingly unimportant.


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  41. Stewart James

    Nice list thanks for posting it .Good work Brand new collection anybody can get from here easily.

    For more information Visit:
    Inspire music & Entertainment


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  42. JohnD

    PLAINCUT
    http://www.plaincut.com
    is probably the best urban music blog out there right now. That may just be because they are new on the scene but so far, I dont think any other site compares….


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  43. Oogie Boogie

    Check out “Funk Monster” from Da’ Mutta’ Funka’s. Funk Monster


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  44. Mike

    mikeandtheharvest.com


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  45. Anonymous

    I love making playlists. I love music. I have collected what I think the best of music is for making you feel good. About everything. I am sharing part of my collection with you, World. As a bonus, I am throwing in a little pre-party list as well. Cheers and Happy Listening.

    http://foodforthesoulplaylists.weebly.com/


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  46. httpflexwatches.com...

    Amazing list you have !!—– TYGA – 40 MILL MUSIC VIDEO PRODUCED BY KANYE WEST.! Please PLEASE GUYS TAKE A MOMENT TO CHECK HIM OUT. YOU WON’T BE LET DOWN….Drop in here –http://flexwatches.com/blogs/flex-blog/15838736-tyga-40-mill-music-video-produced-by-kanye-west


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  47. Anonymous

    Great site!


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  48. Alasdair

    Stereogum’s definitely my favourite! Surprised Needle Drop and The 405 aren’t on here.

    Gonna shamelessly plug my music blog here: http://alasdairkennedy.blogspot.co.uk/. New tracks and album reviews with a pinch of humour. Hit the link or I’ll cry


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  49. Audio for Web Videos

    Nice collection and very helpful sites for music lovers like me


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  50. Jesse kolb

    Hi everyone I’m jl a artist out of Germany. I’m working on waking up the hip hop world back up.this is my new video (I’m back)from my mixtape 6 steps to fame.the only way I will make this work is with your support and help.so will you please share this link to all your WhatsApp friends and then ask them to pass it on as well to ther WhatsApp friends.will you tag everyone on your Facebook friends list and ask them to tag all ther friends.i am JL and this is my chain letter . Thank you enjoy my video

    http://youtu.be/w8WIobpH6ME


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  51. Paolo

    You forgot to include this fantastic, different styles of music channel!:
    https://soundcloud.com/nicolaarts
    I can’t resist not to follow them and like most of the songs they make :O


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  52. James

    Very good selection of influental music blogs!
    “Your EDM” is one of the best regarding the EDM scene in my opinion.
    Pitchfork is also definitely my favorite. I love their site layout!
    I heard that http://www.weglobalmusic.com/ is also a really good music blog for artist promotion


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  53. Keri J

    You can also check classic music here:Keri J. I hope you guys all enjoy the company of Keri


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  54. Rainee Handa

    nice buddy


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  55. Jeff Williams

    Good list, varied music and a valuable resource. Where would this kind of band be best served in the blog world? Any suggestions gratefully received! http://ukjazzband.co.uk


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  56. Claudio

    Best list of music blog! I think that “youredm” is one of most important site because there are a lot of interesting articles about my preferite genre of songs: Electronic Dance Music!


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  57. david senabulya

    Well done with the list. I have already seen Africa’s Greatest Pop singer Vasco DADA’s video on one of the mentioned. The blog is driving huge traffic to his World hit single ‘One People One People”,
    https://youtu.be/mkT4coIWuQ4


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  58. Nina Lee

    It is very helpful sites.i like your post.


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  60. dorothy

    dff


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  61. Richard

    OMG! check this new up and coming site for unsigned artists.

    Superstartunes.com


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  62. @RealJConnect

    How do I submit music to any of these blogs?


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  63. hamid

    Hello. I saw your site, your site is very good. Please link on my website. Thanks


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  64. Mixtape Cover King

    Nice list another good music marketing blog is Music Marketing Tips alot of my clients I do graphic for get alot tips that work from.


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  65. varietysongs

    Check out this : Song playlist Online Download as many songs as you want and enjoy the music…


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  66. Camarro

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  67. Gabriella

    Does anyone ever listen to country music thats just sad!!!


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  68. alina

    OMG! check this new up and coming site for unsigned artists.
    Issues – King of Amarillo Drum, Guitar & Vocals Cover (Studio Quality) YouTube Drummer Luca Giorgio
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ajniojfz1W0


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  69. Lester

    Hey, I’m not bout leaving sob stories in a comment box. But I’m from Kingston, Jamaica and I make music. Its been terribly hard getting my music out into the world seeing alot of people here don’t really like the music unless its Dancehall or Reggae as its believed to be eroding our culture. I produced, mix, master and record all my own tracks from my closet. So yeah, all I’m asking for is ONE listen and ONE share. It’d make my day. If you’re unable to then I understand. Thanks for taking the time out and reading this comment. Much love and one love.

    Stream LESTER Music below.
    https://soundcloud.com/lstr876


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  70. James

    Check out my blog as well? We primarily promote the french house movement (Daft Punk, Justice, etc.), but occasionally talk about other genres, like synthwave, techno, and indie dance, too!

    http://frenchshuffle.com/

    Let me know what you think 😉


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