Stepping back from the endless stream of constant content, independent music blog Portals crafts careful, spaced-out features on rising acts from around the world. The site’s steady drip includes a monthly playlist from Portal’s Austin-based creative director Tyler Andere. As an A&R rep for Father/Daughter Records, the influential local has a knack for picking the best song by somebody who’ll be the hottest new thing on Pitchfork in a year or two. The deliberate, forward-thinking mixes, available on SoundCloud, include an affinity for Texas talent and accompanying illustrations by Baltimore artist Laurent Hrybyk.
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