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Glassetonbury, Vol. 1: Sweet Sixteen

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We’ve reached our final sixteen songs for our first Glassetonbury tournament! All matchups this round are below. Polls close Monday, September 7th at 3:00 p.m. CST. Happy voting!

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:::THE MATCHUPS:::

I Want My Hoodie Back” – Kid Travis vs. “The Truth” – Kate Vogel

This Love Is Real” – They Kiss vs. “Dive” – Cypress & Co. x Matt Sperrazza

Just A Girl” – Grace Davies vs. “Not Used to Hope” – Hartley

Lemonade” – Alexia vs. “81” – Rich Caviar

Monster Squad (Love So Crazy)” – Sam The Astronaut vs. “Riviera” – Dancing On Tables

Strong Enough” – Jude The Obscure vs. “Ciao Ciao” – Lita

Moonstruck” – DJ Wei x Shingo Sekiguchi vs. “Jumpin’ In The Rain” – badmonsham

Neighbourhood” – DC vs. “walk but in a garden” – LLusion x mxmtoon

 

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I Want My Hoodie Back” – Kid Travis vs. “The Truth” – Kate Vogel

“I Want My Hoodie Back,” the sixth selection from Kid Travis‘ “Strawberry Skies” album, defeated Erik Frank‘s “Paradise” in the second round and features smooth, vibey R&B vocal runs aplenty. If you want to like Chris Brown, but you can’t support Chris Brown as a person, give this track a listen. “The Truth,” Kate Vogel‘s second single of the year, is an acoustic ballad reflecting on her experience as a victim of sexual assault. The emotional, stripped-back song defeated Tessa Violet and MisterWives collaboration “Bored” last round.

Vote here.

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This Love Is Real” – They Kiss vs. “Dive” – Cypress & Co. x Matt Sperrazza

“This Love Is Real,” the brooding debut single from Los Angeles synth pop duo They Kiss, defeated Alpha23‘s “Insecure” in the second round and features guttural bass sounds and distorted synthesizers. Nashville-based artists and Belmont University alumni Cypress & Co. and Matt Sperrazza‘s “Dive” defeated Bri Fletcher‘s “Believe In Me” in Round 2. The song features modern pop production and introspective lyrics, and it manages to be a bit dark without being completely somber.

Vote here.

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Just A Girl” – Grace Davies vs. “Not Used to Hope” – Hartley

Grace Davies‘ “Just A Girl” is catchy from the first lyric, with a sky-high chorus and massive synth-heavy pop production. The feminist anthem is the first track from her debut EP “Friends with the Tragic,” which released in June. In Round 2, it defeated glue70 and KinKai‘s “Roll The Dice.” Meanwhile, “Not Used To Hope” comes off Hartley‘s debut EP “No One.” It’s a hazy, mellow, and relaxing lo-fi indie song that defeated Rayne‘s “Bored” last round.

Vote here.

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Lemonade” – Alexia vs.“81 – Rich Caviar

“Lemonade” is the debut single for New York City’s Alexia. The funky pop song features dreamy production and a relentless bass line. It defeated Floatinurboat‘s “Love Me Now” in Round 2. An 8:24 rap epic released on 8/24, “81,” a heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant‘s impact on Rich Caviar‘s life, is the kind of storytelling that separates run-of-the-mill rappers from true artists. Last round, it defeated “Really Wanna” by Karen Hardy.

Vote here.

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Monster Squad (Love So Crazy)” – Sam The Astronaut vs. “Riviera” – Dancing On Tables

The second song from Sam The Astronaut‘s 2020 EP “High For You,” “Monster Squad (Love So Crazy)” exemplifies the brand of “anthemic, West Coast alt-pop” the Vancouver duo is quickly becoming known for. Last round, it defeated Bad Flamingo‘s “Butter.” “Riviera” is the second-most recent single from Scottish five-piece Dancing On Tables. The song is ideal indie-rock for people who had a big pop-punk phase growing up. Expert harmonization and well-built transitions are the hallmarks of this song. In Round 2, it defeated “Dark Lines” by Spin Maddox.

Vote here.

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Strong Enough” – Jude The Obscure vs. “Ciao Ciao” – Lita

With “Strong Enough,” Jude The Obscure channels the smooth, groovy-yet-chill jazz-rap coming out of the UK currently being championed by artists like Loyle Carner and Tom Misch. His debut single shows excellent musicianship and an exciting glimpse at what’s to come. In the second round, it defeated Midnight Mystery Club‘s “Keep A Beat.” Meanwhile, “Ciao Ciao” comes from Berklee alum Lita, who was born and raised in Rome but moved to the USA for school. The song, her debut single, both honors her musical roots and Italian heritage while sounding current and providing something fresh. It defeated NKOS‘ “Lonely Ghost-Self” in Round 2.

Vote here.

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Moonstruck” – DJ Wei x Shingo Sekiguchi vs. “Jumpin’ In The Rain” – badmonsham

Malaysian label exec and artist DJ Wei teamed up with Shingo Sekiguchi on “Moonstruck,” a vibey, jazzy instrumental piece featuring squeaky-clean electric guitar, a fat bass, and exciting electric piano riffs. Last round, it defeated “Try Another Taste” by Shenna. “Jumpin’ In The Rain” is the debut single for Florida rapper/vocalist badmonsham. He showcases both his singing and rapping skills in a tasteful, vivid way on this understated, honest, and thoughtful song. Last round, it defeated “Pretty Pills For Broken Hearts” by Cloudy June.

Vote here.

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Neighbourhood” – DC vs. “walk but in a garden” – LLusion x mxmtoon

“Neighbourhood” is UK rapper DC‘s breakthrough hit, having already reached the million-stream threshold on Spotify. The single about hustling hard and putting money before fame became his first single of 2020 when it was released in May. It defeated Tia Gostelow‘s “Psycho” in Round 2. With “walk but in a garden,” producer LLusion delivers a chill, lo-fi beat and features Oakland’s exploding up-and-coming vocalist mxmtoon. The collaboration defeated “Future Love” by nxtime last round.

Vote here.

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