AUDIO: Without My Enemy What Would I Do – Made in Heights

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Mysterious yet accessible, impeccably cool but with a mischievous wink, Made in Heights’ new LP, Without My Enemy What Would I Do, hints at hip-hop and EDM delicately encased by smart, graduate-level pop song craft. At turns romantic and bombastic, danceable and ruminant, producer Sabzi and vocalist Kelsey Bulkin made a stunner in WMEWWID.

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NEW MUSIC: The Woods – Sabzi

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Sabzi dropped this “albumixtape” in the inbox this morning as a little gift to the fans. Thanks, Saba! Seems like The Woods is a preview of what’s to come in 2014 from Made In Heights, his side project with vocalist Kelsey Bulkin — an unexpected and welcome surprise! Happy Holidays and stay warm, family.

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NEW MUSIC: “Pirouette” – Made In Heights

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Made In Heights seems to get busiest during the Holiday season. Winter Pigeons found the first light of the internets in December three years ago. When we caught MIH’s first live show in Brooklyn last month, my fiancee described their music as “romantic”. I agree, and what better time of year for romance than the Holidays. “Pirouette” is a delicate ballad to curl up to.

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NEW MUSIC: “Death” – Made In Heights

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The gradual rise of Made In Heights (Blue Scholars’ DJ/producer Sabzi and vocalist Kelsey Bulkin) has been a slow but intense burn. For a time, shortly after their relatively low-key but intensely beloved debut in early 2011, the duo topped this blog’s “most searched-for” list for about 30 days straight.

206UP has been a fan since the start. MIH is that rare electo-pop act that finds the perfect balance between the glaring computerized elements of its compositions (Sabzi), and the organic humanist component of its vocals (Kelsey). Success for groups like this depends on existing in the harmony between. (See also: Lorde.)

Made In Heights appeared live on stage for the first time at the Blue Scholars show in Brooklyn, about a month and a half ago. A lot of the songs they played were like the new one you hear below: calculated, bombastic and, at times, seemingly frantic. What remains most impressive about Kelsey Bulkin is how she uses her upper register to neutralize Sabzi’s digital bluster. This new track is called “Death”, but it’s really all about how much life this impressive singer breathes into a modern musical device that is, for all intents and purposes, inanimate without her.

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DOWNLOAD: Aporia: In These Streets – Made In Heights

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Made In Heights recently released a new 11-track EP, Aporia: In These Streets, on Bandcamp. For those new to the duo, Heights is composed of Blue Scholars’ DJ/producer Sabzi and New York-based vocalist Kelsey Bulkin. They arrived on the internet scene last December with Winter Pigeons, an excellent collection of atmospheric electro-pop that vibed perfectly with a particularly brutal Northeast Winter…

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DOWNLOAD: “Fix You” – The Physics feat. Kelsey Bulkin

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Something tells me the sounds on Digital Wildlife, the upcoming project by The Physics, will come as an unexpected surprise to fans of the crew acclimated to the previous Golden Era heritage rap of Future Talk and High Society. The stutter-step, electro-soul/rock bounce of “Fix You” is slightly reminiscent of TV On The Radio’s perfectly well-honed dissonance. Featuring playful vocals by Thig Nat, or Monk Wordsmith, or both (it’s hard to tell) and Kelsey Bulkin (of Made In Heights), this track is unexpectedly addictive. The laws of The Physics have changed, Seattle.