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Dreamy pop music always has a place in the summer months and there’s an early frontrunner for king of the beach. Los Angeles duo Boardwalk built their own equipment, have already been signed by Stones Throw (who appear to be less and less interested in hip hop every day) and just released their first single on flexidisc. I’m sure you can infer something from that by reading Simon Reynolds’ Retromania, but I prefer to just take it as is. Later this summer, the duo will release their debut full length so you’ll just have to bathe in the false reality nostalgia established by “I’m To Blame” until then.

Back in February, we expressed our anticipation for Geoff Barrow‘s upcoming hip-hop album (in collaboration with over 35 other artists), under the moniker Quakers, which is due out on Stones Throw on March 27th. Today, you can listen to a new track off the album; this one is called “Smoke,” and it features one of our favorites here at the Astral Plane, none other than Jonwayne himself. Stream “Smoke” right here:

 

And here’s “Fitta Happier,”featuring Guilty Simpson and M.E.D., another single off the album, which was released last month: